A Bay Area teenager died because the City of Oakland knowingly allowed him to climb a tree that was diseased and unsafe, his family is claiming in a new lawsuit.
For the first time, the NCAA has agreed to pay the family of a student-athlete who died of a brain injury. The NCAA, together with other defendants, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a football player who suffered a fatal head injury in a 2011 practice. The parents will receive $1.2 million in the settlement.
Fair compensation which a plaintiff receives from a personal injury lawsuit is intended to make him or her "whole" again, at least from a monetary perspective. For many victims of medical malpractice, this means reimbursement for already-incurred costs like hospital bills and repayment of lost wages, as well as anticipated future expenses like health care aids.
Even in communities like San Francisco where WalkSF and its vision 2020 campaign seek to make streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, people on foot remain vulnerable when crossing the street, even when they are using the crosswalk and following traffic laws. When an inattentive or out-of-control motorist is behind the wheel, a pedestrian may have as little as one to two seconds to get to safety.
Mike Kelly was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Orange County Consumer Attorneys (OCCA) and the Inland Empire Consumer Attorneys Association (IECA) which was held at the Omni Las Palmas resort in Palm Springs May 21-23. The event, a continuing legal education program for attorneys specializing in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases throughout the southern part of the state, broke historic attendance records and featured a roster of outstanding speakers. Mike's address focused upon issues of professionalism and the trial lawyer's responsibility to respect and promote the principles that the Constitution's founding fathers thought so important when they included the Eighth Amendment ( right to a civil jury trial ) among the Bill of Rights. At the Saturday night awards ceremony, Michael Bidart, of Claremont, was presented with the OCCA's Trial Lawyer Of The Year Award, and Judge Janet Frangie of the San Bernardino Superior Court was honored as the areas Trial Judge Of The Year.
Usually, when a motorcycle is involved in a traffic accident, the rider has the greater chance of serious injury. But when the other party is a pedestrian, that person is even more vulnerable to reckless behavior.
Local San Francisco media outlets are reporting that the investigation into the cause of the recent tour bus that crashed at Union Square. Brake failure is being explored as a possible cause. Investigators noted this would fit with eye witness descriptions of the crash.
Some activities are inherently risky, and the law says that any foreseeable injuries from such pursuits are not recoverable, because the injured person "assumed the risk" that his or her injuries would occur.
After 19 people in Portland and Seattle have become sick with E. coli, the Mexican food restaurant Chipotle has closed 43 locations in Oregon and Washington pending food safety investigations. Among the 19 people injured, 8 have required treatment in hospitals. Fortunately, none of those injured by unsafe food have suffered fatal injuries.
Imagine your car careening hundreds of feet into a ravine, trapping you inside for nearly a week and permanently disabling you because the car's safety features failed. That is what a woman is saying happened to her in a lawsuit against General Motors.