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Newborn Girl Killed in Fresno Dog Attack

By Brian Chase on June 28, 2016 - No comments

A 3-day-old baby girl was killed in a brutal dog attack in Fresno. According to a news report in the Fresno Bee, the fatal incident occurred in the 3700 block of North Glenn Avenue early morning on June 27, 2016. Officials say the child’s 33-year-old mother left the baby on the couch and walked away for barely a few seconds. She’d left the door open because it was hot, thinking the dogs were tied up. That’s when the dogs charged in and attacked the baby. The infant died shortly afterward from her injuries in a local hospital.

The two male dogs, which are believed to be shar-pei/pit bull mixes, are owned by the woman’s brother, who wasn’t identified. He surrendered the dogs to the Central California SPCA. The woman told police that one of the two dogs is aggressive. Police are investigating and criminal charges have not been ruled out. The child, the woman and her 30-year-old brother were the only people in the house, officials said. An SPCA spokesman said the dogs will be put down.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this infant who was tragically killed in this dog attack. We offer our heartfelt condolences to them. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Dog Bites

Frozen Food Company Still Doesn’t Know What Caused Listeria Outbreak

By Brian Chase on June 28, 2016 - No comments

CRF frozen foods listeria

CRF Frozen Foods, which recently issued a massive recall of frozen vegetables and fruits after a nationwide listeria outbreak, is still trying to figure out what caused it all. According to Fortune.com, the company is working to reopen its processing plant in Pasco, Washington. A spokesman for the company has said CRF will focus on getting the necessary approvals to restart production rather than trying to find the source of the bacterial contamination that led to hundreds of thousands of pounds of frozen foods getting recalled.

The company’s products were connected to eight patients with listeria infections of whom two died. CRF ended up recalling more than 350 frozen food products that were sold under 42 different brand names under various nationwide retailers including Costco and Trader Joe’s. Experts say it is fairly common for the source of a listeria outbreak to go unfound. The pathogen is quite common and it doesn’t take much to affect a consumer. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Food Poisoning

Ikea Recalls Millions of Dressers after Three Toddler Deaths

By Brian Chase on June 28, 2016 - No comments

Ikea Recall

Ikea has agreed to immediately stop selling dressers that tip over too easily after the deaths of three toddlers. They have also recalled 29 million dressers some sold more than a decade ago, including the company’s cheap and popular Malm line of dressers. These dresser models have been blamed in the deaths. The products failed industry stability tests for dressers.

The action follows increased scrutiny of Ikea including a series of stories by the Philadelphia Inquirer and criticism by safety advocates of the company’s response after the deadly accidents. Last year, the company reminded consumers to attack their dressers to the wall and offered free anchoring kits. But it did not agree to redesign these dangerous and defective products to meet industry safety standards and did not offer consumers refunds or replacements. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Three Men Killed in Boating Accident Off Catalina Island

By Brian Chase on June 27, 2016 - No comments

Jason Jung Noh, 62 of Buena Park, Kyung Hwan Kim, 49, and Young Joon Park, 64, both of Los Angeles, were killed in a boat accident after their vessel capsized on the backside of Catalina Island. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident was reported the morning of June 25, 2016 when a 22-foot Bayliner with seven people on board overturned near Salta Verde Point on the back of Catalina Island. Waves in the area were reported at four to six feet.

Those who saw the incident told officials that the Bayliner was coming up the coast on the island’s backside, an area that is exposed to the open ocean, and got caught in breakers. That’s when the boat capsized in the surf in a difficult spot where there were a lot of rocks. The captain of a sportfishing boat that was close by was able to pull two men out of the water. Two others were also rescued, but it was too late for the three victims. The four men who were rescued were transported to area hospitals.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three men who lost their lives in this tragic boating accident. We offer our deepest sympathies to them. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Former UFC Fighter The Big Deal Ryan Jimmo Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

By Brian Chase on June 27, 2016 - No comments

UFC fighter Jimmo dies

Former UFC fighter “The Big Deal” Ryan Jimmo died after he was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision outside a bar in Edmonton, Canada. According to reports in The Daily Mail and CBC, Jimmo was in Edmonton with his girlfriend when he was hit by the vehicle after an altercation in the parking lot of a sports bar called the H2O Lounge. Police say Jimmo walked up to another driver in the parking lot and had a word. When he started walking away, the vehicle accelerated and knocked him to the ground.

The truck fled the scene leaving Jimmo fatally injured. Police say they don’t know if Jimmo knew the other driver. The hit-and-run vehicle has been described as a dark-colored older-model, extended-cab pickup truck. Police say t has been modified with a lift kit, oversized tires and clear tail lights. Investigators would also like to speak with the driver of the red car that was nearly hit as the truck fled the scene, or anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members, friends and fans of Ryan Jimmo. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. …Read the rest »

Car Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles

By Brian Chase on June 27, 2016 - No comments

car accidents caused by emergency vehicles

Crashes between passenger vehicles and emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and fire trucks are occasionally in the news, particularly in Southern California. Most recently in Orange County on April 22, six people were injured when an ambulance collided with a van at the intersection of Euclid and Warner avenues. In that case, a passenger van that was heading east on Warner crashed into the ambulance that was southbound on Euclid with its lights and sirens on.

We also see those crashes between passenger vehicles and police cars or fire trucks. Sometimes, these official vehicles are responding to an emergency and other times, they are either on patrol or returning from responding to an emergency. Sometimes, they have lights and sirens on and other times, they don’t. So, when it comes to collisions between emergency vehicles and passenger cars, who is at fault? There are several things to consider before arriving at a determination.

What is the Law in California?

Under California law, motorists have a duty to yield the right-of-way to authorized vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks or ambulances, which are responding to emergencies and have their lights and sirens on. California Vehicle Code 21806 states: “Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle which is sounding a siren and which has at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light that is visible…the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.”

Questions to be Asked

However, there are different circumstances under which crashes with emergency vehicles occur in Southern California. For example, there are times when collisions occur during the course of police pursuits. Emergency vehicle operators also have a duty of care to other drivers in terms of driving as safely as possible. Police officers for example must use their discretion, in keeping with their respective department policies, regarding when or how to initiate or continue a pursuit. Emergency vehicle operators at no time should act in a way that endangers the public.

Liability Issues

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving an emergency vehicle, an experienced California car accident lawyer can ask those questions and conduct independent investigations that might help determine who was at fault for the collision. There are a number of questions to ask in collisions involving emergency vehicles. Did the vehicle have its lights and sirens on? Did the emergency vehicle’s driver take all possible safety measures to avoid the crash? At what speed were the vehicles traveling? Depending on the circumstances of the crash, injured victims may be able seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Posted in: Car Accidents

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