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Massage therapist accused of murder after patient dies

It's important to always know your medical providers, whether they practice natural medicines or cosmetic surgeries. When a person is practicing medicine illegally, that person puts you at risk of contracting infections and suffering other serious side effects. That's what happened in this case.

A massage therapist has been accused of murder after her client passed away at a local Long Beach salon. According to the police, the massage therapist performed a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that she was not licensed to perform. The client went into cardiac arrest at the salon.

Can you file a claim if there's a wet floor sign?

You were headed into a movie theater, not expecting anything bad to happen. You notice a wet floor sign, which is likely because of the wet weather outside. You walk into the main hallway and slip. When you fall, you try to catch yourself and end up with a broken wrist.

Can you sue if you fall and hurt yourself despite a wet floor sign being present?

Trees can pose serious risks to people and property

Storms in California have highlighted how important it is to stay vigilant when the weather turns sour. Even in seemingly safe spaces, trees that have not been maintained have the potential to fall over and crush people, vehicles, property and pets. Trees have a purpose, and they not only appear beautiful but also help cleanse the atmosphere. The problem is not that trees are present, it's that not maintaining them can pose a risk.

Trees easily drop dead branches, and those rotting from within have the potential to get blown over in the wind. Fallen trees can potentially damage power lines, creating a risk of electrocution, and can impact homes and vehicles.

Fireworks are beautiful and dangerous with a potential for harm

When it comes to holiday seasons, there are usually fireworks. The beginning of February is Chinese New Year, and with that comes parades, exciting firework displays and other events. While these can be exciting, they can also pose risks. Fireworks that are uncontrolled could shoot into a crowd, cause fires and put people in danger.

When a business puts on a fireworks display, its that business's responsibility to keep people safe and to follow the regulations implemented by the state. When they don't, it can cause serious harm to others. For instance, in 2013, a defective firework shell exploded early on a California crowd. That sent pieces of the firework into the crowd, injuring 39 people.

New treatment helps reduce neuropathy in spinal injury patients

Spinal cord injuries are serious, leading to problems like nerve damage and paralysis. Whether you're injured in a car accident or suffer an injury playing sports, the outcome is the same; the spine absorbs the impact and can become damaged. If the spinal cord is disrupted, you could find that you have a variety of symptoms, making it hard to live without pain.

When you suffer a spinal injury, there is a chance that you will still suffer pain despite being paralyzed in that area of the body. This is due to the fact that the nerves misfire, causing them to create electrical "shocks." When you're unable to move the parts of the body that are suffering and no medications work to reduce the pain, it can be an excruciating existence.

How does California define a wrongful death?

No one wants to lose someone they love in an accident. It's tragic, and it's painful to try to work through the funeral, lawsuits and emotional toll all at the same time. It's important to allow your attorney to take some of that stress of you during that time, so you can focus on your family and your own emotional recovery.

How can you prove a wrongful death in court?

Can a minor spinal injury cause lasting pain or other symptoms?

Even minor spinal cord injuries can have lasting effects on the body. Minor injuries can be anything from slight herniations to cracks in the disks. Whenever swelling or a herniation puts pressure on the spinal cord, pain, odd sensation like heat, cold or tingling and other effects can take place.

Some symptoms you may face if you've suffered a spinal cord injury include spasticity, a loss of normal bowel or bladder control, sensory changes, weakness, paralysis, sensory changes, pain and numbness. People with minor injuries may have these symptoms on and off, as disks shift or swelling dissipates.

This is what hurting your brain can do to you

There are many parts of the brain, and suffering a concussion can damage those sections where the impact takes place. For example, if you hit your head and damage the hippocampus, you may no longer be able to store new memories. Or, if you hit the front of your head, then you may lose your sense of self or executive functions or judgments. Your emotional responses may be altered and unpredictable, or you may have a loss of spontaneity when interacting with others.

Damaging the parietal lobes leads to anomia, or a difficulty in naming objects. It can make it hard to write down your thoughts and can make it difficult to do more than one thing at a time. It can damage your hand-eye coordination and make it harder to draw. The parietal lobe is responsible for tactile perception and object manipulation, both important activities in everyday life.

2 families sue after deadly fiery crash in California

After a serious car or truck accident, you may not be sure where to begin when you want to file a claim. If you lost a loved one, you may be considering a wrongful death claim. If you were injured, a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim might be the right path. Your attorney can help point you in the right direction, so you can seek compensation like these families are.

A horrifying accident resulted in the deaths of six people in a freeway crash in Northern California. The 45-year-old man whose wife and sons were killed in the accident brought a wrongful death lawsuit against Lexmar Distribution Inc., and the co-owners of a 2014 BMW. According to his claims, the BMW started the accident.

The risks you face on a Christmas tree farm

It's an exciting time of year for families that celebrate Christmas: the annual hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. Farms have rows of trees in all sizes, and many are designed to be cut down the day you find the one you want. These farms have to manage risks, though, because if you get hurt on the property, the company could be held liable.

Here's a good example of how you could get hurt and the company could be found to be at fault. If the company provides you with a handsaw when you arrive but does not make you sign a waiver, then if you are hurt when you try to cut down a tree, you might make an argument that you were not trained or that the saw itself did not work properly and that the company was negligent in giving it to you.

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