Choosing the Right Nursing Facility for Your Elderly Family Member

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With an estimated 300,000 California residents being cared for in nursing facilities, every day families across the state are faced with choosing the right facility to care for their loved one. And with 18% of all substantiated complaints against nursing homes related to mistreatment or abuse of residents by staff, making sure your loved one
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Driving while Drowsy Causes 400,000 Injuries Annually

Everybody knows that driving while under the influence, be it from alcohol, prescription narcotics or illegal drugs, can be deadly. But an experiment recently conducted by the Today Show in conjunction with Drowsy Driving Prevention Week shows that driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous, and results in hundreds of thousands of personal injury
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Keep Toy Safety in Mind this Holiday Season

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The holiday shopping season will soon come to a close.  Parents everywhere are in a last-minute dash to check off those final items on their children’s holiday wish lists. But in your rush to make your children’s Christmas wishes come true, don’t forget to keep an eye on safety to avoid personal injury – or
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Pastor’s Family Sues Church over Alleged Elder Abuse

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A daughter of Pastor Chuck Smith, who founded the Costa Mesa-based Calvary Chapel, one of the largest protestant churches in the United States, filed suit in September against the church. The suit makes claims of elder abuse and wrongful takeover of property at the hands of the church’s board of directors. The daughter filed the
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Workers’ Compensation Applicant Arrested for Fraud

When you sustain a workplace-related injury, California law requires that your employer compensate you for the injury. Known as workers’ compensation, your employer may be required to reimburse you for one or more of the following: Medical expenses; Two-thirds of your average monthly earning; Job retraining; and/or Living expenses while unable to work. But as
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Elder Financial Abuse: When Children Take Advantage of their Elderly Parents

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Elderly people often complete a durable power of attorney, nominating a third party to manage their affairs in the event they become unable to do so. The majority of elderly people nominate a close family member to act as their agent, thinking nobody will have their best interests at heart more than a family member.
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‘Scramble’ Intersections in Walnut Creek Seek to Increase Pedestrian Safety

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Walnut Creek residents won’t just be scrambling to get those last-minute holiday gifts this year – they’ll be scrambling through the streets of downtown Walnut Creek as well. Two new intersections – known as “scrambles” – opened last week, one at Olympic Boulevard and South Main Street, and the second at Olympic Boulevard and Locust
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Have Yourself a Happy Holiday Season by Keeping Safety in Mind

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  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that in November and December 2012, 15,000 people nationwide were injured due to holiday decorating. Between 2009 and 2011, fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires each year as the result of Christmas trees igniting. Lighted candles and faulty electrical wiring in holiday
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Food Allergies and Children: Is There a Legal Responsibility to Keep Your Child Safe?

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The holiday season is upon us, and with it an abundance (some might say overabundance) of cookies, candies, and other sweet treats. While many relish the chance to indulge in once-a-year sweets like pecan pie, sugared almonds and pumpkin shaped peanut butter cups, for those with allergic reactions to peanuts and other nuts, participating in
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Walnut Creek’s Most Dangerous Intersections

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The infographic below compiles all of the accidents in Walnut Creek during 2013 as reported by the Walnut Creek Police Department. Our observations include: Ygnacio Valley (YV) Road and Main Street are closely matched for most dangerous road in Walnut Creek. Nearly 38% of all accidents in Walnut Creek occurred along one of these two streets. Be sure
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