California whiplash injury lawyerOf all the car accident injuries, whiplash is, by far, the most commonly reported in the United States. In fact, recent statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicate that some 66 percent of all claimants file an injury related to the neck, and over 800,000 whiplash injuries have been reported over the last 12 years. What can accident victims with whiplash expect after a crash, and what kind of compensation might they be entitled to receive? The following explains.

What is Whiplash?

A soft tissue injury that involves the tendons, ligaments, and surrounding tissues of the neck, whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly and violently thrust backward, and then forward. It might sound as though it takes a high-speed crash to create this type of motion. However, whiplash is often seen in even low-speed crashes (perhaps as little as six miles per hour, if going by the cut-off limits in the UK). There is also a common misconception that whiplash occurs only in rear-end crashes, but front-on collision victims are also at risk.

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California business transaction lawyerBusiness mergers, when done right, can be mutually beneficial for all involved parties. However, there are some serious challenges that companies must overcome when dealing with mergers and acquisitions. If not planned for and mitigated against, these obstacles can lead to financial loss, a lack of shareholder returns, and possibly even complete financial devastation. Whether you are interested in purchasing an existing business or believe your business may fare better with a larger brand name behind it, the following information can help.

The Importance of a Unified Vision

When examining a possible merger, companies may find that certain elements are difficult (if not impossible) to measure. However, even when measurements are possible, and data and projections look great on paper, they may not translate into real or actual success. Failure to ensure both companies share a unified vision is often the cause of disastrous outcomes.

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Fremont truck accident lawyerStatistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that over 4,000 trucks and buses are involved in fatal accidents each year. Some of these involve unsecured loads. Why are they so dangerous, what does the law say about unsecured loads, and what can you do if yourself or a family member is injured or killed in such an accident? The following explains, and it provides details on where to find assistance.

Examining the Catastrophic Nature of Unsecured Loads

Unsecured loads have always been a problem, but it was not until the catastrophic injury of a young Washington woman that it gained national attention. While driving down Interstate 405, a piece of unsecured furniture fell from a U-haul truck and hit the young woman’s windshield. The injury that resulted left her permanently blind. To date, she has undergone seven reconstructive surgeries and years of physical therapy.

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Fremont wills and trusts attorney millennium estate planningAbout half of all Americans do have a will, trust, or other estate planning documents completed. Unfortunately, that means another half do not have such documents in place. For these individuals, end-of-life decisions may come at the hospital, while they and their families are stressed and concerned. Sadly, this last-minute estate planning is often done with the aid of a nurse or other hospital professional who may lack the time or the knowledge to answer questions about the consequences of specific decisions. Enter the online chat bot, Emily.

Designed to help families and grantors through their end-of-life decisions, Emily is aimed at helping individuals in the 25- to 45-year-old age group. She encourages them to think about estate planning early. If a family is faced with difficult decisions at the last minute, she can also give them direction and insight regarding the different estate planning decisions that need to be made. Could she be the answer to improving the estate planning statistics in America? Perhaps, but the following explains why an experienced Fremont wills and trusts attorney may still be needed.

What Emily Can Do for Your Family

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California auto accident attorneyAuto accidents happen so quickly and are so traumatizing that a person’s adrenaline can mask the symptoms of an injury. Unfortunately, some of those injuries may be severe. In some cases, they may even be life-threatening. As such, it is recommended that every accident victim knows the most commonly experienced delayed injury symptoms. Learn more about them, and discover where you can find assistance with your claim, with help from the following information.

Head and Brain Injuries

Of all the types of injuries, a victim can sustain during an accident, those involving head injuries are among the most common. They are also one of the easiest to miss. Victims may not be aware of hitting their head, may lose consciousness, and often lack any open wounds. Further, it does not take an actual blow to the head to sustain a head injury; all that is needed is enough force to jar or shake the brain inside the skull. If you experience persistent headaches; changes in mood, personality, or physical function; or feel dizzy or lose consciousness, seek immediate medical help. You may have a head or brain injury.

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California business law attorneyEmployers want their staff to be competent, knowledgeable, and compliant with the company’s rules, regulations, and procedures. One way of accomplishing this goal is to conduct regular meetings and lectures. Another is to require that they undergo training, either initially or during interval time periods (i.e. annually). However, one must keep in mind that certain regulations govern an employer’s right to mandate such activities – paying the employee for that time is just one example. Learn more about your obligations as an employer when it comes to paying your employees for training or meeting times, and how you can reduce the risk of a wage violation under California state law.

Are You Exempt?

California state law explicitly states that employers must pay all non-exempt employees for training times, meetings, and lectures unless they meet four specific requirements:

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Fremont dog bite injury lawyerBeing bitten by a dog can be a traumatizing experience. It can also lead to permanent disfigurement, lost time at work, and expensive medical bills. Thankfully, victims do have the right to pursue compensation for their losses and injuries. Learn more about the dog bite injury laws in California, including why it is important to seek assistance with your claim.

Dog Bite Law Overview

Dog bite injuries in California are covered under Civil Code Section 3342. It states that a dog’s owner can be held liable for injuries sustained by victims. However, there are a few stipulations should be taken into consideration before pursuing a claim. 

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Fremont wills and trusts attorneyMany reasons and situations require an update to your estate plan. Divorce just so happens to be one of the more common and potentially catastrophic situations. Unfortunately, it is also easy to overlook or forget. There are many loose ends to tie up once the divorce process is complete, and with more to manage, estate planning can easily slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, if something does happen to you before you have made changes to your estate plan, assets may not go to the people and places you had hoped. Do not let this happen to you. Learn what and when you should update in an estate plan after divorce.

Changing Your Beneficiaries

If you have a 401K, IRA, or another retirement plan, the beneficiary listed on your policy should be checked upon completion of the divorce. Of course, you may have to split some of your savings, but the remaining amount should go to you. If you do not want the remainder to go to your spouse upon your passing, and they are listed as the current beneficiary, it is important that you change this in your policy. Alternatively, if you wish your spouse to be listed as a trust for your children, ensure the policy and your other estate planning documents reflect this desire.

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Fremont car crash lawyerAggressive driving is a common factor in traffic accidents across America. In fact, a 2009 study from the American Automobile Association (AAA), which used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatal Accident Report System (FARS), found aggressive driving was a factor in 56 percent of all U.S. car crashes between the years 2003 and 2007. What do these statistics mean for non-aggressive drivers, and what can victims do after an accident has occurred? The following explains.

What Constitutes Aggressive Driving?

Most people see the terms “aggressive driving” and “road rage” as synonymous, but road rage is actually a form of aggressive driving – one of the more concerning displays of it. Other forms of aggressive driving include:

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California small business attorneyMost companies do everything in their power to abide by the rules. Sadly, there is a select few that refuse to comply with local, state, or federal regulations. They cut corners to save time and money. They fail to provide a safe work environment or refuse to go the extra mile to ensure their products or services are safe for consumption. All these situations put others at risk, which is why the state of California encourages internal reporting from employees - an act also known as “whistleblowing.” Learn more about how the state encourages this activity and why it could matter to your business.

What is a Whistleblower?

“Whistleblowers” are employees that have reported local, state, or federal violations, or hazards that pertain to public or employee health and safety. Some may unknowingly participate in a wrongful act and then report it. Others may recognize the violation and refuse to participate in an action that they feel violates health and safety standards or local, state, or federal laws. In either case, they are protected by the state under the California Labor Code.  

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Fremont traumatic brain injury lawyersSociety tends to think of children as resilient, but they are just as susceptible to head injury during a car crash as adults. Further, children may be at an increased risk for certain long-term complications. In fact, former studies have found that children may be at an increased risk for mental health issues during adulthood if they have sustained a head injury during childhood. Now, a more recent study has linked childhood traumatic brain injuries to an increased risk of adult anxiety and depression. Learn why this may be important to your auto accident injury case, and how an attorney can help.

A Closer Look at the Study

Published in the Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, the study examined over 120 adults who had experienced mild to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) during childhood. It had been at least 10 years since the injury for most, and 15 years or longer for some. Regardless of the severity of their injuries, all the adults in the study were five times more likely to have an anxiety disorder than adults without a history of TBI. They were also four times more likely to suffer from depression, panic attacks, or phobias. It should also be noted that individuals who suffered moderate to severe TBIs had the highest risk for an anxiety disorder; they were also more likely to suffer from multiple disorders than those with less severe TBIs.

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Fremont wills and trusts lawyerEstate planning can be a complex matter, with state and federal laws to consider, but the initial steps do not have to be complicated. In fact, almost anyone can complete an effective estate plan with the right mindset and good advice. Learn more about these initial steps, and where you can find help, with the following information on effective estate planning in Fremont, California.

Know What You Own

From your beloved baseball card collection to real estate and the remainder of your retirement plan, it is crucial that you know what you own before you start the estate planning process. Start by gathering detailed documents on financial accounts (i.e. bank accounts, savings bonds, retirement accounts, etc.), real estate, vehicles, and other large or monetary items. Then make a list of family heirlooms and assets that may hold value. If necessary, have items appraised so that you know how much you are leaving to each of your heirs.

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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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