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Can your smart device affect your personal injury claim?

The chances are good that if you are reading this, you use some sort of location tracking device. Tracking devices include smartphones, smart watches, fitness trackers, smart glasses and the list goes on. While there are many advantages to these heavily used devices, there are also disadvantages.

With one in six Americans using some form of wearable technology and nearly every adult using a smartphone, it is critical that we appreciate the implications of this data collection on our daily life.

Have you experienced or witnessed abuse at work?

Over the past century, working conditions in the U.S. have come a long way. This is thanks in large part to workers banding together to force change. Despite improvements, too many workers still face abuse while at work. Often, that abuse comes at the hands of their fellow coworkers.

Abuse, in any form, and of any severity can wreak havoc on a victim's life. To put an end to workplace abuse, it's important to recognize it and its many forms. Here are just three of the ways that abuse can occur at work:

Can you relate to this woman's case of pregnancy discrimination?

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It's another rags-to-riches story. Once a single, working mom, Lynda Resnick is a self-made billionaire and co-owner of The Wonderful Company, which sells special food items. Like so many women, she faced many challenges in her 74 years because of her gender.

Early in 2018, hosts of a female empowerment conference in Los Angeles welcomed Resnick to the stage. There, she discussed how few leadership opportunities there are for women. She stressed how important the #MeToo movement has been in bringing the lasting problem of workplace sexual harassment to the national stage. However, it is ironic that Resnick now faces a complaint from a female employee alleging discrimination.

Were you injured while riding a scooter?

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Scooters can be a fun form of transportation, but they come with mixed reviews. Now, there are dockless scooters.

The idea behind dockless scooters -- or e-scooters -- is that anyone with a smart phone can download the app, locate a scooter and grab one for a ride for a fee. Unlike other rental services where you return the unit to a docking station, riders can leave dockless scooters anywhere, including in the middle of sidewalks.

Does your personality make you a target for bullying?

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Most people agree that we have a bullying problem in the United States. Bullying can occur at school, work, home, or anywhere in between. Often, the media covers bullying that takes place in schools because children are viewed as more vulnerable and the bullying can be hard to escape.

For many bullied school children, they grow up, leave their school behind only to face new or continued bullying in the workplace. Bullying is a very serious matter that can have lasting effects. According to recent research, 60.3 million U.S. workers experience bullying in the workplace. That is approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults.

Considerations for Christmas tree safety

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Now that the Halloween costumes are off the shelves, stores have started promoting Christmas. Between the commercialization of Christmas and the mass appeal the holiday has, it is no wonder that stores seem to start earlier and earlier getting the decorations out each year.

The one piece a lot of people see as a must-have is a Christmas tree. With the lights and the ornaments, they can have appeal for even the biggest Scrooges. Whether you decide to celebrate with a real tree or a fake one, there are still risks to keep in mind. Having a tree in your home can present several potential risks, including:

Have you experienced subtle discrimination at work?

The discrimination we see on TV and in movies can be easy to spot. Even by the time real stories hit the news cycle, bias can seem obvious. As the stories about people turned down for promotions or denied a new job unfold, it seems hard to miss.

Your situation, more likely, is more subtle. Perhaps you were not looking for a promotion or a new job, just a change in your work schedule. You may not have asked for anything at all but you noticed a difference in work assignments between you and your colleagues.

What risks do you face as a pedestrian in Los Angeles?

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Between 2015 and 2017, there was an 80 percent increase in pedestrian deaths in Los Angeles, according to new data. The data collection is part of Mayor Garcetti's 2015 initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025. It goes without saying that the statistics are trending in the wrong direction.

Although pedestrians make up only 8 percent of traffic collisions in L.A., the pedestrians involved make up 44 percent of the deaths, according to the Los Angeles Times. Being so grossly under-protected in a collision with a vehicle makes it all the more important for pedestrians to focus on what they can control while the city manages its part.

Injury risks you face on Black Friday

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Every year the holiday decorations seem to go up earlier and earlier. Now, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, comes the biggest shopping season of the year.

Black Friday starts so early that some stores open just as the turkey is starting to settle on Thursday evening. The big meal is not enough to stop the enthusiastic Black Friday crowd. Every year, crowds of people wait outside to storm the doors for the best deals. Is this behavior a potential cause for catastrophe?

Did your child suffer a head injury while playing football?

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It's that time of year again. As football training season turns into game season for kids across the state, parents start to think about injuries. You've made sure that your child has all the recommended protective gear, but you may wonder if it is enough.

In a sport where the stakes can be as high as the chances of injury, it can be difficult to know when to let kids enjoy what they love and when to protect them.

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