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Recent Lawsuit Sheds Light on Dangers of Rideshare Companies

A lawsuit filed in a California court recently has shed some light on the dangerous practices of rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft. The lawsuit is seeking damages from Lyft due to the death of a Lyft passenger. According to the lawsuit, the Lyft passenger went to a bar in West Hollywood in January 2018 with some friends. His friend ordered him a Lyft vehicle to transport him to his friend’s house. When the vehicle arrived, the passenger sat in the front seat with the driver. At some point, a dispute developed, and the driver pulled the vehicle over, …

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I was in an accident with a semi-truck. Can I sue for my injuries?

Semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and other trucks on the road must be properly maintained. Proper maintenance is what helps ensure the safety of both the truck drivers and others who share the roads with trucks. Semi-trucks can weigh many tens of thousands of pounds when they are fully loaded, and if they are not properly maintained and secured tragedy can result. The federal government regulates the trucking industry, and there are extensive laws and regulations which address the need for maintenance for semi-trucks. If a trucking company fails to properly maintain its equipment, and that causes an accident, the injured parties …

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I was thrown out of an Uber/Lyft vehicle in California and was harmed as a result. Can I sue the rideshare company for my injuries?

I’m so sorry to hear about your injuries. You may be able to hold the rideshare company liable for your injuries. Under California law, common carriers have special duties to their passengers to take steps to keep them safe. Common carriers are businesses or individual that transport passengers for hire. In California, common carriers can face liability if they illegally eject their passengers. Case law has held that the common carrier has a duty to deliver the passenger to his or her destination. If a common carrier ejects a passenger at a place other than the designated destination, and in …

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My parent is in a nursing home in the Los Angeles area that is not high quality. Can I sue?

I’m sorry to hear about the nursing home. Unfortunately, poor care for residents of many nursing homes has become a way of life. More and more companies are entering the senior care industry as the baby boomers age, and in many cases their primary motivation is profit. As a result, shortcuts may be taken and necessary services could be eliminated, which can cause nursing home residents to suffer harm. If your loved one has been harmed during a nursing home visit, he or she may be entitled to compensation. Typically, signs of poor nursing home care are evident before actual …

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I was hit on my motorcycle by an Uber/Lyft vehicle in Los Angeles. Can I sue the company?

I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. Motorcyclists often face an uphill battle when trying to cover compensation for their injuries from insurance companies of drivers who have caused accidents. When a ridesharing company is involved, the legal case may be even more difficult. Motorcyclists can receive some of the most serious injuries of anyone travelling on the roads. Motorcyclists are often travelling at high rates of speed and have little protective equipment to absorb the impact of a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 5,000 people are killed and tens of thousands are injured …

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Lyft Sued for Negligence, Lawsuit Claims its Hiring Processes are Inadequate

A lawsuit was recently filed in Los Angeles against Lyft, the popular rideshare company. According to the lawsuit, early this year a man in Los Angeles used Lyft to get a ride to a friend’s house. On the way, a verbal dispute erupted by phone between the Lyft driver and the passenger. The lawsuit alleges that the Lyft driver pulled his vehicle over on the side of the freeway, pepper-sprayed the passenger, and kicked him out on the shoulder of the freeway. The man was later struck and killed by a hit and run vehicle. The lawsuit alleges that although …

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I was hit by a car as a pedestrian in Los Angeles. What is my case worth?

I’m sorry to hear about your accident. After your accident, you most likely need money to help with your expenses – you may be stuck will large medical bills, injuries that make it difficult to work, and ongoing pain. Unfortunately, injuries to pedestrians are common. A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Typically, the victim in a pedestrian accident has the legal right to sue the automobile driver for negligence. Negligence occurs when a person’s standard of conduct fell below an acceptable standard. In order to prove that negligence occurred, the injured pedestrian must be …

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What are my legal options if I am involved in a crash while I’m a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle such as Uber or Lyft?

Accidents while using ridesharing companies like Uber or Lyft can be tricky. What will happen depends on the circumstances and who was at fault for the accident. If the Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident, you can sue the driver. However, the driver may only have a personal automobile insurance policy and probably does not have many assets. The insurance policy may not cover accidents in which the driver is driving for a business, such as transporting passengers. In many states, ridesharing companies are required to carry insurance for personal injury, death, and property damage that is caused by …

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My child was attacked by a pit bull in Los Angeles. What legal steps should I take?

I’m so sorry to hear about the attack. Pit bulls are both powerful as well as sometimes aggressive. They are responsible for many attacks every year in the U.S. Many of their victims require emergency medical treatment. In some cases, the victims are killed or suffer from lifelong injuries. Owners of pit bulls have the responsibility to take steps to keep the general public safe. Although not all pit bulls are aggressive, owners of the dogs should be aware of the risk they can pose to other people. Pit bulls have the potential to cause very serious injuries if certain …

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Lyft Sued in California Court for Passenger’s Death

Lyft, the popular ridesharing company, was recently sued in a California courtroom for a passenger’s death. In addition to Lyft, the driver was sued for his actions that allegedly caused the passenger’s death. The lawsuit is seeking compensation for wrongful death, loss of income and earning potential, punitive damages, and medical expenses. The lawsuit alleges that the victim went out to eat earlier this year, and then went to a bar in West Hollywood with friends. His friend ordered him a ride with Lyft to take him to his friend’s house. A Lyft vehicle picked up the victim, who sat …

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Blue Shield Sued over Its Written Policies on Artificial Prosthetic Limbs

Blue Shield, the health insurance company, was sued late last year over its policies for coverage of prosthetic limbs. Two amputees sued the company, claiming that it has been wrongfully denying payments for some prostheses for its customers. The plaintiffs are asking that the court certify the lawsuit as a class action. According to the lawsuit, Blue Shield is failing to reimburse customers for their lower limb prostheses that are a certain type, microprocessor-controlled. Those prostheses cost more than other, simpler prostheses, and many insurance companies try to avoid covering their cost. Blue Shield has developed and implemented a written …

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Anthem Health Accused of Wrongfully Labeling Prosthetic Limbs as “Investigational”

Anthem, a health insurance company, has been sued by two of its members who are suffering from limb loss. They claim that Anthem failed to properly pay their claims for prosthetic limbs. They are seeking to turn their lawsuit into a class action lawsuit so that others who were similarly affected can join the lawsuit. They are also asking that the company be required to change its policies going forward, and to compensate them for their artificial limbs. Anthem has labeled certain types of prostheses as “investigational” in some of its claim denials. The limbs they label as investigational are …

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