Personal Injury

Does a Big Rig Truck Have a Black Box?

By Joseph Low on July 30, 2022 - Comments off

What is a Black Box?

A black box refers to a safety mechanism historically used in the aviation industry to track data during flights. Black boxes have now expanded outside the aviation industry to include the commercial trucking industry.

Most big rig trucks now have this device to track the likely causes of accidents and improve safety measures. However, whilst the majority of trucks have a black box, not every commercial truck does.

Black boxes, also known as event data recorders, enable governmental regulators to ensure safety of the trucking industry. They also serve a retrospective purpose, allowing crash victims to determine the causes of their accidents. Read the rest »

Someone’s Dog Just Bit You—Should You Be Concerned About Rabies?

By Joseph Low on May 15, 2022 - Comments off

California Dog Bite Cases

The friendliest dogs can act out of character if they are startled or feel threatened in some way. When animal instinct takes over to defend or protect, the friendliest family dog can turn aggressive. A dog bite is painful, and the experience traumatic. The good news is that most domesticated dogs are vaccinated. The bad news is that not all pet owners are responsible for keeping their furry friends up to date with their shots. If a dog has bitten you, you should clean the wound as effectively as possible and head to the nearest healthcare facility. Read the rest »

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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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