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Workers' compensation claim may benefit survivors

If a California employee were to be asked why he or she works so hard, a common answer may be that he or she does all he or she can to provide for his or her family. As the cost of living continues to rise, and the availability of full-time employment remains uncertain, people may consider themselves fortunate to find a job that can pay the bills. When a worker is seriously injured, or worse, killed on the job, grieving families must face the loss of a loved one and an uncertain financial future. In such cases, a workers' compensation claim may benefit survivors. 

Recently, a married father was performing his duties at a California citrus farm. He needed to shut down a large windmill, a process he had completed on numerous prior occasions. The man's brother, a fellow worker, reported the tragedy that unfolded suddenly. 

Auto accidents already claiming lives in new year

While most people were celebrating with friends and family as they rang in a new year, a few California families were forced to spend New Year's Day mourning. While there is always a risk of auto accidents on the road, the risk increases exponentially if someone is driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In a recent news headline, the dangers of impaired driving are evident. 

The tragedy began as a mother and her 9-year-old daughter were making their way through traffic on a California road. A sedan, traveling at a high rate of speed, slammed into another car. The car the male driver struck crashed into a barrier wall. The driver at fault did not stop but continued speeding forward, slamming into the vehicle occupied by the mother and child. 

How is pain and suffering calculated as part of a damage claim?

If you are injured due to the negligence of another person, it can cause you to go through extended treatment and recovery time. You will naturally want to pursue monetary compensation for any losses you incurred. This can include the wages you lost by not being able to work and having medical costs paid for that were not covered by insurance. You may want to even cover losses due to missing out on favorite activities or even the loss of companionship.

Pain and suffering is another way you can receive benefits due to an injury that was someone else’s fault. While we all know what both pain and suffering are, when it comes to personal injury compensation claim, it is viewed as a loss of comfort, happiness and the ability to live a happy productive life after an accident.

Child victims of auto accidents: injured for the holidays

Most California children are probably counting down the days until the school year pauses for holiday break. Many look forward to gifts, trips, family traditions and even watching a favorite seasonal movie. Auto accidents can occur at a moment's notice, and unfortunately, a few children recently got a rough start to the holiday season. 

The day in question began as a regular school day for a group of California students, but ended in a frightening ordeal. A bus carrying over 30 children was traveling its usual route to school. As the bus approached the destination, disaster struck. 

Auto accidents as a result of crime a serious threat

California drivers are certainly no strangers to heavy traffic and the crashes that unfortunately result. Not all crashes, however, are innocent mistakes, and some auto accidents occur because someone is driving unsafely to avoid being caught after committing a crime. When a suspect in a vehicle is identified as a party to a crime, law enforcement may feel it necessary to give chase so a suspect is not able to escape. 

Recently, agents with the U.S Border Patrol discovered tire tracks that indicated a vehicle had crossed the border illegally. Agents are on high alert due to a recent rash of illegal crossings that often include human smuggling into the United States. Agents followed the trail and found parts of a vehicle that they determined to be a pickup truck. Soon after, agents came upon the truck in question, and the driver sped off. 

Auto accidents can result in serious criminal charges

California drivers typically try to do their best to be safe behind the wheel and avoid an accident. While most drivers probably consider the risk of speeding and driving in a manner that puts themselves or other motorists at risk for serious injury or death, not all drivers are as considerate. When people break the law while driving, they can cause fatal auto accidents that ruin the lives of innocent people. 

Recently, a California man was allegedly driving under the influence. He made the terrible decision to engage in a race with another vehicle. The man had a female passenger and a 4-year-old child along for the ride. 

Popular beverage causes serious personal injury

California residents may be among the millions of Americans that like to kick back and relax, sometimes with an adult beverage. Though alcohol is usually considered safe when consumed responsibly by people of legal drinking age, a recent beer purchase caused one consumer to suffer serious personal injury. The injury was not caused by consumption of the product, but rather the bottle it came in. 

The trouble for popular beer brand Corona began when a California man purchased a package of bottled beer at his local retailer. After taking his cold brews home, he may have been looking forward to enjoying one, but he never got the chance. One of the bottles, still in the package, exploded, sending pieces of glass flying into the man's skin. 

End of daylight savings time can mean drowsy drivers and crashes

It is coming up to that time of year again when most of the country will be adjusting their clocks as daylight savings time comes to an end. One good thing about adjusting our clocks this time of year means we will “fall back,” meaning we can enjoy and extra hour of sleep on the first Sunday in November. However, there has been a drawback to all this clock adjusting, an increase in car accidents

Auto accidents: A new viral trend?

For many California residents, it is not unusual to open one's social media feed and see live videos of friends and family, or perhaps a favorite celebrity, as they try new things, share a humorous situation, or partake in the latest "viral challenge." People look forward to watching the people they follow live daily life in real time. While tuning in to such an event can be a funny or heart-warming experience, lately some posters have begun to "go live" after frightening situations, like auto accidents. 

Recently, a California mother, eight months pregnant, was driving her minivan when tragedy struck. A popular up-and-coming boxer swerved into her lane and struck the vehicle. Police suspect he was under the influence at the time of the crash. 

New changes to workers' compensation laws

Many California workers may not be aware that several new laws have been signed to protect them. If  employees are unaware of their rights, they may not know that they are now eligible for workers' compensation under expanded circumstances. Previously, police officers and firefighters that were injured while off duty but still performing duties related to their day job could not make a claim for workers' compensation. 

The new California laws have changed this policy. The changes were proposed after a tragedy last year. During a terrible mass shooting in Las Vegas, off-duty California Police officers were injured trying to help their counterparts from another state. 

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