Lawyer,Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Tax Tips for Personal Injury Claims

Tax season is just around the corner and many who have filed and won their personal injury claims will have to report the money they were awarded on their returns. But surprisingly every year more and more of those who have won settlements do not file their taxes properly and end up losing money unnecessarily.

So what should you look for when filing taxes and including your personal injury claim? Not so surprisingly there is a lot of money that can be filed as tax free if done properly.

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Business Attorney
Written by Edward Lai

Employee Fired after Calling Emergency Services

The owner of a now closed beef jerky business is  being sued by the federal government after firing an employee who called 911 after a co-worker severed his thumb.

The owner of Lone Star Western Beef Plant in Fairmont West Virginia, John M. Bachman could face serious charges after the result of a lawsuit the US Labor Department filed against him and his company.

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Lawyer,Legal Mediation Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Important Questions to Ask When Looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents happen all the time, and very rarely do they come with any warning. When these accidents happen many are left without knowing what to do.

Aside from seeking immediate medical attention, the next most important action one should take is finding the correct legal representation. But how does one actually find the correct lawyer out of the numerous available attorneys out there?

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Lawyer, domestic violence
Written by Edward Lai

A Look into the Key Points of California’s Domestic Violence Law

Domestic violence is something that California is seeking to prevent and lessen with strict laws and fitting punishment for those found guilty of the act. The state identifies domestic violence as an act an individual commits against a relation as defined by the California Penal Code.

These relationships include: spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant in a home, a parent whom the individual has a child with, or a partner in a dating relationship. Because domestic violence usually is paired with child abuse, California lawmakers are constantly trying to help those who are affected by domestic violence.

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Lawyer,Slip and fall lawsuits
Written by Edward Lai

How to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Many would think that a slip and fall lawsuit would be a rather easy situation considering the circumstances behind the injury itself. However, in certain states, slip and fall lawsuits have specific steps that must be followed or the claim can be considered invalid.

First, you as the petitioner must file the proper paperwork in the correct court. There are some courts in jurisdictions that are not equipped to handle cases such as the one you are preparing to file. You must also give specific details about the case that you are trying to file. These details must match with the elements of liability with the type of case. If this step is skipped many courts will dismiss the case.

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personal injury law, Attorney
Written by Edward Lai

New Law Changes Landscape of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Over 30 years’ worth of personal injury law was turned upside down when California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law A.B. 2159. The reason why this law is so important is that it overturns the rule in the 1986 case Rodriguez vs. Kline.

Rodriguez vs. Kline is so important because it set the precedent for personal injury lawsuits for undocumented immigrants. The ruling on this particular case stated that the proper way to calculate the lost wages of an undocumented immigrant was to pay what the person the amount he/she would have earned in his or her country of origin. This means most of the time the plaintiff would end up receiving very little if any compensation for their injuries.

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Help, Lawyer,Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Airbag Issue Causes GM to Recall 3.6 Million Cars

American car developer General Motors (GM) has recently issued a recall of 3.6 million cars due to faulty airbags. The recall comes on the heels of another recent recall of cars that had the Takata airbags installed.

GM has reported that no injuries or deaths were connected to the recall which is slightly different from a report by WRBL dated September 12 of this year. According to the WRBL report at least one person has died and another three have been injured due to the faulty GM airbags.

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Business Attorney, product liability issues
Written by Edward Lai

Basics of Product Liability Lawsuits and Defenses

 

The following is an outline of the basics behind the two theories upon which product liability suits are usually based, along with common defenses used by manufacturers.

Strict Liability

At the core of many products liability lawsuits is the Doctrine of Strict Liability. When applied, a manufacturer does not have to be negligent to be found liable for harm resulting from the manufacturer’s product to a consumer. This doctrine imposes a duty to ensure that a product is safe, and any harm resulting from use of the product means the manufacturer failed in that duty. A plaintiff who files a strict liability case may allege there was a failure to warn of the danger in using the product or a defect in the product’s design or manufacture.

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Family Law, Lawyer, Help
Written by Edward Lai

Americans with Disabilities Act Overview – Part 1

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by Congress in 1990, and it was amended in 2008 by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). This amendment made several significant revisions to the definition of a disability. A civil rights law, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in certain areas of public life. The law ensures that the disabled have equal rights and opportunities in the United States. The Act is composed of five titles (sections), each pertinent to an area of public life. Part 1 will discuss Titles I and II.

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Written by Edward Lai

Know the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits

Every year thousands of Americans suffer from personal injuries, and every year these same people miss out on filing personal injury lawsuits because the statute of limitations has expired.

But what exactly is a statute of limitations? Statute of limitations is defined as the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Under the law, most lawsuits must be filed before a certain amount of time has passed, meaning if one would file a lawsuit after that amount of time the claim would no longer be valid.

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