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Can you sue for slipping on wet stairs?

Although Los Angeles is unlikely to get snow or similar slick weather conditions, the reality is that people can still suffer from slip-and-fall accidents related to water. Business owners and individuals may be liable for those slip-and-fall accidents if the conditions of their properties were not safe as a result of failing to address water-related hazards.

Here's an example: If you're walking down steps that have no tread and it's raining, you could slip and fall as a result. Having slick steps is a hazard, so business owners should know better and provide non-slip pads or tread. In this case, the combination of failing to have non-slip treads and the poor weather conditions could be a recipe for a lawsuit. Similarly, if the stairs were next to a fountain that made them slick, it would be obvious that the owner should have assured the staircase was dry or had enough tread to prevent a fall.

3 tips for avoiding a crash in heavy traffic in L.A.

Car accidents aren't uncommon in Los Angeles due to all the traffic congestion. Those who are familiar with the area know to take back roads and neighborhood streets to avoid the most congested areas, but when tourism is at its peak, it's rush hour or major events are happening, crashes are likely to happen.

Whether you're visiting L.A. or you've been living there for some time, it's a good idea to get to know ways to avoid collisions in congested traffic. For example, do you know the best way to avoid a rear-end collision when there is little to no room to maneuver? Here are a few tips.

Do not let social media harm your personal injury case

Social media has become a part of everyday life for most Americans. In fact, according to estimates from the Pew Research Center, about 70% of adults in the United States use some type of social media. While there is nothing inherently wrong with posting to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or another platform, you do not want your online presence to damage your personal injury case. 

Recovering from a serious injury after a car crash can be incredibly difficult. If you cannot work or engage in social activities, your recovery may also be boring. Still, you may want to think twice about using social media as a creative outlet. That is, your online posts may make you appear healthier than you are. Here are some strategies for insulating your personal injury case from your social media posts: 

Who bears responsibility for your fall from scaffolding?

Perhaps you are a brick mason working on the façade of a new residence in West Los Angeles. You were working near the roofline when the scaffolding collapsed and you fell, breaking both your wrist and your shoulder.

How did this happen and where does responsibility for your injuries lie?

How do employers manipulate time to reduce overtime?

Can you imagine going to work and completing a shift, only to find that the shift isn't included on your next paycheck? You might think that it was a mistake, but if two paychecks pass, and you still don't see the hours you're missing, it's time to speak with your boss.

Wage and hour violations can and do happen, especially with overtime. Sometimes, the reality is that a few hours might get dropped here or there with the hopes that the employees aren't tracking how much they've worked. Your boss might hope to save a few hundred dollars, or more, every month by shorting your hours, even if it doesn't seem to add up to much at once.

Don't let discrimination ruin your career

Employment discrimination is a horrible situation for anyone to go through. Whether you're White, Black, Asian, pregnant, disabled or fall into a protected group, being discriminated against is against the law. Employers often know that what they're doing is wrong, but they hope that people won't report them or will be like-minded enough to agree with their actions.

As someone who is looking for work but having trouble getting a job, you may believe that your religion, appearance or background has something to do with it. That could be the case, but it shouldn't be. For example, if you are Muslim and wear a hijab, that is not a good reason not to hire you. In fact, if you hear discriminatory terms used against you at your interview or are asked invasive questions, you may even have a case against the employer.

Summer hazards for motorcyclists

If you take your motorcycle out in the summer, you are not alone. The number of motorcycles on the road tends to increase as the weather warms up. But it is also a dangerous time to ride your motorcycle. Summer is actually the deadliest season for motorcyclists.

That does not necessarily mean you should shy away from enjoying your bike in the warmer months. But you should certainly be aware of the unique hazards you face and prioritize your safety. Here are some reasons why there are so many motorcycle crashes in summer and what you can do to stay safe.

What are some good tips for driving in Los Angeles?

Car crashes happen frequently in Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean you have to end up in one. One of the most common causes for a crash is the stop-and-go traffic that you're bound to get stuck in while traveling through the city.

As someone who may or may not be familiar with driving in L.A., there are some tips that could help you get from point A to point B more safely.

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