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Pejman Ben-Cohen Wins $1 Million Verdict After $20,000 Offer

- Andrea Kang

Pejman Ben-Cohen, a partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, won a $1 million verdict for his client, William Deloney, in a MIST case in which the client was rear-ended on the freeway. The defendant’s insurance carrier presented a final offer on the eve of trial of just $20,000. Working in partnership with Daniel Srourian of Srourian Law Firm, Pejman was able to secure $1,041,697 in economic and non-economic damages for the client.

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Seizure Suspected in Southern California Restaurant Auto Wreck

- Paul Zuckerman

Local authorities in the Los Angeles area are suspecting that a driver’s seizure caused a pre-holiday automobile crash at a restaurant in San Bernardino.

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, a local couple was dining at a San Bernardino pizzeria when a car came through the wall of the restaurant. The incident, which was captured on camera, showed a sedan crashing through the wall, sending tables, chairs and other debris flying.

Although authorities have not definitely pinpointed a cause of the incident, it was revealed in the ensuing days that a seizure was a contributing factor.

During the busy holiday season, those on the roadways need to exercise additional caution to compensate for increased traffic. Car accidents, though common, can be prevented, especially if drivers exercise additional caution and eliminate negligent behavior while behind the wheel.

How to Handle a Car Accident Situation

While unfortunate, car accidents are not uncommon. However, when they do occur, it is important that you take certain steps that help protect you and the people you love.

The first steps in any car accident scenario are getting driver information and notifying the proper authorities. Even if an accident is minor, with no serious damage or personal injury, it is important to involve the police from the start. A police officer can take statements at the scene to assess the situation and help determine fault. Police statements also help protect you if the other person wanted to change their story down the line.

In addition to involving police, if you have been injured it is recommended that you consult with a qualified personal injury attorney. Because California’s automobile laws are increasingly complex, enlisting the help of an expert attorney can provide a lot of clarity regarding your rights and protections. Attorneys can also advise on cases of negligence, as California is a comparative negligence state.

Negligence is one of the key issues that attorneys deal with regarding auto collisions. In fact, distracted driving continues to be of the primary causes of auto collisions, across the board. From texting and driving, to driving while drowsy, drivers today face a number of dangers when navigating area roadways.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another, the personal injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP can help. We understand your rights under the law in the state of California, and are prepared to advocate on your behalf for full and fair compensation.

We are happy to offer a complimentary initial consultation to assess your case. Give us a call today at (310) 273-1230 to get started.

Proposed 100% Tour Bus Fleet Inspection after SF Bus Accident

- Paul Zuckerman

The double-decker tour bus that crashed into a San Francisco construction site late last year had not undergone maintenance checks, which has prompted calls for stricter regulations on carrier fleet inspections. City officials in San Francisco called the attention of the California Public Utilities Commission to conduct 100% inspection rather than a random sampling of a carrier’s fleet as it is currently required.

An attorney speaking on behalf of the beleaguered tour bus company previously stated that the bus lost control of its air compression brakes shortly before the bus crashed into scaffolding, injuring 20 persons – several seriously.

Tour Bus Accident

The accident occurred on Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco where an electronics store was being constructed. Eyewitnesses say that the bus appeared to be running erratically and speeding shortly before crashing into several vehicles. The bus hit a bicyclist, several vehicles, and a construction site’s scaffolding which fell on more cars and people, causing serious injuries to 8 persons and other injuries to more than 10 people.

Mechanical Trouble

The bus that crashed into the construction area was a 2000 Orion VI bus, a model that has a history of troubled safety, including 2 fires and other mechanical problems involving air valve and braking problems. Another bus of the same make and model was involved in a prior incident where its undercarriage caught fire after the driver failed to release the brakes.

The reported incidents of mechanical trouble led to the permanent removal of this type of bus from the streets. The bus company that used a tour bus which was known for mechanical defects may be held liable for negligence for continuously operating this type of bus without conducting maintenance checks and procedures upon it.

Other factors that contribute to bus accidents include driver fatigue, driver inattention, and driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

Seeking Compensation after a Bus Accident

If you or a loved one is injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

In Los Angeles, California, our personal injury law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP is one of the largest in the city. We have years of proven experience in bus accidents, and helping clients recover compensation for their medical bills, lost earnings, ongoing treatment and therapy and for their pain and suffering.

We invite you to contact us today at (310) 273-1230 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your personal injury situation.

Will Smith’s Movie Focuses on NFL Brain Injury

- Paul Zuckerman

Will Smith stars in a medical drama entitled “Concussion” which features the long term brain injury affecting former NFL players. The movie is based on the scientific findings of a pathologist who discovers CTE, a degenerative brain disease in the brains of several retired NFL players.

Causes of Brain Injury

A severe blow or jolt to the head and penetrating head injuries can damage brain tissue and cause bleeding in and around brain cells. Head trauma can arise from:

  • Severe car accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Sports injuries

Repetitive head trauma, such as those experienced by professional football players, has also been linked to CTE. This disease, however, can only be detected after death, as in the cases of almost a hundred former NFL players whose brains were examined posthumously. 

Effects of Brain Injury

Severe brain injury can negatively impact an injured person’s way of life, causing a wide range of symptoms such as: 

  • Frequent headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Impaired motor control or movement
  • Personality changes

In some cases, severe brain injury can lead to early death.

Brain injury often requires long term treatment, care, and therapy to enable an injured person to manage symptoms and maintain a lifestyle. Anyone who suffers brain injury in an accident may be entitled to compensation and should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.

Claiming Compensation for Brain Injury 

A Philadelphia US district court judge has approved a $900 million class settlement for former NFL players who suffered concussions during their careers. Individual monetary awards range from 3 to 5 million dollars for each retired player, depending on their diagnosis. 

Compensation for brain injury can cover your past and future medical bills, past and future lost earnings, and damages for your pain and suffering.

If you, or a loved one, has suffered brain injury, your attorney can help you to gather evidence, provide access to medical experts, and represent you before insurance companies, or in court if a settlement out of court is unsuccessful.

In Los Angeles, California, the law office of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley is one of the largest law firms, with proven years of experience in brain injury cases, helping clients recover the maximum value of settlement to which they are legally entitled.

To learn more about your legal options in such a case, we invite you to call us today at (310) 273-1230. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

GoPro Camera Films Shocking Motorcycle Accident

- Paul Zuckerman

Many of the news stories we hear about motorcycles being involved in accidents and collisions place the blame squarely on the shoulders of a driver of another vehicle. But there was one story which came out earlier this summer that captured the attention of many and left everyone stunned.

On April 1st 2015, Jesse Lopez, a 24 year old motorcyclists who had owned his bike for less than one year, decided to strap a GoPro camera onto his helmet as he and his friends raced up Glendora Ridge Road. While the first two minutes of the tape are relatively uneventful (apart from witnessing Lopez riding at dangerous speeds up the hillside), by the three minute mark the video has shown Lopez crashing into the front of a fire truck. The GoPro camera flips several times before settling on the ground, the sun glaring into its lens.

“Like Watching a Movie about Someone Else”

The GoPro camera is eventually picked up by a friend of Lopez who records the rescue crew tending to Lopez’s injuries. Lopez was eventually airlifted to a trauma center, where it was discovered he had suffered a severely broken arm and two compound fractures in his left leg.

No one in the fire truck had been injured.

Upon watching the video later, Lopez stated that watching his GoPro film was “like watching a movie about someone else.”

Motorcycle-Related Deaths Account for 15% of All Crash Deaths

Lopez’s accident is tragic, but the injuries he suffered were minimal compared to many others in similar accidents. Every year several all too many Americans die in motorcycle related accidents, whether they be the fault of the cyclist or the fault of another driver.

In 2013, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that there were 447 motorcycle crash deaths, accounting for 15% of all vehicle-related crash deaths. This is just over 20 more deaths compared to 2012 when 426 Californian motorcyclists died due to crashes and collisions.

Do You Need an Attorney for Your Motorcycle-Related Accident?

Whenever there has been an injury or a fatality involving a motorcycle, it is important that riders of motorcycles or drivers of other vehicles engage a qualified personal injury attorney. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP we strongly recommend seeking legal guidance as California’s Vehicle Code contains complex laws regarding motorcycle accidents which, unless navigated by an expert attorney, may leave drivers confused or misguided.

The law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP offers free consultations to anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle crash or any other vehicle-related accident. To arrange for your free consultation, we welcome your call at (310) 273-1230.