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EL CAJON, California (Jan. 19, 2013) — Pablo Vallejo Medina, 41, of Mexicali, Mexico was killed early Saturday morning after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver while attending to his disabled van on the eastbound lanes of the Interstate Route 8 at Dunbar Lane, according to a report by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.

About 4:30 a.m., Medina and his wife were driving home in their van on the I-8 when they began to have car trouble and s01-he put on the flashers and pulled the vehicle over to the side of the roadway, the report said. Medina stepped out of the van to see what was wrong with the vehicle when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver in a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup truck.

The impact of the crash threw Medina onto the hood of the vehicle and he fell several yards away into the center divider of the roadway, the report said.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the traffic accident, but Medina was pronounced dead upon their arrival due to traumatic injuries sustained in the crash.

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This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

“We are a victim’s law firm that helps people who are hurt because of someone else’s negligence,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “A personal injury attorney will make sure that evidence is collected and an investigation is conducted to ensure your rights are protected after a crash.”

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries, police brutality and more.  The firm has offices in Newport Beach, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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BUS MECHANIC KILLED: John Friedas Joaquin Jr., 32, of Ramona Dies in I-805 Crash

Friday, December 14th, 2012

SAN DIEGO, California — John Friedas Joaquin Jr., 32, of Ramona was killed Thursday afternoon after he was pinned beneath a disabled school bus he was fixing on the shoulder of the Interstate 805 freeway, according to a report by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office.

About 7 a.m., Joaquin was working on the engine compartment of the school bus on the southbound I-805 under the El Cajon Boulevard overpass. The roadway was saturated with water and the 41-year-old driver of a 2005 Nissan Altima lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road. The Nissan struck the back of the bus and the bus mechanic was pinned in the engine compartment, the report said.

Paramedics responded to the crash scene and found Joaquin was critically injured with an open compound fracture on his left femur. He was quickly transported to the emergency room at Scripps Mercy hospital where he was treated by doctors. His left leg was amputated below the knee and he was transferred to intensive care where his condition declined quickly, the report said.

Joaquin died at 1 p.m. at the hospital.

According to NBC News, the female driver of the Nissan was also critically injured in the wreck and was transported to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

“There are no words that can lift the burden of grief and sorrow this man’s family and friends are experiencing right now,” Attorney West Seegmiller said.  “The thoughts and prayers of our entire staff are with his family and friends.”

This article is sponsored by The Seegmiller Law Firm. You can arrange to speak to an attorney about your case by calling 1-855-ASK–WEST.

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco, California, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

 

 

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Family’s Own Dogs to Blame in Most of 32 Fatal Dog Attacks in 2012

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The number of fatal dog attacks is on track this year to become one of the highest on record in United States with some 32 deaths so far including one last week where a woman who was house sitting a friend’s home was killed by the homeowner’s eight English Bulldogs, according to reported incidents compiled on Wikipedia.

Remedios Romero-Solares, 30, of Fallbrook was attacked and killed by the pack of American Bulldogs in the backyard of a home she was taking care of at 1305 Calle Tecolotan in Fallbrook near San Diego, according to news reports.

“People who lose a loved one after a vicious dog attack can sue the owners of the animal for wrongful death to compensate them for the victim’s pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral expenses, past and future pecuniary losses, loss of companionship and society, and mental anguish,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a personal injury lawyer who handles dog bite cases. “In some cases, a jury may consider awarding punitive damages if they find that the dog owners were on notice of the animals’ behavior and did nothing to prevent such an attack.”

In fact, two years ago a Texas family was awarded $7 million by a jury for their loss of their 10-year-old son who was attacked by a neighbor’s loose dogs on June 15, 2009. The boy was riding his skateboard when three dogs – two Pit Bull mixes and an American bulldog —  escaped into the street through a poorly maintained fence. The dogs are considered a dangerous breed and they had previously attacked other people so the owners were on notice of their potential to cause harm and were found to be strictly liable for their actions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there are roughly 16 people killed and 800,000 people in the United States that seek medical attention after being attacked by a dog. Overall, 4.5 million people report being bitten by a dog every year, the CDC said. Sadly, children ages 5 to 9 years old have the highest rate of dog bites of any age group, the CDC reports.

Prior to 2012, the highest number of fatal dog attacks in the past 10 years was 34 deaths in 2007, the Wikapedia report shows.

One thing these fatal dog attacks in 2012 have in common is that most of the animals were the victim’s own dog, a family member’s dog or they belonged to a neighbor.

Indeed, just two of the fatal dog attacks this year were from animals that were unknown stray dogs.

Roughly half of those killed this year were children under 14 years old including seven who were two years old and younger including the youngest,  a six-day old baby named Alexis McDermott who was killed by the family’s Husky dog while she was in her crib. Nearly a third of the 2012 victims — eleven were 60 years old to 91 years old.

“Families of victims injured or killed in a vicious dog attack should call an attorney for immediate help and hold the owners of these aggressive animals accountable,” Seegmiller said.

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This article was provided by The Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Copyright ©2012 The Seegmiller Law Firm. All Rights Reserved.

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