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2012 February Archive

Elders Hit While Crossing Street in Palm Springs

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 29, 2012 - Comments off

87-year-old Robert Mathiasen and an 83-year-old woman were struck in a tragic pedestrian crash that occurred on February 24, 2012, around 7:28 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Palm Canyon Drive. According to Riverside County sheriff’s officials, both the victims were trying to cross the street when they were hit by a northbound Ford Taurus.
The pair was immediately transported to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment, where Mathasen was later pronounced dead around 9:18 p.m. The Taurus driver cooperated with the investigation.
From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this pedestrian accident occurred. Was the motorist distracted? Or was he speeding?
The victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County pedestrian accident lawyer, who would educate them about their legal rights.
The victim’s family members may file a wrongful death claim against the car driver to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.
Our law office sends sincere condolences to victim’s family members. We also hope and pray that the injuries suffered by the female pedestrian heal soon.

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Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Car in Riverside County

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 27, 2012 - Comments off

A woman was killed in a tragic pedestrian crash that occurred on February 26, 2012, around 6:21 p.m. at 7th Street and Grand Avenue. According to Riverside County fire officials, the victim was walking at the street when she was hit by a car.
The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this pedestrian accident occurred. Was the motorist distracted? Or was he speeding?
The victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County pedestrian accident lawyer, who would educate them about their legal rights.
The victim’s family members may file a wrongful death claim against the car driver to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.
Our law office sends sincere condolences to victim’s family members.

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Why are San Diego Construction Sites So Dangerous for Workers?

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 23, 2012 - Comments off

construction_4767208.jpgNo matter where one works, people are always at risk for some form of work-related injury due to the various hazards present in workplaces in San Diego and across the country. However, while many workplaces only feature a few dangers or hazards that do not usually have catastrophic consequences, construction sites feature some of the greatest hazards and the potential for many types of workplace injuries in San Diego and the U.S. as a whole to occur.
Construction sites feature heavy equipment, unstable structures, and dangerous tools that can easily cause injuries, even when workers are being cautious. Some of the dangers present in most construction sites include:

  • Exposed wires;
  • Falling objects;
  • Unstable scaffolding;
  • Moving cranes and swinging objects;
  • Nail guns;
  • Construction vehicles;
  • Falling objects;
  • Trenches and pits; and
  • Unfinished and unstable buildings.

While not all of the dangers will result in accidents at every construction site, they present a high risk to all present, and even extensive safety precautions and responsible workers cannot prevent all accidents. These hazards also have a high likelihood of causing serious and even fatal accidents due to their extreme nature. Those injured, or the families of those that have died in construction accidents, have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
Even though construction sites are known to be hazardous, it doesn’t make the injury claims of construction workers any less valid. If you have been injured while on the job, the San Diego construction accident lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group have the experience and skills to help you find worker’s compensation. Contact our offices at (888) 233-5020 for further information on how we can help you.

 

Pedestrian Struck By Train in Sorrento Valley

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 21, 2012 - Comments off

18-year-old Luis Cortez was struck and injured in a severe pedestrian accident that occurred on February 20, 2012, around 3 p.m. in Sorrento Valley. According to the sheriff’s department, Cortez was walking on the railroad tracks near the Sorrento Valley Station when a northbound AMTRAK train traveling at 45 mph struck him.
Cortez sustained minor injuries and was put on the train to the Solana Beach Station by AMTRAK personnel after examining his condition. He was later transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla for medical treatment.

Based upon a reading of Section 21950, it is quite possible that both the train conductor and pedestrian may be responsible for this pedestrian accident. If the AMTRAK operator saw or could have seen the pedestrian crossing the rail tracks, this accident could have been prevented. Further, because the pedestrian may not be 100% at fault and the driver 100% fault-free under their responsibilities set forth by California law, the family of the pedestrian may still be able to recover damages.
In situations such as this one, where a pedestrian is the victim of a serious train accident, the family members of the victim may benefit from speaking with a San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer.
Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim do not prove fatal.

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Child Abuse May Cause Poor Brain Development According to Study

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 17, 2012 - Comments off

The results of a new study by researchers from Boston’s Harvard Medical School have shown that those who were the victims of abuse during childhood have a higher likelihood that portions of the brain will be underdeveloped. The study, released by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a variety of abusive tactics used against children led to underdevelopment of the brain due to severe stress.
The study used 193 adults who were between the ages of 18 and 25 years old and interviewed them concerning whether they had ever been subject to abuse. Researchers then scanned their brains via an MRI machine to see if they were altered in any way. Affected patients reported suffering from a variety of abusive techniques ranging from “parental verbal aggression” to “harsh corporal punishment.”

Specifically, the study found that childhood abuse victims had an average of 5.8% to 6.5% less volume in important parts of the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays an important role in memory and emotional processing, but results from the study did not reach a conclusion on what the effects were of having an underdeveloped one, although there may be a connection to the higher degree of mental illness found in those who have suffered child abuse. As the hippocampus is still developing during childhood, major stress at that time can lead to its improper formation.

Any form of child abuse can result in devastating physical and psychological effects for a child. If you believe your child has been abused by another, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. The child abuse lawyers in San Diego at the Jurewitz Law Group are dedicated to helping you and your child in any way we can and winning the compensation you both deserve. For more information, call us today at (888) 233–5020 for a free consultation from our experienced legal team.

Posted in: Child Abuse

 

Hard-Boiled Eggs Recalled in 34 States

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 9, 2012 - Comments off

Hard-cooked eggs from a Michael Foods’ Nebraska plant have been subjected to a massive recall due to listeria contamination caused by a repair project that occured in the processing room of the facility. Initially, the recall was issued on January 26, but has since been expanded and now includes more than one million eggs spread across 34 states produced by Michael Foods, according to CBSNews.com.
Michael Foods does not sell directly to consumers, but instead sells their products to other food distributors and manufacturers, who then sell them under their names. Recalled eggs have been sold under brand names Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Columbia Valley Farms, Wholesome Farms, GFS, and Silverbrook. The foods were sold in 34 states, including California, and were originally distributed in 10- and 25-pound pails of cooked and peeled eggs.eggs_125464.jpg
Because the eggs were used in various ways by the distributors, not only eggs, but prepared sandwiches, salads, and other products using the eggs have been included in this food recall, as well.
So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled food, as the contamination was originally discovered via lab tests conducted by a third party. Listeria exposure can result in serious illness that is especially dangerous for young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered health problems due to a defective product, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses, whether or not the item has been recalled. For more information on how we can help you, contact the Carlsbad product liability attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 501-2058.

Posted in: Product Liability

 

Pfizer Recalls 1 Million Birth Control Packs after Manufacturing Mix-Up

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 6, 2012 - Comments off

Drug Manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. issued a recall on February 1 of approximately 1 million birth control pills due to a manufacturing problem that led to pills in some of the packets being placed out of order. According to CBS News, the affected packets are Lo/Ovral-28 and the product’s generic equivalents, called norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol.
The company’s birth control packet contains 28 pills, with seven of the pills being placebos. The pills are ordered in a specific arrangement so as to mix in placebos with pills containing the active birth control ingredient. If three placebos are taken in a row, the protection of the pills will be negated. As the error in manufacturing the packets affected the order of the pills, consumers may be subjected to multiple placebos in a row, wearing off the birth control’s effects without their knowledge.

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While approximately 1 million are included in the drug recall, Pfizer believes that only around 30 packets contain the flaw.
Affected packets are pink with either the drug’s brand name or generic name printed on them, as well as the name Akrimax; however, Pfizer’s logo does not appear on them. The recalled line has expiration dates ranging from July 31, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
At the Jurewitz Law Group, we understand how even a small defect in a product that requires precise use, such as birth control, can cause major complications for consumers. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or losses due to a dangerous or defective product, one of our San Diego defective product attorneys can aid you in seeking compensation from the at-fault company. Call us today at (888) 233–5020 for a complimentary consultation on your case by our experienced law team.

Posted in: Defective Products

 

Indio Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Motorcycle, then Car

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on February 1, 2012 - Comments off

44-year-old Brigitte Jasso was struck and killed in a severe pedestrian accident that occurred on January 26, 2012, around along the westbound lanes of Indio Boulevard. According to coroner’s officials, Jasso was first struck by a motorcyclist and then by a black Ford Taurus while crossing a major street in that city.
Jasso sustained scrapes, bruises, and some broken bones after the initial motorcycle accidentMoments later, a black Ford Taurus struck and fatally injured the victim.
From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this pedestrian accident occurred. Was the motorcyclist distracted? Did the car driver see her? Did anyone ignore traffic signals? These and several other questions remains unanswered as yet.
At this time, the victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County car and motorcycle accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. If negligent operation by any of the motorist caused this car accident, then he may be legally required to compensate the victim’s family for the cost of treatment, and other related damages.
The victim’s family members may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.
Our law office sends sincere condolences to the victim’s family members.

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