Serious Health Threats to Avoid during the California Drought

Serious Health Threats to Avoid during the California Drought
It has already been four years of drought in California. Plenty of solutions are proposed by various concerned entities and, most of all, the government. However, while different suggestions are being addressed constantly to aid the issue, majority of individuals remain oblivious or unaware of the associated problems that such phenomenon or the deficiency of rainfall can eventually prompt. Apart from economic-related drawbacks and negative effects towards the environment, the occurrence of El Niño that has been distressing the state also has a huge impact on one’s health.

Subsequently, several studies were conducted by the most respectable agencies regarding the matter wherein results are found harmonizing with each other declaring that the state is currently exposed to serious public health threats because of drought. So, if you are residing in California, the most common diseases which you may acquire during El Niño, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), are the following:

  • Valley fever. With symptoms such as chest pain, coughing and of course fever, an individual might already been suffering from valley fever. This is possible by simply inhaling airborne fungal spores called coccidioidomycosis. Valley fever occurs during dry weather season.
  • E. coli and Salmonella. These two types of bacteria cause infectious diseases by means of food contamination. Basically, both the E. coli and Salmonella propagates during drought. Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, fever and vomiting are symptoms worth observing.
  • Acute respiratory illnesses. An individual suffering from an acute respiratory disease experiences problem with oxygen supply which may lead to one’s death. According to CDC, since hand sanitation is compromised during such time, the risk of infection transmission is present.
  • Gastrointestinal infections. Same with the preceding example, gastrointestinal infections or diseases disturbing one’s stomach are prone during drought. The gastrointestinal infections’ common symptoms are dehydration, fever, loss of appetite, dizziness, and vomiting and weight loss.
  • Mosquito-borne ailments. Diseases transmitted by insects are connected to drought mainly because the bodies of waters can shrink resulting for it to become stagnant which is also creates great breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Examples are dengue, malaria and chikungunya virus.

Meanwhile, the presence of El Niño also has effects towards individuals who are venturing on agricultural businesses and other water-dependent industries as confirmed by the CDC. These comprise of anxiety as well as behavioral and mental health. Apart from that, the agency also states that recreational injuries increases as the deficiency of rainfall evidently lowers the water levels of lakes. These are possible during some leisure activities such as boating and diving, to be specific. Obviously, these additional health threats triggered by drought occurrence are enough reasons for every individual to imply precautionary measures and value their health.

On the other hand, whenever an individual experiences one of these drought-related diseases or if some symptoms are manifesting, then it’s important to consult a physician right away taking note that self-medication may cause further troubles. While some conditions necessitate medicine intakes alone, others are calling for medical procedures to effectively cure. However, if the physician failed to diagnose or otherwise committed a misdiagnosis, conducted a surgical error, allowed a premature discharge or gave an improper medication or dosage, the subjected patient has a medical malpractice claim.

Furthermore, misreading of laboratory results, poor aftercare and even a failure to recognize symptoms are some additional practices which declare a medical practitioner’s liability towards any hazardous effects that it may cause against an individual. In such situation, it’s advantageous to hire a Los Angeles personal injury attorney and demand the right compensations for the entire losses of a medical malpractice victim. Still, prevention is better than cure. Proper hygiene, healthy eating habits and a regular exercise will do.

Accident in Unsafe Public Property: How do I file an Injury Claim?

This is another guest post contributed by Molly Pearce.


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State and local municipalities as well as the federal government are required to maintain their properties in a safe manner so as to keep them safe and clear of hazards and obstacles. When they fail to do so, individuals may suffer severe injury or harm or death. This is why persons who are injured in any type of accident on public property may be able to recover for various kinds of damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses.

Common Premises Liability Injuries

The most common types of premises liability cases usually involve slip and fall accidents in another person’s property. Other types of premises liability-related accidents include but not limited to:

1. Exposure to toxic chemicals, mold or lead
2. Accidents due to poorly maintained equipment
3. Construction/workplace accidents
4. Accidents caused by inadequate security
5. Accidents caused by poorly lit parking

Common Sites of Injury

Personal injury accidents may happen almost anywhere, but there are particular areas where such accidents commonly occur. Public property injury attorneys generally work on personal injury accidents that occurred in:

1. Subways, bus or other public transportation
2. Other government owned buildings
3. Public swimming pools
4. Broken sidewalks
5. Hospitals
6. Schools

When a personal injury accident happens in a public or government-maintained area, concerned government entities may be liable for the injuries sustained by the victim/s. For instance, when an accident happens due to the absence of traffic signs or malfunctioning traffic lights, concerned government entities may be legally liable for the injuries of the victims. Simply put, when certain government units are proven to have neglected the safety of the public, they may be liable for the accident and the injuries suffered by the victims. As it is, if you were injured as a result of a certain government agency’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim and possibly get compensations.

Filing a Claim

The most difficult part of the process of making a claim for an injury on public property involves determining exactly who is at fault. This is why it is critical to contact a personal injury attorney, whether it’s an injury lawyer in New York or one in San Francisco, who has the resources and experience that allow him/her to evaluate these claims properly. Even though government entities have enjoyed immunity against lawsuits in the past, these privileges have been reduced substantially over the years. However, only a personal injury attorney who has experience with governmental liability cases will know how to best proceed in such instance.

Also, laws vary from state to state. Most, such as those in New York, have been modeled from the Federal Tort Claims Act, which waives sovereign immunity of the government in certain circumstances. Personal injury claims against the government and state have certain requirements that must be met. Therefore, injured parties must comply with the rules in full prior to filing any claim against liable government entities. Each state’s rules are different when it comes to these requirements as well as the information they must contain. This is why it is critical to speak with an attorney who has expert knowledge about the laws in your state. For instance, an injury in the state of New York should be handled by a New York personal injury lawyer. Otherwise, a claim for damages could easily be dismissed for a variety of reasons.

Anyone who has been injured on public property should seek medical attention, follow up on doctor visits and seek legal counseling from personal injury lawyers so that the case may be properly evaluated. It is also important to keep all details such as time, place, form and event, as well as medical condition details. This is the only way to successfully recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.


Author, artist, and mom concerned with human rights, Molly Pearce writes to inform individuals on their legal options after being wrongfully injured. David Perecman, injury lawyer in New York for the past 25 years, is also an advocate for human rights with regards to injury and has won millions of dollars of through verdicts and settlements of cases including premises accidents like the ones Molly examines above.


Nationwide Peanut Butter Recall Recently Includes Raw and Roasted Nuts

raw and roasted nutsIn a recent update regarding the massive peanut butter recall which affected all leading grocery stores nationwide, reports claimed that the recall now includes raw and roasted nuts.

So far, more that 400 different products have been added to the growing list of recalled items from the grocery store. Products recalled include Moonpies and ice creams based on a long list released by Sunland Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As a safety precaution as well as to avoid injuries or further product liability claims, Sunland had previously recalled peanut butter brands sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Target, Kroeger, Cosco, and Stop and Shop.

Meanwhile, the total number of reported illnesses linked to peanut butter has now reached 35. Initially, there were only 28 reported illnesses across the country when the news about salmonella contamination in peanut butter products surfaced by the end of September.

Upon discovering that a certain number of people who got ill with salmonella apparently shopped at Trader Joe’s, the FDA had since warned consumers not to eat peanut butter products manufactured by Sunland. Also, the agency conducted a test of salmonella bacteria in the affected products and different surfaces in the manufacturing plant.

Subsequently, the agency confirmed the presence of salmonella in an opened jar of Trader Joe’s peanut butter and in the environmental samples taken from the plant.

Also, previous reports claimed that the products affected by the recall are those that were manufactured between May and September. Now, it turns out that peanut butter products packed at Sunland’s Mexico plant as far back as March 2010 are likewise contaminated with salmonella.

Meanwhile, some leading brands of peanut butter like Skippy, Jiff, and Peter Pan are not made by Sunland and are therefore not affected by the recall nor do they contain salmonella bacteria.

As a concerned citizen, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney said that it is important to be always updated with such news update for safety purposes. Therefore, spreading public awareness is very significant at this time.

Number of Auto Accidents Fatalities Involving Teens Peaks Every Fourth of July

Every Fourth of July, statistics show that traffic fatalities spike up to highest levels.

Aside from being accountable for the highest overall traffic fatalities in the country, Independence Day brings with it an average of approximately 140 auto accident deaths every year. It is likewise the deadliest day for both teen drivers and passengers.

In fact, about 10 percent of all fatalities during the Fourth of July are teens, according to the American Automobile Association, Inc. (AAA). Therefore, the agency encourages parents to restrict or at least limit their teens’ driving privileges.

The warning came to light upon the Congressional approval of the transportation bill that would provide financial incentives to states that provide graduated licensing programs.

Comprehensive graduated licensing laws slowly and efficiently educate teens to more complex driving situations, and significantly reduce their accident risk. Incidentally, previous studies have revealed that accidents among teen drivers in states that have a comprehensive graduated license law decreased by up to 38 percent.

On the other hand, Jonathan Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Association affirmed that Congress has set such strict requirements up to the extent that only few states may qualify for the privileges.

Car accidents involving teenage drivers are now earning serious concerns due to the significant increase from previous years’ figures, which is in fact the first time in eight years that the numbers have become alarmingly high.

Fatal auto accidents involving teens’ record-keeping actually began way back in 1949. In 2011, the lowest number of accident deaths was recorded.

In a study conducted between 2006 and 2010 by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the U.S. Independence Day ranked first place as the deadliest day of the year, having an average number of 140deaths, followed by September 26 with an average number of 129 deaths. Next is August 2, having an average number of 125 deaths.

Authorities believe that the said increase in traffic fatalities are mainly due to holiday celebrations when school is off, offices are closed, and more people are on the road.  Furthermore, drinking and driving during the nationwide celebration was also seen as another factor to the accidents.

Out of the overall number of traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July, 39 percent of it accounts for drunk drivers, while 31 percent accounts for normal drivers, declared the Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Aside from the poor quality of automobiles due to the rise of aesthetic and entertainment devices in the car, driving under the influence and the lack of comprehensive knowledge on driving are also seen as factors that contribute to the rise in auto accidents during holidays, particularly every Fourth of July. Therefore, several personal injury lawyers appreciate every effort exerted by some organizations and government agencies in reducing the number of traffic fatalities.

Hemet High School Pedestrian Accident Injures 10 People, Including Students

At least ten people, including students, were involved in a pedestrian accident caused by a truck that ran on red light.

According to reports, the accident happened at around 2:44 in the afternoon after the students were dismissed from their class in Hemet High School in Hemet, California.

Witnesses said that more than 30 students crossing at a pedestrian lane in 41701 Stetson Avenue bound for a parking lot were struck by a red light-beating pick-up truck. Several students and other pedestrians were plowed by the truck.

At least five students were transported to Riverside Medical Center and an adult was rushed o another nearby hospital. Meanwhile, two people refused to accept medical treatment, and one of which is the driver of the truck himself. At least three people sustained serious injuries while five sustained minor injuries, according to the rescuers.

The driver of the Ford Ranger that struck the pedestrians was identified as Daniel Carillo, 18, and a junior student in the said high school. Witnesses further stated that Carillo immediately stopped after hitting the pedestrians.

At present, authorities are still determining the major cause of the accident since alcohol and drugs were not found to be a factor to the incident.

Nevertheless, although the investigation regarding the said pedestrian accident is still underway, police have impounded Carillo’s car to be inspected for possible mechanical failure.  Therefore, it is not yet certain whether Carillo will be charged or given citation.

Apparently, authorities are considering mechanical failure as the major cause of the incident. And so, if the investigation confirmed the authorities’ speculations as true and correct, Carillo might be spared from any charges like personal injury claim, since the car’s manufacturer could be the one to be held liable for all the damages and injuries incurred by the accident.

According to a Los Angeles accident attorney, a product liability claim can also be more likely to figure in this incident.

Hospital Admits Guilty for a Carlisle Girl’s Birth Injury

birth injuryThe North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust admitted their negligence at the high court and agreed to pay all the damages incurred by a Carlisle girl.

The hospital’s monetary fine was said to reach a total of £5 million (US $7.7 million). As agreed upon the lawsuit, the hospital will pay the £2.3 million (US $3.5 million) lump sum to the 11-year old Carlisle girl who sustained a birth injury during her delivery and £200,000 (US $300,000) per year through the rest of her life.

The young girl whose name cannot be disclosed for legal purposes was born at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, Cumbria, England.

According to court documents, the said hospital failed to diagnose that the girl’s mother had suffered a placental abruption, a birth-related condition wherein the placental lining separated from the uterus of the mother before the baby is delivered. As a result, the girl’s delivery became overdue causing her cerebral hypoxia and severe brain injury.

The girl’s family filed for a birth injury claim which has been finally resolved only recently. After the final court hearing, her mother narrated how difficult the life of her daughter had been due to the birth injury she sustained when she was born. The family can’t help but to show their joy while looking forward to getting the best care and equipment that the young girl needed to lessen the obstacles that she is facing in each passing day.

After hearing about the said resolution, the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are very impressed with the court’s just resolution on this case since they fully understand that birth injury is one of the most depressing situations that can occur in one’s life.

Texas’ Leading Producer of Acetyl Products Named in Personal Injury Claim

personal injury claimTexas’ leading producer of acetyl product, Celanese was one of the defendants named after a personal injury claim filed by a Pearland resident employee.

Derrick Davis filed the said personal injury lawsuit last January 12 against his former employer, Clean Harbours Catalyst Technologies Inc. and the Celanese Chemicals Inc.

In his lawsuit, Davis is claiming that the accused are responsible for the incurable personal injury she sustained from the workplace.

Allegedly, Davis was instructed by a Clean Harbours employee to remove his steel – toe boots and put on a canvas anti – static shoes then enter a reactor vessel to clear a blockage in the catalyst tube together with a fellow worker. While Davis was in the reactor, another employee forced the plug through a catalyst tube using a highly compressed air to remove the blockage.

Though the tube clearing operation was successful, Davis on the other hand sustained grave foot injuries when the removed pipe from the catalyst tube struck him As a result, Davis sustained solid crush injuries to the skin, penetrating his bones, tendons and muscles.

Davis asserts that the accident was due to the negligence of the aforementioned companies.

Such case could fall under the Premise liability claim since the accident happened at the workplace. In addition, it occurred due to the companies’ negligence and failure to provide proper safety gears. Although this claim is considered as a personal injury claim, it presents the distinct problem and rare issues of worker safety. An expert lawyer is indeed needed in these cases such as a Los Angeles injury attorney.

Woman Die After Crossing PCH Illegally

When a pedestrian crosses the street out of the marked lane, he or she will have a hard time asserting maximum compensation for injuries. Her own negligent act of crossing illegally reduces or forfeits his or her right on legal remedy.

Take the case of a woman who was killed after crossing the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) illegally on Saturday at 10:35 p.m.

According to reports, the woman was crossing out of the marked lane at north of Sunset Boulevard when a car driver struck her. She was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but she succumbed to her injuries.

Los Angeles police officers commented that the driver stopped at the scene and was not charged of any violation yet. Authorities are still investigating the details on the cause of accident, reports said.

The woman should have used the crosswalk in obedience to safety traffic rules. However, her own negligent act may weaken her legal arguments when she starts asserting for damages.

The car driver may present defenses before the court that he or she is not expecting a pedestrian out of the way because there is no crosswalk at the scene. The motorist may also contest percentage of or any compensation for the victim.

Such is the result when the pedestrian is not abiding the law at the time of crash. The court may not be able to decide in favor of the victim because his or her own negligent act contributed or caused the accident.

Crossing the street illegally is a violation of safety traffic rules and may weaken any claim for legal compensation.

For more information on pedestrian accident, you may consult with a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles personal injury attorney in Los Angeles. Your lawyer will guide you throughout the litigation process. Dial 1-866-772-2889 or email us at

US Air Show Death Toll Up by 10

Almost famous.

The pilot of the crashed P-51 plane must have thought of fame before losing control of the aircraft and plummeted into the spectators.

Sadly, he had not heard applause of admiration, but cries of pain on his last breath.

According to reports, a pilot of World War II-era Mustang plane participated in the National Championship Air Races on Friday. While performing at full speed, he lost control of the plane and it crashed down into the crowd.

At least 10 spectators have been killed in the plane crash as of Monday, reports said.

Reports said the P-5 Mustang plunged into the front section of the box seats, causing fatal and serious injuries to at least 65 spectators.

According to reports, seven onlookers died instantly after the crash while three others succumbed to their injuries while being treated at Renown hospital and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center respectively.

Reports said four out of the 65 victims were still listed in critical condition as of Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) affirmed its efforts on retrieving memory cards from the crash scene, which could help identify the causes of events. The agency is expected to release its accident report by Friday.

The spectators must have been anticipating for a signature stunt from the veteran pilot. Sadly, the aircraft collapsed and failed to fulfill the crowd’s request. The air show ended with a tragic scene of lives loss and a fatal retirement of a once-admired aviator.

Airplane accident usually occurs because of mechanical failure or pilot error. Defective aircraft parts often go unnoticed until smoke or navigation difficulty triggers. When the pilot has insufficient time or skill to correct the technical problem, crash happens and injuries can be sustained by both the pilot and people on the ground.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an airplane accident, you may consult with a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. Your attorney will guide you in filing a claim or a lawsuit to recover damages.

To help you with airplane accident compensation, you may dial 1-866-772-2889 or email us at for a free case analysis.

Actress Reese Witherspoon Wears Black Eye after LA Car Crash

The Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon was spotted on Wednesday in Santa Monica, wearing a black eye on her lovely face. The formerly flawless celeb ramped on the streets days after her pedestrian accident in Los Angeles.

According to reports, Witherspoon has headed to a friend’s party in Los Angeles showing a black eye and bandaged forehead. The Walk the Line icon was seen unloading gifts from her car’s trunk days after a car hit her in Los Angeles.

Witherspoon was jogging in Los Angeles when an 84-year-old driver struck her. The actress was knocked on the floor and sustained minor face injuries. She was treated at a local hospital and was released the same day. She was recuperating from her injuries at home, reports said.

Reports said the award-winning actress is not pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the elderly driver. Witherspoon’s representative also affirmed that the upcoming filming of This Means War and Mud will not be affected.

Sustaining minor injuries and not pressing any charges against the elderly driver has its consequences. Failure to file the lawsuit on time may nullify any future claims on the accident. In California, the statute of limitation for personal injury claims is up to two years.

If the injured person chooses not to file the accident suit, and the time limit already lapsed; the court will no longer accept a claim on the accident. The victim then forfeits his or her rights to receive compensation for medical expenses, emotional loss, or property loss. If the victim suddenly discovers a complication from the injury, he or she will have a hard time convincing the judges to reconsider the case.

Filing the lawsuit immediately after the accident is important and necessary. It allows the victim to gather key evidence at the accident scene, including witness statements.
The plaintiff’s lawyer will also find it easier to substantiate the case, using fresh testimonies from the witnesses as well as credible accident reconstruction. More over, the victim can gather up-to-date medical records to show proof of the injuries sustained.

Well, the blonde babe may no longer need the payment of the elderly driver as she is capable of financing her own medication; such a lucky 84-year-old motorist then.

However, if the elderly driver can get away with the accident; a lot of citizens may try their luck also in hitting Hollywood celebs on LA roads. Perhaps Witherspoon should think about preventing her accident case to become a precedent of liable-free crashes.

As for her fans, it is still better to assert a legally blonde attitude after a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles.

For more information on car accident suit, you may consult with a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. Your attorney will guide you throughout the process of litigation. Dial 1-866-772-2889 or email us at for a free case analysis.