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Pool Safety and the Law: A Legal Roundup

It's summertime, meaning you're probably going to be spending some time around the pool during the next few months. Few things are more relaxing than being pooling on a sunny day, and, unfortunately, few places are as dangerous, to children and adults alike. Sadly,...

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Texas Bar Sued for Overserving Man Who Shot, Killed 8 People

On September 10, 2017, Spencer Hight walked into his estranged wife's home and opened fire on the football watch party she was hosting with an AR-15, killing her and seven of her guests. Before the shooting, Hight had been drinking at a bar down the street and was...

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When Should Parents Sue for Birth Asphyxia?

It sounds odd, but most of us parents love our kids so much, we've imagined all sorts of terrible and tragic ways they could get hurt. It's actually a sort of built-in function that allows us to anticipate danger and find ways to prevent it. Unfortunately, some danger...

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JUNE AT CHSWC

CHSWC (the California Health Safety and Workers’ Compensation commission) held its meeting in Oakland on June 7. Issues that are discussed at CHSWC typically are key current and emerging issues in the system. What follows is a brief, selective snapshot paraphrasing...

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Dancing Cosmetic Surgeon Faces New Lawsuit

You don't need your mechanic to be a good cook, your dentist to be a skilled juggler, or your butcher to be an inspiring poet. And you do not need your cosmetic surgeon to be a good dancer. In fact, all those in favor of making it illegal to dance while performing...

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California Won’t Regulate Elon Musk’s Flamethrower

Summer's almost here, and that means BBQs, pool parties, and camping. And as fun as all that is, how many times have you thought, "You know what this party needs? A flamethrower"? Well, you're in luck. Not only are flamethrowers already available, but a recent effort...

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Summer Beach Injuries: Who Is Liable?

At long last, summer weather is upon us. Barbecues, swimming pools, and farmer's tans are beckoning. And not to rain on your summertime parade, but it's important to remember that accidents and injuries can happen anywhere, even when you're just planning on a relaxing...

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Does Workers’ Comp Cover Mental Health?

We all know that workers' compensation benefits cover workplace injuries. If you're hurt on the job, you can still get paid for time you miss while recovering. What many of us may not know is whether those benefits cover our mental health, and whether we can get...

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ANOTHER RATE DECREASE

Advisory California workers’ comp rates are set to decline effective July 1, 2018 per a recent decision by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones has adopted a May 29 recommendation by DOI Attorney Patricia Hein for a “pure premium” rate of $1.74 per $100 of...

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