This regularly updated blog offers information on a wide range of personal injury and workers' comp litigation topics. Browse these posts for information on common accidents, injuries, damages, and more.

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  • Bicycle Accidents | Bicyclist Legal Rights in San Diego, California | Right-of-way California Bike Accident Lawyer Mark C. Blane: Many residents of San Diego enjoy the outdoors, and many of them bicycle. Even with bicycle lanes along many of its roads, San Diego cycling accidents occur frequently. The Law Offices of Mark C. Blane encourage California motorists to be aware of cyclists rights and share the road.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury: Brain Damage in a Car Accident | San Diego Attorney Video Blog: Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) San Diego Brain Trauma Attorney Mark C. Blane introduces what a brain injury is and what modern tests he uses, that are admissible in court, in order to prove one has occurred.
  • California Leash Law by San Diego Dog Bite Injury Attorney Mark C. Blane Video Blog: California Leash Law Even though California does have a leash law for dogs, dog bites and animal attacks still occur. Under California law, you do not have to prove negligence in a dog bite case, but only that the dog bite occurred. As with all injury cases, the best way to prove this is with medical documentation.
  • Landlord Responsible for a California Dog Bite? By San Diego Dog Bite Lawyer Video Blog: California landlord responsibility for dog owned by Tenant There can be numerous scenarios in a dog bite case, and determining liability depends on a few factors. If you are bitten in a house, it makes a difference in your case whether the owner of the dog also owns the house or is a renter. If the dog’s owner is a renter, you can claim landlord liability. However, you must prove that the landlord knew the dog was on the premises and that the dog was dangerous.
  • California Strict Liability Law with Dog Bites and Animal Attacks Video Blog: California Strict Liability Law with Dog Bites & Animal Attacks San Diego Dog Bite Attorney Mark C. Blane explains how California law views the responsibility of dog owners and when they bite other people causing injuries. Strict liability law is briefly explored & what an injured person can recover.
  • California Defective Pharmaceutical Drug Injuries: Fen Phen Case Example VIDEO BLOG: CALIFORNIA DEFECTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG INJURIES; THE FEN PHEN CLASS ACTION CASE EXAMPLE San Diego Pharmaceutical Drug, Multi-District Litigation Panel Attorney Mark C. Blane recalls his experiences on one of his first cases out of law school against one of the biggest corporations in the U.S. at the time. When you are deciding on hiring an attorney it is important to have confidence in your lawyer’s ability to win your case. There’s no benefit to you in hiring an attorney who does not have the experience and skill to successfully settle your case. One of Mark C. Blane’s most notable cases was the nationally-covered Fen-Phen drug case, and the first case that he worked on out of law school. In the mid- to late 90s he represented a Los Angeles woman who had taken Fen-Phen and as a result suffered damage to her heart. Despite going up against American Home Products and their defense attorney, who had been practicing for 40 years, Mark was able to successfully settle the case within 18 months.
  • San Diego Construction Site Accident Law Firm | Unsafe Working Conditions VIDEO BLOG: CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT/UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS San Diego Construction Site Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane briefly explains employer safety guidelines, and the rights of injured workers who are injured on dangerous construction sites or jobs.
  • California Child Injury San Diego | Minor Child Testimony in Trial Southern California Injured Child Law Firm: When children do have to testify at a trial or hearing, rest assured that the trial judge will go to great lengths to make sure that neither lawyer asks the child any leading questions (questions that suggest the answer), and that the child is not in any minor way harmed or intimidated by the questions, or treated with anything but respect. Every case is unique and every child injury is different, and your injury lawyer can best counsel you as to whether or not your child must attend should the case proceed to trial.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Child Injuries | San Diego, El Cajon Child Accident Southern California Child Accident Lawyer Mark C. Blane briefly explains "Guardian Ad Litem:" An enforceable settlement of a child’s injury case can only be consummated with California court approval per California Probate Code Sections 2504, 3500, 3600, and per California Code of Civil Procedure Section 372.
  • Minor Child Settlement Under $5,000.00 | San Diego California Child Law El Cajon Child Accident Law Firm: If the monetary settlement is below $5,000.00, the California Probate Code Sections 3611(d), and 3401 has routinely allowed custodial parents to manage the settlement funds directly on behalf of their minor children thereby not mandating the filing for court approval when minor settlements are below $5,000.00.
  • Attorneys' Fees in Representing an Injured Minor Child | San Diego, CA California Statutory Attorney's Fees for Representing an injured child in California: In addition to approval of the settlement itself, attorneys fees to be paid for representing the injured minor child must be approved by the court pursuant to California Family Code Section 6602, and California Probate Code Section 3601. As a parent, you should also be aware that there is California statutory cap on what a lawyer can charge your injured child as a contingency fee for legal services. A lawyer may not charge more than a 25% contingency fee on any recovery for an injured minor child.
  • Injured Child San Diego | Reasons for a Guardian Ad Litem Approval Oceanside Child Accident Attorney Explains: As long as a guardian or conservator has not previously been appointed for the minor child, the most common way to have a California court approve a minor’s monetary settlement from an injury is to appoint the child’s mother or father as the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). Even if a guardian or conservator has previously been appointed to the minor child, a court can still appoint a Guardian Ad Litem if it deems it expedient to do so; to get the settlement for the child’s injuries moving along.
  • Injured Minor Children San Diego | Child Injury Trial Testimony San Diego Child Injury Law Firm: When a child is injured, all parents want to make sure their child first receives the best medical care available. If the child is injured, due at least in some part, by a negligent party, most parents go through the difficult thought process of attempting to determine whether binging legal action against the negligent party will or will not be in the best interest of their injured child. There is a public perception that legal action or litigation can be difficult for children and bring a legal action may not be worth it in the end. This can be especially true for molestation or abuse cases. To this end, the courts and the law in every state, provide special protection to children when they are involved in the litigation process.
  • California Statute of Limitations for Injured Children | San Diego Lawyer San Diego Injured Child Accident Law Firm: Every parent should be aware that under California law, the statute of limitations, i.e., the time that an injury case needs to be settled or a lawsuit needs to be filed in an appropriate court of law, is generally two years from the date of accident against a private party.
  • San Diego Child Injuries/Accidents & Parental Liability-What You Need to Know San Diego Child Accident/Injury Attorney Mark C. Blane explains: As a parent of a minor child who is in your physical and legal custody, you are well advised to supervise your minor children and make everything in your power to prevent them from getting in violent fights, conflict with others, and intentionally causing injuries, as California law imposes serious liability on parents of minor children in such circumstances without hesitation.
  • Parental Liability for Children's Intentional Conduct in California San Diego Child Injury Lawyer Mark C. Blane explains Parental Liability is also imposed by statute (California law) on parents for the intentional misconduct of children in other situations. These other situations are explained in his blog post. The bottom line is all parents assume legal responsibility for their children. California law enforces this responsibility through the California court system.
  • The Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act (CAPTA) | San Diego San Diego Children Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane explains: The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is a federal law that supports individual state programs across the U.S. that focus on prevention and indentification of child abuse through preventative and public awareness programs that are community based. The goal of this federal law is to help provide comprehensive care to the actual victims, or potential victims, of child abuse. It helps to integrate the services provided by a wide-variety of agencies; including educational, legal, mental health, and social service organizations.
  • Three Types of Common Children Injuries/Accidents By San Diego Child Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane San Diego Child Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane discusses the unfortunate truth is that everyday, across the United States, children are injured in a variety of different accidents that cause them severe injury. Many of these injuries could have been prevented if simple measures were taken, or if a responsible adult was properly supervising them. The leading cause of death in children over the age of one is some form of trauma; approximately 6,000 children die from some type of accidental injury, and approximately 14,000,000 children are harmed each year from some type of negligence or carelessness.
  • Common Children Hazards/Accidents: Unsafe Swimming Pools, Defective Toys, & Negligent Poisoning of Children San Diego Child Accident Lawyer Mark C. Blane briefly talks about unsafe swimming pools, defective or unsafe toys, and the negligent poisoning of minor children. In Southern California, swimming pools are part of our lives; especially inland from the coast where the weather can get hot, and the residents do not have the easy access to cool ocean breezes. Unfortunately, swimming pools can be deadly for children; drowning accidents as well as serious slip and falls happen all too often. This can be caused by unsafe surface areas around the pool or lack of adult supervision. Other factors include lack of safety and rescue equipment; improper pool covers or barriers around the pool; unsafe pool drains; and defective diving boards.
  • Abogados Accidentes Autos Chula Vista CA Caidas Lesiones Personales Compensación Trabajadores, Despacho Jurído (casos de todo tipo) Nuestros abogados, en la oficina de leyes de Mark C. Blane, se especializan en casos de daños personales. Un daño personal puede llegar cuando menos lo esperamos. Nosotros entendemos que la tensión de un daño personal afecta, física y emocionalmente, sin contar con la tensión adicional de las barreras del idioma. Tenemos libros gratis (para información gratis) abogados y empleados bilingues que se comprometen a ayudarlo paso a paso. Desde accidentes automovilísticos a negligencia médica, nuestra experiencia y conocimiento nos permiten ofrecer a nuestros clientes un servicio superior. Atendemos casos de Lesión Laborales, Compensación al Trabajador, Lesión Personal Catastrófica, Responsabilidad Gubernamental, Muerte por Negligencia.