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Court Finds Strongly in City’s Favor in San Diego Slip & Fall Case

By Sara Morgan |

We’ve walked by them hundreds of times, maybe even noticed them before – the bases of street signs. Usually they consist of a larger piece of pipe embedded into the sidewalk into which the signpost slides. (See photo) Take a look the next time you see a sign. For Mr. Heskel, he’ll probably be… Read More »

What’s With All the Auto Recalls?

By Sara Morgan |

Car recalls have been on the rise, or so it seems. Getting wind of the General Motors scandal and investigation after a recall of 6.3 million vehicles has caused companies like Toyota and Ford to make recalls for even more millions of vehicles. But why?

Patient Safety Act on the California Ballot

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Doctors are around to care for our children, our family members, and us. But sometimes, they don’t take proper care and that can result in catastrophic injuries and sometimes even death. In 2003 two young California children, by the names of Troy and Lana Pack, were killed in a car crash caused by a… Read More »

MICRA: CHANGES ON THE HORIZON?

By Sara Morgan |

Since 1975, Californians have dealt with the limitations on non-economic damages in health care provider litigation, as provided for in California’s “MICRA” (Medical Injury Cooperation Reform Act of 1975) legislation. The $250,000.00 “cap” includes all damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress, and similar non-economic damages. Economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and… Read More »

Reading iPhone Maps While Driving: Is It Ok?

By Richard Irwin |

We all know that looking at your phone while driving is extremely distracting and that we shouldn’t do it. Ever. But using your phone as a GPS, glancing at the map every once in a while to make sure you’re on the right track, is inevitable and permitted (even though it may not be… Read More »

Surveillance Cameras Capturing Elder Abuse

By Sara Morgan |

Maintaining surveillance cameras in the rooms of elderly residents in long-term care facilities is becoming a more common way to capture the all-too-common abuse that occurs there. According to an article from the New York Times, in a recent case, a nursing home aide was caught stuffing latex gloves into a dementia patient’s mouth… Read More »

Labor Unions and Workers’ Compensation

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

American labor unions have seen a quick decline in membership for years, but a recent report shows that the diminishing membership has halted, for now. The amount of American workers who belong to labor unions stayed the same in 2013, at 11.3% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to a recent… Read More »

Car Accident Fatalities Increase in the U.S.

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

An increase in injuries and fatalities on the roads of America could be due mostly to a failure to follow some important safety procedures—but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recent report in 2012, there isn’t one single issue that accurately explains the increases. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System for 2012… Read More »

ASBESTOS – AN OLD ENEMY STILL EXISTS!

By Richard Irwin |

For years, many individuals in our workforce worked around or in buildings where asbestos or asbestos products were present. This exposure was often associated with the construction industry – such that builders, electricians, plumbers, pipe-fitters, insulation installers were often exposed to asbestos. And, this is just the short list. In certain tragic cases, this… Read More »

POPCORN LUNG DISEASE

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

About 15 years ago, workers in plants making microwave popcorn began experiencing symptoms including dry coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing. For many, a diagnosis of Bronchiolitis obliterans, a lung disease where the sufferer’s breathing is constricted due to scarring of the bronchioles (airways), soon followed. Bronchiolitis obliterans, now commonly known as “popcorn lung,”… Read More »

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