Despite the fact that approximately 70 percent of bicycle fatalities involve riders without helmets, in California, bicyclists over the age of 18 are not legally required to wear a helmet. Because riders are so vulnerable to the dangers of the road, one of the most common type of serious injury sustained in Los Angeles bicycle accident is a traumatic brain injury. And while wearing a helmet can greatly decrease the risk of a head injury or brain injury related fatality, it is not 100 percent effective. Motor Vehicle and Bicycle Collisions According to the California Highway Patrol, in 2009, some 3,700 bicyclists were reportedly injured in traffic accidents and nearly two-dozen additional bicyclists were killed as a result of such accidents. Oftentimes, drivers fail to see bicyclists on the roadways or do not understand the traffic rules pertaining to bicycles and infringe on the cyclist’s right of way. When the careless actions of a driver cause a traumatic brain injury accident, the wrongfully injured bicyclist is advised to consider legal representation. An attorney experienced in high damage bicycle accident claims can make sure claimants will recover the full and fair compensation they are entitled to receive. The types of damages that a bicycle accident claimant may be entitled to recover include: Past and future medical bills Lost wages Reduced earnings potential Pain and suffering [...] Read more »
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WASHINGTON – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday May 16, 2012 that Skechers USA will pay $40 million to settle charges that the company misled consumers about the effectiveness of its Shape-ups toning shoes. Skechers claimed their toning shoes would “get you in shape without ever having to step foot in a gym,” however, many reputable medical and fitness organizations found this and many other of Skechers’ claims to be unfounded. The settlement is believed to be one of the largest ever involving consumer refunds. Reebok settled similar FTC charges over the company’s EasyTone toning shoes for $25 million last fall. ACE Study Findings The American Council on Exercise (ACE) enlisted a team of exercise scientists to put toning shoes to the test. After testing several brands of toning shoes, including Skechers Shape-ups, ACE found that across the board, there was simply no evidence to support that these shoes help wearers increase muscle strength or help burn more calories. In fact, ACEs Chief Science Officer believes that with extended wear, users could suffer serious gait and alignment issues. Skechers Shape-ups Fall-Related Injuries In addition to gait and alignment issues, consumers have also reported suffering serious fall-related injuries with use of a Skechers Shape-ups. The toning shoes curved bottom sole, which is purposely designed to create instability for the wearer, can cause a user to [...] Read more »
A woman who was injured in a September 2007 motorcycle accident will receive a $3 million settlement from San Bernardino County for damages related to the crash. Lisa Hermann filed a lawsuit against San Bernardino County claiming the poor condition of the road she and motorcycle driver, Vanjaymes Tonies, traveled on was responsible for causing their 2007 motorcycle accident. Hermann and Tonies were traveling on Kelso-Cima Road, located in the Mojave Desert close to the Nevada border, when they crashed. According to reports, heavy rains in the area a couple of days prior to the crash had washed out the road. Hermann sustained numerous disabling head and neck injuries in the accident. As part of the settlement, San Bernardino County will pay $78,811 to the State Department of Health Care Services for Hermann’s medical bills. A settlement with the driver of the motorcycle, Vanjaymes Tonies, is currently pending. The road has been graded periodically since the accident occurred. One of Estey Bomberger’s founding partners, Stephen Estey, is an avid motorcycle rider who can put his knowledge of motorcycles to work for riders seriously injured in motorcycle accidents. Steve and his colleagues are passionate about seeing injured clients fairly compensated for accident-related damages and are committed to winning complex personal injury cases. Call our firm today to arrange a free consultation with one of our trusted [...] Read more »
As toning shoes sales skyrocket, more and more toning shoe-related injuries are being reported. Toning shoes like Skechers Shape-ups are designed to create instability, which supposedly forces wearers to use muscles in the legs, buttocks and core they wouldn’t normally use. However, according to orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joel Buchalter, if you were to take an elderly patient and put them in an unstable toning shoe, you’re looking for disaster. Older individuals often have pre-existing balance and alignment issues that can be exacerbated by toning shoe use. Also, because elderly toning shoe users’ reaction times are slower, they are not always able to prevent a fall from occurring. Examples of Skechers Shape-ups toning shoe injuries include stress fractures, chronic tendinitis, hip injuries, joint injuries, head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, pelvic fractures, muscle sprains, femur fractures, lacerations, bruises, scrapes, knee injuries, ankle injuries, foot injuries and ligament injuries. For questions concerning your toning shoe injury, do not hesitate to contact the Skechers Shape-ups toning shoe injury lawyers at Estey Bomberger. We have received local and national recognition for handling complex cases other lawyers refuse to take. Through extensive case workup, we have been able to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Helping clients recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain [...] Read more »
In what was the largest penalty ever in the history of Botox injury cases, the maker of Botox, Allergan Inc., was ordered to pay $12 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages to a Virginia man, Douglas Ray, who alleged that use of the drug left him severely disabled. In 2007, after being injected with Botox for the treatment of hand tremors, Ray fell ill and suffered permanent brain damage. The brain injury lawsuit claimed Irvine-based Allergan failed to warn Ray’s doctors of the potential risks associated with off-label use of the popular wrinkle eraser drug. Although Allergan may appeal the decision, the Botox maker may only have to pay a fraction of the punitive damages due to Virginia state law, which caps punitive damages at $350,000.
AUGUST 14, 2009 – A man was severely injured when he crashed his older-model Harley Davidson into two cars in the western San Gabriel Valley, authorities said. The collision occurred about 1 p.m. at the intersection of Baldwin Avenue and Woodruff Avenue, according to Arcadia police. The motorcyclist first collided with a Honda Accord, then slammed into an Acura sedan. Both vehicles were traveling north on Baldwin, authorities said. The motorcyclist impacted on the driver’s side of both vehicles and then slid under a parked car, where he became trapped, police said. Rescuers had to lift the car to free the man. The victim appeared to have suffered injuries to his head, leg and arms, police said. No arrests have been made or citations issued, but the Arcadia Police Department is continuing to investigate the motorcycle collision. View Larger Map
AUGUST 13, 2009 – The California Highway Patrol is investigating an off-road accident that killed a 26-year-old man in the hills south of Loma Linda, authorities said. Benjamin Keil Allen of Grand Terrace was driving a Toyota Tacoma about 20-25 mph on a dirt road at the end of Mountain View Avenue, approximately one mile south of Hulda Crooks Park. Investigators said the driver was intentionally sliding the back end of the truck, or fishtailing, when he lost control, went up an embankment and overturned on the driver’s side shortly after 4 a.m., according to the CHP. Allen, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries, according to the Riverside County Coroner. Three passengers in their 20s who were fastened into seat belts were uninjured. The CHP learned of the suspected DUI rollover accident at 5:17 a.m. They found open beer bottles in the vehicle, leading investigators to believe the occupants had been drinking, the CHP said.
AUGUST 8, 2009 – A 17-year-old boy died of major injuries to his head and abdomen after falling off the roof of a car being driven by a friend, authorities said. Christopher Hernandez II of Huntington Beach was riding on the roof of a 2006 Nissan Altima that was driven by another 17-year-old boy, according to Huntington Beach police. Hernandez slid off the roof when the car turned right from Brannen Drive onto southbound Wild Rose Lane, authorities said. Emergency personnel were notified of the accident about 9:05 p.m. Hernandez was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he later died, authorities said. Hernandez would have been senior at Servite High School in Anaheim this fall. The Huntington Beach Police Department is investigating the accident.
AUGUST 6, 2009 – A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized with major head injuries after his bicycle collided with a sports-utility vehicle at an Oildale intersection, authorities said. Jeff Harlan was pedaling north on McCray Street at the intersection with China Grade Loop when the accident occurred about 1:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the SUV, identified as 55-year-old Theresa Ann Moser, was driving west on China Grade Loop when she struck the bicyclist, throwing him about 20 feet. He was transported to Kern Medical Center, authorities said. The CHP is trying to determine which party was at fault. Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor in the bicycle crash. View Larger Map
JULY 31, 2009 – A 58-year-old man died when a wooden 2X4 slammed through his windshield on Highway 178 west of Mountain Mesa, authorities said. John Paul Hamon of Weldon was driving westbound in a 1995 Ford Explorer when the accident occurred near Yankee Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The board and two others had been tied to the roof of an eastbound 1990 Ford Bronco driven by 63-year-old Michael Carl Rapport of Lake Isabella. The boards came loose as the cars passed on opposite sides of the highway and one went through Hamon’s windshield, killing him instantly, authorities said. A passenger in the victim’s car, identified as 67-year-old Leta Johnson, suffered minor to moderate injuries and was transported to Kern Medical Center. The CHP is investigating whether Rapport should be arrested for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for allegedly not securing his load properly. View Larger Map