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My parent choked in a nursing home in Los Angeles. What are my legal rights against the nursing home?

Many elderly and disabled individuals have difficulty swallowing. They often must be on very restrictive diets in order to prevent choking. However, some nursing homes do not properly supervise or monitor the food intake of their patients. If a nursing home fails to follow diet restrictions or does not watch patients who have difficulties in swallowing, there can be a risk of choking and potentially death. Unfortunately, swallowing issues are very prevalent among elderly patients. These disorders can be caused by neurological issues, cancer, Alzheimer’s or dementia, or simply aging. Normally, these disorders are determined by a physician, and then …

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I just received a 1099 tax form in Los Angeles from my employer and found out I owe a lot in taxes. I thought I was an employee. What are my legal rights?

When you got your job, you probably did not care how your employment status was classified. However, as you are discovering now, whether or not you are classified as an “independent contractor” or an employee can make a huge difference over the course of the work. Legally, most workers are either independent contractors or employees. Independent contractors are workers who are not classified as employees. In some cases, it can be tough to tell whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. The IRS has tests to determine whether or not a worker is an independent contractor or …

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Following Uber Self-Driving Car Death, Self-Driving Car Programs Continue

One year ago, an Uber self-driving SUV that was testing the program in Arizona struck and killed a pedestrian as she was crossing the road. As a result of the death, Uber stopped testing on public roads for nine months and cut its self-driving car program back. It currently only uses one part of a neighborhood in Pittsburg to experiment with self-driving cars. Several companies are continuing their self-driving vehicle programs despite some obstacles. However, surveys have shown that the American public may not be ready for self-driving cars – 71 percent of Americans have reported they are afraid to …

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I believe that my doctor in Los Angeles may have harmed me.

I’m sorry to hear that you may have been harmed by a doctor in Los Angeles. Medical malpractice cases can be complex and they can often take a significant amount of time to complete. However, if you believe that you have been harmed by a medical professional, you should speak with an attorney. The attorney can help advise you on whether the case is worth pursuing. In California medical malpractice cases, there are a number of elements that must be proven in order for the injured party to be successful. You must prove that: there was a doctor-patient relationship, that …

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I was hurt in a Lyft accident in Los Angeles. Do I have any legal rights against Lyft?

I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Lyft can often market itself as an underdog when compared with Uber, which is a larger rideshare company than Lyft. There are a number of differences between Lyft and Uber. Some of the differences just involve marketing. However, there are some actual differences in the way the companies operate. Both companies can and do cause their riders to suffer harm on occasion. Some common types of harm include physical injuries incurred in accidents, physical and sexual assaults by drivers, and privacy violations. If you are a victim of a Lyft driver, you should …

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How do I know when I need to hire a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles to handle my case?

Immediately after an accident, it can be difficult to know what to do with respect to a personal injury case. For some people, it’s obvious they need to hire an attorney to help with their personal injury case. For other people, it may make more sense to handle the case on their own. There are some situations in which it is wise to contact an attorney. First, if you suffered injuries in the accident, you should speak to an attorney. Medical care is very expensive and can drain an accident victim financially. The accident may require ongoing medical help for …

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Parents of California College Student Killed by Uber Driver Sue Uber

The parents of a California college student who was killed by an Uber driver is suing the company for her death. The accident occurred in November in San Francisco. The woman was riding a motorcycle on Broadway when an Uber driver received an alert about a new ride. The man made a U-turn from the curb, failing to see the college student on her motorcycle. The man hit the woman, who died an hour later with broken arms and legs and massive internal bleeding. San Francisco prosecutors charged the man with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Earlier this month, the woman’s parents …

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What should I do to document my case if I have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles?

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating to the victims involved. Obviously, motorcycles lack the protection that automobiles provide to their occupants. Motorcycle accidents cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year in medical bills, property damages, emergency services, and more. Motorcycle accident victims are typically entitled to compensation for their damages, but they must be able to prove both liability and damages. In order to build a strong case, there are some steps that should be taken at the scene. First, the police should be contacted. Police who respond to the scene should write an accident report, which will be a …

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During my pregnancy, my baby and I were Rh incompatible, which led to birth injuries. Should I sue my obstetrician in Los Angeles?

Rh incompatibility between a mother and child is a condition that is not uncommon and which can be easily diagnosed. Therefore, when it occurs and causes harm to a child, it is recommended that the mother speak with an attorney who can advise her of her and her child’s legal rights. Rh incompatibility occurs when a woman is Rh negative and is pregnant with an Rh positive child. When that occurs, the woman’s body may begin to create antibodies in order to create an autoimmune response to the child. The woman’s body may see the child as a foreign body …

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Should I contact my personal injury attorney every day while my case in ongoing in Los Angeles?

For accident victims who are involved in personal injury cases, thoughts of the case can be consuming. It can be very hard not to want to call your attorney every day to get an update on the case. Your accident may have caused you serious injuries, as well as damage to your car. You may have missed time from work and you may be relying on your personal injury case to help meet your financial needs. There is no precise rule for how often you should speak with your attorney during an ongoing case. In some situations and at some …

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I became disabled and my employer will not accommodate me in Los Angeles. What are my legal rights?

I’m sorry to hear about your disability. A sudden disability can take a huge emotional toll on a person, and a bad employment situation can make the situation even worse. The good news is that you have legal rights under both federal law and California law. Disability discrimination is illegal. Disability discrimination occurs when a person treats a qualified person with a disability who is an employee or a job applicant unfavorably because he or she has a disability or a history of a disability. Under federal law, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits disability discrimination in employment. In California, …

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Uber Faces No Criminal Charges in Death of Woman from Its Self-Driving Car Program

One year after a woman was killed by an Uber self-driving car, officials announced that Uber will not face any criminal charges. The accident occurred in Tempe, Arizona. The woman was walking a bicycle across a road at night. Uber’s self-driving software system initially classified the woman as an unknown object, then a vehicle, then a bicycle, but it never braked. Arizona officials said that it conducted a detailed review of the evidence and decided there was no basis for criminal liability against Uber. Officials refused to answer any questions about the case or to detail how the decision was …

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