May 24, 2019

Two Bicyclists Killed in Deadly LA Auto Accident

Car Accident Lawyer

Seven people were hurt and two people killed by a driver on March 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana, reports the Mid-City Messenger (

The deadly incident happened on Esplanade Avenue close to Ponce de Leon Street at around 8:00 pm. The site of the accident was a busy area in the city that forms part of the route for Endymion, a famous parade held during Mardi Gras. The driver, 32-year-old Tashonty Toney, fled the scene after the accident but was quickly caught by the New Orleans Police.

According to police, all nine people in the group were bicyclists involved in the state’s environmental justice movements. Toney crashed his Camaro through their bike lane, hit five parked cars and ended up on the pavement. He was going so fast that he pinned one of the bicyclists against a parked vehicle, law enforcement officials believe. Emergency responders pronounced two of the victims dead at the scene, and another three victims suffered serious injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital.

At least one witness described the driver as “blind drunk,” and Toney admitted he had a problem to police at the scene shortly after he was found. He was allegedly so intoxicated that he passed out from trying to flee the police on foot after the accident and had to be revived once he was located. A group of witnesses say he asked if he had killed anyone and then told them to call his father, who is an officer with the New Orleans Police force.

Toney refused to take a blood test on the scene, but police were able to get a warrant for alcohol and drug testing and say they could smell the alcohol on his breath.

Toney was charged with vehicular negligent injury and homicide, reckless vehicle operation and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He did not speak at a recent hearing, at which his bond was set at just over $500,000.

This is not the first traffic accident along the famous parade route. In 2017, a drunk and speeding driver hit 28 people on Orleans Avenue right after the Endymion Parade. All 28 people in that case were hurt, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The investigation into this deadly crash is still ongoing, so police are asking anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to contact them.

Despite all the nationwide attention on the dangers of drunk driving and the tragic results it can have, people still do it everyday across the nation. In this tragic incident in Louisiana, the dangers that bicyclists face on the road from drivers is also apparent. Bicyclists have far less rider protection than drivers in vehicles do, so auto-bicycle accidents tend to have more serious consequences for the victim on the bike than anyone else.

If you were injured in a bike accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and injuries. Contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer Denver, CO offers about your case to protect your rights.

Thanks to Richard J. Banta, P.C. for their insight into personal injuries and bicycle accidents.

May 23, 2019

Defense Strategies for Assault Accusations

Personal Injury Lawyer

Assault is when a person intentionally threatens or directly inflicts harm against you. Anyone who was arrested and is now awaiting trial over an assault arrest, can rely on the experience of an attorney for protection. Depending on the situation you were in, we can choose a defense strategy that is most appropriate in hopes of at least decreasing your charges if innocence isn’t possible.

Insufficient Evidence

An assault charge may be dismissed if the prosecution has insufficient evidence. For instance, perhaps there was no witnesses and the supposed victim didn’t sustain any visible injuries. Without tangible evidence or witness statements, it can be difficult for the prosecution to supply enough reason for the court to convict the accused.


During assault cases, many people assume that the supposed victim had not consented to the physical interaction. Consent can be a useful defense if the victim voluntarily engaged in the situation where he or she knew assault may occur. If assault charges are brought against a person who was playing in a sport, these charges are often dropped because the other player had willingly chosen to participate with a full understanding of the risks.

Lack of Proof for Intent

There must be direct evidence that the accused had intent to harm another, and that he or she did in fact commit each aspect of the crime. Failure to prove that a physical act occurred and/or caused reasonable fear to the victim may result in a dismissal of charges. With help from an attorney, the accused can fight against the charge by claiming there is a lack of proper evidence to convict.

Defending Oneself and/or Property

Every person has the right to defend themselves, their home, and/or their loved ones. But, this doesn’t mean you can inflict harm to any degree against someone who has assaulted you. If someone attacked you or a family member, you are permitted to defend through physical actions if needed. However, if you go beyond what is deemed “reasonable force” you may be faced with an assault charge.


An attorney may suggest using the provocation defense if there is little chance of you walking away with a dismissed charge. Provocation can help lessen the accused’s sentence. For example, the charge may be decreased if it can be shown that intense provocation was an element of the interaction, which led to the accused reacting physically against the instigator.


While insanity is usually a defense option for most accusations, it shouldn’t be used lightly. Claiming that you were insane at the time of the crime and/or during trial can be challenging to present in court. You may need testimonies from your treating therapist or psychiatrist to support insanity claims. Even if your insanity defense is successful, you may have to enter a mental hospital.

Assault is considered a violent crime, and may result in overly harsh punishments by the court. A personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota can advocate for your behalf and can push for a plea deal if being dismissed of charges isn’t possible. Please call today so an attorney can get started.

Thanks to Johnston | Martineau, PLLP for their insight into personal injury and assault injuries.

May 22, 2019

Facts About Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Personal Injury Lawyer

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) happen when a person endures sudden force to the head, which disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. A TBI can result in either a hefty blow, or from an object penetrating the skull and entering brain tissue. Symptoms associated with a TBI can be mild or severe, depending on how much damage was done to the brain. One factor that can complicate matters further, is if another person or party was at least partially responsible for the traumatic brain injury.

If you believe this may be the case for your accident, we suggest talking with an attorney for advice on how you can seek justice for the wrongdoing.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

Mild cases of TBI may cause a brief loss of conscious, along with nausea and vomiting. For more serious injuries, the brain may swell, blood may ooze from the skull, in addition to profound confusion. Anyone who thinks they may have suffered from a TBI, must go to the nearest emergency room regardless of the severity. Here are symptoms to watch out for if you are concerned about having sustained a traumatic brain injury:

  • Headaches that won’t go away
  • Vomiting and/or nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Dilated pupils
  • Seeing double
  • Looking into bright light is intolerable
  • Clear or blood-tinged liquid coming from ears/nose
  • Balance difficulties
  • Slowed pulse
  • Trouble breathing
  • Body numbness
  • Body tingling
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Facial weakness
  • Ringing in ears

Collecting Medical Documentation

If you meet with an attorney about your traumatic brain injury accident, it can be helpful to have medical documents which go into detail about the severity, prognosis, and treatment plan. Keep receipts for anything you paid for out of your own pocket for medical care. If another person is liable for your injuries, receipts for the amount you faced in financial loss can help your attorney estimate how much to fight for in your lawsuit.

Temporary and Long-Term Impacts

Depending on the depth of the brain injury, a person may have to go through rehabilitation, hire professionals to offer care in the home, or make permanent changes to their lives due to newly developed TBI-related disabilities. The impacts of a TBI accident may follow someone temporarily, or for the rest of his or her life. The consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be expensive and emotionally agonizing, especially for more severe cases.

Seeking Legal Help

Victims do not have to accept what has happened to them. By consulting with an attorney, you have someone who can investigate into your accident further and see if another person could be at-fault. Even if a financial award cannot take back what happened, at least it can help you continue receiving the care you require to take care of yourself. Victims can contact a brain injury lawyer in Orlando, FL to receive a free appointment, to find out more about their legal options. Please call today.

Thanks to Needle & Ellenberg, P.A. for their insight into personal injury claims and traumatic brain injuries.

May 21, 2019

Trademark Identity Theft

Trademark Attorney Chicago, IL

After you have spent years dreaming, creating, designing, and finding the perfect symbols, designs, and words to represent your business, you go online or are watching television and you see your company logo on the screen. When you start to really study the logo, you realize that it is not actually your logo, however it is something that looks very similar to yours. What are you supposed to do in that situation?

Companies are identified by the brand they have created. A brand is the symbol and words that link specific services or products back to the company. Many company owners pass over their trademarks’ true value and because of this do not pay a lot of attention to keeping them protected. Trademark protection impedes others from making a profit off the goodwill and brands that companies have created for themselves.

Many company owners incorrectly assume that if they just create a new company entity in their own state, it is legal enough to protect their trademark for that name. Unfortunately, these company owners typically find out the hard way that this is just not the case and they should have registered their trademark. Sometimes just using the trademark provides a very limited protection for the trademark. However, it is very effective and worth consideration to file for state or federal trademark protection. While very few companies decide to file their trademark applications at their state level, most companies do file for protection on the federal level and with the US Patent and Trademark Office so their trademark can be protected in a broader geography.

The top keys to protecting your trademarks are:


  • Monitoring your trademarks in commerce. A large amount of today’s trademark theft comes in a electronic manner. It is important to monitor the internet for potential infringement by searching occasionally for your trademark. However, it is also important to remember to check paper publications for potential trademark violations.
  • Pursuing true infringers. It is important to make sure it is a true infringement if you encounter a potential infringer. Companies are able to have the same name if that company sells services or goods that are entirely different from yours. If it is actually an infringement, you will need to put the infringer on notice, which usually happens by a cease-and-desist letter. If it does not do anything else, a cease-and-desist letter may open a dialogue to amicably resolve the situation. If sending a cease-and-desist letter doesn’t fix your problem, you will need to determine how much or your time and money you are willing to spend fixing this problem.
  • Maintaining the trademark registration. These registrations are maintained through usage and by ensuring you have filed the correct post-registrations documents. While your first federal registration term is for a full ten years, you will still have to file proof of continued use after five years after your registration was granted. You can renew a ten year team for another ten years if you file for a renewal in the ninth year of your registration.


As your company grows and changes, the symbols and words that represent your company may also. Registering your trademark with the help of a trademark attorney in Chicago, IL from The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian only protects it as it was originally registered. If you change your trademark during the years, you will need to create new applications. It is important to remember to protect your company’s assets, especially your identity, your trademark.

May 20, 2019

What Business Assets Should be Protected as Trademarks?

Trademark Attorney in Chicago, IL

If you are a business owner, you have probably created some type of valuable intellectual property that should be trademarked. Many business owners are not quite sure what a trademark actually is. Should they get a trademark, which is used in reference to products or should they get a service mark, which is used in references to services a business offers? What can make things even more confusing is that word trademark is often used to reference both products and services because federal IP laws apply to both.

If you would like to find out more information, contact a law firm to speak with an intellectual property attorney to find out how they can help. In the meantime, the following is a brief overview of intellectual property law.


Trademarks make it easy for consumers to recognize a businesses’ brand when they see it. A trademark can include words, graphics, or both. Some of the things that can be trademarked include:

  • Words (Apple, Pepsi)
  • Phrases (Hakuna Matata – from Disney movie)
  • Symbols (Golden arches – McDonalds)
  • Combination of words and symbols
  • Color, scent, or sounds if it does not have any functional purpose other than to differentiate the brand and the business can prove that the public strongly associates that item with the brand (The three-note chime from NBC, the scent of Play-Doh)

It’s important to note that when it comes to trademarks, you cannot just trademark generic words such as television or banana. This may lead you to ask how Apple was able to obtain a trademark on the work Apple. You can’t trademark a work if it is in reference to a particular brand or type of an apple, but you can trademark the term Apple for a type of product that is vastly different from a category of fruit. This is what Apple did when it obtained its trademark on its computers. There are stringent guidelines that Apple is required to follow. For example, they can say “Our company sells Apple computers,” but they cannot say “Our company sells Apples.”

Contact a Trademark Attorney

If you have a name or symbol for a product or service for your business, you should consider registering it as a business trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Although this registration can be a complicated and long process, doing so provides your company with the legal protection you need from competitors who may try to copy your products and steal your business.

A trademark attorney in Chicago, IL has extensive legal experience in intellectual property law and can help you obtain trademark protection, as well as defend against anyone who attempts to infringe on that trademark.

Contact The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC for their insight into intellectual property and what business assets to protect with a trademark.

May 20, 2019

Hit By an Austin Cab Company Driver: What to Do Next

Car Accident Lawyer

If you’re a city driver, then odds are you see a lot of cabs. While cabs are normally convenient and useful, accidents still happen. Even with the most experienced and careful drivers, even one second of negligence can lead to an accident. So, what can you do if an Austin Cab Company driver hits you? Here is what you need to know about filing a personal injury suit if you’re injured in an accident involving a taxi driver.

Gathering Information on the Scene

If you suffered any injuries, then your first line of action needs to be to get yourself medical care. If you can wait until after you gathered action, feel free to wait, but never skip out on medical attention. Even if you feel fine, it could simply be the adrenaline. A lot of victims in car accidents report feeling fine until they get home later on, in which case, the pain from the injuries begins to surface.

While on the scene, if there are any injuries or if there is any damage to your car, then it’s time to take pictures of the accident. Take pictures from all angles and talk to those that witnessed the accident. You should also exchange information with the driver, take down license plate information and make sure that you have as much information about the accident as possible.

Determining Who Is Liable

While it’s best to discuss liability with your lawyer, there are some basic things to note about liability when it comes to cab companies. If a driver is negligent in an accident involving a cab, then the company is responsible for the accident. Now, if both drivers are at fault, then the company may only pay a partial amount, but the company has to cover the cab driver.

Contacting an Attorney

No matter who is liable in a car accident, it’s crucial to contact an attorney. You may want to talk to a lawyer before you contact the insurance company. Your lawyer will give you advice on what to say, to ensure that the cab company’s insurance does not twist your words. An attorney can walk you through the process of filing a claim and how to carry yourself in regards to the other insurance company.

If an Austin Cab Company driver has hit you, there are options available. While you should handle it similarly to a normal car accident, keep in mind that the cab company is liable. This will change whose insurance you file the claim against. To understand your case better, contact a car accident lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today!

Thanks to Hickey & Turim, SC for their insight into personal injury claims and car accidents involving cabs.

April 17, 2019

Designer Pot: Who Benefits? What Are the Risks?

Long ago, it was glamorous in a movie for the lead characters to blow clouds of smoke.  If advocates of designer cannabis get their way as Federal and State regulations of the drug for medical and recreational purposes are loosening, it can become more socially acceptable to smoke pot.  Marketing experts are using a variety of flavors and mixers to create the type of cannabis with THC, the addictive chemical, removed: CBD oil. This product is legal to be sold to those 18 and older in most states now without a doctor’s order.  CBD oil is said to help with anxiety, pain, and seizures.Recently the FDA approved an epilepsy medicine, Epidiol which contains CBD that is pharmaceutical grade.


But there are risks we are not yet aware of with vaping of CBD and cannabis. A recent study found e-cigarettes in a lab test contained ten times more cancer causing substances (due to plastic burning) than regular cigarettes. People can vape nicotine, flavored gas, CBD Oil, or drugs like cannabis.  One device, a JUUL, looks like a flash drive and makes vaping easy and portable.


Many health experts have a variety of concerns about marijuana. It is often laced when bought from street dealers with club drugs or ones that triggers paranoia or psychosis.  Several studies have shown the stronger strains in recent years could be habit forming, even though the drug is classified not as physically addictive like opiates but psychologically habit-forming.  


Another study showed a drop in IQ (measure of intelligence) several points with regular use.  Other experts point out often regular users of cannabis develop lung cancer or lower their motivation to attend work or school.  Some gain weight from the effect of the drug to increase appetite.


This is where those attempting to genetically modify strains of cannabis come in.They claim they will be able to maximize the positive effects and lower the negative ones in order to create a “designer” drug experience.  


They are trying to make strains of cannabis that would be vaped, tinctures in oil or edibles to put in gourmet foods and drinks with the claim that some promote deep relaxation, others euphoria or a type of enhanced mood or spiritual feeling of connectedness.


If you’ve been injured by pot, a personal injury lawyer Naperville, IL trusts can help. Call today.


Contact The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC for more insight into designer pot and personal injury.


April 15, 2019

Pedestrian Fatalities Have Increased

Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found that the number of estimated pedestrian deaths in 2018 reached a 28 year high. You have to go back all the way to 1990 to find a higher pedestrian death total.

A report by GHSA found that 6,667 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018, a four percent increase over 2017. Progress has been made to reduce traffic fatalities as a whole over the last decade, but pedestrian deaths have risen 35 percent. Vehicles have become safer, but pedestrians don’t have the same armor to protect them. This alarming statistic has state and local officials looking for solutions to reverse the trend in pedestrian deaths.

Several contributing factors have been identified, including the increased use of SUVs and trucks, because of their size and weight they are more likely to injure or kill a pedestrian. Passenger cars still account for the majority of pedestrian deaths, but SUVs generally cause more serious pedestrian injuries, and are growing as a percentage of registered vehicles.

Unsafe driving behaviors like speeding, drowsy or distracted driving, use of phones are also to blame. Five times the number of smartphones were in use in 2018 compared to 2009.

Alcohol use continues to be a problem. Half the crashes that ended in pedestrian fatalities in 2017 included either a driver or pedestrian who were impaired by alcohol.

Population growth also means that more people are on the street. The 10 states with the highest population growth from 2017 to 2018 had an overall 5 percent increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities. High speed, high volume roads, sprawl, and pedestrians are not a safe combination.

The GHSA reports that a majority of pedestrian deaths happen after dark, and those numbers are rising. From 2008 to 2017 the number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 45 percent, compared to a much smaller 11 percent increase in daytime pedestrian deaths.

Officials believe there are a range of law enforcement, infrastructure, engineering and education that can reduce pedestrian deaths. In New York City, there are efforts to redesign particularly dangerous streets, reduce speed limits and give pedestrians a head start when crossing at intersections.

The Pedestrian Danger Index ranks the most dangerous cities for pedestrians per capita. Florida cities had 8 cities place in the top ten. In response to their high pedestrian fatality rate, the state of Florida has invested $100 million to improve lighting in approximately 2,500 locations throughout the state to make it easier to see pedestrians crossing the street at night. Technology can also help, in 2018, Subaru’s collision- avoidance system, EyeSight, led to a 35 percent reduction in pedestrian-related insurance claims.

An experienced pedestrian accident attorney Phoenix, AZ trusts should provide a free consultation to an accident victim, and legal options and remedies can be discussed.

Thanks to the Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC for their insight into personal injury claims and pedestrian fatalities.

March 15, 2019

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Over “Cops” Crew Member Death

Wrongful Death Lawyer

Police in Omaha, Nebraska, had long resisted efforts from the famous COPS television show to film in the city and follow their offices. However, according to the Omaha World Herald, Chief Todd Schmaderer had a change of heart in mid-2014 because his officers had taken part in an embarrassing incident. (

While the chief did not identify the event at the court hearing in the wrongful death case of COPS crew worker Bryce Dion, many believe it was the event in March 2013 in which an officer was seen manhandling a driver after towing his vehicle away, and other officers were caught chasing the driver’s relatives into a house on video. The chief, who tried to fire all six officers involved in that scandal, said in court that he just wanted people to see that his officers were better than what was seen in that case.

Unfortunately, his decision backfired. In August of 2014, 38-year-old COPs crew member Bryce Dion died when Omaha officers opened fire on a person robbing a fast food establishment.

Now, Dion’s family has brought a wrongful death claim against the City of Omaha, with the courts deciding whether the city bears liability for the crew man’s death.

The family’s legal representation says the city and police department failed in their duty to protect the crew member, who was not harmed when they responded to a call. They also allege the officer who accidentally shot Dion should not have been shooting at the fleeing robbery suspect in the first place.

Three police officers fired 36 times at the suspect after he pointed a gun at them and fired. Although the officers didn’t know it at the time, it turned out all the suspect had was a pellet gun.

Dion had been with the two officers involved in the shooting, and he had taken cover near the fast food restaurant’s entrance when shots were being fired. One of the officer’s bullets hit the crewman in his armpit, an area the bulletproof vest he was wearing did not cover.

The city is disputing it was responsible for protecting Dion, arguing that he knew the inherent risks of his job, which is why he was wearing the vest. They also allege he had at least eight seconds to leave the fast food eatery but decided to stay.

According to the city’s attorney, the officers had to fire at the robbery suspect because he fired at them several times, and they did not know that Dion was in the vestibule behind the suspect at the time.

In court, the chief said he did know there was a chance of injury or death to any person who rode with his officers. Before this, no one had been killed in the 20 years the show had been on air, although there were some injuries.

The family’s attorney says there was close to a minute between the robbery call and the arrival of the officers, which means the two officers with Dion had time to tell him to stay in the car given the violent nature of the crime.

How this case plays out will likely impact other risky reality shows going forward. If you have lost a loved one due to the acts or lack of action by another party, talk to a wrongful death lawyer Denver, CO trusts about your case.

Thanks to Richard J. Banta, P.C. for their insight into personal injuries and wrongful death lawsuits.

March 13, 2019

When Should You Update Your Will

Estate Planning Lawyer

We all know that creating a will is important. It’s your legacy and the way you can support and protect your loved ones after you have passed away. But when is a good time to create a will? And does it need to be updated or is it a document that is a one-time deal? In this article, we will explain if and when you should update your will with the help of an estate planning lawyer Sacramento, CA offers.

Creating a will

Many people believe that a will is something that you create in your later years in life – closer to the time that you will actually need the will. Or they think that only parents or married couples should have wills. But the reality is, everyone should have a will created as soon as they become an adult. Even if you think you don’t have many “assets” to distribute, it is still important to have a plan in place for after your death. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Key things to include in your will are naming who gets what, who will be the guardians of your children (if you have any), and who will execute your will. You can also include any funeral arrangements you’d like your family to make on your behalf. While it may seem morbid at the time, you will be saving your family members the stress of planning a funeral while they are grieving your loss. In order to make a will legal, it just needs to be written and signed by you with a witness who can vouch that you actually created the will.

When should you update your will?

Now that you’ve gone through the emotional process of creating a will and planning for your own death, you are set for life, right? Well, not exactly. A will is a living, breathing document and should be updated after key life events. If you made a will when you were 21 years old, it may not be applicable when you are 45. You may not know the same people or you may now have significantly more assets that need to be distributed.

A good rule of thumb for when to update your will is after key events. This includes the birth of an additional child, a marriage, divorce, accumulation of wealth or property, etc. You wouldn’t want to forget to include your youngest child when designating beneficiaries or forget to exclude an ex-spouse who you would not want dealing with your finances or property. Keeping your will current will prevent any tense situations between family members as well as make sure that all of your property, finances, and other assets are handed down to the right people.

Your will is not something to take lightly and should be a document that is regularly looked at to ensure accuracy. It is not a “one and done” type of legal document but rather one that morphs over time based on things that are happening in your life Ultimately, the purpose of a will is to give you peace of mind and in order to make that happen, your will needs to be up to date.

Thanks to Yee Law Group for their insight into estate planning and when you should update your will.