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Beauty parlor stroke syndrome: Don't laugh

You may have heard the story of the San Diego woman who sued her beauty shop for causing her to have a stroke. You may have chuckled at this as "just another frivolous lawsuit."

It's not funny

The woman claimed that, during the shampoo, the stylist pulled her neck out of whack, hyperextending it. Eight days later, she felt weakness, and a week later, she suffered a massive stroke.

After An Amputation Injury Settlement

After the injured victim has been treated, and the injury claim has been settled, how does the plaintiff proceed? For those who have suffered an amputation injury, their lives are forever altered. Before we delve into how their lives are changed, we should first establish what qualifies as an amputation injury.

Fiery LA crash claims 3 lives, 2 others in serious condition

An accident that involved four vehicles in Woodland Hills claimed three lives and left numerous other people injured recently. The wreck was so bad that Ventura Boulevard needed to be shut down in both directions. Authorities are investigating the crash scene and few other details have been provided. What is known is that one of the vehicles caught fire and people near the crash used fire extinguishers and buckets of water to put it out. Two people were trapped in the engulfed vehicle.

Eight people were involved in the crash, and three of them were killed. Two others were listed in serious condition and were hospitalized; the remaining three people refused medical attention.

Get an attorney if you were injured in a car accident

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about what you should do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident. Taking photos and getting statements from witnesses are important steps to gathering evidence regarding your car accident, but you must check on the other people involved in the crash and ensure that everyone is okay. If they need medical attention, call 911 and do whatever the emergency responder on the phone tells you to do.

But the immediate aftermath of a car accident is only the beginning. What if you were seriously injured in the car accident? What if your car was totaled and the other driver was at fault in some way? What if you could prove negligence? What if the police ticketed another driver for a reckless act, or even filed charges against the other driver involved in the crash?

Truck engulfed in flames after 3 vehicles involved in crash

Three vehicles were involved in a fiery car accident in downtown Los Angeles recently, after one of the vehicles was engulfed in flames. The crash happened at an intersection, after two vehicles and a tanker truck were wrapped up in the wreck. The tanker truck was carrying carbon dioxide and a photo in our source article shows just how serious the flames were. One person was left in critical condition as a result of the crash, while the truck driver in the crash was listed in fair condition.

Little else is known at this time about the crash. It isn't even clear how the crash happened in the first place.

Beware 'the phantom car accident'

The phantom car accident is an accident type you are probably unaware of. And yet it is quite common, causing thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year.

A phantom car accident is much like a hit and run -- only the driver's car doesn't actually touch you or your vehicle. It usually causes you to swerve or leave your lane, where the actual violence occurs - striking a pole or wall or curb or tree or other vehicle.

Phantom drivers may know they caused your injury - or, like many distracted drivers, they weren't paying enough attention to see that they injured you. Sometimes, just like hit and run drivers, they speed away and are never heard from again.

Were you just in an accident? Here's what you should do

Confusion usually reigns in the moments following a car accident. This can happen for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that the people involved in the wreck may be injured. This could also be the first time that the victims of the wreck have been involved in a car accident. Or, both of these factors could be involved. In any case, the way you act and the things you do in the moments immediately following a car accident are crucial, so let's talk about some of the steps you should take during these critical moments.

What some people do after they get into a crash is panic. When they panic, these people will either flee the scene of the crash (which we can't stress enough: don't flee the scene!) or they will be angry and upset as they talk with the police or the people involved in the crash. The latter can lead to unproductive moments after the crash, while the former can lead to criminal charges.

Red-light runner involved in fatal crash, 4 seriously injured

A fatal car accident on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles left one person dead and four others needing hospitalization for their serious injuries. Details are a bit sparse at the moment, but it sounds like witnesses saw a speeding vehicle that ran a red light, triggering the accident. The two vehicles involved in that wreck eventually spun off and collided with a third vehicle.

A Los Angeles police officer said they are investigating the crash and trying to determine if it was just a red-light running, or if one of the drivers was intoxicated. In any case, it certainly seems as though one of the drivers was operating his or her vehicle in a dangerous and negligent way. One disturbing detail is that there were no skid marks at the scene of the crash, indicating that the reckless driver didn't even attempt to brake before the collision.

Know the basics of a personal injury claim for compensation

Filing a claim for compensation in a personal injury case is something that you can do if you were injured in an accident that was someone else's fault. If you are considering filing a claim for compensation, there are several points that you should be aware of. Each of these points can have an impact on your claim for compensation.

The first point that you should know is that your claim is filed in the civil court system. Filing this claim for compensation with the appropriate court is the start of your case. You should file your claim in a timely manner because there is a statute of limitations that sets time limits for all personal injury cases. If you don't file your claim before that time limit runs out, you will probably be out of luck.

Common carrier accident can lead to injuries, compensation claims

Common carriers, such as bus companies, have a duty to ensure that drivers are proeprly trained to drive in a safe manner. In fact, the responsibilities that are placed upon common carriers by California laws are much greater than those that are placed on drivers who are operating personal vehicles. When you are injured in an accident while traveling on a common carrier, you will probably look into the possibility of seeking compensation.

One important factor that distinguishes a common carrier from an ordinary driver is that common carriers charge a fee for transporting people or goods from one location to another. Often, these common carriers are operated by a municipality.

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