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California auto accidents remain a real problem

Law enforcement officials from one side of the country to the other, regardless of the state, are aware of how important it is to decrease the number of auto accidents. By doing so, this keeps everybody on the road safer.

Despite the best efforts in the state of California, auto accidents remain a major problem throughout the area for many reasons.

How is a dispute with a California business resolved?

Small businesses or individuals who are involved in a dispute with a much larger business may have a hard time shouldering the financial risks that go along with that kind of a fight. Complex business litigation can take a long time and cost a fortune when all is said and done. Disputes such as breach of contract or claims denials by insurance companies need diligent attention and perseverance.

California has a Department of Business Oversight through which a complaint may be filed against an entity allegedly violating state law or that has acted improperly in some way. Submitting a complaint will allow the government to first determine if this department has jurisdiction over the matter. If it does, it will take the appropriate action to hold the licensee accountable for any infractions according to the applicable laws. This department primarily regulates financial businesses such as banks, mortgage companies and payday lenders.

Civil litigation can help some California families recover

Most people realize that no amount of money will replace the life of a loved one lost. But when death occurs because of medical malpractice, hospital neglect or other medical professional negligence, those left behind often need to hold someone accountable. Since these aren't usually criminal acts that can be punished, the recourse to seek compensation from those responsible is the action to take.

To that end, negligence, medical negligent failure to warn, willful misconduct and wrongful death are the claims made in a lawsuit filed by a California woman. The multiple defendants named include a prominent hospital and its affiliates who participated in the care of her mother. The complaint states they allegedly provided kidney dialysis treatments to the deceased using recalled dialysis fluid.

Multi-vehicle accident in California kills 1, injures many others

With so many vehicles on the road at the same time, there is no way of putting an end to the many accidents that occur in California every day of the week. According to the California Highway Patrol, a multi-vehicle accident during the early morning commuting hours on the 60 Freeway closed down three of the five lanes for an extended period of time. It was not until 12:30 p.m. that all five westbound lanes were once again open to traffic. The accident occurred at approximately 5:40 a.m. and involved three trucks as well as eight other vehicles.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that a 5-year-old girl was killed in the accident. Additionally, more than 12 others were injured, five critically. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters had to put out two vehicle fires.

What is a class action lawsuit?

Residents of California have probably heard of class action lawsuits. In fact, some residents may even have received legal notices that they are potential plaintiffs in a class action suit regarding a product, company or service. But what, exactly, are class action lawsuits?

In some cases, class actions begin with a single plaintiff or a few plaintiffs. Those individuals file a suit against a company or other entity, often alleging that a product was misrepresented, is dangerous or caused injury. During the plaintiff's investigation, those bringing the lawsuit may realize that the injuries aren't isolated. In some cases, the individuals know that injuries or damages may be widespread even before the suit is filed.

Hyundai to pay fine for dangerous products recall delay

There are many Hyundai owners throughout the state of California, as well as the rest of the United States. Recently, Hyundai Motor Co. came to an agreement to pay a fine of $17.4 million in the United States for not promptly reporting brake defects in its Genesis models.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker instructed dealerships in 2012 to replace brake fluids, but never let them know that the reason for this was potential corrosion that could harm brake performance. Only after the NHTSA opened an investigation did the company issue a formal recall to inform dealers and owners.

Best Buy selling dangerous products

Best Buy is one of the largest electronic retailers in the United States, with many stores throughout California. Despite its size and reputation for selling high quality goods, the company has recently come under fire.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Best Buy has continued to sell dangerous products that have been recalled, subsequently putting the safety of consumers at risk.

California class action suit against Apple began with 4 people

In 2011, four Apple employees reportedly filed a suit against the company, alleging various violations to the California Labor Code. Approximately three years later, the case has been certified as a class action, widening the plaintiff pool to a possible 20,000 former and current Apple workers.

According to the original lawsuit, Apple is being accused of failure to provide timely rest and meal breaks. The company also allegedly failed to provide timely final paychecks to employees who left Apple. According to document and claims from various workers, the allegations range widely.

California truck accident kills 1, injures others

California Highway Patrol investigators continue to examine the finer details of a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 152 that killed one person and injured many others. According to reports, the truck driver collided into eight vehicles that were stopped on the highway, not only leading to multiple injuries and a death, but also causing the roadway to be closed for an extended period of time.

As the truck driver approached traffic backing up due to a red light, it was unable to stop in time. As a result, it struck several vehicles before making its way into oncoming traffic, at which point more vehicles were involved. In all, eight vehicles were damaged.

California's Proposition 46 and medical malpractice claims

In 1975, California enacted a piece of legislation that would eventually make waves across the country. The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act provided a cap on the non-economic damages that could be awarded in a medical malpractice claim. Over the years that followed, many states across the country modeled legislation after MICRA.

MICRA limits the amount of non-economic damages to $250,000 in any medical malpractice lawsuit. The act has come under recent fire from trial lawyers and others who are seeking to raise the cap to $1.1 million.

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