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I was a pedestrian and I was hit by an uninsured driver in Los Angeles. What are my legal options?

You may have some legal options for compensation of which you are not aware. It’s important that you speak with a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney quickly after the accident in order to protect your legal rights. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 125,000 pedestrians annually are treated for crash-related injuries. Over 5,000 of those are killed in those accidents involving vehicles. Unfortunately, many of those drivers choose to flee the scene of the accident, leaving the pedestrian injured and without way to make a claim against the driver. However, you may have legal options to …

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If I am hit by falling merchandise at a store in Los Angeles, can I sue?

Over the busy holiday season, it’s highly likely you may be shopping in a store that has merchandise stacked high, possibly over your head. In many stores, merchandise is dozens of feet over the floor level. This helps businesses save money on additional storage for excess inventory, and saves time because the workers do not have to go restock items from the warehouse. However, if the merchandise is not secured properly, it can pose a major risk to the customers. There are no clear numbers on how many consumers are injured each year because of falling merchandise. One expert has …

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Uber and Lyft Accused of Skimping on Background Checks for Drivers

A recent investigation found that Uber and Lyft may attempt to save money on background checks for drivers, which may have contributed to the companies failing to identify some drivers with criminal backgrounds. The report found that Uber and Lyft use screening services that are less expensive than those used by the taxi industry. A 2016 lawsuit alleged that Uber used Hirease and Checkr for its drivers’ background checks. According to the lawsuit, those background checks failed to catch drivers with criminal backgrounds because the screening process did not include access to databases with complete criminal histories or go back …

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What should I do if I am taking a prescription medication that I believe has been recalled in Los Angeles?

You are in good company. Over the summer of 2018, there was a higher number of prescription drug recalls than usual. The recalls included valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide, both of which affected patients with high blood pressure. Those recalls raised questions for many people about the safety of the U.S. prescription drug supply. The good news is that generally speaking, the U.S. has a very safe supply of prescription drug. There are many reasons drugs can be recalled, and not all are because of health issues. Many recalled occur due to mislabeling or defective or misleading packaging. Other recalls are due …

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Uber Accused of Leasing Unsafe “Lemon” Vehicle

A Chicago woman filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming that she leased an unsafe vehicle from the company which left her unable to make loan payments and without a reliable vehicle. The woman, who is a single mom, leased a 2015 Chevy Malibu from Uber. The vehicle only had 15 miles on it. The woman worked as a driver for Uber and says that she was told to expect that she would make more than enough money as a driver to make the lease payments on the vehicle. She also believed that her flexible schedule as a driver would give …

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Uber and Lyft Allowing Alleged Victims of Sexual Assaults to Pursue Cases in Courts

In recent months, both Uber and Lyft changed their policies, announcing that it would allow riders, drivers, and passengers with claims of sexual assault against the companies to pursue their cases in open court. Previously, because of the agreements signed by drivers and passengers, victims were forced to mediate their claims against the companies privately. Instead, now sexual assault victims can bypass the arbitration clause and pursue damages in court. The change in the policies of both companies does not extend to all riders with a claim against the company, but only those who have sexual assault claims. Uber’s change …

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I was sexually harassed at work in Los Angeles. Can I sue my employer?

I’m very sorry to hear about the sexual harassment going on in your workplace. Everyone has the right to work without being sexually harassed. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, you should seek the advice of a Los Angeles employment law attorney. An attorney can help you both report the incident as well as to represent you in any legal proceedings that occur as a result of the sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace is not uncommon. Sexual harassment can take a variety of forms. It can include requests for sexual favors, sexual advances that are …

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My parent was dropped at a nursing home in Los Angeles and suffered injuries. Can I sue the nursing home?

Many nursing home residents are unable to move themselves from one location to another. In that case, they typically need the assistance of nursing home staff to move from their beds. Most facilities have rules for transferring patients. Depending on the weight and the mobility level of the patient, there may need to be two or more staff members to move a patient, and a mechanical lift may even be required. If a patient in a nursing home is dropped, the results can be catastrophic. Nursing home patients are typically frail and already in a weakened position. If a nursing …

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Preliminary Report Issued about Uber’s Self-Driving Car Which Killed Pedestrian

Back in March of this year, one of Uber’s self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian, which was the first pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. The accident occurred in Tempe, Arizona. The victim stepped into a busy section of a road, and one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo SUVs ran into her at 39 miles an hour, killing her. The woman was jaywalking and later tested positive for meth and pot use. Inside the vehicle, an Uber employee was working alone. Her job was to watch the car drive itself and to take control of it if it had any …

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How can I tell if a doctor committed medical malpractice in Los Angeles?

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to prove a doctor committed medical malpractice in Los Angeles. Unlike with many other kinds of lawsuits, normally medical malpractice requires expert testimony. Experts will often testify about the expected level of care for patients in the same situation and whether the doctor delivered that level of care. Typically, both sides have their own experts who often reach different conclusions. Generally, four things must be proven in order to be successful in a medical malpractice case. First, you must be treated by the defendant. The defendant must have failed to deliver the appropriate level of …

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My child suffered a brain injury in a Los Angeles automobile accident. Can I sue the other driver?

Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children. Children are more susceptible to these types of injuries than others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year almost half a million children are treated at emergency rooms for brain injuries, and over 2,000 die from their injuries. Any head injury can produce the possibility of trauma to the brain. In some cases, symptoms may be seen right away, while others can take hours or even days to appear. Each brain injury is different, depending on how severely the brain was hurt and what …

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I went to a hospital with a cervical neck fracture that was not correctly diagnosed in Los Angeles. Can I sue the hospital?

I’m very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. A cervical neck fracture is extremely serious, and if not properly treated can lead to horrible consequences. If your neck fracture was not properly diagnosed, you should speak with an attorney to learn more about your legal options. Severe impacts and accidents can cause serious neck injuries and cervical neck fractures. Some common causes of cervical neck fractures include automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, slips and falls, injuries in the workplace, and sports. When a cervical neck fracture occurs, there are some common symptoms. These include severe pain, numbness, a stiff neck, lack …

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