Call Today for a FREE Consultation
Ball & Bonholtzer
Se Habla Español 626-817-6453

Pasadena Personal Injury Blog

Explaining legal malpractice in California

Legal malpractice is a serious issue that affects clients of attorneys all over the state of California. It is comparable to medical malpractice as it is the failure of the professional to perform for their client as required by their ethical standards and code of conduct. Claims are not warranted simply because a client is unhappy with the outcome of a case. A lot goes into proving legal malpractice.

In order for a legal malpractice case to move forward, your attorney must have breached a contract or acted negligently. If you are filing a legal malpractice claim against your former attorney you will need to prove the following:

  • There was a duty owed to you by the attorney for skillful and competent representation.
  • The attorney either made a mistake or acted carelessly, which breached the duty owed to you.
  • The breach by the attorney caused you harm or injury
  • You suffered a financial loss due to the harm.

Second-impact syndrome can be deadly for young concussion victims

Concussions are an all-too-prevalent injury among American youth. Roughly one in five teenagers has suffered from at least one concussion, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Medicine. These injuries commonly happen in sports, bicycle accidents and car accidents.

Most concussion victims make a full recovery within four to six weeks. However, the long-term effects of concussions aren't well understood, especially in children and teenagers whose brains are still developing. This segment of the population also faces a greater risk of a frightening complication that almost always results in death or life-altering brain damage: second-impact syndrome.

Preventing the fatal 4 injuries on construction sites

Working on a construction site can be very dangerous, even if you take the most effective safety measures. You never know when an accident will happen. Even the safest of sites can experience an accident that results in serious injury or even death. Here are some tips for preventing the fatal four injuries as named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at your construction site in Pasadena.

One of the most dangerous accidents that can occur on a construction site involves electricity. Electrocution can do quite a bit of damage to your entire body. It can also be deadly if not handled properly. All electrical hazards should be marked with the proper signs so that employees know to either avoid them or work carefully when near them.

Sentence issued in truck accident that killed sheriff's deputy

In July of 2006 a then-30-year-old man was driving his truck with an unsecured load of stolen kitchen appliances. During his trip, a stove fell off the truck and landed on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim. The rogue stove caused an accident that led to the death of a 34-year-old sheriff's deputy from Corona who was on his way to work. The suspect was convicted by a jury in September of this year of second-degree murder.

A judge sentenced the suspect to 16 years in prison on Friday. The suspect was residing in Long Beach when the accident occurred. The suspect has been serving time in prison for the last 11 years as he waited for the trial to begin. Because of time served, he could be eligible for parole in roughly four years.

What are the first steps in a case of medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a common occurrence in today's world despite the best efforts of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. These cases can be very complicated, which is why it's always important to work with a medical malpractice attorney. So, what are the first steps you will encounter in a medical malpractice case?

Before you even decide to file a claim, you should speak with the medical professional who will be at the center of your case. Try to figure out exactly what went wrong and if the professional can fix the situation before you move forward.

Tips for surviving a car accident in Pasadena

California is one of the most congested states in the country when it comes to vehicular traffic. Accidents happen all too often on the roads of the state, leading to injuries and even death on a regular basis. Victims of car accidents find themselves in a scary situation. Here are some tips for surviving a car accident in Pasadena.

One of the most important, yet obvious tips, is to always wear a seat belt. Seat belts are required to be worn, and can result in a ticket, so be sure to always buckle up when in the car. You should never operate your vehicle without having your seat belt on and the same should be said regarding any passengers in the vehicle.

Were you hit by an uninsured driver in California?

Everyone who drives a motor vehicle is supposed to carry at least liability insurance in order to pay for any damage he or she causes on the road. But just because something is supposed to happen, doesn't mean it will.

Many people still drive without insurance, and many get into accidents that cause significant injuries and property damage. This is why auto insurance policies have an option to include uninsured motorist coverage. The idea is that by carrying uninsured motorist coverage, a person who is hit by an uninsured driver won't be left high and dry.

Common distracted driving habits other than mobile phone use

It's been all over the news these past few years that mobile phone use has become a problem for motorists. This is one of the biggest distractions out there today despite efforts from law enforcement agencies across the country attempting to curb it. Here are some common distracted driving habits that don't involve the use of a mobile phone.

Something as simple as changing the radio stations in your car can be distracting. You are focused on finding a good song, a news report or a sporting event that your focus is no longer on the road in front of you.

Warning signs of possible legal malpractice

Working with a lawyer for whatever reason is supposed to be helpful and less stressful than handling legal issues on your own. If you believe your current lawyer is not handling your case properly, you will want to look at possible warning signs of legal malpractice in Pasadena so you can make a switch.

One of the most common signs of legal malpractice is when the attorney refuses to be flexible when it comes to billing, scheduling appointments and meetings. An attorney who won't make every effort to ensure your satisfaction or comfort is likely not in it for the right reasons.

How to stay safe on a construction site

If you work in construction, you know how dangerous the job can be, even on the most unassuming projects. There's always the chance that an accident can occur and you can suffer an injury. It doesn't matter how minor or severe your injury is, you don't want to miss time from work due to a preventable accident. Here are some tips for staying safe on the construction site.

It really goes without saying that you should always wear protective equipment. If you are working in an area that requires a hard hat, wear a hard hat. Purchase steel-tip boots to protect your feet from falling objects or from being crushed underneath a tire or other heavy piece of machinery.

  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • Rated By SuperLawyers Stephen C. Ball 11 Years In A Row 2005-2006
  • American Board Of Trial Advocates
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Trial Lawyers
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators | 2017 | Top 100
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For The Help You Need

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


Ball & Bonholtzer
300 North Lake Avenue Suite 1000
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-817-6453
Fax: 626-793-3198
Pasadena Law Office Map