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San Diego Ranks No. 2 for Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

On the heels of the tragic news of an 8-month-old infant killed in a San Diego dog attack early this summer, it should be noted that the San Diego area, in general, is now notorious for dog-related attacks. This is according to the U.S. Postal Service, which says San Diego ranks No. 2 on its list of Top 25 Worst Cities for Dog Attacks against U.S. Postal Workers.

This is the second time San Diego has claimed this dubious title.

Officials say there were 45 dog bites on postal workers countywide and 5,669 dog bites suffered by postal workers nationwide. San Diego maintained its number two spot for city suffering the most postal worker dog attacks with at least 68 suffered county-wide.

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California’s Boating Accident Program, part of the California Department of Boating and Waterways, compiles detailed statistics each year on the number and types of California boating accidents. In California, a boater who is in an accident must file a written report with the Department if the crash involved:

  • The death or disappearance of a person;
  • An injury requiring more than basic first aid;
  • Damage to a boat or other property costing more than $500; or
  • The loss of a boat.

Since 1999, the number of boating accidents has gradually decreased. 1999 saw 907 California boating accidents, but only 686 such accidents happened in 2008. The number of injuries in boating accidents was also lower than average in 2008; only 382 people were injured, compared to 524 people in 2000. On average, 50 Californians lose their lives each year in boating accidents. Boating accidents cause over $2,000,000 in property damage annually.

Southern California lakes and coasts, such as those around San Diego, see a higher number of accidents than the northern lakes and coasts, but a lower number of injuries. In 2008, for example, the southern coast saw 230 accidents but only 78 injuries, while the northern lakes saw 141 accidents and 82 injuries. In 2008, 12 boaters suffered fatal accidents while on a southern lake or coast.

Boating accidents often result from the carelessness or negligence of another boater. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, please contact an experienced San Diego boating accident lawyer. Attorney Steven A. Elia can help you understand your legal rights and options and will fight to win you the compensation you deserve. Call 619-444-2244 today to set up a free case evaluation.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Know the Facts

A spinal cord injury is any injury that damages the spinal cord, the complex bundle of nerves that runs through the spinal bones or vertebrae. The spinal cord may be damaged when the vertebrae are broken or dislocated, causing them to cut or push against the spinal cord. In severe cases, the spinal cord may be severed completely.

Approximately 12,000 people suffer a non-fatal spinal cord injury in the U.S. each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. About 262,000 people in the U.S. live with a spinal cord injury.

Currently, the average age of a spinal cord injury patient is 40.7 years. Men are more likely than women to suffer a spinal cord injury; each year, about 80% of new spinal cord injuries happen to men. However, any serious trauma or injury to the body may result in a spinal cord injury, especially if the trauma results in a broken back or head injury.

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A local police officer was nearly hit by a drunk driver in Carlsbad recently, according to San Diego news outlet KGTV. The woman was eventually taken into custody on suspicion that she intended to hit the officer.

A Border Patrol agent found the driver sitting in her vehicle on the median near Carlsbad Boulevard and Ponto Drive. He contacted local police, who arrived to discover the driver had locked herself in her car. Instead of following the officers’ directions to get out of her car, she began to drive away, pointing her vehicle directly at one of the police officers. The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the car.

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Understanding Comparative Fault in San Diego

Most California personal injury cases are tried under a negligence standard. This means that, in order to prove that someone else should be held responsible for your injuries, you must show that the other person acted with less care than a reasonable person would use, and that, if the other person had not acted carelessly, you would not have been hurt.

But what if part of your injury was your own fault? In these cases, California applies a rule known as comparative fault. In a comparative fault case, you are entitled to recover the amount of monetary damage your injury has caused, minus a percentage that represents how much of the injury was your fault. For instance, if a court finds that the other driver in a car accident was 90 percent responsible for the accident and you were 10 percent responsible, you will be allowed to recover only up to 90 percent of your damages from the other person.

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A multi-vehicle accident in Orange County recently may have been caused by a 22-year-old Marine corporal stationed at Camp Pendleton. Police believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to a recent article posted by Channel 10 News.

The Marine, who is stationed at the Northern San Diego base, ran a red light at the intersection of Avery Parkway and Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo while exiting the San Diego Freeway. His car hit a Honda Element in the intersection, pushing it into a second car nearby.

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A slip and fall injury can happen anywhere: in a friend’s home, in a grocery store, or while walking along a sidewalk or in a parking lot. If you suffer a slip and fall in San Diego, follow as many of these tips as you can to help establish what happened and protect your rights.

The first thing you should do after a slip and fall is to seek medical care for your injuries. Since some slip and fall injuries take a few days to fully appear, be sure to seek follow-up care if your pain increases or you have problems moving or performing daily tasks. Photograph or have your physician’s office photograph any bruises, scrapes, cuts, or other injuries that appear on the outside of your body.

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Abbott Labs, the makers of Similac baby formula, have recalled several million containers of their product after an inspection in the manufacturing plant revealed a beetle infestation, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. A handful of parents have reported finding insect parts in the powdered formula.

The affected formula was shipped to stores across the United States as well as in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The formula was sold in cans and plastic containers. Parents who wish to know if they bought the recalled formula can visit the company’s website at www.similac.com or call a toll-free hotline at (800) 986-8850. Both the website and the hotline provide information about which products were recalled and how to return them to the company for a refund.

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Del Mar Considers Teen Drinking Ordinance

The Del Mar City Council may pass an ordinance holding adults responsible if they give teenagers alcohol or drugs, according to a recent news article posted by local CBS affiliate KFMB.

The ordinance, known as a “social host ordinance,” prohibits adults from providing intoxicating substances like drugs or alcohol to minors. A person convicted of violating the ordinance may face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. According to Del Mar’s city attorney, the ordinance is intended to curb teen drinking by limiting minors’ access to alcohol. Several other California cities have already passed similar ordinances prohibiting adults from providing alcohol or drugs to adolescents.

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