California bus crash lawyerEstimates indicate that some 700 million people in America are transported by bus each year. Whether they are traveling by school bus, public transit bus, charter bus, or a tour bus, these riders count on the driver to help them safely get them from one location to the next. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Accidents do occur, and sometimes they result in serious injury or fatality to the passengers. Learn more about the causes and consequences of bus accidents with help from the following information.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Like with auto accidents, driver error is the most common cause of bus accidents. Some of the most common causes include:

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Fremont business law attorneysHiring employees is a complex process, and it can be full of missteps and legal obstacles. Knowing how to avoid them and mitigate against them can be crucial to the future of your company. Learn more about the most common mistakes that California business owners make, and what you can do to avoid business litigation, with help from the following information.

Placing Job Ads with Discriminatory Language

Federal and state laws prohibit discriminatory language in the job postings of California employers. That includes posting a job ad that discriminates against someone because of their gender, religion, medical condition, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, ancestry, or perceived sexual orientation. Examples of such language would include “youthful female,” “strong male,” “female,” or “faith-based employee.”

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Fremont electrical burn injury lawyerOur world practically revolves around electricity. It lights our homes, powers our tablets and computers, and even fuels the stoplights that help us travel safely from one place to the next. Unfortunately, this powerful tool is also extremely dangerous. Even minimal contact can lead to burn injuries. In severe cases, those injuries can cause death. Learn more about electrical burns caused by defective products, including how to determine if you may be owed compensation.

Causes of Electrical Burns

Electrical burns can be caused in many ways, but those that are related to defective products typically occur at home, or at work. A homemaker can turn on their dryer and experience an electrical burn. A worker in the manufacturing industry can go to use the same equipment they have used for years, but then it can malfunction. In all truth, the possibilities are endless, and they are within your home, at your job, and in your everyday life.

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Fremont wills and trusts attorneyIn most cases, the assignment of assets to one heir is straightforward; you only need to determine a creative way to decrease the tax load. In contrast, assigning assets to multiple beneficiaries is generally complex. Not only do you have to decide how to increase the overall amount each person receives after their tax costs, but you must also discern whether to distribute the assets fairly or equally. What is the difference between these two options, and which one is most appropriate for your estate plan needs? Read on to find out.

Fair or Equal – What is the Difference?

While some people use the terms fair and equal interchangeably, the two terms are quite different from one another. To split things equally means to give everyone the same amount, but fair distribution is not always equal. Sometimes, it may appear that one heir has “more,” but the truth is that they have more for a very particular reason.

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California spinal injury lawyerSpinal cord injury victims often experience depression and fatigue after their injury. Caused, perhaps, by a mixture of issues that range from decreased social interaction, lack of sunshine and mobility, decreased social interaction, pain, trauma, and more, these ailments can be further exacerbated if the patient also suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Thankfully, one study has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation could ease the severity of both symptoms, even among those who are not deficient. 

Vitamin D Supplementation for Spinal Injuries

Scientists have previously found that spinal cord injury victims are between four and five times more likely to develop a vitamin D deficiency than able-bodied people. As it turns out, depression and fatigue are some of the most commonly experienced symptoms among those who have deficient vitamin D stores.

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Fremont business law attorneyOvertime pay, or pay that extends above and beyond an employee’s regular pay, is typically required when an employee meets certain criteria. Employers who fail to comply with the law can face legal consequences, including the requirement to pay damages for an employee’s lost wages. In the end, this could cost far more than it would have to pay the overtime in the first place. Avoid this common cause for litigation with help from the following information.

California’s Overtime Pay Law

As an employer, you have the right to require overtime work from your employees. However, you must be willing to pay them the appropriate amount. In California, this means paying employees one and one-half times their regular wage for any workday that exceeds eight hours and amounts up to 12 hours. This same amount is also paid for the first eight hours of an employee’s seventh consecutive day worked.

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Fremont defective airbag lawyerIt has been years since the Takata airbag debacle began, but many California drivers are still driving around with the dangerous airbags. Some have failed to respond to the recall notice to have the faulty airbags replaced, but far more are experiencing issues because the part they need is not available. In either case, these drivers remain at risk for death and serious injury. Learn more about getting your airbag replaced and what you can do if you or someone you love has been injured because of a defective Takata airbag.

Examining the Potential Risks

At least 11 Americans have suffered fatality from the faulty airbag inflators – three of which were from California. Many others have suffered severe injuries, including lacerations to the face and neck, broken teeth, facial fractures, and loss of eyesight. What is worse, such injuries can occur, even at low speeds. Also, the airbags are well known for sending metal shrapnel throughout the cabin, which can place all passengers (including children in the backseat) at risk for death or serious injury.  

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Fremont estate planning lawyerEstate plans typically involve human heirs, such as children and grandchildren, but this is not always the case. Some individuals have non-human dependents to consider. Does that mean everyone should include their pet in an estate plan? Not necessarily, yet it might be worth considering if there is even the slightest possibility that your companion may outlive you. The following explains why this provision might be necessary, and how you can take the first step toward implementing it in your estate plan.

Why Plan for Your Pets?

When the owner of an animal dies or becomes incapacitated, the pet often ends up at a shelter. It happens so frequently, in fact, that some 100,000 to 500,000 pets wind up in shelters because of an owner’s death or incapacitation. How do these once companions end up in shelters?

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California car crash lawyersDuring the 2016 election, California voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana. On one hand, this could prove to be a positive thing because it is expected to bring in up to a million dollars in tax revenue for the state each year. On the other, it could increase the risk of injury and fatality to California’s road users. Learn more about how the legalization of marijuana and its potential to cause a spike in the number of drugged driving accidents throughout the state, and what rights victims have in such situations.

A Look at Drugged Driving in Other Legalized States

Statistics from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy show that drugged driving rates spiked drastically in Colorado after the legalization of recreational marijuana. Overall, the organization found that the number of drivers testing positive for marijuana use rose from just 10 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2014 (the year of legalization). Moreover, they determined that the rate of marijuana-related traffic fatalities had spiked by 32 percent in the year of legalization.

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Fremont business litigation lawyersMany retail businesses run sales, and for good reason. They entice new customers to come in and check the store out and encourage loyal patrons to come in and buy more. Yet there are some rules about retail sales in California. Four major retailers are being accused of breaking these rules and, depending on the outcome of their case, they could serve as an example to other companies that fail to comply with state law.

Four Retailers Facing Possible Litigation

According to CNN Money, there are four retailers facing possible litigation with the city of Los Angeles. They are being accused of misleading their customers on the difference between sale price and market price of their products. In other words, customers are allegedly getting less of a bargain than they had thought.

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California construction accident lawyerConstruction work is needed to keep our roads in good condition, to expand our cities, and repair our buildings. Unfortunately, this repair, maintenance, and growth often comes at a price - the death of innocent people who simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you or someone you love has lost a family member in a construction accident, the following information can help you better understand your rights, including your right to pursue a wrongful death claim.

The Recent Loss of a California Family

Recently, a San Francisco woman killed by the toppling of a gravel truck. Just prior to the accident, the woman was trying to back out of her driveway. A construction worker was guiding her. Sadly, the gravel in the truck shifted and caused it to tip over. The entire thing landed on top of the woman’s car, with her young daughter in the driveway. Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced her deceased. Neither she, nor the baby growing inside of her, survived.

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Fremont estate planning lawyerThere are often changes to estate tax laws when a new administration enters office, so the fact that President Trump plans to repeal the estate tax is not all that surprising. California’s decision to change their estate laws, should the repeal go through, is a little unexpected. Yet, given the controversy surrounding the new President, it is not really any more surprising than the repeal itself. It does create some interesting obstacles for wealthy California residents - and you should be fully aware of them. The following explains further.

What the Repeal Should Mean to California Residents

If President Trump were to repeal the estate tax law, those that are currently required to pay a 30 percent estate tax (taxpayers can pass up to $5.45 million to heirs, tax-free, and married couples can pass a total of $10.9 million) would no longer have to do so. When totaled, it is a pretty significant cut out of the estate. In fact, 2015 taxation totals on just half of the 10,800 estate returns filed amounted to more than $18 billion.

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California car crash injury attorneyAccording to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 2.5 million Americans experienced an auto accident injury that required emergency medical treatment during 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Overall, that same care is expected to cost victims some $18 billion throughout the course of their lives. Those accidents also cost victims about $33 billion in lifetime employment earnings.

While not all accidents can be prevented, there are ways that victims can mitigate their risks. This is especially true when it comes to reducing the risk of serious injury - and all starts with choosing the right vehicle for you and/or your family.

Using Safety Ratings to Choose Your Vehicle

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Fremont business law attorneyFew small business owners are raking in the cash. In fact, many have only a month or so of reserve in place, should an emergency closure happen. It is this lack of financial security that can place small businesses at serious financial risk during a lawsuit. California state recognizes that risk and has taken proactive steps to protect small business owners from lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn more about this protection, and why it is important, with help from the following.

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA was put in place to protect those with disabilities. It explicitly prohibits the discrimination against any individual with disabilities in the workplace, public accommodation, government activities, transportation, and communication. All this essentially means that employers, businesses, transportation providers, and even government agencies must accommodate disabled persons according to the law.

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Fremont personal injury lawyerAmerica is full of busy people. There are workers rushing to their jobs, and parents shuffling their children off to school and soccer practice. Then there are those who are running late to a doctor’s appointment, or in a hurry to get to the airport. Unfortunately, all that hustle and bustle means that some drivers are going faster than they should. That can increase their risk of causing an accident, and may also lead to more serious injuries for victims. If one has happened to you or someone you love, know your rights - including your right to pursue full and fair compensation.

Respect for Speed Limits is Deteriorating

While most people do recognize that speed limits are the law - not a suggestion - researchers suggest there is an erosion of respect for those laws. In fact, a 2002 study found that one-third of drivers admitted to regularly driving at least 10 miles an hour faster than other road users. These were all self-reported incidents, which suggests the numbers could be much higher.

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Fremont estate planning lawyerWhen children grow up and start their own families, grandparents may want to consider a reevaluation of their current estate plan to ensure they have made provisions for their grandchildren. This may be especially critical if there are any special circumstances, concerns, or issues within your family. Learn more about leaving an inheritance for grandchildren with help from the following information.

Making Provisions for Minor Grandchildren

Leaving behind a gift or inheritance to a minor child (those under the age of 18) is a fairly complex matter. You cannot simply leave them the assets and hope it all works out. Instead, you must appoint a guardian to manage and oversee the assets until the child becomes of age, or until they are able to manage the money on their own.

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Fremont personal injury lawyerTraumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, and at any age. When it does, the end result can be catastrophic. This is especially true in cases involving serious injury and excessive brain swelling. Unfortunately, there are no medications to treat the swelling at this time - only drugs that help to improve the end outcome of patients who manage to survive. Thankfully, recent studies suggest an answer may be on the horizon, but with one major catalyst: it may only work in adults.

Antibiotics and TBI Swelling in Children and Adults

The potentially deadly implications of TBI do not typically come from the injury itself. Instead, it is generally caused by the post-injury swelling of the brain. Previous studies have suggested that genetics may play a role in the severity of this swelling, but no one really knows why some are more prone than others to rapid and life-threatening swelling.

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California business law attorneyAlthough federal law does not require that employers give their employees rest breaks, state law does. As such, employers within the state of California must comply. More than that, employers must understand that there are no exceptions. A recent California Supreme Court ruling confirms this. The following information explains the California’s rest break law, ensuring you have the information you need to protect your business and avoid litigation.

Minimum Work Hours for Rest Breaks

As outlined by the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order, employers must offer all employees a rest period that is within the middle of any work period that amounts to three and one-half hours or more. So, for example, any employee that works a four hours shift should take their rest break two hours into their shift - or at least as close to that time as practical. For example, an employer may stagger the rest periods of employees who started work at the same time to avoid a workflow interruption. Any employee that works less than three and one-half hours is not entitled to a rest break under the California state law’s guidelines.

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Fremont wrongful death accident lawyerApproximately 30,000 fatal auto accidents occur each year. In those crashes, there are victims – loved ones that were taken from their families. Grief, anger, resentment, financial loss, and immeasurable emotional devastation are in the aftermath of that loss. Some immediately search for justice. For others, the thought of pursuing a claim seems like an insurmountable challenge – one best avoided until after the grief and pain have subsided. Unfortunately, by then, it may be too late. If you have lost someone you love in a car crash, understand why you should pursue a wrongful death claim, and how an attorney can help to ease your burden in the difficult journey ahead.

Compensation is Not Meant to Replace Your Loved One

Often, the families of victims are put off by the idea of a lawsuit because they feel it is pointless. Money will not bring back what was taken from them, and the grief of drudging it all up seems hardly worth it. They look at it as punishing someone else when, in reality, the compensation is about easing the burden they bear, and may continue to experience, as the months and years pass.

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Fremont estate planning lawyerWhen married persons create an estate plan, both parties are generally involved. What can you do, though, if you want to get serious about planning your estate and your spouse is still reluctant to get on board? Nagging certainly will not do the trick, nor will threatening or begging. Still, there are some ways that you may be able to ensure your heirs do not miss out. The following information explains further, and it provides some strategies for dealing with a spouse who seems reluctant to get on board.

Do What You Can On Your Own

While it is often best to have your spouse's support before creating an estate plan, you may not ever be able to persuade them to get on board. This does not mean you cannot create an estate plan on your own. Assets that are yours - solely yours - can be drafted into an estate plan, regardless of whether or not your spouse participates in the process. Further, you can ensure you have named your power or attorney for health or financial decisions, should you become incapacitated.

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