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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).

The 4th of July is generally a day filled with food, family and friends, and fireworks as people across the nation celebrate America. These celebrations often include alcohol and far too often people make the dangerous choice to drive while intoxicated. As a result, a significant increase in drunk driving arrests and car accidents occur.

This was the case in California over the most recent 4th of July holiday weekend. According to KTLA News, “nearly 600 suspected drunken drivers have been arrested statewide and a dozen people killed in crashes… [during] the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.” CHP began a maximum enforcement period on July 3rd that continued through Sunday July 7th.

Police reported that a total of 589 DUI arrests were made between 6 p.m. July 3rd and 6 a.m. July 5th. This is up from last year, when 389 drivers were arrested for drunk driving in a 30-hour period which worked out to be an arrest almost every 5 minutes.

Recently a tragic South Los Angeles big rig accident lead to the deaths of two young girls near Exposition Park. According to ABC 7 News, the girls were walking to school on April 4, 2019 when they were struck by the large truck.

The girls, who were sisters, were immediately rushed to the hospital for their injuries in the accident. 14-year-old Marlene Lorenzo died later that day. 12-year-old Amy Lorenzo survived the crash for several weeks in a medically induced coma, however, she recently passed away from her injuries. We send our condolences to the Lorenzo family for their losses.

In response to this tragic accident community members are calling on the city to make safety improvements in the area to help prevent this type of accident from happening again. With a school in the area, parents and students want changes like “speed bumps and improved lighting… [and] they want signage,” specifically signs explaining that the area is a school zone. These signs can help drivers be more aware that students will be crossing the street and encourage drivers to be alert and cautious when driving in the area. In the present case, investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the accident, but are looking into whether or not the driver was distracted at the time he hit the two girls.

Sadly, a 30-year-old bicyclist, Rigoberto Guzman, was killed in a Jurupa Valley Hit-and-Run incident. The bike accident occurred around 11 p.m. at the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard.

According to the Redlands Daily Facts, Guzman was biking northbound on Van Buren Boulevard when he was suddenly hit by a car and the driver fled. Police say, Guzman “was flung to the far east side of the roadway, where witnesses spotted him and called 911.” Tragically, Guzman died at the scene.

Based on witness descriptions of the vehicle, police were able to locate the car and the driver that caused the accident the next day. 26-year-old Andrew Scott Walters has been arrested for causing this wrongful death bicycle accident. Police are now investigating what caused the accident in the first place, though it appears it was not drugs or alcohol.

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A three-vehicle car accident in North Hollywood resulted in the death of a female pedestrian standing on the sidewalk. According to KTLA News, the crash occurred just after 3:00 p.m. on March 26, 2019, on Victory Boulevard.

Police reported that a “BMW driven by an identified male in his 20s was traveling northbound on Vineland Avenue at a high rate of speed and ran a red light, colliding with another vehicle in the intersection that was coming in southbound and making a turn onto Victory Boulevard.” This initial collision sent the BMW spinning into a CVS parking lot, where it hit another car and the curb, which sent the BMW into the air. When the car came down on the side walk, it landed on top of the woman waiting there.

Nearby witnesses did everything they could to get the car off the woman before the fire department responded but were unsuccessful. When emergency personnel finally freed the woman, she was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. Officers are now investigating to determine the exact cause of the accident, including whether the BMW driver was intoxicated at the time of the incident. They also reported that the BMW was speeding when it ran the red light.

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