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Route 91 Country Music Festival Shooting

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, the investigation into the October 1, 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival tragedy has yet to bring closure to the tens of thousands of victims who are still grieving the effects of that night.  The victims of this shooting were […]

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What Is Res Ipsa Loquitur?

The law is a complex profession that requires some use of legalese. Since many legal terms are Latin, it can be difficult to understand their meaning. On the other hand, these phrases often refer to precedent and evidentiary standards in legal cases, so a basic understanding is essential. A common phrase you might hear throughout […]

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Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Taxable?

Workers’ compensation insurance is a government program managed by each individual state; the pool of resources is comprised of payments, required by law, that employers of a certain size and scope must pay – this fund compensates individual employees in the event he or she suffers injury on the job. And for good reason. According to […]

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Can Employers Pay Disabled Americans Below the Minimum Wage?

There are over 20 million working age disability recipients in the United States. Historically, individuals with disabilities have a harder time finding and maintaining competitive employment. Unemployment rates in the United States are at an all time low of 4.1%. Unfortunately, the job rates for the disability population are nearly three times as high. Underemployment […]

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Burdens of Proof and Evidentiary Standards

Supporting your case with proof is a central part of all legal proceedings. Because of the importance of providing evidence, the California court system has outlined specific rules called burdens of proof and evidentiary standards that determine who is in charge of showing proof and what level of proof is necessary. The Burden of Proof […]

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Can You Sue Caltrans for Damage Incurred on the Road?

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is in charge of keeping California’s roads safe, but sometimes unsafe road conditions can be at fault for car accidents or damage to your car. Proving Liability In many liability cases, there is a party who is clearly responsible for the incident. With damage from debris on the roads, […]

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Can an Employer Garnish My Benefits?

Accidents happen all the time in the workplace, across all professions. Receiving workers’ compensation from your employer is a vital part of being able to keep an injury from affecting your entire life. Luckily, federal law usually protects these benefits from garnishment. What Is Garnishment? Garnishment is a legal order for your employer to keep […]

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What Is Shift Work Sleep Disorder?

Certain occupations – like healthcare, factory work, and direct care professions, require that workers complete shifts at all hours of the day and night. Employers should care about shift work sleep disorders because they have a profound effect on business operations. By addressing the root of the issue, employers can reduce their own liability, as […]

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Can Domestic Workers Receive Compensation?

There are over two million domestic workers in California alone. This network of nannies, caregivers, childcare providers, and personal assistants provide valuable services to families throughout the state, but few understand their rights in the workplace. This is partially because the laws themselves are so patchwork – what applies to one domestic worker might not […]

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Can You Receive Workers’ Comp for Natural Disaster Related Injuries?

Here’s the good news: if you sustained injuries in a natural disaster and you were at work, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, the claim is unambiguous. For example, if you’re a relief worker and you sustained an injury in the course of your job duties, you should be […]

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