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Are Owners Liable for Falls Outside a Store?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on September 20, 2020

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Victims of falls are often quick to dismiss their injuries, often citing clumsiness or carelessness as the primary cause, even when the accident occurred at a place of business. However, store owners are required to protect their customers from safety hazards, whether they are wet floors or loose carpet. If the property owner failed to clean up a safety hazard in a timely manner, you may be able to pursue a claim for damages, especially if you suffered a catastrophic injury.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Crash Tests Explained

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on September 8, 2020

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Before a vehicle can get on the road, it must go through thorough testing and inspections to ensure all safety features are fully functional and the risk of serious injuries is low. Many people are aware of crash tests, but vehicles are also tested in environments such as Germany’s Nurburgring test track, public roads, different weather patterns, and varied road conditions. These thorough reviews can not only identify the unique qualities that make a vehicle special, but also under what conditions it can become involved in an accident. In most cases, this may lead a manufacturer to issue a redesign or to correct a faulty part. However, there are situations where cars fail and still end up on our roadways.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

When a Round of Golf Turns Deadly

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on August 25, 2020

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Golf is one of the most popular leisure activities for people who want to relax in the outdoors and have the patience for a steady game spread out over 18 holes. While it does not attract the attention of football or basketball, golf has risen in recognition in recent years among both younger and older generations. But, although it may seem like a safe, low-impact sport, golfing does have one real risk: golf cart crashes.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

The Rights of Divorced Parents in Wrongful Death Claims

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on August 11, 2020

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The loss of a child is the worst thing a parent could suffer and even more tragic when someone else’s negligence caused the death. If the deceased was unmarried and had no children of their own, then, in California, their parents can pursue compensation in the form of a wrongful death claim. However, this matter can become more complicated if the parents are divorced. In this situation, which one of them is allowed to file a wrongful death claim?

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Posted in: Wrongful Death

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Auto Accident?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on August 4, 2020

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Many people are reluctant to take the steps to hire a lawyer after being involved in a car accident. We know it can be confusing, scary, and intimidating to reach out for help.

At Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, we are constantly asked the same question: “Do I even need to hire a lawyer?  Is it even necessary?”

And the answer is always YES.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on August 4, 2020

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If you find yourself or someone you know involved in a car accident, it’s important to understand what to expect during this experience. Statistically, there are over six million car accidents each year in the United States. Most of these accidents only involve property damage to vehicles. However, one-third of accidents involve personal injury to a passenger or driver. By knowing what to expect, you can make this unpleasant experience less overwhelming by following our recommended steps below.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Used Car Dealers and Liability

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on July 28, 2020

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Parents and new drivers may be tempted to shop for a used car to save on the cost of a vehicle. This can cost you quite a bit of time as you search through reviews, ratings, consumer reports, and dealership payment plans before finding the right vehicle. You will always hope that you are purchasing a safe and reliable vehicle. But what if the used car you buy has been damaged or has a recalled or defective part?

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Are Public Colleges Liable for Serious Injuries?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on July 7, 2020

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College is often cited as being some of the best four years of a young person’s life. Orange County is home to several outstanding public institutions, from UC Irvine to Santa Ana College, that train the brightest minds in the country. However, one accident can change what is supposed to be an educational and fun experience into a nightmare. Following an accident that was the fault of your university, you may be wondering just how you can hold your school accountable. Afterall, they are supposed to keep you safe and healthy, and they failed that responsibility. Unfortunately, when it comes to public colleges in California, filing a personal injury claim isn’t that easy.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Dealing with Summer Travel and COVID-19

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on June 25, 2020

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At Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, our primary objective is to help our clients and partners better navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape while still enjoying their lives. Many may need to travel for work, leisure, or to return home as restrictions are being loosened, but it is important to understand how the travel industry as a whole has changed and how to keep safe.

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Posted in: Safety Tips

COVID-19 and Injury Claims: What You Need to Know!

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on June 23, 2020

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Our world has dramatically changed in recent months and will continue to at an unparalleled rate throughout California, leaving many people anxious and uncertain about their future, especially when it comes to health, unexpected accidents, and the potential of serious injury. You may have a ton of new questions, such as how COVID-19 could affect your personal injury or auto accident claim.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

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