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Bay Area wrongful death lawyerEarlier this month, a fire tore through a party in a converted warehouse in Oakland, killing 36 people. The warehouse was known throughout the Bay Area arts community as the “Ghost Ship,” offering residential, studio, and performance spaces to local artists and musicians. As investigations into the fire continue, a number of major concerns have come to light about the building’s safety and lack of required permits. Such issues may be important considerations in determining potential liability for the deaths of victims.

Alleged Illegal Construction and Unlicensed Use

It is often difficult for low-income individuals to find suitable, affordable housing in the Bay Area, leading many to cut corners in an effort to save money. This seems to have been the case of the Ghost Ship, a former warehouse on 131st Street in Oakland. The couple who operated the building reportedly converted it into a sort of collective for struggling artists and musicians but did so without securing permits or code inspections required by the city. The last permit on record approved the building for use as a warehouse only, not as a performance space or residence.

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driverless car, San Jose peronsal injury attorneyFor the first time, according to reports, one of Google’s driverless cars was at fault for causing an accident in California. While there were no reported injuries in the crash, which occurred at very low speed while the car was attempting to merge back into traffic, the incident has raised some serious concerns about the ability of driverless technology to keep passengers and other drivers safe.  

Low-Speed Fender Bender

Last month, as part of the ongoing testing of the technology, a Google-owned Lexus with driverless capabilities was cruising the streets of Mountain View in Santa Clara County. Compliant with Google’s normal testing protocol, there was also a driver in the vehicle to supervise the process and to take over control in the event of a problem. As the vehicle approached an intersection to make a right turn, its sensors determined that the turn was blocked, so it began to merge back into the flow of traffic proceeding through the intersection. In the process of merging—reports indicate the Google car was travelling at about 2 miles per hour—the car brushed the side of a bus passing at about 15 miles per hour.

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dog bites, insurance coverage, San Jose personal injury attorneyEvery five years, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) releases the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook ranking the top/lowest ten states sharing a home with a pet, most often domesticated canines. As per the 2013 AVMA report, California ranked among the lowest ten states proclaiming pet ownership. It was reported that 52.9 percent of the California population shared their home with a domesticated pet but no matter where state rankings stand, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 4.5 million dog bites still occur every year across the United States.

Statistically, the complexities of pet ownership run even deeper than just welcoming your four-legged friend into the family fold. The Insurance Information Institute reported that in 2014, California residents reported 1,867 dog-related injury claims with an average cost of $33,649 per claim. It is understandable that dog-bite injuries can become a household’s largest liability and often leading to intricate legalities and lawsuits. It is often riskier for those who rent in comparison to homeowners who are minimally covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy. 

The costs associated with a dog bite claim have skyrocketed, so much so that in 2013, Farmers Insurance of California placed breed restrictions within their coverage often turning away business or denying a claim if a homeowner owned one of the following breeds: 

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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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