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Celebrity Tattoo Artist Enters Plea for DUI Crash That Killed YouTube Star

Earlier this year, celebrity tattoo artist Daniel Joseph Silva caused a deadly crash after driving under the influence. Silva, known for his appearance on the reality T.V. show “Ink Master,” was driving his McLaren at high speeds when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle flew off the road and crashed into a stop sign.

The passenger in the car was 25-year-old YouTube star Corey La Barrie. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Because Silva was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, he faced criminal charges for La Barrie’s death. KTLA News reported that Silva entered a no contest plea “to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter…[and] no faces up to four years in prison…”

Fatal Los Angeles Car Crash at L&E Oyster Bar

Fatal Los Angeles Car Crash at L&E Oyster Bar

A recent Los Angeles car crash ended with one dead, four injured and a seriously damaged restaurant. According to Eater, “A vehicle hit a motorcyclist near the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and Effie Street, overturning the car and completely sheering the tree in front, killing one unidentified person and injuring several others.” One employee of L&E Oyster Bar was uninjured and upstairs when the fatal car crash happened and worked to attempt to put out some of the flames.

Los Angeles is slowly re-opening and while restaurant car crashes are not normal, deadly car accidents happen all the time in LA and throughout the country and we will likely see an increase in them as more people get back on the roads. Here’s a look at some of the questions that can surround a Los Angeles fatal car crash like this:

Despite the Covid-19 lockdowns and the fact that more people are staying home, as opposed to out on the roads, there are still car accidents throughout the greater Los Angeles area. If you are involved in a Los Angeles car accident, you need an attorney who can help you right away, as there important things that must be done to help you obtain the best result on your personal injury case.

Some attorneys have completely closed their offices during this Covid lockdown and cannot fully help a new injured client. They may not be responding to calls, texts or emails and waiting until everything is back to normal. In our California personal injury law firm, we understand what injured people are going through and we are doing our best to help all of our new and existing clients with everything they need, despite all the hurdles presented by Covid.

Fortunately, with the technology we have available, it is not necessary to come in to our physical office in order for us to help you. We can call, text, email, Google Meet, Zoom, etc. with any of our potential clients or current clients. Our law firm is fully functional and able to handle all of our clients’ needs, from helping them get their cars repaired, to helping them find the right medical providers, to filing documents with the courts, resolving cases and getting our clients paid as quickly and as much as possible. We know that many of our clients need the money from their case more than ever now and we have successfully resolved many difficult cases during Covid. If you are injured, do not wait until the pandemic is over, call us right away so we can advise you on what to do to protect your rights.

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against Glendale Nursing Home for COVID-19 Death

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against Glendale Nursing Home for COVID-19 Death

The effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been tragic worldwide. Millions have died from the virus, and it has been especially deadly for those older than 65. The virus spreads so easily and quickly, especially in places with large groups, and so many older people in nursing homes have been particularly at risk. Sadly, coronavirus has devastated many nursing homes throughout the country.

Recently, a family brought a wrongful death claim against a Glendale nursing home after their loved one died from coronavirus. ABC 7 News reported that 77-year-old Ricardo Saldana contracted COVID-19 at the Glenhaven Healthcare nursing home and passed away because of the virus. Saldana’s children claim that the nursing home was negligent in handling the coronavirus outbreak.

Families of Kobe Helicopter Crash Victims Sue for Wrongful Death

Families of Kobe Helicopter Crash Victims Sue for Wrongful Death

Earlier this year the world was shocked by the news that basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, were killed in a tragic helicopter accident in Calabasas. The tragedy hit particularly hard for Southern Californians, as Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons.

The crash occurred on the morning of January 26, 2020–Bryant was traveling to a basketball game with his daughter and eight others. These passengers and the pilot were also killed in the crash. The exact cause of the crash is still being investigated, though foggy weather conditions are thought to have contributed to the accident.  Now, the surviving family members of these victims are bringing a Los Angeles wrongful death suit against the owner of the helicopter, Island Express Helicopters.

We are accepting new car accident, truck accident and motorcycle injury accidents that occurred in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and California

During these uncertain and difficult times caused by the coronavirus (sometimes called COVID-19) pandemic, we must stick together and help each other.   While social distancing, washing hands frequently with warm water and soap, and avoiding any group gatherings are critical, we know that clients, former clients, friends and members of our Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and California communities may be involved in injury accidents.    As a result we are continuing our mission to provide legal guidance, assistance and protection to victims of injury accidents who need immediate guidance, including in finding medical care (without worry of payment), investigation of the circumstances of the incident with preservation of evidence, and legal representation.

If you were involved in any collision involving a car, truck, motorcycle, bus or bicycle accident, or a pedestrian hit by a car or truck, please contact us now for an absolutely FREE consultation and case evaluation.

San Jacinto Dairy Worker Dies in Machinery Accident

San Jacinto Dairy Worker Dies in Machinery Accident

Recently, the Press Enterprise reported that a worker died in an accident at Cottonwood Dairy in San Jacinto in Riverside County. According to the report, the worker died after being crushed by large farm equipment while working. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and found the worker “ ‘in full arrest’ a term used when someone’s heart has stopped.” Sadly, the worker could not be resuscitated and died at the scene.

Losing a loved one while they are working is extremely difficult. Families who have lost loved ones not only have to suffer emotionally from the loss of their loved one, but also often face serious worries about their financial situation because they no longer have the income provided by that family member. Worries about finances can make the loss even harder to bear. If you have lost a loved one while they were on the job, it is important to know that you deserve to be compensated for your loss and financial recovery may be available in your situation. It is a good idea to contact a skilled San Jacinto wrongful death attorney who can talk to you about available options.

In 2019 there were 244 people killed in car accidents in Los Angeles, California.  This number of people killed, whose families may have wrongful death claims for their damages, is 0.8% less than in 2018.   While any decrease is good, the small percentage of decrease from 2018 to 2019 is disappointing given the fact that Los Angeles has been on a four (4) year program to eliminate car accident deaths on the streets of Los Angeles.   The family members of anyone killed in a Los Angeles car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident should immediately contact us by calling 1 866 INJURY 2 or 1.818.222.3400 (after hours press “1”) for a FREE consultation.  We have won thousands and thousands of car accident cases over more than 43 years of handling such cases and if we take your case there is NO fee until YOU WIN!

Of the 244 victims killed in Los Angeles car accidents in 2019, reportedly 134 were pedestrians and 19 were biking.  This data was released by the City of  Los Angeles and reported by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, February 6, 2020, in the California Section at page B1.

The program to try to eliminate deaths from traffic collisions in Los Angeles is called “Vision Zero” by Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Vision Zero was started in 2015,  and, surprisingly, the number of motorcyclists, pedestrians, occupants of cars and trucks, and bicyclists killed in car and other motor vehicle collisions then rose 33%!   Reportedly, deaths rose in 2016 from 183 to 253, but fortunately have fallen 3.6% since then, to 244 people killed in car collisions in 2019.

Monsanto, a large American agricultural chemical and biotechnology company, has had several personal injury claims filed against it due to harm caused by its well known product called Roundup. Roundup is a weed killer that has been found to be a “substantial factor” in causing cancer, specifically Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in those who use it.  If you used or were exposed to Roundup and have cancer, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, our Los Angeles Montsanto personal injury attorneys can help get you much needed compensation for any injuries Roundup has caused you.

In several of the California trials against Monsanto, juries have awarded the victims millions of dollars in damages for the harm the weed killer caused. According to the Los Angeles Times, Alva and Alberta Pilliod were both diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma within a span of four (4) years. They “had used Roundup for more than 30 years to kill weeds on three properties they owned.” In May 2019, a jury awarded the couple over $2 billion in damages (the jury verdict was made-up of $2 billion in punitive damages, plus $55 million in compensatory damages.) This amount was later reduced to $87 million total, still a huge amount, and although “the couple had anticipated the reduction…their lawyer said the overall ruling was ‘a major victory.’”

Other victims have also been awarded very substantial money damages for developing cancer after using Roundup. Dewayne Johnson, who was exposed to Roundup as a school groundskeeper, was ultimately awarded $78.4 million. In March 2019, Edwin Hardeman’s final award was $25.2 million. Many others have used this Monsanto product and have been greatly harmed—they too deserve compensation for their serious injuries.   One question is, how much is fair?  Another question is, how to fairly apportion the money; or, put another way, how to be sure the assets or money does not run out before all victims receive a fair proportionate share to compensate them for their injuries and damages?

The owners of the Santa Barbara dive boat that burned during the Labor Day weekend by the Chanel Islands, killing 34 people on board, including 33 passengers and one crew member, are attempting to not only limit their liability but actually are attempting to use an old Maritime law so they do not have to pay any compensation at all to the families of those killed or any money to anyone else who may have been injured.

Since this horrific incident occurred on a boat at sea it is governed by United States maritime law, which is different than the law most of us are used to.   Under U.S. maritime law, the owners of a ship may be responsible or liable for personal injuries and deaths, as well as other losses and damages.  But also under maritime law this legal responsibility or liability may be limited to the value of the ship and its freight at the end of the voyage if the owner of the ship can show the acts of negligence or unseaworthiness that caused the injury or loss were not known and should not have been known by the owners of the ship.

And, of course, the owners of the Conception, or perhaps their insurers, are trying to take advantage of this antiquated, unconscionable and unfair law to limit their liability because the value post voyage is probably nothing or zero dollars (except for some possible salvage value of the destroyed boat which may be exceeded by the salvage costs).

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