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How to you prove negligence in court?

When you're involved in a car accident, if may seem obvious whose fault it was. However, even if someone else was responsible, that doesn't mean that they can be held liable for it. Certain things have to be proven in order for a person to be considered negligent in civil court. This applies not just to car accidents but to other types of personal injury cases as well.

The first question is whether the defendant breached a legal duty of care that he or she owed to the plaintiff. For example, a person is expected to drive safely. The standard for whether a person breached that duty is what a reasonably prudent person would do in a situation.

Burn injuries can lead to frightening prospects for the future

Suffering from a burn injury, especially one that is severe, is the first event that usually starts a vicious cycle of medical care and incoming bills. One type of burn is particularly damaging -- electrical burns. We know that these burns are troubling because they can involve wide-spread damage that is caused by current going through the body.

The most common issue that is caused by an electrical burn is neurological complications. The damage can be noticeable immediately or it can be delayed. In either case, this damage can make it difficult for a person to get back to life as he or she knew it before the injury.

Teen injured seriously in wreck with suspect being chased by cops

After a recent collision in Antelope severely injured a 13-year-old boy, potentially paralyzing him, his family is speaking out about the role of the California Highway Patrol in the crash.

The incident began when a Carmichael man, 32, was approached by a sergeant with the CHP during a traffic stop. Prosecutors allege that the suspect instead took off at a high rate of speed with the police in pursuit through the town of Antelope. In a residential area, the vehicles drove as fast as 60 mph.

The costs of spinal cord injuries are staggering

Spinal cord injuries are very expensive injuries that can easily eat away at a person's life savings. The average cost of a spinal cord injury depends on the level and severity of the injury. Higher level injuries are usually more costly than lower level injuries.

The average annual care for a person with incomplete motor function at any level of injury is around $347,484 in the first year. Each year after is around $42,206. The lifetime cost would be a little over $1.5 million for a 25-year-old patient or $1.1 million for a 50-year-old patient.

A wrongful death action can bring closure

The birth of a child should be a happy event, but sadly, some mothers and newborns die due to the misconduct of medical professionals during pregnancy and labor.

In those tragic instances, the legal professionals at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, may be able to assist Los Angeles residents with bringing a wrongful death action in order to recover damages. While it is small consolation in the face of such a tragedy, compensation that is awarded can help the survivors cope with the emotional, psychological and financial repercussions of the medical negligence that cost their loved one his or her life.

Alleged street racing leads to innocent man's death

Speed limits and traffic laws are in place to help keep traffic moving in a safe manner. When these laws aren't followed, anyone who is on the roadway with the person who is disobeying the law is in danger of being involved in an accident that can injure or kill. A recent incident of suspected street racing ended up killing a 36-year-old man.

The accident happened around 1:00 on a Friday afternoon along Crenshaw Boulevard. A man in a Chevrolet Cobalt was racing against a person in a Chevrolet Camaro.

When is a burn victim transferred to a burn center?

If you are burned in an industrial accident or a collision, the severity of your burns determines whether you should be transferred to a burn center. Burns requiring the specialized care these centers can offer include:

-- Burns that are partially thick and cover more than 10 percent of the body's total surface.

Small bumps and jostles can lead to a significant brain injury

When most people think of brain injuries, they think of huge hits the head. What some people might not realize is that very serious brain injuries can be the result of a relatively small bump on the head. One prominent doctor found out how a minor bump can lead to significant brain injuries.

The doctor was in his attic when he got a sharp pain in his back. He bumped his head on a wooden beam. Since there wasn't a cut, he forgot about the incident. That is, until weeks later.

Caitlyn Jenner settles civil suit in fatal 2014 crash

An undisclosed settlement agreement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against Caitlyn Jenner regarding her role in a multi-car collision last year in Malibu that resulted in a woman's death.

The accident occurred before Jenner's subsequent transition from Bruce to Caitlyn. Involved in the accident was plaintiff and Hollywood agent, Jessica Steindorff, who filed suit last summer. She sought compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and property damages. Additionally, she asked for $25,000 in punitive damages. As reported by TMZ, the insurance company for Jenner agreed to a settlement,

Spinal cord injuries: Using trial and negotiation techniques

Unfortunately, presenting the facts is not always enough to be successful in a California spinal cord injury case. In order to be as effective as possible, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney must have a full arsenal of trial and negotiation techniques. Both experience and knowledge are two of the main foundations upon which an attorney will develop these techniques. However, an attorney must also have a passion for the law to become a successful advocate for his or her clients.

One technique a good attorney possesses is the ability to make complex issues easy to understand. This is accomplished through experience negotiating personal injury cases and representing clients in court. Along with simply presenting the facts of a case, a skilled attorney will investigate deeply and offer the court detailed information about every aspect of the case. Knowledge of the spinal cord and the injuries a spinal cord can suffer is essential in providing a well-researched and knowledgeable case at trial.

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