Difference Between CA Workers Comp Benefits and State Disability Insurance Benefits

From filing and eligibility to amount of benefits and appeal, there are a variety of differences in California workers’ compensation benefits and state disability insurance (SDI) benefits. The state’s disability insurance benefits are designed to pay monies for illnesses or injuries unrelated to work, while the state’s workers’ compensation benefits are designed to pay monies
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California Teen Driving Laws

California teen driving laws can be a bit confusing, but parents and teens alike need to know these laws and abide by them to avoid points on their license. Unfortunately, there are often news stories about teens involved in car accidents, causing car accidents, or making mistakes that could have resulted in significant loss. Understanding
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Appel Law Firm LLP Launches Third Annual Accident Survivor Scholarship

The nation’s highways pose dangers for motorists of all ages. For teens, automobile accidents can take a particularly serious toll. Teenagers in the United States drive less than almost every age group, but they suffer a disproportionately high rate of vehicle crashes and fatalities. For young people ages 16 to 19, the fatal crash rate
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In just a split second, a distracted driver can cause an accident that destroys lives. Adjusting a radio, turning to talk to a passenger, or quickly responding to a text may seem harmless at the time. But in that moment of inattention, tragedy can strike. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in California, and federal
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Bike Safety on Mt. Diablo

For cyclists, Mount Diablo — with its stunning views, steep inclines, narrow roadways and blind curves — presents a thrilling challenge. But those same attractions that lure so many cyclists also cause many accidents between bicycles and cars, along with many injuries. The Contra Costa County mountain is one of the tallest peaks in the
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Cyclist Safety & Road Rage

If you’ve ever been the target of another motorist’s road rage, you know how terrifying the situation can be. In a road rage scenario, you have no way of knowing if the agitated motorist will simply hurl angry words or if the situation could escalate into physical violence. For a cyclist, experiencing road rage from
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California Hoverboard Laws

Main Takeaways: Hoverboards are two-wheeled, “self-balancing” scooters with a small platform on which the rider stands. The biggest danger of hoverboards is the serious injuries that can result when riders crash. New rules include: hoverboards are not allowed on airplanes, highways (when under the influence of drugs/alcohol), require helmets and other safety equipment, and cannot
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Earbud Laws While Driving or Biking in CA: What You Need To Know

Discussions on bike safety are influencing laws and safety programs throughout California. It was only natural that a discussion about earbuds while driving or biking would also arise and eventually lead to new laws. While there are no statistics regarding a link between earbuds and accidents, states take note on how shutting off from the
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Should Walnut Creek Adopt Similar Bike Safety Laws Implemented by Cupertino?

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

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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