Be Safe and Avoid Being Scammed This Holiday Season

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After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are now focused on holiday shopping for Christmas and Chanukah. However, it is important to always be diligent as a shopper—while you think you are innocently searching the Internet for the best deals, hackers may be trying to steal your personal data and your money.

Here are some tips you should follow to stay safe.

Be Safe on the Internet

We know how easy it is for hackers to steal our information, and yet sometimes we are less vigilant than we should be.

Even though it is convenient to use public WiFi networks, stay aware of the information you enter while using them. Be especially careful not to enter private financial information or passwords while you are using these networks.

Also, be careful about going to unfamiliar websites. Make sure they have a secure URL, read reviews for the company, and make sure they have contact information (email and phone number) for customer service.

Do Your Homework on Charities

Many of us choose to give back this holiday season, and donate to various charities. While laudable, your contribution should be protected.

Make sure your chosen charity is registered with the Secretary of State, and you know how much of your donation will actually be given to the charitable purpose rather than to administrative costs.

Purchase Gift Cards Wisely

So many of us decide to give gift cards to our loved ones rather than giving actual presents or cash. When buying gift cards, make sure they are coming from legitimate websites and stores. If possible, buying directly from the store itself is the safest option.

Check to ensure the correct amount is added to the gift card as well.

Sign for Your Deliveries

Make sure that when you expect packages to be delivered to your home, someone is home to sign for it.

If you will not be home at the delivery time or within the range of time you are given, ask the delivery company to leave it in a concealed area, rather than in front of your door. Packages stacked on a doormat indicates to potential thieves that you are not home.

You can also have your package delivered to your place of work if you choose.

Stay Vigilant

Finally, if a deal seems too good to be true, watch out! Don’t risk your personal information being stolen just so you can get a great deal—there may be an underhanded or nefarious reason why a product online is so inexpensive.

If you think that you have been the victim of a holiday scam, don’t hesitate to contact Glen Lerner injury attorneys for a free consultation.

Complications from Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements Skyrocketing

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People who developed painful complications after hip replacements have filed over 28,000 lawsuits against manufacturers of defective hip implants. These companies have spent billions of dollars settling the cases, even as additional people file hip implant lawsuits.

Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants are a type of implant that, put simply, fits a metal ball into a metal cup. MoM hip devices were at first considered more durable, but some studies have shown that they may deteriorate faster and fail at a higher rate.

In some instances, a design flaw causes metallosis, or poisoning caused by elevated levels of toxic metals in the blood, which occurs when metal particles shed dangerously into the body. This condition can also cause bone erosion and tissue death.

Biomet, DePuy, and Stryker are the manufacturers with the most lawsuits. If you or a loved one has symptoms of joint failure or recently had corrective hip surgery, you should ask your surgeon which brand of hip replacement was used. If the device was from by Biomet, DePuy or Stryker, you may be eligible for compensation.

A recent multidistrict litigation verdict involved DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson. After a lengthy trial, a jury awarded $142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages to five patients whose DePuy hip implants failed and had to be surgically removed.

Biomet implant failure symptoms include pain, swelling, or infection near the implant site; difficulty walking or reduced mobility; an inability to bear weight on the side of the implant; and scraping or popping noises from the implant.

In a failing Depuy hip implant, components may rub against each other, allowing metal shards to harm tissue around the hip and cause a severe allergic reaction to metal fragments. Additional signs of failure may include pseudotumors cerebri (a false tumor caused by pressure around the brain) and soft tissue missing or receding from the reaction to metallic debris.

Finally, a Stryker hip plant failure may result in a severe allergic reaction to metal entering hip tissue, leading to false brain tumors and other issues including pain and swelling. In addition, bone dissolution, tissue inflammation and death, and loosening of the joint leading to mobility problems or need for surgery are possible symptoms of a failed implant.

If you are experiencing painful side effects after hip replacement surgery with one of these brands, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Attorney Glen Lerner observed, “There can be serious complications from hip implants. The last thing someone wants to discover is that their replacement part has a faulty design which could fail and cause pain or other serious injuries. If you have suffered complications, please get in touch.”

Youth Driver, Walker & Biker Safety Tips for Los Angeles

los angeles safety tips for drivers, pedestrians, and drivers in californiaMay is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to be aware of and share these tips from the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at California Injury Attorneys:


Drive without distractions

It’s illegal to use mobile phones in California while driving unless your phone is in hands-free mode. However, even if you’re not using your hands on your device, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys point out that it can still be a mental distraction from your driving. Additionally, if you have friends with you in your car, don’t be so distracted by them that you can’t concentrate fully on what’s going on outside your car.

Don’t speed

Younger drivers may be more likely to speed, and this can leave them unable to handle sharp curves and make them more vulnerable to hitting a car that suddenly slows down in front of them. In fact, just over 35% of fatal crashes involving 16- to 19-year-olds were primarily caused by unsafe speeds.


Take extra care at night

If you’re walking at night, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys recommend wearing bright or reflective clothing so drivers on the road can see you. Also carry a flashlight, which will help you see curbs, potholes, and other hazards while making you visible to drivers.

Be aware of your surroundings

Pay attention to your surroundings so you don’t step out in front of a car as you’re walking. It can also help to make eye contact with drivers so you know they can see you.


Wear a helmet

If you’re a bicyclist under 18, you’re legally required to wear a helmet in California. Our Los Angeles bike accident attorneys recommend wearing a helmet at any age, because it may be able to help prevent a serious head injury. Make sure that if you’re still growing, you check your helmet’s size and fit every year to make sure you haven’t outgrown it.

Know where to ride

Use a bicycle lane when there’s one available. If you’re on a road without a bicycle lane, our California injury attorneys remind you that the law requires you to ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic.

Getting the Help of Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in a driving, pedestrian, or biking accident, contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at (323) 732-7363. We offer free consultations and are available during office hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. as well as 24/7 to take your call.