Melissa Healy with the Los Angeles Times reports that common anti-anxiety drugs may be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease ("Drugs used for anxiety, sleep are linked to Alzheimer's disease in older people"). According to new research, Healy writes, "Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk [...]."
Linda Carroll with NBC posits the theory that concussion-related brain injuries could be fueling the legal problems currently plaguing the NFL ("Could Brain Injuries Be Behind the NFL Rap Sheet?") Texas authorities have accused star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson of hitting his child with a switch made of a stripped tree branch. Peterson faces charges for child abuse. The Vikings played the off-again, on-again, off-again game with Peterson, but seems to have settled on suspending Peterson for the time being.
At Girardi Keese, we pride ourselves on the success we have enjoyed in representing thousands of people in California and nationwide. We have recovered millions of dollars for individuals who were hurt or killed because of negligence and wrongdoing. However, these financial successes tell only part of the story.
For more, see our article in California Law Today, as seen in Forbes on Sept. 8, 2014.
This McClatchyDC special report ("Contract to Cheat") is the result of a year of investigative reporting in seven states, including California, in an effort to uncover the widespread practice of classifying workers as independent contractors when they probably should be classified as employees.
It's a classic case of injustice in the workplace.
Why would employers classify workers as independent contractors?
Oftentimes, classifying a worker as an independent contractor is perfectly reasonable and legitimate. It is a firmly established business practice. But classifying workers as independent contractors to avoid withholding payroll taxes and to avoid providing traditional employee benefits, as the McClatchyDC report indicates, is a whole other ballgame.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether racing was a factor in a deadly crash that occurred recently. Three men -- all of whom were college football players -- occupied the small black vehicle involved in the car accident. Two of them suffered fatal injuries, and the third suffered critical injuries. Two people in a minivan -- a mother and daughter -- were fortunate enough to only suffer minor injuries.
It was nearly 7:30 p.m. on a recent Friday when the black car was said to be speeding south on San Fernando. At some point, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which crossed over into oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes. The minivan was unable to avoid the small car, and the two vehicles collided.
The California Highway Patrol recently closed down a portion of Route 60 in Los Angeles County while officers conducted an investigation and cleaned up a massive accident involving multiple passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers. As often happens on California's freeways, early morning traffic began slowing to a stop. Then, a tanker truck full of milk failed to reduce speed and started a chain-reaction truck accident that involved several vehicles.
After it rear-ended the first vehicle, the tanker truck ended up straddling the center divider. Gallons of milk spilled onto the westbound lanes of the highway, and the wreckage of all 12 vehicles involved in the crash littered the eastbound lanes. Emergency crews removed the tanker from the median to keep it from falling onto vehicles that were on the highway.
The California Highway Patrol is still attempting to figure out what caused a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 to end up slamming into two men working in a nine-person clean-up crew. Troopers quickly realized they needed to call in the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) for assistance in reconstructing this deadly car accident. Getting the details of the crash right could prove critical in any civil or criminal action filed.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, the crew was picking up litter on the side of the highway when a car suddenly careened off the road, struck a sign and then hit the two men. One of the workers suffered fatal injuries to which he succumbed at the scene. The other worker survived the ordeal, but not without suffering injuries that required medical attention.
Los Angeles police are searching for the driver of a white Ford F-150 believed responsible for a chain reaction crash. After striking two vehicles and several pedestrians, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the car accident. He is described as being between the ages of 35 and 40, Hispanic and approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was last seen wearing black pants and a red shirt and has short black hair.
According to Los Angeles police officers, the driver of the pickup truck failed to stop at a red light and crashed into two vehicles before striking some pedestrians on the sidewalk. One of the pedestrians was killed. At least two other people at the intersection suffered critical injuries. First reports indicated that one of the other drivers suffered injuries as well, but it was later revealed that she remained at the scene, along with the driver of the other passenger car.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning, two women were traveling south on California's 15 Freeway. Unbeknownst to them, another vehicle was approaching their location from behind at a high rate of speed. The resulting car accident caused the deaths of the two women.
The California Highway Patrol reported that witnesses estimated the vehicle slammed into the back of the women's car was traveling upwards of 120 mph. The impact was so severe that the car the women were in burst into flames. They couldn't get out of the car and both died in the fire.
When people ride roller coasters, they do not anticipate that any real danger exists. Instead, they are expecting a fun-filled ride with thrills -- and yes, some fear -- under controlled circumstances. That is not what some riders got recently at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles County. In fact, two personal injury suits were filed against the amusement park after an incident involving a downed tree.
As visitors to the popular park were riding a roller coaster called the Ninja, the car they were in hit a tree that landed on the tracks when it fell. This caused the roller coaster car that was suspended nearly 40 feet up to partially derail. Firefighters worked to free 22 people from the wreckage. In the process, two individuals were struck by the tree and required medical attention.