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January 2015 Archives

Car Accidents

Despite the fact that many California motorists may not consider drowsy driving to be nearly as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, falling asleep at the wheel results in thousands of serious and fatal car accidents every year across the country. And while state and federal road safety experts are beginning to place more emphasis on implementing and enforcing drowsy driving guidelines, the pervasiveness of the issue is believed by many to be underestimated.

Dog bite injuries and complications

You may be familiar with the types of injuries that are commonly associated with animal attacks, including scratches and bites to the skin. However, there are a large number of serious and even fatal dog bite injuries that may not actually be directly related to bite wounds themselves. The attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., have handled many personal injury cases involving serious infections and other injuries caused by preventable animal bites.

What are punitive damages?

You, like many people across the state of California, may be familiar with the general idea of personal injury claims and damages. However, you may not know the difference between compensatory and punitive damages, or how punitive damages apply in any given case. Understanding when and how punitive damages are awarded in wrongful death cases can help you better navigate your own personal injury case.

405 multivehicle crash kills 1

Not only is Los Angeles notorious for its traffic, but the city has also garnered quite the reputation for the nature and severity of accidents that happen on LA freeways. Accidents that occur at high speeds often involve multiple vehicles, and accident victims, because they cause a chain reaction of collisions. Determining liability in such a case can be complex, therefore, as at least some of the motorists involved in a multivehicle collision may not have been responsible for causing the car accident in question.

The seriousness of mild brain injuries

Despite the fact that more awareness of traumatic brain injuries is being spread by the media, particularly when it comes to sport-related injuries, concussions and other types of head injuries has still not fully understood by medical professionals or the general public. Unfortunately, the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., see many cases where accident victims with mild TBIs are not properly diagnosed or compensated for their injuries because the full severity of their symptoms are not realized until long after the accident incident occurred. If you or a loved one were involved in any kind of car accident, it can be incredibly helpful to understand the delayed signs and symptoms of a possible brain injury.

Motorcycle accident demographics and statistics

California state and federal agencies monitor motorcycle accident rates in order to improve road safety standards and address threats to motorcycle riders and other motorists alike. Statistics suggest that some regulations and enforcement efforts have translated into a general decline in serious and fatal motorcycle collisions. However, there is also evidence that a shift in motorcycle rider demographics has led to an increase in incidents among one group.

Are wrongful death damages taxable?

As the end of the holiday season ushers in tax season, you may be wondering how to account for any and all damages you or a loved one received in a wrongful death judgment in the state of California. The particular circumstances surrounding a case, and personal injury ruling, can play a large role in determining whether or not any resulting damages can be subject to taxation under the law.

Redondo Beach woman causes multi-fatality accident

While all auto collisions have the potential to cause serious injuries, drunk driving accidents can be particularly violent. Factors like excessive speeds and erratic driving can contribute significantly to the nature and severity of DUI-related accidents, and often result in multiple accident victims. A recent fatal car accident resulted in criminal allegations and illustrates just how profoundly innocent lives can be affected by people’s poor decisions.

Holiday-related dog attack considerations

Many people consider their pets to be an integral part of their family, and make a point to include them in holiday festivities. And while the attorneys at Harting, Simkins, & Ryan, L.L.P, appreciate just how much dogs can contribute to just about any occasion, we are also all too familiar with how prevalent dog bite incidents can be in the home setting. No matter if you are a dog owner or plan to visit a household with pets this holiday season, it's important to consider a few dog bite injury concerns and precautions.