What You Should Know About Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case

The internet, or more specifically, the world-wide web and its social properties, are typically not private. Yet, all too many people involved in personal injury cases make the mistake of believing that their user profiles, be it Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, or other social platforms, are. After all, they have their privacy settings locked-down tightly and only friends can see what they are posting, keeping away the prying eyes of friends-of-friends, and of course, the public. If it were only that straightforward, many personal injury cases would go more smoothly, but unfortunately, that’s not the way it works when it comes to the law. In [...]

By | 2015-03-30T17:08:05+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Study: ER MDs are ordering too many advanced diagnostic scans

A recently published study in the medical journal Academic Emergency Medicine made some truly eye-opening findings concerning the practice of defensive medicine, meaning when physicians order an excess of diagnostic exams out of concerns over a possible misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. The study, performed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 97 percent of the 435 emergency room physicians who took part in a survey indicated that they had ordered advanced diagnostic scans — CT scans, MRIs, etc. — that were medically unnecessary, and that over 85 percent believed this practice was widespread. […]

By | 2018-05-26T15:14:51+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Will CA’s position on lane-splitting be adopted by other states?

Chances are very good that as you’ve sat in one of the innumerable traffic jams here in Southern California that you’ve seen motorcycles navigating their way between the rows of stopped vehicles, a practice known as lane-splitting. While your automatic reaction might be to think the practice is unsafe and even illegal, this is not necessarily the case. Indeed, public safety officials have gone out of their way to raise public awareness about the legality of lane-splitting, which statistics show currently sits at only about 61 percent. […]

By | 2018-05-26T15:15:23+00:00 March 28th, 2015|Motorcycle Accidents|0 Comments

FAA releases cockpit safety information in wake of fatal crash

According to French prosecutors, an investigation into the recent Germanwings crash has determined that the co-pilot of the plane locked the pilot out of the cockpit and then deliberately slammed the plane into the French Alps. Cockpit voice recordings have been recovered and were used in the analysis of this determination. Understandably, air travelers worldwide are asking how this co-pilot could have possibly been deemed fit to fly. In the wake of the fatal crash, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has released information about how it seeks to ensure cockpit safety on domestic airlines. Obviously, airlines based in countries outside the U.S. have their own rules [...]

By | 2018-05-26T15:16:00+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Aviation Accidents|0 Comments

Teen driving distractions: far more than just cellphones

When it comes to preventing teens from driving while distracted, a lot of focus goes towards keeping teens off their phones while driving. However, it is important to not forget that cellphones do not have a monopoly when it comes to distracting teen drivers; there are many different distracting activities teens may be tempted to do when behind the wheel. […]

By | 2018-05-26T15:16:22+00:00 March 21st, 2015|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Why you likely need an attorney for car accident mediation

There is no one “correct” way to handle a personal injury claim. Some individuals who file claims opt to settle if a settlement offer is fair. Others must vigorously litigate their claims in order to obtain the justice they deserve. And some individuals opt for an alternative dispute resolution approach. This approach allows plaintiffs and their attorneys to mediate or otherwise negotiate a claim outside of a courtroom setting. Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution may be embraced without the aid and guidance of an attorney. However, it is important to think very, very carefully before moving forward without professional legal assistance. The other [...]

By | 2018-05-26T15:16:45+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Westlake Village residents reminded to plan for a sober ride this St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and festivities will be in full swing this weekend and on Tuesday around the Westlake Village area. While considered a religious holiday in Ireland, in the U.S. St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated with anything and everything green, including lots of green beer. Since 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a total of 276 people have been killed in drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. Many more have suffered injuries that resulted in painful and debilitating conditions. The devastating personal and financial implications suffered by victims of drunk driving accidents and their family members, can forever [...]

By | 2018-05-26T15:17:09+00:00 March 14th, 2015|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Dangerous runways threaten the safety of airline passengers

Much of the world was shocked when news broke of an accident that caused a Delta Air Lines passenger plane to skid off a runway at LaGuardia Airport yesterday. According to numerous media outlets, the plane slid after landing and was only halted a few feet from the bank of the frigid East River. As of yesterday, it seems that nothing was mechanically wrong with the plane and no reports of pilot error surfaced in the hours immediately following the accident. Should the world have been shocked that a LaGuardia runway was essentially transformed into a slip-and-slide of ice and snow that imperiled the lives of [...]

By | 2018-05-26T15:17:33+00:00 March 6th, 2015|Aviation Accidents|0 Comments

When others aren’t careful behind the wheel

There are many different things a person can do to try to keep themselves safe out on the roads. However, as scary of a thought as it may be, a person’s safety out on the roads is not something that they have sole control over. How safe of a place the roads are for them is also dependent on how the drivers around them act. Thus, it can be quite terrifying to encounter unsafe drivers out on the roads. […]

By | 2018-05-26T15:17:57+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Understanding and preventing aggressive driving – Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about aggressive driving. We noted that aggressive driving behaviors are considered to be any behaviors which are unsafe and are committed both deliberately and with a disregard for safety. It is important to note that this disregard for safety may be unintentional. Many Americans are familiar with the concept of road rage, in which an individual intentionally tries to commit bodily harm by engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. Most motorists would never engage in road rage. However, a surprising number of American motorists engage in aggressive driving behaviors on a regular basis. It is imperative to understand the distinction between [...]

By | 2018-05-26T15:18:27+00:00 March 1st, 2015|Car Accidents|0 Comments

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