Many women don’t realize that laws exist to protect them from sexual harassment in the workplace. Years ago, if a male boss called a female employee “honey” or suggested she go to drinks with him, it was expected. Often victims of sexual harassment put up with the behavior and don’t speak up because they’re afraid of losing their job. There are many cases of female bosses exhibiting this behavior towards male employees. [Read more…]
While you can’t change the weather, you can minimize some of winter’s biggest threats to your safety and security. At home, at work or on the road, be mindful and plan ahead for the curves that this season can throw. Staying alert and preparing properly for the season will help to ensure your holidays remain happy. [Read more…]
Toys should surprise, delight and educate children, not hurt them. But despite great strides made in recent years by government regulators and consumer advocates to rid the nation of dangerous toys, they are still out there. And kids are still suffering: an average of 250,000 toy-related injuries each year since 2008 were serious enough to require a visit to the emergency room. Bottom line: parents, family and caregivers must remain vigilant.
Here are tips and resources you can use to prevent toy injuries and keep the magic of the holidays alive throughout the year: [Read more…]
The desire for more efficient, environmentally-friendly transportation, combined with the siren call of the open road means that we are seeing more motorcycles and bicycles on the road than ever. On average, there are more than 40 million bicyclists on the road in the United States, and even more motorcycles, making up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States according to the National Traffic Safety Administration. [Read more…]
You get the summons in the mail and what are your first thoughts? Oh no! Why me? How do I get out of serving? I don’t have time for this.
If any of these responses ring true for you I hope that reading this will give you a different perspective and help you to look forward to the “opportunity to serve.” Yes, I said opportunity to serve. Instead of seeing jury service as an obligation that takes you away from your work, family or fun, think of it as your opportunity to participate in the greatest system of justice that exists. Think of it as your opportunity to ensure that the rights guaranteed by our constitution and justice system are not just promises, but a reality for you, your family members, friends, neighbors and all citizens of the United States. [Read more…]
After reaching an historic low in 2009, deaths and injuries from truck accidents are on the rise. Why the turn for the worse? According to a startling report from the American Association for Justice, lax practices are forcing a growing number of unsafe trucks on the road that are often driven by overworked, underpaid and poorly trained drivers. [Read more…]
Rick has received this honor for 8 years in a row. The term influential in this case is someone who can influence positive change in the community in various areas – from behind the scenes. [Read more…]
Over the past 36 years of practicing personal injury law with a concentration on cases involving sexual abuse and sexual molestation and with Owen Patterson & Owen’s recent resolution of the Mira Monte School sexual abuse cases, in Los Angeles, it has become clear that the pendulum that balances the scales of justice continues to swing in a continuing effort to provide the protection of the law for those who are the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, one constant is that, while it swings seeking the proper balance, invariably, extremes emerge before the system corrects and heads back to the center. [Read more…]
Attorneys from OPO have received this prestigious honor on multiple occasions. Super Lawyers provides ratings for superb attorneys in a multitude of practice areas. To even be considered for Super Lawyers, an attorney must be have a high level of professional results and earned the respect and nomination of their peers. [Read more…]
Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many thousands of road accidents each year. Today’s fast-paced, 24-hour world with social media addictions and technology distraction all lead to sleep deprivation which, in turn, affects our performance on the road. Research shows that driver fatigue may be a factor in up to 20% of road accidents, and up to 25% of fatal and serious accidents. [Read more…]