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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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Fiery Orange Crash Leaves One Dead

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 08/31/2013
A young woman was killed early this morning in a fiery, single-vehicle accident in Orange. According to KABC News, the accident occurred on eastbound Katella Aveneue just before 4:00 a.m. The 26-year-old from Anaheim apparently lost control of her vehicle in a curve and struck a sign before her car burst into flames.

Slip and Fall Accidents - Protect Your Rights

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

 Fortunately, not everyone has or will experience a slip or trip and fall accident in their lifetime.  However, this type of accident is becoming more and more common here in the United States as the average age of our population increases.  In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.  These falls are often related to mobility issues common among the elderly, such as unstable or weak hips, knees or ankles.  However, when the neglect of a property or business owner causes or contributes to the happening of a fall, then the injured party should do all they reasonably can to protect their rights.  Absent taking certain, protective measures, a perfectly valid claim or lawsuit may be lost and the injured party may be denied some or all of the compensation they deserve.

The first thing to do when you are involved in any type of slip or trip and fall accident is to determine whether some artificial, dangerous condition played some role in the accident.  For example, if you were to take a fall in a retail store you would want to look at the floor to see if there is something on it (such as a liquid of some kind) that may have caused the fall.  If something dangerous is found, then steps should be taken to identify the source, if at all possible.  Identifying the source will likely aid in proving how long the condition existed and whether the store's employees knew or should have known of its existence.  The next thing to do is to document the scene of the accident with photographs, if at all possible.  Just about everyone carries a cell phone camera with them, and this would be the perfect time to put it to use.  Photographs of the condition causing the fall will likely go a long way to proving negligence, where it exists.  Next, a report (very short and concise) should be made to the property owner through their employees at or near the time of the accident.  If asked to write out an incident report narrative, careful attention should be paid to keeping the description of the accident as short and to the point as possible.  Finally, if there are any injuries sustained, medical attention should be sought and photographs take of any visible injuries.  If all of these steps are followed, then at a minimum the victim of a fall can rest assured they have done all they could to protect their rights, in the event they were harmed by some else's neglect.

Compensation for the victims of slip or trip and fall accidents, caused by a business owner's negligence, should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a business patron is injured because reasonable measures were not taken by a business owner to keep the property safe, the owner should be held accountable and compensation paid to the victim.   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 slip or trip and fall that could have been prevented?

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.

 

Victim Stuck Inside Car After Aliso Viejo Crash

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/10/2011

A man reportedly was stuck inside a car that had been involved in a two-car, Orange County collision, in the City of Aliso Viejo.  According to a story in the Orange County Register, one of the vehicles struck a pole, which then apparently fell on top of the car.  The collision was reported at 6:26 p.m. on June 10th at the intersection of Aliso Creek Road and Pacific Park Drive.  It was one of several car accidents reported at that intersection during the past week.

See the Register story HERE.

Aliso Creek Road, in Aliso Viejo, has been the location of a number of serious automobile accidents in the past.  By way of example, going back more than 16 years, a horribly tragic auto accident occurred on Aliso Creek Road, just south of its intersection with Windsong.  That two-car collision claimed the lives of 3 teenagers, ages 14, 15 and 16.  The 16 year-old driver lost control of his Ford Mustang in a curve, causing it to slide into opposing traffic lanes where it was struck by an oncoming Camaro.  All three occupants of the Mustang (the male driver and two female passengers) were killed instantly, in one of the most heart wrenching accidents in South Orange County history.  Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the happening of that accident.  See the related LA Times article HERE.

Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by a driver’s negligence and/or a dangerous roadway, should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a careless driver negligently or recklessly causes a traffic accident and serious injuries or death result, the driver should be held accountable.  Where a dangerous roadway causes or contributes to the occurrence of an accident, the public entity should be held  liable as well.  An Orange County auto accident attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including those involving dangerous roadways.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an automobile accident involving a careless driver or a dangerous roadway?

  • 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 High School Coach Killed Outside Restaurant

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/10/2011

At about 2:00 a.m. yesterday, a dispute broke out inside the Albatros Mexican Restaurant located on Rockfield in Lake Forest, resulting in the fatal stabbing of a patron.  According to a report by KTLA news, Elvis Kechechian, 26, of Mission Viejo tragically died from his wounds inflicted after the argument got physical outside the restaurant. Another victim was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.   Kechechian had been coaching ice hockey at Santa Margarita Catholic High School since 2010, according to school officials.  He was described and will be remembered as “compassionate, dedicated, sweet and soft-spoken, Elvis was proud to be part of Santa Margarita’s ice hockey program and enjoyed celebrating the successes of the players and team,” the school’s statement said.

See the KTLA story HERE.

It is currently unknown what exactly transpired inside the Albatros restaurant, but apparently the argument must have been intense as it ultimately resulted an extremely violent altercation just outside.  The attacker, or attackers, would obviously be liable both civilly and criminally for the death and critical injuries inflicted, and at least potentially the restaurant owner/operator could be exposed to civil liability for the damages resulting from this violent altercation.  Under California law, a business proprietor owes a duty to their patrons to take reasonable steps to secure common areas against foreseeable criminal acts of third parties that are likely to occur in the absence of such precautionary measures.  If the place or character of the business, or the proprietor’s past experience, is such that they should reasonably anticipate criminal conduct on the part of third persons, either generally or at some particular time, the business operator may be under a duty to take precautions against it, and to provide a reasonably sufficient number of  employees to afford reasonable protection.  In other words, if a business operator is aware a criminal assault is likely to occur or is occurring on their property they must take reasonable steps to prevent harm to their patrons.  This duty may obligate the business to provide security officers or, at a minimum, notify the police when necessary.  A failure to fulfill this duty is negligence for which the business owner may be held liable.

Compensation for the victims of violent crimes that occur on a business owner’s property should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a proprietor invites guests onto their property they should be held accountable if they fail to provide a reasonably safe environment, especially when they can prevent or effectively intervene in a criminal assault.  An Orange County injury attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has 20 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a violent crime that occurred at a business establishment?

  • 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 Falls to His Death at Staples Center

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

Just after the Sunday night Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors, a 2 year-old boy, Lucas Anthony Tang, fell to his death from a luxury suite at Staples Center.  According to news reports, the family remained in the suite after the game to take pictures.  At some point, the family realized the boy was missing only to have security tell them a short time later he had fallen to the seats below and was being rushed to County USC Medical Center.  Not long after reaching the hospital, the toddler unfortunately succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind a devastated family, including an 11 year-old sister.  Since this tragic accident, it has been reported that the Los Angeles Police Department's Child Abuse Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding Lucas' death.

 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/child-abuse-unit-investigating-boys-death-in-staples-center-fall.html

Obviously, an accident like this is horribly tragic and not something from which a family will quickly, if ever, recover.  It is important for this reason, and to prevent future accidents similar to this, to completely and thoroughly investigate all of the circumstances.  What comes to mind immediately is the apparent lack of a barrier that would have prevented the fall from occurring.  Should it be possible for a small child to climb over the wall/retainer and fall 50 feet to the seats below?  While safety measures are rarely full proof, it seems a logical inference that the barrier in this particular case was inadequate, given that a 2 year-old was apparently able to scale the retainer and fall.  Surely, it could reasonably be expected that patrons within the luxury boxes at the Staples Center would include small children, even toddlers.

In California, every business owner has an obligation to provide a reasonably safe environment for their guests.  In cases involving safety measures within a unique business climate, experts are often necessary to make a determination whether the business owner failed to comply with the applicable standard of care.  For example, in this case, expert testimony may be necessary in the fields of human factors and sports arena safety.  One measure of the reasonableness of certain safety measures is to look at the standards in the industry to determine whether other similar businesses provide different or better safety measures.  A human factors expert could address the issues of human capacity and predisposition with regard to children climbing or attempting to climb over barriers, as well as other related issues.

Compensation for the victims of serious fall accidents should be an important concern to all Californians.  When a victim is badly injured or even killed because of a business proprietor's neglect, the business owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County trial 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.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a fall caused by the neglect of a business owner?

  • 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.

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