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August 2017 Archives

Possible causes of boating accidents

California's warm and sunny weather brings countless outdoor enthusiasts to its beaches every year. While surfing certainly takes the stage in regards to water activities, boating is also a popular sport and leisure activity in the state. Yet any outdoor adventure can bring potential risks, and each year a substantial number of beach goers experience injuries due to boating accidents. In more extreme situations, such accidents can prove to be fatal, but there are a number of factors to be aware of before setting off on California's dazzling blue waters.

Determining damages for wrongful death

Often lawsuits end up being newsworthy because they involve very large verdicts or settlements. When a jury decides in favor of an injured party, the resultant damages can range from one dollar, referred to as nominal damages, to many millions. Before a final judgment of damages is rendered, opposing parties negotiate to settle the matter for a particular amount. In California, when a jury is tasked with determining the amount of damages, several factors are at play. Damages as used in legal proceedings means money; it is a reminder that the purpose of a monetary award is compensation and not gain.

Motorcycle accidents: is lane-splitting safe?

Motorcycles are often seen as a symbol of freedom, luxury and a carefree lifestyle. There are currently millions of motorcyclists in the United States, and the types of motorcycles driving laws depend greatly on the state. The maneuver known as lane-splitting, in which motorcyclists may pass other vehicles by weaving in between lanes, is legal in California; however, the dangers that can potentially come with such a maneuver have sparked controversy across the country.

How is medical malpractice defined?

Medical malpractice is a large umbrella term that many potential cases fall under. As a patient in California who has been wronged by a medical professional in some way, you may be wondering if what you went through could be considered medical malpractice.

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