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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 […]

Childhood sexual abuse

The effects of childhood sexual assault are devastating and often long-lasting. Sexual abuse is not always obvious, leaving behind physical injuries or scars, and all too often the behavioral indications of abuse are dismissed as adolescent rebelliousness. In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we’re going to discuss childhood sexual assault and how […]

Target Recalls Water-Absorbing Easter Toys Over Life Threatening Ingestion Risk

It was announced today that Target is recalling about 560,000 of it’s Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs. According to the recall, if swallowed the toys can expand in a child’s stomach, causing intestinal obstructions that could be life-threatening. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has further warned […]

Waiting on your settlement? Pay bills now

The time needed to reach a personal injury settlement agreement and receive the award varies from case to case. Settlements can take months, even years, to negotiate. Such delays could affect your ability to pay injury-related medical bills and keep on top of household expenses, such as a mortgage, utilities, or even groceries. However, there […]

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