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CA injury lawyerFor older adults, going to the doctor regularly, managing chronic health conditions, and taking proper safety precautions can all help to protect general health and quality of life. Unfortunately, falls are a potential problem and a leading cause of personal injuries, particularly among older adults. In addition to causing serious health complications, slip and fall accidents can actually end up hastening an early death. In honor of National Falls Awareness Day, we offer some tips to help you stay safe.

Preventing Slip and Fall Injuries

Fall Awareness Day is an annual event each September and is sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). A leading cause of death and disability among older adults, they can happen in a variety of situations. Injuries that often occur as a result include serious muscle and tendon strains, sprains, or tears, broken bones and dislocated joints, and debilitating back, neck, or head injuries.

Older adults can help to reduce their risks of slip and fall injuries by taking certain precautions at home. These include keeping clutter off-floors, replacing worn carpeting or flooring tiles, wearing non-skid shoes, and using anti-skid floor mats in bathtubs. However, falls often occur in public places, such as grocery stores, retail establishments, restaurants, office buildings, and other locations. Dangers to be aware of include:

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CA crash lawyerCar accidents are complex events. There are often numerous factors that may have contributed to a crash. In many cases, an investigation will show that one of the parties engaged in reckless driving behaviors which are ultimately responsible for the collision and any injuries that occurred. In cases involving multi-vehicle car accidents, determining fault can prove far more challenging. Blame may be shared among multiple parties, including you. However, this does not prevent you from getting the compensation you are entitled to for the injuries you suffer.

San Jose Police Officer, Others Injured in Multi-Vehicle Car Accident

A recent multi-vehicle car accident in San Jose left a police officer and others involved suffering potentially serious injuries. Emergency crews responded to the scene of the collision, which occurred during the late afternoon hours in the Jackson Avenue/McKee Road area. It involved multiple drivers and left several people injured. Among the victims was an off duty San Jose Police Department officer.

Those with injuries were taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center. Law enforcement is still investigating the incident and has not released any additional details on the officer, the other victims involved, or the suspected cause of the crash.

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San Jose Police Get Digital Upgrade to Counter Neighborhood CrimesResidents of San Jose have complained long and bitterly about the increasing number of neighborhood crimes taking place throughout the local area. Many home and property owners have taken matters into their own hands by installing electronic alarm systems and video monitoring to ensure their family, friends, customers, and property are protected.

In light of local crime statistics, law enforcement has recently announced a series of actions they hope will help discourage lawbreakers and make neighborhoods safer. The latest involves using digital technology to immediately download personal surveillance tapes, keeping criminal defense attorneys busy and making potential suspects easier to apprehend. 

Ring Technology May Save Time in Uncovering And Apprehending Criminal Offenders

On September 26, 2019, the San Jose Police Department announced they were getting a digital upgrade to their existing community surveillance and outreach system. They will be partnering with Ring Technology, which will allow them to have homeowners download security footage in real-time.  

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CA wrongful death lawyerMany people throughout the Bay area own boats that allow them easy access to ocean activities and other bodies of water throughout the region. For those that do not, there are numerous charter boat options offering fishing, diving, and pleasure cruising excursions. Unfortunately, a recent boat fire off the coast of Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of several local residents has cast doubt on the safety of these trips. Wrongful death claims could be filed against the charter boat company on behalf of the victim’s families, due to a lack of safety precautions onboard the vessel.

CA Dive Boat Fire Claims Lives of 34 People

A fire that happened on board a scuba diving boat claimed the lives of 34 people over the recent Labor Day weekend. The fire broke out early Labor Day morning, as the vessel was anchored off Santa Cruz Island. The charter originated in Santa Barbara but the majority of people on board were from San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area.

Early reports indicate that the scuba divers were downstairs sleeping when the fire broke out while the boat crew was mainly above deck. Flames quickly raced throughout the below deck cabins, allowing passengers little to no time for escape. While most of the crew survived the blaze by jumping overboard, nearly all of those trapped below went down with the ship.

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CA employment attorneyIt can be challenging enough to get ahead in some industries due to large pools of qualified candidates and fierce competition for jobs. Unfortunately, in addition to making it harder to find a position, these are also the types of circumstances under which employment discrimination is most likely to occur. While these cases tend to involve minorities in other areas of the country, the makeup of the workforce in San Jose often results in discrimination claims taking a different form.

San Jose Woman Accuses Tech Firm of Favoring Indian and Asian-American Employees

Asian-Americans and Indian immigrants dominate many of the tech firms in Silicon Valley. While these workers might represent a minority in some other places, they are the majority in the tech industry in the San Jose area. A local woman recently filed a lawsuit that as one of the sole caucasian workers at her company, she was discriminated against by her employers on the basis of her gender, nationality, and skin color.

The woman claims she was hired as the director of business development by tech company Happiest Minds, which has its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, early in 2018. As 90 percent of the firm’s workforce is either Asian-American or Indian and most top-level executives are male, she found herself to be in an exceedingly small minority. Among the specific incidents she cites as rising to the level of discrimination include:

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Keeping Your Children Out of Trouble With the LawFor parents, keeping children safe and away from potentially bad influences is a top priority. With the general increase in juvenile crimes in San Jose, it is more important than ever to monitor their activities. As the police become more aggressive in apprehending teen offenders and public pressure increases when it comes to handing out penalties, our Bay Area criminal defense attorneys want you to be aware of steps you can take to keep your children from getting in trouble with the law. 

San Jose Police Focus on Juvenile Offenders

With parents busy working multiple jobs to provide for their families, young people are often left unsupervised. This can make them more likely to commit petty crimes that put them at odds with the law. It also increases the risk that they will be influenced by gangs to commit more serious types of crimes. 

In San Jose, police are taking increased actions after dangerous and destructive crimes involving young offenders have rocked the community in recent months. In the aftermath of two fatal shootings in one local neighborhood and reports of thefts, vandalism, and other types of crimes in others, police have begun mapping the areas where these activities are most likely to occur. 

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Driving Actions Can Result in Child Endangerment ChargesThere are numerous rules and regulations regarding your conduct when driving and how it may endanger children in your vehicle. Even if no actual harm was done to a child, breaking these rules could result in serious criminal charges related to child endangerment, cruelty, or neglect. As there tends to be plenty of media attention surrounding such cases and a strong public outcry, it is important to get an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side immediately. A recent incident involving a Bay Area father highlights the potential ramifications that can result.    

Bay Area Father Faces Charges of Child Cruelty

A San Carlos man faces criminal charges after falling asleep in his vehicle and leaving his child to cry in the backseat. The incident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m., in a parking lot off of Laurel Drive. The child and the father were discovered after people nearby flagged down a passing San Carlos Sheriff’s Department officer, saying they could hear a baby screaming in the vehicle. 

Investigators report that the car was in park and the engine was turned off as the 39-year-old father slept behind the wheel in the front seat. Behind him and strapped into a safety seat sat his daughter, crying and in obvious distress. Officers do not know how long the man was there, but, despite having the windows partially open, the temperature inside the vehicle was dangerously high.  

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CA injury lawyerConcussions are one of the most common and potentially dangerous types of personal injuries. They can happen in a variety of different situations. Even the most seemingly minor bump, blow, or jolt to the head can cause long-ranging impacts, with symptoms that take days, weeks, or even months to fully appear. As part of a national campaign regarding concussion awareness, our Bay Area personal injury attorneys want you to be aware of the warning signs.

Common Situations Resulting in Concussion

All concussions are serious, regardless of the symptoms you suffer or the way in which they occur. That is the message behind this year’s National Concussion Awareness Day, which is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019. Partnering with the Brain Injury Association, the goal is to shed light on one of the most common types of personal injuries, though it often goes unnoticed or is misunderstood.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can result from any type of bump, shaking, or blow to the head, which disrupts neural pathways. It can happen in a variety of situations, such as:

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CA injury lawyerThe primary goal of law enforcement officials is to protect public safety and prevent crimes from occurring. When an alleged incident occurs, Bay Area police are aggressive in their efforts at apprehending suspects. Unfortunately, this can create dangers for innocent passersby. One of the riskiest maneuvers involves high-speed police chases. While most are not as dramatic as those that appear on television shows and in movies, they do happen on a regular basis. A recent pursuit-related car accident in San Jose highlights the potential risks these crashes pose for officers as well as other drivers on the road.

Two Officers Injured in Car Accident While in Pursuit of Suspect

A recent police pursuit in San Jose left two California Highway Patrol officers injured. The accident occurred just after midnight on Interstate 880 in San Jose on August 2, 2019. The officers were in pursuit of a speeding driver approaching the area of I-280 when they lost control of their vehicle. Their police car rolled over at least once and the airbags deployed but the officers were reported to have suffered only minor injuries. The suspect involved was not injured, did not stop at the crash site, and was never apprehended. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Apprehending drivers for traffic violations is just one of many reasons high-speed chases can occur. Alleged suspects attempt to flee crimes on a regular basis and a car chase may be required to apprehend them. San Jose Police Department Duty Manual outlines the regulations that are in place to guide officers in these situations. Major considerations in pursuing a car chase include:

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Can Drug Addiction Be Used as a Criminal Defense?People commit crimes for a variety of reasons, but bad judgment plays a significant role. Many of those who find themselves facing serious criminal charges admit that they were under the influence of drugs at the time or were motivated by drug addiction. This fact plays a role in building you a strong criminal defense and may also be used in considering alternative sentencing recommendations. 

Drug Addiction and Crime

Drug use and criminal behaviors are inextricably linked. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of people being prosecuted within the criminal justice system has more than tripled over the past several decades, largely due to illegal drug use and drug addiction-related crimes. 

Using, possessing, or distributing any type of illegal street drugs or pharmaceuticals without a prescription can result in harsh penalties, including a potentially lengthy prison sentence. Being under the influence of drugs or struggling with the emotional and physical discomfort that comes from addiction can make you more likely to commit theft, weapons offenses, and violent acts, such as assault or attempted murder. 

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CA employment lawyerShifts in labor force requirements can happen for a variety of reasons. A job lay-off may take you by surprise or it may have been something that was whispered about weeks or even months before it actually happened. In either case, a lay-off can present a major hurdle in terms of your career. It can also leave you facing serious financial insecurity as you struggle to meet your monthly bills and other obligations. As experienced San Jose employment law attorneys, we want you to be aware of four important areas that need to be addressed if you find yourself in this situation.

Job Lay-Offs Impact More Than 500 in the Bay Area

Cisco Systems is one of the largest employers in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, some who have built careers at the tech conglomerate’s San Jose headquarters have found themselves holding pink slips in recent months. The company recently announced it would be immediately laying off more than 500 workers, the second round of lay-offs by the company over the past 12 months.

Four hundred of the cuts impacted employees at the company’s headquarters while close to 100 others were laid off from the Milpitas location. Nearly all of those affected by the job cuts worked in the engineering department. Software engineers, engineering technical leaders, and program managers were among those whose positions were eliminated. The cuts come as Cisco has switched its focus from hardware to software over recent years. Five hundred employees were previously laid off in November of 2018 while more than 1,600 Cisco employees found themselves out of work over the prior two year period.

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CA crash lawyerCollisions involving motor vehicles are typically the result of reckless behavior on the part of one of the drivers involved. Speeding, running red lights, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are all common factors. Injuries suffered in these crashes can be severe, leaving the victim to face a mountain of medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. The at-fault driver can be held liable in a claim. Unfortunately, holding them accountable can prove challenging when they flee the scene.

Common Reasons Behind San Jose Hit and Run Car Accident

One person was killed in a fatal car accident that occurred recently. The crash happened near Santa Teresa Boulevard in the downtown area. A driver in a 2016 Volkswagen Passat was headed northbound San Ignacio Avenue when he attempted to make a turn. As he entered the intersection, he was struck by a Dodge Ram Laramie pick-up truck struck coming from the opposite direction.

Rather than stopping at the scene, as required by law, the pick-up truck driver abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. The driver of the Passat died as a result of his injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the crash and are searching for the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, these types of hit and run accidents are common in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. Reasons why drivers attempt to flee the scene include:

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CA injury lawyerMost of us lead busy lives and we are used to multi-tasking. We check our phones for messages and read emails during dinner, when watching movies, or while engaging in other hobbies and activities. We scroll through social media posts on the job and perform complex tasks around our homes while attempting to talk with spouses, parents, or children at the same time. Unfortunately, the ability to do multiple things all at once is highly overrated. The end result is that we can end up being distracted most of the time. In addition to impacting your job performance and relationships with others, it can put you at risk for serious personal injuries.

The Impacts of Being Distracted

While the ability to juggle multiple tasks was once a highly desirable quality, researchers are now finding that it takes a toll on your mental processes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doing several things at once means that each individual task is likely to suffer in some way.

Over the past decade, we have become more aware of how distractions impact driving abilities, in particular as it relates to cell phone usage. When it comes to driving distractions, the CDC has identified three main types:

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CA injury lawyerAfter a long and fun summer, many parents are looking forward to the start of a new school year and a more structured schedule. Whether you are sending children to kindergarten or have older ones attending middle or high school, it is important at this time of year to review some simple safety tips. Walking to or from school, riding bikes, or riding the bus increases your child’s risk of suffering potentially serious accidents and personal injuries. The following are tips that can help you keep them safe.

Safety Tips for School Children Who Ride the Bus

While parents often worry about putting their child on a school bus, it remains one of the safest forms of transportation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes and collisions are far more likely to occur when mom or dad is driving their youngsters to school. However, buses do pose some potential hazards, the biggest of which involves loading and unloading practices. To prevent injuries, encourage your child to follow these tips:

  • Wait in an orderly fashion at the bus stop.
  • Stand at least three giant steps back from the curb.
  • Wait for the bus driver to signal before attempting to board.
  • Stay seated during the trip.
  • On the way home, wait for the bus to stop completely before leaving your seat.
  • Use handrails when getting off and avoid pushing.
  • Wait for the crossing guard or for the driver to signal before attempting to cross the street.

For Children Who Ride Bikes to School

Riding a bike can be a fast, fun way for your child to get to school. However, be aware that the times they are traveling are some of the busiest in terms of work commuters. To protect them, take the following steps:

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Fear of Criminal Charges Can Prevent Sex Workers from Reporting CrimesThe sex worker industry is booming throughout the Bay Area, the same as it is in other places throughout the state and across the U.S. Unfortunately, the fact that prostitutes are engaged in illegal activities makes them a target for acts of violence. Perpetrators know that they will be reluctant to report violent incidents or issues concerning forced sex work and trafficking out of fear of facing criminal charges themselves. As experienced San Jose criminal defense attorneys, we represent sex workers in these types of cases. We provide the legal representation victims need, providing caring support and legal protection while bringing those responsible to justice.  

Crimes Against Sex Workers in San Jose

A string of violent rapes committed against prostitutes highlights the potential dangers sex workers face in our area and the reluctance they often feel in reporting crimes to local law enforcement. A 24-year-old Morgan Hill man was arrested and is accused of beating and raping numerous women over the course of the summer months.  

The suspect allegedly picked up the women in various locations throughout downtown San Jose. Once he got them into his vehicle, he would take them to remote locations where he would physically and sexually assault them. Three victims came forward after the attacks. In addition to physical descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle, rape kits administered link him to the assaults via DNA evidence. Unfortunately, local law enforcement officials claim that there may be numerous other sex workers who are victims out there, as the suspect appears to be a serial rapist. However, many of them may be reluctant to come forward for fear of facing criminal charges. 

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CA employment lawyerThe Bay Area can be a dangerous place. In addition to the services of local police departments, many companies and individuals retain security personnel. Their job is to protect people and property while maintaining public safety. While trained in efforts at deescalating disturbances, there are situations which require swift and firm action. In recent years, those in these types of occupations have come under fire over allegations of using excessive force. As experienced San Jose employment law attorneys, we represent those who are facing these accusations, protecting their reputation and their jobs.

San Jose Officer Wins Back Job After Firing Over Excessive Force Allegations

A police officer risked his own personal safety in confronting a disturbed individual at San Jose State University several years ago. Unfortunately, his actions in apprehending, restraining, and eventually arresting the suspect resulted in him getting fired from his job.

The incident happened in 2016. The officer was summoned by SJSU security officials, who spotted an individual on the eighth floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, allegedly looking at pornography and masturbating. The officer approached the suspect and asked for his name and birthdate. However, the answers the man gave became more and more bizarre.

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CA injury lawyerAs summer winds down, Labor Day provides the opportunity for one last cookout or visit to the beach before everyone’s attitude focuses on the approaching fall season. Unfortunately, as with any holiday, alcohol often goes hand in hand with various festivities. To reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents and the serious, potentially life-threatening injuries that can result, local, state, and national officials were more aggressive in their efforts at getting these drivers off the road.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new campaign designed to help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents. They have spent years appealing to drivers through public information outreach efforts and informing them of the dangerous impacts any amount of alcohol can have on driving abilities. In their ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, they take a different approach.

Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for drunk driving accidents. This year, the NHTSA joined efforts with other traffic safety officials and tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the country in an aggressive attempt to apprehend offenders before accidents occur. From mid-August through the beginning of September, the campaign focused attention on three distinct areas:

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San Jose, CA hate crime defense attorney

In the Bay Area, harassing, intimidating, or acting in any type of threatening or aggressive behavior toward others based on certain characteristics could result in serious charges. Classified as hate crimes, these charges require an immediate and strong criminal defense. In San Jose, Calif., authorities are getting more aggressive in dealing with hate crimes. Through a new program called “Safe Place,” they are hoping partnerships with local merchants can help in identifying when these crimes occur and in apprehending offenders. 

San Jose Offers “Safe Place” for Victims of Discrimination 

San Jose police officials are making it easier for alleged victims of discrimination and hate crimes to report the incidents and the suspects involved. The SJPD is partnering with local merchants in launching the Safe Place program. Participants in the program place a rainbow-colored decal on the window or door of their business. This is meant to be a signal to victims of hate crimes, encouraging them to come forward while providing assurance of support and that the appropriate legal actions will be taken. Thus far, Starbucks stores in the area and over 25 Wells Fargo Bank branches have agreed to take part, as have many smaller, local businesses. 

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CA accident lawyerWhile most young people are still focused on summer fun, high school and college football players have been busy working out and practicing. Teams typically begin meeting during the month of July in preparation for the fall season. Unfortunately, hotter temperatures and over-enthusiasm can end up leading to potentially serious personal injuries. The following highlights some of the most common causes and what you can do to make sure young athletes are protected.

Common Football Practice Injuries

Football is one of the most popular team sports. Unfortunately, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that football players are among those most likely to suffer sports-related injuries. In addition to mishaps that occur during play, practice can be grueling physically. It does not help that these sessions take place during the hot late summer months. Common types of injuries young players often end up suffering include:

  • Heat-related injuries: Playing in the sun without proper breaks or access to water can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, two potentially life-threatening conditions.
  • Overuse injuries: After months away from the game, young football players need plenty of warm-up time to avoid overuse and strain. Lack of proper training or conditioning makes injuries more likely.
  • Traumatic injuries: Fostering a highly competitive atmosphere and encouraging overly harsh tackles and hits can cause serious and potentially disabling impairments.
  • Head injuries: Team coaches and administrators need to ensure players have the proper protective gear, particularly helmets to reduce the likelihood of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Taking an Active Role in Preventing Football Practice Injuries

Coaches, school administrators, and team doctors all have a duty to ensure the proper procedures are followed to ensure player safety. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents play a valuable role in holding them accountable. Steps you can take to protect your child include:

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CA injury lawyerWhen accidents resulting in personal injuries occur, it can have ramifications on every area of your life. In addition to your own suffering, the people closest to you are affected as well. While you focus on your recovery, these loved ones are often required to assume additional burdens financially and in terms of household contributions and family tasks. Depending on the situation, they may also be entitled to compensation in your personal injury claim.

Damages In Personal Injury Lawsuits

When you are involved in an accident or other mishap as the result of another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim. However, insurers are only likely to cover a portion of your costs, leaving you to pay out of pocket for additional expenses.

Even seemingly minor personal injuries can result in damages worth several hundred thousand dollars. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the total amount of costs associated with injuries caused by a fender bender can easily total more than $50,000 while more serious crashes can result in damages of up to $1 million or more. This factors in costs often not covered in an insurance settlement, such as:

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