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Jury awards $2.9 million to family in police brutality death

A California family has been awarded $2.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Oxnard Police Department. The family alleged that excessive police force caused their son's death, and the panel of jurors in the case agreed.

The 26-year-old California man died in police custody, not long after he consumed methamphetamine in 2012. Police claimed that the man died due to an overdose of the drug, but in the wrongful death lawsuit, the man's relatives alleged otherwise. They said that the officers killed the man by way of "active prone restraint."

Split liability in Santa Monica car accidents

Fatal and injurious car accidents never come with any warning, and they are always devastating for the people whose lives they affect. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we are passionate about helping those who were hurt in car crashes due to no fault of their own seek legal justice and financial restitution relating to their injuries. Through the pursuit of this passion, we have helped numerous injured parties and we have gained a great deal of experience in the field.

In every car accident, no matter which driver was deemed at fault, there could be the potential for additional factors that might have contributed to the collision. By investigating these factors, victims might find that other liable parties exist, and -- in fact -- liability might need to be divided among more than one at-fault party in a collision.

Staying safe when driving around trains

Trains are giant steal behemoths that travel quickly and take an extremely long time to stop. For this reason, any train crossing is a point of potential danger for a motor vehicle driver. Indeed, all California residents must take extreme caution whenever nearing a railroad crossing to ensure that a train versus car accident does not occur.

According to one Midwest police officer, one way to help prevent train versus car accidents is to explain to motorists that their car getting hit by a train is very similar to their car driving over a soda can. In fact, the weight comparison is virtually the same, the officer says. That is why the results can be so devastating whenever a car gets hit by a train.

Summer camp brings confidence and hope to burn injured children

A special summer camp for burn-injured children is held is each year in the Midwest. The camp centers around giving children with burn injuries a fun-filled experience, where they can be free to be themselves without any kind of shame for their scars and other disfigurements.

Burn injuries can be devastating for children who might be insensitively criticized by classmates and other children they make contact with, but this summer camp seeks to change that. The camp offers all kinds of activities for kids that help boost their self-esteem in a safe and judgment-free environment. The camp is called "I Am Me" and just like the name implies, it strives to help kids feel good about who they are.

What are the early stage treatments of a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury is extremely serious because of the disabling effects it can cause for the rest of an affected individual's life. During the early stages of treatment immediately following a spinal cord injury, emergency room physicians will usually do everything they can to stabilize victims and prevent their injuries from developing complications and making matters worse.

Doctors may do some or all of the following immediately after an accident:

Helping severe burn victims seek justice in California

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, we help individuals who suffer all kinds of injuries seek justice and restitution from the parties responsible for those injuries. Depending on what kind of injury you have suffered from and how it was caused, different legal strategies and medical investigation strategies may be required in your case.

When it comes to burn injuries, for example, there are a lot of different ways such an injury can occur. Some of the most common ways include thermal burns caused by flames and hot objects; hot liquid burns; chemical burns from fumes and caustic chemicals; car accident explosions and fires; construction site fires; and electrical burns caused by defective products.

What is the worst kind of burn injury?

Burn injuries can be some of the most devastating injuries to suffer in a California accident because of the pain, difficulty healing, disfigurement and risk of fatal infections that can result from them. The worse a burn injury is, the higher likelihood of death, disfigurement and infection. The recovery process is slow, grueling, and those who live through such an experience deserve our respect and admiration.

As most people are aware, burn injuries are classified into three different categories: first degree burns, second degree burns, third degree burns and fourth degree burns. Among these, third degree burns are the absolute worst.

Common injuries in Los Angeles car accidents

Los Angeles personal injury attorneys see just about every kind of injury that can happen to the human body, but when it comes to car accidents, there are certain injuries we keep seeing time and time again. Those injuries usually fit into one of these categories: head and back injuries, and neck and chest injuries.

Head and back injuries are some of the worst that can happen due to the lifetime disabilities they can cause. When passengers or drives are thrown around inside of an automobile in an accident, they can strike their heads against different parts of the vehicle's interior and suffer a traumatic brain injury or serious concussion. Head injuries can result in hearing loss, vision problems, skull fractures, cognitive deficiencies and disabilities relating to movement. As for back injuries, these are also dangerous because they can lead to a lifetime of pain and discomfort, and if the spinal cord is affected, they can lead to complete paralysis.

Auto recall app to help California car dealers stay up to date

California readers of this blog have seen auto manufacturer after auto manufacturer recall millions of vehicles in recent years. However, considering the many different makes, models and years of cars that have been recalled, who can keep track? This problem is compounded for car dealers, who are constantly working with different kinds of cars on their lots -- cars that may or may not have had the recalls associated with them repaired. Even if the car dealer identifies a car that has had a recall, it is difficult for the dealership to know for sure whether the defect has actually been fixed. This is a particularly grave problem because an unfixed recall can result in serious car accidents.

Fortunately, a technology company called AutoAp has created an application called Dynamic Recall Management, which gives auto dealers daily updates on recall news relating to new and previously owned cars. The product saves time for dealerships because they will no longer have to check and re-check their inventory of cars, and they will no longer have to keep apprised of manufacturer and government websites for news, which is often inaccurate and replete with errors.

GB&W's Geoff Wells Satisfied with CHP Report in Fatal Orland Bus Crash

Hacienda Heights, Ca. (May 22, 2015) - Survivors and the families of those killed in a fiery bus crash gathered in Hacienda Heights on Friday to hear details of the CHP's investigation report into last year's accident.

Five students, three chaperones and the drivers of each vehicle died in the April 10, 2014 crash after a FedEx truck driver veered across Interstate 5 in Orland and slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students from Southern California.

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