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As a business law attorney in San Diego, people come to me quite often for advice about how to start a company. Starting a company is an exciting endeavor, but there are a number of things you need to do from a legal perspective to get it off the ground.

Here are the top legal issues you face before starting a company. Some of them are rather critical and may require further guidance from a corporate lawyer.

1. Identify your legal entity.

There are a number of entities out there, including:

  • “S” corporations
  • “C” corporations
  • limited liability partnerships
  • general partnerships

The most common entities general entrepreneurs focus on are  “S” corporations, “C” corporations and limited liability companies (LLC) as they provide the best mix of protection against liability and a known body of law around how they function.

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Drive a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury automobile? Please pay attention to the following story.

The federal government has expanded its investigation into floor mats that interfere with pedals in 480,000 vehicles.

The floor mats — sold with 2008-2010 model-year Ford Fusions, Mercury Milans and Lincoln MKZs — can cause surprise acceleration if not secured properly to the floorboards, The New York Times reports. The floor mats can be nudged forward by the driver’s foot and can push the gas pedal.

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Hearing Loss – A Common Workplace Injury

San Diego Personal Injury AttorneyCall centers. Loud heavy equipment. Sound systems. All of them contribute to hearing loss on the job.

Did you know hearing loss is the most common workplace injury, according to the Center for Disease Control? It can happen to anyone in any industry, but it is most prevalent among manufacturing and industrial workers. In fact, among those industries, hearing loss accounts for one in every nine recordable workplace injuries.

Causes of Hearing Loss at Work

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, hearing loss at work is caused by prolonged exposure to vibration or sound. Some occupations at risk for hearing loss include airline maintenance, farming, construction, sheet metal and assembly line work. Occupations that involve loud machinery – like a jackhammer – also have high risk of exposure.

Treatment for Occupational Hearing Loss

Occupational hearing loss is usually permanent. Treatment includes the use of hearing aids, and using protection like earplugs to prevent further hearing loss and damage.

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Protecting Your Children from Dog Bites

As a parent, there’s no doubt you do everything in your power to keep your children safe. When taking into account that children are more at risk of being injured due to a dog bite or attack than adults, it is important to be aware of the dangers posed by dogs so that you can help prevent your child from being bitten.

Child with dog

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that children between the ages of 5 and 9 experience the highest rate of dog bite injuries. While it is the responsibility of a dog owner to ensure that their dog does not harm others, here are some safety tips to teach your child in the event that he or she encounters an aggressive or unrestrained dog:

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run reckless driving after he drove into a bicyclist and left the scene.

Culliver was driving a white Ford Mustang around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning when he hit a cyclist near downtown San Jose, said city police spokesman Albert Morales. Luckily, the bicyclist wasn’t seriously injured. A witness followed Culliver, 25, and had his car driven into by Culliver. The vehicle blocked the suspect’s car until police arrived to arrest him.

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One person was killed Friday, two people were hurt, following a series of car accidents in La Jolla.

Officials say the accidents happened in the early afternoon, when a 58-year-old man lost control of his 1993 Mercedes-Benz sedan in the 6500 block of La Jolla Scenic Drive. The man careened into a newer model Mercedes, then continued on and hit a light post.

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Another U.S. Marine of California was the victim of a collision with a drunk driver Tuesday morning.

Fremont police Officer Alan Zambonin wrote a statement indicating that 23-year-old Alexander Yohn of Emeryville refused to be given a ride after downing whiskeys and bar-hopping on Monday night.

Around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, a Taco Bell employee called police after Yohn had made a disturbance in the drive-thru. Officer Steven Nordseth spotted him driving a Mini Cooper in the opposite direction on Fremont Boulevard. The driver failed to yield after Nordseth tried to stop him. Yohn then ran a red light at Decoto Road where he collided with motorcyclist Andrew Silva, a 23-year-old lance corporal whom had only just returned from Afghanistan in February. The suspect crashed the car into a utility pole and caught the car on fire. Yohn ran to a nearby field where Nordseth was able to catch him to take him into custody.

Andrew Silva died at the scene. His family (wife and two year old son) only had him home from Afghanistan for a month before the tragedy.

Yohn, a self-described heroine addict and alcoholic listed his occupation as an emergency medical technician. According to his records, he also has a prior drunken-driving conviction from Minnesota. Yohn was charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit-and-run; all counts were felonies.  He is in jail without bail. To prove 2nd degree murder the government must confirm implied malice. Murder charges were filed since Yohn failed to yield to Officer Nordseth’s attempt to pull him over and intentionally ran a red light thereafter.

A fund has been set up for Silva’s family. Contributions can be sent to the Andrew Silva Memorial account, Fremont Bank, P.O. Box 8170, Fremont, CA 94537-8170.

It is shuttering to know that one of our nation’s heroes has fallen victim on his own soil, to his own drunken countryman. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or was even killed from a collision where another driver is at fault, call the Elia Law Firm to represent you and your family. Their expertise in Personal Injury Law has recouped damages and medical expenses for many cases just like yours. Call (619) 444-2244 right now for your free consultation.

A judge ruled this week that a San Diego County woman must stand trial on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter, stemming from a head-on car crash that killed a U.S. Forest Service firefighter.

22-year-old Natashia Wood  is accused of causing the deadly accident on a curvy part of Buckman Springs Road October 3rd around 6:15 p.m. Officials say Wood was driving her roommate’s Dodge Durango SUV southbound on the two-lane road when she drifted onto the shoulder and then over-corrected left putting her in the path of the oncoming firefighter’s motorcycle.

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Another victim to a San Diego hit and run accident was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder and head injury this week.

Police in Midway say a 44-year-old bicyclist was rear ended by a silver Lexus or Mercedes Sedan (the description of the driver is not clear) while he was heading northbound on Midway Drive around 11 p.m. Witnesses on the scene say the sedan had a dark carbon fiber trim. The driver fled the scene and the victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive the collision.

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