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Author Archives: Robert S. Patterson

Can You Suffer Whiplash in a Low-Speed Car Crash?

Contrary to what insurance companies would have you believe, people involved in low-speed vehicle collisions can suffer serious injuries — among them whiplash. This occurs when the sensitive muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck are damaged by sudden head and neck movements. In some instances, a person who sustains a whiplash injury may be […]

Five Common Examples of Truck Driver Negligence

Commercial trucking is a vital part of the American economy. Tractor-trailers move everything from food to furniture to oil and gas, covering millions of miles every year. The average person expects truck drivers to be alert, skilled and safe, but that is not always the case. Truck driver negligence is one of the biggest causes […]

What Happens If You Get Injured in a Public Transportation Accident?

Californians rely heavily on public transportation. In 2019 alone, Los Angeles-area buses, subways and trolleys proved an estimated 370 million rides and covered more than 1.7 billion passenger miles, according to the Metro agency. Unfortunately, Southern California — and cities throughout the entire state — sees more than a handful of serious accidents every year […]

Unsanitary Nursing Home Kitchens Jeopardize Residents’ Health

A five-month investigation has uncovered thousands of food safety violations at nursing homes throughout the U.S. The report, published by FairWarning, a nonprofit investigative news organization, details disturbing incidents in nursing home kitchens. Mouse droppings on stoves, flies landing on uncovered food, cockroaches behind ovens and mold inside ice machines are just a few of […]

If You Slipped and Fell on a Sidewalk, Who Can Be Held Liable?

Neglected and damaged sidewalks cause hundreds of pedestrian injuries every year in California, and many victims file claims to obtain compensation for their medical bills and other out-of-pocket costs. In a sidewalk slip-and-fall injury case, there are two big issues to resolve. One is the nature of the defect and the other is identifying who […]

Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in […]

Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that […]

Dealing with Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury is life changing: it may not only shift the way you handle daily tasks but determine whether you are able to handle them at all. You may not be able to do your previous job. You may be unable to do the things you once enjoyed. You may have lost some part […]

The COVID-19 virus should not delay your claim!

If you have been injured, you should take immediate action to preserve evidence and protect your rights. The COVID-19 virus has not changed this. We have the technology in place to handle your case right now; a face-to-face meeting is not necessary. With our advances in video and digital technology, you can remain safely in […]

Santa Barbara Facility Provides Opportunities for Victims of Brain Injury

If a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident or fall, you know all too well the difficulties they face. Even a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave the victim with symptoms such as speech difficulties, dizziness, headaches, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, and blurred vision. People with more severe […]