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Alleged illegal turn kills motorcyclist in Los Angeles

A motorcyclist is dead after a devastating accident in Los Angeles. The crash happened in the Winnetka neighborhood on Tuesday, October 9, around 8:15 p.m.

According to the police officers who responded to the scene, it appears that a sedan and a motorcycle were both coming toward the intersection where Vanowen meets Oakdale. They believe that the driver of the sedan attempted to turn left in an unsafe manner, causing the motorcycle to slam into the car. Reports claim that, for at least part of the crash, the rider was physically beneath the sedan.

How to talk to insurance companies after a car accident

Following a motor vehicle accident, you need to protect yourself and your interests. It is best that you collect evidence and talk to the right people in the event the car crash ends up going to court. 

One of the most important things to do following a collision is speaking with your auto insurance agency. You should begin the claims process as soon as possible, but there are certain considerations to make. The things you say to your insurance provider can greatly affect the outcome, which is why many people prefer having their attorneys handle all communications. 

What constitutes pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?

Employment discrimination can come in many forms. Some of these are easy to spot, but others are much more elusive. Some are so elusive that it can be difficult for victims to know if discrimination is happening or if they are imagining things. Anyone can be the victim of employment discrimination in California, including women who are expecting a baby.

It is crucial to understand that if you experience uncomfortable feelings in the workplace -- even if they are difficult to define -- that those feelings likely have a basis in reality. This means that it is possible that you are indeed a victim of employment discrimination.

Prevent distractions behind the wheel with these 4 apps

Many people on Los Angeles' roads still need reminders of the dangers of texting while driving. Although most people do not see the harm in sending a quick text, research shows that texting while operating a vehicle is equally as dangerous as driving while drunk. 

People of all ages need to keep both eyes on the road at all times to reduce the likelihood of a traffic collision. Those who have trouble keeping their phone out of their hands while driving should consider downloading one of the following apps to limit cell phone use while driving: 

What must you prove in a medical malpractice suit?

When you become ill or injured in California and go to doctor or the emergency room, you fully expect that the health care professionals involved in your case have the training and skill necessary to properly diagnose your problem and treat it. You definitely do not expect that any of them will make your condition worse or injure you through their negligence. Unfortunately, however, not all health care professionals meet your expectations. In fact, medical errors account for an alarming number of patient injuries each year and are today the third leading cause of death in the United States.

You likely already know that if you suffer an injury or a worsened condition as the result of the negligence of a health care professional, you can sue that person, the hospital or other entity for medical malpractice.

What's in a set of stairs? Many accident hazards to watch out for

Just about everywhere you go in the normal course of a day contains at least one set of stairs to navigate. You probably have stairs or steps in your home as well, but these are not typically the ones you must beware of the most.

Commercial establishments in Los Angeles contain many different types of stairs from short to long and wide to narrow. Because you are not as familiar with these as you are with the ones in your home, you could find yourself the victim of a slip-and-fall accident on unfamiliar ground. It turns out that even stairways appearing to be clean and well maintained may present one or more potentially dangerous hazards to users. Here are just a few:

  • Broken, loose and cracked stair treads
  • Stairs and steps covered in carpet
  • Defective, loose or absent handrails
  • Stair treads that are not deep enough to accommodate the entire foot
  • Stairways covered in snow, ice, water or even algae
  • Step risers that are too tall or too short
  • Uneven, worn, damaged or loose steps

Should you post about your car accident on Facebook?

Facebook is easily the largest social media network available today, seeing about two billion unique monthly users. That means there are a lot of posts and photos uploaded every day. While you may have become accustomed to telling your friends about your daily activities all the time, you want to stay quiet online when it comes to a car accident. Posting the wrong thing could jeopardize your claim and affect how much money you get from your insurance.

 

Tips for filing a wage and hour violation complaint

Wage and hour violations occur quite often at companies all over California. Even though there are laws in place that protect employees from being treated unfairly when it comes to their pay, companies still take risks and withhold overtime pay and other types of compensation owed to employees. Let's take a look at how you can file a wage and hour violation complaint.

A complaint regarding a wage and hour violation can be submitted either by mail or in person at an office of the Wage and Hour Division, which is part of the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

When medical malpractice results in wrongful death

When you check into a California hospital, you expect your doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to have the education, training and skill necessary to competently treat whatever illness or injury you face. The last thing you expect is that one or more of them will make a mistake that could worsen your condition or even kill you. 

Unfortunately, some of your health care professionals may fail to live up to your expectations. Every year, approximately 100,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors. In fact, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death. Although medical malpractice can take many forms, most mistakes consist of emergency room errors, diagnostic errors or surgical errors.

When should I get my overtime pay?

If you are like most California workers, you enjoy working overtime, not because you love the extra work, but because you love the time-and-a-half or double-time wage rates you receive. Sometimes you have that money spent in your mind before you even get it. Even if not, your overtime pay is important to you, and you want your employer to pay it as soon as possible.

By law, your employer must give you your overtime pay at the same time (s)he gives you your regular pay. Precisely when you get your pay, however, depends on the payroll schedule to which your employer adheres. For instance, if your employer pays you twice a month, you must get your first check by the 10th of the month and your second check by the 26th of the month. Your first check represents the pay you earned, including overtime, between the 16th and the end of the preceding month. Your second check represents the pay you earned, including overtime, between the first and the 15th of the current month.

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