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My employer in Los Angeles will not pay me for all of the hours I have worked. Can I sue my employer?

Most employers in Los Angeles pay their employees all of the wages to which they are entitled. However, unfortunately there are always going to be some dishonest employers who take advantage of employees. They may refuse to pay their employees for all the pay they have earned, which includes not only regular wages, but also vacation time, sick time, overtime, and bonuses. This most often happens when the employees are in a vulnerable position, such as if they do not speak English well or if they are in the U.S. illegally. If an employee is not paid all of his …

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My parent choked in a nursing home in Los Angeles. What are my legal options?

I’m so sorry to hear about your parent’s incident at the nursing home. Choking can be scary for anyone, but especially an elderly person in a nursing home. If your parent was harmed as a result of the accident, you may wish to speak with an attorney about your legal options. Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not correctly supervise or monitor the food intake of patients. Many nursing home residents are on restrictive diets because they have difficulty swallowing. If a nursing home fails to enforce diet restrictions or does not properly monitor a patient while he or she is …

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Lyft Claims Not in the Transportation Business to Avoid ADA

Recently in court, Lyft claimed that it was a technology company, not a transportation company. The move was taken in order to avoid being subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act. This arose from a class-action lawsuit that was filed in 2017 against Lyft by a woman who claims that the company’s failure to serve people with disabilities is illegal. The lawsuit was filed in federal court, and comes after a settlement with New York City in which Uber, Lyft, and Via agreed to service at least 80 percent of requests for wheelchair-accessible vehicles in under 10 minutes and 90 …

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What should I do if I have been injured in an automobile accident in Los Angeles?

I’m sorry to hear that you have suffered injuries in a Los Angeles automobile accident. You most likely feel like your life has gotten turned upside down. If your injuries are serious, you may be unable to work and you may have mounting medical expenses. Your vehicle may not be able to be driven. Accidents in Los Angeles occur for a few common reasons. The biggest is error by one or more drivers. Many drivers drive while they are distracted by cell phones. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another common cause of accidents. Driving aggressively …

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My mother is in a Los Angeles nursing home and she was given the wrong prescription medication. Can she sue for medical malpractice?

I’m very sorry to hear about your mother’s issues at the nursing home. Unfortunately, medication errors are common, not only in nursing homes, but also across all patient demographics. Often, when a medication error occurs in a nursing home, it occurs because a doctor prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. In some cases, there may have been an error in the way the drug was administered. If you want to sue for medical malpractice after your mother was given the wrong drug in a nursing home, your parent must have suffered harm as a result of being given …

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I was injured by police in Los Angeles. Can I sue the police department?

I am very sorry to hear that you were injured by the LAPD. The police have tough jobs, and with those jobs come a lot of power to benefit society. Most officers use that power wisely. However, some police officers take advantage of their positions. Police officers are under a lot of stress, which sometimes involve violence. In many cases, police are justified in using a lot of force in arresting a suspect. Sometimes the public may believe that the force is excessive but may be what is required under the circumstances. However, sometimes police officers do step over the …

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My religion prevents me from working a lot of holidays and my employer fired me in Los Angeles. Is that legal?

I am sorry to hear that you were fired because of your religion. Treating someone differently in the workplace because of his or her religion is illegal under both federal and state law. Under federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes religious discrimination illegal in the workplace. Under California law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act makes workplace religious discrimination illegal. The laws also require employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs. This could include changing schedules for religious events. However, an employer does not have to completely alter the business in order to …

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I was visiting Los Angeles as a tourist and I suffered serious injuries. What are my legal options?

There are millions of visitors to Los Angeles each year. Some visit for the beautiful scenery, the Hollywood scene, nightlife, sporting events, or tourist attractions. Others may be visiting family members or friends or may be in town on business. Visitors to Los Angeles face many of the same dangers that people who live in L.A. face. Some common accidents that tourists may experience include automobile accidents, rideshare accidents, taxi accidents, accidents involving public transportation, slips and falls on someone else’s property, and injuries as pedestrians or bicyclists. Unfortunately, when tourists are injured, insurance companies may try to take advantage …

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Southern California Woman Run Over by Truck Sues Lyft for Injuries

A California woman has sued Lyft after she was seriously harmed in an accident. The accident occurred in February in Fullterton. The woman had enjoyed a night out with friends and was waiting for a ride on a crowded sidewalk when, according to police, a drunk driver slammed into the crowd. The woman was pinned underneath the driver’s truck as friends and strangers tried to help her. She suffered eight broken ribs and shattered her pelvis. She can barely stand and hopes to walk again. The woman claims that Lyft is partially responsible for the accident. On the night of …

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My child has cerebral palsy in Los Angeles. Should I sue my obstetrician for medical malpractice?

I am sorry that your child has cerebral palsy. CP is a group of disorders that is caused by brain abnormalities that occur during delivery, or early in a baby’s development. CP affects body movement, brain functioning, and muscle coordination. Infants born with CP often do not display symptoms until months or years later. CP can cause a number of serious issues. First, motor control and coordination are impacted. The areas of the brain affected by CP make it difficult for the brain to communicate with other areas of the body, which can make it difficult to walk or move. …

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I slipped and fell in a business in Los Angeles and have heard that these types of cases are difficult to win. Should I even try?

I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Slip and fall accidents are very common and can result in serious injuries. When these accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of a property owner, it is common for the victims to seek compensation for their injuries. Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. suffer injuries from falls every year. Many die every day, mostly elderly, from falls. Although falls are common, not many lawsuits are filed over falls. Of those lawsuits, only a few are resolved successfully in court. One reason is that slip and fall cases can be …

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I was injured in a roof collapse on a job site. Can I sue my employer?

I’m so sorry to hear you were injured on a job site. Construction workers are exposed daily to dangerous conditions, and they must take safety precautions for themselves as well as their coworkers. Sadly, about 10 percent of construction workers each year experience an injury that requires time off work. It is the responsibility of employers to provide compensation for those injured employees. When a worker is harmed during a roof collapse, he or she may experience numerous injuries. The severity of the injuries typically depends on how close the workers was to the roof or other falling objects at …

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