PERSONAL INJURY BLOG

Pedestrian Injuries Caused By Electric Scooters On The Rise

Friday, July 06, 2018

Marketed as the next environmentally friendly and convenient transportation mode for commuters navigating city streets, electric scooters are popping up in major cities all over the country. It seems this new trend has become more a point of contention than celebration in both Santa Monica and Los Angeles with pedestrian injuries on the rise as a result.

According to the Washington Post, in Santa Monica alone, electric scooter riders were involved in 281 traffic stops and issued 97 citations in the span of just a few weeks.  Additionally, the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to eight scooter related accidents with both riders and unsuspecting pedestrians sustaining serious injuries including head trauma and broken bones. 

Inherent Hazards of Electric Scooters

It seems scooter riders are both causing and becoming victims of injury associated with this new trend. Influencing factors include: 

  • Electric scooters that are not mechanically sound or maintained causing crashes when brakes, tires, and handlebars malfunction.
  • Riders that do not adhere to basic safety rules involving right-of-way with pedestrians. 
  • Riders who neglect to wear safety equipment such as bike helmets while weaving through crowded streets.
  • Riders who strike potholes, or crash because of unexpected hazards in the road. 
  • Pedestrians tripping over abandoned scooters when docking stations are not provided. 

Clearly, electric scooter riders, pedestrians, and sidewalks do not mix.  Santa Monica officials continue to sound the alarm with the city's Deputy Manager stating: "It's very dangerous, and these are high-speed serious transportation devices."

Who will step up to take responsibility in the event that you or someone you care about is involved in a serious scooter related accident?  Will it be the scooter driver haphazardly operating the vehicle?  The city, responsible for hazards in the road or even the unsuspecting driver who clips a rider in traffic? We can help you sort through all of the complicated details. Contact us, the personal injury legal experts at Lederer & Nojima. We have a history of success and the resources necessary. We will stand by your side until your case is resolved.

How to Proceed After a Dog Bite in Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

If you've recently suffered a bite from a dog, you are not alone. Thousands of people suffer dog bite of many levels of severity every year in the United States, including right here in Los Angeles.

Not only are dog bites painful, they're mentally hard to cope with afterward, and often come with expensive health care costs to match. Anyone suffering from a dog bite should seek legal counsel immediately, both to seek recompense for suffering and to recoup costs associated with bite care.

First Thing's First: Take Care of Yourself!

Above all, seek immediate emergency care. If you haven't done that already, take that step immediately.

Once you've had your wound attended to by a medical professional, it's time to gather information on the bite. Get the dog owner's information (name, phone number, address, anything helps), as well as contact information for any witnesses.

If possible, ask for copies of the dog's registration information with the City of Los Angeles, as well as rabies vaccination documentation.

When you take a dog bite to a Los Angeles hospital, they'll ask you for any details on the animal and the owner, as they are required to automatically report the bite to Animal Control. This information will also be useful for your legal counsel.

If the owner does not have up-to-date rabies vaccinations, they will be compelled to place the dog under a 10-day quarantine for observation. The cost will be the owner's responsibility.

What to Know About California Dog Bite Law

While some states have various forms of leniency for dogs without a history of violence, California is comparatively strict. Dogs with no history of violence and no training or other circumstances that could be conceived as encouraging a dog to bite are given special consideration for a single bite.

With the help of legal counsel, you can leverage the benefits of the "One Bite Rule" even if the animal hasn't bitten anyone before. If you can prove that the owner had some knowledge of the dog's violent potential, the owner is held responsible for the dog's behavior.

With the right legal approach, this includes irresponsible behavior such as walking dogs off-leash outside of designated dog parks or other violations of animal handling laws in Los Angeles.

How to Find a Lawyer For Your Dog Bite

The best choice is a local lawyer, deeply familiar with California law as well as the ins and outs of Los Angeles County statutes. Contact us today for a consultation on your case, and guarantee every legal avenue possible is explored to get you the compensation you deserve.

Lederer Nojima LLP Chosen as one of Top 20 Personal Injury Firms Out of 822 in Los Angeles Area

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Expertise.com has named Lederer Nojima LLP as one of the top 20 Personal Injury Law Firms in Los Angeles out of a survey of 822 firms. 

The results are based on research evaluating firms on 25 variables across five categories. 

Reputation: A history of satisfied customers giving excellent recommendations 

Credibility: Established in their industry with licensing, accreditation, and awards 

Experience: Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education 

Engagement: Approachable and responsive to clients and available for new business 

Professionalism: Dedicated to providing consistently quality work and impeccable customer service 

Unlike many other professional directories, inclusion on the Expertise.com site cannot be bought or even applied for. Professionals are chosen from publicly available data and are hand-picked by human evaluators, helping ensure that the resulting picks are authentically well-reviewed and objectively qualified. 

Lederer Nojima LLP represents victims and their families who have been injured or killed due to another person's negligence. With decades of experience, exemplary results, and millions recovered for their clients, the firm continues to be rated as one of the top injury firms in Southern California. 

For more information visit the firms website at LedererNojima.com








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John Nojima & David Lederer Recognized for Third Straight Year as SUPER LAWYERS

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

Lederer Nojima's profile at SuperLawyers.com For the third year in a row, attorneys John Nojima and David Lederer have both been named “Super Lawyers” and have been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” for 2018 by the attorney ranking organization Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using multiphase selection process that factors in Peer nominations along with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement. Only 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers each year. 

For over two decades, Los Angeles based Lederer & Nojima have represented Plaintiffs throughout Southern California and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. The recent award from Super Lawyers is just one of many the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website .

JOHN NOJIMA & DAVID LEDERER NAMED "SUPER LAWYERS" FOR 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

JOHN NOJIMA & DAVID LEDERER NAMED SUPER LAWYERS FOR 2017

Lederer Nojima's profile at SuperLawyers.comLederer & Nojima, LLP is proud to announce that John Nojima and David Lederer  have both once again been named “Super Lawyers” and have been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” by the attorney ranking organization, Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.

For over two decades, Los Angeles based Lederer & Nojima have represented Plaintiffs throughout Southern California and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. The recent award from Super Lawyers is just one of many the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website.

David Lederer & John Nojima Named "Super Lawyers" for 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016
Super Lawyers 2016

Lederer & Noima, LLP is proud to announce that David Lederer and John Nojima have both been named “Super Lawyers” for 2016 and have both been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” by the attorney ranking organization, Super Lawyers.

Lederer & Nojima represent Plaintiffs throughout Southern California from their office in Los Angeles and have both been practicing law for over two decades. The recent award from Super Lawyers is one accolade among many that the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website.


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