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Personal Injury Law: Bounce house Injuries

Monday, July 17, 2017

Despite the numerous videos portraying inflatable bounce houses being lifted and rolled along the ground or, worse yet, being raised high in the sky with small children inside, their popularity continues to rise.

Bounce House Injuries

Inflatable bounce house injuries have led to hundreds of personal injury law claims being filed in the U.S.: The injuries sustained range from broken arms to neck injuries and, in the most severe cases, death. If you and/or your child sustained injuries in this type of incident, you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help determine if negligence led to the injuries.

How to Establish Liability

To establish liability, we need to answer several questions, including:

  1. How did you and/or your child become injured?

  2. Who was taking care of the children at the time of the incident?

  3. Was the inflatable house rented from a company or owned by an individual?

  4. Were hazardous weather conditions likely?

  5. If rented, was there a contract between the individual who rented the bounce house and the business from which it was rented?

  6. Were there safety guidelines? If so, were they followed?

After establishing liability, we must prove negligence.

Proving Negligence

To succeed in a personal injury claim, you must prove some kind of negligence on the part of the party (or parties) responsible for the bounce house. In other words, you must prove that those responsible for the inflatable bounce house did not act with reasonable care, which led to the injury. For example, just like a tent, securing a bounce house requires the use of stakes: If some of the stakes were missing on the day that you and/or your child sustained injuries, this may be considered a form of negligence.

Gathering the information necessary to prove negligence may require an investigation. The attorneys at Lederer & Nojima, have the skill, dedication, and experience necessary to move through this complicated process: Once we collect the evidence and review it, we can determine if negligence exists. If it does, we will help you attain monetary compensation for the injuries that you and/or your child sustained.

If you are looking for an honest, experienced and caring group of attorneys, let Lederer & Nojima handle your personal injury claim. The time you have to file a claim following an injury is limited. Therefore, if you, or someone you love, sustained injuries due to the negligence of another, please contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.


Scooter and Moped Accident Stats

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
It is no secret that Americans adore having a number of transportation options at their disposal. Since the days of the horse, we’ve loved having the wind in our hair and the promise of adventure up ahead. Unfortunately, some of our preferred modes of travel haven’t always loved us back. Such is the case with scooters and mopeds.

The exact number of scooter and moped accidents that occur each year is hard to assess for one simple reason. They’re often merged with statistics covering other, two-wheeled modes of travel (e.g. motorcycles and motorized bicycles). But what statistical analysts know is this: scooters and mopeds have the potential to cause personal injury to others.

And yes, there have been a few mode specific studies completed over the years that back up their assertions. There are two that come to mind. One was published in the July 2011 edition of the Journal of Trauma and the other appeared in the Accident Analysis & Prevention some years later (August 2013). Both show that the two vehicles have a history of causing personal injuries, especially when speed and natural illumination are a factor.

The personal injuries that have a tendency to occur during scooter and moped accidents are remarkably similar to those typically equated with motorcycle collisions. With that said, the most worrisome are:

  • Head and Leg Injuries
  • Nerve Damage and Soft Tissue Lacerations
  • Broken Bones and Severed Muscles
  • Injured ligaments
  • Paralysis and Bruising to the Spinal Column
They have the potential to be catastrophic. As such, families of scooter and moped accident victims should never be without sound counsel. It may be possible for victims of scooter and moped accidents to receive reimbursement for related expenses and more. To find out what scooter and moped accident victims should do right away to ensure they’re not alone, please contact us.

Undergoing an Independent Medical Exam after a Personal Injury

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Each personal injury case is unique and complicated. Few people know exactly what to expect when they file a lawsuit, but there are certainly a few facets unique to personal injury cases that you should know before getting to court. An independent medical examination could be one of those extra steps you need to endure in order to reach a favorable outcome in your case.

The Purpose of an Independent Medical Exam

The medical examination is typically performed in order to determine how much you have suffered from the injuries. You must show that court the extent of your injuries. Unfortunately, the defense will also request that you undergo a separate exam to ensure that the information is not biased on your behalf.

The independent medical exam ultimately fulfills your legal obligation, which is to demonstrate that you have been injured and that the party you are suing is responsible for said injuries.

The Examination Process

The type of exam the plaintiff asks you to submit to will relate to the compensation you request. If you are claiming physical injuries, the examination will focus on these. If you also have psychological injuries, you may be asked to submit to a psychological evaluation.

The business or individual you are suing has the opportunity to select a doctor. The fees for this appointment are paid by the defendant’s insurance company. You may even have your time compensated.

Once you arrive at the examination, there is little to fear. The exam is much like any other general physical, except that the doctor will focus on the injuries you are claiming in the lawsuit.

Always talk to your lawyer before going in for your independent medical examination. Your lawyer will offer important advice as to what you should say and what you should avoid saying to the doctor.


Things to Do After Sustaining a Personal Injury

Thursday, February 09, 2017

If you’ve been injured, there’s no doubt you want to get compensation for your injuries. For most people, they need to get that compensation fast. That means that chances are that you can’t wait long for yours, either. The longer that you wait for your money from your accident, the more the medical bills are going to pile up. If you were injured so badly that you aren’t able to work, that is going to be another expense that you have to deal with. So if you are able to get your compensation fast instead of having to wait a long time for it, that’s even better for you. Here are some tips for getting your payment quickly.

Hire a lawyer

The first thing that you should do is find a lawyer to help you with your claim. They are going to be able to put their knowledge to work for you and give you advice on what you should do. They also are going to fight people in court for you so that you don’t have to worry about it. They know the law and they are able to help you with winning the case.

Get your documents in order

When you are trying to win a case for personal injury, you are going to need a lot of supporting documentation that you were injured. With the increase in phony cases, the information that you provide is going to be more carefully scrutinized than ever. So make sure that you get everything together to show that you were injured and that you are not filing a false claim.

Get witness statements

Make sure that you are getting statements from any witnesses from the accident scene. They are going to help you with your case and be able to tell what exactly happened at the accident. The best time to get the statements is at the scene of the accident. If the police were called, chances are that they might have gotten the statements.

Get your medical documentation

Make sure that you are going to the doctor and keeping all of your appointments so that it’s evident that you are in a lot of pain. Also, be sure that the doctor knows that you were involved in an accident and that everything needs to be saved and copied. This includes anything like x-rays and prescriptions.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the fault of others, contact our office today. 

5 Steps for Helping Your Whiplash Personal Injury Claim

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Whiplash is a common injury when someone is involved in an automobile accident. But what many people don’t know is that there are such things as whiplash injury claims. But if you are going to be filing a claim for a whiplash injury, there are certain steps that you should take.

Take Pictures

If you can, take a lot of pictures of the accident. For example, take pictures of all of the cars involved. Also get some pictures of the accident scene and the road where the accident happened. This is going to show your lawyer and other people what exactly happened the day of the accident and will be better than your memory for proving what happened.

Take Details


Be sure that you are getting the details from the other driver, including their address, phone number, model and make of their car, and their first and last name. If the person who is involved doesn’t willingly give you this information, the police officer should have it. Either way, you should give the police a call and get the information so that you have it for your claim.

Get Witness Details

It’s really important that you have details from any witnesses to the accident. They will greatly contribute to your compensation claim. If at all possible, the witnesses should be neutral to the accident’s circumstances. Witness statements usually are not accepted from friends or family members who were also in the accident, since they have a vested interest in the outcome.

See a Doctor

Be sure that you go to a doctor soon after the accident. This is going to help with proving your claim that you have been injured in the accident. If possible, go to the doctor right after the accident. But you can also go the next day, since symptoms of whiplash often don’t happen until the next day. There should be a report of the accident and if you got the whiplash due to driving for work, make sure that your employer knows right away.

Find a Lawyer

The final thing that you should do is to find a good lawyer for your whiplash claims. The lawyer is going to represent you in court and can help you with winning your case. If possible, find a lawyer who specializes in whiplash cases and that knows the law regarding them. Give them all of the evidence that you have from the accident and answer their questions.

The more details that you have for your whiplash claim, the better chance you will have of winning your case. Be very thorough in getting information and taking care of your injuries and your case will be stronger.

Signs You May Have a Concussion

Friday, September 09, 2016

Whether you hit your head in a car wreck, an accident at work, or another accident, if you continue to feel the effects of your injury several days or weeks after the incident, you may have suffered a concussion or other serious brain injury. Concussions and other head and brain injuries should be taken seriously, but some people fail to recognize the signs of a concussion.

If you or someone else lost consciousness, even for just a few seconds, the person may have suffered a concussion.

Confusion is another sign. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways. The person may have memory loss, particularly in relation to things that happened just before or just after the incident. The person may simply feel like they are in a fog, be unable to concentrate, or struggle to understand words, whether written or spoken.

Other indicators of a concussion include headaches, pressure in the head, or dizziness. The person may also experience sensitivity to noise or light. Sleep problems are also sometimes experienced by those with concussions. This may manifest itself on both sides of the spectrum. Sleeping more than usual as well as sleeping less than usual are both possible signs of a concussion. Difficulty falling asleep as well as feeling tired are symptoms some people experience.

Mood changes, particularly irritability or getting angry easier may also indicate that the person has experienced a concussion. Other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, vision problems, slurred speech, and coordination issues may also indicate that the person has suffered a concussion.
If you suspect that you or a family has a concussion, be sure to visit a doctor right away. 

If the injury was caused by someone else’s actions, contact us. Even if you are not sure if you have a personal injury claim, we can provide you with a free consultation.

Motor Vehicle Fuel Leaks Could Result in Serious Personal Injury

Friday, November 13, 2015

According to National Institute of Standards and Technology’s reports, the number of automobile fires each year remains high (estimated 300,000). Many of those motor vehicle fires are attributed to the use of substandard auto parts and flawed designs. They also have the potential to cause disfigurement, excruciatingly painful injuries and death. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why the recent fuel system inspired motor vehicle recalls garnered so much attention.

The latest round of fuel system recalls took place in early June 2013. They involved several new vehicles manufactured by Ford. The company blamed the recalls on substandard fuel lines. It wasn’t the first occasion where Ford had to deal with defective fuel lines either. A similar occurrence took place last summer. The list of motor vehicles said to be outfitted with the most recent substandard fuel lines includes the popular Taurus, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

Ford wasn’t the only motor vehicle manufacturer forced to deal with defective fuel systems this year either. In May 2013, General Motors issued their own fuel system related recall. It involved a defective fuel shut-off solenoid that had the potential to pose incendiary risks. Motor vehicles connected to the solenoid recalls were the Savana Cargo van and Chevy Express.

So how can consumers protect themselves against being involved in vehicle fires due to defective equipment and design? The first step is to conduct thorough research on the motor vehicle’s manufacturer. Check for fuel system related recalls going back three to five years. If the manufacturer has a history of issuing such recalls, you may want to consider shopping elsewhere. It is also a good idea to have one’s vehicle selection examined by a professional both before and after the purchase. Doing so will help to uncover problems that have yet to spur a nationwide recall.

Remember that although beneficial, taking such steps won’t guarantee that you or a loved one will never fall victim to a vehicle manufacturer’s negligence. If you do find yourself injured due to a faulty fuel system or a poor design element, contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

Personal Injury Lawyers Urge Outdoor Enthusiasts to Boat Safely

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Do you plan on taking your family boating at any of the great spots located across America this summer? If so, we hope that you’ll do it safely. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, more than 4,500 accidents and 650+ fatalities occurred nationwide last year. The majority of those accidents took place during the months of June and July. With that said, here’s a closer look:

Some of the tragic boating accidents were related to personal negligence. Examples include overloading the vessel, using improper anchoring methods, speeding and steering while intoxicated or distracted. Other boating accidents were attributed to faulty machinery and equipment. Failures most often associated with boating deaths are connected to the vessel’s engine, steering, shifting, seating and auxiliary systems.

The good news is that there are ways that you may reduce your family’s risk of being involved in boating accidents. For starters, the BoatUS Foundation and many states’ Department of Natural Resources offer free online courses that some boating enthusiasts may find beneficial. The no-cost courses frequently contain information about the states’ boating rules. On top of that, many states are also home to several life jacket loaner programs. The programs are designed to provide personal floatation safety equipment to people that may not have their own gear.

People that have their own boats may also want to consider maintaining their vessels properly and being mindful of boating related recalls. Boating related recalls may be found through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Resource Center.

If you or a loved one end up in a boating accident despite your best efforts, contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will review your boating accident case at no cost. Furthermore, you won’t have to pay personal injury lawyers anything unless they are victorious in their efforts to obtain justice for your family.

When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

Friday, August 21, 2015

If you are injured as a result of someone else's carelessness, you may be entitled to lawful compensations. All you need to do is to find a good personal injury attorney and let him help you get back what you deserve. The complicated legal procedures associated with personal injury cases are just too much for an ordinary person to handle, so seeking legal help is highly recommended. The problem is, many people do not know if they are eligible for compensations or not, and they are too afraid to ask a knowledgeable person.

If you or a beloved one in your family has been injured due to some careless mistakes of someone else, it is time to consult a professional personal injury attorney and see what options you may have. You may start your research online and gather a list of potential attorneys to check out.

Most lawyer agencies will offer you a free first consultation session as a means to get to know your case and decide whether you are entitled to compensations or not. You could use this free session to get to know as much as possible about the prospective attorney. Do not be afraid to ask any question that you may have in your mind.

There is one thing to keep in mind: stay away from shady law firms that call you after your mishap. Most of these firms are not legitimate and just want to make some money out of your case.

Most people do not know whether they are entitled to compensation for their personal injuries or not due to a lack of knowledge in the subject. Here is a list of personal injury cases that you should seek help from a professional Houston personal injury attorney:

Medical Malpractice Injury

When you or a loved one is ill, you trust your doctor with your life. However, accidents do happen a lot, especially in the medical field. A silly mistake made by your doctor or nurse could cost you your health, or even your life. When you have to suffer as a result of a negligence of your doctor, you should seek the appropriate compensation for your sufferings. All the lost wages and the physical agony that you have to go through should be remunerated if you are the victim of a medical malpractice injury case.

Serious Work/Industrial Accidents

Accidents at work happen on a regular basis. If you are a blue collar worker, you should know that it is extremely common for you to become the victim of a careless accident at your workplace. As for people working in the office, many kinds of accidents could also happen too, such as a slip due to a slippery floor, or other injuries due to a lack of safety measurements in the workplace. Some common work injuries include burns, broken bones, head injuries, and even death in some extreme cases. Most of the injuries are due to the negligence of your employer. In this tough economy, many employers are becoming more and more interested in creating more profits than to ensure a safe work environment for their workers. If you or a loved one has been injured in the scope of your work, you may be entitled to lawful compensation.

Car Accidents and Serious Truck Accidents

Car accidents happen to almost everyone. There are many careless and drunk drivers on the street, so it is almost impossible to avoid car accidents even though you are a careful driver. If you are injured due to the negligence and fault of another driver, you should seek legal help to get your proper compensation. Car accidents, especially truck and 18-wheeler accidents, could leave long-lasting consequences on the victim. Many people become disabled for the rest of their lives. How could they get compensated for all the lost wages, the physical pain and mental agony that they have to go through? They need to seek help from a professional personal injury attorney.

If you need legal help with your personal injury case, contact us today and our experienced lawyers will help you get the kind of compensation you are entitled to.

El Segundo Police Help Rescue Elderly Woman Run Over, Trapped Under Car in Store Parking Lot

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Originally posted on KTLA.com

An 80-year-old woman credited three El Segundo police officers with rescuing her after she was run over and trapped underneath a car in the parking lot of a 99 Cents store.

Surveillance video captured the frightening sight of a white car hitting Chickie Lea-Bou as she was returning a shopping cart to the front of the lot last week. The driver, also 80, apparently mistook the gas for the brake, according to the victim.

“The rear tires of the car – the left side — were laying across my ankles and the tire was going back and forth, back and forth,” Lea-Bou said her from her hospital bed on Monday.

The mother of three, who just beat bladder cancer, described the pain as “being worse than having a baby.”

After witnesses called 911, three officers from the El Segundo Police Department quickly responded from a nearby station and lifted the car off Lea-Bou.

“I think we underestimate our police officers,” she said.

The officers have even visited her bedside at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized for major injuries including a concussion and a fractured ankle that required surgery.

A grateful Lea-Bou said she planned to make them a thank you gift.

“I’m an artist, and I’m a painter, and … I’m going to paint them a picture,” she said.

Although Lea-Bou has a long road to recovery ahead of her, she said she is inspired by her young grandson to get better and walk again.

KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.


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