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6/2/2014 Bicycle Accident Case Settles for Driver's Policy Limits
The victim in an automobile versus bicycle accident has settled his claim for the $100,000.00 policy limits available.
11/4/2013 Lawsuit Filed in Orange County Trip and Fall
A lawsuit for personal injury has been filed on behalf of the firm's client after a serious fall within a Buena Park store in which the client badly fractured both arms.
2/18/2013 Glass Case Against Orange County Apartment Complex Settled
Last month the lawsuit against an Orange County apartment complex for an allegedly dangerous window was settled for $185,000.00. The firm had filed suit on behalf of a female resident after a window shattered near her bed cutting her leg severely, resulting in surgery and residual scarring.
9/3/2012 Case Resolved In Anaheim Bar Assault
Firm resolves assault victim's third-party case against bar owner in Anaheim. In spite of the fact the attackers were never identified by the police, the claim against the bar owner was a success.
4/18/2012 Firm Files Suit In Death of Lap Band Patient
The firm has filed suit after a 38-year-old woman died last April as a result of a lap band procedure in August of 2010. According to the Orange County Coroner's office, the patient's stomach had been perforated by the band.

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Skateboarder Killed in Orange County Accident

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 01/12/2013
The Orange County Register has reported that a 14-year-old boy on a skateboard was fatally struck by a car on Friday night in Placentia. The accident happened just before 9:00 p.m. on northbound Rose Drive just north of Castner Drive. Tragically, the victim, Anthony Duran, died Saturday morning while in the hospital, and the driver, yet to be identified, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence.

Distracted Driver Crackdown By CHP In April

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 03/30/2012

Next month, the California Highway Patrol will being setting its sights on so-called "zombie drivers".  This crackdown is part of the second-annual National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  According to a KTLA news report, distracted drivers use a third less of their brain while driving distracted.  Zombies are being used in public service announcements to make the point that drivers are like zombies when they text or talk on a handheld cellphone while driving.  In the month of April, there will be regional crackdowns where officers specifically target distracted drivers.  During a similar month-long enforcement effort last year, 52,000 people across the state were cited. Since the handheld cell phone ban went into effect in 2008, there has been a 20% reduction in collisions on California Highways, according to official sources. 

See the KTLA news story HERE.

In spite of the law enacted in 2008, you can see drivers on just about every roadway in California using handheld cell phones in violation of the statute.  Like any other form of multi-tasking, driving while distracted tends to diminish the quality and amount of care paid to both tasks.  A driver who is also holding and speaking into a phone simply cannot give the roadway their full attention.  Most automobile accidents involve some form of distracted driving, whether it be talking with a passenger, fiddling with the sound system or talking on a cell phone.  In fact, just today, two pedestrians were killed and another was critically injured In Denver, Colorado when the driver of a pickup truck carelessly drifted onto the shoulder of the road, hitting all three pedestrians.  According to the story in the Denver Post, the driver of the truck has been arrested and his cell phone taken as evidence.  Reportedly, witnesses have told police the driver was on his cell phone at the time of this tragic accident.  Colorado does not yet have a complete ban on the use of hand held cell phones while behind the wheel, and the pickup driver has been charged with careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor.

Compensation for the victims of distracted driving accidents should be an important concern for all Californians.   When a distracted driver operates their vehicle in a careless manner and caused a serious or fatal accident, they should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages they cause.  An attorney with experience at handling distracted driving accidents can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling auto and distracted driving accident cases.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

 

Disneyland Security Pepper Sprays Patron

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 02/20/2012

Over the weekend, Disneyland's California Adventure theme park was the site of a violent incident involving an apparently intoxicated patron and a member of Disney security.  The incident, captured on tape and available on You Tube, shows an apparently intoxicated guest (identified by KTLA news as 53-year-old Glenn Horlacher) swinging at a Disney security host and then refusing commands to get on the ground.  After being wrestled to the ground and pepper sprayed a number of times, Horlacher still refuses to comply and is eventually taken to the ground by security and other patrons at the park.  According to the news report, at least one Disney employee was transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.  Horlacher was reportedly cited and released.

See the KTLA news story and photograph HERE

The videotape on You Tube shows only part of the incident, but there is no doubt Horlacher should have been arrested for assault and battery when he took his first swing at the Disney security host.  After charging the Disney employee a second time and then swinging wildly while on the ground, additional crimes of assault and battery were committed.  All of this misconduct justified an arrest that should have been effectuated by Disney security.  What is perhaps more shocking than Horlacher's actions is the miserable job Disney security did handling the situation.  While some might argue the security staff was patient and did not overreact, their inaction and failure to effectively control Horlacher prolonged the incident, heightened the risk of injury to guests and park employees and ultimately led to the negative attention now being paid to the incident.  The security staff at Disney should have immediately arrested Horlacher for assault and battery and placed him in handcuffs, before quickly removing him from the public's view.  It was nothing short of negligent to handle the situation in the manner shown in the video, and fortuitous that other patrons were not injured.  At one point in the video, near the end, Horlacher is on the ground being restrained by patrons at the park and not one Disney employee.  In this context, with security and other employees already on the scene, that should never have happened.

Compensation for the victims of security misconduct should be an important concern for all Californians.  When security employees are negligent or commit intentional acts of misconduct, their employer should be held accountable and compensation paid to the victim.  An Orange County security misconduct attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you been a victim of  negligent or intentional misconduct by private security?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.  

 

Orange County Doctor Finally Loses License to Practice

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 01/04/2012

On December 30th, an Orange County doctor, Dariush Javanshir, M.D., finally lost his license to practice medicine in California after the Medical Board found the doctor had overprescribed pain and anxiety medication to a depressed patient who died of an overdose.  Javanshir, who has a long history of Board discipline and malpractice lawsuits, was last practicing medicine in Irvine.   According to an article in the Orange County Register, the doctor did not contest the Medical Board's revocation of his license, and his office number is disconnected.  Javanshir's history of discipline by the Board goes all the way back to 1995, when he had been in practice here in California for 10 years.   In that first case, Javanshir was accused of prescribing controlled substances and dangerous drugs in such a manner so as to cause the patient to become addicted.  That alleged misconduct actually began just one year after the doctor received his license to practice in this State.  After roughly 25 years of practice from the date of his first breach of community standards, Javanshir has just now lost his license to treat patients.

See the Orange County Register article HERE.  Also, see the Orange County Superior Court index of civil lawsuits HERE.

What this case demonstrates is that even with multiple actions filed by the Attorney General's Office and discipline by the Medical Board, as well as a number of civil lawsuits having been filed, a doctor's license and his ability to harm patients is not significantly compromised.  From his track record, it looks as though Javanshir was either not competent to practice medicine within community standards or consciously disregarded those standards for his own personal reasons or gain.  In spite of this, he apparently continued to operate a lucrative medical practice in Orange County, and it appears he has only been stopped now because of his connection to a patient's death.  With the information now available online to potential patients, it is always a good idea to review the background of any doctor with whom you are considering treatment.  A search of the court records and Medical Board website will often, but certainly not always, provide information useful in determining whether a particular doctor possesses the level of skill, knowledge, and care that other reasonably careful doctors in the same area of practice possess.

Compensation for the victims of medical malpractice committed by unqualified, careless or even reckless doctors should be an important concern for all Californians.   When a physician without the necessary training and experience harms a patient, they should be held accountable.  An Orange County medical malpractice lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been the victim of a negligent physician?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

2-Year-Old Boy Attacked By Pit Bull in Orange County

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 12/27/2011

Last night, a 2-year-old boy was attacked by a pit bull at a home in Fullerton.  According to a story in the Orange County Register, the attack left the little boy with a 7-inch cut on his head.  The unidentified boy was treated by paramedics before being transported  to a nearby hospital.  Apparently, when animal control officers arrived to look for the dog they also found marijuana being grown, and the Fullerton Police Department processed the house.   According to the Register article, the boy's mother told police she was house sitting for a friend and did not live at the location. 

See the Register article and photographs HERE.

Once again, an innocent child has fallen victim to a vicious pit bull attack.  It is nothing short of infuriating that an animal with such a reputation for aggression is allowed, unrestrained and unsupervised, in the company of a small child.  While it remains to be seen where on this boy's face the wound was inflicted, a 7-inch cut or bite wound could be disfiguring and noticeable for a lifetime.  Only a number of months, if not years, of healing and perhaps scar revision can potentially erase the physical scars, but the emotional toll may last a lifetime.  Assuming the homeowner/dog owner was covered by a policy of insurance (that did not specifically exclude coverage for pit bulls, which some policies do), this little boy would appear to be entitled to a substantial recovery, providing at least some form of compensation. 

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is attacked and seriously injured (physically and emotionally), the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County injury attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite or attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Driver Distractions And Deadly Accidents

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 12/13/2011

Once again, a post-accident investigation has revealed that a tragic, fatal accident was caused by driver distraction. In a multi-fatality accident in Missouri, a 19-year-old pickup truck driver had texted 11 times in the 11 minutes prior to the accident, including one just before the impact. The Associated Press/Yahoo News, has reported a federal investigation into a multiple vehicle accident has revealed the pick-up driver (traveling approximately 55 miles per hour) had texted just prior to driving his vehicle into the back of a tractor truck, setting off a chain collision involving two school buses. The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student aboard one the buses were killed, and 38 more were injured.


See the AP/Yahoo story HERE.


According to the California DMV website, driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near-crashes. Citing a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), the DMV reported that 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. The distraction occurred within three seconds before the vehicle crash!


According to the NHTSA and VTTI study, the principal actions that cause distracted driving and lead to vehicle crashes are:


• cell phone use.
• reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle.
• looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle.
• reading.
• applying makeup.


As more and more people purchase smart phones and other similar, electronic devices, it seems a logical inference the number of distraction-related auto accidents will climb. Behind the wheel of a 4 thousand pound vehicle is not the place to try one's hand at multi-tasking. In spite of this, nearly one in a hundred drivers on the road at any one time are texting, e-mailing or otherwise using an electronic device, according the National Highway Safety Administration. How many tragic automobile accidents could be avoided if drivers simply focused on the road while driving?


Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver operates their vehicle while texting, e-mailing or surfing the web, they should be held accountable for the injuries and damages they cause. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling Orange County automobile accident cases, including those involving distracted drivers. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.


Have you or a loved one been injured or killed by a distracted driver?


Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.
 

Orange County Auto Crash Injures Six

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 11/30/2011

This evening at about 5:00 p.m., six people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Seal Beach Boulevard near the 405 freeway.  According to news reports, the collision involved three vehicles, two of which seem to have collided head-on.  Among the injured in this Seal Beach crash were four adults and two children, two of whom had to be cut from a vehicle by emergency rescue workers.  The Orange County Register, citing official sources, has reported that three men, a woman and two girls were taken to hospitals.  The severity of the injuries and whether any were life threatening was unknown at the time of the Register report.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation. 

See the Orange County Register article and photographs HERE.

From the damage done to the vehicles, as can be seen in the Register photographs, it is nothing short of a miracle any of the vehicle occupants survived this horrific crash.  The damage done seems to reflect a very significant, probably high speed, impact between at least two of the vehicles.  The initial impression from the aftermath of the accident is that two SUVs struck each other head-on (for some unknown reason) and then spun off into a third automobile, a pick up truck.  Once the crash victims have recovered sufficiently, the police investigating the accident should have a better idea of its cause.  Because of the severity of this collision and the extent of the injuries suffered, there is little doubt a complete accident reconstruction will be performed in order to piece together just what happened.  Such a reconstruction will likely utilize witness statements, skid analysis, metal deformation, points of impact and rest for the vehicles , and location of debris in order to best determine the precise cause.  

Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by negligent drivers should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a driver operates their vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner so as to cause a head-on accident, they should be held accountable for the injuries and damages they impose on their victims. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling Orange County automobile accident cases, including those involving head-on collisions.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an Orange County auto accident?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Pit Bulls Maul Two Runners

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 11/29/2011

This past Sunday afternoon two runners in San Diego County were attacked by what has been described as a pack of pit bulls.  One of the runners reportedly lost chunks from his legs during the vicious mauling.  According to a story reported by the Associated Press,  the most seriously injured victim, 21-year-old Richard Garritson, underwent surgery to close the wounds to his legs.  His younger brother, John Garritson, tried to fend the dogs off with a stick and was also attacked by at least eight dogs.  Four of the dogs were put down at the owner's request, but the County Sheriff's Department is still considering whether to press criminal charges.   

See the AP/Yahoo News story HERE.

Dog attacks like the one above are both tragic and frustrating.  Large breed dogs, especially those with the reputation of pit bulls, should be confined by a fence or tethered unless the owner is otherwise under control.  The County of San Diego actually has ordinances intended to impose on dog owners a certain level of control and/or confinement over their animals.  A failure to keep dogs from roaming at large, as apparently happened in the case above, may result in a criminal charge against the owner.  (See San Diego County Code, Sec. 62.669. Restraint of Dogs Required).  Aside from criminal culpability, the owner of the pit bulls involved in the attack above face civil liability under California's dog bite law.  Under the Civil Code Section 3342, a dog owner is strictly liable if their dog bites and injures someone, regardless of whether or not the dog was known to have a vicious propensity.  While there are defenses available to the dog owner, much more often than not the owner (or their homeowner's insurance carrier) will be obligated to pay for all of the injuries and damages caused when their dog bites.  Imposing this civil obligation on dog owners is one more way of trying to ensure compliance with dog restraint laws.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is attacked and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

What To Do After A Slip and Fall

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 11/22/2011

Slip and fall accidents are unfortunately common, especially in places of business. The familiarity we all feel within or just outside our home is often lost when we patronize an unfamiliar place of business. This is particularly true in a retail environment where the walking surface can be significantly altered by slick tile, a wet floor or some sort of spill. A fall on hard ground can often be devastating and cause such injuries as broken ankles, knees and wrists, and even traumatic brain injuries. When these injuries and the resulting damages are caused by a business owner's negligence, the patron should do everything they reasonably can to ensure they will be compensated. Otherwise, the physical, emotional and financial impact could be life-altering.


As simple as these recommendations sound, they are sometimes difficult to accomplish in the aftermath of an injury-causing fall. Perhaps the most important evidence gathering to be done is in documenting the cause of the fall. If at all possible, the patron (or someone with them) should take at least a cell phone camera picture of anything on the walking surface that might have caused the fall. This would include any tripping hazards (such as a protruding piece of concrete or flooring, etc.) or slipping hazards (such as liquid on a tile floor, etc.). If there is any evidence at the scene that the condition came from a particular source or has been in existence for some period of time, that too should be documented, ideally with photographs. In every instance, it is important to report the accident to the business owner promptly. A delay in reporting often raises doubts as to the happening of the accident, and it deprives the business owner of the opportunity to do their own investigation into what may have caused the accident. Finally, the injured party should always seek medical attention unless the injuries are clearly superficial. Any visible sign of injury (bruises, cuts, etc.) should be documented with photographs at the earliest opportunity.


When a fall victim presents the above documentation to their injury attorney, that lawyer will likely have a much better chance of proving his client's case and obtaining an optimal recovery. Medical expenses and lost wages may be reimbursed, and the client's pain and suffering will be fairly compensated in that scenario.


Have you or a loved one been injured in a fall caused by someone else's negligence?


Compensation for the victims of fall accidents, caused by another’s negligence, should be an important concern for all Californians. When a fall occurs on someone else’s property because of the owner’s negligence, the owner should be held accountable. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.


This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.
 

Plastic Surgery Malpractice - Have You Been a Victim?

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 11/17/2011

The number of people having plastic surgery each year has grown steadily since statistics for these procedures were first compiled.  For example, almost 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2010.  The most frequently performed surgical procedure was breast augmentation and the most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport).  The top five surgical procedures were:

  • Breast Augmentation (318,123)
  • Liposuction (289,016)
  • Eyelid surgery (152,123)
  • Abdominoplasty (144,929)
  • Breast Reduction (138,152)

See the full list of surgical and non-surgical procedures at cosmeticsurgerystatistics.com

Not too surprisingly, many physicians performing cosmetic procedures are not especially qualified and often perform surgery outside their area of expertise.  In the simplest of terms, the demand for these procedures is high and a great deal of money can be made by a single physician.  Consequently, it is not uncommon for a physician to perform cosmetic surgical procedures even though the doctor is not a board certified plastic surgeon with the requisite training and experience.  Doctors who don't possess the necessary training and experience (and even some who do) can leave their patients with unacceptable and sometimes horrific results.  So, how do you know when you have been a victim of plastic surgery malpractice?

The first thing to keep in mind as a patient who has undergone a cosmetic procedure is that a sub-optimal result is not always a product of malpractice.  Sometimes the poor results obtained, even though unexpected, would have occurred even in the best of surgical hands.  What generally determines whether the result was the product of medical malpractice is the opinion of a second, neutral physician.  If you have had a cosmetic procedure, and the result is unacceptable to you, seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.  While it is true that physicians do not relish the idea of criticizing another doctor's work, sometimes a consulting physician will offer to repair or revise the earlier work, which is generally a sign something may have occurred that reflects poor medical practice.  If you then suspect you have been a victim of plastic surgery malpractice, you should consult a medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your options and the potential for compensation.

When a physician without the necessary credentials and training commits plastic surgery malpractice, they should be held accountable.   An Orange County medical malpractice lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been the victim of plastic surgery malpractice?

This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.
 

 

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