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Serious California Injuries From PG&E Electrical Explosions And Fires Blamed On Aging Gear

The Silicon Valley news reports that at least 78 PG&E electrical accidents have occurred in the Bay Area since 2005, with dozens of serious injuries, including burn injuries, as a result of nearly 31 explosions.

In one instance, Lisa Nash of Redwood City was burned over half her body when an electrical vault exploded underground. She received a $20 million settlement after suing PG&E. In-depth investigations are now underway after the September 9th San Bruno explosion in which 8 people died and 38 homes were destroyed.

If you or a family member has been injured in an electrical accident, it is important to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to discuss your options and determine your next steps. In many situations, it may be possible to be compensated for your losses.

As a result of the San Bruno incident, along with the fires and manhole blasts caused in part by aging underground electrical equipment, PG&E is evaluating how it can improve safety. With the vast majority of the accidents occurring in San Francisco, Bay Area residents and officials are fed up.

Hopefully with improved safety measures the frequency of these accidents will diminish.

For more information, or if you have received burn injuries or any other harm as the result of an electrical accident, please contact the experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping those injured by the carelessness or recklessness of others.

Monterey Big Rig Accident Leads To Injuries And Delays

A Monterey big rig accident on Highway 101 resulted in minor injuries, as well as major delays. The California truck accident occurred early Friday morning near Espinoza Road.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact a California truck accident lawyer immediately to protect your rights and begin investigating the factors involved.

Here, a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of vegetables overturned, leading to one highway lane being closed while crews clean up the site. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

While no one was seriously injured in this big rig accident, it is important to keep in mind the potential for danger when trucks lose control. Because of the sheer magnitude of force behind an 18-wheeler, when a big rig loses traction on a slippery road, or its brakes fails on a decline, or its driver has to maneuver quickly to avoid colliding with another vehicle, serious and even fatal injuries can occur.

Those injured in trucking accidents may suffer significant harm, including physical and emotional injuries and pain and suffering. While sometimes truck driver error is to blame for an accident, many times other factors such as defective parts, roadway conditions or employer demands may be responsible.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact the dedicated California truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

California Food Safety Concerns In Wake Of Lean Cuisine Contamination

Nestle has announced a Lean Cuisine spaghetti and meatball recall affecting more than 17,000 packages as the result of consumers finding pieces of red plastic in their food.

Nestle has suggested that the plastic came from a red emergency stop button, although the plant where the packages were produced reports no buttons were broken and the "emergency stop" buttons were not located near food transit locations.

If you believe you have purchased an affected product, you can contact the company directly through its website.

The recently enacted Food Safety Law aims at protecting consumer from harm as the result of contaminated food products and food borne illnesses both by lessening their frequency and imposing penalties. If you have become sick or suffered harm as the result of consuming or purchasing a contaminated product, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to begin investigating your case.

The new laws hope to make your food safer and include the following important provisions:

Mandatory recalls - The FDA may now order a company to recall a product were a company fails to initiate one.

Mandatory inspection - The Secretary of Health and Human Services is required to rank the food facilities with the highest risk for contamination and inspect the facilities at least once every three years.

Greater access to food facilities records.

More control over standards for imported food.

Implementation of preventative measures, including the identification of critical points where food could become contaminated.

Significantly, the new law subjects companies that violate the act to fines as well as potential lawsuits and shields "whistle-blowers" from retaliation.

For more information about the Lean Cuisine recall, the Food Safety Act or if you have been harmed by a contaminated food product, please contact the experienced Sacramento personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to protecting consumers rights for more than 15 years.

Marin County Drunk Driver's Estate Must Pay Restitution

The family of a man convicted of vehicular murder as the result of a Novato drunk driving accident must pay restitution to the family of the Novato girl he killed.

According to the Pacific Sun, although Edward Schaefer died after being stabbed on a San Quentin prison yard, his estate is still required to compensate the girl's family for lost wages as well as funeral and medical expenses.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a California drunk driving accident, a skilled drunk driving accident lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, emotional distress and funeral expenses.

Here, Schaefer was cleared of his criminal conviction as the result of his stabbing death. But his death did not relieve his estate of his obligation to pay nearly $1.4 million to the estate of the family of the girl he killed.

In a previous ruling, the judge described evidence of Schaefer's responsibility in the girl's death from the drunk driving accident as overwhelming.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving auto accident, please contact the experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette. We are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence obtain the compensation they deserve.

After Boating Accident, San Francisco Cruise Ship Set to Sail

San Francisco news reports that the Carnival Cruise Ship damaged after catching fire during a voyage in November will set sail out of its San Francisco port next week.

The ship's problems gained national attention after catching fire while out at sea. While no one was reported injured, passengers were stuck at sea for three days. Coast Guard assistance was required to bring in food, water, and medical supplies.

If you have sustained injuries in a boating accident - whether on a personal watercraft, cruise ship or a commercial boat - a complex set of laws govern filing a lawsuit and obtaining compensation. It is critical to contact a experienced California boat accident lawyer to advise you regarding your rights.

Many times a combination of laws govern when a lawsuit must be filed, where it can be filed, and who may be found responsible. When cruise ships are involved, a contract may exist requiring you to file your lawsuit in a specific state. If the cruise ship originates out of a foreign country, it may be necessary to look to international law.

For more information, or if you have been injured in any type of boating or cruise ship accident, contact the experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

Corte Madera Class Aims At Reducing Car Accidents

As the result of numerous fatal and serious California car accidents, Corte Madera has started the Start Smart safe driving program designed to teach teen drivers about road safety and the dangers of drunk driving. One person attending was from Novato High School where a drunk driving accident recently claimed the life of a classmate.

One method the Smart Start program uses to teach about the effects of drinking on your driving skills is to provide goggles that simulate the effects of being intoxicated. Wearing the goggles, students are instructed to try to complete common field sobriety tests. They also shown instructional - and frightening - films such as "Red Asphalt" designed to warn teens about the dangers of drink and driving, as well as distracted driving.

According to the Novato Patch, teens account for 14% of traffic deaths in California, with the most common reasons being drunk driving and distracted driving. Statistically distracted driving has been shown to be more dangerous than drunk driving due in large part to the frequency teens text and drive and the misguided belief that you can send "a quick text" without losing focus on the road.

As a California personal injury attorney I support classes such as these that educate teens about the real dangers associated with driving and try to prevent future serious accidents and deaths.

For more information, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured for more than 15 years.

Palo Alto Veteran Settles Hospital Negligence Case

According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News, a military veteran has resolved his medical negligence claim against a Northern California Veterans Administration hospital for $250,000. David W. Woodward Sr. alleged that he became legally blind as the result of negligent care he received at the hospital.

Woodward is one of eight patients who were treated for eye problems at the Palo Alto hospital, only to be informed later that improper care may have caused their loss of vision.

Medical malpractice occurs where a medical professional's inadequate, negligent or reckless conduct causes harm. When doctors, nurses or other hospital staff fail to provide the standard of care required, they may be found negligent and required to compensate patients for their injuries. Here, Woodward was informed by the hospital's chief of staff that his glaucoma may have been prevented if his eye treatment had been overseen and reviewed by an eye care specialist.

Although physicians and other health care professionals cannot guarantee results, when we go to the doctor we expect to be treated adequate care and skill. Here, although the government did not admit responsibility the chief of staff revealed there may have been "improper care."

If you have believe you have been harmed by the wrongful or negligent conduct of a health care professional, contact The Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping victims of negligence for more than 15 years.

Roseville Galleria Fire Ends With No Injuries

Last week's stand-off at the Roseville Galleria luckily ended with no injuries. According to the Sacramento Bee, a man walked into the mall's Gamestop, began talking incoherently, then ordered the employees out. The man subsequently set fire to the mall.

The fire garnered national attention as police and fire fighters mounted a massive response, surrounding the building and assisting shoppers out of the mall. The mall sustained significant water damage and the roof collapsed over two shops. Fortunately no one was harmed in the incident.

When large-scale accidents causing significant damage occur - several issues are raised. First, what is the primary cause of the accident? Here, a man suspected of arson has been arrested for the crime. Next, did those charged with responding to the accident and putting out the fire act with reasonable care? Police and employees are paid to perform their duties to an established standard of care - if their conduct falls below this threshold, liability may exist. In such instances, individuals, their employers and even local governments may be held responsible.

Finally, did the owner of the building in some way contribute to the damage by failing to protect themselves from fires? Reports have surfaced indicating that the sprinkler system failed to work properly, either as the result of a police officer or firefighter turning off the system or due to a failure of the system itself.

As the investigation into the fire continues, questions of liability will undoubtedly surface. When injuries occur, a victims' compensation depends on the answers to these questions.

For more information, or if you have been harmed in a California accident, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, helping the injured for more than 15 years.

Serious California Motorcycle Accidents Underscore Need For Rider Safety

According to the SanFrancisco Examiner, a major-injury motorcycle accident earlier this week disrupted traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour.

A southbound motorcyclist rear-ended a Toyota 4Runner just north of the toll-plaza.

Further, according to Nevada Highway Patrol reports, last night a 49-year-old Landers, California woman died after being struck by a car traveling in the wrong direction.

When motorcycles and cars collide, the potential for injury to the motorcyclist is great. Unlike cars, motorcycles have no shell protecting the rider from the full force of an impact when an accident occurs. As a result, crashes often lead to serious, even fatal, injuries.

Although motorcycle fatalities are down, these accidents serve as a reminder of rider and motorist safety. These safety tips include the following:

• Wear a helmet and other safety gear

• Don't drink and ride

• Pay attention to speed and roadway conditions

• Try to avoid motorists blind spots

• Assume people in cars can't, or don't, see you.

Recently, the California Highway Patrol has launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about motorcycle safety.

For more information, or if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured for more than 15 years.

Court Allows Metrolink Accident Case To Proceed Against Los Angeles

On August 30, the California Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court erred in throwing out a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles based on negligence arising from the fatal Blue Line Metro accident. The metro train ran into a car, driven by Sara Tovar, crossing the tracks. Tovar died from her injuries.

According to testimony, Tovar failed to see the flashing lights or hear the train's bells as it approached. Experts testified that inadequate signage existed at the intersection. Charges were dismissed by the court against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but allowed to continue against the city. At issue - whether the city maintained a dangerous condition on public property.

When accidents occur on another's property, potential claims for negligence exist if the owner is aware, or shown have been aware of unreasonably dangerous conditions that contributed to or caused an accident. A dangerous condition is one that "creates a substantial risk of injury when such property or adjacent property is used with due care in a manner is which it is reasonably foreseeable that it will be used." Where municipalities or other public entities are involved, the analysis may be more complex, however public entities may still be found liable for injuries caused by a dangerous condition on public property.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a dangerous condition, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping those injured by the negligence of others for more than 15 years.