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Do Brain Injuries Affect Our Servicemen More Than We Think?

By Joseph Low on August 15, 2019 - Comments off

Last year, NPR raised serious concerns about military personnel being put at risk every time they operated a shoulder-fired weapon. The author of the article, Jon Hamilton, based his report on findings commissioned by the Army from the Center for a New American Security. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV would like to examine this idea further. Read the rest »

Posted in: Military Defense

What Happens If You Hurt Yourself on the Queen Mary?

By Joseph Low on July 12, 2019 - Comments off

The RMS Queen Mary had a long and rich history as a premiere North Atlantic Ocean liner for more than 30 years. Since 1967, she’s been moored at Long Beach harbor in Long Beach, California. Since then, she’s become a popular tourist attraction, event space, and even a hotel! When the Queen Mary was purchased by the City of Long Beach, the ship underwent several renovations and changes to make the experience more appealing and accommodating for visitors. The owners removed the entire forward engine room, the boiler rooms, ship stabilizers, and other necessary components that any ship needs for it to travel long distances in the ocean. Thankfully, the Queen Mary wasn’t planning on going anywhere anytime soon. Read the rest »

Posted in: Boating Accident

Summer Is a Time for Relaxation, But Pedestrians Shouldn’t Let Their Guard Down

By Joseph Low on July 1, 2019 - Comments off

As we move into the summertime in Long Beach, you might be itching to break out the grill or walk down to the shoreline. Long Beach is filled with commerce, entertainment, and other things to occupy you and your family’s time during the summer. However, as you are out walking around, it’s important to remember the dangers you could face from other drivers as a pedestrian. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

The Worst Intersections in Long Beach

By Joseph Low on April 1, 2019 - Comments off

With over 470,000 residents, Long Beach is the seventh most populated city in California. Three major freeways run through Long Beach, and the city is a hotbed of commerce and entertainment. And of course, like the rest of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, Long Beach has a lot of traffic. If you’re familiar with the city, it should be no secret that the following intersections are some of the most hazardous… Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accident

I Was Just in an Accident with an Uninsured Driver, What Now?

By Joseph Low on April 19, 2017 - Comments off

car-accident-3397879A shockingly high number of California drivers are underinsured or uninsured, which can make the already difficult situation of being in an accident even worse. Fortunately, there are some options available to you, especially if you have uninsured motorist insurance as part of your policy. Once proper steps are taken to contact law enforcement or other emergency services if necessary, it is very important that you do not sign anything and that you contact an experienced lawyer to represent you immediately.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

What Should I Look for If I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

By Joseph Low on April 14, 2017 - Comments off

Elderly woman- Nursing home (4)When we entrust elderly family members to nursing homes, we expect them to be treated properly. Fortunately, most California nursing homes are places where our elders are given respect and taken care of. There are some tragic exceptions to this, though, so it is always a good idea to be aware of signs of abuse and to act on any suspicions or concerns you have.

Physical Signs

Many indications of abuse at nursing homes are physical things that you can observe during a visit with a loved one. Look for bruises or infections that seem sudden or do not have an immediate explanation. Some injuries can occur naturally, and when promptly taken care of do not present a serious threat. If bruising or bone fractures cannot be easily explained…then it may indicate physical abuse.

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Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

Who’s at Fault in a Rear-End Collision? It May Not Be so Simple…

By Joseph Low on April 12, 2017 - Comments off

rear-ended2If you’ve ever been involved in a rear-end collision, chances are you’ve heard the common theory about who’s at fault. Even for people who haven’t been involved, the common perception is that the person at the back of a rear-end collision is always at fault.

But did you know there is no actual rule behind this theory? The theory holds true most of the time, but there’s no specific law alluding to this. So how did this idea get started? To get there, we need to answer a few other questions.

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Posted in: Car Accident

How Do Long Beach Drivers Compare to Others?

By Joseph Low on April 10, 2017 - Comments off

car-accident2Based on statistics comparing drivers in Long Beach to other California cities of comparable sizes, Long Beach drivers are generally pretty safe. There are some specific areas— collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists, for example—where Long Beach has pretty high numbers, but incidents of driving at high speeds or under the influence of alcohol are fewer. Long Beach drivers seem to show proper caution and treat driving with respect, though it may be a dangerous place to walk or ride a bike.

OTS Rankings

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) compiles collision rankings each year to compare how drivers in different cities of comparable sizes perform in terms of collisions with injuries or fatalities. While these numbers might not demonstrate exactly how good drivers in a particular city are, they do allow for comparisons in certain categories to show where there is room for improvement.

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Posted in: Car Accident

What Steps Can I Take If My Child Is Hurt at School?

By Joseph Low on April 7, 2017 - Comments off

Preschool Children SeriesWhen you drop off your child at school, you hope that he or she will learn, so that he or she can take on the world someday. For eight hours, your child’s safety is in the care of other adults and educators. You’re most likely still stressed about your child’s well-being, even though he or she is in good care. But what happens if your child does get hurt at school? What steps should you take?

Identify If Your Child Is Hurt

The first thing to do is to identify if your child has been hurt because of an occurrence at school. The easiest thing you can do is assess your child’s behavior/appearance and compare it to how he or she looked/acted in the morning/daily. Strange behaviors or marks won’t always mean “hurt” (children are children after all), but you should be on the lookout for peculiarities.

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Posted in: Child Injury

Don’t Ring in the New Year with a DUI

By Joseph Low on December 30, 2016 - Comments off

drunk-truck-driverFind out what California law says about DUIs, so you don’t ring in the New Year with one. More importantly, learn what to do if you’re charged.

The holiday season is a time of celebrating with friends and ringing in the New Year, often with libations and refreshments. While it may seem innocent enough at the time, it can be too easy after a good holiday party to get behind the wheel of your car – even if you’ve had one too many to drink.

Fines and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) have become much harsher in California than they were in the past. And judges have been known to bring down strict penalties for even first-time offenders. For these reasons, and for the safety of yourself and others on the road, it’s important to understand what California law says about drinking and driving.
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Posted in: DUI

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