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What Happens if You Get Hurt at the Company Softball Game?

If you have suffered an injury at a company event, such as a softball game, you might wonder whether you have a right to collect workers’ compensation benefits or whether you have to rely on your personal health insurance and forego any wage replacement. The key is whether a court could find that your injury […]

Can You Sue a Drunk Driver for Injuries from an Accident?

If you are injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, you have every right to sue for damages. However, there are issues related to suing a drunk driver that may make collecting damages more difficult. In most cases, it will be easier for you to obtain a court judgment, because driving drunk […]

Can You Sue the City for an Injury at Oxnard Beach Park?

As with most legal questions, the answer to this one is a resounding maybe. The mere fact that you were injured on public property does not mean the government entity that owns the property is responsible for the harm you suffered. But government “landlords” are also subject to premises liability law, which imposes a duty […]

Can You Sue the City for Injuries at the Oxnard Transit Center?

The Oxnard Transit Center (OTC) has been the major transit hub in town since it opened in 1986. Occupying more than five acres, the OTC grounds include parking facilities, partially enclosed outdoor waiting areas, an indoor waiting area, concessions, public telephones and restrooms, and bus and rail loading facilities for various public and private transit […]

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA)

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law allowing certain types of maritime employees to file claims against their employers to receive benefits for work-related injuries and illnesses. The LHWCA covers land-based maritime workers and specifically excludes seamen, who qualify for benefits under the Jones Act instead. Who qualifies for LHWCA […]

The Jones Act: Maritime Workers’ Rights

Prior to the passage of the Seamen’s Act of 1915 and widespread unionization efforts in the early twentieth century, maritime laborers often worked in horrific conditions, subject to the whim of authoritarian captains and harsh criminal penalties for disobeying orders. Captains were free to enact corporeal punishment, including executions and marooning, as late as the […]

Can You Sue Your Landlord for an Injury?

Premises liability is the area of the law that holds landlords accountable when hidden hazards on their property cause injury to unsuspecting visitors. But what happens when you’re not a visitor but a tenant? Can you still sue the landlord? The answer is yes, but there are usually a few conditions your case must meet. […]

Your right: fighting police brutality

Police officers have a duty to protect the communities they serve, promote public welfare, and enforce the laws of their jurisdiction. To fulfill these duties, they are granted a large degree of freedom to exercise their judgment in the use of force while enforcing the law. Because of chaotic situations, insufficient training, poor judgment, or […]

Helping Sexual Assault Survivors Seek Closure

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (#SAAPM). To help victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse and their families, we’d like to take this opportunity to promote awareness through statistical information and let survivors know there is the possibility for closure and retribution. Sex crimes are more common than society would like to […]

Can You Sue Walmart When You’ve Fallen in Their Store?

Merchants have a duty to make their premises reasonably safe for shoppers, and big-box stores such as Walmart are no exception. However, the mere fact that a patron suffered a fall is not evidence that the merchant is at fault. An injured plaintiff must prove additional elements to recover compensation for a trip and fall […]

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