While walking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful California weather, pedestrians can encounter many risks during their travels. When walking in areas also containing motor vehicles serious injury can occur, with sometimes tragic results.
Losing a loved one is never easy. However, losing a loved one to another person’s negligence behind the wheel can be a devastating experience, especially when impairment due to drugs or alcohol is a factor. Here at Callahan & Blaine, we’ve seen the damage caused to California families by the carelessness of an inebriated driver. Effects can range from emotional to financial, especially when the deceased loved one was your family’s primary breadwinner.
Patients in California trust in the health care community to offer safe and effective treatments, which sometimes come in the form of medical devices. However, one such device known as transvaginal mesh has been shown to cause serious injuries to women undergoing the procedure. At Callahan & Blaine we've seen firsthand the damage that can result from defective medical devices, from the need for further surgery to loss of life in severe cases.
Temperate California weather means that many recreational boaters will be out in droves this upcoming season. While boating can be a fun and thrilling activity, serious accidents can occur if the proper safety procedures are not followed. In some cases, boating accidents may even lead to death, according to the American Boating Association.
While gas leaks have the potential to be devastating should an explosion occur, they can also prove harmful in other ways. This was evident in the recent wrongful death suit filed by a California woman’s family after a months’ long gas leak was implicated in her death.
Losing a loved one can be extremely difficult, especially when it occurs as the result of someone else's negligence. California law does enable you to seek damages for your losses through pursuing a wrongful death claim. When doing so, you should be familiar with when and how to go about filing the lawsuit.
When it comes to liability for personal injury, wrongful death and survival actions, under some circumstances it is not only individuals and companies that can be held accountable but also the state of California itself. This potential liability exposure is the subject of an ongoing review by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) of guardrails that have been installed in this state which have been found to be potentially defective in another state.
A fatal accident resulting in the loss of a loved one takes a toll on the family of the victim. Unlike a death caused by a serious illness, families do not have time to prepare themselves and say their goodbyes when a family member dies suddenly in an accident. It only adds to the tragedy when the accident is caused by a driver who might have been intoxicated.
Most people have thought about what the effect would be on their family if they died a sudden and avoidable death. That is one of the reasons why so many people purchase life insurance, to avoid the negative effects that their untimely demise might otherwise have on their loved ones.
Just because police officers may be acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in an incident involving the death of an individual does not necessarily mean that they may not be liable for civil charges. This is a conclusion that may be drawn from a case out of Santa Ana involving two police officers and the death of a homeless man.