Should Walnut Creek Adopt Similar Bike Safety Laws Implemented by Cupertino?

Green Bike Lane

A young boy’s death in Cupertino on October 27, 2014 has brought a lot of attention to California’s bike safety laws, and the city’s Bicycle Pedestrian Commission has been working to reform a number of them in order to provide children and adults a safer way to commute to and from school, work, and entertainment
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Three Ways to Keep Your Teens Safe on the Road

Teen Safety Week

It’s a phone call that no one wants to get — the one that comes at 2:00 A.M. when you’re anxiously waiting for your teen to come home hours after their curfew has passed. It’s the call from the hospital, informing you that your teenage son or daughter has been involved in a car accident and
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How Police Used Periscope to Arrest Drunk Driver

Recently, a young woman recorded herself on video, using Periscope, a Twitter-owned social media app, while she was driving drunk.  In a slow, slurring voice, she repeatedly said she was drunk, had a flat tire and had no idea where she was. The app broadcast the video live to the world, and that’s what led to the police being able to
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The Six Types of OSHA Violations

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1970 for purposes of assuring safe and healthy working conditions for American workers.  Establishment of standards for working conditions, while providing outreach, education, and assistance to workers and their employers is its mission. OSHA also enforces its standards when violations are determined to exist. Work sites and
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2015 Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship Awarded to Denise Pichardo

Denise Pichardo

At Appel Law Firm LLP, we award a $1,000 scholarship each year to a college, university, graduate, or law student who was injured in a car or truck accident or was affected by someone else’s accident. We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship is Denise Pichardo, a
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Are Workers Compensation Benefits Taxable?

If you have recently been injured at work and you started receiving financial benefits, you may be curious about whether these benefits are taxable or not. In general, workers compensation benefits are not taxable, although some exceptions will apply. When you are out of work and you have been approved for workers compensation benefits, you won’t
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Maximize Benefits From Your Workers Compensation Claim

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every year, more than four million workers are seriously injured at work,  and approximately 4,500 more die. Thousands more die due to work-related illnesses such as lung disease or cancer. The economic toll is so high it cannot even be calculated. Workers’
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Can Workers Compensation be Garnished?

Wage garnishments are challenging since a creditor has been given the right to get payment on monies you owe them by taking money directly from your paycheck before it is issued to you. Garnishments authorized by the government such as taxes, student loans and court-ordered child support payments do not require the assistance of the courts
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Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied: What Now?

Workers’ compensation in California is designed to provide insurance coverage for workers who are injured or become ill due to conditions at work. Medical bills and lost wages are supposed to be paid without the employee needing to prove the employer was at fault. In turn, the employer cannot claim workers were negligent and responsible
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Can You Be Fired for Filing a Workers Compensation Claim?

Under California law, employees who sustain an injury on the job have a right to file a worker’s compensation claim. Workers who are injured have certain responsibilities including making a timely report to their immediate supervisor or their employer reporting any accidents. If workers suffer a work-related illness, they should notify their supervisor immediately upon
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