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Meet the winners of the GBW scholarship

Earlier this year, Greene Broillet & Wheeler offered five scholarships of $1,000 each to help exceptional young people continue their education journey. Our motto is "Where Success is a Tradition" and we are extremely proud to see the next generation of thinkers, workers and, perhaps, attorneys start making success their own tradition.

We are proud to introduce the winners of the first round of the Greene Broillet & Wheeler Scholarship:

Accommodations employers must make for pregnant women

If you are expecting a child, the life of your job or what your employment will look like from here may worry you. You may be wondering if you'll be treated differently at work, if you'll face discrimination because of your pregnancy, or if you'll even have a job after you have your child.

Not to worry; there are many accommodations an employer is required to provide you during your pregnancy.

Wrongful death of a mother during pregnancy

Bringing a child into the world is supposed to be a joyous occasion. And while this is typically the case, there are times when things go wrong.

Unfortunately, it's not out of the question that a mother could pass away during pregnancy or labor. Taking this one step further, this tragedy often comes about as the result of medical malpractice.

Passengers: Make sure you're covered in a car accident

Motor vehicle passengers injured in car accidents caused by driver negligence are often at the mercy of the driver's insurance policy when it comes to seeking financial compensation for their injuries. That said, passengers can do the following things to both protect themselves in case they suffer injury in a crash and before any kind of accident occurs.

Collect the insurance information of everyone involved in the accident. Injured passengers will want to collect this information as soon as they are able following a crash. In addition to insurance information, it is also advised to collect names, physical addresses, email addresses and phone numbers for everyone involved. Collect the number for the accident report as well. All of this information will be important for the purpose of later filing a claim for damages.

Three steps to protect your rights when your car is defective

If you're constantly taking your car to the shop, consider looking into an auto defect claim.

With the exception of real estate property, your car might be the most expensive asset you own. A vehicle is a significant investment, whether it's a brand new sportscar or a used beater off the lot.

If your car continues to act up despite frequent trips to the mechanic, there may be a bigger issue beneath the surface. Ask yourself these three questions to determine your options and, if appropriate, how you can protect your legal interests:

California bans ALL handheld device use behind the wheel

California is strengthening its laws against distracted driving. Learn what you can and can't do behind the wheel.

According to the California Highway Patrol, distracted driving caused by handheld devices caused hundreds of crashes last year - including nearly 700 crashes resulting in properly damages, more than 500 injuries and 12 fatalities. State law prohibits talking on the phone and sending text messages, but is it enough?

California lawmakers don't think so. To fight the distracted driving epidemic, California recently passed a new law that will strengthen prohibitions on distracted driving. Effective January 1, drivers will be prohibited from using handheld cell phones behind the wheel for any purpose.

What should I do if I have suffered an on-the-job chemical burn?

A number of Los Angeles employees handle dangerous chemicals every day while performing their job duties. Some of the most common chemicals workers use include strong acids, paint thinner, gasoline and drain cleaners with lye in them. These chemicals can burn, and although it's usually obvious that a burn has happened, sometimes the symptoms don't appear until hours after the employee is exposed.

This article lists important first aid advice for workers burned by chemicals. First, here is what to do if the chemical burn is immediately recognizable:

New California law aimed at first-time drunk drivers

In most states, penalties for drunk driving get more severe with each offense. Often offenders can get away without serving any jail time for a first-time DUI. But to everyone sharing the road with an impaired motorist, a first-time offender is just as dangerous as a habitual drunk driver. And just because a person has been caught driving drunk for the first time doesn't necessarily mean that they have never driven under the influence before.

With that in mind, California lawmakers recently passed a new law that will require first-time offenders who cause an injury to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. These devices require drivers to pass a breathalyzer test before their car will start.

The Right Way to Write Legal Documents

Concise and clear writing is expected of lawyers but legal writing doesn't always come easy. There are many pitfalls trial lawyers will encounter and specific court rules to follow. By having a clear understanding of the challenges and paying close attention to guidelines, the legal writing process will go much more smoothly.

A group of lawyers looking for advice on legal writing recently attended an MCLE seminar led by attorney Molly McKibben of GB&W, Deanell Tacha, the Dean of Pepperdine's School of Law, and United States District Court Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell. Tacha facilitated the seminar by speaking about her experience reviewing writing at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal level. Judge O'Connell weighed in about writing at the Federal District Court level and McKibben discussed writing at the state trial court level.

Drivers and pedestrians can help prevent accidents

It's not uncommon for a driver of a motor vehicle to strike a pedestrian. When this happens, there is a good chance that the pedestrian will suffer a serious injury.

While there's no way to completely eliminate these types of accidents, there are steps that both drivers and pedestrians can take to help reduce the likelihood of this serious situation.

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