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Blog Posts in 2014

  • What Is a Concussion?

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can occur when the head is exposed to sudden movement, a jolt or a blow - e.g., in a car crash or a fall to the ground. As illustrated in the video below, these types of head traumas can push the brain into the skull causing injury to the organic brain matter. The brain is essentially a network of nerve cells called neurons (see image below). ...
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  • What is a Defense Medical Exam?

    After a personal injury lawsuit is filed, both sides have an opportunity to discover information from one another in preparation for trial. CA Code of Civil Procedure section 2032.220 (part of the Civil Discovery Act of 1986) allows defendants to select any doctor they like to examine the injured plaintiff, as long as the examination is not painful, protracted, or intrusive; and as long as the ...
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  • What is a Minor's Compromise?

    A personal injury settlement is final - once a case settles, there is no going back to reopen the case later if it turns out the money was not enough to cover the harm. For this reason, you really cannot settle your case without a thorough understanding of its value. Your personal injury lawyer is the best person to help you evaluate the merit of your case, the nature and extent your harm, and all ...
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  • New Law Prohibits Drivers Under the Age of 18 from Using a Cell Phone with or without a Hands-Free Device

    Vehicle Code Section 23124 , which took effect January 1, 2014, prohibits people under the age of 18 years old from using a cell phone while driving, even if the cell phone is equipped with a hands-free device. The purpose of this law is to keep the roads safe. Most people today know that driving while using a hand-held cell phone is dangerous and illegal. After Vehicle Code Section 23123 took ...
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