Vallejo Man Dies in Auto Accident

Vallejo Man Dies in Fatal Auto Accident

Vallejo Man Dies in Auto Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo wrongful death lawyer. On Thursday, January 4, 2017, a Vallejo auto accident left a local man with fatal injuries. The deceased was identified by officials as Mario Soto-Landa, a 23-year old resident of Vallejo. We would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Landa.

Collision Details

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Fairfield Accident

Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Fairfield Accident

Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Fairfield Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield personal injury lawyer. A pedestrian in Fairfield was severely injured during an auto accident that occurred on Thursday, January 4, 2018. This is the first major Fairfield pedestrian/vehicle injury collision of the year 2018.

Accident Info

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Nursing Home Falls and Abuse

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Nursing Home Falls and Abuse

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento nursing home abuse lawyer. For many families, the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is complex. Often, it is shrouded with unease over the specter of nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Learning about where the danger lies may help.

Falls in the Elderly

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$2.6 Million Settlement for Woman Hit by Cement Truck

Plaintiff Attorney Thomas Brandi of San Francisco

Plaintiff Attorney Thomas Brandi of San Francisco

The husband of a California woman who was killed by a speeding cement truck without brakes recovered a $2,592,090 settlement from the cement company and equipment rental company.

San Francisco attorney Thomas Brandi, the founder of the Brandi Law Firm, represented the plaintiff. Brandi is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys.

The case is Peter Callaham v. Hanford Ready-Mix, Inc., Hanford Sand and Gravel, Inc., Garston Equipment Rental, Inc., Preston Hanford III and James Ennenga, case number 34-2015-00186933 in Sacramento County Superior Court.

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On Monday September 22, 2014, at about 4:12 p.m., Theresa Vargo, the wife of Peter Callaham, was making a left turn onto Rough and Ready Road across California State Route 20 in Nevada County, California.

At the same time, a 2003 Kenworth cement truck operated by James Ennenga of Hanford Ready-Mix, Inc., Hanford Sand and Gravel, Inc., and Garston Equipment Rental, Inc. came flying down the hill on State Route 20, its brakes no longer working.

According to the driver James Ennenga approximately one week before, the same thing happened: he was driving the same cement truck down the same hill, when the brakes stopped working.  That previous time, however, Ennenga, unable to stop the cement truck as it came down the hill, had a green light and made it through the intersection without impact.

This time, as he came down the hill without any functioning brakes, he entered the intersection on a red light and destroyed the Vargo vehicle, resulting in her death.  Ms. Vargo, the longtime partner of and newly married to plaintiff Peter Callaham and mother of three.

Plaintiff Callaham brought an action for the wrongful death of his longtime partner and wife. During discovery, defendants admitted that at the time of the accident James Ennenga was driving within the course and scope of his employment with Hanford Sand and Gravel Inc. and that the negligence of defendants were the substantial contributing factors to Ms. Vargo’s death.  Defendants successfully precluded the plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages as the court found there was an insufficient basis to find malice.

The total available insurance was $3 million from which funds were expended for the toxic scene clean up costs and related expenses. The matter resolved for Plaintiff Callaham for $2,592,090.73, the available policy limits after payment to the three adult children and remedial clean-up costs.

 

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Alex Trebek Suffers Subdural Hematoma

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Alex Trebek Suffers Subdural Hematoma

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Brain injuries happen every day in this country. However, unless it happens to you or someone close to you, odds are that you are not aware of how insidious it can be. That was the case with Alex Trebek, a well-known game show host. Recently, he talked about his ordeal, warning others to be alert for symptoms that might indicate a brain injury.

Alex Trebek’s Ordeal

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New Pedestrian Laws Take Effect

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New Pedestrian Laws Take Effect

I’m Ed Smith, a pedestrian accident lawyer in Sacramento. Pedestrians can hopefully breathe easier with a new clarification of the law on when a pedestrian can cross streets that utilize traffic signals.

When Can a Pedestrian Cross the Street?

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Drugged Driver Involved in Rancho Cordova Crash

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Drugged Driver Involved in Rancho Cordova Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova personal injury lawyer. An impaired driver crashed into a local dwelling on January 10, causing serious damage to the house. The driver was apprehended and submitted to tests that revealed the presence of prescription drugs.

Details of the Accident

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