Wrongful Death, an Empathetic Approach

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Just the very thought of having to make a claim for wrongful death is horrendous. However, your attorney selection is probably one of the most important decisions you'll have to make after the initial shock & mourning period. An experienced wrongful death attorney will be empathetic, compassionate, and respectful. Yet, at the same time, they will immediately take action to protect the rights of the surviving parties. This is the reason it is critical, as soon as you are comfortable, to retain an attorney to protect your rights.

Selecting an Attorney

The Wrongful Death Statute is confusing and difficult to understand. First, your attorney will help you identify the responsible party or in some cases, parties. Sometimes death will result from a car accident, or sometimes through the negligence of a healthcare provider. It is important to note that all cases are different. Indeed, your case will have its own special set of facts and circumstances that must be addressed individually.

Also, it is worth noting that while you are going through the steps that make up the grieving process, you sometimes are not thinking with a clear head. This makes it necessary to have adequate representation to make sure your interests are looked after when you simply cannot.


Do your research. Then, ask your attorney informed questions so you may receive informed answers. Your attorney and his/her team are there to help you every step of the way. There are no stupid questions! Indeed, you should feel that your attorney has your best interests in mind when you are most vulnerable.


To sum up, find a caring attorney you feel comfortable with right away, you'll know almost immediately when it's a good fit. You'll also be surprised how much getting this uncomfortable process out of the way will feel in terms of one less thing on your plate. You have enough to worry about, let the professionals handle it for you from here. Contact us to learn more.

Take These Actions If You Experience a Dog Bite While Riding

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Imagine riding along peacefully when out of nowhere you are confronted by a snapping, snarling canine. This scenario is one that California bicyclists encounter all too frequently. Knowing what to do if you experience a dog bite can help you avoid tragedy, which is why you should keep the following advice in mind.

Consider the Situation

Dogs often sneak up behind you while you are riding. If you suddenly look back to discover a dog chasing you, your best bet is to try and outrun it. Give a squirt with your water bottle to try and slow the canine down.

There may be times when outrunning a dog just isn't possible. Maybe there is too much traffic ahead or you are going uphill. In those cases, the last thing you want is for the dog to be able to catch you. Thus, get off of your bicycle and place it in between yourself and the advancing dog. Remember that accident victims have a duty to mitigate damages under law. Protecting yourself with your bicycle is one way to sustain as few injuries as possible.

When a Dog Advances

Fighting an advancing dog is practically useless, and will only spur on the animal's aggression. Instead, you should roll up into a ball with your face to the ground. Place your hands over top of your ears and lie as still as possible. This will hopefully mitigate the attack so you suffer as few injuries as possible. Then, after the attack is over, seek medical attention right away even if your injuries are very minor.

Injured While Riding? Contact Us

Dog bites account for a good number of cycling accidents each year. Whether you have been bitten or an attacking dog has contributed to an accident, you could have a legal remedy available under law.

Once you have sought medical attention, gather as much information as possible about the attack. Write down a description of the dog, the events that happened, and take pictures if possible. Gather the names and addresses of any witnesses so that you can later ask them for a statement. After doing these things, please contact us for a free assessment of your case.

Know Your Rights When a Dog Bites

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Are you a California resident who has suffered from a dog biting incident, or has worried about such an event in the past? Even if it was a one-time incident or from a dog with a history of behavior issues, it can be very scary and even traumatic for some individuals. Let's look at the dog bite law in your state so that you can understand your rights as a victim.

Strict Liability

California takes dog biting attacks very seriously. On one hand, most states have a "one-bite rule", which means that the owner can only face consequences if the dog has displayed vicious tendencies before. On the other hand, to California Civil Code Section 3342, in the event of a bite, the dog's owner would be under "strict liability". This means that they are completely responsible for the dogs actions and the injuries caused, regardless of the circumstances. 

Damages Covered

In most cases, the victim will be entitled to compensation after the attack, with no limitations. This can include medical bills, psychological counseling, pain and suffering damages, and any physical or vocational therapy due to injuries from the incident. Indeed, a dog bite falls under the category of personal injury lawsuits. This means that the victim has two years to file their case and be entitled to their full rights.


In some instances, the victim may be unsuccessful in winning their lawsuit due to certain factors. For instance, if the event happened while the victim was trespassing, the owner of the dog has a reasonable defense. If the dog was provoked into attacking because the victim was physically threatening its owner, this would be justifiable under California's self-defense laws. Further, police dogs acting in accordance with an officer's orders are also usually justified.


You don't have to go through this stressful experience alone - our professional attorneys will be in your corner every step of the way. Contact us now so that we can discuss your case. For more information about our experience with dog bite lawsuits, please read this webpage.

Wrongful Death Action Filed Against Bart

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

According to Blavity, a chronic fare evader named John Lee Cowell, 28, stabbed two sisters who were exiting a BART train in Oakland. Letifah Wilson was stabbed in the neck but survived. His sister, Nia, was not so lucky, dying from her wounds. The exact motives of Cowell for attacking the two women is unknown. However, Alameda District Attorney has charged the man with murder for which he faces either life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. 

Wrongful Death Action

Nia Wilson's family is not satisfied with the criminal charges that Cowell is facing. Her mother and father as well as two sisters, including Letifah, have filed a wrongful death action against BART, alleging that poor safety precautions led to Nia's murder. The suit also alleges that a link exists between fare evasion and other forms of crime, including the violent kind, and that BART should have been aware of this fact.

BART's Actions

To its credit, BART has been attempting to take a number of measures to keep out fare evaders and to tamp down on crime at its stations. The rapid transit train service that encompasses the Bay Area has hired some civilian law enforcement officers and has built walls to protect payment stalls and has locked easy access gates that fare evaders like Cowell use to access BART's trains.

The Reactions

Nia Wilson's family claims that these measures are inadequate and that lawless conditions at BART stations have become endemic. The lawsuit is asking for a "grief award" of an unspecified amount for the family. It also demands that BART post at every station a notice at each station that would indicate crime statistics for the previous four years. The theory is that these notices would incentivize BART riders to exercise situational awareness in order to protect themselves. So far BART is declining the comment on what constitutes ongoing litigation except to express its continued regret of the murder of Nia Wilson.

For more information contact us.

Lasik Surgery Gone Wrong. Can you Sue?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

woman getting lasik eye surgery

Though LASIK surgery is considered to be safe, just like other procedures, there are some risks. Some people suffer from dry eye after their procedure, while others may struggle with different vision impairments afterward.

If you are struggling with your vision after your LASIK surgery, you may be wondering what you can do.

Can you sue?

Yes. You may have a medical malpractice case against anyone who was involved in your case. This includes:

  • Your eye doctor
  • The surgeon
  • The ophthalmologist
  • Other health care professionals who have been treating you

What could go wrong?

Just like any other procedure, there are plenty of things that can go wrong. Any of the following could be a factor in your case:

  • You weren't a good candidate for the procedure. You may not have gotten enough testing done prior to the procedure or they saw something that meant you weren't a good candidate and they did the procedure
  • Surgery didn't go as planned. Surgeons are still humans, and they make mistakes. They could have cut too shallow or too deep during your procedure.
  • The medical equipment malfunctioned. The equipment that they used during your procedure may not have been working the way that it should have, leading to your injuries.

So, what can you do? What must you prove?

In order to prove medical malpractice, you need to be able to prove that your doctors knew something that you didn't. You also need to be able to prove that they weren't treating you with the same level of care as most doctors.

To do this, you must:

  • Establish a reasonable standard of care. You need to be able to show the judge and jury what most doctors do to provide the best care possible for their patients.
  • Then, you need to show them how your doctor didn't perform up to that standard of care. You need to be able to prove what your doctor did (or didn't do) that lead to your impairment.

Suing for medical malpractice isn't always cut and dry. Because of this, you need to hire an experienced lawyer to help you through this difficult time. Don't hesitate to contact us today to talk about your case and options.

Exploding E-Cigarettes: Do You Have a Case?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

man using e-cigarette

As more and more people are quitting smoking, they are looking for other alternatives that may be a little safer. E-cigarettes are becoming more popular, allowing people to smoke without all of the harmful side effects.

However, that being said, they aren't as safe as many people think. In fact, many people are injured when the batteries explode. Even though these batteries are protected with shrink wrap, any damage to it makes cigarettes are a true fire hazard. Many of these injuries occur when the batteries are charging.

Can you use if you were injured due to an exploding e-cigarette?

Yes. You may have a product liability lawsuit, which can be quite complex.

What will I have to prove?

In order to win your product liability lawsuit, you will have to prove that your product was defective. This can be proven in three different ways.

  • Defective design. If there are a lot of people injured using the same product, you may be able to prove that there is a flaw in the design of the product, making it unsafe and potentially dangerous.
  • Defective production. If there were only a few injured, something might have happened during the production process. When this happens, the company may issue a recall and halt production until it can be fixed.
  • Defective marketing. If your e-cigarette didn't come with adequate safety warning, you might have a case. You may also have a case if you didn't receive any instruction with it. Because of this, you may have used it improperly, or the product didn't do what it should have done.

So, what should I do?

You need to hire an experienced lawyer to help you. Don't hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to discuss your case to see what your options are, going forward. If you decide to proceed, we will be with you every step of the way.

What to Look for When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

person injury lawyer meeting with injured client

When choosing a personal injury attorney you want the best so your case will have the best possible shot at success. You need the compensation from your personal injury case, and you don't want to lose it because you picked the first law firm out of a Google search. Just like with buying a car or picking a doctor, it is okay to shop around from a personal injury lawyer to find one that you really feel confident in. However, there is also the chance that you don't actually know what to look for in a good personal injury lawyer, and if that is the case, then consider these tips.

Who is Handling Your Case?

Ideally, you want the lawyer you are talking to in a consultation to handle your case. However, that is not always what you will get. Instead, bigger law firms may pass you down to associates. While these big law firms could be great, more often than not, you will feel more like you are just another customer of many.

What Do Their Previous Verdicts Look Like?

You will always want to look over a lawyer's previous verdicts. These will tell you two very important details – do they win and are they willing to go to court? Sometimes lawyers will lose cases, but if they are losing a lot of cases, this is a bad sign. Furthermore, if most of their cases have ended in settlements rather than trial, you may find them push you towards a settlement rather than help you fight for the amount you actually deserve in a court room.

Are They a Focused Law Firm?

Similar to large law firms, you want your personal injury lawyer to actually have a focus on personal injury cases. If they take cases in many different areas of the law, it splits their focus. They could be great personal injury lawyers, but you are also gambling that they are better lawyers in family or criminal law.

How Are They Paid?

It is okay to talk about money! You are paying them to represent you, and it is only fair to know how you will be paying them. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, meaning they only get paid if you win. If there are upfront fees or they are a little shifty about payment, it should be a red flag.

Need Help?

The most important part about choosing a personal injury lawyer is they should make you feel confident about your own case. You should be able to meet them and leave feeling like you can win this case. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer that will fight for you, contact us today to see what Lederer Nojima can do for you.

What to Know About Appealing Your Personal Injury Verdict

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Although many personal injury cases find settlement outside of court, the truly contentious ones will proceed to trial. There, as the plaintiff, you and your lawyer will present evidence to prove that the other party, the defendant, is at fault for your injury or other damages. However, if the defendant refutes that evidence, you may lose your case. This does not have to be the end as you have the right to appeal your personal injury case decision.

The Difficulties of Appealing a Personal Injury Case

In personal injury cases, the losing side has the right to appeal. This means if you win, the defendant could also appeal the decision. Luckily, this does not happen often for usually one reason – money. Appeals take time and a lawyer wants to be paid for their time.

Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency, meaning they get paid when you win. If you lose, they may not want to waste any more time on an appeal. They may request upfront payment for time spent on an appeal as well. You are also within your right to try to find another lawyer to appeal your case, but if it is not strong enough, it may be difficult to find a lawyer willing to work on an appeal for a contingency.

How Filing an Appeal Works

If you lost your personal injury case, an appeal is not automatic. You will need to express your desire to appeal with your attorney who will then file a notice of appeal. Now, your case is about not only having evidence of the defendant's fault in your injury, but you must also prove that the previous judge's decision was wrong somehow. If new evidence has come to light, this can help. You will find many judges are hesitant to disagree with another judge's ruling unless there is strong evidence of wrongdoing, bias, or evidence the previous judge did not get to consider.

Need Help?

Have you lost your personal injury case and wish to appeal? Contact us to see if we can help. Lederer Nojima is willing to look over your case for appeal and give you our honest opinion on your chances.

I Think I am a Victim of Medical Malpractice. What Do I Do Next?

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

medical malpractice paperwork

When most people think about medical malpractice, they think about people who have lost their lives due to medical negligence. However, medical malpractice could be as simple as getting prescribed the wrong medication or even the wrong dosage.

If you think that you are a victim of medical malpractice and are wondering what to do next, here is what you should do.

Know that you have rights to receive compensation with medical malpractice. 

The law states that, if you have a legitimate medical malpractice claim, you have the right to receive financial compensation for any wrongdoing that you have gone through.

Seek the help of a lawyer. 

Your best chance at winning a medical malpractice case is by hiring the best lawyer that you can. He or she will help you figure out if you have a case and then help you build on it so that you can get the compensation that you deserve.

You are going to have to prove that you have a valid case. 

You are going to need medical records that will prove your claims. You are going to need to show that you have a relationship with your doctor. Then, you need to show that your doctor's actions (or lack of actions) caused problems or didn't meet with the standard of care that you should have gotten.

In fact, you should start by requesting your medical records and recording every conversation that you have with your doctor.

Be careful when talking to others. You should never talk to the doctor directly after you believe that he or she did something wrong. That would just make the case even worse. In fact, they may say that you threatened them. Their insurance company may also try to contact you and you shouldn't talk to them. Everything that you do should go through your lawyer or you could make everything worse.

If you believe that you have a medical malpractice case, you need to hire a lawyer right away. He or she will help you get through this difficult time.

Don't hesitate to contact us for all of your legal needs. We will fight for you so that you can get the compensation that you deserve!

Premises Liability in L.A. and California

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

wet floor sign

Personal, private or public property can be scenes for long-lasting injuries and damages. If you are a property owner, liability for the injuries and/or damages can be expensive. Being informed about the law in Los Angeles and California can help victims with compensation and help property owners avoid liability costs through maintenance of their properties.

Causes of Premises Liabilities and Injuries

Indoor Hazards

In California, property owners have the obligation to keep properties safe to avoid accident and injury. Defects in structure from not fixing building are liabilities. Risks such as damaged elevators or escalators, stairs with loose railings, worn or broken steps, and loose or worn carpets are hazards. Ceiling or balcony collapses can cost property owners thousands. Every day poor property oversights such as wet, slippery floors are liabilities. Renovation or building construction can be liabilities indoors and outdoors. Poorly marked construction areas, for example, are liabilities.

Outdoor Hazards

Premises dangers are not always indoors. Frequent premises liabilities are poorly maintained sidewalks, parking areas, and entrances. Swimming pools are often dangers, and drowning incidents are common premises hazards. Locked gates and pool coverings give a false sense of security because it takes only one incident when someone forgot to close and secure a gate, or negligence of putting on a pool covering to create a tragic situation.

Other liabilities include dogs that are not properly secured and may cause biting or mauling injuries. Inadequate security measures on a premise such as a hotel or other accommodations can cause liabilities if someone breaks in and commits a crime.

Who is Liable

In California, premise owners are liable for injuries to plaintiffs. However, plaintiff responsibility is also important. Property owners can be less liable if injured plaintiffs are intoxicated with drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, premise owners are not liable if plaintiffs have trespassed on properties. The exception is for those who lack the maturity or ability to understand the potential dangers such as children, the cognitively handicapped or seniors with dementia. Premise owners must secure their properties against those who are vulnerable.


Compensation may include:

  • Economic damages for medical and rehabilitation costs including long-term care for permanent disability, replacing damaged property, lost wages and lost future earnings.

  • Non-economic damages for physical pain and suffering, mental distress and loss of consortium, which is compensation for injuries that interfere with your ability to maintain support and intimacy in your relationships such as in a spousal relationship.

  • Punitive damages are awarded if the property owner was extremely negligent. An example would be if a property owner refused to secure a swimming pool and there was a second drowning incident.

If you have been in an accident in the greater L.A. area, then please contact us. Our team of experienced attorneys is standing by to assist.


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