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Lawsuits Against Veritas Investments, Yat-Pang AU, And Greentree Property Management Company

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Over the past 5 years Bracamontes & Vlasak, PC, as co-counsel with the Law Offices of Greenstein & McDonald, have successfully prosecuted 7 multi-plaintiff cases against Veritas Investments, Greentree Property Management, and Yat-Pang Au, who owns both companies. The lawsuits have alleged that Veritas and Greentree, at the behest of Au, have engaged in an unlawful business plan throughout the City and County of San Francisco, namely, a modus operandi of attempted wrongful eviction (acquiring large, residential, rent-controlled buildings and immediately commencing prolonged, nuisance construction designed to force out long-standing tenants to profit by raising rents to market).

Cases filed and successfully resolved to date by BV Law and G&M include cases spreading over 45 Veritas buildings on behalf of approximately 175 tenants, i.e., McGlynn, et al. v. 634 Powell I5, LLC, et al. (CGC-18-566137), Stoops, et al. v. 300 Buchanan I3, LP, et al. (CGC-18-566646), Evander, et al.  v. Veritas Investments, Inc., et al. (CGC-18-570435), Consos, et al. v. Veritas Investments, Inc., et al. (CGC-20-585034), Annison, et al. v. Veritas Investments, Inc. (CGC-20-585904), Belman, et al. v. Veritas Investments, Inc., et al. (CGC-20-585954), and Amoedo, et al. v. Veritas Investments, Inc., et al. (CGC-21-589712).

More lawsuits are anticipated in the coming months. For questions about Veritas Greentree litigation, contact attorney Ryan Vlasak.

BV Law Files Lawsuit For 44 Tenants Against Hines Corporation And 41 Tehama LP

October 25, 2022:  BV Law files lawsuit for 44 tenants against Hines corporation and 41 Tehama LP for unfair business practices and wrongful eviction in connection with June and August 2022 major water leaks and tenant displacement at 33 Tehama, San Francisco. A link to the Complaint is provided here. Contact attorney Ryan Vlasak at 415-835-6777 for questions about the case.

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What Are General Damages in a Lawsuit?

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If you are hurt in an accident, you face tremendous uncertainty. How will you cover your medical bills? What about your earnings? Will you need to file a personal injury lawsuit? 

Whether your attorney reaches a settlement or the case goes to court, general damages are one type of compensation you may be owed. California Civil Code 3281 states that every individual who suffers because of an act of another person may be eligible for damages in a lawsuit. Learn more about general damages below, and contact an Oakland personal injury attorney if you have questions. 

General Damages Overview

General damages in a California lawsuit are also referred to as non-economic damages. General damages usually cover: 

  • Pain and suffering: These damages are often the most significant part of a personal injury settlement or verdict award. Your attorney will attempt to determine fair compensation for pain and suffering by showing the types of injury you suffered. Also critical is how long your recovery takes. 
  • Mental anguish: This category refers to your injuries and accident’s emotional and psychological stress. Compensation may be for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. Your attorney will probably call on a mental health professional to demonstrate the emotional impact of the accident and injuries. 
  • Loss of your quality of life: If your personal injuries prevent you from, for example, exercising and playing with your children, you could receive this compensation. You may receive money for almost any activity you cannot enjoy now and in the future. 

General damages may be available to you in many personal injury cases. Partnering with a skilled Bay Area personal injury attorney is essential because general damages can sometimes be larger than economic damages. Therefore, having an attorney who can maximize your general damages compensation pays. 

Your attorney will have access to recent settlements and verdicts in California, which can be a way to indicate what your injuries might be worth. 

Economic Damages Overview

General damages are different than economic damages. Economic damages, also called special damages, include:

  • Lost earnings: If your personal injuries affect your ability to make money now or in the future, you should seek compensation. Your attorney will attempt to prove loss of income by using your doctor’s testimony to show you cannot work. 
  • Medical bills: These damages include all the medical costs related to your injuries, both in the past, present, and future. You must show the insurance company or jury proof of your medical and rehabilitation costs, including bills and receipts. 
  • Out-of-pocket costs: This category of economic damages includes the costs you have had since the accident. For example, you may have gas costs to go to medical appointments. Or, you had to come up with co-pays for your treatments and prescripts. 
  • Personal property: These are the expenses for repairing your car or what it was worth if it was totaled. You also may be entitled to compensation for personal property lost in the accident, such as a computer or cell phone. 

Past economic damages can usually be easily calculated, but future economic damages can be more complicated to compute, because it may depend on what medical treatment you need in the future or whether or when you are able to return to work and at what job. It’s important that you work with the right attorney and expert(s) to accurately project all your future economic damages if you are significantly injured. 

General damages are just as objective and real as special damages but only you fully experienced them (i.e., you know your own pain best). Therefore, it is important that you work with the right attorney who can understand your pain and effectively communicate what you are going through to the defense team on your case or to a jury in court. 

For instance, say you are rear-ended at a traffic light and have $25,000 in medical bills and lost wages. These are economic damages that your attorney will attempt to prove with medical bills, receipts, and other documented evidence. 

However, your pain and suffering may be more significant than the bills and could include pain and discomfort, inability to enjoy daily activities, and depression over being injured. These damages could be worth far more than $25,000. It all depends on how much pain and discomfort you endure. Also critical is how long it takes to recover. 

Calculating General Damages in California

General damages require the judgment of people to determine. Also required is good listening, communication and advocacy from your lawyer. The Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions states that the jury should rely on their judgment to determine a ‘reasonable amount’ of general damages based on evidence and common sense. Your lawyer should help inform the jury what constitutes the ‘reasonable amount’ for your situation and injury. 

Calculating compensation for all damages is challenging and complicated in a personal injury lawsuit. Even with medical bills and lost earnings documented, getting the insurance company to pay can be difficult. And with general damages, your attorney must present a strong case. 

It also is essential to have an attorney who is experienced with both settlements and going to court. You never know when an insurance company will dig in its heels and refuse to compensate fairly for your pain and suffering. 

Claims That May Be Eligible For General Damages

General damages may apply to most personal injury claims, depending on the nature of your injuries, including: 

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck crashes
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and fall cases
  • Defective products
  • Medical mistakes and malpractice

Caps on General Damages in California

Fortunately, there are few cases where general damages are capped in California, with the exception of medical malpractice cases. However, in other personal injury claims, there is no cap on your award. 

The lack of a general damages cap for most claims means your attorney can pursue the most damages possible. That is why it is so critical in California to hire an attorney who knows how to determine the full value of your pain and suffering. 

Talk to an Oakland Personal Injury Attorney Today

Many personal injury lawsuits settle before the case goes to court. The Oakland law firm Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., has the skill and experience to get you the most for your personal injury case. Also, if your case goes to trial, our attorneys know how to win the compensation you are entitled to. 

Contact our personal injury lawyers at Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C. to find out how we can help. Our lawyers Michael Bracamontes and Ryan Vlasak are proud to serve Oakland, the Bay Area, and Northern California and work hard to safeguard your rights. Please call (415) 835-6777 to set up a free consultation.

Will I Have To Go To Court If I File A Lawsuit?

If you have been in an accident caused by another party, you are likely saddled with piles of medical bills, debilitating pain, and lost work time. You need compensation for your injuries and wonder if you must go to court if you file a California personal injury lawsuit.  

Many personal injury lawsuits never go to court because the plaintiff’s attorney settles with the insurance company. However, having your case reviewed by an Oakland personal injury attorney is essential to obtain a better idea if your case can settle before a trial. Learn more below about settling or going to court if you file a lawsuit.

Going To Court In California Is Unlikely But Possible

When you are injured, going through a trial for weeks or months to get compensation can be daunting. You have so many personal, emotional, and financial issues to confront that you may not want to deal with going to court.

While about 90% of Bay Area personal injury claims settle, it’s best to have a lawyer who is prepared for trial in order to leverage a fair settlement. More aggressive trial lawyers like the lawyers at BV Law go to court more often than other firms because they expect better results for their clients. While your personal injury attorney will most likely be able to reach a fair settlement with the defendant’s insurance company before trial, beware of firms that never go to trial because they will have to take whatever the insurance company offers on your case. 

Insurance companies are usually reluctant to offer you a fair settlement, at least right away. That is why they are rich and a lot of people are not. It is essential to work with a personal injury attorney with the skills and experience to win your case in court, if necessary. 

Also, there is a difference between making a pre-litigation demand and settling a case after filing a lawsuit. Your lawyer should explain the differences and choose the right strategy for your situation, whether that be a pre-litigation demand, settlement after filing suit, or jury verdict.  

Why You May Want To Go To Court

If you go to court and the jury finds in your favor (i.e., if you win), you will probably get more compensation than a settlement. A settlement is usually a compromise to avoid risk. On the other hand, juries can favor personal injury victims when they were harmed by a bad actor or large corporation engaged in unfair business practices. 

Your case also can bring light and public attention to a social issue that can bring about social change. You may have public policy reasons for a trial, as many settlements entail confidentiality. 

Why You May Want To Settle

Many lawsuits settle before trial because the plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorneys know that going to court is risky. The process can take months, critical evidence could be thrown out, or the decision could be appealed. That is why fewer lawsuits have gone to trial in recent years. As a result, settlements can be less risky and expensive and provide a speedier resolution of your claim.

Contact An Oakland Personal Injury Attorney Today

Many lawsuits result in a settlement before the trial begins. The boutique law firm Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., possesses the experience and approach to maximize your personal injury settlement or award. Whether you settle or go to trial, their litigation attorneys are ready to help you.

Contact our Oakland personal injury attorneys at Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., to learn how they can help you with your injury case. Attorneys Michael Bracamontes and Ryan Vlasak serve Oakland, the Bay Area, and Northern California and will fight for your legal rights. Please call (415) 835-6777 to set up a free consultation.

What is Joint and Several Liability?

During a personal injury claim, you may come across the term ‘joint and several liability.’ It is a legal principle that holds that each individual defendant in a personal injury case can be held individually liable for the entire accident. In California, there are special rules and regulations in place regarding joint and several liability. Below, our Oakland personal injury attorney provides a more comprehensive guide to joint and several liability in California,

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What is A Delta-V in a Car Accident?

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that car accident fatalities hit a 16-year high in the United States in 2021. If you or your loved one is involved in a crash, you need to know how to protect your rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation through a car accident injury claim. One of the concepts to litigating a car accident claim is Delta-V—a scientific formula used to help determine the severity of a crash. In this article, our Oakland car accident attorneys provide an overview of the key things to understand about Delta-V in auto accident claims.

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What is Post Concussive Syndrome?

Concussions are one of the most common serious injuries reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 225,000 people are hospitalized for brain injuries each year. The road to a complete physical, mental, and emotional recovery after a serious concussion can be long and daunting.

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33 Tehama Tenants – Legal Recourse

On June 3, 2022, there was a major water leak at 33 Tehama in San Francisco and all tenants were forced to evacuate. There is expected to be substantial property damage and prolonged displacement. BV Law is providing free consultations to displaced tenants about their legal rights and potential legal recourse.

If you are a displaced tenant at 33 Tehama, contact Ryan Vlasak at BV Law for a legal consultation about your options going forward. Call 415.835.6777 today!

What are the Advantages of New California Law Expanding Wrongful Death Damages?

On October 1st, 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 447 into law. The bill allows heirs of a victim to pursue general damages (pain and suffering) through a survival action claim. While eligible family members have always been able to recover general damages for loss of companionship, guidance, and comfort through a wrongful death claim, general damages were previously not recoverable through a survival action claim.

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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most common serious injuries reported in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concussions and TBIs are a ‘silent epidemic.’ There are approximately 4.5 million TBIs nationwide each year. Nearly 225,000 brain-injured victims require extended hospitalization and, tragically, 60,000 lose their lives.

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Will a Homeowner’s Policy Cover A Personal Injury on the Property?

In California, property owners and property occupiers have a legal responsibility to ensure that premises are in a reasonably safe condition to avoid personal injury to guests. You may be wondering: What happens if an injury occurs on residential property, does the homeowners’ policy cover the claim?

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California Increased FEHA Claim Statute to Three Years With SHARE Act

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is a California state law that protects employees against workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. For most of its history, FEHA had a strict one-year statute of limitations. Employees had to act quickly to protect their rights.

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Can I Recover Money for Pain and Suffering Without Any Medical Bills?

A serious accident can bring your entire life to a screeching halt. In California, injured victims have the right to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault party, including for pain and suffering. The terms pain and suffering are explained in the California Civil Jury Instructions (3905A). By definition, pain and suffering is intangible damage. It is meant to cover the real, but hard to define loss associated with physical pain and mental trauma.

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Court Sides With California Workers Against Mandatory Arbitration

According to a report from Reuters, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of employees in a dispute over the validity of California’s bar on forced arbitration provisions in most employment contracts. In the case of Chamber of Commerce of the US, et al v. Rob Bonta, et al, the appeals found determined that California’s state law does not violate the Federal Arbitration Act. Here, our Oakland employment law attorneys provide a more detailed overview of the decision.

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Do You Have to Hit Your Head to Get a Concussion From a Car Accident?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of concussions in the United States. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or the violent, forceful shaking of the body.

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Is it Legal to be Fired While on Medical Leave?

Medical leave is a leave of absence that an employee takes to deal with the effects of a health condition. In California, a worker may be legally entitled to guaranteed medical leave. This raises an important question of if your employer can fire you while you are out on medical leave. Technically speaking, the answer is yes. This is only true, though, if the reason for termination is wholly unrelated to the medical leave. In this article, our Oakland employment lawyers explain the most important things workers need to know about state and federal medical leave laws. (more…)

Can You Sue Another Driver’s Insurance Company?

A car crash can change your entire life in a matter of seconds. It can leave you with stacks of medical bills, missing paycheck, and severe pain and suffering. You need money to repair your vehicle, cover your bills, and support your family. This raises an important question: Can you sue another driver’s insurance company after an accident? (more…)

What is Underinsured Motorist Coverage and How Do I Make a Claim?

Having automobile insurance in San Francisco is a wise idea and an important one that will protect you when you are hit and injured in a crash, or if you hit another party on the road. It is impossible to get in your car to go to work, run an errand, take your child to school, or go on a road trip, and know for certain if you will be in a Bay Area car accident.

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What is the Statute of Limitations For Personal Injury Lawsuits In California?

What You Need To Know About The Statute Of Limitations For Personal Injury Lawsuits In California

A serious accident can change your entire life in a matter of seconds. Injured victims need financial compensation to pay hospital and medical bills, cover lost income, and support their families. In California, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against any defendant(s) who were at fault for your accident.

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Excessive Speed Causes Serious Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports serve as another unfortunate reminder of how often excessive speed causes serious accidents. For some, this may seem like common sense but when you look at the data on how speed corresponds not only with more serious injuries but also more accidents, it is eye-opening.

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Can I File A Personal Injury Claim If I Am Injured As An Oakland Uber Driver?

Many people work as Uber drivers on a part-time or full-time basis in California. A recent report estimates that approximately 210,000 people drive for Uber at least once per quarter in the state. With so many Uber vehicles on the road, some ridesharing accidents are going to happen. You may be wondering: What are my rights if I am injured in a crash while working as an Oakland Uber driver? Here, our Oakland personal injury lawyer explains what you need to know if you were injured in an accident as an Uber driver in California. (more…)

What Are General Damages In A California Lawsuit?

Following a major accident, injured victims need monetary compensation to pay their bills and support their families. In California, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek financial relief for the full extent of your losses. Personal injury damages fit into two primary categories: (more…)

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Dealing with a personal injury can take a serious emotional and financial toll on a victim and their family. Following a serious accident, you need monetary support to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. In California, you have the right to recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault party.

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How New California Employment Laws Protect Independent Contractors

In the fall of 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 into law to protect independent contractors in California. The primary goal of the legislation is to ensure independent contractors are properly protected under state and federal employment laws. Here, our San Francisco employment law attorneys explain the key things workers need to know about how new California laws protect independent contractors. (more…)

California Tenant Rights – What You Need To Know

Tenant rights protect renters from unlawful acts by unscrupulous landlords. In California, residential tenants have important legal rights. You may have questions about your rights under state or local law. Whether you are a couple days late on your rent, trying to get your landlord to make a basic repair or fighting to get your full security deposit back, it is crucial you know how the law protects you. In this article, our San Francisco landlord-tenant law attorneys highlight four (4) key things to know about tenant rights in California.

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What is the Average Wrongful Death Settlement in California?

Losing someone you care about is heartbreaking, especially when it is a wrongful death caused by someone else. Under California law (California Code of Civil Procedure § 377.30), eligible family members of the deceased victim can bring a wrongful death suit against the at-fault parties to get justice and economic support. During such a difficult time, you may want to know: How much compensation can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit?

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What is the Statute of Limitations For Medical Malpractice Claim in California?

We need to know the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in California because we put a lot of faith into the hands of doctors and medical providers. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, medical professionals fail to live up to their responsibilities. Every year, tens of thousands of patients in California suffered harm due to medical negligence.

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What You Need to Know About California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

In the fall of 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 51 into law which is essentially the California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements. The legislation bars companies and organizations from resolving most types of employment law claims through forced arbitration. The bill is strict — it even includes the possibility of criminal penalties for employers that violated that law. Read on for more on California arbitration rules.

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Are Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Enforceable in California?

Did you or your loved one sign a nursing home agreement containing a pre-dispute, mandatory arbitration clause? If so, you may be wondering if the nursing home arbitration agreement be enforced? The answer is it depends on the specific circumstances — a forced arbitration clause may be binding, but only if specific conditions are met. Here, our San Francisco nursing home injury lawyers explain what families need to know about the enforceability of nursing home arbitration agreements in California. (more…)

Four Tips for Negotiating a Severance Agreement in California

What is a fair severance package in California? This is a question we get a lot at our Oakland law firm. Leaving a job is never easy but when you do you may have to negotiate a severance agreement in California. Whether it is due to a lay-off, corporate restructuring, or differences in vision, the transition to a new position always presents challenges. A severance package — generally defined as benefits paid to an employee when they leave a company — helps to provide some relief during the transition.
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Difference Between a Wrongful Death and Survival Action Claim

Nothing is more traumatic than the loss of a loved one. While a wrongful death claim can never truly make things right, it does allow family members of the deceased an opportunity to receive justice, accountability and financial support. There is also a similar (but distinct) type of legal action called a survival action claim.

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Evictions and Tenants’ Rights During Quarantine

The biggest question tenants have during the COVID-19 quarantine is, “What do I do if I cannot afford the rent?” The State of California recently enacted a moratorium preventing landlords from filing evictions based on nonpayment of rent. That means, if you cannot pay your rent at this time, the landlord will not be able to file an eviction lawsuit against you until the quarantine is lifted. With that said, landlords are still able to file evictions to protect public safety and health. Examples of this would be permitting a nuisance to exist in the unit, i.e., illegal activity, fire hazards, or other dangerous conditions
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Premises Liability Claims: Who Can Be Held Liable for an Accident at a Public or Government Building in California?

Were you injured on public property in Northern California? If so, you have the right to bring a premises liability claim to seek financial compensation for your injuries-but there are some special rules and regulations that apply. Most likely, your case falls under the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA). Here, our San Francisco premises liability lawyer explains three of the most important things you need to know about accidents on public property.
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What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

Losing a loved one is devastating. A preventable death can take a spiritual, emotional and financial toll on a family. While nothing can ever truly make up for such a heartbreaking loss, a civil wrongful death claim allows close family members of the loved one to get accountability and financial support. Below, our San Francisco wrongful death lawyer provides an overview of damages that can be recovered through a wrongful death lawsuit in California.
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When is Doctor Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice?

When you seek professional medical care, you reasonably expect you will receive an accurate and timely diagnosis. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis remain serious problems. According to AARP, as many as 20 percent of serious medical conditions are initially misdiagnosed by medical professionals.

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Who is At Fault for a Rear End Collision in California?

Rear end collisions are among the most types of traffic accidents. According to data published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), approximately half of all multi-vehicle crashes reported in the United States are rear-end collisions.

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What Employees Should Know About The California Final Paycheck Law

The California final paycheck law protects employees who are quitting or being terminated by an employer. Whether you are doing so by choice or you have been terminated, changing jobs can be challenging—even more so if you do not get your final paycheck on time. In California, workers are protected by some of the strongest wage and hour laws in the country.

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How to Report Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect in California

If your loved one was injured in a San Francisco nursing home, it is imperative you take immediate action to protect their health, well-being and legal rights. Unfortunately, nursing home injuries remain a serious problem in California. In many cases, vulnerable patients suffer injuries or develop medical conditions because of abuse or neglect at facilities.

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Three Defenses You Might Face in a California Premises Liability Claim

California businesses and property owners have a duty to keep their premises in safe condition. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge for victims to recover full and fair financial compensation through a premises liability claim.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

Unfortunately, highway construction zone accidents are a serious problem. According to the most recent data from the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 60,000 people are injured in construction accidents in the United States every year.
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