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Taken a fall from the climbing wall? You may have a lawsuit

Climbing walls are a popular attraction in gyms, play areas and recreational sports locations. Climbing walls are generally safe, though sometimes a user can end up with an injury related to using one. If you become injured, you may be wondering when it is appropriate to sue for personal injury, and what your options are in Orange County for this type of personal injury lawsuit.

After your injury, you may be asking yourself exactly who is responsible. You may be thinking, should the facility be responsible, is there an equipment defect, or is it my own fault? These are important distinctions for any pending personal injury lawsuit.

Avoid becoming a statistic of parking lot attacks

Parking lots can be dangerous places in which pedestrians need to take particular care. Incidents of assault, rape, kidnapping and more occur in parking lots nationwide, including in California. Regardless of age or gender, predators threaten all, and it is up to you to be vigilant and avoid being a target. Some circumstances make pedestrians more vulnerable, but if you are prepared and take precautions, you can significantly increase your odds of avoiding danger.

Although your safety is the responsibility of the property owner, parking lot security is an often neglected area of property management. Learning from past incidents that are on record can help serve to protect you. Being on the lookout for danger, and not feeling obliged to be friendly toward strangers might just save your life. Too many victims have fallen prey to friendly strangers who turn out to be wolves in sheep's clothing.

Following an injury incident, how can I protect myself legally?

The moments after you have suffered a motor vehicle accident or a slip-and-fall accident in California can naturally be stressful and confusing. In addition to being in pain due to a resulting injury, you may be worried about the final cost of addressing such an injury.

Sometimes a slip-and-fall incident or car accident occurs as a result of the negligence of another party, such as a business property owner or another driver respectively. In these situations, taking the right steps at the accident scene is paramount to protecting your best interests in the event you choose to seek justice through the civil court system down the road.

Do you know the difference between a trial and an appeal?

Anyone could suffer serious injuries as a result of a car accident, slip-and-fall incident, dog bite or other event. Though you may have hoped to never find yourself in an injury-causing situation, you may recently have realized that you cannot avoid such scenarios altogether after suffering serious injuries yourself. If another person caused your injuries, you may also realize that you find considering legal action to be a good idea.

Numerous steps and processes go into a personal injury claim. You may file your claim and settle before going to court, or your case may end up going to trial or possibly as far as going to appeal, if necessary. If you do not have much legal knowledge, you may wonder what differences exist between a trial and an appeal.

A brief moment of distraction can cause a lifetime of suffering

The ability to multitask can be beneficial in numerous areas of life. Whether at home or work, you might be completely capable of handling multiple tasks at once, even in the presence of distractions. However, there are some areas that require full concentration, and a divide in attention during actions such as driving can be extremely dangerous.

Car accidents often occur in the blink of an eye and have the potential to end in catastrophe. Perhaps while out driving, a car failed to adhere to a traffic sign and struck you, causing you to suffer severe injuries in the process. Chances are, you might have been the victim of distracted driving.

Unleash the legal hounds after your dog bite injury

The family dog is as ubiquitous in the United States as apple pie and Little League baseball, if not more so. There are around 90 million pet dogs in this country, and whether you love them or hate them, they're here to stay.

While the typical pet dog is beloved by children and fawned over by owners, the fact remains that a dog is an animal, and it comes equipped with a mouth full of teeth and a powerful set of jaws. A good dog truly can be man's best friend, but just about any dog can lose its patience, or simply snap. When that happens, the results of a dog bite can be very unpleasant.

When personal products become personal problems, who's to blame?

When you buy any type of consumer product, you expect that it is safe to use. When these products cause harm to you and your family, you may be frustrated and overwhelmed by what to do next. Someone is responsible for what happened to you – the question is who. 

Product liability claims are an option for California consumers who suffer injury and other types of damage as the result of a dangerous product. If you believe that you may have a case, you will find it beneficial to work with a lawyer who can help you decide if you have a claim and take the appropriate steps to secure rightful compensation.

Exhaustion can kill: The dangers of drowsy driving

In addition to both distraction and impairment due to drugs or alcohol, drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Being tired while behind the wheel may not seem like a dangerous behavior, but it is actually quite risky, and it can significantly increase your chances of being involved in an accident.

It is impossible to accurately say how many crashes drowsy driving causes every year, but studies have shown that exhaustion and fatigue significantly decrease a driver’s performance and ability to make safe decisions. Drowsy driving puts everyone on California roads at risk of fatal or serious injury.

Injured in an accident? Was the other driver at fault?

Car accidents take place under countless circumstances every day. No matter how your accident occurred, the result is often the same, with many collisions ending in serious injury or worse. You may be the type of person who strictly adheres to the rules of the road in hopes that you can avoid a similar circumstance. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers are at risk of suffering at the hands of a negligent driver.

You may be seeking to prove fault in your accident and obtain restitution for financial losses if you believe your accident was the result of another driver's reckless actions; however, you may be unsure how to achieve this goal. Understanding the process can go a long way in helping you obtain a favorable outcome during such a difficult period.

Did your shopping trip end with a trip to the ER?

If you visit a restaurant or shopping mall in California, the responsibility for your safety lies with various people. For instance, if you own a home, and you have a party, the law obligates you to make sure your house, lawn and surrounding areas (steps, sidewalks, porches, etc.) remain free from debris or other hazards that could cause injuries to your guests. The law also requires business owners to do the same for you.

Every year, people throughout the United States suffer injuries while shopping. Many survive such incidents, but not usually without complications. From sprains and broken bones, to serious neck and back injuries, these types of mishaps often result in partial or full permanent disabilities.