What Happens If I Don’t Show Up For Jury Duty?

The jury is an essential part of the American legal system. Even though only a small fraction of civil cases actually go to trial, those that do rely on the impartial consideration of jurors. As a member of a jury, you’re presented with facts, evidence, and arguments. You’re then trusted to digest that information and make a decision that will affect many lives. Being asked to sit on a jury should be a great honor. You’re being asked to perform a fundamental role within your government. Unfortunately, jury duty is often perceived as a waste of time or unimportant. Our lives have become so hectic that we don’t have the time or energy to perform the most basic civic duty. […] Read more

36 Killed In New Year’s Eve Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents tend to spike around the holidays. It’s particularly dangerous to travel on California roads in the days before and after New Year’s Eve. Most recently, drunk driving accidents claimed 36 lives between December 28, 2018 and January 2, 2019. Four of those victims were pedestrians. The lives of the families of those 36 victims will never be the same. Instead of celebrating the new year with their loved one, they’re forced to grieve a tragic loss. One driver’s decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated can destroy a family in a matter of moments. These families will never be able to bring their loved ones back. However, they may have the right to file a civil […] Read more

An unexpected accident can be overwhelming. You may suffer severe physical and emotional injuries. The financial costs of your accident can make things much more difficult. Since someone else caused your accident, you have the right to demand compensation. That person should be held responsible for the injuries and harm you’ve suffered. When you file your claim, the defendant tries to argue that they shouldn’t have to pay you anything because your medical bills have already been covered by your insurance company. Thanks to the collateral source rule, this type of argument typically can’t be successful. The Collateral Source Rule Protects Your Rights Private insurance is incredibly popular across the United States. In some situations, you’re even required to purchase […] Read more

Can Nurses Be Sued for Medical Negligence?

Doctors aren’t the only ones who are involved in your treatment and care when you visit the hospital. In fact, there are potentially dozens of people who work on your medical case in some way. When you suffer an injury while in the hospital, you may be quick to assume that the doctor is entirely to blame. However, it’s important to consider that the doctor may have not been involved in causing your injury, at all. Nurses are almost always as involved, if not more involved, than the doctors on your case. It’s entirely possible that a nurse’s error in judgment or negligence could cause serious injuries. Can you file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a nurse in Los Angeles? […] Read more

Accidents involving electric scooters have become increasingly problematic in Los Angeles. Emergency rooms across the area have reported that they’re treating more scooter accident victims than ever before. Many victims are blaming the electric scooter companies for providing unsafe and unreliable equipment. Two electric scooter companies – Bird and Lime – are now being asked to take responsibility for injuries their devices have caused. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the companies in Los Angeles. What is a Class Action Lawsuit? A class action lawsuit is filed by attorneys on behalf of a “class” of victims. These victims generally suffer substantially similar injuries or are injured for the same reason. Rather than pursuing compensation through individual lawsuits, the […] Read more

Bird electric scooters are everywhere. You can’t make your way through the city of Los Angeles without seeing someone fly down the road on a rental scooter. These scooters were initially welcomed by the city and its residents as a way to reduce traffic and benefit the environment. However, scooters are frequently operated by inexperienced riders on congested roads. They’ve created quite a hazard and caused a significant number of traffic accidents. It appears that Bird electric scooters have overstayed their welcome in Los Angeles. As the city struggles to create regulations to reign in scooter use, residents have taken matters into their own hands. Hundreds, if not thousands, of electric scooters in Los Angeles have been vandalized and destroyed […] Read more

According to the CDC, the leading cause of death of individuals under the age of 45 is “unintentional injury.” In fact, unintentional injuries are responsible for more deaths every year than heart disease and cancer combined. The majority of fatal unintentional injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident. Fortunately, unintentional deaths can be avoided. Knowing why accidents happen and what steps you can take to limit your risk of a crash can reduce the risk of unintentional injury and death. Here are six ways you can avoid the most commonly reported accidents in Los Angeles. 1. Wear Your Seatbelt Did you know that simply buckling up before you hit the road can decrease your risk of death by […] Read more

Who’s Is Responsible For a Rear End Car Accident?

Approximately 30 percent of all car accidents in the United States involve rear-end collisions. Since many rear-end crashes happen at or near intersections, this may not be surprising. What may be a surprise, however, is just how dangerous and devastating a rear-end accident can be. Rear-end crashes are responsible for 30 percent of all car accident injuries and 6.8 percent of all accident fatalities. At the same time, 29 percent of all damage caused by car accidents involves a rear-end collision. Is the Rear Driver Always At Fault in a Rear-End Crash? If you’ve been rear-ended in California you may be quick to place all of the blame on the other driver. In fact, it’s a common belief that the […] Read more

What is Res Ipsa Loquitur?

Accidents are typically the result of negligent behavior. In most cases, proving negligence is fairly straightforward. You simply point to direct evidence that shows another person’s actions caused your accident and injury. What happens, though, if there is no direct evidence of negligence? You can turn to the legal doctrine of res ipsa loquitur. Understanding Res Ipsa Loquitur Res ipsa loquitur is an age-old legal doctrine that means “the thing speaks for itself.” It is used when you are injured and there is no direct evidence to prove another person’s negligence. However, circumstantial evidence suggests that the only possible cause of the accident was negligence. Invoking res ipsa loquitur allows you to establish a rebuttable presumption of negligence without offering […] Read more

Getting into a car accident can be incredibly stressful. Even if you aren’t severely injured your car may sustain a significant amount of damage. Fortunately, you can file a claim for damages with your insurer or another driver’s insurance company. The insurance adjuster will assess the damage to your car and determine how much repairs should cost. You’ll then be offered a settlement to cover your costs. How do insurance companies and claims adjusters determine vehicle damages? What can you do to make sure that you are able to recover a fair settlement offer? Car accident attorney Sherwin Arzani outlines the process and explains the steps you can take to maximize your recovery. Thorough Inspection of Damage Once you’ve filed […] Read more