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Motorcycle Helmets: California Personal Lawyer Says “Who Needs ‘Em?”

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 7, 2013

Hey, our brains are a good thing. For us to survive, we need them to stay undamaged. So there is a law in California designed for that purpose. In fact, California Vehicle Code Section 27803(a) requires that “a driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.” What’s the reasoning behind the law? Simple. Section (g) states “it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety benefit while riding or operating a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.” Motorcycle helmets help protect your most valuable asset: Your Brain! A June… Read More

A California Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective on Accidents

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 6, 2013

A California personal injury case can take on many forms.  If you, or someone you love, has been injured in any one of the following situations, you may have a personal injury case worth pursuing. Assault Injuries Bicycle Accident Bus Accident Car Accident Dangerous Product Defective Product Dog Bite / Animal Attack Elevator / Escalator Accident False Arrest Medical Negligence Motorcycle Accident Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse Pedestrian Accident Railroad Crossing Accident Sexual Abuse Slip & Fall Accident Trip & Fall Accident Truck Accident Wrongful Death Call me to discuss whether you have a personal injury case.  Consultations are free and unlike a vicious dog,… Read More

Boy Scout Childhood Sexual Abuse: How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 21, 2012

The tragedy of childhood sexual abuse is so horrific, so unspeakable that oftentimes innocent victims do not come forth until many years after the abuse took place. This is, in part, why the California Statute of Limitations allows a victim to file a lawsuit against the abuser and those that knew, or should have known (and stepped in to protect the child) of the abuse until he or she turns 26 years old. In some instances, the victim can file a lawsuit even after they have reached the age of 26. Download Childhood Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Against whom can… Read More

Text, Drive and Kill: Go To Jail

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 9, 2012

I’m burning mad. It takes a moment to pull over to read or respond to a text, to program your GPS, to dial the phone (should you not have voice command) yet people do it while their car is moving.  And, more importantly, while other cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, cats and dogs are moving.  And while buildings are stationary.  Taking our eyes off the road seems harmless enough but it can cause injury and death. In New Hampshire, 18 year old Aaron Deveau was sentenced to jail for vehicular manslaughter.  He was convicted of causing an accident which never, ever would have happened… Read More

Injured at Work? Worker’s Compensation Sites for All 50 States!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 14, 2012

Injured at work? An interesting, informative site will give you a good start.  All 50 States’ and D.C.’s Home Pages and Workers’ Compensation Agencies.  This site has Workers’ Compensation Sites for every state in the union as well as related state specific links. Additionally, there is a great website for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (powered by the CDC) which provides a wealth of information for the prevention of illness and injuries at work.  Literally a ton of very valuable and potentially life saving information.

Mario Batali Tip Scamming Lawsuit: What Are The Rules?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 10, 2012

Wow, that’s a lotta pasta! Yep, how many plates of his world famous delectable delights will Mario Batali have to sell to pay the $5.25 Million settlement? (read entire settlement agreement here – courtesy of Huffington Post). Plenty. What’s It All About? Well, the lawsuit alleges that Batali, and his partner Joseph Bastianich, violated the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act by (1) pocketing tips owed to the staff that were equal to as much as 5 percent of nightly wine sales, (2) not paying the federal minimum wage, and (3) failing to pay overtime. Did Mario Break The Rules? If the allegations are true, then, yes. Employers… Read More

Law Talk With Lowell Steiger

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 5, 2012

With guests criminal defense attorney Jennifer Gardner, Esq. and mediator/attorney Alec Wisner. Interesting discussions about criminal matters, whether victim’s families should influence sentencing in criminal matters, mediation, OJ, Johnny Cochran, Casey Anthony, Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke. With guest participation via text. Please watch and enjoy. Click here to watch the video if you can’t access it from the player below

Are You Getting An Itemized Wage Statement?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 3, 2012

You have to follow rules at work, right?  Well your boss has to follow rules, too. This post is all about the itemized statement that you are legally entitled to get with your payroll check (or cash payment) and the penalties that your boss may have to pay to you for failure to follow these rules. California Law Code Section 226 requires your boss (and by “boss” I mean an individual employer or a huge company) to give you an itemized written statement every two months or at the time of each wage payment.  This applies whether you’re being paid by check OR… Read More

Warning! Refinishing Your Bathtub Could Kill You

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 24, 2012

How scary is this? Beautifying your bathtub could lead to death. It turns out that 13 bathtub refinishers have died in the last 12 years as a result of methylene chloride stripping agents. According to an article in Health Day, “All of the deaths occurred in residential bathrooms with inadequate ventilation. The victims either did not use protective respiratory equipment or the equipment they used did not protect against methylene chloride vapor, according to the report in the Feb. 24 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC.” CDC Report Links Death to These Products The Centers for Disease Control… Read More

Workers’ Compensation? Personal Injury? or Both? Maximize Your Compensation

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 3, 2011

Through California’s Worker’s Compensation Laws injured employees are able to recover from the limited benefits of their employer’s insurance. But what happens in cases where an employee has sustained an on-the-job injury caused by someone other than the employer? Simply put, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim, the injured employee may sue this third party (i.e., other person or entity) in tort law. Third party cases may fall into categories such as traffic accidents, slip & fall incidents, defective products, defective equipment or the exposure to toxic substances and any number of other situations. If a worker suffers a significant injury,… Read More

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