For some unexplainable reason there has been a recent increase in dog attacks..  This is a trend we are seeing not only in California but Nationally as well.  Again, the reasons are unclear but the impact on the victims often lasts a lifetime.

As a society we love our dogs.  They are an integral part of many families and life is better with them than without.  Having said that there are realities we have to face.  Pit Bulls are responsible for more deaths than all other breeds combined and this is a case where the owner of the dog may contribute to the aggressive nature of the breed it is also a factor in the breed of dog.  I suppose there are aggressive Labradors and yet they are seldom encountered.

While dog attacks on children in California are fairly rare they happen with far too much frequency and with horrible consequences.  When an attack happens it will often negate the companionship that a dog can provide forever. Most people have grown up with dogs, either in their home of the home of a loved one and never have a problem. Even a previously friendly dog can turn violent without warning and in these cases, children and infants are the most common victims. Kids are attracted to animals but don’t necessarily have experience interacting with them. Children are especially susceptible to injuries and they don’t always understand the power of a dog’s jaws, sharp teeth and muscular body. The reality is that often the behavior of kids and dogs doesn’t mix.

There are approximately 68 million dogs that are kept as pets in the United States and every year there are nearly 5 million attacks by domesticated dogs, according to the CDC . Almost half of these attacks are on victims between the ages of 5 and 10.  A sobering fact is that most of people are bitten by a dog that they have interacted with previously. Injuries can happen at your own home, in the park, in a backyard or at the home of a friend or relative.

Victims under the age of 5 are much more likely to have head, neck or face injuries than any other group. Late teenage and adult victims are more likely to get bit on the hand, arm, leg or foot. Dogs inflict deep puncture wounds and lacerations and when the victim is a child you may be looking at the potential for amputations and crushing injuries due to the power and ferocity and often dog bite victims require reconstructive surgery to repair disfiguring injuries. Also, a mauling from a dog is a physically and emotionally traumatic experience and can leave the victim with permanent injuries, severe scarring, long term medical expenses and a lifetime of pain and fear.

California has unique problems with dog bites and fatalities. In the past several years there have been both infants and youngsters that have died after being attacked by family dogs. Dog ownership rates in California are about average for the nation, but the Golden State has more home insurance claims for dog bites than any other. In 2013, California led the nation in fatal dog attacks. All deaths were attributed to pit bulls.

In most cases severe bites are inflicted by unneutered male dogs that have been bred for their aggressive behavior. California does not permit breed-specific legislation although it does support mandatory neutering programs for certain breeds.

If you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack, contact the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth today.  You need an experienced advocate on your side to help you recover compensation for medical expenses, emotional trauma and any additional losses.  We will investigate the attack, look into the behavioral history of the animal and help prove your case.  Our lawyers have represented many children and adults who have been attacked by a dog need medical help.  Call our 24/7/365 injury hotline at 888-809-1075 or by visiting http://www.gblegal.com/dogbite.php

As personal injury advocates we see first- hand what happens when a driver overlooks the presence of someone on a motorcycle.  Since this is the start of Motorcycle Safety Month we are sharing some sobering facts about crash statistics.

  • Over 4500 Motorcycle Riders were killed in 2013.
  • Over 90,000 riders were injured in 2014.
  • Almost 15% of all vehicle fatalities are motorcycle riders and passengers.
  • Motorcycle riders are 25 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured or killed in an accident.

The reality is that anyone on a motorcycle is more vulnerable than someone in a car or a truck.  Distracted drivers are a huge issue for anyone riding and someone who simply veers from their lane slightly into a motorcycle can produce consequences that are magnified over what would happen if the swerved into a passenger car.  When you are in a car you have the protection of fenders and seatbelts while a rider must rely on heightened awareness, protective clothing including helmet and gloves and being noticed.  Some of the methods riders use to be noticed are a loud exhaust and a strobe front light.  These certainly help and they still require the driver of the car of truck to help.

April was Distracted Driver Month and that ties in well with Motorcycle Safety Month and our everyday habits.  Please be careful and aware with every mile you drive or ride.  We rely on each other to arrive alive and safe.  We all know someone who rides a motorcycle so this matters.  This matter’s greatly to us because we work with victims to get their lives re-started after they have been injured through no fault of their own.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a rider or a passenger on a motorcycle please call the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth at 888-809-1075.  We are available 24/7/365 to speak with you and get you the help you need now.  You can also visit our website at http://www.gblegal.com/motorcycle.php

As a society we demand the privacy that is guaranteed by the United States Constitution.  As lawyers we wholeheartedly support everyone’s right to privacy until such time as people are injured or die as a result of that right.  Privacy concerns appear to have contributed to or led to the crash of the Lufthansa jet in France.

It seems that Lufthansa put the young German pilot through it’s standard applicant screening process and the typical medical tests and yet they did not pursue any plan to ensure that he was getting the appropriate treatment from the acknowledged bouts of severe depression he had previously suffered.  Not only was the appropriate treatment aspect ignored, the company also ignored any special monitoring that was required for any pilot who had a flagged health issue.  The pilot Andreas Lubitz made his way through the company training program and was entrusted as a co-pilot in the Airbus A320 for Lufthansa’s low cost airline German Wings.  As we know now, the results were tragic.

The company and its medical staff assert that they had no idea he was having issues and even Lufthansa Chief Executive pronounced that Lubitz had been pronounced “100 percent” fit to fly showing how unaware the airline was regarding the extent of the pilot’s psychological troubles.  It even appears that before that final flight Lubitz likely methodically plotted his demise and that of his passengers.  It was learned later that he had passed a standard medical exam by a flight doctor, but that more recent notes from specialists declared him unfit to work.  That information never made it to the airline.

With as much as we value privacy the traveling public is owed a greater level of safety when their safety is placed in the hands of these professionals.  This pertains to a bus driver, cab driver, train operator and even an airline pilot.  These professions fall into a special category and any injury where one of the professions is involved demands additional scrutiny for just these reasons.  Our office has the experience to investigate these accidents and uncover the facts that may have put you in harm’s way.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a cab, train, bus, boat or airplane you should call the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth at 888-809-1075.  We have the resources and experience you need to have your day in court.  You can also visit http://www.gblegal.com/bus.php  We Listen, We Care & We Get Results!

Patriot’s Day is both a celebration and remembrance of the Revolutionary War Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1776.  As a child growing up in New England I attended many Patriot’s Day celebrations.  In States that are classified as Commonwealths (Massachusetts, Kentucky, Virginia & Pennsylvania) Patriot’s Day is a State holiday.  These battles were critical in the formation and future of this great nation.

Patriots Day in Boston starts with the running of the Marathon in the morning.   There are events held throughout the day and the day ends with a Boston Red Sox game.  This year the Sox play the 4th game in a series against the Orioles.  This is a day for the community and we celebrate it as such.  This also marks the second anniversary of 2 men who tried to change that day and those celebrations.

On April 15, 2013 there were 2 pressure cooker bombs planted near the finish line of the Marathon.  These bombs killed 3 people and injured 264 other innocent people.  Many of those injuries were quite severe.  The fate of the 2 men who planned and executed this act has for the most part been decided.  One of the men was killed in a hail of gunfire from the Police and the other man was tried and found guilty on 30 charges related to the bombing.  The penalty phase of his trial starts Tuesday.

The goal of these men was to stop a long held tradition in Boston and create a sense of fear in America.  From what I can tell they failed in both areas.  There are a record number of runners in the 2015 Marathon, The Red Sox are sold out and the celebrations continue to grow.  From my point of view this is what it means to be an American and a Bostonian.

My name is Glenn Guenard and I represent people who have been injured.  I am the Senior Partner at Guenard & Bozarth.  If you or a loved one has been injured we are available 24/7/365 by calling 888-809-1075  We Can Help!  Boston Strong!

If you’ve never had an issue where a computer has failed, you’ve never lost a document as a result of a computer issue or you’ve never expected a computer to do one thing and it did the other please quit reading this now.  We cannot expect you to understand.  For everyone else the idea of a driverless car that is operated by a computer should cause you concern!

There was a recent article that laid out the advantages of the Google Car and the upcoming Apple Car as a solution to automobile accidents and injuries.  On the same page was an article about a company having their data compromised and peoples credit cards and personal information being hacked and exposed on the internet.  I’m sure that many people saw these as different articles and we found them to be basically identical.  See how comfortable you would be given the following scenarios.

  • You are riding down the freeway at 65 MPH in your driverless Google car and you are searching the web for the daily news and you lose your internet connection.  Losing your connection is something that is commonplace and you don’t have enough time to react.  What happens next?
  • You are riding down the road and the software in your Apple Car starts the upgrade process and you lose your connection.  What happens then?
  • You are riding down the road and the mother board in your cars on-board computer fails.  How would you know and what happens next?
  • You are riding down the road and everything on your car is working flawlessly and you encounter an impaired driver.  Predictability goes out the window and the software is attempting to figure out what the other driver is doing next when the other driver doesn’t even know.  What happens now?

The experts tell us that early driverless cars will likely require humans to take control of the wheel in certain situations and that begs the question who is at fault if a car fails to do so and crashes?  It’s clear that someone will need insurance and the question comes down to who?  The driver, the car, the manufacturer or the company that made the software?  That is still not clear!

Until we sort out these issues, assuming we eventually get there, you will need an experienced attorney on your side that understands the complexities of emerging technology.  The Law office of Guenard & Bozarth has the experience and compassion you need when you or a family member has been injured by the negligence of another.  We are available 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or by visiting www.gblegal.com  We Can Help!

There was an accident in Southern California recently that took the life of a 53 year old woman.  There is nothing about this accident that had to happen.  The grim reality is that there is a family who has to move on without a mom, a daughter and a sister as a result of a mattress that fell onto the freeway because it was not secured properly.  Here is what happened and what should happen next.

Cynthia Brock was driving on the 55 freeway when a mattress that fell from another vehicle caused a chain of events.  Ms. Brock attempted to avoid the mattress and as a result the car she was driving struck the center barrier which in turn caused the driver of a Honda to hit her head on.  The accident and subsequent collision resulted in fatal injuries to Ms. Brock.  It was later learned that the driver of the Honda was under the influence at the time of the collision and was taken into custody.  In all there was 1 person killed and at least 2 others seriously injured.

Certainly the mattress on the freeway appears to be the initial cause of the accident.  However, we can never know for certain if the driver of the Honda had been sober that Ms. Brock would still be alive today.  This is a terrible tragedy for the families of Ms. Brock and for the other 2 people that were injured.  Our thoughts are with all of the victims.  Situations like this require skilled attorneys and investigators to review the facts so they can be presented to those that are responsible.  It is natural to deflect as much blame as possible such as those responsible for dropping the mattress saying it was the person driving the Honda that caused the accident and the person in the Honda saying it was the person dropping the mattress that bears the blame.  We know that they are both to blame and that is why we investigate.

The next time you see something like a mattress, ladder or chair on the freeway keep this case in mind and drive accordingly.  If you are involved in an accident like this your next call should be to the Law office of Guenard & Bozarth at 888-809-1075 or by visiting www.gblegal.com   We have the experience and investigators to get to the bottom of situations like this and we can do it for you as well.

A 32 year old pregnant mom was crushed to death by a gravel trailer in her driveway and she was scheduled to have her first ultrasound the following week.  In what was described as a totally avoidable accident, a pregnant hairstylist was asked to move her car after the contractor had his loaded gravel truck in place when something went horribly wrong.

When Lindsey Combs got in to move her car the gravel truck tipped on top of her as her 4 year old daughter looked on.  While the accident is under investigation by Cal/OSHA and City of Martinez authorities, we know that is seldom sufficient for the purposes of the family and especially her 4 year old daughter.  While Cal/OSHA and City officials are no doubt working hard to determine the answers to why this happened and how to keep it from happening again (as they should) common sense dictates that a portion of the ongoing investigation must include both the liability and financial responsibilities of an accident such as this.

As a result of the actions of this crew there is a 4 year old girl who will grow up without her mother and a father who will grow old without his life partner.  Their lives will never be the same and while nothing can bring Lindsey back there are other ways to support them.  Cal/OSHA will interview witnesses and construction employees to figure out what went wrong and why, there are other questions that demand answers.

What pictures were taken at the accident scene, what blood tests were done on those involved to check for staff that may be under the influence, is the equipment maintained and what is the track record of those that maintain the equipment, construction staff training of those involved and the results of this investigation determines what is looked at next.  Having a legal representative involved with the State and City investigators is crucial and could yield dramatic and valuable information.

At the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth we are proactive with investigations like this.  The sooner we have the relevant information to more thoroughly we can represent your interests and have a positive outcome.  Call on us anytime 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or by visiting www.gblegal.com  We Can Help!

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