Cellino & Barnes Los Angeles Office

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21
Nov

la-skyline-purchasedCellino & Barnes goes coast-to-coast!

Our latest office expansion is located at 633 West 5th Street Suite 1180 Los Angeles, CA 90071. Serving all of Los Angeles the personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes are ready to help 24/7. Our firm has over 50 experienced lawyers who have helped thousands of injured people get the settlements they deserve.

The personal injury lawyers at Cellino & Barnes handle cases resulting from car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, plane crash disasters, cruise ship injuries, slip and fall accidents and more.

If you have been injured don’t wait Call 8! Let us help you get the best result possible, call the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes 800-888-8888.

Ask the Attorneys: Ice Storm Problems

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18
Nov

Q: During the ice storm that occurred recently, my children were outside playing in the yard when a power line came down and struck my son. Although the power line did not physically hurt my son when it struck him, he suffered a severe shock and burn shortly thereafter.  The burns on his arm did not require any skin grafting, but the doctor said that it was quite severe nevertheless.

I feel quite fortunate and I understand that the outcome could have been much worse.  I must admit that I previously noticed that the power lines that ran from the street to my house seemed to sag lower than normal, but I never notified the power company of my concerns.  Is the Power Company nevertheless liable for the injuries to my son?

A: The short answer is probably not. Acts of god like ice storms, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, etc., do not give rise to legal responsibility of homeowners or corporations.

However, the Power Company could possibly be liable if they knew about the low hanging power lines and failed to properly correct the situation.  Since you indicated that you did not notify the Power Company of the condition, they probably would not be liable – unless they independently learned about the condition and failed to do something to correct it. If you have any Personal Injury questions that have not been answered, contact us today for a free consultation.

Ask the Attorneys: Plumber Crushed by Collapsing Trench

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11
Nov

Q: I’ve been a union plumber for 14 years. This past summer, my boss was hired to do the plumbing work for a major addition that was being built on a business building. I was working in a trench that was at least ten feet deep. The trench collapsed and I was buried up to my shoulders under a heavy load of dirt.

I suffered multiple fractures to my pelvis and injuries to my bladder and prostate for which I have undergone multiple surgeries. My doctor tells me that I can forget working as a plumber. I now suffer pain all the time.  I can’t work, and I don’t know which way to turn. Can I do anything legally?

A: It appears as though you have a right of action against the owner of the commercial building on which you were working, and against the general contractor for the job. New York’s Labor Law provides protection to workers who are hurt as a result of accidents like yours.

The Industrial Code provides that trenches deeper than five feet must be shored-up in such a manner as to insure that they will not collapse on workers whose job requires them to work in trenches. If you can no longer work as a plumber, you will have a right to be compensated for your past and future lost wages and benefits.  You also have the right to compensation for everything that you have been forced to go through, including your past and future pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered a construction injury contact our construction accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes now.

Ask the Attorneys: Truck Rear Ends SUV

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5
Nov

Q: I was driving my SUV during a routine snowfall and was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer truck driver. The truck driver claimed that the roads were slippery and that he could not stop at the stoplight. I was the second vehicle in line and the impact pushed me into the first vehicle. Both my vehicle and the vehicle in front of me were stopped at the time of the impact. My vehicle was totaled and the vehicle in front of me also suffered significant damage.

The driver in front of me hit her head on the steering wheel and suffered a significant gash across her forehead. I suspect she will be left with a nasty scar. I suffered whiplash. I know whiplash sounds suspicious but I can tell you that I can hardly move my neck and the pain radiates down my arms. My hands tingle and feel like they are asleep. I have an appointment to see my doctor. Why would I need a lawyer?

A: In a perfect world you would not need a lawyer, but unfortunately, the insurance company for the defendant knows how to handle matters like this and will likely have a great advantage over you. For instance, you probably have no idea whether you should accept an immediate settlement offer if presented to you by the insurance company.

You also probably have no idea what the case could be worth. You also probably don’t realize that the insurance company will have you examined by one of their “independent doctors” that will likely find that your injury is not serious or is pre-existing. Attorneys often handle these cases on a contingency fee where they do not get paid unless they win a settlement. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident and need legal advice, let the truck accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes help you.

Ask the Attorneys: Honor Student Suffers Head Injury in Auto Accident: Is There a Case?

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31
Oct

Q: Last summer I was driving on Niagara Falls Boulevard. My 16 year old son was sitting in the front passenger seat with his seat belt on. While we were passing through an intersection on a green light a car ran the light and struck my car on the passenger side. My son’s head hit the side window hard enough to break the glass. We were both checked out at the hospital, and they kept my son over night for observation.

He did have a concussion, but the CAT scan of his brain was negative. Since the accident my husband and I have noticed that our son has just not been the same. He was always an honor student, and now his grades have dropped off. It also seems as though he is much more irritable than ever before. At first, we thought that these changes were perhaps just due to adolescence, but now we’re not so sure. Is it possible that he suffered a brain injury in the accident, and if so do you think that he has a case?

A: We would strongly encourage you to have your son evaluated by a neurologist and a neuropsychologist. Even though the CT scan that was done at the hospital was negative, a neurologist may want to order an MRI. This is a different diagnostic test, which may provide different information about whether your son suffered an organic brain injury from the blow to his head. A neuropsychologist will be interested in the results of the diagnostic studies, but he or she will address your son’s issues from a different perspective.

Typically, a neuropsychologist will put the patient through a battery of tests for the purpose of determining whether a brain injury is causing the changes which you have observed. We have a number of clients who have suffered head trauma where there has been no clear evidence of brain injury on CT scan or MRI. In these cases we have found neuropsychological testing to be very valuable. The personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes help car accident victims get the justice they deserve.

Ross Stores Recalls Bistro Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

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31
Oct

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Some metal bistro chairs sold at Ross stores are being recalled because the chair’s seat can fail to attach to the frame when unfolding the chair. This could potentially cause the chair to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

This recall involves metal folding bistro chairs that are orange and have perforations on the seat. The chairs measure about 36 inches tall by 15 inches wide by 16 inches deep. SKU 400101018858 is found on the product hangtag.

There have been three reports to Ross of minor injuries from the chairs collapsing including a back strain and some minor bruises. If you have one of these chairs where the seats that do not attach to the frame, return them to ay Ross store for a full refund.

Ask the Attorneys: Accident Caused by 18-Wheeler Causes Life Altering Injuries

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28
Oct

Q: Last year I was driving on the expressway and I was cut off by a tractor-trailer. He sideswiped the passenger side of my car forcing me into the wall. At first, I didn’t think that I was hurt too badly, but my back was killing for weeks and I finally decided to see a doctor. The doctor ran some tests, and it turned out that I had two blown discs in my back. I had fusion surgery, but now my doctor says that the fusion doesn’t look too good and he might have to go in again.

All I know is that my back is still killing me, and I’m broke because I haven’t been able to work. My no-fault insurance has run out, and I can’t even afford to pay for my pain pills. Where do I go from here?

A: You have the right to be compensated for the way that this accident has damaged your life. If there is any silver lining in your situation, it is the fact that the tractor-trailer that caused your accident probably had a large amount of liability insurance coverage. Typically, trucking companies will carry policies with high liability limits because when big trucks are involved in accidents, people tend to suffer serious injuries.

Whatever the reason might be that the spinal fusion did not take, the insurance carrier for the trucking company will be responsible because the damages flow back to the party who caused the injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident and need truck accident legal advice, let a truck accident lawyer at Cellino and Barnes help you.

Risk of Injury causes Siemens to Recall Audible Fire Alarm Base

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28
Oct

Siemens is recalling the SBGA-34 Audible Fire Alarm Base because it could fail to sound an alarm in an emergency, causing a risk of personal injury and property damage.

This recall involves the SBGA-34 audible base that is affixed to ceiling-mounted smoke detectors in order to sound an alarm when the fire alarm system is activated. The audible base has part number S54370-F13 and date codes 0113 through 2314 in a WWYY format printed on a white label on the back of the unit part affixed to the wall. “MODEL SBGA-34” is printed on a blue label also affixed to the back of the device. The base is off-white and measures about 6 inches in diameter. The audible base is used with the following fire detectors:

  • Cerberus PRO models (HI921, OOHC941, OOH941, OH921, OP921)
  • Desigo Fire Safety models (FDOOTC441, FDOOT441, FDO421, FDOT421, FDT421)
  • H-Series (HFP-11, HFPT-11, HFPO-11)
  • Faraday 87XX-Series, models (8713, 8712, 8710)

The audible base and fire detectors are used with the following alarm systems:

  • Siemens model FireFinder® XLS via DLC 6312 Device Loop Card
  • Siemens model FS -250
  • Desigo model FC2005, (50-point panel)
  • Desigo model FC2025, (252-point system)
  • Desigo model FC2050, (504-point system)
  • Cerberus PRO FC901, (50-point panel
  • Cerberus PRO FC922, (252-point system)
  • Cerberus PRO FC924, (504-point system)
  • Faraday models MPC-600 & MPC-7000

No incidents or injuries have been reported with this recall.  Consumers who have this base should immediately contact Siemens to schedule a free inspection and replacement of the audible base.

IKEA Recalls GUNGGUNG Children’s Swing for a Potential Fall Hazard

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24
Oct

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IKEA is now recalling 2,000 GUNGGUNG Child’s swings due to the suspension possibly breaking, causing a child to fall from the swing and posing a risk of a serious injury.

This swing is intended for indoor and outdoor use by children ages 3-7. It is made of green polyester fabric and hangs from a plastic suspension fitting attached to steel hooks. The full length of the suspension strap, including the sling seat, is 17 feet and the width of the seat is 0.8 feet. A permanent label is attached to one of the suspension straps, showing age recommendation (3-7), IKEA logo, Design and Quality IKEA of Sweden, GUNGGUNG article number 302.439.74, supplier number 17915 and Made in Vietnam.

There have been four reports of the suspension fittings breaking in use, one in Germay, two in Austria, and one in Canada. In one incident a child fell and suffered a fractured leg. No incidents have been reported in the United States. If you have one of these swings immediately take it down to prevent the use of it by children, then return it to any IKEA store for a full refund. Proof of purchase is not required for the return.

Ask the Attorneys: BB Gun Accident

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23
Oct

Q: A few months ago my 18 year old son was at a friend’s house and he and his friend were shooting a BB gun in their backyard. While my son was changing a target, his friend accidentally discharged the gun and my son was struck in the eye with a BB. He has had two surgeries, but now looks like he is going to be blind in one eye. Does he have the right to be compensated for this?

A: He probably does. However, a critical issue will be whether the friend’s parents have a homeowner’s insurance policy for the home where the accident happened. In addition to providing coverage for fire losses, a person is entitled to look to their homeowner’s policy if their negligence or the negligence of a family member causes an injury.

Although motor vehicle negligence is typically excluded from coverage in homeowner’s policies, the accidental discharge of a firearm will usually be considered a “covered event” and could be considered a catastrophic injury. A renter’s policy would provide coverage similar to a homeowner’s policy. If your son has been blinded in one eye, he is entitled to be compensated for how that disability will affect him over the course of his entire life.