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Preventing personal injury incidents due to distracted driving

April is Distracted Driving Month, which a month dedicated to education and increasing awareness regarding the risks associated with distracted driving. In California and other states, distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents and one of the most pressing public safety concerns. Authorities and leaders hope bringing this issue to light will encourage people to act safely behind the wheel and reduce the number of distraction-related personal injury incidents.

Many drivers are aware that distraction can be dangerous, yet many believe they are capable of safely multitasking while driving. Statistics indicate this is not true. According to the California Highway Patrol, 66 people died in distraction-related crashes in 2017, and approximately 6,500 suffered injuries. While overall data seems to indicate a decrease in the number of distracted driving accidents, phone use continues to be a problem.

Failure to follow procedure could result in dental malpractice

It is common knowledge that adhering to proper procedures of sterilizing medical equipment helps keep patients safe from the spread of infection. This also holds true for dentistry in California and around the country. In a case in another state a dental practice has been closed down because of possibly exposing patients to HIV and hepatitis, which could result in a dental malpractice case.

The practice failed to follow proper sterilization and processing techniques for the dental equipment being used. This could have caused the patients to be exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. The state's health department is urging that patients who were seen at the practice to get checked for those infections.

Laptop theft may leave someone looking for criminal defense

Coffee shops have become popular spots for people to take their laptops, order a cup of coffee and maybe a snack, and get some work done. This practice has increased in California as most coffee shops encourage this behavior by making wi-fi networks available to their patrons. A theft in an Oakland area establishment may have the suspect in the case looking for a criminal defense.

The incident occurred during a recent lunch hour. The suspect entered the restaurant and demanded that customers put their laptops into a large bag that he was carrying. He wore a yellow vest and a bandana to conceal his face, and he was carrying a handgun. The restaurant is near an elementary school. No shots were reportedly fired in the course of the robbery, and no one was injured.

Personal injury guidelines in California

Regardless of how careful a person can be accidents can still happen. A person may slip and fall on a wet floor, a loose dog may become aggressive and bite a passerby. If a person is seriously injured, one may wish to consider a personal injury lawsuit against the party deemed responsible for the accident. There are certain guidelines in California that govern these types of legal proceedings.

There are types of damages that a lawsuit can seek compensation for. They are noneconomic, economic and, in cases of egregious fault, punitive damages. Economic damages include compensation for actual accrued losses such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering resulting from injuries, among others. Punitive damages may apply if the accident was the result of gross negligence.

Accused young burglar may need criminal defense

Burglaries are one of the most common crimes in California. Potential thieves are often on the lookout for easy targets. Two homes in Gilroy were recently burglarized and a young man has been taken into custody as a suspect in those break-ins. He must now focus on his criminal defense.

According to police reports, one of the burglaries occurred about 4:30 a.m. on a recent morning. The thief allegedly gained access to a home through a garage side door that was left unlocked. The suspect reportedly stole several items and then fled the house. When the police apprehended him a short distance from the home, they claimed that he had the stolen property in his possession.

Medical malpractice can result from surgical errors

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying. Once the news sinks in and a course of treatment has been prescribed and chosen, a person trusts the medical professionals to perform their jobs. In a recent case in California, surgical errors resulted in mistakes that could have been avoided.

A man was diagnosed with colon cancer and was scheduled for surgery at Madera Community Hospital. According to the patient's colonoscopy, there was a tumor located on the left side of his colon. The surgeon at Madera operated on the right side. The error appears to have occurred because the hospital apparently failed to verify the proper surgical location. The surgeon reportedly did not review the patient's test results and medical records prior to surgery.

Dental malpractice possible cause of 2-year-old's death

The term medical malpractice typically conjures up images of heart, brain or other surgeries gone dramatically wrong. One doesn't typically think of a dental procedure in California as being a candidate for a malpractice case. But dental malpractice is an issue and there was a tragic case in another state.

A young boy, then 2 years old, was told that he needed what amounted to root canals on his baby teeth. The dentist who recommended this procedure, known as a pulpotomy, had only seen the child twice before informing the parents that the procedure was necessary. It would involve performing root canals on the baby teeth and then installing crowns with the patient under general anesthesia.

Failure to observe surgical precision results in personal injury

Surgical precision is a term that is frequently used to describe something that must be carried out with accuracy and great attention to detail. There is a reason the term has entered the lexicon and it's because surgery does require those two qualities to be successful. One aspect of surgery that must be precise is that the number of items used to perform a surgery, such as needles, sponges, clamps and so on, must equal the number of those items that are present at the end of the surgery. In California and elsewhere, failure to meet that criteria could result in personal injury to the patient by an item being left inside the patient after the surgeon closes any incisions.

In an incident in Oxnard, a woman undergoing heart surgery was closed up with a 3 inch long needle left in her abdomen. The needle had broken during the course of the surgery. It was a delicate surgery that required many needles and wires. The needle was removed seven months later when the patient came to the hospital complaining of burning pain and a sharp object that protruded from her abdomen when she bent over.

Inadequate patient care can lead to dental malpractice

Maintaining dental health is vital to one's overall health. People trust their dentists to have the knowledge, skill and experience to successfully treat dental issues. In a recent case in Rancho Santa Fe, California a dentist was found too have been negligent and is facing a dental malpractice suit.

The dentist removed a wisdom tooth from a female patient and complications ensued. The patient suffered an injury to a nerve known as paresthesia. The condition can cause numbness, pain and a need for continuing medical care. The patient has filed a dental malpractice suit against the dentist.

Prior convictions must not detract from criminal defense

Being accused of a crime in California can be scary. Being convicted of that crime and serving one's time may be downright frightening. A person coming out of a correctional facility after having served time for a conviction is placed on parole as part of a transition back into society. While repeat offenses may be charged during a person's parole period, a person is still presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty and is entitled to a criminal defense.

After a recent spate of robberies in the Oakland area, a man recently released from prison and on probation has been arrested and charged with four recent thefts. In one of the incidents, a suspect reportedly held up a restaurant. The robber was alleged to have used what looked like a gun in the course of the robbery in which the thief took close to $500. A witness saw a man duck behind a car in a nearby garage where police later found a jacket, a mask and a replica firearm. The police then apprehended the suspect who was identified by a restaurant employee as the perpetrator of the theft.

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