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Author Archives: Robert S. Patterson

Effective Responses and Remedies for Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home residents are often vulnerable to abuse, neglect and even theft. Caregivers may use threats, intimidation or undue influence to silence victims. When nursing home personnel violate residents’ rights or fail to deliver proper care, the victims and their families can pursue remedies under civil and criminal law to stop the abuse and to […]

How Driving an Uninsured Vehicle May Limit Your Damages Claim After an Accident

If you are involved in an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence, and you are injured, you may seek compensation for your injuries and related damages from the negligent driver. However, California requires that all drivers have insurance protection for any vehicles they own. If you do not have insurance coverage for your vehicle, […]

How Left Turns and U-turns Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents

With scenic views along coastal roads in beautiful weather, California’s highway system is a favorite of motorcyclists. Unfortunately, bikers who are involved in accidents are prone to serious and permanent injuries. Among the common causes of these accidents are car and truck drivers who make left turns and U-turns that cut off motorcycles coming in […]

The Role of Expert Witnesses in Auto Accident Cases

If you are hurt in an automobile accident and your injuries are more than minor, it may be necessary to hire experts to determine your physical condition, the damage to your motor vehicle and the accident scene in order to develop the evidence that will support your claim for monetary compensation. Experts prepare reports which […]

How California Personal Injury Cases Are Proceeding During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the United States and throughout the world. The California Superior Court system is not immune to the negative consequences. Many of the courts are under orders to remain closed or to offer limited access to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Santa Barbara County Superior Court is open […]

What To Do if You’re in an Accident With an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist

Under California law, drivers need to purchase liability insurance for their motor vehicles. However, there are many drivers who either do not have insurance or who carry insurance with policy limits that are inadequate to compensate victims of accidents they cause. California only requires a driver to carry insurance of at least $15,000 for bodily […]

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 […]