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California Personal Injury Lawyers File Lawsuit Against the City of Azusa, California, for Dangerous Conditions of Public Property

California Personal Injury Lawyers File Lawsuit Against the City of Azusa, California, for Dangerous Conditions of Public Property













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Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) March 25, 2010

The California personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE (http://www.BestAttorney.com)] have filed a lawsuit against the City of Azusa, Azusa Pacific University and the operator of a trolley on campus property. The complaint for damages for dangerous conditions of public property and motor vehicle negligence was filed after a February 2008 incident in which Julie Farris, a student at Azusa Pacific University, suffered a severe and permanent brain injury after she was struck by a trolley that was owned by the University while riding her bicycle to class. Julie, the plaintiff in this case, brought the action against the aforementioned defendants. The case is currently pending in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, case #KC055075.

Catastrophic Personal Injuries After Trolley Collides with Bicyclist

According to court documents, Julie Farris was riding her bicycle on the 800 Block of East Foothill Boulevard, between Citrus Avenue on the east end, and the West Campus of Azusa Pacific University campus on the west end, on February 19, 2008. A trolley owned by Azusa Pacific University and driven by a university employee, Oscar Armando Galan, struck Julie causing her to sustain catastrophic personal injuries, including a severe and permanent brain injury.

“We allege Julie suffered severe permanent injuries at the hands of both the City of Azusa and Azusa Pacific University, both of which knew the roadway on which Julie was traveling was unsafe for students.” said Brian Chase, a partner at the Los Angeles personal injury law firm, BISNAR | CHASE. “What’s equally disturbing is the fact that both the City and the University knew there had been numerous accidents on the roadway and that the majority of university students were riding against traffic, yet did nothing to warn students or the public about these dangers, and did nothing to fix the roadway.”    

Unsafe Roadways in the City of Azusa

The suit alleges that bicyclists and pedestrians traveling between the east and west campuses of Azusa Pacific University were forced onto a congested, narrow roadway owned, operated and maintained by the City of Azusa. Students frequently traveled this roadway against traffic due to a lack of bike paths, crosswalks and/or traffic signals that would allow students safe travel to and from classes and residence halls. The hazardous condition of the roadway was further exacerbated by the presence of parked cars that narrowed the usable surface of the street.

What’s more, the suit alleges the University failed to install crosswalks or traffic signals that would allow students to safely cross the busy roadway during peak times of the day when motor vehicle traffic was the most congested. In particular, because of the lack of crosswalks and traffic signals, bicyclists had no other choice but to travel head-on into oncoming traffic, versus with the flow of traffic, further increasing the roadway’s dangerous conditions.

Finally, the suit alleges the City of Azusa failed to provide its students with duty of due care by scheduling the location and times of its classes in a manner that increased traffic congestion and intensity along the roadway.

Azusa Pacific University Allegedly Failed to Improve Hazardous Road Conditions

According to the lawsuit, the defendants were aware of the dangerous conditions of the roadway due to increased serious and fatal car accidents and had been provided funding to make improvements to the roadway but instead, used these funds for other projects at the expense of public safety.

“We allege that not only did Azusa Pacific University use funds earmarked for roadway improvements for other unrelated projects, it failed to warn people about the dangers of this roadway which further demonstrates its negligent and reckless disregard for human safety,” said Chase.

The action seeks economic damages for severe personal injuries, pain and suffering and permanency, past and future hospital, medical and other healthcare expenses, and loss of past and future wages and earning capacity.

About BISNAR | CHASE

The BISNAR | CHASE Newport Beach personal injury lawyers represent people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence throughout California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging serious injury defective product cases against a number of Fortune 500 companies. Get a complimentary copy of The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your California Personal Injury Claim. For more information, please visit http://www.CaliforniaInjuryBlog.com.

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California Personal Injury Lawyers File Lawsuit Against City of Mountain View, California, for Dangerous Conditions of Public Property





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Mountain View, CA (Vocus) March 17, 2010

The California personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE (www.BestAttorney.com)] have filed a lawsuit against the City of Mountain View, California, for dangerous conditions of public property. The lawsuit was filed after a June 2008 incident in which Randy Richards, a resident of Santa Clara County, California, sustained severe, permanent and disabling injuries when he was pinned between two vehicles on city property. The action was brought against the defendant by Randy and his mother, Martina Richards, who was witness to the incident. The lawsuit is pending in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, case #108CV131502.

Tragic Events Lead to Catastrophic Personal Injuries

According to court documents, on January 9, 2008, Randy was standing and working on a roadway in the City of Mountain View, just behind a lawfully parked pickup truck on Diericx Drive near Franklin Avenue. As he was loading the truck at the edge of the roadway, well out of the lane of travel for northbound vehicles, the driver of a car in the northbound lane suddenly lost control, veered into the lane toward the right, and collided with Randy and the parked pickup truck, pinning him between both vehicles.

In addition to severe emotional distress, Randy sustained catastrophic physical injuries , including the complete present and potential permanent loss of the use of his right leg, and its severe disfigurement and the future possibility of amputation. He also sustained the complete present and potential permanent loss of the use of his left leg and its severe disfigurement.

City of Mountain View Fails to Correct Dangerous Roadway Conditions

“Tragic as this incident is, what’s even more tragic is the negligence and careless disregard demonstrated by the City of Mountain View for not correcting dangerous roadway conditions that had existed for some time,” said Brian Chase, a partner at BISNAR | CHASE.

The suit alleges that the roadway where Randy was injured was wrought with a variety of dangers that created a substantial risk to him and to others who might use it for similar purposes. First, the presence of a concrete island in the center of the street narrowed the available path of travel for northbound cars, causing vehicles to veer further right than would normally be necessary. What’s more, pooled rainwater on the roadway due to inadequate drainage caused slick driving conditions near the area where Randy was injured. Additionally, the street was configured in such a way that it created the illusion there was more driving room than actually existed. And the City of Mountain View, after being aware of habitual speeding and resulting similar accidents in that area, did not adequately or effectively control the speed of vehicles using the northbound lane.

The action seeks economic damages for Randy’s severe and permanent bodily injuries and resulting permanent disabilities, past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, and past and future economic losses, as well as damages for Martina’s severe emotional distress after witnessing the collision and her son’s resulting injuries.

About BISNAR | CHASE

The BISNAR | CHASE Newport Beach personal injury lawyers represent people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence throughout California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging serious injury defective product cases against a number of Fortune 500 companies. Get a complimentary copy of The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your California Personal Injury Claim. For more information, please visit www.ProductDefectNewsAndAdviceBlog.com.

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Lawyer claims dangerous criminals 287(g) agreement does not accomplish the goal of making people safer?


by NCinDC

Question by Maricopa County: Lawyer claims dangerous criminals 287(g) agreement does not accomplish the goal of making people safer?
Why do people want now not to even arrest dangerous criminals for fear of dangerous criminals civil rights could be violated and rounding up illegals is not necessarily going to reduce crime ?Three years after first considering the idea, Mesa finally has nailed down an agreement to get federal immigration-enforcement
training for some of its police officers.

The City Council approved the deal with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, but not before a local immigration lawyer raised concerns that allowed city leaders to reiterate their commitment both to law enforcement and to civil rights.

Mark Egan, who practices in Mesa, asked for the item to be removed from the council’s single-vote consent agenda so he could address the issue during Monday’s meeting.
On one level, he said, he benefits personally when immigration law becomes more complex.

“The more the laws don’t work, the more work there is for lawyers like me,” he said.

But he said he was concerned that if Mesa officers get the so-called 287(g) training, the city could institute crime-suppression “sweeps” like those employed by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

That, he said, would be bad for actual law enforcement.

“The purpose of the Mesa police is to make the city safer, to reduce crime, to find the dangerous criminals who are out there hurting people and making our city unsafe for everybody,” he said. “The 287(g) agreement does not accomplish the goal of making people safer. It may accomplish the goal of catching illegal immigrants, some of whom may be dangerous criminals just like any large population will have dangerous criminals. But overall, rounding up illegals is not necessarily going to reduce crime.”
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/11/06/20091106mr-287g1107.html

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Answer by trackstar
I agree 100%. 287g is suppose to make it safer, but instead people like Joe Apraio want to go after hard working people and not the violent criminals which this program is intended for. How can you feel any safer when Landscapers, Dishwasher and taco vendors are hauled off, but the few drug dealers and thieves are left behind to live their criminal lives as usual?

Report: ICE program used by Arpaio a failure

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s
continuing and controversial crackdown on illegal immigration and the federal program that lets him identify and arrest undocumented immigrants is a financial and public-safety failure, according to a new report.

The program, known as 287 (g), has been touted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a public-safety measure aimed at removing criminal illegal immigrants. But the Sheriff’s Office and other participating agencies have focused on easy targets such as traffic violators and day laborers who pose little threat, says the report by Justice Strategies, a non-profit nonpartisan research group based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/02/26/20090226icereport.html

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Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer Illustrates Common Dangerous Driving Tactics

Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer Illustrates Common Dangerous Driving Tactics

Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer Illustrates Common Dangerous Driving Tactics


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Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer Illustrates Common Dangerous Driving Tactics

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Many people inhibit some common driving dangerous tactics that they have no idea what the real impact is. These driving tactics not only cause auto accidents for those who commit the act, but they cause other drivers to have to quickly react to the act forcing to get into an auto accident. Connecticut car accident lawyers have seen these driving tactics cause accident for years and they are tired of it, so they have decided to come forth and bring us some information about these dangerous driving tactics. The first dangerous driving tactic is tailgating. Sure you’ve heard not to due it before, but honestly you know you do it. Connecticut car accident lawyers say in all actuality tailgating is a form of road rage. Tailgating incurs when a driver is angry that the car in front of them is not going fast enough so they try to get as close as possible to the car in front of them. They do this because they are trying to get the car to go faster and provide the impression that they will hit the car in front of them if they do not either go faster or switch lanes.

Another dangerous driving tactic that Connecticut car accident lawyers commonly see is passing on the right hand side. When drivers pass on the right hand side they are usually doing this at a pretty high speed because they tend to wind in and out of cars because they think that the left most lane is not going fast enough. When drivers so this, other cars are not expecting a car to go flying past them in the right hand side. Therefore another typical driver might be regularly checking their mirrors to switch lanes that by the time that they actually start to move the speeding car passing on the right hand side will collide with the other car. This is a very dangerous yet common move to pass on the right hand side, however Connecticut car accident lawyers strongly suggest to not practice this behavior.

The last dangerous driving tactic is changing lanes without using your blinker. This is a very common tactic and Connecticut car accident lawyers strongly suggest against it. People might not use a blinker because they think no one is around, or that no one is close enough to be effected by it. However this is a wrong assumption because you must remember that you have blind spots where cars could be, but you can’t just see them.

Connecticut car accident lawyers strongly urge you to not use these common dangerous driving tactics for the benefit of yourself as well as all other drivers on the road. Tailgating, passing on the right hand side, and not using your blinker are all very common driving tactics that should be avoided at all costs. Using these driving tactics will increase your risk of both getting into an auto accident and causing someone else’s auto accident.

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Construction Accidents: Michigan’s Most Dangerous Work: Injured Workers Often Denied Claim For Recovery Of Damages

Construction Accidents: Michigan’s Most Dangerous Work: Injured Workers Often Denied Claim For Recovery Of Damages

By Terry Cochran

Construction accidents continue to be one of the most frequent types of accidents for Michigan workers and for workers across the nation because safety rules have not protected them. Construction workers in the building trades are frequent victims of on-the-job injuries and serious accidents. Why? Far too often, required safety rules are not in place.  As a result thousands of construction workers are killed or injured each year.

In Michigan alone the construction industry led all others with the highest number (30) of fatal work accidents in 2008, according to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).  MIOSHA reports that the leading hazards faced by construction workers are associated with:

Cave-ins
Underground utilities
Heavy Machinery
Manual handling materials
Working close to moving traffic
Electrical hazards, such as overhead power lines

MIOSHA reports that in 1994 alone some 19 Michigan workers were killed in trench collapse accidents.

In my practice the common construction accidents causing on-the-job injuries, fatalities, or leading to workers comp involve falls from ladders and scaffolding, front end loaders, electrocutions, vehicle back overs, gas line explosions, failed machinery, cave-ins, and road construction workers hit by passing vehicles. Workers injured include carpenters, roofers, dry wallers, pipe layers, operating engineers, rod busters, cement finishers, cement pavers, and laborers.

A construction worker injured on the job, in most instances, can sue the employer for work-related injuries. A third party can be shown to be liable for negligence when an injury occurs on the job site. While some workers are prevented or limited by law from collecting workman’s compensation for their injuries, many workers are able to recover damages from parties other than their employers or co-workers, especially when subcontractors are involved. Sometimes owners, architects, contractors and equipment manufacturers can be held liable for damages for construction accidents. Usually, though, the liable person is the general contractor, contractor or owner.

Manufacturers of construction equipment are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products. Defective or dangerous products may be at fault in a construction accident. With all of the equipment used on a construction site, the chance for injury is great, but if the proper safety measures are not employed in the making of this equipment, the chances of an injury or a death occurring increase greatly.

The manufacturers on this equipment can be found liable when an accident occurs due to one of their products. Equipment used on a construction site includes scaffolding, cranes, power tools, derricks, hoists, conveyors, woodworking tools, ladders, winches, trucks, graters, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, back hoes, heavy equipment, boilers, pressure vessels, and gas detectors.

Even if a worker is injured because of his or her own carelessness, compensation still may be available from the Workers Compensation Act. Benefits such as workers comp weekly payments and medical payments are awarded to an injured worker, although often these awards are not enough to cover the pain and suffering that comes with an on-the-job injury.

Workman’s Comp weekly payments are based on a percentage of worker’s weekly earnings and on the severity of the disability, whether it is a temporary total disability or a permanent partial disability. The medical expenses cover only those treatments deemed necessary and related to the specific work injury.

Because construction accident cases most often are very complex it is important to consult with an attorney with experience in investigating construction accidents and in evaluating the best avenue of recovery based on the law.  If applying for worker’s comp, consult a workers comp lawyer.

Insurance claims are often denied just so insurance companies can meet their profit goals. Workman comp claims are also often denied, especially the first time around. I strongly advise Michigan construction workers involved in an accident to use a Michigan attorney skilled in construction accident recoveries because the law varies from state to state. An attorney will lead you through the steps needed to recover actual damages and may even assist in punitive damages being awarded.


About the author:
Terry Cochran, is a senior partner in Cochran, Foley & Associates, P.C., a Michigan law firm specializing in personal liability, medical malpractice, and auto and truck accidents. Cochran does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases his practice upon representing individuals and families. www.cochranfoley.com 800-322-5543. www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMhKUskrMc

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New York Personal Injury Lawyers Prepare to Move In as Struggling Landlords Create Dangerous Living Conditions for Tenants




New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2009

As reported by the New York Times, landlords are struggling to pay their mortgages. It’s a story being repeated throughout neighborhoods around New York, according to personal injury lawyers.

More than a financial nightmare for the owners, residents of the abandoned apartment buildings are being left in a dangerous limbo. As the landlords vacate their responsibility, buildings are being left in a state of perilous disrepair and with non-existent security. Many tenants are even being left without basic services including heat and hot water.

With conditions like these escalating, New York personal injury lawyers expect to hear from more and more tenants injured by inhospitable building conditions.

“What many landlords don’t appear to realize is that if something happens on their property, they are responsible for it and the financial consequences can be as enormous- and even more so – then the ones they are abandoning in the neighborhoods around New York,” personal injury lawyer David Perecman explained.

A landlord has a duty to keep the apartment and the building fit to live in. If a tenant can show, for example, that a trip or slip and fall was a result of a hazardous condition like a broken stair, and the landlord either knew or should have known of the problem, the landlord can be held responsible for the tenant’s injury. As explained by New York personal injury attorney Perecman, this also means that the landlord must do the things agreed to in your lease, including doing all necessary repairs.

Many of these landlords bought their buildings in recent years when the real estate market was booming. Now, the unstable situation is growing because those same landlords are struggling to make mortgage payments. They don’t have the thousands of dollars they need for building repairs either. Left unchecked, poorly maintained buildings not only threaten the health and safety of the people living there, they threaten to destabilize entire blocks.

If a person is injured due to a hazardous condition on someone’s else’s property, in New York or elsewhere, they should see the advice of an experienced personal injury or slip and fall lawyer right away.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 25 years, the New York personal injury lawyers, construction accident, auto accident and medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for personal injury. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is the past Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition”.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a million verdict* for a construction accident, a .35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for .940 million

**later settled for .5 million

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