Sex abuse at schools: Systems for reporting suspicions lacking in many areas, says federal report

Rep. George Miller, following numerous reports on child abuse reporting failures in Bay Area school districts requested a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The study, released late Wednesday, should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ to districts, the Martinez congressman said.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Throughout California, there appears to be a systemic problem in the procedures whereby reports of child sexual abuse are made.  This is according to a federal study conducted based upon several high profile sexual scandals involving school age children in CA.  Lack of proper training, fear of damaging reputations, and other factors are apparently in play in this failure to promptly report allegations of minor sex abuse.  Recommendations are being made to improve this problem according to the story.

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Wrongful death claim filed against City of Los Angeles for Venice Boardwalk crash

Gruppioni’s parents and widower accuse the City of Los Angeles of failing to address a hazardous condition on the boardwalk that contributed to her death. Read the full claim here.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This was a tragic case of a person with clear mental issues driving in an area in and around Venice, California where throngs of pedestrians walk, jog and recreate year round.  The wrongful death claim against the City of Los Angeles alleges that the area constituted a dangerous condition of public property for not having sufficient barriers to keep motor vehicles off the boardwalk.  In my opinion, as a Los Angeles accident and injury lawyer, the plaintiffs in this case will have an uphill battle to get this before a jury.  First, the City will likely argue that it was not reasonably forseeable to anticipate persons driving onto the boardwalk in this manner.  In addition, public entities have immunities from suit in many instances involving allegations of unsafe property conditions and this lawsuit will likely have to overcome a Motion for Summary Judgment on those issues which will no doubt request dismissal of the case.

For more information on personal injury claims in and around Los Angeles, CA go to:

www.victimslawyer.com

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Fire Prevention and Preparedness Programs Saves Lives

Emergencies and disasters can occur anytime, anywhere. Some are seasonal, allowing you to prepare in advance. Others occur swiftly and without warning. Planning ahead and preparing for your family’…

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Fire prevention and preparedness programs are great to help reduce the number of fire accidents especially in and around commercial and industrial structures.  Urban areas like Los Angeles are prone to these types of incidents due to a higher density of such structures and businesses.  These companies should all invoke some type of same or similar plan to help reduce injuries and deaths caused by unintended ignitions.

For more information or assistance with any fire accident or burn injury claim in CA go to:

www.victimslawyer.com

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Deadly Crash Prompts Cries for School Crossing Guards

The recent death of a grandmother struck by a car while walking with children is sparking concerns for elementary school parents, who believe the area needs a crossing guard.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Could a crossing guard have made a difference in this case?  Maybe maybe not but, pedestrian accidents adjacent to schools are areas where every plausible measure should be taken to prevent traffic collisions. Establishing crossing guards around Los Angeles Unified School District schools are decided by evaluations that are made by the L.A. Dept. of Transportation.  Pedestrian counts, lines of sight, and, unfortunately, tragic accidents like this at any particular location go into the assessment as to whether or not a guard is needed.

For more information or assistance with pedestrian accident claims in and around schools in Los Angeles go to:

http://www.victimslawyer.com/pedestrian-accidents-california/

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Health News – Early rehabilitation important for recovery after severe traumatic brain injury

Early rehabilitation important for recovery after severe traumatic brain injury

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Interesting study here showing that early intervention and rehabilitation may be key to the long term recovery and even survival of traumatic brain injury patients.

For more information on brain trauma claims related to auto accidents and other traumatic events from Los Angeles personal injury lawyers go to:  

http://www.victimslawyer.com/brain-injuries/

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Uber Ride Share Service Sued Due To Child’s Death

A lawsuit set to be filed on Monday seeks to unravel the biggest question of the so-called sharing economy: Who is responsible when things go wrong?

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

I have been blogging about the potential for legal liability against ride share services in California for months.  It would appear that this wrongful death claim related to a child’s death in an auto accident involving an Uber driver will provide one of the first test cases in the nation to determine the culpability of ride share companies for personal injuries and fatalities caused by drivers employed by such services.  I will be watching this one closely.

For more information on ride sharing regulation as it relates to civil liablity for personal injury claims in California go to:

http://www.californiaaccidentattorneysblog.com/2013/09/28/california-first-u-s-regulate-ride-sharing/

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Extreme Road Rash From Motorcycle Incidents – A Real Danger

Ehline says they can be deadly. Or they can just peal away your skin like a horrible burn. As a motorcycle rider and accident lawyer please protect yourself. No matter what though we are in your corner as a legal champion.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Road rash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.  When the bike lays down and/or when the rider is ejected, there is usually a period where their body is dragged across asphalt over some distance.  Depending upon the nature and extent of skin affected, this can be a minor injury that heals within a few weeks or lead to major complications like infections, which can cause a need for hospitilization and surgical intervention such as skin grafts.  It is important to note that an injured rider is entitled to compensation the pain and suffering associated with both the initial injury and with any complications that result.  

For more information or assistance with any motorcycle injury claims in California involving road rash injuries go to:

http://www.victimslawyer.com/motorcycle-accidents/

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