Monthly Archives: June 2013

I Was Hit During A Chain Collision. What Are My Rights?

CHAIN COLLISION CASE ANALYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was travelling about 5-8 miles per hour, in traffic, in her Toyota, after exiting the 101 southbound freeway ramp. Defendant was driving his employer’s Ford tractor-trailer truck behind her. Defendant rear-ended Plaintiff which caused a chain collision. Plaintiff’s vehicle then struck the vehicle in front of her, her vehicle then struck a Nissan SUV (non-party) that was in front of her. The Nissan then struck a Lexus (non-party). LAPD responded to this multi-vehicle car accident. Plaintiff sustained injuries.

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LIABILITY

Plaintiff maintains that she was about to stop for traffic when she was rear-ended by Defendant, pushing her into the vehicle ahead of her. Furthermore, Plaintiff maintains that she felt three separate impacts. The first one, the strongest, pushing her into the vehicle in front of her. Thereafter, the second impact from the rear may have pushed her into the same vehicle a second time.

The LAPD traffic accident report confirms Plaintiff ‘s version and indicates the primary cause for this accident was Defendant’s, in violation of Cal. Veh.Code §22350.

The vehicle ahead of Plaintiff alleged that prior to the accident he saw Plaintiff’s vehicle as well as the Defendant’s truck in the same lane that he was in via his rear-view mirror. He does not know whether Defendant hit Plaintiff before or after he was struck by Plaintiff but is aware that he felt two distinct and separate impacts. He was also positive that Defendant’s truck rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff sustained injuries to her chest, knee, foot, neck, low back and shoulders. Immediately after the collision Plaintiff was driven to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with a knee contusion and a chest contusion. Plaintiff was examined by the emergency physician and was given a prescription for Naproxen for pain management.

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The day after the accident, Plaintiff went to see a physical therapist since he provided physical therapy to her in the past with excellent results. Plaintiff started therapy and was advised to see an orthopedic specialist for her injuries. The following week Plaintiff saw an orthopedic specialist.

The doctor examined Plaintiff and diagnosed her with chest contusion, chondromalacia patella, cervical sprain, and left shoulder impingement. The doctor advised Plaintiff to continue her physical therapy treatment two to three times a week. Follow-up exams revealed that Plaintiff also experienced persistent back. The pain in her neck radiated to her scapula. Additional therapy was prescribed. Plaintiff continued to have pain in her foot and continued therapy. After several examinations, the doctor discharged Plaintiff.

CONCLUSION:

THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

The Other Car Rear-Ended Me On The Freeway. What Do I Do?

FREEWAY REAR-END COLLISION CASE ANALYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was driving her Nissan straight on the northbound I-5 freeway. Defendant, while operating a Ford van was also driving northbound on the I-5 freeway behind Plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant rear-ended Plaintiff’s vehicle. He was following Plaintiff too closely and could not stop in time. The California Highway Patrol investigated said accident and determined that the accident was caused by Defendant in violation of Vehicle Code section 21703, “following too closely”.

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LIABILITY

Liability has been admitted by Defendant.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff sustained trauma to her head, neck and low-back as a result of this rear-end collision. Following the accident she sought treatment from his doctor, and his diagnostic impressions were: cervical spine strain and sprain, lumbar spine sprain and strain, severe cephalgia, and stress anxiety. He was prescribed Vicodin and recommended physical therapy. Plaintiff followed up with an Orthopedic Specialist. The doctor diagnosed Plaintiff with cervical strain and disc lesion of the cervical spine, thoracic strain, and lumbar strain. The doctor attributed these injuries solely to the accident and ordered an MRI scan. Based on above diagnoses, Plaintiff received physical therapy.

RESIDUAL COMPLAINTS AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES

Plaintiff still suffers from continued lower back pain and muscle spasms. The doctor recommended laminectomy surgery to repair the lumbar disc protrusion.

CONCLUSION:

THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

What If Multiple Cars Hit Me?

MULTIPLE CAR COLLISION CASE ANAYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was driving his  Lexus sedan southbound commencing a right turn into his private residence driveway. Defendant was driving his Toyota truck behind plaintiff’s vehicle and rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant rear-ended defendant. The Los Angeles Police Department investigated said accident and determined that the accident was caused by defendant in violation of Vehicle Code section 21703, “following too closely”. Defendant testified in his deposition that the damages and injury to Plaintiff was caused by defendant. Since Defendant rear-ended him, it caused his vehicle to be pushed into plaintiff’s vehicle.

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LIABILITY

Each defendant blames the other for causing this accident. Plaintiff felt only one rear-end impact which caused his vehicle to strike a wall and fence as he was completing his right turn.

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NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff suffered trauma to his head, neck and low-back as a result of this rear-end collision. Following the accident he sought treatment from a doctor, and his diagnostic impressions were: Acute pain due to trauma, cervicocranial syndrome, cervical neuralgia, cervical spine sprain, strain, lumbar plexis disorder, lumbago, lumbosacral sprain/strain. Based on said diagnoses, plaintiff received physical therapy. Currently, plaintiff still has low back pain radiating into the legs. He intends to follow up with an orthopedic doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

CONCLUSION:

This case was settled out of court, and the client got the money they deserved!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

“He Made A Dangerous Left-Turn And Hit My Vehicle”

LEFT-TURN COLLISION ACCIDENT ANAYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE

Plaintiff was proceeding northbound through a green light in the number two lane. Defendant’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Highland Avenue and proceeded to make a left turn in front of Plaintiff’s vehicle, thereby causing the collision.

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Plaintiff was driving straight through a green light when Defendant turned left into Plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant failed to yield the right of way, in violation of CA Vehicle Code §21451(a). Defendant admitted fault in a written letter. Liability is not disputed and Defendant’s Auto Insurance carrier already paid the property damage in full.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

 As a direct cause of the above mentioned accident, plaintiff suffered trauma to his head, neck, back, wrists (both), knee as well as insomnia. He sought medical care from his doctor on the day of the accident. Plaintiff was prescribed Celebrex and Flexeril for pain management and was recommended to physical therapy for his ailments. The doctor also recommended plaintiff to follow up with an Orthopedic Specialist due to his severe left knee injury. After examination, the specialist diagnosed Plaintiff with a 1) knee medial meniscus tear associated with  quadriceps atrophy and 2) post traumatic chondromalacia and chondral defect of medial femoral condyle. He concluded that plaintiff shall undergo left knee arthroscopic surgery with partial meniscectomy and chondroplasty.

Plaintiff followed up again with his doctor. His doctor reported that at that time plaintiff still suffered from intermittent shooting acute pain, sharply over the medial aspect of the left knee. Lidoderm patches were prescribed and his doctor recommended another MRI if the pain does not subside.

RESIDUAL COMPLAINTS AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES

Plaintiff still continues to suffer from intermittent left knee pain and his current symptoms are residuals of both the initial auto accident and the re-tear. The pain prevents plaintiff from lifting and playing with his grandchildren as well as performing simple household chores and errands. The injury has hampered his daily activities including walking, working, and exercise.

CONCLUSION:

This case was settled out of court, and the client got the money they deserved!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

Job Opportunities For Immigration Lawyers

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Immigration attorneys

Thousands of people migrate to the U.S. each year, hoping to lead a better life. These foreigners who migrate to the U.S. are taken advantage of at many levels, by those claiming to be immigration agents. There is an immigration law that is in existence in our country, which lays down the rules and regulations that one should follow in order to become a citizen of this great nation.

Here is where the immigration attorneys earn their money. Immigration law is a specialized branch of the law, which needs to be studied extensively to practice. Immigration lawyers should be aware of the grounds for entering the U.S. legally, and must be authorized to appear before Immigration and Naturalization Services, judges and adjudicators.

Qualifications of immigrations attorneys

Lawyers who have specializations in different fields of the law have one common factor: a graduate degree in law. It is the basic qualification for becoming an immigration attorney. In addition to that, immigration attorneys have a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited U.S. law school, and have knowledge in U.S. immigration laws, which can be gained through study and legal practice.

Federal government agencies

Immigration attorneys can find jobs in federal government agencies too. These two federal agencies are the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Department of Homeland Security. The Immigration and Naturalization Service employ immigration attorneys as immigration hearing officers or judges. They will have to preside over matters such as petitions for asylum or refugee status. Immigration attorneys are used by the Department of Homeland Security to give legal advice while detaining anyone suspicious at the border. Usually people who are suspected of possession of illegal contraband or are trying for an illegal entry are detained.

Private companies

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Some companies, usually big ones, hire immigration attorneys to provide expert advice on matters such as the immigration status of employees, or prospective employees.

Professors at law schools

Another avenue for immigration attorneys looking for work will be to work as professors in law schools. Many law schools in the country have immigration clinics to improve the knowledge of law students in immigration law. Experienced lawyers are highly sought after by these law schools.

To work as immigration lawyers, it is important to have lots of experience in working cases. It will only come by working as deputies to experienced lawyers and it should prove to be a stepping stone to much bigger things.