Personal Injury

How to React to Parking Lot Accidents

By Joseph Low on March 1, 2022 - Comments off

Cars in a parking lot.Many car accidents that happen in parking lots are minor, low-speed, low-impact collisions, causing property damage only. In some cases, however, people are seriously in parking lot wrecks, particularly in incidents involving children, pedestrians, or bicyclists. The National Safety Council found that, on average, 60,000 people are injured and 500 or more are killed in parking lot crashes every year, as reported on CBS News.

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What Happens in Mediation for a Personal Injury Claim?

By Joseph Low on September 20, 2021 - Comments off

A meeting room for mediation.

In California, civil cases may go to mediation if the court so orders, when the case involves more than $50,000 in damages or if the parties stipulate to mediation at least 90 days before the trial date. “Mediation brings people in conflict together with a neutral third person who assists them in reaching a voluntary agreement,” as stated by the American Bar Association (ABA). The purpose of the mediator is to help the parties clarify the issues, consider their options, and reach a workable agreement.

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The Importance of Social Media Silence During a Claim

By Joseph Low on October 30, 2020 - Comments off

Sharing photos and life updates to social media is almost second nature, but posting about a car accident or slip and fall might be a fatal mistake. Insurance companies will find every excuse to minimize your claim or deny you coverage after an accident, including using your social media posts against you. Everything from check-in to a local club on Facebook to a tweet about your physical therapy sessions can all have a major impact on your claim.

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Complications After a Head Injury

By Joseph Low on August 25, 2020 - Comments off

Head injuries are some of the most severe, devastating aspects of serious falls and car accidents. And while you might think the worst is over after being released from the hospital, only time will tell what long-term effects your injury may have. While some victims enjoy a full recovery, others are left with varying degrees of paralysis, migraines, cognitive impairments, nerve damage, and other disabilities that manifest gradually as time passes. Furthermore, secondary injuries that are usually considered minor may cause devastating damage due to the weakened and damaged condition of your brain tissue.

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How Comparative Negligence Can Affect My Personal Injury Case

By Joseph Low on October 30, 2019 - Comments off

Negligence is when an individual violates the duty of care owed to another person. For example, a driver who runs a red light and causes an accident is negligent because they breached the duty of care to other motorists by violating traffic laws and causing a traffic collision.

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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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Student Injured at Pep Rally Wins $10.5 Million

By Joseph Low on July 15, 2016 - Comments off

Bret 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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