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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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“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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Silvia Garcia, 61, of Parlier Killed in a San Diego Crash on the I-5 Freeway

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

SAN DIEGO, California (Jan. 11, 2013)– Silvia Garcia, 61, of  Parlier, California died Friday after she suffered a non-survivable brain injury in a crash the day before on the southbound Interstate Route 5 Freeway, just north of Balboa Avenue, according to a press release issued by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.

About 10:17 p.m. on Jan. 10, Garcia was traveling as a passenger in a small SUV that became disabled in the middle lane of the freeway. The vehicle was struck by another driver at approximately 65 miles per hour and she was critically injured.

Paramedics responding to the scene of the crash transported her to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where she later died, the report said.

“There are no words that can lift the burden of grief and sorrow gripping this woman’s family at this time,” Attorney West Seegmiller said.  “The thoughts and prayers of our entire staff are with them as the cope with such a terrible loss.”

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in an accident a free consultation to discuss whether you may have a case against the driver at fault for a collision. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) if you wish to speak with an attorney.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —  This week a family of a man who was beaten to death by four Kern County Sheriff’s deputies was awarded a $4.5 million judgment in court for his wrongful death, according to a report by the Bakersfield Californian.

The jury held that the defendants – Kern County Sheriff’s deputies Daniel Willis, Ryan Greer, Angelos Gonzalez and Jonathan Juden – were negligent when they caused the death of Jose Lucero. The deputies and county were also held responsible for the “serious emotional distress” suffered by his parents, Florencio and Lilia, as they saw the incident take place in their home.

Two weeks before Christmas in 2010, Jose Lucero died after police came to his home and attempted to restrain him as his parents stood watch, the report said. Lucero, a recovering drug addict, resisted arrest and the Kern County jury found that police used excessive force causing him to have a heart attack and die. Lucero was using methamphetamine at the time and his family told authorities he also had mental health issues.

On the night of his death, Lucero made repeated 911 calls while he was in a delusional state, the report said. Police came to the home and attempted to subdue Lucero with a Taser gun. Lucero was allegedly shot 29 times. Police also used pepper spray inside the home. Six minutes after their arrival, Lucero died of cardiac arrest.

The family claimed the police officers used excessive force on their son and that watching the incident caused them emotional distress. However, Chief Deputy County Counsel Mark Nations told the Bakersfield Californian that the parents were asked to leave the room, but kept coming back in during the attack to watch the police attempting to subdue their son.

“Police officers are supposed to protect and serve the public, but sometimes excessive force can lead to a wrongful death or catastrophic injury,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Police are often not held criminally liable for injuries or deaths of individuals as they often argue they were just doing their job, but a civil wrongful death lawsuit is one way families may find justice on behalf of their loved one.”

Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys

What is a wrongful death? Under California law, a wrongful death action may be brought to court on behalf of a victim’s survivors such as their parents, children or spouse. Survivors typically file this type of lawsuit in order to recover damages such as loss of support and companionship as well as funeral and medical expenses that result from a tortuous injury that is deemed to have caused the person’s untimely death, Seegmiller explains.

“A survivor who witnesses an injury or death may also obtain compensation for their emotional distress as in the case of  Jose Lucero,” Seegmiller said.

Time is of the essence in cases where a family wishes to pursue a wrongful death claim – especially in cases where the defendant is a government entity such as a city or police department. Under California law, there are timelines or statutes of limitations for filing such as suit that can be from six months to two years from the date the incident took place.

“Speak with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible in order to secure your right to file a lawsuit against a negligent party,” Seegmiller said.

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.

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 Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Triathlete Scott Folck Dies Week After Bicycle Accident in Valley Center

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

VALLEY CENTER (San Diego County), California – Triathlete Scott Folck died early Sunday morning one week after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Cool Water Ranch Road at Woods Valley Road, according to a San Diego Medical Examiner report.

About 6:07 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, Folck, an avid cyclist who was training for an upcoming Triathlon, was riding his bicycle eastbound on Woods Valley Road. The driver of a Mitsubishi 3000GT attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Cool Water Ranch Road and pulled into the path of Folck.  By the time the driver saw Folck, he tried to avoid the crash and applied his brakes, but was not able to avoid the crash.

Folck struck the right-front hand side of the car and was thrown to the ground suffering multiple blunt force injuries. He was transported by paramedics to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, but despite aggressive efforts to save him, he died at 12:41 p.m. on Sept. 23.

The Oceanside offices of the California Highway Patrol are investigating the traffic incident. The driver was a 22-year-old and from San Marcos.

Folck became the 58th cyclist to die in California in 2012 and the 11th in San Diego County, bikinginla.com reports.

“Cycling tragedies are on the rise in Southern California,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a wrongful death and bicycle accident specialist. “The number of cyclists killed in Orange County has tripled this year to nine deaths compared to three in 2010. Also, San Diego cyclist deaths are also up from 8 in 2010 to 11 so far this year.”

According to bikinginla.com, Folck was one of five cyclists to lose their lives due to crashes on the same weekend in Southern California. Indeed, in Newport Beach, cyclist Sarah Leaf was killed on Friday, Sept. 14 and cyclist Catherine Ritz was killed on Sept. 15. Also, an unidentified man was killed in Buena Park on Sept. 16 and a Riverside man was killed when his bike crashed with a minivan on Sept. 14.

Folck became the 58th cyclist to die in California; the 11th in San Diego County, bikinginla.com reports.

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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 in a crash. Justice for injured riders and motorists or families of victims killed in traffic accidents is just a phone call way. 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 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 and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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