Pastor’s Family Sues Church over Alleged Elder Abuse


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


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?


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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Day at the Amusement Park May Leave You with More than Carnival Prizes

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A fire that broke out at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at Walt Disney World Florida fortunately caused no injuries, but highlights how an amusement park may not always be the happiest place on earth. Instead, your visit could end with a potential personal injury claim against the park, its operators or mechanics. Of
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School Bus Crash in Northern California Claims Lives of Students, Drivers


Every day hundreds of thousands of parents wave goodbye as their children head off to school on a school bus. For some it is by necessity; for others, it is simply convenience. Regardless of the reason, parents entrust their child’s safety to the school bus driver and expect their child to be safely returned to
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Dangerous Driving in California


Driving under the influence is a serious matter. Most people know that drunk driving can result in dangerous outcomes, but it is important to note that consuming other drugs while driving can also lead to dangerous situations. This news story from the ABC News affiliate in San Diego details how driving under the influence can
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