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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

Things you should know about workers' compensation

If you've suffered an injury while on the job, you may qualify for certain benefits that will help you on your road to recovery. Workers' compensation benefits are available to most California residents, but few actually know how these benefits work or what they actually cover. There are also those who fear filing workers' comp claims will cost them their jobs.

The good news is, it is illegal for an employer to fire you just because you try to access your workers' compensation benefits. If you believe your employer wrongfully terminated you after filing an injury claim at work, you may have legal recourse.

California car accidents: Woman and 5 dogs killed in police chase

Sometimes when a person commits a crime, whether intentionally or unintentionally, the initial act sets off a series of events leading to an unexpected conclusion with very serious consequences. For example, car accidents resulting from police chases are not uncommon, and because of the high speeds involved, sometimes cause fatalities. In a recent example, a California woman and five dogs were killed in a crash in Long Beach.

The incident began when police officers noted a man driving a stolen van and tried to pull him over at a traffic stop. When the man did not stop, police began chasing him. The chase ended shortly afterward when the van crashed into three parked cars as well as a vehicle driven by a 41-year-old owner of a dog-walking business and six dogs that were with her in the vehicle. According to witnesses, the van was traveling at such a high speed, it was difficult to even absorb what they saw happening.

Car accidents sometimes happen very close to home

Everyone knows that tragedy can strike at any time during travel anywhere, particularly when a person is in a vehicle of any sort sharing roadways with other vehicles. However, many people assume that once they are very close to their destination, they are likely then safe from harm. Unfortunately, this assumption is not always accurate since car accidents can happen at any time. As a horrific example of this fact, two California men were killed in a hit-and-run accident as they approached their home.

The crash happened early on a recent Sunday morning. Two brothers were driving their sedan through their residential neighbourhood. Reportedly, as they approached their home, they slowed down to park the vehicle. Police have released surveillance video showing a pickup truck approaching the sedan while traveling at a high speed -- approximately 80mph. The truck slammed into the sedan and also collided with several parked cars in the vicinity.

California car accidents: 8 pedestrians injured at crosswalk

Most California drivers spend their time behind the wheel of a car focusing on avoiding a collision with other vehicles, pedestrians or inanimate objects. However, for whatever reason, occasionally a driver appears to do the exact opposite and deliberately crashes into someone or something. Car accidents of this type are rare, but police suspect this may have been what happened in a suburb of San Jose. The driver is now charged with eight counts of attempted murder.

The incident happened on a recent Tuesday evening. According to witness statements, the driver appeared to accelerate as he approached an intersection where a group of people was crossing. He plowed into pedestrians in the crosswalk and on the sidewalk. At least eight people were injured, ranging in age from 9 to 52. Several victims were transported to local hospitals with varying degrees of injury, and one victim, a 13-year-old, remains in hospital in critical condition.

California car accidents: 1 dead, 1 injured in 3-vehicle crash

Instead of celebrating renewed life at Easter, the family of one man in California is likely mourning their loss. However, they may have to deal with more than that because the driver who died may have caused the accident. As with the case with all car accidents that result in serious injury to others and the driver at fault was killed, his or her estate can face lawsuits from those adversely affected in an attempt to recover damages.

The collision occurred in Lake Forest on the evening of Sunday, April 21, and involved a pickup truck, a sedan and a Jeep. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the crash happened at the intersection of Entrados Drive and Muirlands Boulevard. From information taken from eyewitnesses, the driver of the Jeep purportedly tried to cross the boulevard without yielding to oncoming traffic.

Fatal car accidents can result from drivers' poor choices

In California and elsewhere, people who are operating any type of motor vehicle should make responsible choices before getting behind the wheel. Sometimes, car accidents happen due to circumstances beyond the control of anyone involved. Other times, tragedy results when one person has failed to make a smart choice, such as avoiding drugs or alcohol before driving. Such may have been the case in a fatal accident in which one man was killed and several others were injured.

The crash happened late one recent Saturday afternoon. According to police, the woman who is accused of causing the crash drove through a red light at a high speed and collided with another vehicle making a left turn after properly stopping at the intersection. A third vehicle also became involved in the crash. Three people were transported to a local hospital with major injuries: the two occupants of the second vehicle, as well as the driver of the first vehicle, while the occupants of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries. The 64-year-old driver of the second vehicle later died from his injuries while in hospital.

Be aware of the Valley Fever risk if you work in California

If you work in California in construction, excavation, landscaping, agriculture, archaeology or another job that disturbs the soil, you would be wise to gain knowledge about Valley Fever. It is crucial to recognize the symptoms of this devastating fungal disease and get medical treatment early. The coccidioidomycosis fungal spores live in the soil and become airborne when you disturb the soil.

Valley Fever symptoms are flu-like, and if you ignore them, it could lead to infection of joints, skin, bones, the brain and other organs, or pneumonia. You could unknowingly inhale the dangerous, microscopic airborne spores while you work in dusty conditions.

Fatal on-the-job injuries can result from lack of safety measures

Employees of any company are entitled to safe working conditions. Employers are obligated to maintain safety measures on equipment as well as provide sufficient training for all employees in the proper procedures and operation of such machines in order to prevent on-the-job injuries or death. Unfortunately, a California ceramic manufacturing company failed to maintain such standards, resulting in an employee's death and significant penalties for the company.

The 18-year-old employee was pronounced dead last September after another employee found him entangled in an industrial mixer known as a pug mill. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) investigated the incident and found that the employer had removed the safety guards on all four of the machines in the shop, believing that the guards interfered with the rate of production. However, without the guards, the moving parts of the pug mills were open to employees.

Fatal car accidents sometimes happen in rideshare vehicles

Many California residents use rideshare programs, such as Lyft and Uber, to transport them to and from work, social events or other destinations. Most people using this transportation option likely assume it is a safe way to travel, and certainly for people who have been drinking, it is much safer than getting behind the wheel themselves. However, no matter what safety measures have been taken, sometimes car accidents still happen due to other variables, such as other drivers on the road.

Recently, a 40-year-old San Francisco man was killed in San Diego when the Lyft vehicle in which he was a passenger was involved in a collision. The accident happened early on a Saturday morning. The man and a friend were in town for a wedding and were traveling back to their hotel in the rideshare vehicle when the 21-year-old driver of another vehicle rear-ended them. Both cars ended up in a ditch off the shoulder of the freeway. According to first responders, the deceased victim had to be removed from the car using the jaws of life.

Multi-vehicle car accidents can cause serious damage

Most California drivers understand the importance of paying close attention to one's surroundings while behind the wheel and that speed must be adjusted according to such variables as weather conditions, traffic situations and obstacles of any sort. Drivers who fail to slow down when necessary can sometimes cause car accidents resulting in tremendous damage. Such was the case in a recent multi-vehicle pileup on the San Bernardino Freeway in Claremont that left one person dead and many others injured, some critically.

The crash happened very early on a recent Sunday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 30-year-old man triggered the crash when he was traveling in the carpool lane at a high speed considering current traffic conditions. He rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped due to road construction. Because of the impact, that vehicle in turn hit another vehicle. The original vehicle continued and hit yet another vehicle, which then struck another vehicle.

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