In the news: Pregnant women who take acetaminophen for pain or fever-- best known by the brand Tylenol - face an elevated risk their child will develop attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new long-term study out of Denmark suggests. Children whose mothers took acetaminophen during pregnancy showed up to a 40 percent higher probability of an ADHD diagnosis. The research involved more than 64,000 Danish mothers and their children, who were born between 1996 and 2002.
On the East Coast, people tend to get in your face if they are upset with you, or, for that matter, with anything. In the Midwest, there is a joke about natives being so polite that their in-your-face reaction is, "Oooooh, I'm going to write such a letter!" Here in California, we are a little more laid back, but we stand up for what we know is right.
Critics are saying that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking too much of a Midwestern polite approach about the General Motors Corp. recall. The automaker has recalled about 1.6 million older-model compact cars because of a dangerous ignition problem. The number of fatalities linked to the defect is now at 13.
The use by a disabled person of a legitimate service animal to aid them in tasks associated with their daily life is well-established in both therapeutic effectiveness and in disability rights laws. Such animals as visual aid dogs, hearing aid dogs, and other equally important service animals make a clear difference for thousands of Californians every day. But there has risen an issue with the proliferation of non-legitimate pets posing as service animals that is aided by shady web sites selling fake vests and other identifiers, without any requirements to prove these pets were properly trained and registered as required by law.
Pedestrian accidents in San Francisco are approaching epidemic levels. The Cartwright Law Firm has seen an increase in cases coming into the firm, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle, 2013 saw 21 people killed by autos while walking in The City. Since January 1st, San Francisco has seen 4 deaths and many more injuries to pedestrians, suggesting that 2014 may be an even more deadly year.
In The News: The Cartwright Law Firm has long argued that parents whose teenage children host parties in their homes - with or without their approval - should be held liable for harms caused by actions arising from and to the people attending those parties, especially where alcohol or drugs are the primary cause of those harms. A recent case out of Diamond Bar, California, involving an under-age teen who threw a party without her parent's knowledge that subsequently resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man, may soon be decided by the California Supreme Court. Their ruling will determine whether young people, who host underage drinking parties, and charge attendee's money to enter, are liable if an intoxicated guest hurts themselves or others. The ruling could create a significant opening in the legal shield that has long protected people hosting parties in California from alcohol-related lawsuits.
The California Highway Patrol has launched a year-long motorcycle safety campaign that officials hope will reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities around the state. In some communities, local law enforcement has teamed up with CHPS to run saturation patrols similar to the saturation patrols around holidays: Police will be out in force to enforce safe driving laws among drivers of all types of vehicles. A safe environment for motorcycles, of course, requires all drivers to be aware of traffic laws and safe driving habits.
Safe driving habits for motorcyclists, of course, include wearing bright clothing or reflective gear. And while California has required helmets for all riders for more than 20 years, officials want to remind riders that not all helmets are alike and not all helmets offer the same level of protection in an accident. As stylish as "novelty" German helmets are -- the half-helmets are also called "skull caps" -- they are just not as safe as regulation helmets.
A new study shows that the number of fatal motor vehicle crashes involving marijuana and other drugs increased dramatically during the 2000s. The results are particularly timely, considering that the movement to legalize recreational marijuana use has gained momentum in the past couple of years. However, the study is based on data from just six states; even the researchers warn that the results are a snapshot of a trend, not a nationwide certainty that drugged driving is on the rise.
What those six states have in common is that they routinely perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal crashes. One of the reasons we are discussing the study here is that one of those states is California.
The Cartwright Law Firm issues these Consumer Alerts! Urgent!, whenever information comes to our attention that we feel the public needs to be especially aware of as they make decisions as consumers. This Consumer Alert is in our view especially important, as it applies to your rights under the Constitution, and to your actual safety regarding prescription drugs.
What do we mean when we talk about Employment Law? As plaintiff attorneys, we represent people who have lost their jobs, or found themselves being treated in ways that are clearly illegal by management or another employee at their workplace. We fight to help you get compensation as a victim of such acts as:
The Cartwright Law Firm is In the News! We are proud to announce the opening of our new location serving the North Bay and other Northern California counties. Located in Vacaville, we are now more accessible for clients seeking the best legal help without having to travel into San Francisco.