Sexual Harassment in California Workplaces

Sexual harassment is illegal in the state of California. In 2017, dozens of victims came forward with claims of sexual harassment against many wealthy celebrities of the past and present. Many forms of the sexual harassment were said to have occurred while on-the-job. With more and more reports of sexual harassment claims being lodged against individuals, it is important to take this type of harassment seriously. However, many individuals still do not understand that even what they consider to be jokes in the workplace can give rise to sexual discrimination claims. If you or someone you know has been sexually…

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Medical Errors in California

Far too many medical mistakes occur in doctors’ offices and hospitals throughout the Country. In many of these cases, victims undergo routine procedures and unsuspectingly become the victims of an injury due to a medical mishap. Unfortunately, these incidents happen to thousands of individuals on a yearly basis. Medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death and should be taken seriously to determine the amount of damage a medical mistake has caused. It is understandable to want to seek relief when injuries occur, due to a medical mistake. When you or your loved one seeks monetary compensation for…

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Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Foregoing Medical Attention After a California Car Accident If you have been injured in a car accident or incident, it is important to obtain care from a medical professional immediately. After a car accident, some individuals tend to believe they are fine and are simply thankful to walk away from the accident without significant harm. However, in the hours or days following a car accident, these individuals become sore or start to experience pain. Some injury symptoms do not present themselves until the shock or trauma leaves one’s body. In some cases, the delay has the potential to cause greater…

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Teenager Killed in Dirt Bike Accident

Recently in Palo Cedro, a dirt bike accident occurred that killed one teenager and seriously injured another teenager. The California Highway Patrol reports that at the time the accident occurred the two teens were riding dirt bikes on private property located between Old Highway 44 and Stillwater. Due to reasons that are still undetermined, the two teenagers collided on their vehicles. Law enforcement has reported that both teenagers were wearing protective gear at the time of the accident. Additionally, law enforcement does not believe that alcohol or drugs played a contributing role in the accident. This event is an example…

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The Causes of San Bernardino Rollover Car Accidents

According to an August 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, a Fontana driver was killed and a passenger critically injured in a rollover car accident. The driver, a 19-year-old from Fontana, was killed and her passenger critically injured after a rollover crash in the early morning hours. The female driver, operating a 2002 Chevy Silverado, was traveling on Bridlepath Drive about 1 a.m. when the victim allegedly struck the center median. Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle. Although witnesses indicated that the driver was allegedly speeding at the time, police were conducting an investigation into the crash…

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Inland Empire Magazine Names Sanford Kassel as a Top Lawyer in the IE

Inland Empire Magazine has been publishing an annual list of the Top Lawyers in the Inland Empire for several years, and Sanford A. Kassel has made the list once again. Based upon his professional ability, high ethical standards, legal experience, judgement, communication ability, legal knowledge, and analytical capabilities. Attorney Sanford Kassel is rated AV Preeminent®  – which is the highest possible rating one can achieve from your peers through the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. Martindale-Hubbell has been a respected source for attorneys, since 1868. This prestigious unbiased peer review AV rating is the basis for inclusion in the Inland Empire Top Lawyers annual edition. Attorney Sanford A. Kassel is…

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Proving a Negligence Per Se Car Accident Cause in San Bernardino

The San Bernardino Sun reported in September of 2017 that five people were injured in a street racing incident involving two vehicles colliding. According to police, the accident happened when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Second Street broadsided a vehicle traveling southbound. The second vehicle was traveling along the 215 freeway around 8:30 p.m. The woman in the second vehicle, the one exiting the freeway, was critically injured. Police claim that the first car traveling eastbound was racing another vehicle at the time of the accident. A total of five victims were treated at area hospitals following the crash. It…

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Protect Your Legal Rights After a San Bernardino Accident Involving DUI

According to a September 2017 article in the San Bernardino Sun, a 24-year-old San Bernardino male was accused of driving under the influence and causing a car accident. The man hit another vehicle during the crash. The accident killed the driver and seriously injured a passenger. He was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter along with driving under the influence. The accident happened in the 1200 block of Kendall Drive. The drunk driver was allegedly speeding south on Kendall Drive around 1 p.m. He allegedly slammed into a Ford Escape that was traveling southbound at the time. The car…

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Passengers in a San Bernardino Car Accident may have a Legal Right to Sue

In May of 2017, four people were hurt in a crash, according to the San Bernardino Sun. The crash occurred early on a Saturday evening at East Baseline and Cedar Avenue and involved two vehicles. The crash sent four people to the hospital. Approximately two of the people were in critical condition at the time of the report. An investigation into the car crash was ongoing at the time the report was published. There are no details about whether anyone would sue for personal injuries sustained in the crash. Who is Considered a Passenger in a Vehicle? A passenger is…

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San Bernardino Medical Malpractice and the Discovery Rule

According to a KTLA post in November of 2016, a California mother sued a health care provider for her son’s delayed diagnosis. A Long Beach mother claimed that doctors misdiagnosed her then 8-month-old son’s injury. He allegedly had a penny lodged in his esophagus. Instead, he was allegedly diagnosed with a viral infection after she took him to HealthCare. The mother claimed that the healthcare providers dismissed her requests for further testing. Her son allegedly continued to suffer from a worsening rash and fever. She allegedly returned to the same clinic five times because of her son’s continued suffering. According…

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Riverside Motorcycle Crashes: Who is Liable?

According to a July 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, a motorcycle crash occurred on the 215 Freeway in Riverside, which backed up rush hour traffic on both the 215 and 60 freeways. The crash was initially reported as a hit-and-run accident that occurred shortly before 5 p.m. south of Central Avenue. The crash involved a motorcycle, pickup truck, and another type of vehicle, and was ultimately determined not to have been a hit-and-run. The California Highway Patrol did have to shut down three lanes of the highway, as it took them 30 minutes to clear the vehicles to the roadside.…

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Speed can be a Factor in a San Bernardino Car Accident

According to an August 2017 report in the San Bernardino Sun and a subsequent viral video showing the crash, a driver was allegedly speeding and caused a chain-reaction crash on the 10 Freeway in Colton. The dashcam footage allegedly shows an Infiniti striking a BMW. The impact sent the vehicle under a tractor-trailer, then into another vehicle, a green Mazda, prior to stopping. When the dashcam footage was posted on social media, a citizen who saw the footage recognized the vehicle and informed California Highway Patrol of its location. The vehicle was then located in San Bernardino, but authorities could…

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A Victim of a San Bernardino Car Accident can Sue Even if Partially at Fault

According to a July 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, three people were killed in an accident after a man ran a red light. A man driving an SUV allegedly crashed into a car in Apple Valley. The car crash happened in the early afternoon at the intersection of Bear Valley Road and Deep Creek Road. The SUV’s driver ran a red light and crashed into a 2013 Honda Civic turning west from Deep Creek Road. The driver and occupant of the Honda, a 63-year-old male and 77-year-old passenger, died at the accident scene. The SUV driver was airlifted to the…

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Medical Malpractice in San Bernardino

A California mother claimed medical malpractice after doctors allegedly ignored symptoms that her 8-month-old baby exhibited, according to a November 2016 report on KTLA. According to the mother, her then 8-month-old son was diagnosed with a viral infection after visiting medical professionals at HealthCare Partners in June 2016. She said doctors allegedly dismissed her concerns and requests for further testing because he continued to have a fever. He allegedly had a rash that worsened after the medical diagnosis. She returned to the clinic with her baby at least five times. She alleges that the medical providers questioned her ability to…

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The Cause of a Bike Accident in San Bernardino Might be Driver Negligence

According to a May 2017 article in the San Bernardino County Sun, a bicyclist was killed in a crash on Mother’s Day. At the time of the report, San Bernardino police were searching for a vehicle involved in one of the accidents. It was the driver who allegedly hit a bicyclist. The hit-and-run happened shortly after 2 a.m. in the 1100 block of 39th Street. A 52-year-old male was riding his bike traveling west and along the curb at the time of the accident. He was struck from behind by a driver possibly operating a dark Toyota Yaris. The driver…

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Workers can Sue for Age Discrimination in San Bernardino

According to a November 2016 article in USA Today, more tech workers are finding it hard to find and retain jobs as they grow older. Since 2012, approximately 90 age-related complaints were filed against many of the tech companies in Silicon Valley, according to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or DEFH. The complaints were requests for an immediate right to sue the companies. Since May 2013, approximately 28 complaints were about Hewlett-Packard. Other tech companies being sued include Apple, Google, Cisco Systems, and Oracle. Some of the complaints also include wrongful termination. The majority of the complaints…

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Three Elements Needed to Establish a Product Liability Claim

According to a July 2017 report in California Healthline, DNA linked deadly germs to tainted devices used during heart surgeries to a German Factory. Contamination at a German factory was likely the source of a global outbreak of deadly infections in heart patients. Scientists discovered the source by using whole-genome sequencing to match the DNA fingerprint samples taken from patients in several countries. A 55-year-old Pennsylvania man was among patients infected with the germ in the United States. He appeared to recover well after his open-heart surgery in March of 2015. However, a product liability lawsuit filed on his behalf…

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Elements Needed to Prove a Wrongful Death Claim

According to KTLA June 2017 report, a woman was killed in a chain-reaction car crash. The accident was allegedly caused by a drunk driver. The woman’s vehicle slammed into a San Bernardino County sheriff’s van. At the time, the sheriff’s deputy was transporting several prisoners to a facility and traveling eastbound on Fifth Street. He stopped at the H Street intersection for a red light. The victim was stopped behind the police van. As they waited for the light to turn green, a 34-year-old driver rear-ended the woman’s car. The impacted sent her car into the back of the van.…

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Only Specific Family Members Can Sue In A San Bernardino Wrongful Death Claim

The families of San Bernardino attack victims have sued social media companies for wrongful death, according to a Los Angeles Times May 2017 article. The families filed a wrongful death claim in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Google and social media sites Facebook and Twitter. They allege the companies allowed the Islamic State to build an online presence and disseminate its extremist beliefs. The presence allowed it to recruit and promote attacks like the December 2, 2015 shooting at the Inland Regional Center. In the 2015 attack, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik,…

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Termination Papers

Do I have to sign termination papers? NO, YOU DO NOT!  In fact, one should never sign anything without closely reviewing the language contained in any document. By signing termination papers (exit interview documents), you are likely waiving and giving up any potential wrongful termination claim. When you sign termination papers, you are agreeing with the reason given for your termination. For example, if you sign termination papers stating you are being dismissed for showing up late to work, you are acknowledging that you agree by signing these papers; even if you believe you are being wrongfully terminated and unfairly…

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