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July 2018 Archives

Warning signs do not always protect against premises liability

Anyone who owns or rents a California building bears responsibility for keeping it safe for residents, guests, employees and even people who might trespass on the property. Should a person be injured on the property due to unsafe conditions, an owner or a renter may end up on the hook for that person’s medical bills. Some people may believe, however, that a warning sign might be the answer to warding off liability. While warning signs can reduce the risk of liability, they do not guarantee that the property owner will never be held liable.

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

It is virtually impossible to drive down a California freeway and not come in contact with commercial trucks, but for many motorists, sharing the road with these large, tremendously heavy vehicles can be a stressful, anxiety-inducing experience. While the size and weight of semi-trucks makes them inherently threatening to motorists driving smaller passenger vehicles, the threats they pose become far more pronounced when truck drivers engage in substance abuse before getting behind the wheel.

Identifying the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries

When the head is hit by a sudden force that causes the brain to smash into the hard, bony skull, a brain injury may occur. The soft tissue of the brain can become bruised or torn, causing it to bleed and inflame. These brain injuries occur more often than some may think. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are involved in 30 percent of deaths caused by injuries in the United States. It is crucial to understand how to identify a brain injury so that people can get the treatment they need to recover.

Can a spouse take part of a personal injury settlement?

California is a fifty-fifty state when it comes to divorces. Additionally, personal injury awards are typically considered community property. This means that any settlement you receive from an injury would likely be split equitably between you and your spouse during a divorce.

How do people overcome major injuries?

If you are one of the many California citizens who has a dangerous line of work, then you are well within your rights to be concerned about catastrophic injuries. In fact, anyone who drives regularly might do well to think about what might happen should the unthinkable occur. While accidents that lead to paralysis, amputations or brain injuries are rare, they are far from impossible.

How can workplace stairs be made safe?

Stairs are a necessity for accessing different floors in a multi-story California building. Not everyone elects to take an elevator, and in the event of a power outage, stairs are the only way to get down from a higher floor. However, stairs can be dangerous if not utilized correctly or if there are flaws in the construction of the stairs. This is why steps should be taken to ensure that stairs and stairwells in buildings do not become a safety risk for the people who use them.

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