Personal Injury

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.

Uninsured Drivers on the Rise

With the high number of uninsured drivers in California, it is all too common to find yourself wondering where to go next after an accident with one of them. The first thing you should do after any accident is contact appropriate emergency services, including law enforcement and medical professionals if anyone is injured. Assuming the uninsured driver remains at the scene, get contact information from him or her and give your information as well. Provide an accurate statement to police once they arrive, but do not take responsibility for the accident—you do not have all the information in the moments immediately following a collision.

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Student Injured at Pep Rally Wins $10.5 Million

By Joseph Low on July 15, 2016 - Comments off

gavel-justiceBret Mitchell Carter, the Bakersfield High School senior who was seriously injured while taking part in a pep rally, has been awarded a settlement of $10.5 million. The money will go toward the costs of Mitchell “Mitch’s” lifetime of medical needs, which include daily growth hormone injections because, among other injuries, his pituitary gland was severely damaged.

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What Are Some Common Los Angeles Catastrophic Injury Causes?

By Joseph Low on February 28, 2016 - Comments off

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define a catastrophic injury in part as one that causes ongoing disabilities or other challenges even after it has fully healed.  Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, compound bone fractures, and crush injuries are all examples of catastrophic injuries.

While nearly any serious accident can cause a catastrophic injury, these injuries are more likely to occur in some accident scenarios than others. Here are some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries: Read the rest »

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Uber Finally Forms Safety Board

By Joseph Low on February 21, 2016 - Comments off

In the last couple years, the ridesharing company Uber has become popular here in Southern California. And it’s easy to see why. Uber offers a fast, convenient way to travel that’s cheaper than taking a taxi and easier than taking a bus or a train. You open up an app, press a button, and a car is on the way to pick you up. But, Uber has had its problems, namely with safety.

Uber operates under an insurance gray area. Because Uber is a ridesharing company and not a taxi company, its drivers don’t have the same commercial coverage for passengers that taxi companies require for their cars. In many accident cases, Uber declared it wasn’t liable for their drivers because people who drive for Uber aren’t employees, but independent contractors. This puts the responsibility for an accident on the driver and their insurance. And, we’re guessing most people don’t get commercial driving licenses before signing up with Uber. Read the rest »

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Teaching Pedestrian Safety to Your Kids

By Joseph Low on October 15, 2015 - Comments off

Pedestrian Safety TipsAnyone raising children in southern California wants them to stay safe while they explore and learn more about their world. In many communities, this includes allowing kids to walk to school, friends’ houses, the local park, or the store as they get older and want to explore.

Unfortunately, walking on California streets and sidewalks isn’t always safe.  The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) notes the rate of pedestrian deaths has increased in the past several years. Fatal pedestrian accidents jumped 6.9 percent between 2012 and 2013, claiming more than 700 lives in 2013 alone.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a pedestrian dies in an accident in the United States every two hours. Read the rest »

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During Eye Safety Month, Practice Ways to Protect against Eye Injuries

By Joseph Low on March 2, 2015 - Comments off

Long Beach Personal InjuryMarch is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month in California and other states, and many organizations are already encouraging workers to learn more about the risks they may face on the job.  Although many California workers think that eye injuries happen only in construction and manufacturing jobs, the truth is that as many as 40 percent of all eye injuries occur away from industrial workplaces – in offices, laboratories, and healthcare facilities.

According to researchers at Oregon State University, nearly 2,000 eye injuries occur nationwide every work day.  Of these, about 200 to 400 require the injured person to take at least one day off work, and about ten percent of them cause temporary or permanent loss of vision.  The loss of productivity when a worker is forced to tend to an eye injury also results in lost wages and other setbacks, making eye injuries a serious concern for many experienced California personal injury lawyers. Read the rest »

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To Recognize Concussion in Girls, Look for These Symptoms

By Joseph Low on October 6, 2014 - Comments off

Personal Injury LawyerA study published recently in the medical journal PLOS ONE suggests that girls show different symptoms after concussions than boys typically do.  While more research is needed, the study may provide useful information for parents, teachers, and coaches who suspect that a student-athlete has suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury.

The study surveyed 9,288 Ontario students in grades 7 through 12 who had suffered a concussion.  Overall, boys were six percent more likely than girls to suffer concussions, but both groups were most likely to have been injured while playing sports: soccer and basketball topped the list for both groups, followed by football for boys and cheer leading for girls. Read the rest »

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Get Ready for School With This Back to School Safety Checklist

By Joseph Low on August 4, 2014 - Comments off

A new school year means new opportunities for kids to learn, grow, make friends, and exercise their ever increasing independence. But with new opportunities come new responsibilities to take care of their own safety.

You can help the kids in your life stay safe this fall by practicing back to school safety with them. Here is a checklist of items to consider, courtesy of the National Safety Council and your experienced California personal injury lawyers: Read the rest »

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The Fourth May Be Over, But Fireworks Safety Still Matters

By Joseph Low on July 5, 2014 - Comments off

Long Beach Personal InjuryAlthough the Independence Day holidays have passed, fireworks are still a fun part of many holiday gatherings and following good safety rules when using them is just as important.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 11,000 people were injured in 2013 in fireworks-related accidents. For eight people, these injuries proved fatal. Experienced injury lawyers urge families to enjoy their fireworks safely by keeping a few easy safety tips in mind: Read the rest »

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Five Things to Do that Will Help Your Personal Injury Claim

By Joseph Low on August 30, 2013 - Comments off

When your life is shaken by an injury-causing accident in Long Beach, such as a bike crash, car collision, or worksite accident, it’s understandable that you may be too overwhelmed to know what to do first. If your pain and suffering was caused by another person’s reckless actions or wrongdoing, it can be even more emotionally draining.

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