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Bitten by a Dog in California? Things You Should Know

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dogs are wonderful, loyal creatures, but not all of their owners are. Sometimes, their owners let their loyalty stray, or misguide it. A dog with the wrong master can become a real menace. On the occasion that a dog bites a human, that dog's owner must be held responsible. Fortunately, California law reflects this.

In plain English, the law has several points that are worth noting:

  • Lawsuits against owners are either dismissed or damage amounts are reduced if the victim was found to be provoking the dog.
  • A defense of provocation is not applicable if the victim is under five years old.
  • Dog bite lawsuits apply strictly to an act of biting, not ramming or knocking-down.
  • If the victim is the dog owner's landlord, lawsuits can be filed on the grounds of negligence.
  • If the victim is an employee of the dog owner and the bite took place on company property, the lawsuit falls under labor action instead of dog bites.
  • People eligible for lawsuits are those who are bitten when invited onto the dog owner's property, or who are permitted by law to enter someone's property in the line of work, such as mail carriers, firefighters, or police officers.

If you or anyone you know falls under any of the above criteria, you may be entitled to a settlement. Freeman and Freeman represent all personal injury cases, including dog bites. Feel free to contact us or visit our website for more info or to see if you are eligible for our services.


Do I Need a Lawyer when My Injuries Are Minor?

Friday, June 05, 2015

It may be tempting to proceed with negotiating with the insurance company on your own because your injuries seem to be minor. Doing so can be a serious mistake.

For instance, when you suffer whiplash in a rear-ender accident, the actual symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks later. In the meantime, you might struggle with some amount of neck pain that you believe is not serious enough to bother about. In many, injuries, symptoms do not make their presence felt for weeks later. One prime example is whiplash, but there are several injuries in which the extent of the injury can become evident only weeks later.

Even if your injuries are what you consider to be minor, they may have long-term consequences that you may not have completely appreciated. Say, for instance, that you have suffered a finger injury in an accident. You may believe that since it is a simple finger injury, you do not require an attorney to negotiate a settlement for you because the injury will heal quickly, and you can continue working as you did before.

That however, may not be how things turn out for you. If your job currently consists of manual tasks, or tasks in which you use your hands or fingers very often, then you may find that the finger fracture now limits your ability to perform the same tasks that you were performing. That immediately impacts your ability to earn an income, and could even determine whether you are able to return to the same job that you did before. These are questions that you may consider after an accident, and these are issues that you must resolve before you agree to any kind of settlement with the insurer.

NHTSA Fines Takata for Failure to Cooperate with Investigation

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken Japanese auto parts supplier Takata to task for its failure to cooperate with an investigation by the federal agency into the company’s defective airbags.

The administration has announced that it's imposing fines of approximately $14,000 a day on the Japanese company. The $14,000 fine includes fines of $7,000 per day for violating two separate orders from the federal agency. Takata denies that it has failed to cooperate with the agency's investigation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now demanding that executives at the company appear in person to answer interrogations at the agency, instead of submitting written replies in writing, as they have been doing thus far. The agency will also conduct inspections at the US headquarters of the Japanese company as well as its testing facility in Michigan. Takata is also being required to provide the parts that are currently under investigation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for testing.

The defective airbags are linked to at least six fatalities, and several injuries in accidents. However, the Japanese company continues to refuse to announce nationwide recalls of the airbags. The problem lies with a defect that causes the airbags to deploy inadvertently, causing a serious risk of injuries to occupants. The defective airbags are also susceptible to excessive force on deployment, causing injuries, to occupants. Occupants are at risk of having shards of shrapnel shooting into their faces from the deploying airbags.

At least 10 automakers in the United States alone have announced recalls of vehicles that come with the defective airbag.

Airbag manufacturers and other parties may be liable in an injury claim involving defective airbags. If you have suffered injuries because of a malfunctioning airbag, speak to a Burbank personal injury lawyer about filing a claim for compensation.

More Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall

Monday, December 15, 2014

BMW recently announced that it would expand its national recall of vehicles due to defective airbags. Another 140,000 vehicles will be added to the earlier recall.

The recall involves the 2004-2006 3-series Vehicles. Those cars were manufactured between January 2004 and august 2006. According to BMW, this is a precautionary measure, and none of the defective airbags by the Japanese auto parts supplier have yet involved any BMW vehicle.

Airbags manufactured by the Japanese auto parts supplier are at the center of a national recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the United States alone, more than 17 million vehicles linked to the defective airbags have already been recalled. Globally, more than 24 million cars are included in the recall.

The friction between Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration meanwhile continues with the Japanese company rejecting a demand by federal authorities to expand its recall to cover the entire United States. Over the past six years, Takata has been issuing recalls of its airbags in collaboration with at least 10 automakers. Many of the recalls have covered the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands. Takata has claimed that the problem, which causes a number of airbag-related problems is only limited to those areas that suffer from high humidity in the United States. However, the agency believes the problem is much more severe.

Problems with airbags have included small shards of metal, exploding into the face of the occupants when the airbag deploys. There is a serious potential for eye injuries, puncture wounds, facial injuries, severe blunt force trauma, and head injury associated with these defective airbags. At least five fatalities are linked to the defective airbags. Burbank personal injury lawyers are also aware of dozens of injuries linked to these airbags.


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