Friday, June 29, 2007

Value for Your Money

We live in a complex world where we cannot almost do anything without the use of products which makes our lives easier. As we move forward, we find faster and better ways of doing things with less effort. From instant meals to faster cars and easier means of communicating with others.

However, these products come with a price. Sometimes a lot of people become slaves of the things they own. Their possessions define them instead of the other way around. The problem is, sometimes their possessions bite them back. I am talking about product liability.

Not all the products out there in the market, however expensive, live up to your expectations and the manufacturers’ representations. Unfortunately, these defective products may even cause injuries to you. You may be poised by a toxic product or get cut or bruised by a defective tool or even get seriously injured by a defective vehicle or other mechanical and electrical device or appliance.

If ever you are injured by defective products either due to defective manufacturing, defective design or defective warnings or instructions, remember that you have a cause of action against anyone or all of them.

There is such a legal animal called strict liability theory which is used in California among many other states, where you just need to show that the product is defective, that the defected existed before the product leaves the manufacturer’s hands and that this defect caused you injuries in order for you to claim damages.

If you have been injured or suffered a loss of loved one's life because of defective products seek the aid of an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately to assure that your rights are well protected and properly pursued.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Slip, Trip and fall in all its forms Is Actionable

Slip and Fall accidents are quite common accident. More often, it is the negligence of the owner of the place that is the cause of the slip and fall accident. A slip and fall accident generally speaking is a slip due to a wet surface or substance on the floor causing the person to fall and resulting in injuries. A trip and fall, similarly, is a trip over cracks, holes or any uneven surface in violation of building code or negligence in maintenance of the premise causing the person to trip and fall resulting in injuries.

However, for the same slip or trip and fall accident, a cause of action , though premised on negligence by another person could give rise to different causes of actions.

In one instance, if you are walking in a mall and slipped and fall due to water or other slippery substance left lying on the floor uncleaned resulting in injuries, you are entitled to general damages for the medical costs of treatments as well as pain and suffering against the manager or store owner. Your claim will be pursued under a premise liability claims theory that the owners of establishment have a duty to keep the public and their patrons safe from any accidents while inside their establishments.

On the other hand, if you are at work and you tripped and fall due to a crack on the floor inside the premises of our employment resulting in your injuries, you are entitled to claim damages against your employees. However, instead of just general damages, you are entitled to worker’s compensation under the theory that your employer should provide you with a secure and safe working environment.

Furthermore, if you are a patient in the hospital and you slip or tripped and fall on the hospital floor due to poor maintenance of the place and below standards care and service to patients, then you are entitled to damages against the hospital staff or owner for any further injuries caused to you by the negligence of the hospital. Your claim for damages maybe pursued under medical malpractice claims since hospitals as well as doctors and all the medical and non-medical staff of the medical facilities owe you the responsibility of great care as mandated by professional medical standards.

As you can see, a slip and fall, regardless how and where committed, will entitle you to claims for damages. In order to be successful in claiming your just and reasonable damages, however, you should seek help from expert slip and fall lawyers like the lawyers of the Mesriani Law Group in California. They will make sure that your claims are protected and pursued to the fullest extent of the law.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Rolling Tumbling Down

It is fun to roll around if you are in an amusement park riding inside one of the amusement rides. The rides are designed to tumble and there are safety harness or other precautions present during the rolling and tumbling of the rides. In essence, those rides are meant to roll and tumble and turn to the joy of the thrill seekers.
Vehicles, on the other hand, are not meant to turn over, tumble, roll or even tip on its sides. When one of these things happen while you are inside a car, the results could be very painful to say the least. The most common injuries sustained from a roll-over accident is injuries to head and neck. This is due to the violent rolling of the car thrashing our head and neck back and fort. An incident also of this violent roll over accident is spinal cord injuries which could result in temporary or permanent paralysis.

Don’t also be fooled by movie stunts where cars roll and rip apart keeping the driver and pasengers intact. First, the drivers operating the vehicles in the movies are stuntmen with years of professional training on how to protect themselves in case of a roll over accident. The roll over they experience are intentionally done and they know how to position themselves to cusion the blow of the impacts in a roll over car scene. Also, their vehicles are made to sustain the impact of a roll over accident.

Roller bars or cages are placed to protect the car from crumpling like paper during the roll over and protecting the stuntman behind the wheel. The vehicle is also stripped of any glass or plastic that would break or detach and could hit or stab the stuntman during the roll over. If this is not enough, paramedics are already on stand by even before the roll over incident happens for good measure.
Imagine yourself in a roll over situation, without any of the above protective mesures. Had enough? Drive safely and your nightmare may not come to reality.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Speed Demon, Not a Turn On

Car accidents happen every day regardless of time, place or weather conditions. In
California, where car enthusiasts are everywhere, car accidents are even higher. There are a lot of people who are not content with the muscles under the hood of their cars. Supping up cars so to speak, where engine performance is boosted among other things, are a fast growing hobby and business for a lot of car lovers.

However, it doesn’t matter how buff your car’s muscles are, there is no excuse for reckless speeding. A lot of car accidents are caused by excessive speed while driving on the road.

Section 22350 of the Vehicle Code provides: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a roadway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

Even if you have not endangered anybody on the road, you will still be liable for speeding. This, plus the fact that if you are lucky, the only damage that you will sustain is a ticket or citation from authorities. But this luck seldom happens. The reality is, serious injuries as well as fatalities are often the results of accidents due to over speeding.

Is this scenario familiar to you? A person, while traveling eastbound on Venice St. was forcefully rear-ended by another person who was gunning his pedals without care to prevailing traffic conditions. As a result, the poor fellow died when his head hit the steering wheel with great force or was permanently paralyzed when his spine was snapped as a result of the violent collision.

Only a fool would think that it is cool to endanger or even kill another person just for speed rush. Remember, it is cool to have a great car, but it is even better to have the freedom to drive it rather than getting the car wrecked or impounded with you behind bars instead of behind the wheels of your car.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

It is said that over 100,000 pedestrians are injured each year in the United States alone. Almost half of those involved in the accident are killed.
Pedestrians are exposed to hazards everyday. They have no protection against vehicles. Even if a pedestrian is hit by a slow moving vehicle, chances are, the injuries are not that minor. Spinal cord injuries and head trauma as well as fractured limbs are the usual results of having been involved in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident.

To make matters worse, statistics show that a great number of pedestrians involved in an accident are our children and the elderly. Children are not yet fully equipped to read the dangers of traffic while elderly are not anymore capable in reacting as quickly as necessary when presented with traffic dilemmas.

Drivers of vehicles have the obligation to adhere to traffic and road rules. If you are a victim of pedestrian accident, chances are you can claim damages against the driver of the vehicle. However, you need to secure the services of apersonal injury lawyer with expertise in pedestrian accident cases, to represent you. Otherwise, the negligent driver or the adjuster of his insurance agency will try to impute negligence on you, thereby frustrating your claim. It is one thing to know you are right and another thing to prove that you are indeed in the right.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Factors That Contribute to Drowning Incidents

Drowning incidents also account for some of the fatalities in children and adults alike. Especially during summer or hot season, people tend to frequent pools and other recreation water areas.

Don’t let your fun time turn into a nightmare. Drowning can be caused by a lot of things. It is also worth to note that fatalities do not differ with people who know how to swim and those who cannot. If you want to prevent or minimize the risk of drowning while enjoying water sports and water recreations, these tips could just help save you and your family members from water related injuries as well as drowning or near drowning accidents.

First, do not consume too much alcohol. Alcohol disrupts your analytical thinking and slows your reaction time. If you are engaging in any water sports, be sure to have proper equipment. Do not overload your water vessels. Also, do not swim alone. Always make sure that somebody can see you. Even great swimmers get into accidents.

Some factors that may cause drowning regardless of whether you are a great swimmer or not are brought about by natural conditions such as water currents, bottom surface gradient and stability. These are the main reasons why, even if you are a great swimmer, you always need to make sure that somebody can see you or knows where you are while engaging in sports or fun activities in bodies of water.

It is well and good if all you get is a cold, a bump on the head, some scrapes and bruises in the skin. However, you may not be so lucky and end up near drowning or drowning ever. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Keep the above tips in mind and stay enjoying the waters longer.