Many of us are aware that 36 people died in Oakland in a warehouse fire. The fire happened in a building nicknamed the "Ghost Ship". Our sympathy and prayers are extended to both the victims and families of those that perished in the fire.
In a perfect world the balcony collapse in Berkeley would have been followed up by new laws, higher standards and people being held accountable for failing those 13 students and their friends. It's apparent we don't live in a perfect world.
The California Contractors State License Board recommended suspension or revocation of Segue Constructions license alleging they willfully disregarded plans and ignored standards when building the apartment complex near U. C. Berkeley. The result of their negligence lead to the death of 6 students and severe injury to at least 7 more students.
Anyone familiar with our Law Office knows we handle Personal Injury Litigation exclusively. We work with injured people from injury to settlement and that can mean all the way to trial. We take exceptional care of our clients and as a result they often ask us to handle everything from Estate Planning to Family Law and child custody.
We see more and more evidence that features designed to protect us are actually doing the opposite. Let's take a minute and review some of the more obvious and egregious examples;
An on duty California Highway Patrol officer was involved in a 4 car collision that resulted in the death of a 15 year old teenager from Willows recently according to a statement released by the CHP. This blog is not meant to denigrate any member of the CHP and is written to illustrate that distracted driving accidents can happen to anyone of us.
When was the last time you stopped and looked around your house, both inside and out, at all the little repair jobs that need to be done? Some are cosmetic of course, but some are actually just an accident waiting to happen. It could be you that trips over that uneven concrete on your walkway, or it may be the mailman. You could in fact be running the risk of having a premises liability suit filed against you.
Downtown Berkeley was the backdrop for yet another deadly balcony collapse. This balcony collapse took the lives of 6 students and severely injured 7 others. The investigation is currently focused on rotted wood as the cause. Five of the dead were Irish Nationals and the sixth was a dual Irish-U.S. citizen who lived in Rohnert Park.
The news has been filled with stories about construction defects that have lead to lives being lost and even lives that hang in the balance as a result of defects that should have been uncovered during the initial planning and building phase. In fact, several of these have been close to home and we want to share some insider information about these issues.
We use the term compassion frequently and understand that our definition and yours may not be the same. We want to use this forum to explain what we mean and how you benefit when we apply it.