Assuming there was negligence attributed to one of the several utility companies potentially responsible for the blackout of September 8, 2011, across Arizona, Southern California and Mexico, anyone, including businesses, could seek compensation for their provable economic losses. These include, but are not limited to, spoiled food, loss of profits for closing a business early, ruined electronics from power surges. Most people won’t be fully covered by homeowner’s or business insurance so a claim against the responsible utility company (Arizona Public Service, San Diego Gas Electric Co, etc.) would be
San Diego County and surrounding areas suffered millions of dollars in losses due to what could have
been human error by an employee of the Arizona Public Service Company, located in Phoenix Arizona.
The company is looking into why the blackout occurred. Some reports state that the power outage occurred
after an electrical worker removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in S.W.
Arizona. It is unclear why the mishap occurred according to officials at Arizona Public Service Company.
Some of the losses suffered by San Diego county businesses include:
Having to pay
While airbags exist in vehicles to protect and save us, they can also cause injuries. In an accident, airbags fully deploy in less than one second, with an unbelievable amount of speed and force that is required to deploy it quickly enough for it to inflate before the driver or passenger hits the steering wheel or dashboard. Such speed and force comes at a cost, as studies have shown an increase in broken bones and shoulder injuries as a result of the force exuded by airbag deployment. Depending on the
According to West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, “negligence” is defined as “Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances. Negligence is also the name of a cause of action in the law of torts. To establish negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant breached
Summer is officially upon us and as June Gloom clears, people (including my family and I) will be hitting the water! But before we do, I wanted to share some tips and precautions to help you, your family, and friends stay safe. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, drowning ranks as the number two killer of its most vulnerable victims — children. So whether your go-to water activity is boating, jet skiing, or swimming in a pool, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared and are
At Laureti & Associates, we get a lot of inquiries about dog bites. One of the most common questions we get is “Does homeowners insurance cover dog bites?” Typically, the general liability provision of a dog owner’s homeowners insurance will cover dog bites, unless the dog has specifically been excluded from the policy because it is a breed known to be, or have the propensity to be, dangerous. The breeds excluded may be influenced by any breed specific legislation enacted in your city, county, or municipality, but generally include: Chow
We recently had a case that involved a car accident caused by driver error as well as poor weather conditions, as the roadway was slick from rain. The plaintiff, a Laureti & Associates client, was ejected from the cab of the truck of which she was a passenger. She sustained serious injuries while the driver was unfortunately killed.
For this particular case, our client sued the driver’s estate as well as his company. The defendants claimed the seat belt defense as she was not wearing one at the time of the accident.
Seat Belt Defense:
As an owner of a couple sports pubs along with practicing personal injury law for the past 25 years, I have come to the conclusion that at least, with the less serious injury claims by patrons, showing a little compassion after an incident typically will avoid a claim and possibly a lawsuit. It is the policy at my pubs that if someone falls, or claims injury while at my pub, I communicate with them initially. I treat them with respect and never become argumentative or inconsiderate. I listen and
Almost 200,000 Californians are injured each year in a traffic accident; Over 3,000 die. With all of the past rain we recently had here in southern California, many of us will encounter accidents with other vehicles who fail to properly navigate the wet roadways.
The California Vehicle Code and other rules of the road require us to drive at a speed appropriate for the condition of the roadway. For example, if the roadway is congested with debris or heavy traffic, you must slow your vehicle to a speed that will allow
What are my rights as a visitor vacationing in San Diego as it relates to pursuing damages for personal injury?
Each year thousands of people visit San Diego to enjoy its beautiful weather, beaches and attractions such as the SD Zoo, Sea World, Legoland and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. During their visit, many end up suffering some sort of personal injury due to either an automobile accident or a fall. They treat for their injuries at a San Diego Hospital, lay in pain in their expensive hotel room then endure pain