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appellate court, gas leak, San Jose personal injury lawyerWhen you have been hurt in any type of incident caused by the actions or negligence of another party, you deserve to collect compensation for your injuries. Your road to recovery may be made even easier when the responsible party admits their liability relatively early in the process. Admission of liability does not necessarily mean that everything is completely resolved, as a San Gabriel man recently learned. His compensation may finally be on its way, though, as a California appellate court last week upheld a $20 million verdict against a local utility provider.

Lighting a Cigarette

In 2011, the claimant was living in a remodeled garage in San Gabriel. According to court records, an employee of the Southern California Gas Company, opened a valve which allowed the man’s residence to fill with natural gas. When the resident went to light a cigarette, the gas-filled garage exploded, causing him severe burns and a traumatic brain injury, which experts believe will lead to dementia by about age 50. For a man who was only 23 at the time of the explosion, the impact is expected to be life-changing.

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train safety, jurisdiction, San Jose personal injury attorneyThe U.S. civil court system is an institution that has been established to protect the rights of those who have been wronged or injured in some way. When a party has suffered losses due to the actions or negligence of another, the damaged party may be forced to rely on the courts to provide the compensation and justice he or she needs and deserves. There are limits, however, to what the American justice system can do, especially when the case involves injuries that occurred in another country.

Continuing Trend

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its first ruling of the new term, reversing a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed a suit to continue in American court over an injury occurring in Innsbruck, Austria. The High Court unanimously rejected the lower court’s ruling on the grounds that the focal point of the case centered around events that took place outside of the United States, and that the American courts do not have sufficient jurisdiction to make a binding ruling. This marks the third time in less than four years that the Supreme Court has limited the reach of the U.S. court system.

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