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How does amputation affect a person psychologically?

Undergoing an amputation after a traumatic accident can have a range of effects, and these effects can be physical, emotional, and psychological. For many people, the sense of loss is profound, and it can be difficult to adapt to the reality of the situation. Physiopedia explains some of the common psychological and emotional reactions to amputation.

Certain factors can impact the type of reaction a person has. In general, the older the person is the harder it is to cope with the loss of a limb. This is especially true for people whose amputations are caused by traumatic events. Unlike amputations linked to chronic illness, which allows a person time to accept and adjust, a sudden trauma can cause significant psychological events, including depression. A person's social network and personality type can also play a role. 

Dram shop liability in California

Any type of motor vehicle accident in Pomona can leave victims having to deal with lifelong limitations. Those may be related to mental impairments or a reduced physical capacity due to the loss of a limb or motor function. The costs associated with dealing with these consequences can be enormous, which is why so many accident victims are often compelled to seek compensation. The question then becomes with whom does liability lie? 

In the case of drunk driving accidents (which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports to cause $44 billion in damages each year), responsibility is obviously assigned to the impaired driver. Yet what about those who may have had a hand in getting them drunk? Can an establishment that serves it patrons alcoholic beverages, or an individual who hosts an event where drinks are offered by held responsible if one of those served later causes a car accident? 

The complex issue of defective sidewalk injuries

California residents typically enjoy the mild temperatures by getting outside. Completing errands on foot provides the opportunity to save gas and reduce the carbon footprint. Uneven, cracked or damaged paved walkways can be hazardous to those using them. If a pedestrian sustains an injury by tripping or falling while on the sidewalk, who is liable?

Risk Management Monitor reports that while California municipalities own the public area adjacent to private property, it is the landowner’s responsibility to maintain the area fronting the property. The city can assess landowners for the repair costs if the sidewalks are in poor condition. Depending on the municipality, property owners may not be liable for injuries or damages to pedestrians. The sidewalk liability ordinance, if adopted, imposes the responsibility for upkeep on the landowner, while not wholly absolving the city of its obligation to resident safety.

Why is distracted driving unsafe?

Drivers in California must constantly be on the lookout for pedestrians to prevent serious crashes from occurring. Distracted driving greatly cuts back on pedestrian awareness, and it’s up to all motorists to keep their minds on the road and their hands on the wheel. AAA explains why distracted driving is so dangerous and what can be done to prevent it.

In general, there are three types of driving distractions. The first category is mental distractions. This includes daydreaming, talking with passengers, or using a hands-free mobile device. Next are visual distractions, which entail taking your eyes off the road for any reason. The last category is manual distractions, which happen when you remove your hands from the wheel. Texting and driving are considered extremely hazardous because they incorporate all three behaviors.

Bicycle vs. car is not always driver negligence

Biking in California is on the rise. Not only is it environmentally friendly and a good form of exercise, but it can also be faster than using a car to reach a destination, especially during rush hour. While these seem like good reasons to join the movement, in a collision with an automobile, the bicyclist is at a disadvantage. At The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt, experienced attorneys often work with clients to help them receive compensation if the driver was reckless or negligent.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, almost half of the fatal roadway crashes involving a bicycle occur when a vehicle hits the cyclist from behind. Recently, local governments seeking a way to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality focus on infrastructure that accommodates non-motorized transportation. Cycle tracks and bike lanes reduce vehicle collision. Many newer cars also incorporate bike detection in front crash prevention systems.

Can an undocumented immigrant file a personal injury claim?

Personal injury claims allow injured people to receive compensation for someone else’s negligence. Understandably, many undocumented immigrants in the United States do not file personal injury claims out of fear that they will face deportation. However, California law allows undocumented immigrants to file personal injury lawsuits and receive compensation despite their immigration status.

In the past, California relied on the case of Rodriguez v. Kline in determining personal injury lawsuits involving undocumented immigrants. While the case allowed undocumented immigrants to bring personal injury lawsuits to court, it generally prevented them from receiving large monetary awards. However, this case was recently overruled. 

Symptoms of a herniated disc after a car accident

No one is immune from getting into a car accident. A few months ago in Pomona, a police officer crashed into a civilian vehicle, resulting in minor injuries to the other driver. 

After a motor vehicle accident of any severity, all parties involved need to go to the doctor. You may not be aware of the full extent of your injuries, and you could have sustained something serious, such as a herniated disc. 

Be safe on your ride home after Thanksgiving weekend

If you braved the highways for this Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends, you now may be girding yourself for the return trip home. If the roads seemed especially chaotic this year, it wasn't just you.

AAA reported that this would be the busiest Thanksgiving on record in 13 years. The roads, airports and train stations saw about a 5 percent increase from 2017. In fact, this upcoming Sunday will be the busiest day to fly in 2018.

Appeals court affirms driver's guilt in woman's death

Survivors of a woman who was killed in a 2015 collision with another driver can take heart from a recent state appeal's court ruling. The three justices on California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the imprisoned motorist's claim of insufficient prosecutorial evidence.

The victim died of catastrophic injuries on May 7, 2015, following a crash in Pomona near the intersection of Mariposa Street and West Arrow Highway. Her Honda was traveling normally in a 45 mph zone when it was struck by the convicted defendant driving a neighbor's Mercedes-Benz without permission. He was speeding 127 mph and fleeing police when he hit the woman.

Falls: The leading cause of fatal, nonfatal injury among seniors

As an aging American, you may begin to develop certain risk factors as you grow older that make you more likely to fall and suffer a serious injury as a result. Sometimes, home and property owners behave negligently and leave items cluttering aisles or blocking staircases, while in others, they may leave pools of water or other substances collecting on the floor. While such hazards may pose only a minor threat for younger people, who may be able to easily spot and avoid potential obstructions in their paths, older people sometimes struggle to do the same. Their falls can have gravely serious consequences.

Just how often are today's seniors falling down?

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