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Zantac-Cancer-Lawyers-CaliforniaMillions of Americans have been prescribed Zantac or have taken it over-the-counter to treat the symptoms of acid reflux. Californians who have taken Zantac or its generic ranitidine may be at risk of developing cancer. While many people in California have relied on this drug and have assumed it is safe, research has recently demonstrated that Zantac and ranitidine contain a known carcinogen, and the drug itself may interact with other substances to form the carcinogen in the body. The personal injury attorneys at Steven M. Sweat Injury Lawyers APC represent people who have developed cancer because of this dangerous drug.

What is Zantac?

Zantac is a brand of ranitidine that may be prescribed to treat ulcers of the stomach and intestine and to keep them from returning.[1] It is also used to treat several other digestive problems, including the following:

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men-vs-women-drivers-accidentsThere is a long-running stereotype that women are poor drivers as compared to men. While there are gender-related differences in the accident rates, the statistics do not necessarily show that women cause more accidents than men. In many states, men are charged higher insurance premiums. However, differential auto insurance pricing based on gender is no longer legal in California. While standup comics might joke about women being terrible drivers, and men sometimes tease women about the stereotype, taking a look at the data can help you to decide whether the stereotype is rooted in fact or is false. It is important to look at both the raw data and the reasons behind the differences in accident rates.

Who causes more accidents in Los Angeles?

In a study that was conducted by Crosstown, researchers found that men in Los Angeles cause a much greater percentage of accidents in Los Angeles than women. The researchers analyzed data that had been collected by the Los Angeles Police Department from the past 10 years. Out of almost 500,000 accidents that occurred in the city during that time, the researchers found that men were responsible for causing 60%, and women were responsible for causing 40%. Men caused 264,078 accidents during the 10 years, and women caused 171,343 accidents.

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Allergan-Breast-Implant-Injury-Attorneys-CaliforniaMany women in California and across the U.S. have received breast implants, including for breast reconstruction after breast cancer. Other women have chosen to get implants to enhance their appearance. Women who have received implants should be able to feel confident that their implants are safe. Unfortunately, however, one of the most popular types of implants, the BIOCELL® Textured Breast Implants and Tissue Expanders, were the subject of a voluntary recall by Allergan on July 24, 2019. Allergan’s voluntary recall was issued after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety advisory about the breast implants.

If you have received the BIOCELL implants, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against Allergan. The product liability attorneys at the law firm of Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers can help you to understand the legal options that you might have.

Which Allergan breast implants are included in the recall?

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juul-vaping-injuryOver the past decade, vaping and e-cigarettes have greatly increased in popularity. This is especially true among young adults and teenagers. While the smoking rates among teenagers have fallen for decades, Juul and other e-cigarette devices are reversing the trend.

The National Institutes of Health conducted a survey of 44,000 teens in 2018. According to the study, 37.3% of teenagers in the 12th grade reported that they vaped. This was a sharp increase from the 28% who reported vaping in 2017, and there are few signs that the number will decline. Unfortunately, Juul and other e-cigarette devices are dangerous and can cause serious injuries and addiction.

What is Juul?

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Los-Angeles-Pedestrian-Bicycle-Accident-LawyersCalifornians should be able to walk or ride bicycles safely in cities across the state. However, the roads in most of the state’s cities are woefully inadequate, endangering pedestrians and cyclists. Many state roads that run through cities are congested with vehicle traffic, and many do not have the right infrastructure to allow cyclists to share them with cars or pedestrians to safely cross them. The lack of adequate infrastructure on state roads that double as streets in cities in California has contributed to the high injury and fatality rates of bicyclists and pedestrians.

One bill, SB 127, that was passed in the legislature would have helped to solve some of the issues by requiring Caltrans to add safety infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians when state roads that double as streets in cities are repaired. However, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vetoed this bill instead of signing it into law. His action potentially threatens the safety of many Californians when they ride bicycles or choose to walk to reach their destinations.

Pedestrian and bicycle injury and fatality statistics

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wrongful-death-lawyer-los-angelesThe family members of people who are killed by the negligent or wrongful actions of others in California can file wrongful death lawsuits against the negligent or wrongful actors. By filing lawsuits, the family members might recover damages to compensate them for their economic and non-economic losses. While economic losses are fairly simple to calculate, non-economic damages are more nebulous and difficult to calculate. In Fernandez v. Jimenez, Cal. Ct. App., No. B281518, the court considered whether a non-economic damages award of $45 million was excessive in a wrongful death case.

Factual and procedural background

Claudia Fernandez was a single mother who was 38-years-old. She had four children who ranged in ages from 22 to 10 and worked in an animal hospital to support them. Her children’s names were Rachel Fernandez, Jeremy Valle, Donovan Valle, and Ryan Valle. Rachel was attending college, and the three younger brothers were all enrolled in school.

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Los-Angeles-Bicycle-AccidentsLos Angeles should be one of the best cities to ride bicycles in the U.S. With its balmy weather, year-round warmth, sunshine, and spectacular views, bicyclists should be able to enjoy riding their bicycles for recreation and transportation. The streets are very congested, making bicycling a good option for getting to your destination faster than you might if you drove your car. While these factors should make Los Angeles ideal for bicycle riding, it is instead the most dangerous city in America for people to ride their bicycles. The dangers to cyclists in Los Angeles result from several different factors that the city needs to address.

Statistics

From 2014 to 2016, 180 bicyclists were killed in Los Angeles, and many others were seriously injured. The city had more bicycle fatalities than any other city in the U.S. It also surpassed the bicycle fatality rates of every state other than California, Florida, and New York.[1] The high number of fatalities results from several factors, including congestion, a lack of bicycle infrastructure, poor road maintenance, and failures to act by politicians.

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Lyft-Accident-Injury-Attorney-Los-Angeles-300x200Ride-share apps have transformed how people in California and elsewhere hail rides. Instead of calling and scheduling a taxicab, people simply have to download an app to be connected to any number of nearby Lyft or Uber drivers who are near to them. When these apps emerged on the scene in 2010, they quickly became popular. While the companies ostensibly conduct background checks of their drivers, however, many riders have reported that they were sexually assaulted by ride-share drivers. Recently, 14 people filed a lawsuit against Lyft in San Francisco, alleging that they were raped by their drivers.

Lyft lawsuit alleges rapes by drivers

The 14 plaintiffs in the lawsuit all allege that they were raped or sexually assaulted by their Lyft drivers. One plaintiff stated that she was raped in Oct. 2018. Her driver drove her around for five hours with the doors locked before forcibly raping her on a beach. Another states that she was sexually assaulted in Dec. 2018. She reported the assault to Lyft, and Lyft said it would investigate. However, she never received an update from the company and does not know the status of the driver’s employment with the company.

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scooter-accident-injury-attorneys-Los-AngelesThanks to startup companies, including Lyft, Lime, and Bird, e-scooters have become a nearly ubiquitous part of Los Angeles’s landscape. Tourists and residents can unlock these scooters with their smartphones and ride them to get to where they need to go or to use for sightseeing. While e-scooters can be fun to use and are better for the environment, they also carry risks of injury for both the riders and for others around them. You need to understand the dangers of riding electric scooters, how accidents happen with them, and how to minimize your risk of accidents. If you are injured in an e-scooter accident, you also should understand your rights.

Dangers of riding electric scooters in Los Angeles

While e-scooters seem to be everywhere in Los Angeles, riding them can be dangerous to riders and pedestrians. Many people who rent scooters do not have experience in how to handle them. They might be tourists who want a quick way to get around who rent e-scooters. Some riders choose to ride them on sidewalks even though it is illegal to do so in Los Angeles, which places pedestrians at risk. E-scooter riders are supposed to ride their scooters on streets or in bicycle lanes. However, many areas in Los Angeles do not have bicycle lanes, and forcing e-scooter riders to share the roads with motor vehicles places the riders in danger from collisions with cars. Finally, many people ride e-scooters without helmets. The companies that have rental scooters in place do not provide helmets for riders to use.

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Los-Angeles-Bike-Accident-LawyerWhy do urban areas like Los Angeles CA have so many bicycle accidents? While there has been a large push in cities around the world to encourage cycling, some major urban areas, including Los Angeles, have entrenched safety problems for cyclists. In 2018, Bicycling Magazine named Los Angeles as the worst city in the U.S. for bicyclists and reported that Los Angeles County had more cyclist deaths than all but three states as a whole during the three years from 2014 to 2016. While the city has engaged in efforts to reduce bicycle and other traffic fatalities, the data demonstrates that more needs to be done.

The problem of bicycle fatalities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has attempted to address the problems of bicycle safety by devoting additional funds to safety projects such as road diets. Despite these efforts, however, cycling fatalities have increased. In 2018, for example, preliminary data for Los Angeles shows that 21 cyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles, which was an increase from the 17 who were killed in 2015 at the beginning of the Vision Zero initiative.

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