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Tips for boat safety

National Safe Boating Week is coming up May 19-25, 2018. Shining a spotlight on safe practices for boaters, the designated week reminds those who love to be on the water to put safety first. It comes just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, which California residents will recognize as a crowded time on local lakes and other waterways.

Construction industry fatalities continue to be a problem

California residents who work on construction job sites may understandably want to be regularly tracking the safety statistics associated with their line of work and industry. Construction is known to be a highly dangerous industry but that does not eliminate employers' responsibility to provide a safe workplace for construction workers. Sadly, that does not happen all of the time and many people are injured or even killed in construction site accidents.

Survival actions explained

Several clients have come to us here at McKnight, McKnight, McKnight & McKnight, Attorneys at Law after having lost loved ones in Kern County prepared to punish those deemed responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit, only to discover that there are limits to the damages that one can collect through such action. There are, however, other options that you can pursue if you are in the same position and you would like to see those liable have to face some punitive action. 

Who can file a wrongful death action?

If you are a California resident whose loved one died as the result of someone’s negligence or malice, you may be thinking about filing a wrongful death suit against the person who you believe caused your loved one’s death. In order to be qualified to bring this civil action, however, FindLaw explains that you must be a surviving family member of the decedent.

Drunk driver kills child, injured other child and adult

For most people in California, the recent Thanksgiving weekend and holiday was hopefully a relaxing and joyful time spent with friends and family. Unfortunately for some residents or visitors to the state, this holiday period was marred by tragedies that could have and should have been avoided. Vehicle accidents caused by negligent drivers notoriously ruin too many celebrations for people, leaving them to grieve for their lost loved ones instead of enjoying precious time together.

California sees spike in vehicular deaths

As you and other Californians watch the rapid pace at which companies are attempting to make fully autonomous cars a reality on our roads, you might appreciate the potential safety improvement these vehicles are said to provide. Certainly taking human decision-making out of the driving equation may be helpful one day. But, in the meantime, it is humans who have all the control when behind the wheel. Sadly, this responsibility is not taken seriously enough as more people continue to die in traffic accidents.

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.

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.

Hospital and device manufacturer liable in wrongful death case

Many in Kern County may believe that wrongful death cases are often “cut and dry,” with one party being assigned liability and compelled to pay compensation to another. Yet while some cases may play out this way, others may be very complex, with multiple parties being accused of being at fault for the death of those at the center of these disputes. In situations where liability may be shared, juries could actually choose to assign a degree of fault to several defendants.

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