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Why Signing an Arbitration Agreement with a Nursing Home Can Be Problematic

By Brian Chase on October 9, 2012 - No comments

A recent article in The Washington Post discusses the issues involving arbitration agreements, which nursing homes require residents or their families to sign at the time of admission. The implications of such an agreement are definitely far-reaching. For instance, signing an arbitration agreement with a nursing home means that even in the case of a resident suffering an injury due to negligence on the part of its staff members, he or she agrees to bring the dispute before a professional arbitrator rather than file a lawsuit for negligence or wrongful death.

While, accepting the terms of the agreement is often stated to be mandatory for admission to the facility, many nursing homes apparently have adopted the practice of placing the arbitration agreement documents quietly inside the admissions package, without drawing much attention to it. As a result, many seniors or family members who place their loved ones into nursing homes don’t even know about the existence of such a document until they are faced with a situation and find out the hard way.

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Family of Fatal Motorcycle Accident Victim Seeks Answers

By Brian Chase on October 8, 2012 - No comments

Blair Marcus Proulx, 51, was killed in a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident the evening of October 5, 2012, and his family members are still searching for answers as to how or why this tragedy occurred. According to a news report in The Signal, the fatal motorcycle crash happened in a residential neighborhood on Alta Knoll Drive near Elder Creek Drive. Officials are looking into everything from whether Proulx suffered a medical condition, to whether he may have hit something on the side of the street. Officials say he was not going fast at the time of the crash. So far, investigators do not believe that any other vehicles were involved. The investigation is still ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Blair Marcus Proulx, who apparently died less than a week before his 52nd birthday. Please keep his grieving family members in your thoughts and prayers.

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OCTA Employee Seriously Injured in Santa Ana Car Accident

By Brian Chase on October 5, 2012 - No comments

An Orange County Transportation Authority employee, who was driving an agency-issued Toyota Prius, was seriously injured in a Santa Ana car accident involving a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred in the 200 block of North Harbor Boulevard near First Street the morning of October 5, 2012. Police say a Chevy Tahoe struck the Prius. The woman was extricated from the Prius and transported to an area hospital with major injuries. The driver of the Tahoe was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to this injured OCTA employee who has suffered severe injuries in this collision. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. She will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Man Killed in Head-On Collision with Suspected Drunk Driver

By Brian Chase on October 4, 2012 - No comments

Ramon Celaya, 20, died from injuries sustained in a Riverside car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the DUI crash occurred the night of September 29, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Celaya was driving along Highway 74 near Winchester Road. At the time, 26-year-old Edilberto Sixtos was fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run collision when he crossed over the double yellow line and veered into Celaya’s Toyota Tacoma.

Celaya, Sixtos and two teenagers were transported to an area hospital with major injuries. Sixtos was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run causing injury. Celaya died from his injuries the evening of October 2, 2012. Officials expect to file more charges against Sixtos in connection with the fatal collision.

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Woman Seriously Injured in Laguna Niguel Car Accident

By Brian Chase on October 3, 2012 - No comments

A 43-year-old woman suffered major injuries in a Laguna Niguel car accident after a vehicle struck her at a street intersection. The Orange County Register reports that the collision occurred the afternoon of October 1, 2012 at the intersection of Moulton Parkway and Aliso Niguel. Police say that the driver of a 1997 Honda Civic was traveling south in the number one lane of Moulton when he hit the female pedestrian who was walking westbound in a crosswalk on Aliso.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with critical head trauma and leg injuries. The driver, a 45-year-old man, was treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries. Orange County Sheriff’s Department traffic investigators are looking into who had the right-of-way at the intersection. No arrests or citations have been reported. The investigation is ongoing.

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Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed against California Electric Company

By Brian Chase on October 2, 2012 - No comments

Federal officials have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a California electric company alleging that they allowed discrimination against female employees. According to a news report in the Insurance Journal, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit against Bakersfield-based Braun Electric Company. The lawsuit alleges that for the past two years, a male manager at the company “subjected female workers to explicit sexual comments and gestures about his sexual fantasies and asked them to perform sex acts.”

In addition, the complaint alleges that the company violated the federal Civil Rights Act by ignoring reports made by the women and failed to take action to prevent the harassment from occurring. At least one female employee was forced to quit her job because she could not tolerate the harassment any more, the agency states in the complaint.

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