HOW CAR ACCIDENTS IMPACT PREGNANT WOMEN

HOW CAR ACCIDENTS IMPACT PREGNANT WOMEN

Car accidents can result in very serious injury or in some cases, even death. But while there is always the risk of serious injury as the result of a car accident, some groups of people are susceptible to more risk than others. One such group is that of pregnant women. When a pregnant woman is a driver or passenger in a car that is involved in an accident there are additional concerns. Pregnant women (and everyone for that matter) should be aware of their legal rights, potential insurance claims, and how to best proceed for themselves and their unborn child.   ADDITIONAL INJURIES TO PREGNANT WOMEN Car accidents are so dangerous because of the force that an accident can have on the vehicles involved and on the individuals in those vehicles. Sudden…
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HERNIA MESH LAWSUITS IN CALIFORNIA

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HERNIA MESH LAWSUITS IN CALIFORNIA

When an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place it is called a hernia. Hernias are relatively common and are generally repaired by undergoing a minor surgery that often includes the use of surgical mesh. The surgical mesh helps to fuse the abdominal muscles together since they have become separated. Unfortunately, sometimes hernia mesh can create severe problems. If this occurs, you may have a claim for compensation. Here’s what to know about hernia mesh lawsuits in California.   WHAT ISSUES CAN BE CAUSED BY HERNIA DEFECTIVE HERNIA MESH? When hernia mesh is defective, it can result in a number of complications. Those who receive the defective hernia mesh may suffer from infections, migration, rejection, adhesion, intense pain, bowel obstruction, and bowel perforation. …
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COMMON CARRIER LAW IN CALIFORNIA

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COMMON CARRIER LAW IN CALIFORNIA

COMMON CARRIER LAW IN CALIFORNIA California state law defines a common carrier as a transportation company that transports people, goods, or property around the state. In order to be considered a common carrier, a company must meet three requirements: The transportation company was established to transport people or goods from one location to another; The transportation company holds itself out to the public as a transportation company; and  The transportation company charges a fee for moving people or goods from one location to another.  While you may think of common carriers are buses, trains, planes, and taxis, so too are ski lifts, cruise ships, elevators, escalators, and even amusement parks.  HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD OF CARE California holds its common carriers to a higher standard of care than other…
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WHEN CAN A PEDESTRIAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR AN ACCIDENT?

WHEN CAN A PEDESTRIAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR AN ACCIDENT?

When a car strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian almost always suffers more serious injuries. After all, unlike the driver, they have no protection. For this reason, it’s difficult to imagine that the pedestrian could have any real liability in the accident. However, just because the pedestrian suffers more serious injuries, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have any liability.  PEDESTRIANS SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH DRIVERS While every driver has the responsibility to drive safely and yield to pedestrians, pedestrians also share a responsibility to only cross the street where legal (e.g. crosswalks) and to do so with caution. If a pedestrian fails to follow the law, they can likely be found negligent and may be at least partially liable for any accident that occurs.  There are various negligent behaviors that could potentially make…
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CALIFORNIA POLICE REPORTS

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CALIFORNIA POLICE REPORTS

When you’ve been involved in a car accident, it can be difficult to prove what exactly happened. Oftentimes it’s one driver’s word against the other. This can be tough when you are trying to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit for your injuries. That’s where a police report may prove extremely helpful.  WHAT IS A POLICE REPORT?  When an accident occurs and you call the police, they will generally come to the scene in order to investigate what has occurred. This involves talking to witnesses, taking photographs, measuring distances, and inspecting vehicles, among other things. The police report then acts as a summary of the investigation.  Police reports include a variety of factors, such as: Date, time, and location of the accident (generally an approximation) Names, addresses, phone numbers, and…
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WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED

“I’ve Been Injured; Now What?” Tips from The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, A.P.L.C. Whether or not you think you’re going to pursue litigation, any experienced injury lawyer will tell you that malingering isn’t a good idea. If you do pursue legal measures, the court will want to see that you’ve done everything you can to “mitigate damages,” that is, that you’re taking care of yourself and taking steps to recover from your injuries. After all, it’s hard to argue that you’ve sustained permanent injuries if you’ve done nothing to make them better. In practical terms, this could mean: Scheduling and keeping doctor appointments. Be responsible about getting checked out, following up on referrals, and showing up for all appointments. If you do need to cancel, do so well…
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UNDERVALUING PAIN & SUFFERING AFTER AN ACCIDENT

An accident can alter a victim’s life significantly. People who have sustained personal injuries may not be able to engage in the same activities they were able to perform prior to their accident. But most important, they will have to endure the pain that may take months or even years to heal. To get the compensation that you deserve, it is imperative that you contact an accident attorney to help you deal with the insurance company. Program Design Most insurance companies use a computer program called Colossus to determine the value of a personal injury claim. Colossus, as well as other similar programs, is designed mainly to benefit insurance companies. When determining the value of your case, this program takes into consideration factors unrelated to your injuries. Such factors include: The number…
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