What are My Rights in a California Limousine Accident?

When the news carries a story of a California limousine accident, it invokes an image of people having the time of their life, suddenly ruined by tragedy. It may be a wedding, a night on the town, a trip to wine country or a ride to the airport for a long awaited vacation. Such was the case in Santa Clarita on August 1, 2015. A limousine carrying ten people, including the driver, crashed into a car that was stopped in the road. The excessive weight of the limousine made it impossible for the driver to stop in time. The vehicle that was stopped went out of [...]

Many Parents Lack Concussion Awareness Study Shows

Many parents and guardians of young athletes do not thoroughly understand the impact of concussions on their child’s future. This information is according to a study co-authored by a faculty member of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and a Stanford faculty member. The study by Cynthia Trowbridge, an associate professor of kinesiology and athletic trainer at UTA, and Sheetal Patel of Stanford University, was published in May in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Research. The results showed that a significant number of caregivers have limited awareness of the long term affects of a concussion on a child. Trowbridge, who [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:46:06+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Sports Injuries|0 Comments

How Safe are Amusement Park and Carnival Rides?

The frequency of amusement park and carnival ride accidents reported on the news is alarming. The most recent was the tragic death of a young man on the Fireball ride in Ohio who was thrown into the air and landing on the pavement fifty feet away. Seven others were injured in that accident. In June of this year, a girl fell 25 feet from a gondola ride in New York’s Great Adventure. In May, a 10 year old was tossed of a giant waterslide in a brand new California water park. Fortunately neither of them was seriously injured. Sadly, others have not been so lucky. Caleb [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:47:32+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Why Should I Wear My Seatbelt in an Uber or Lyft?

Ride share companies utilize smartphone technology to provide an alternative to taxi cabs and other forms of public transportation. The ride share company can keep its operating costs low because they are not regulated by states and cities and are not required to carry the same type of insurance as cabs or to purchase expensive medallions. Statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that only 65% of passengers buckle up in taxis compared to 87% in private vehicles. The apparent reason for failure to buckle up is the fact that most pubic transit lacks seatbelts and riders are not accustomed to doing it. California [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:50:17+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Feds Join Whistleblowers in Suit Against the City of L.A. Over Housing for the Disabled

A lawsuit filed by the U.S Department of Justice alleges that the City of Los Angeles falsely promised to create accessible homes for the disabled to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in federal housing grants. The complaint, filed on July 31 in Los Angeles federal court, claims that the city and the CRA/LA, formerly known as the Community and Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, were the recipients of millions of dollars in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The complaint alleges that they failed to comply with the accessibility laws designed to guarantee fair and equal access to the [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:52:15+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Qui Tam|0 Comments

Study Reveals Dementia in Working Age Adults Connected to Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been associated with an increased risk of dementia in working-age adults, according to a recent study. The same study, which embodied the entire Finnish population, showed no relationship between TBI and later onset of Parkinson’s disease or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Researchers from the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital, who conducted the study, believe that these results may be of great benefit in the rehabilitation and long-term monitoring of TBI victims. Approximately one in three that receive a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury die and half of those that survive suffer a life-long disability. These grim statistics [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:53:15+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

San Diego Police use the Drager Drug Test 5000 to Assist in Making DUI Marijuana Arrests

Last month the first arrests were reported in San Diego for driving under the influence of marijuana using the new Drager Drug Test 5000. The device acts much like a Breathalyzer except it requires police to swab the inside of a driver’s mouth and test the results onsite for active THC. Once a positive result is returned, the police can obtain a warrant for a blood drawing to determine the actual blood level of THC. While a blood alcohol test is generally accurate, a screening for THC may be inconclusive. There is no level of THC that is a current standard for a DUI marijuana charge [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:54:54+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Missouri Hospitals to Pay $34 Million in Whistleblower Suit

Two southwest Missouri hospitals have agreed to pay $34 million to the Medicare program for alleged violations of the False Claims Act. The suit, filed by a whistleblower, claims the hospitals engaged in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed Dr. Viran Roger Holder against Mercy Hospital Springfield and its affiliate Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, which together operate a hospital, clinic and infusion center. The hospitals, formerly known as St. John’s Regional Health Center and St. John’s Clinic, once employed Dr. Holden, who accused them of billing Medicare for chemotherapy services provided to patients who were referred to them by oncologists. These [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:56:00+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Qui Tam|0 Comments

Polaris ATV Accident Wrongful Death Lawsuit Spotlights Dangers

A wrongful death suit has been filed against Polaris Industries, a Minnesota company, by the families of two women who died last year in Utah after the ATV, on which they were riding, caught fire after rolling over. The lawsuit alleges that a defect in the Polaris Ranger 800 model allowed fuel to pour out and cover the Arizona women, Destiny Dixon, 28, and Debbie Swann, 51, then igniting and engulfing them in flames before they could unbuckle their seatbelts. The lawsuit was filed in Minnesota where the company has headquarters in Medina and seeks an undisclosed amount of damages. A spokesperson for Polaris, Kelly Basgen, [...]

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