5 Tips to Burglar Proof Your Home

There are 136 burglaries that occur every hour in the United States and homeowners in Las Vegas are 18 percent more likely to have a crime perpetrated against their home. However, there are a number of different measures you can take to make sure your property is a less attractive target for burglars.

Most burglars are simply criminals of easy opportunity. Almost always, they will only attempt to rob homes that are obviously easy targets that pose little threat. Studies have shown three primary factors that thieves use to determine if they will rob a house:

  • Time of Day
  • Noise
  • Visibility

The Following Five Tips Will Reduce the Chances of Your Home Being Burglarized.

1. Get a home security system.
Research has shown that homes that do not have a security system are three times more likely to be broken into than homes that have one. If you cannot afford a home security system, then consider installing more cost-effective alarms that emit loud noise if somebody opens a door or breaks a window.

2. Deadbolt lock your doors.
34 percent of intruders enter through the front door, and another 22 percent come through the back door. One of the simplest solutions is to install a deadbolt lock.

3. Man’s best friend.
While relying on your dog as a primary means of home security is not a good idea, having a noisy barking dog in your backyard will make burglars think twice before trying to break into your home.

4. Make sure your home is well-lit. 
Potential intruders do not want to be seen. Installing a set of lights on the outside of your home that would allow your neighbors to see a suspicious person can be a very effective deterrent.

5. Be careful who you let into your home. 
Anytime you let someone into your home, you give them the opportunity to steal from you, as well as allowing them an opportunity to see what valuables you have and prepare to come back later.

Following these five tips will greatly decrease the chances of an intruder trying to break into your home. If you believe that someone is in your home when you get there DO NOT go inside. Confronting a burglar can have far worse consequences than missing some valuables.  These tips will serve as a first step to show any potential burglars that your home is too difficult to get into and the chances of them getting caught is high.

While violent crime dominates most headlines across Las Vegas, crimes against property often do not carry as much significance for law enforcement. Going along with these suggestions will help you proactively keep your home safer, your valuables more secure, and most importantly, keep your family out of harm’s way.

From all of us here at Glen Lerner, be safe and make sure to take precautionary steps to avoid burglary.

Father and Daughter are Victims in Fatal Palmdale Street Racing Accident

Last week, in what seems to be a street race gone wrong, a father and daughter were killed in a violent crash. The Palmdale, California, accident presumably occurred when two vehicles were racing against each other and one of the vehicles lost control, striking a traffic pole.

The AV Times reports that the two people killed were driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that was going southbound on east 25th street. The vehicle was driven by 54-year-old Manuel Paniagua and in the passenger seat was his daughter, Vanessa Paniagua who was only 17 years old.

The other vehicle involved in the race drove away from the scene without offering any assistance whatsoever to the occupants of the Chevy Camaro. That driver faces possible criminal charges for competing in a street race and for leaving the scene.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Department is presently investigating the tragic crash and is encouraging anyone with information on what exactly caused the crash to come forward.  In regards to seeking damages for the accident, there are a few avenues that can be explored, but that will ultimately depend on who the investigation finds to be liable. It could possibly turn out that if Mr. Paniagua is found liable, the heirs or relatives of Vanessa Paniagua might retain the right to file a wrongful death claim, or in the case that the other driver was found liable both Vanessa and Manuel Paniagua’s heirs could file a claim.

It is often the case in car accidents that the passenger and driver are related which can make filing a wrongful death claim more complicated. Because of the complexities involved in this case, and many other cases like it, it is best to consult a California personal injury attorney so that they may properly assess the situation.
Our California wrongful death attorneys are here to answer any questions you might have. Just give us a call at (323) REAR END.

The Essentials of California Injury Law

Information on some of the various laws governing injury lawsuits in CaliforniaIf you have been injured in an accident in California, or you have been a victim of someone else’s negligent or careless action, you have a right to be compensated for your injuries and also for the loss of wages you have incurred, your medical bills and your pain and suffering.

However, there are some limitations you have to bear in mind if you decide to file a lawsuit.

Limitations Regarding the Lawsuit

The first limitation involves time limits for litigation. All states set limits on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in court after you’ve suffered some type of harm.

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is typically two years from the date of the injury. If the injury was not discovered right away, then it is one year from the date the injury was discovered. But to file an injury claim against a government entity, you are governed by a statute of limitation of only 6 months. It is important to know the differences because they can change the outcome of your case.

The other important limitation regards the maximum damages cap. For personal injury victims, the amount of economic damages that a victim can receive is not limited. This amount of damages is based on the amount of funds that the victim requires to be restored to his/her physical or mental condition prior to the injury. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, compensation for disability and loss of earning capacity.

However, a limitation exists regarding the non-economic damages in the claim. These damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish and inconvenience. In California, personal injury victims can only receive a single-digit multiplier of the economic damages that they are awarded. For example, if a personal injury victim is awarded $20,000 in economic damages, the maximum amount of non-economic damages that he or she can receive is $180,000 if the number 9 is the single-digit multiplier that is used.

“Pure Comparative Negligence” Rule

You should also be aware of the fact that in some personal injury cases, such as car accidents for example, the defendant may make the argument that you were the one responsible (at least partially) for causing the accident that forms the basis of your claim.

In that case, if you do share some level of liability, it can affect the total amount of compensation you’ll end up receiving. In shared fault injury cases, California follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule. What this means is that the amount of compensation you’re entitled to will be reduced by an amount that is equal to your percentage of fault for the accident.
If you need help navigating the often complex California injury laws or need help with starting a case, please contact our Los Angeles personal injury law firm at (323) REAR END.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Is An Increasing Issue in California

California nursing home laws and how these types of cases are becoming more prevelantWhen we send our elderly loved ones to nursing homes, we expect them to receive the utmost in exceptional care. While this is most often the case, many studies suggest that some elderly are receiving less-than-standard treatment or are even experiencing abuse. Recently, there have been several cases in California and across the United States that indicate a high level of nursing home abuse or neglect.

If you have a loved one currently residing in a nursing home in California, you want to make sure you understand the current nursing home laws in order to ensure that they are receiving the best possible care. Nursing home neglect and elder abuse are becoming increasingly more prevalent in the US so the more people that know the laws the more likely it is to stem the problem.

How The Laws Help

In California, all nursing home facilities are regulated by the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division. The purpose of the CDPH and other related agencies is to ensure that health care facilities are complying with state laws and regulations regarding health care and to avoid any neglect or abuse.

There are several basic requirements to keep in mind that California law requires of its nursing homes.

These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • The nursing home must meet Title 22 licensing requirements;
  • The patient must receive the appropriate amount of care to maintain physical and mental well-being;
  • The patient must maintain his or her health or improve while in treatment; and
  • The patient must feel it is his or her choice in terms of what treatments they receive.

With all of this said, the CDPH and the laws they are meant to uphold are not all-encompassing and some things do fall through the cracks. When this is the case, and it leads to elder abuse or neglect, the victim may be entitled to punitive damages under California Law. A personal injury lawyer would be the person to contact if this occurs. If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing nursing home neglect or elder abuse give Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys a call at (323) REAR END.

Concussions: A Conversation Worth Having

With Super Bowl 51 now complete, concussion awareness is in the spotlight. Males playing football have a 75% chance of sustaining this type of traumatic brain injury, and female soccer players have a 50% chance for concussion. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that somewhere between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions occur each year. Clearly, the problem is widespread.

But instead of turning the other cheek about a controversial sports injury, we can all become more knowledgeable. New studies and statistics on both the short and long-term repercussions of concussions have come to light, alongside a popular movie about the effects of head injuries in sports.

More Americans than ever are talking about what can be done to prevent such dangers, especially in youth contact sports. Schools and states are implementing entirely new concussion protocols, special protective gear is coming online, and parents are joining forces with coaches and trainers to ensure the safety of children in highly physical sports.

At Glen Lerner, we meet with accident victims every day, so we encourage everyone to continue to talk and learn about the seriousness of concussions and how they can impact people and families of all ages.

What is a Concussion?

The Mayo Clinic describes a concussion as “a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.”

How Do Concussions Typically Occur?

Usually from a strong blow to the head, but a concussion can also result when the head and upper body are shaken violently. The injury, which can happen to anyone during any accident involving the upper body, transpires when the soft tissue of the brain forcefully knocks against the inner walls of the skull.

How Do You Identify a Concussion?

Generally, a concussed person shows some symptom related to a headache, loss of memory and/or confusion. However, some signs are subtle (fatigue, light sensitivity, sleep disorders, etc.) and are missed because they’re not immediately apparent. In fact, nearly half of athletes report no symptoms at all after a concussive blow. Luckily, schools and athletic programs are becoming more adept at helping athletes identify, monitor and recover from concussions.

How Do You Recover From a Concussion?

Rest is the No. 1 healing agent. It’s important for both children and adults suffering from a concussion to get reliable rest at night. Concussed people should also avoid high-risk activities that could cause another blow to the head, as well as physically demanding daily chores that could slow recovery. Other key elements include eating well, avoiding alcohol, limiting computer time and delaying air travel until you get an “all clear” from a doctor.

This discussion just skims the surface of concussions, which if sustained enough times can lead to serious health issues later in life. The best thing we can do to keep our loved ones safe is to be aware of the warning signs—and continue the concussion conversation.