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How do you help the victim of a suspected spinal injury?

The first instinct many people have when they see someone seriously injured right in front of their eyes is to rush to their aid -- but in California, that can sometimes come back to haunt a would-be Good Samaritan. The law that applies to rescue attempts is somewhat narrowly defined, which means that you can still be sued for making someone worse if you take unnecessary risks.

For example, if you see someone injured at work by a blow to the head from a falling object, you need to pause before you act. If the injured person is in no immediate danger from something that could make things worse, call 911 and activate your workplace's emergency response protocol first.

Protecting yourself from accidents when around fires

When it comes to fires, there are a number of other situations in which you may come in contact with a bonfire, whether it be while camping, standing over the grill, or relaxing around a fire pit in your back yard. While they might serve a purpose, whether it's to create a certain aesthetic, cook food, or provide warmth, it's important to keep in mind that they're as dangerous as they are beautiful or practical.

Not following certain precautions when around fires can not only result in you inadvertently setting a wildfire, but endangering your home and yourself as well. When building a fire, employing necessary precautions to ensure that you're positioning it safely is one of the most prudent steps you can take.

The unexpected dangers of cheerleading for young female athletes

If you had to guess what the most dangerous high school and college sport actually is, would cheerleading even enter your mind?

Over the years, cheerleading has evolved from sideline chanting into dizzying shows of acrobatic prowess -- which means that the risks have also evolved.

Wrongful death suit filed after 21-year-old's swimming pool death

Relatives of a 21-year-old man who drowned in a Los Angeles swimming pool have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The incident happened in July 2015 on property owned by actress Demi Moore. The Hollywood starlet, however, was not at home when the accident occurred.

The tragic drowning happened during a party thrown by the house manager of the luxury estate. The house manager is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Moore, on the other hand, was not named as a defendant.

10 new California laws going into effect this year: part one

Part one of our list focuses on safety and personal injury.

Many people joke about California's love affair with new laws and regulations, and 2016 was a busy year for the legislature. State lawmakers passed 898 new laws that will go into effect in 2017, and we've gathered some of the big ones here.

As personal injury attorneys, we take a special interest in laws affecting safety and injury claims. We're running down some of the bigger new developments here. In part 2, we'll discuss some new laws involving civil rights, criminal proceedings and everyday facilities that you might encounter in day-to-day life.

How gender bias shapes wrongful death awards

In the personal injury space, not even death can end the unfair treatment of women and people of color.

The pay gap remains a hot topic in American society. With women and minorities earning substantially less than their white male counterparts, unequal pay shapes many people's lives. And according to a recent report in the Washington Post, it can also shape their deaths.

The piece took a look at the ways archaic race and gender stereotypes play a role in injury awards. The article cited two wrongful death claims: one involving an unborn male fetus and one involving a bright, promising six-year-old girl. Despite the girl's educated parents, her intelligence and the fact that she already had a college fund in place, the family of the fetus received more money for its potential lost income. How is that possible?

Know what treatments might entail for a burn injury

When you suffer from a burn injury, the pain that you feel is likely going to be considerable. In some cases, the burn demands that you get medical treatments that might add to the pain temporarily. If you suffered from a serious burn, your medical care team will discuss options for your treatment with you so that you can know what to expect.

Dressings are one of the treatments that are often necessary for burn injuries. These dressings help to prevent germs from getting onto the fragile burned area. Your skin acts as a barrier for germs. When you suffer a burn, the open, raw area can enable germs to get into your body.

Woman facing multiple charges in crash that killed her wife

The wife of a Los Angeles Police Department officer is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the officer's death in New Year's car crash. She also struck a car being used as an Uber, which was carrying a passenger.

Police say that the 25-year-old woman was driving drunk when she went through a red light at an intersection in Simi Valley shortly after 2 a.m., hitting the Uber. Her wife, who was in the front passenger seat, was fatally injured. The driver and passenger in the Uber were hurt, but survived their injuries.

Why are United States traffic deaths on the rise?

Even though safety technology has been improving in the United States, traffic deaths have increased for the second year in a row. Safety advocates have taken notice.

Last Wednesday, the National Safety Council released the latest traffic fatality figures. The safety organizations estimates indicate that 40,200 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2016, representing a 6 percent increase from 2015. This marks the first time in a decade that over 40,000 people died in car accidents in the space of one year.

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