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Culver City Family Receives $8.8 Million for Wrongful Death

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A picture of a Culver City bus taken on April 17, 2008, at the intersection of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three years ago, Leroy Grissom was killed by a police officer in Culver City. The twenty-seven year old was shot three times in the back after being pulled over by a police officer who suspected him of robbing an electronics store.

Though he did commit the crime, he did not pose any additional threats once pulled over in the parking lot and he was unarmed. Because of this, the attack on him was unwarranted.

Grissom died from the gunshot wounds. His family outraged by the cop’s actions, filed a federal lawsuit against the Culver City Police Department for the wrongful death.

Wednesday, the federal jury found the defendant guilty and awarded the family $8.8 million in damages. The police department is unsure whether an appeal will be filed yet or not.

Despite Grissom committing a crime, there is no excuse for a police officer to shoot a civilian without any threat present. Grissom was unarmed and cooperating; however, he was still killed.

If you feel that you have experienced a serious injury or death and the fault lies with someone else, contact an injury attorney today to receive information on your rights.

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Two Sisters Shocked by Electric Jolt in Backyard Pool

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backyard swimming pool (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Southern California has been hit with a heat wave and residents are looking for different ways to cool down. From cold drinks to running air conditioners, individuals are looking for ways to escape the hot weather. Unfortunately for two people, an attempt to cool down in a pool has turned into a horrific event involving personal injury and an almost possible wrongful death.

Two sisters from Garden Grove were trying to cool down over the weekend by using the swimming pool in their backyard. While the two girls swam in the pool enjoying the day, a sudden electric jolt shocked both of the girls. The elder sister, a 23-year old, said she knew something was wrong when her younger sister, a 15-year old, was in the deep end and began to float face down.

Policemen and paramedics were called to the scene when the adults saw the troubling situation in their backyard. The 15-year old was pulled out of the pool by her father. She was lying face up on the pool deck when the police arrived. Her father and a family friend were performing CPR on the girl but she was unresponsive and pale. The 23-year old was out of the pool and was alert.

Seeing the younger girl unresponsive on the deck, officers began performing efforts to try to save her life. The paramedics then came. They took over the live-saving efforts and were able to restore the girl’s pulse and breathing. Both of the females were taken to the UCI Medical Center in Orange. The 15-year old sister remained in the hospital on Tuesday, August 14 but is expected to make a full recovery. Thankfully no further injuries were inflicted. As of right now, the girl does not seem to be suffering from any brain injuries or any physical pains.

As for the older sister, the 23-year old experienced shock to her legs and arms. She felt her arms go numb as she tried to swim and save her sister’s life. It was her father who also saved her and pulled her out of the pool. It was heroic and brave of the sister to try to save her younger sibling even though the pool was still charged with electricity. Thankfully, neither of the two siblings received serious personal injury and are recuperating just fine.

An investigation is ongoing as authorities are trying to figure out what caused the electric jolt in the pool. No further information about the girls’ identities or information about the case has been released.

While Southern Californians are trying to escape the heat wave, they must make sure to avoid any potential harm and accidents that can come their way. If you have been victim to personal injury, contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney immediately to see how you can fight for justice.


High School Coach Facing Four Felonies

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One high school basketball coach, who was involved in a deadly DUI accident, is back in court again. Loren LeBeau, a basketball coach in a Fresno high school, had been drinking and driving on July 25 when he slammed his car into a family. The car accident resulted in a wrongful death of the family’s young boy along with serious personal injury on two other family members.

Loren LeBeau,42, was present in court on Thursday, August 9 with his attorney. He came in wearing an ankle bracelet which makes sure people are notified if LeBeau drinks any alcoholic beverages. His hearing took place Thursday morning because it was delayed when his attorney complained about how the charges were filed. There are currently four felonies being charged against the high school coach.

On July 25th, LeBeau was found with a 0.11% blood alcohol level after causing serious personal injury to his victims. He had been driving under the influence. In addition, the felon had left the scene of the accident where death and permanent injury had been caused.

The family whom LeBeau had slammed into had lost their seven-year old son, Donovan Maldonado. The Maldonado family had been riding their bikes on a trail near Shepherd and Milbrook when the incident occurred. The people injured in the automobile and bike accident include Donovan’s father and little sister.

LeBeau’s lawyer is questioning whether the charges against him were filed properly. However, prosecutors are telling the court that the basketball coach is a public risk for drinking and driving. During his court trial, the judge ordered the coach to surrender his driver’s license. He was also ordered to not drink any alcohol and to wear an ankle monitor that will measure his alcohol intake. The ankle monitor will notify authorities if the coach partakes in any alcohol drinking.

The lawyer of LeBeau, Jess Hammerschmidt, is claiming that his client is facing public scrutiny which is causing him some pain and suffering. His lawyer is stating that his client is currently in a state of shock and very upset. He also adds that LeBeau feels horrible for what he has done and is extremely devastated.

After being arrest, LeBeau was set free on a $256,000 bail. After Thursday’s hearing, the man’s bail was increased to more than $1 million bail.

LeBeau is on paid administrative leave from Central High School, where he was the varsity boys basketball coach.

If convicted, the school administrator could be facing up to 14 years in prison. He will be back in court next week. He is being charged with gross vehicle manslaughter amongst other things.

Drinking and driving is a very serious offense since it can cause some serious personal injury and even wrongful death. If you have been a victim to personal injury or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, contact a Fresno car accident lawyer to see which next steps you should take.


Shooting Leads to Car Crash, One Dead

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English: Police investigating a car accident in Markham, ON. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A shooting and a single car crash occurred on Tuesday evening, July 24. It was a single car accident that involved an SUV. When police officers arrived, they found gunshot wounded victims inside the car, one was dead and two were injured. It is believed that the accident was sparked by a drive by.

The accident happened near Ivanhoe on Road 156 and Avenue 362. It is unclear yet on how and why the accident happened. Investigators are releasing very little information about the incident until they have a better understanding of what transpired between the SUV and another passing car. They have not told the public on who was driving the car and whether the survivors are cooperating with the police or not. Policemen are trying to assess whether shooting was gang-related activity.

Eighteen year old Cruz Medina died on the scene. Investigators are also trying to figure out whether he died because of the shooting or because of the impact of the accident. The two other people who were injured included a 19-year old male and a 26-year old adult male. The 19-year old is said to have suffered from minor injuries because of the crash. He was released from the hospital after he was checked and looked after. The 26-year old suffered a gunshot wound but it was not life threatening. He stayed at the hospital a while longer while doctors addressed his wounds and helped him recover.

From the looks of the accident, there is a strong possibility that gang members and gang activity played a part in this fiasco. Officials have a violent crimes unit investigating the incident to determine what could have caused the shooting.

The fear in these men when the shooting started must have been immense. Driving a SUV down a dark street during night time only to have another car pass by and shoot bullets will, of course, take the driver and passengers by surprise. The swerving and crash that resulted from the shooting is only expected. It is just saddening that anyone would wish to inflict personal injury to somebody else.

The family of the victim is probably agonizing over the wrongful death of their loved one. Losing a relative in a wrongful death accident is hard and sometimes incomprehensible. Questions of “Why would someone do this?” and “How could this happen?” spring up. It is never fair or right when a human being takes the life of another human being.

If you have lost someone in a wrongful death accident, do not hesitate to call a Riverside personal injury attorney to file a claim. It is in your right to stand up for justice and to make sure the guilty party pays for their wrong-doings.


One Dead and One Injured in Car Collision

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St. Patrick’s Day Collision 3 of 4 (Photo credit: 7mary3)

On Sunday afternoon, a grave accident took place which caused both personal injury and wrongful death. The victim and the families of the people involved must be going through a horrific and traumatizing time in the aftermath of the incident. These types of situations showcase how one seemingly normal afternoon can quickly turn tragic.

An automobile collision occurred on Sunday, July 15 near Highway 101 at 5:30 p.m. The crash started when a 60-year old driver lost control while going up a Northbound off ramp at a very fast speed. Upon losing control, the man’s 1998 Infinity vehicle hit a dirt embankment and then became airborne. Then, the Infinity hit the side of a 1999 Oldsmobile, creating an impact on both cars.

The male driver of the Infinity, who is of Guadalupe origin, was declared dead on the scene. The driver of the 1999 Oldsmobile, a 46-year old woman from Arroyo Grande, was injured when her vehicle overturned. She was rushed to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria after she was trapped in the wreckage of her car and had to be freed by firefighters.

The crash happened near Orcutt. The female driver of the Oldsmobile was driving east on Clark when the male driver lost control of his Infinity on the Northbound ramp and accidentally slammed his car into the Oldsmobile. After the collision happened, a man in a commercial truck tried to help the female driver by using rope to stabilize her vehicle. Soon, firefighters and officers arrived at the scene to help out the victim.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue the woman from the car wreck. She is facing personal injury, none of which are life-threatening.

The Clark Avenue off ramp was closed for more than two hours after the accident. California Highway Patrol is still currently investigating the car accident. Neither names of the two people involved have been released.

Out on the roads, it is difficult to predict when accidents will happen. Careless driving is often the case for car accidents and it is the victims of these accidents who have to unfairly pay the price. Personal injury is one outcome of a car collision; wrongful death is another but more grievous and upsetting. For the people involved in these kinds of tragedies, it may prove hard to overcome the aftermath of such a terrible accident. Many families are paralyzed when it comes to figuring out what to do next. The grief and acceptance of a lost loved one may become too hard to bear.

If you have been involved in a car accident, have received personal injury, or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, you have a right to file a claim. Consult with a Los Angeles car accident attorney and see what your options are in overcoming this tragedy.


Motorcycle Accident was Fatal When Rider Crashed into Truck

Braga, 2011.

Braga, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For motorcycle drivers, driving accidents can prove to yield very serious personal injury, sometimes even resulting in wrongful death. The fact that they have very little cushioning and protection makes motorcycle riders prone to harm when out in the road. Sadly, this was the case for a motorcyclist one grave weekend.

On Saturday, June 16, Dominic Tocar was killed in a motorcycle accident while driving down Pacific Coast Highway near Long Beach. He had collided with a truck driver who had made an unsafe left turn.

The accident happened on the 5500 block of the Pacific Coast Highway. Tocar was reported to have been riding at a very high speed going northbound. The truck driver was heading southbound, turning left when the collision occurred. Both drivers were Long Beach residents.

While motorcycle crashes are fatal for the driver, truck accidents are quite the opposite. Because of the bulk and size of a big rig, most truck drivers hardly end up wounded when involved in a car accident. For truck accidents, it is the other party (who are in an automobile, motorcycle, etc.) that ends up receiving serious personal injury. Whether it is the truck or automobile’s fault, the consequences of the crash can prove to be grave.

Thirty-three year old Tocar was speeding on PCH, unknowing that a truck would be making an unsafe turn. His speed wasn’t enough to allow him to dodge the truck; instead, it was his speed that caused him to fatally collide into the truck. There was no way that the victim would have been able to foretell the careless error the other driver was about to make. Speeding or not, motorcycle passengers can receive a lot of injuries and damage when involved in an accident. It was extra unfortunate that Tocar collided into a truck since trucks are known to cause major injuries to their crash victims.

After the collision, Tocar was taken to a nearby hospital but later died. The 66-year old driver of the truck was interviewed and cited but later released.

Dominic Tocar’s family, who were not notified right away of the accident, must currently be facing a very tough and emotional time. There is no way to retrieve a lost human life, and no way to undo an accident.

It is important, however, to stand up for you rights and to seek justice. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, or if you yourself have been victim to an automobile accident, you have the right to seek an attorney and get compensation for your pain and suffering. A motorcycle accident and other car accidents are unfortunate, but don’t allow this event to overshadow your life. Hire a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer and get the payment you deserve for your injuries.


Worker Dies After Falling From Aerial Basket


PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC PLANT – NARA – 544956 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While out at our day jobs, most of us assume that we will be provided with great protection and security at work. Whether it is a regular office job or a job working in the emergency room, we all acknowledge that our workplace is providing us with the best physical protection they can manage. However, there are jobs that might prove to be a bit more risky. These workers are aware of the risks and dangers around them…putting it into perspective, how many of these dangers actually manifest into reality?

Many workers in a more risky job environment may not pay much attention to the potential personal injury they might experience while out working in their field. It would be wise to note that there are legal attorneys out to assist anyone who experiences harm, pain and suffering in a work accident.

On Tuesday, June 19, Luis Roberto Minjarez died after falling in a Kern Power Plant in Bakersfield. Minjarez, 51, worked for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He was on an elevated lift when he fell to his death at 9:16 a.m. Apparently, the lift had overturned, causing Minjarez to topple over and fall. He was about 50 feet high in an aerial basket over a boiler room, cutting beams.

What had happened was that one beam he had cut, fell, and knocked over the aerial basket he was standing in. This had caused the basket to topple. After falling, he was taken straight to the Kern Medical Center but died less than an hour later.

According to the Pacific Gas & Electric company’s president, Jim Sheridan, this accident has been the first. Their company was currently trying to demolish the power plant before Minjajez’s incident. Since then, all work has been stopped at the site indefinitely. Sheridan says he does not know when work will be started again.

There is an ongoing investigation of what happened to determine how it could have been prevented. This knowledge will hopefully prevent any future mishaps and casualties on the job site. Investigators are still not sure if Minjarez was wearing a harness that would have secured him to the aerial basket.

The 51-year old is believed to be from Los Angeles. Once the investigations of his death have been completed, the job to finish demolishing the plant will resume. The company hopes to finish this task by December of this year.

This kind of work tragedy is sadly irreversible. Luis Minjarez’s family must be grieving over this sudden wrongful death. Nothing will be able to restore Minjarez life and comfort may be hard to find right now. A work tragedy is hard to deal with, especially one similar to this situation.

Safety in job sites should be provided and given to all workers, no matter what kind of job the worker has. If you or a family member has been injured in a job site, call a personal injury lawyer to help you assess the next step. If you have had a family member’s life taken away due to careless and unsafe work environments, contact a Bakersfield personal injury attorney and file a claim today.


Policeman’s Wife Shot at Officers, Claims She Did Not See Them

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Français : Police nettoyant le carrefour en vue du passage d’une manifestation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police officers are employed to keep us—regular civilians—safe from unwanted crime and harm. From speeding in the roadways to protecting us from psycho killers, an officer has an honorable duty to implement the law, protect rights, and keep citizens away from danger. But what happens if it’s another civilian causing danger to a policeman? The possibilities of suffering harm or danger are endless. Personal injury, wrongful death, and accidents can happen anywhere, at any time.

A couple years ago, in a house in Cypress, a woman fired shots at a few officers. This type of behavior is what endangers the lives of innocent people, causing regular people to become helpless victims. Sometimes causing personal injury can cause the pain and suffering of another individual. It is never acceptable to cause harm, and it would be smart to note that legal actions can be taken in cases where accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death occur.

The Oceanside police chief’s wife was found guilty on Monday, June 18 on five counts of assault for firing shots at police officers. She shot the gun from her Cypress home when officers had arrived after she had called 911. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, could be facing a prison sentence of 62 years. She was charged with six felony accounts.

The event happened in the year of 2010 on Dec. 16. She claimed to have been in a dark and depressing time when she fired her husband’s service semiautomatic handgun. After being in her house, listening to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”, and taking prescription pills with her martinis, McCoy claimed to not have been thinking right. Before officers had arrived on her property, McCoy had called several of her friends to tell them she was sorry and to direct them as to which songs to play at her funeral.

When questioned, Brinda McCoy said she had alternated between the feelings of wanting to die and sleeping. During her confrontation with the police, she was said to have yelled for them to shoot her. It was when she crawled to her front door that the policemen shot her with a bean bag gun and arrested her.

McCoy has claimed that she had never meant to shoot the gun at anybody, especially at police officers. Her husband, Frank McCoy is the chief of the Oceanside police department. Along with being an officer, Frank McCoy was the former Councilman for the city of Cypress. Brinda McCoy is a nurse at a local hospital. The confrontation with the police happened after she had a fight with her 17-year old son and husband which resulted in the two male family members leaving her at the house.

Even if the person is under medication or had just been consuming alcohol, it does not give them the right to threaten or cause harm to other individuals. Personal injury and wrongful death is a serious crime, one that police officers work hard to prevent. If you have ever been injured in an accident or in a heated confrontation, call a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to assist you with your legal actions.


Teen Boy Killed by DUI Driver in Fatal Accident

Maximillion Infinity Petrakos was killed on Sunday, June third after being hit by driver Tina Silva on the Pomona Freeway shoulder.

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Toyota Corolla E70 4 door El Medano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twenty-eight year old Silva is suspected to have been driving under the influence when she fatally struck 13-year old Petrakos early Sunday morning at around 12:40 a.m. Petrakos had been out on the shoulder of the Pomona (60) Freeway  with his 41-year old mother, Mary Hively in Hacienda Heights. The pair was standing next to Hively’s broken down Toyota Corolla when the unfortunate incident occurred. Hively is currently in critical condition in the hospital after receiving personal injury.

Authorities have said that Silva was going at about 60 miles per hour when she drifted to the right shoulder of the freeway and hit the Toyota and three victims. Petrakos and Hively were not the only casualties in this car accident but also a 10-year old boy whom was inside the Toyota Corolla.  Silva had driven away from the scene but was found by police authorities on the Seventh Street exit. She was booked when officers suspected drunk driving.

On Monday and Tuesday after the car accident, grief counselors were present at Petrakos’ school, Lincoln Middle School, to counsel any of his classmates that may have been grieved by this wrongful death. The principal of the school has said that the counselors were there to help any of the students deal with the death of Petrakos. Lincoln student families were informed of the child’s death late Monday afternoon.