Bakersfield Personal Injury Firm
Bakersfield, California has been one of the fastest growing cities in the state, tripling its population in nearly 30 years. Yet, any Bakersfield personal injury lawfirm will advise the city's 320,000 residents to be aware of a variety of risks.
According to city-data statistics, Bakersfield ranks #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with men working in the mining industry" and #2 on the same list for women. With so many people turning a wage in mines, it is no surprise that personal injuries arise on the job.
In November of 2009, deputies of the Ridgecrest Substation went on search for 30-year-old female that had fallen into a mine shaft. The Indian Wells Mine Rescue Team and Kern County Fire worked together to reach the woman. She had fallen approximately 100 feet down a vertical shaft and was found dead. It is well-known that working in mines is a dangerous job, yet Bakersfield mining accident attorneys will tell you it is the responsibility of the company owner to ensure the safety of their employees, especially since so many Kern County -- the county in which Bakersfield is located -- residents take up this occupation.
Bakersfield City School District Deals with Lawsuits
In May of 2009, the parents of a 7-year-old girl asked the Bakersfield City School District for at least $19,000 to cover medical bills incurred for the treatment of an injury she sustained while at school. The young girl was swinging along the monkey bars when her hand slipped off and she fell to the ground, landing on her wrist.
The girl's parents argued that their daughter likely had sweaty hands due to the warm temperature that day, and if the monkey bars had had grip tape, the accident could have been prevented. Though the parents recognize the event as an accident, "the school system is responsible for [our] children while [our children] are in their care," they said. The 7-year-old girl's medical bills were $9000, and the remaining $10,000 is for stress and trauma the girl experienced as a result of the personal injury accident.
This is not the first of lawsuits brought forth toward school districts in the area. Earlier in 2009, parents of a bullied student successfully sued the students, parents, and Kern High School District for $260,000. In November of 2007, a boy died in a golf cart accident at Vista West Continuation High School, and his parents filed a wrongful death claim. Another set of parents sued when their son sustained eye injuries from a starter-pistol accident involving a cartridge given to the boy by his teacher.
Though many of the claims are still being investigated, the concern is that the Bakersfield area school districts are not doing enough to ensure the safety of students while at school.
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Receives Fines
After a March 2008 incident where the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital did not guarantee proper functioning of anesthesia equipment, the hospital received a $25,000 fine from the California Department of Public Health. The department responded to a state report showing that a patient was deprived of oxygen after going under anesthesia. The patient suffered a cerebral vascular accident that could have caused serious brain injury. Fortunately, the hospital corrected the accident promptly, and the patient was fine.
Nearby Kern Medical Center was also issued a $25,000 fine for the loss of a psychiatric patient who walked out of the emergency room. The patient was found dead from a cocaine overdose two days later.
Like with claims against the school districts, the fines are meant to ensure that all patients on hospital premises are cared for properly and that no accidents arise due to the fault of the doctors, nurses, or security.
Bakersfield Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered from injury at school, work, a medical institution, or anywhere else, a Bakersfield accident attorney can help right your situation.
Your accident attorney will explain the legal issues of your personal injury case and fight for damages owed to you. While there are many personal injury and accident lawyers claiming to have your best interests at heart, it is helpful to keep in mind that the best law firms will always offer a free consultation on your case.
Law firms with strong records of successfully handling personal injury lawsuits meantime may also offer a no-fee guarantee meaning that you don't have to pay them unless they win your case.
If you are the victim of a personal injury, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of the book, "The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your California Personal Injury Claim". If you need help immediately, call one of our expert personal injury lawyers now at 949-203-3814 and we will schedule a consultation the same day or by the next business day at the latest.
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