Most of us believe, on some level, that we’re invincible until something happens to remind us that this is not true. A slip and fall accident or a car wreck can suddenly bring us back to reality, and it’s usually not a pleasant awakening. It’s the moment we realize that we’re just as vulnerable as the people we hear about on the news. That’s also when most of us realize that we have no idea what our legal rights are when it comes to personal injury law.

Summer is here and the days are longer, and the warmer days mean our roads will start to see a significant increase in motorcycle traffic. This also means that drivers will need to exercise even more caution on the already crowded California highways to ensure everyone gets home safely. While there is clearly no such thing as a “season” for motorcycle accidents, every summer sees a rise in accidents involving motorcyclists and it’s up to drivers and riders to educate themselves on sharing the roads safely.

The issue of elder abuse and mistreatment is gaining more attention as more Americans are living longer lives. Currently, approximately 1.5 million Americans live in nursing homes or some type of assisted living facility, approximately 25% of which have been cited for abuse or neglect in one form or another. This becomes increasingly important as the U.S. Census Bureau projects that more than 62 million Americans will be age 65 or older in 2025.

Being injured on someone else’s property can involve a wide range of circumstances, such as being introduced to dangerous conditions or situations, a slip and fall, or even an animal attack. It’s important to understand your rights under the law should one of these incidents arise.

Summer often means more frequent use of portable gasoline containers. In addition to powering vehicles, lawnmowers, generators and other equipment, gasoline has many uses in everyday life. However, the same quality that makes it useful – its explosiveness – can cause terrible injury if not handled and stored carefully. Spontaneous ignition while filling portable gasoline containers (gas cans) has resulted in serious burns, other injuries, and even death. Just the improper storage of gasoline can result in both serious bodily injury and property damage. We’ve put together a few tips for handling portable gasoline containers safely.

Having adequate medical insurance coverage is something that every American seeks to provide for themselves and their family. When we take out these policies, either through an employer or as an individual policy holder, it is with the hope that this will provide protection for any possible injury. But California’s ruling in the 2011 Howell v. Hamilton Meats case created what is often called the “health insurance penalty” – where ensuring that you have adequate medical coverage can be a detriment to your recovery of damages in a personal injury claim.

For most Americans, pets are much more than just animals that share our space. They are companions, friends, and even vitally necessary help to those with physical or emotional support needs. We love them as integral parts of our families. To many, losing a pet can be every bit as emotionally challenging as losing a human loved one. If your pet has suffered an injury or been killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, there are a few things you should know about pets rights.

For many who love being in the great outdoors, there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time on a boat. And Southern California offers hundreds of beautiful locations for everything from swimming and skiing to fishing and just plain pleasure boating. With all of this available to the outdoors enthusiast only a short distance from home, a boat promises to make the most of your family’s leisure time. Sadly, boating accidents appear in the news all too often to remind us that our fun time on the water needs to be taken very seriously.

A personal injury specialist is an attorney who has decided to make personal injury law the focus of his or her legal practice. It’s what they do, day in and day out. They don’t dabble in personal injury law while also working on divorce actions, business disputes and copyright infringement. It’s important to engage the right specialist to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve and that your case will receive a fair and complete hearing under the law.

A personal injury case, like any other lawsuit, has a typical timeline and specific guidelines that must be adhered to as the process makes its way through the system. Since each personal injury case is different, and the guidelines differ from state to state, it’s important to know exactly what is required of you and the steps that must be completed so that you don’t inadvertently endanger your case.

The process of finding a personal injury lawyer can be daunting. It’s important to select a seasoned attorney who is aggressive, committed and dedicated to empowering you and your case. To help you find a personal injury lawyer that is right for your legal situation, we have listed five important questions that you should ask any attorney you may be considering.

Work injuries are sometimes the result of the actions or negligence of a third party. The question is, can you file a claim against a negligent third party?

As amusement park rides have become more innovative and thrilling, more safety features have been developed. Hydraulic lap and shoulder bars and routine maintenance checks are now standard. Today, all amusement park accidents and safety violations are reported to regulatory agencies and the parks are fined or sanctioned. Unfortunately, carelessness and cost-cutting measures have occasionally led to injuries and deaths on park rides, and some responsibility for avoiding amusement park accidents is still on the shoulders of participants and parents.

The advent of the Internet has made information posted about anyone or anything almost instantly available to web searchers. Social media is a wonderful tool that has become ubiquitous in most of our lives, but did you know that information readily available about you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram and many, many others can be used to subvert your case if you’re involved in a legal action? The internet is a wealth of information, literally at your fingertips, but there are times when it can also backfire on you.

If you’ve been involved in an accident in which you suffered a personal injury, your first course of action should be to get any needed medical attention as soon as possible. Once you’re certain that your health is not in peril, your next step should be to find someone who can represent your legal interests. That may have you wondering how much personal injury attorneys charge for their services and whether or not you will be able to afford one.

Spinal cord injuries can certainly be life-altering events, and the first thing you should know is that they do not always present symptoms immediately after sustaining an injury. If you suffer a head, neck, or back injury, even if you feel that it’s minor, get the opinion of a qualified health care professional immediately.

A statute of limitations generally applies to most civil and criminal actions, including medical malpractice, because without them the details of a case can easily become distorted by the passage of time. With the exception of the recent change in California law regarding sexual assault crimes, almost every kind of charge has a statute of limitations attached. If victims do not comply with these limits, they risk losing their case simply by running beyond the time constraint.

Regardless of how deep and extensive your love of animals, they also demand a certain level of respect. Even the most docile creature is still an animal and therefore has a natural inclination to its animal instincts. These can assert themselves at any time, often without warning, resulting in an animal attack, most commonly a dog bite.

You’ve won your personal injury case. So now you’re entitled to your settlement, right? Maybe. But before you start spending that hard-earned award, you’ll need to determine how much, if any, tax liability there may be as a result of your win. That’s right. The IRS. Whether or not your award is taxable depends on the nature of the settlement and why it was awarded.

We’ve all been aware of the dangers of distracted driving for most of our lives. It’s not a new problem. But with the arrival of mobile phones and then later, texting, the probability of being involved in an accident caused by the use of a mobile phone behind the wheel has increased exponentially. The combination of driving and constant communication is a clear recipe for disaster.

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