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May 2014 Archives

First wrongful death suit filed weeks after tragedy

While no one can underestimate the pain caused by losing a loved one, the death of a child can be all the more heart-wrenching. And in instances where there is evidence to suggest that the child’s death could have been prevented, efforts to ensure that a similar incident never happens again often become top priority for the victim’s family. According to a representative for one family recently affected by a fatal accident, the mother of a teenage girl killed in an accident with a FedEx truck was compelled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in an effort to save other lives.

Santa Monica girl injured in pit bull attack

Most animal attacks in Los Angeles occur without any malice on the part of the animal’s owner. These are usually simply random incidents where a dog or cat’s animal instinct takes over and an attack results. Yet these attacks can often leave victims with serious injuries that require extensive medical care to correct. The expenses associated with that care can quickly add up to the point of being overwhelming, and accidents victims are left with little choice but to seek compensation from the animal’s owners.

Bike awareness could improve safety conditions

In cities like Long Beach, California, bicycle riding has long been considered a popular transportation and outdoor recreation option. In fact, it is not uncommon to see entire families riding their bikes together on increasingly busy streets. And while the popularity of bike riding has grown in recent years, also has bicycle accident rates across the country. New research suggests that more and more people are turning to bicycles as a reliable form of transportation to and from work, raising concerns over rider safety and awareness.

Wrongful death suit contradicts police findings

In the tragic event that a deadly accident occurs, the family of the victim/s has the right to question the cause of the incident and take actions to ensure that the appropriate parties are held liable for their loss. And even in instances where authorities do not take action to prosecute anyone in the case, wrongful death claims may still be pursued in some instances. Months after the fatal car crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and his friend in Los Angeles, the friend’s widow has filed a lawsuit against Porsche Cars North America alleging that the accident was a result of malfunction and poor vehicle design, not the speed at which her husband was driving.

Truck driver found guilty in wrongful death suit

Los Angeles, California, law enforcement and Highway Patrol officers put their lives on the line every day in services of the public. And while these brave men and women are known to be confronted by dangerous situations, there are instances where simply being on the road proves to be hazardous. The widow of a state trooper that lost his life in a tragic accident last year won her wrongful death lawsuit, as the truck driver involved in the fatal crash faces criminal charges.

Dog bite injury cases on the rise

Just as many children can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes, many pet owners across the state of California and beyond are ignorant to their pets’ behavioral issues. Dogs in particular can pose a significant threat to the public, and are known to act in unpredictable and aggressive ways toward strangers. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the dog owner to recognize and address potentially dangerous behavior in an animal and protect others from dog bite injuries at all times.

Wrongful death claims against VA raise serious concerns

Thousands of retired military members receive medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) every year in cities like Los Angeles, California, and around the country. And while individual experiences vary greatly from case to case, independent investigators, along with state and federal legislators, are beginning to question the level and quality of care provided to VA patients across the country. In particular, the number of wrongful death claims filed against the VA is seen by some as particularly high.

Freeway collision in Corona kills off-duty police officer

Few things offer more thrills then riding one’s motorcycle around the streets of Long Beach. Yet motorcycle ownership definitely comes with a sense of “buyer beware.” While safe and responsible driving will help one to avoid a motorcycle accident, should such an accident ever occur, the rider is offered little in terms of protection. Catastrophic injuries or even death are not uncommon results of such accidents.

San Jose family seeking justice for daughter with lawsuit

Many in Long Beach may choose to question a family’s motives for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of a loved one’s death. After all, no amount of monetary compensation will bring him or her back, nor can it truly assuage the pain and suffering that they may be feeling. Yet for many families, their reasons for filing such a lawsuit are not financial; they may simply be looking for justice beyond that which was imposed upon those responsible for the death. Such civil justice is often the only way that they may be able to truly find closure.