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What Are Lawmakers Doing to Prevent Sexual Harassment?

Modesto Personal Injury Lawyers Escalon pic2As more and more sexual assault and harassment allegations come out involving embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, female politicians in California are joining forces to help make changes they hope will prevent sexual harassment.

How California Lawmakers Plan to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Per The Sacramento Bee, over 140 female lawmakers, lobbyists and political consultants released an open letter condemning California’s lack of checks and balances when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault. The letter calls on “good men” to believe sexual assault and harassment victims and have their backs in the fight to bring their abusers to justice.

Christine Pelosi, who is the chairwoman of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, is calling on the California Legislature to publicly disclose any sexual assault or harassment claims involving lawmakers. In addition, Pelosi would like to see an independent commission formed to investigate those claims.

The Modesto employment lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin have been fighting for the rights of the victims and sexual harassment and abuse for years.

What Happens If a Driver with a Suspended License Causes a Car Accident?

Passenger Injured in a Car AccidentPeople can have their driver’s licenses suspended for all kinds of reasons. In some cases, if the state has a points system and a driver gets too many points for traffic violations within a certain amount of time, his or her license can be suspended. In other situations, a driver may have been pulled over for one major violation, such as driving without insurance or driving while intoxicated, and had his or her license suspended for that reason. However, no matter the reason, a person with a suspended license has no business being behind the wheel.

Recently, The Union Democrat published an article about a woman who was driving with a suspended license who caused a head-on collision. Reportedly, she was on probation for starting the Willow Fire in Calaveras County and driving under the influence (DUI) without a license. She was injured in the crash and as of this writing, was in critical but stable condition at University of California, Davis, Medical Center. She will reportedly be cited for driving without a license.

How Injury Lawyers Help Car Accident Victims and Their Families

Following a car wreck, your life can be turned upside down. The last thing you want to be worrying about is pursuing a legal claim. Instead, you just want to concentrate on healing and being there for your family. Therefore, it may be best for you to speak with a car accident lawyer in the aftermath of your auto crash. An attorney can carry the burden of handling your legal claim, including holding those at fault for your pain and suffering accountable and securing the financial help you need for hospital bills, loss of income, rehabilitation costs, damage to your vehicle and physical therapy.

When the Modesto personal injury lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin, take you on as a client, we focus on carrying the burden of protecting your legal rights and bring those who did you harm to justice, so you can concentrate on healing and getting your life back on track.

I was a Passenger Injured in a Car Accident

If you were a passenger injured in a car accident, it is important to recognize that you have legal options available to you that can help you recoup losses from medical bills and other damages. For serious injuries that include a significant hardship that will extend indefinitely such as a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, there are additional claims that your attorneys can make to provide lifelong care and make up for lost earnings from work.

The first step to filing a personal injury claim is finding a lawyer or legal team who specialize in personal injury law, particularly when it comes to passengers. When passengers in auto accidents file personal injury claims, there are certain third party insurance claim problems that can arise. You must be able to provide significant proof of damages with medical reports, police reports, and other evidence. This process can also be lengthy because in some cases investigations will be needed in order to determine compensation because there is not an existing contractual obligation between the injured passenger and the at-fault driver’s insurance. This changes when you choose to bring a claim to your insurance provider. To determine which insurance company the claim should be filed with, you will need to consult with your lawyer.

If you are interested in pursuing your rightful claim for compensation as a passenger injured in a car accident, you need to collect the necessary information and bring it with you to a consultation with your new legal team. At Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin in Modesto, CA, we ask all of our clients to bring insurance information for each driver. We also ask our passengers to bring with them any medical reports that they have had or their medical visit information with them to a consultation. It is helpful for our team to be able to assess the damage and draft up a strategy as well as an understanding of what we need to ask for in compensation. It is very important to think long-term in this respect because many car accident injuries require further treatments later on in life.

Ready to begin? Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin can help you with your personal injury claim in Modesto, CA. We specialize in personal injury law and are a personal injury law firm. Contact us today to begin the process of moving forward with your personal injury lawsuit. As a passenger injured in a car accident, you deserve to be compensated and we can make sure that you will be.

Top 5 Summertime Injuries

At Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin, we know that there are five common summertime injuries that occur from accidents.

Summertime Accident 1: Lawn Care Accidents

Many of our clients want to perform lawn care or gardening chores in the summer. Unfortunately, it is easy to incur summertime injuries from equipment such as push or riding lawn mowers. Additional accidents can occur while using digging equipment, chain saws or weed trimmers. The most common types of injuries from gardening or lawn care equipment include deep lacerations and amputations of body parts.

Summertime Accident 2: Near Drowning Accidents

Summer is the perfect time for using a swimming pool at home or in the community. Alternatively, one of our clients might go swimming at a beach. Accidents on a beach or in a swimming pool are common. One of our clients might slip and fall from a defective diving board, or a hotel might have defective water-pumping equipment in a pool.

Summertime Accident 3: Bicycle Accidents

Many children, teenagers, and adults want to ride a bicycle in the summer, but when someone doesn’t wear a helmet or protective pads, it is possible to have a serious injury from a fall. In addition, a bicyclist might ride directly in front of an automobile, leading to a collision.

Summertime Accident 4: Vehicular Accidents

In the summertime in California, more drivers are on the road, and many of the individuals are tourists who are unfamiliar with the area. This leads to numerous summertime injuries from vehicular collisions that require emergency visits to local hospitals.

Summertime Accident 5: Motorcycle Accidents

More individuals want to ride motorcycles in the summer, and we assist numerous clients who have been injured after a collision. Additional problems that occur from motorcycle accidents are losing control of the motorcycle and sliding off the road or into a hard object. Summertime injuries from motorcycle accidents are serious because the driver does not wear a seat belt.

Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin

Contact Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin at 209-522-2211 today for more information about legal assistance for personal injuries in the summer.

Injured at a Public Pool? Who’s liable?

Temperatures are beginning to climb, so naturally, people are heading to the public pool to cool off. Everyone wants to have a good time while beating the heat. But not every pool trip is a pleasant one. Often tragedy strikes at the happiest times. When accidents happen you have rights, though you will need an attorney to defend those rights, as well as to prove who was at fault.

There are many factors that can lead to injury at the public pool, and premises liability law will generally make the owners and operators of the pool liable for injuries suffered there. That doesn’t mean that they are always responsible. Some deciding factors will be if the injured person was partially or wholly responsible for their own injury, as well as if they had permission to be on the premises.

In this type of case, we determine what caused the injury in the first place. If there were not adequate warning signs or there was no safety equipment, fences, and alarms, or no supervision was in place could have been the cause. It is up to the owner to provide these safety measures, and when they don’t they can be held accountable. It’s possible that it is a case of negligence. This can happen if any of the equipment on the premises was installed incorrectly or was damaged. Owners have the responsibility to make sure that all equipment is safe and functioning properly.

Do keep in mind that a swimmer does have responsibility for their own safety as well. For instance, if you are running at the public pool and you slip and get injured as a result of that fall, you may be responsible if there were signs clearly posted stating that the area is slippery when wet.

When working on your claim the personal injury lawyers of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin will investigate the accident scene and communicate with medical professionals to determine the cause and extent of your injuries, or file a wrongful death claim for cases of drowning. We’re here to help you get compensated for your public pool injuries.