Jim Vititoe Named to Prestigious Super Lawyers List for 11th Consecutive Year

Are Medications More Dangerous to Driving than Alcohol?

Everyone knows that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and illegal in California as well as every other state in the union. However, driving under the influence of drugs – including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications – can be every bit as dangerous or even more so. It can also result in serious DUI charges. Whether it is a muscle relaxer or medical marijuana, an antihistamine known to cause drowsiness or a judgement impairing pain killer, there is no excuse for driving under the influence of drugs, not even your doctor’s orders. Medical professionals should explain the side effects of drugs they prescribe, but [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:15:23-07:00November 30th, 2016|Car Accidents|Comments Off on Are Medications More Dangerous to Driving than Alcohol?

Has Legal Pot Led to More Traffic Deaths?

How has the legalization of recreational marijuana use affected the number of fatal traffic accidents? Supporters of pot prohibition warned that the numbers of pot smokers on the road would increase along with the number of fatal crashes. To determine if that has happened let’s look at statistics from two states who have legalized recreational pot smoking – Washington and Colorado. Statistics in Washington State show that the number of drivers in fatal crashes, testing positive for marijuana, increased from 8% to 17%, equating to an increase of 50 percent. Does this mean that the marijuana use is causing more accidents or that more people are [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:16:16-07:00November 25th, 2016|Car Accidents|Comments Off on Has Legal Pot Led to More Traffic Deaths?

Why Are So Few Buses Equipped with Seatbelts?

After the news spread across national media regarding 13 fatalities in the Hot Springs California Bus Crash, the question of seatbelts on buses, or lack of them, became a trending topic. It is apparent to investigators, if the 43 occupants of the bus were wearing seatbelts, the number of injuries and deaths would be considerably lower. The type of injuries to passengers were blunt or jagged force trauma, consistent to airborne bodies. Even if the passengers of the bus elected to wear seatbelts, none were available. The question that has been raised many times following horrific bus crashes is – why are there are no seatbelts [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:16:52-07:00November 22nd, 2016|Bus Accidents|Comments Off on Why Are So Few Buses Equipped with Seatbelts?

5 Ways Trial Lawyers are Consumer Advocates

Consumers are bombarded with corporate messaging each and every day by every means imaginable. In a free but regulated marketplace, consumers enjoy a wide range of products and services. Ideally, companies would work hard to provide the best quality and experience to outperform the competition. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and some corporations use deceptive or collusive practices in order to make a profit. In such instances, consumers lose in a number of ways. 5 Ways Trial Lawyers are Consumer Advocates A set of laws, known as “consumer protections,” exist to assure consumers are not victimized. In 1914, the Federal Trade Commission Act was passed. [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:18:34-07:00November 20th, 2016|Personal Injury|Comments Off on 5 Ways Trial Lawyers are Consumer Advocates

Third Party Liability in Construction Accident Injuries

The most common workplace accidents in the nation are construction accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics for the US Department of Labor conducted a study which showed that there are between five and six thousand deaths caused by construction accidents annually. Most construction companies provide safety training to workers; however serious accidents are still happening with great frequency. Construction is, without question, the most dangerous industry due to the many potential hazards that are always present. Construction companies in California, as well as the many trades, are required carry worker’s compensation insurance. This insurance is provided to pay for the medical bills of an injured worker [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:19:02-07:00November 19th, 2016|Personal Injury|Comments Off on Third Party Liability in Construction Accident Injuries

How Essure Birth Control Injured Thousands of Women

The Essure System was first submitted to the FDA in April of 2002 as a form of permanent birth control by Conceptus, which was subsequently bought by Bayer. The FDA gave the system approval in November of that same year. The Essure system consists of nickel-titanium and stainless steel coils, which are wrapped in polyethylene terephthalate and inserted into the fallopian tubes. The devices cause irritation to the area, developing fibrous scar tissue which creates a blockage, preventing the descent of eggs. The FDA imposed several requirements on the maker, including an adequate, physician training program and a warning label concerning information about failure and success [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:19:57-07:00November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Essure Birth Control Injured Thousands of Women

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

California law requires drivers to stop after being involved in an auto accident. Unfortunately, not all drivers obey the law. It’s routine to see drivers speed or engage in distracted behaviors, such as texting, eating, and more. Because there’s a plethora of distractions competing for our attention at all times, we take our focus off the road. Even when paying attention to the cars around us, it’s still possible to be surprised. For these and a variety of other reasons, hit and run accidents occur. So, it’s very important to know what to do after a hit and run (as well as what not to do.) [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:21:01-07:00November 15th, 2016|Car Accidents|Comments Off on What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

Essure Lawsuits Can Move Forward without Preemption California Judge Rules

Lawsuits totaling more than 900 have been filed in California against Bayer Healthcare for serious side effects caused by their contraceptive device Essure. Until early this month Bayer has successfully kept the door locked against more than 40,000 complaints related to Essure but a ruling by a judge in California may have smashed down that door. Judge Winifred Smith of the Superior Court in Alameda County granted a motion in the beginning of October to coordinate 55 cases filed against Bayer. At the same time, she sided with the plaintiffs against Bayer concerning pre-emption. Bayer contended that plaintiffs were not allowed to file suit under federal [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:21:36-07:00November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Essure Lawsuits Can Move Forward without Preemption California Judge Rules

Distracted Driving Accidents on Rise Due to Pokémon Go Players

Back in July of this year, a police body cam video went viral, showing three Baltimore MD police officers standing and having a conversation when an SUV suddenly slams into their parked patrol car. Moments later, the driver emerges from the SUV, which came to a halt hundreds of feet down the street, with phone in hand saying “That’s what I get for playing this dumb game.” It was not the game that was dumb. Fortunately, no one was injured. Many people thought this video was funny, leading to it going viral. However, there is nothing funny about distracted driving. In fact, of the 421,000 people [...]

By |2016-11-11T08:08:13-08:00November 11th, 2016|Car Accidents|Comments Off on Distracted Driving Accidents on Rise Due to Pokémon Go Players

Jury Awards $70 Million in Johnson & Johnson Talc Cancer Lawsuit

After a trial that began on Sept. 26 and ended on Oct. 27, a jury in St. Louis ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $70 million to a California woman, who claims that the company’s talc based products, which she used for feminine hygiene, caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict was the third large award in a row that Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay this year. In May, the same court awarded $55 million in damages to a South Dakota woman who underwent a hysterectomy due to ovarian cancer, allegedly caused by lifelong use of the product. In February, the family of [...]

By |2018-05-26T12:25:21-07:00November 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jury Awards $70 Million in Johnson & Johnson Talc Cancer Lawsuit

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