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Report: those in high-risk jobs must avoid marijuana use

As most of our readers probably know, California now allows adults to use marijuana even for purely recreational purposes. As a result, it is becoming more and more common for people to report to work with the drug in their systems. In another state that has also legalized marijuana, for instance, up to 1 out of 5 applicants for jobs in the construction industry and other sectors would test positive for remnants of the drug in their systems. In fairness, though, residual chemicals from marijuana can remain in one's system for days or even weeks, long after the effects of the drug have worn off.

Despite what the laws of the state say, according to one safety group, construction workers who are in high-risk positions should not use the drug at all and thus should never have it in their systems. A high-risk position would include occupations like a crane operator or an operator of heavy construction equipment. In support of its position, the group points to research that suggests workers who use marijuana, even for medicinal reasons, had 55% more accidents and 85% more injuries than their counterparts who do not use the drug at all. Moreover, the organization also said that the drug unquestionably has the ability to adversely affect a user's judgment and coordination.

What special rules apply when suing the government?

For a number of historical and legal reasons, residents of San Mateo and the greater Bay Area need to follow special steps when they sue the state government of California, a state agency or even a local government body. The special rules also apply to suing public employees.

These rules can be complicated in certain respects, and they also carry with them strict deadlines. If these deadlines get missed, then it could mean that even someone who has an otherwise legitimate personal injury claim will not be able to file suit and secure compensation. This one reason why it is so important that a Californian with a claim against the government consider speaking with an experienced attorney.

Premises liability applies to inadequate security

Like other states, California's law requires landowners, including homeowners and businesses, to exercise reasonable care to protect guests like customers tenants and the like. Basically, a property owner must be sure the land, and the buildings on the land, are safe and secure. Traditionally, this meant that landowners needed to take steps to prevent people from slipping and falling or from suffering other accidental injuries.

However, in recent decades, courts have come to recognize that landowners also have some legal obligation to make sure patrons and other visitors are reasonably safe from crime on the premises. While this does not mean that a business has to prevent every single potential crime, they do need to be aware of the surrounding circumstances and to provide cameras, security guards and the like in order to respond to those circumstances.

Car accidents can leave victims with hidden injuries

Car accidents are among the most common causes of serious injury, and most people who experience a car accident suffer some sort of discomfort or aching pain afterwards. While no car accident is ideal, it is always relieving for victims to realize that they avoided serious injuries and made it out with only some light bruises or discomfort.

Unfortunately, many car accident victims suffer injuries that are serious and potentially harmful without causing much pain or showing other symptoms. If a victim believes that they escaped their car accident ordeal without injuries, they may decide to move on with their lives and forego a full medical examination, which is very dangerous. After a car accident, it is always a good idea for each victim of the accident to receive a professional medical examination, to help identify delayed pain injuries that may cause real harm without proper treatment.

The California Tort Claims Act

When one thinks about it, the government plays an important role in the daily lives of Californians. The government, whether state or local, owns a lot of buildings and land, both so it can carry on its operations or to directly benefit the public. Moreover, public employees help shape how residents of the Bay Area live and work, and many residents may even have jobs with the state or local government. Finally, the government is also engaging contractors to do work on behalf of the public on a regular basis. The bottom line is that many people in the Bay Area will visit public property run by the state or the federal government, and some will do so quite regularly.

As is the case with any other property, the government agency in charge of this property has an obligation to keep it well-maintained and free of hazards. If they fail to do so, then a victim can consider filing a personal injury action and seek compensation for their injuries.

Ford recalls 665,000 vehicles for safety defects

We often see news announcements noting a vehicle recall for certain defects, many of which can affect the safety of the vehicle and thus those inside. In such cases, the recalls can be the result of actual accidents or injuries sustained, where at least part of the cause is traced back to the defect. When these accidents occur and someone is injured, then, it may be possible to successfully recover compensation from the vehicle manufacturer.

Recently, Ford Motor Company issued recall notices for 10 different models involving a total of 665,000 cars and trucks. Given the high number of vehicles involved, a significant number will likely be found in California and the San Francisco area. All of the identified defects could lead to, or worsen the effects of, a motor vehicle accident.

Pedestrian sues J-Lo and A-Rod for injuries suffered in accident

When a moving vehicle strikes and injures a pedestrian, the pedestrian often files a lawsuit seeking money damages. One of the defendants is almost always the driver, who is almost always alleged to have been negligent. In a recent lawsuit filed against mega-celebrities Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, a pedestrian alleges that he was injured because the couple was negligent in failing to instruct their driver and security team to be alert for pedestrians.

The plaintiff was struck by a chauffeured car carrying J-Lo and A-Rod after they had left a trendy restaurant. The plaintiff acknowledges that neither of the celebrities was driving the vehicle, but he alleges that they were negligent because they failed to instruct their driver and their security team to be vigilant. The plaintiff further alleges that the defendants quickly fled the scene and failed to check on his condition.

Five-car accident in Menlo Park blamed on alcohol

Chain-reaction automobile accidents usually begin with inattentive drivers losing control of their vehicle and thereby creating a hazard for following vehicles. A recent five-car accident in Menlo Park apparently began when an inattentive driver collided with a construction barrier. A second vehicle crashed into the first, and three more cars were involved before police arrived.

The motor vehicle accident began at about 2:35 a.m. when a vehicle that was northbound on Highway 101 veered left and crashed into a water-filled crash attenuator. The car rolled over and came to rest in the northbound lane. The four occupants, including the driver, were able to evacuate the car just seconds before it was struck by a grey car traveling northbound. A third vehicle managed to stop before hitting either of the first two vehicles, but before its occupants could leave the vehicle, it was struck by yet another car going northbound. The driver of the first vehicle was able to move the car under its own power to a nearby side road. Finally, a northbound car struck the fourth vehicles.

Don't navigate serious injuries alone

While the vast majority of our day-to-day lives occur without any kind of incident, there are unfortunately moments that shatter that sense of safety. Accidents can happen in a multitude of different ways and have the potential to change our lives forever. It can be difficult to carry through during these hard times, but it's important to remember that you are never alone when serious injuries strike.

From motor vehicle accidents to property incidents, personal injuries matters take on a multitude of forms. They can also inflict just as many kinds of injuries: traumatic brain injuries, burns, broken bones, serious spinal injuries, and more. If these injuries were due to the negligence of another party, the range of emotions felt can be overwhelming. Fear, anger, and uncertainty are just some of the feelings that can race through your head while dealing with these situations. Seeking the assistance of experienced personal injuries attorneys, however, can help you decide how to move through the ordeal while seeking justice.

Do you know your rights as a California dog bite victim?

Sometimes, a visit to a friend or a walk in the park can have unexpected consequences if you encounter an angry or aggressive dog. Dogs are frequently found at parks, and although most of them are well behaved and properly managed, that isn't always the case. Some dogs are naturally aggressive, while others can become angry or violent in certain circumstances.

Whether you were enjoying your coffee on a friend's porch or watching your children on the playground equipment at the time of the attack, a dog bite can leave you with severe injuries and medical expenses.

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