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Will your California wildfire insurance claim be denied?

If you are one of the thousands of people displaced by the recent wildfires here in California, you are more than likely struggling to pick up the pieces of your life. Hopefully, you have been able to address your immediate needs for shelter, food and transportation.

Even so, you may be eager to rebuild your life, including your home if yours was one of the 14,000 plus destroyed by the flames. Before you begin the claims process with your insurance company, you may want to reduce the possibility that your adjuster may initially deny your claim or that you will experience unnecessary delays in the resolution of your claim.

California wildfire damage adding up

The recent wildfires that have spread throughout California have now been called the worst wildfires to cross the region's history. The numbers are staggering in loss of life, homes, vehicles, land, infrastructure and more. The tragic loss of life in these fires is adding up as families still search for loved ones and find serious, hard realities.

Thinking about the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury?

Whether the injury occurred in a car accident, a work accident or some other circumstances in which you or a loved one suffered a blow to the head, you may wonder what lasting effects could occur. When the pain fades away, any surface wounds heal and you attempt to get back to your life, what will it look like?

Many people who suffer from moderate to severe TBI go home with cognitive issues. Because the brain remains somewhat of an enigma to modern medicine and science, there may be no way to provide you with a definitive answer regarding how long you may experience such issues.

Pedal toward compensation after a bicycle accident

Bicycles are a wonderful way to both get where you need to go and for exercise. Whether you travel by bike for recreational or transportation purposes, you know how enjoyable it is to participate in this type of activity. However, California cyclists face certain risks, and many of them involve other drivers. Often, accidents involving bicycles are the result of the reckless or negligent actions of other people. 

If you were hurt in an accident while riding your bike, chances are that it is not your fault. You may assume that it was the result of your own clumsiness, but in reality, you might have a rightful claim to financial compensation. After a bike accident, it is prudent to be fully aware of your legal options.

Coping with a car accident induced amputation

Car accidents can range in severity, and in some cases, the results of a collision between two vehicles can be quite serious. For some California motor vehicle accident victims, the injuries may not only be debilitating and painful, they can change a victim's life forever. Traumatic amputation is one of these very serious injuries, and is one that will certainly affect a person for the rest of his or her life.

When a car accident leaves a person seriously injured, such as after an amputation, the victim could be eligible for compensation not only for his or her financial losses, but also for future needs and lost income capacity. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic amputation in an accident, you would be wise to seek an understanding of your rights as soon as possible.

Hit and Run Bicycle Accident Kills UC Berkeley Chief Counsel

On Sunday, UC Berkeley's chief campus counsel, Christopher M. Patti, died tragically in a fatal bicycle accident in Sonoma. According to the California Highway Patrol, Patti pulled his bike over to the side of Highway 116 around 8:45 a.m. A BMW swerved off the road and hit and killed him before driving away. He was only 59 years old.

Trump Decision Could Increase Truck Accidents

24057965985_d7138e3ddf_z.jpgIt seems like common sense that we don't want truck drivers and train operators falling asleep on the job. These workers operate massive machines, and often work long, irregular hours. One wrong move can cause catastrophic train and truck accidents.

But last week, President Trump and the Department of Transportation withdrew a proposal to test truckers and train operators for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that is becoming increasingly common and has led to a recent uptick in trucking accidents. Perhaps somewhere there is an explanation for why this proposal was withdrawn that makes sense but I don't know what it could be. 

Is Your Lithium Ion Battery at Risk of Exploding?

1286694297_55e1ccaedf_m.jpgLithium ion batteries are everywhere. They power our laptops, our cell phones, e-cigarettes, hoverboards, and myriad other electronic devices. Tech companies and consumers alike enjoy these batteries because they are able to store a significant amount of energy in a very small space and are generally light weight.

But these batteries can be incredibly dangerous, and in the right circumstances they are prone to catching fire, and in some instances, even killing people. In fact, several companies have been forced to recall their products due to faulty lithium ion batteries.

3 ways to protect yourself while operating a motorcycle

As a motorcyclist, you may find the freedom of the road exhilarating. You may enjoy feeling the open air and having the ability to join others who share your passion on fun outings to various destinations. You may even build certain parts of your life around the identity you have from being a motorcyclist.

Of course, you certainly also know that operating a motorcycle comes with risks that drivers of other vehicles do not face. You may not want to often think about the potential dangers you face on the road as such thoughts could put a damper on your good time, but you undoubtedly want to remain aware of how to better protect yourself on the road.

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