Recently a child in Southern California was injured by a piece of debris after a drone collided with a tree. That piece of debris hit the child as she was in a stroller. In another incident a small child in the United Kingdom was rendered partially blind by a drone that was being flown by a family friend and the friend lost control.
Passengers often feel like the odd person out after a car accident. Since they weren't the driver the odds are, with rare exception, they aren't going to be at fault. Since they are a passenger they often feel like there is no place to turn to recover financially from their injuries. We have often been told they don't want to pursue the driver if they were at fault and if the other driver was at fault the complexity of going after them as a passenger is overwhelming.
This time of the year many of us will be found in stores and on-line buying gifts meant to delight that may end up causing severe injury at the same time. One of those gifts is the trampoline and this is where spending a few extra dollars can make all the difference.
Comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a horrible accident with a Walmart Truck and has recently filed a lawsuit against Walmart citing negligence on their part. The accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike left several people severely injured and killed comedian James McNair, commonly known as Jimmy Mack.
Yielding to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Graco Corporation is conducting a recall of 1.9 million rear-facing infant seats due to faulty harness buckles. The New York Times recently reported this story which followed announcements by the Graco Corporation in early 2014 regarding similar harness buckles.
General Motors estimates it will need at least $400 million dollars to compensate victims of an ignition switch defect and this amount could rise by an additional $200 million depending on the number of people who actually file claims. The victims fund will be administered by an outside official.
As Lawyers, we have the privilege of helping our clients through some of the difficult times in their lives. One of the ways we do that is to make sure that the general public knows what to do before and after something happens.
Have you or anyone you know ever been attacked by a dog? According to the Los Angeles Times, California sees more dog bite claims than any other state in the U.S. In fact, in 2013 California insurance companies received a total of 1,919 claims for dog bite injuries that ended up costing $64.7 million. Data collected by the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm in a recent report proves that we have the highest cost of claims in America.
Like most people, we love our dogs. Large breeds and small breeds alike provide love, companionship and even protection to many people and there are people who have service dogs that they depend on with their lives. With that said there are facts that simply cannot be ignored about many of these same dogs. Sometimes unfortunate things happen and people are injured and some even die. It is for this reason that California has such strict laws that clearly state pet owners are responsible for their animals' behavior. Every year an increasing number of Californians suffer injuries in dog bite accidents, or other pet attacks. At Guenard & Bozarth we take dog bites and animal attacks seriously. We know that injuries can go well beyond physical scars and even amputations. We see dog bite victims suffer from infection, scarring, disfigurement and psychological trauma.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release urging motorists to drive sober for the upcoming holiday weekend. This year's campaign isn't just focused on the personal costs and human toll of impaired driving and boating, it's also focused on the economic impact and societal impacts of drunk driving.