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Tips to Protect Yourself if You've Suffered Through a Work Related Injury

Despite the care you and your employer take, accidents and injuries happen. Your actions at the time of an injury can affect your right to receive benefits. Take a few minutes now to review these tips and keep a copy nearby to refer to if you or a co-worker is injured in the workplace.

Hands Free Texting Banned in California

Drivers under the age of 18 would be banned from texting while driving even if they use hands-free devices, under a cleanup bill approved by the state Senate. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen said a bill passed last year did not specifically exempt teenagers when it allowed California's drivers to use voice-operated and hands-free devices to dictate, send or listen to text messages while driving. The bill (SB 194), proposed by Senator Cathleen Gagliani, will close that loophole. The bill has received bipartisan support and was approved on a 35-3 vote. It has been sent to the Assembly.

Dangers of construction work

Construction sites can be one of the most dangerous places to work, and construction workers place themselves in danger every day when they go to work. A construction accident can causes injuries that are physically disabling to the worker. Emotional damage and post-traumatic stress disorder may also be concerns after a construction worker is injured in an accident on the job, particularly in falling accidents that occur from large heights.

United Airlines 747 collided with a jet bridge in Melbourne, Australia

A United Airlines 747 flight originating in Los Angeles collided with a jet bridge in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, causing considerable damage to the plane's wing.

Five people dead in a vehicle rollover accident

The Department of Public Safety and the Guatemalan Consulate in Phoenix are still investigating the deaths of five people who died in a crash Saturday in Southeastern Arizona. Officers at the scene say the SUV was filled with 20 Guatemalan and Mexican Nationals.

Woman dies in a motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are growing in popularity with consumers but they are very high risk. California Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle accident in Shasta County that left one woman dead. CHP officials said 41 year old Sherry Lynn Ward was heading southbound in Canyon Road at about 55 mph when she lost control of her motorcycle and drove out into a ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorcycle Accidents: Safe Practices

The reality of the road won't change - motorcycle accidents can and will happen. But whether an accident was caused by another driver's negligence, a mishap on a slick road, or an operator error, there are tips you can follow to drastically limit your chance of an accident.

Motorcycle Accidents: Safe Practices

The reality of the road won't change - motorcycle accidents can and will happen. But whether an accident was caused by another driver's negligence, a mishap on a slick road, or an operator error, there are tips you can follow to drastically limit your chance of an accident.

Wrongful Death Suit To Be Filed Against Teens Accused Of Assaulting Audrie Pott

The family of Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after she was reportedly sexually assaulted and a photo of the act was shared with classmates via text messages is planning to file a civil action against the three boys arrested.

Wrongful Death Suit To Be Filed Against Teens Accused Of Assaulting Audrie Pott

The family of Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after she was reportedly sexually assaulted and a photo of the act was shared with classmates via text messages is planning to file a civil action against the three boys arrested.

Drunken teen driver pleads not guilty after killing a family of five

A teenage driver accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing into the back of a van killing five family members on Easter weekend pleaded not guilty in a Las Vegas courthouse Wednesday.

Drunken teen driver pleads not guilty after killing a family of five

A teenage driver accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing into the back of a van killing five family members on Easter weekend pleaded not guilty in a Las Vegas courthouse Wednesday.

Potential Driver Distraction

There is now no question or doubt that cell phone use is a moving violation. Not only are the call or text functions prohibited, but also the use of a map for directions or sending and receiving emails are illegal as well. A California Appellate Court has made this ruling after the court case of California v. Spriggs, wherein the defendant was pulled over for using his phone while operating a motor vehicle. He wasn't texting or making a call, he was simply looking at a map, but the court ruled that since Spriggs was, as the law states, "using a wireless phone that wasn't configured for hands free listening and talking" this action is illegal. The law was passed in order to reduce potential distractions for drivers who use mobile devices, and thus ensure more secure roads and safer driving for all Californians. There is now no excuse: if you are on your mobile device or tablet you are asking to get pulled over and sited. The use of any application on your mobile device violates vehicle code section 23123.

Potential Driver Distraction

There is now no question or doubt that cell phone use is a moving violation. Not only are the call or text functions prohibited, but also the use of a map for directions or sending and receiving emails are illegal as well. A California Appellate Court has made this ruling after the court case of California v. Spriggs, wherein the defendant was pulled over for using his phone while operating a motor vehicle. He wasn't texting or making a call, he was simply looking at a map, but the court ruled that since Spriggs was, as the law states, "using a wireless phone that wasn't configured for hands free listening and talking" this action is illegal. The law was passed in order to reduce potential distractions for drivers who use mobile devices, and thus ensure more secure roads and safer driving for all Californians. There is now no excuse: if you are on your mobile device or tablet you are asking to get pulled over and sited. The use of any application on your mobile device violates vehicle code section 23123.

The NFL and long term player injuries

The case against the National Football League (NFL) concerning concussions suffered by football players was filed more than a year ago. There has also been two wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of former player Junior Seau that have been consolidated with this class-action concussion litigation.

The NFL and long term player injuries

The case against the National Football League (NFL) concerning concussions suffered by football players was filed more than a year ago. There has also been two wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of former player Junior Seau that have been consolidated with this class-action concussion litigation.

Peach & Weathers Elder Abuse Attorneys

Elder abuse and neglect has become widespread in California and across the United States. It is a serious problem that affects the lives of elderly patients who depend on others for care. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone they depend on for care or protection. In California, elder abuse claims are handled under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, which protects elders from physical abuse, neglect, or poor treatment resulting in pain or mental suffering.

Peach & Weathers Elder Abuse Attorneys

Elder abuse and neglect has become widespread in California and across the United States. It is a serious problem that affects the lives of elderly patients who depend on others for care. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone they depend on for care or protection. In California, elder abuse claims are handled under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, which protects elders from physical abuse, neglect, or poor treatment resulting in pain or mental suffering.

Car accidents due to defective auto parts

Car accidents that happen because of defective auto parts may involve faulty brakes or defective seat belts. Perhaps the airbag did not work as it should have, or the roof was not strong enough to withstand the pressure of a rollover. But these are not the only parts of a car that can be defective.

Car accidents due to defective auto parts

Car accidents that happen because of defective auto parts may involve faulty brakes or defective seat belts. Perhaps the airbag did not work as it should have, or the roof was not strong enough to withstand the pressure of a rollover. But these are not the only parts of a car that can be defective.

Davis, CA sees it's worse accident in years

Eating while driving can be distracting. Drivers reach for food, they pry containers open and peel off wrappers, all of which can take their eyes off the road and create a risk of serious accidents. But eating on the road has another potentially deadly danger: choking. A recent truck accident that happened when the driver choked on food may show Southern California drivers how dangerous eating while driving can be.

Davis, CA sees it's worse accident in years

Eating while driving can be distracting. Drivers reach for food, they pry containers open and peel off wrappers, all of which can take their eyes off the road and create a risk of serious accidents. But eating on the road has another potentially deadly danger: choking. A recent truck accident that happened when the driver choked on food may show Southern California drivers how dangerous eating while driving can be.

Severe vaginal mesh side effects

Three women from Saskatchewan, Canada, have created a new website aimed at raising awareness about the severe side effects and problems associated with transvaginal mesh implants. According to a report in CKOM.com, Marika English and Stephanie Brad are among those who started the website because they say they did not want other women to go through with vaginal mesh implant surgery without knowing all the "real risks."

Severe vaginal mesh side effects

Three women from Saskatchewan, Canada, have created a new website aimed at raising awareness about the severe side effects and problems associated with transvaginal mesh implants. According to a report in CKOM.com, Marika English and Stephanie Brad are among those who started the website because they say they did not want other women to go through with vaginal mesh implant surgery without knowing all the "real risks."

Wrongful Death in Concord

The driver responsible for the death of a Concord skateboarder has recently been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. According to the Contra Costa senior deputy district attorney, the 21-year-old Clayton woman drove her SUV through a red light prior to hitting the skateboarder last December.

What to do if you are in a hit-and-run accident

In hit and run accidents, drivers who leave immediately after hitting another car can be liable for any damages or losses as a result of the accident. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident then you should:

Brain-damaged woman was awarded $41.7 million

A Connecticut jury has awarded $41.7 million to a New York woman left brain-damaged and unable to speak properly after contracting a tick-borne illness while on a school-supervised trip to China.

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