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Seeing a Physical Therapist During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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

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For many of our clients, physical therapy is critical to making a full recovery from your injuries. Proper exercising with a trained professional allows you and your attorney to see how extensive your injuries are, which can affect your compensation. However, with the rise of COVID-19 cases in Orange County and California’s Stay at Home Order, many patients are justifiably unsure if they should continue with their treatment.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Car Accidents in Construction Zones

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on April 19, 2020

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Despite strict traffic regulations, construction zones are one of the most dangerous areas on a road. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 754 people were killed in U.S. work zone crashes, as reported by the Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Among these accidents, there were 203 fatal wrecks involving large commercial trucks, and a total of 122 pedestrians and 124 construction workers were killed. In California alone, 65 people were killed in 56 fatal car accidents in construction zones in a single recent year.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Liability and Fault in a Pileup Accident

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on April 10, 2020

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Multi-car pileups often happen when a driver rear-ends another vehicle and pushes it into the next vehicle, creating a chain reaction. This can become even more complicated if the original driver is rear-ended in turn by another vehicle, which may make it challenging to determine when the accident started. Other drivers may swerve to avoid the crash, sideswiping other vehicles and causing further accidents. When a tractor trailer rolls over, lying across several lanes of traffic, other vehicles on the roadway are likely to crash into it. These confusing – and often tragic –circumstances can make it difficult to determine liability.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Recovering from Dog Bite Trauma

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

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Dog bites, while seemingly simple, can come with a host of physical traumas, including scarring, broken bones, and risks of infections. But dog bite attacks don’t only cause physical injuries. They can also have long-term psychological effects, particularly in children, and have been linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The resulting trauma can cause a fear of animals that the victim never experienced before, following them for years if not properly treated with therapy.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

OC Sheriff’s Department Ramps up Battle with Distracted Driving

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on March 27, 2020

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is cracking down on distracted driving, as stated in its January 7, 2020 press release. In order to deter dangerous driving practices, the Department is requiring deputies to concentrate their patrols on identifying and pulling over drivers who use their phones while driving. While the fines for this crime are still rather low, the Department hopes that aggressive enforcement will help reduce distracted driving accidents.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How Can You Tell If a Truck Is Overloaded?

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

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When a large, commercial truck is overloaded, it puts the lives of others on the roadway at risk. If you see an overloaded big rig on the road, the best thing to do is get out of its way. Fortunately, there are certain visible signs to clue you in when a truck is overloaded.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Are Electric Bikes Safe to Rent?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on March 5, 2020

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In recent years, Orange County has experienced a boom in electric bikes, or E-bikes, with local companies and large corporations bringing this trendy form of transportation to Southern California’s coast. And it makes perfect sense. E-bikes can get you to your destination faster, offering low-cost, energy-efficient, emissions-free transportation with benefits for your body and your health. But are they safe?

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Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

What Is a Settlement Mill (and Why Shouldn’t You Work with One)?

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

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A settlement mill is a team of lawyers that excels in settling cases quickly, as opposed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. They will take your case with no intention of ever going to trial. These lawyers make their money by settling a high volume of cases quickly. Their law offices are organized to benefit the lawyers and the insurance companies – not the injured victims they represent.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Get Ready for the 2020 Rise to Shine Scholarship

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

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A new year, a new decade, a new scholarship! We at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie will once again be offering a nationwide $1,000 scholarship to help aspiring students achieve their dreams and pay for educational expenses. This award is available to both high school seniors and current college students who plan on continuing their education.

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SUVs Pose Less Accident Risk; However, Your Pickup Truck May Still Be a Threat

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on February 13, 2020

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Back in the 1990s, people in cars and minivans were much more likely to die in a crash with an SUV than in a collision with another car or minivan. But in 2013 through 2016, there was only a slightly higher risk of death in a crash with a one to four-year-old SUV than in a collision with a car of the same vintage. This trend toward compatibility of cars and minivans with SUVs has been documented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It has been attributed to new SUV designs with lower front ends and stronger structures and side airbags in cars and minivans.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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