What are the types of premises liability cases which have legal merit? What is a slip and fall and how can we represent you to hold those responsible financially accountable? Premises liability is a sub-set of personal injury cases which involve those who suffer preventable injuries at a commercial business or residential property. California law requires business owners and those who own and manage publicly accessible residential property such as apartments or nursing homes to keep their property free from the types of hazards which could cause injury for their customers or guests. In strong premises liability cases the business owner or property manager failed to prevent or remedy hazards they were aware of or should have been aware of. For example, if a product falls off of a store’s shelf and strikes a child in the head it is considered to be a premises liability related personal injury case.
A recent multi-vehicle fatal crash on I-5 in Irvine resulted in the loss of one woman and injuries to nine others including three children. The car accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. last Thursday when a mother had apparently stopped her car and unfastened her seat belt to reach into the back seat for a child. The child was thankfully found alive, still strapped in his car seat. The young driver who is alleged to have initiated the chain reaction accident was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. His vehicle was allegedly traveling in excess of 100 MPH according to CHP officers on the scene. This tragedy clearly demonstrates the danger of DUI drivers and the serious injuries and wrongful death which are often the result of their choices. After more than 40 years of experience as a personal injury attorney here
A new blood test may help to diagnose brain injury after a car accident. According to a recent press release by the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA, the agency has recently approved a new blood test which helps to identify brain trauma indicators after a car accident. The test – known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator or Banyan BTI – measures the levels of two important chemicals which are released by the brain within 12 hours of a head injury. The presence or absence of these chemicals help doctors to determine the likelihood of a Traumatic Brain Injury or concussion and may affect a medical professional’s decision to perform a CT scan or additional testing. “A blood-testing option for the evaluation of TBI or a concussion not only provides health care professionals with a new tool, but also sets the stage for a more modernized standard of
“Should I talk to an insurance adjuster if I am injured in a car accident? They seem to just want some brief information.” We are often asked this question and after more than 40 years of experience I can tell you it is not in your legal or financial interest to speak with an insurance adjuster until you have the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. Most simply people simply have no knowledge or experience of what to do after a motor vehicle accident and how the process of recovering for all of your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses will work. You will undoubtedly be contacted almost immediately by an insurance adjuster representing the driver who caused your injuries. There are a few important things you need to know in order to handle your first conversation with any insurance adjuster. Insurance Companies Do NOT have Your Best
A stolen truck in a hit and run causes 3 injuries in Westchester recently. A couple allegedly stole a pickup truck and caused a serious accident while fleeing police resulting in injuries to 3 other people. The stolen pickup continued on until it was cornered by law enforcement. While there are many questions surrounding this hit and run accident, we are concerned about the 3 people who were injured in the hit and run accident. Who will pay for their injury claims? While the couple who were driving the stolen pickup truck were apprehended it is likely they have little or no insurance. The pair were allegedly committing multiple felonies which would cloud any insurance coverage they may have. The injured parties in these cases must often turn to their own UnInsured Motorist / UnderInsured Motorist or UM/UIM portion of their own automobile policy. The Law Firm of Rivers Morrell
Were you or someone you love a pedestrian injured by a car in Mission Viejo? Who will pay for the injuries sustained by the injured pedestrian? What happens if the driver responsible for those injuries left the scene in a hit and run accident? The lifestyle of Southern California means people are out and about on the streets of Mission Viejo. They are walking, riding their bicycles, exercising or simply enjoying getting out on a beautiful day. The high number of pedestrians in Mission Viejo presents challenges for drivers in many environments. A vehicle may be making a left hand turn at an intersection or simply pulling into or driving within a parking lot or the driveway of a business when a pedestrian is suddenly in front of or behind their vehicle as they back out of a space. One in every nine injury accidents in California involves a pedestrian.
Were you injured during an Uber or Lyft rideshare? Ridesharing continues to disrupt modern transportation models. The reasonable fares and easy access to transportation on your own schedule associated with ridesharing has continued to increase the success of these business models and the number of miles accumulated by their partner drivers across all of Orange County including Mission Viejo and Irvine. What happens if your Uber or Lyft driver is involved in an injury accident during your ride? Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have substantial insurance coverage for riders who are injured in a car accident as a passenger. Uber drivers are required to carry $1 million in liability coverage to cover injuries sustained by their passengers in an accident. This policy is the primary coverage upon which a personal injury claim will be made. Uber’s policy extends to the types of recoverable expenses associated with injuries in a
I was very concerned about the Mom and 3 kids injured in a Las Flores intersection recently when a man ran a red light, slamming into the family’s minivan on Oso Parkway. The accident happened at 8:30 am on a Friday morning. Both drivers and the three children were transported to Mission Hospital. The driver of the car responsible for the car accident claimed to be fatigued, but it is not clear if texting or other cell phone use was another factor in the accident. Accidents at an intersection are one of the most common causes of a motor vehicle accident in Mission Viejo and across Orange County. As in this accident, injuries associated with a t-bone or side impact can be quite severe. The forces associated with a side impact at speed will move the body in multiple directions in fractions of a second. Impact with the side supports
The G forces in a Mission Viejo car accident contribute to the severity of associated injuries. A person is simply driving, focused on their work or personal issues. Their body including all of its interior bones and organs are literally traveling at the same speed as the car. Suddenly the vehicle comes to a stop or changes direction due to the impact of a car accident. The body of the driver and any passenger continues to move at the same speed until it comes into contact with either the safety restraints, windshield, dashboard, side support or other obstruction inside the car. Today’s cars and motor vehicles are specifically engineered to absorb as much of the G forces in a Mission Viejo car accident as possible. Bumpers and side panels are designed to collapse and bend in order to absorb energy. Steering wheel assemblies collapse and even the engine itself may
What is the importance of UM-UIM in your car insurance if you live in Southern California? We are often contacted with questions about property damage and injuries received in hit and run accidents or in cases when the driver who caused the car accident had little or no insurance. All Californians should have Uninsured Motorist (UM) and UnderInsured Motorist coverage under your automobile insurance policy (often listed under UM/UIM) which would cover you and others in your car if you are injured in a hit and run accident or by a driver with California state minimum coverage or no insurance whatsoever. Without the optional UIM coverage under your policy, it is highly likely that you will not be able to fully recover for your medical bills and other expenses associated with injuries in a car accident. This includes, but is not limited to: medical bills physical therapy lost wages from