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Early last year, you might remember the case of Jesse Hernandez. Jesse was a 13 year old boy who was playing here in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park (between the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood) during a family Easter celebration, when his family suddenly noticed him missing. They searched all over the park calling his name without success. Eventually they realized that he may have fallen into a drainage pipe after a wooden plank he had been standing on gave way and he fell approximately 25 feet into the sewage line. A massive multi-agency search commenced on ground and in the air. Search and rescue specialists ended up dropping video cameras into the sewage lines and were able to detect hands marks on the walls of the underground pipeline which allowed them to narrow down the area he might be. For over 12 hours Jesse wandered the sewage system yelling for help and trying to find his way out.

The fire department, assisted by the LAPD, the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks, Park Rangers, the Department of Water and Power and the Department of Sanitation, eventually were able to locate him, gain entrance to the tunnel, pull him out of the tunnel, and get him proper medical care to treat his injuries from both the fall and from exposure to raw sewage and chemicals while underground.  All of this occurred because the city had simply covered up an exposed drainage pipe with some wooden boards at a poorly cordoned-off sanitation facility.

Public parks can also include sports facilities like tennis and basketball courts, public pools, city benches, volleyball areas by the beach, etc. The thing that they all share is that they are owned and operated by the city and as such, it’s the city’s responsibility to make sure that they are maintained in a state that is safe for anyone using those facilities.

When we see a character slip and fall down in a movie or on TV, it can just as easily be for comedic effect as it can be for demonstrating any danger. However, in the real world slip and falls are anything but a laughing matter. In the real world, keeping a property free of the types of dangers that can result in a slip and fall (or other type of accident) is not just a good idea but a legal responsibility that is too often not taken seriously.

When someone slips and falls down in a supermarket because of a spill, or tumbles down poorly designed stairs, the accidents are called “premises liability cases” and can entitle the victim to serious compensation for the injuries they received. It’s for this reason that it is extremely important to have a skilled attorney on your side if you are ever hurt on someone else’s property, in order to make sure that the owner(s) is held to the exacting standards of the law in how safe they need to make their property.

Premises liability cases can be very complicated and cover a huge variety of accident types. Dog bites, insufficient security, and pool accidents are just some examples of the wide variety of incidents that fall under the same umbrella of the law. Beyond just the type of accident, the type of property makes a difference. Premises liability cases can happen on public property (like a city park), private property (like a person’s home), or even a workplace. In addition, the relationship of the injured party to the property makes a difference in establishing the owner’s liability. A person who was invited onto the property or who is contracted to work there is more protected under the law than someone who is there without permission, but it’s important to note that even if you are on someone else’s property without their permission, you still have protections under the law if you are injured.

One of the things California is famous for is wine tasting. People flock to the state from all over the world looking to sample from some of the best vineyards. Unfortunately, they bring with them an increased risk of car accidents.

Many of the people visiting these wine destinations are driving from vineyard to vineyard and imbibing alcohol along the way. This compounded with the fact that out-of-towners are unfamiliar with the local roads means the chance of one hitting and injuring you or someone you know increases dramatically.

When you or someone you know is hit by a person who you suspect may have been sampling wines (or any other alcohol for that matter), the question of who is responsible for your injuries can get messy.

These days, driving in California is more dangerous than ever. The number of accidents has grown steadily, and with it the number of back injuries attributed to those car accidents. When you or someone you know is the victim of a car accident some injuries are visible right away, but the majority of injuries from car accidents are internal and difficult to spot.

Even more challenging is the fact that sometimes you feel fine right after the accident, maybe even after the initial shock of the accident wears off, and only days later do you start to realize the true scope of the injuries you’ve received. Back injuries in particular have been shown to often take days (or longer) to develop after a car accident without having any outside signs of the real damage your body has sustained.

A headache could often indicate soft tissue injury to the back or neck, and what you may think is whiplash can very frequently be instead a pinched nerve or herniated disc. Even low speed crashes that don’t seem particularly bad can result in numbness or some tingling in your limbs or fingers/toes and these have been shown to be linked to spinal cord injuries and damage to your lumbar region (your lower back).

The skilled attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will be able to give you an answer, and it might be YES.

Homeowner’s insurance policies typically provide coverage for dog bites their owners’ pets inflict on others. This means even if the owner of a dog  who bites you doesn’t have much money, you might be able to recover money for your injuries from the insurance company instead. This is because the policies often have a section called “personal liability protection”.

“Personal liability protection is a type of insurance coverage that not only protects the owner of the home, but also anyone living with them. This means not just the owners of the house/apartment but also renters, their spouses, roommates, etc. against claims for negligence (which means against dog bites like the one you suffered from). So if anyone living in the home/apartment has a dog and lets that dog off a leash or lets them run outside and that dog bites someone, the insurance company will cover the costs of any injuries received by a person that dog bites.

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Every parent knows the feeling of dropping their child off for their first day of preschool, nursery school, or daycare. Overcome with worry, we entrust the well-being of our children to childcare facilities and their staff. Most of the time, our trust is well placed. Everything is usually fine, and our kids learn how to interact with others, do arts and crafts, and get to play outside. Unfortunately, sometimes our children are injured while at child care facilities. These injuries typically consist of a scraped knee or a bump on the head, nothing that can’t be chalked up to “child’s play”. Sometimes, however, these injuries are serious, life-changing, and were preventable. In this article, we discuss what you need to know if your child is seriously injured while at a child care facility.

1. Get your child immediate medical attention. 

If your child is injured, the most immediate concern is his or her safety. This means that if the child care facility did not already get medical treatment for your child, you need to do so right away.  This is especially true for head injuries, where a child may have a concussion and the symptoms may not be apparent right away. Make sure that proper diagnostic imaging is performed at the urgent care or hospital.

If you are injured by an actor that is owned by a city, county, state, or even federal government, it is VERY important to know that there are special rules that you must follow in order to properly pursue your claim against a government entity. In this article, we discuss the basics of what you need to know if you are injured by a government entity.

Every state has their own time limits for bringing a lawsuit against those who may be responsible for injuries to another. These time limits are known as the “statute of limitations”. Typically, California has a two (2) year statute of limitations during which to file an injury claims agains a private party, such as a negligent driver or an insurance company. If the party you deem to be responsible is a government entity, however, there are different time limits and procedures that you must be aware of. These rules, known as the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA) have been codified, and can be found by clicking on this link to California Government Code. Continue reading ›

We live in an amazing time for medical technology. Every day there are advancements being made that help cure and treat disease. Surgeons perform cosmetic procedures that were unimaginable 30 years ago, especially in major cities such as Los Angeles. Despite the advancements in medical science, however, medical errors are the third leading cause of death for Americans, next to heart disease and cancer. Some medical deaths and injuries are merely accidents, or aren’t ultimately attributable to the procedures which allegedly caused the harm. On the other hand, many of them are the result of medical professional negligence, or “medical malpractice”.

In this article, we discuss the basic laws in California that govern medical malpractice claims, and what you should know if you are the victim of negligence by a medical professional.

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On November 8th of this year, over 56% of Californians voted in favor of Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational cultivation and use in California. On January 1st, 2018, products containing marijuana and cannabis will also be legally sold and taxed throughout the state.

Proponents of Prop 64 are excited about the fact that marijuana and cannabis products will be sold and taxed just like any other product. Substantial tax will be generated from this new booming market in California. However, just like any other product, marijuana and cannabis products will be subject to California laws regarding Products Liability. Continue reading ›