January 2018 Archives

SSDI: Will disability insurance be available if one cannot work?

Workers in California might find comfort in the knowledge that they are covered by the workers' compensation insurance program which will provide financial assistance in the event of workplace injuries. However, what will happen if they become disabled and are not able to return to work to earn a living? Will they have access to Social Security Disability Insurance? Employers can provide SSDI, which is a federal program, but employees could be covered by the California State disability program or a private insurance provider.

The complexity of workers' compensation benefits can be confusing

Employees of California companies may be unsure of their eligibility for insurance benefits if they should suffer on-the-job injuries. Legally employed individuals -- excluding contractors -- who suffer medically verified injuries while on duty are typically entitled to claim workers' compensation benefits. However, the injuries must be severe enough to interfere with the victim's ability to work, and injuries suffered under certain circumstances are not covered.

Personal injury: Alleged DUI accident on I-15 kills 2, injures 2

A 37-year-old California man was arrested after he allegedly caused a drunk driving accident on Interstate 15 on a recent Tuesday evening. The fiery accident occurred shortly before midnight, and the road remained closed for more than nine hours. That man is now facing multiple charges that might include vehicular manslaughter or murder along with driving while under the influence, and he may also have to face claims of personal injury and wrongful death.

Who will be liable for personal injury in driverless car crashes?

Much has been said, and will probably be said in the future, about driverless cars and the rules regulating them. After several previous adjustments, California's latest proposed regulations for these vehicles met the approval of safety advocates. However, these advocates were not happy with changes that the California Department of Motor Vehicles made to proposed regulations about liability for personal injury and other damage caused by a driverless car accident.

Personal injury and death follow suspected DUI crash

Drunk driving in the time leading up to the holidays is nothing unusual, and many lives are endangered by a few drivers who show little concern for the safety of other road users. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits fill the California civil courts in the new year, and many of the cases result from accidents caused by drunk drivers. A 30-year-old Santa Maria man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving recently after a fatal crash on Highway 154.

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