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Posted on: July 21, 2016 by in Features
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02Few regions have as many lawyers as southern California. In Los Angeles alone, according to the State Bar of California, there are currently about 54,000 active attorneys. That makes it difficult for anyone who needs legal help and who is trying to find a genuinely good attorney. However, each year, Los Angeles Magazine names southern California’s top 100 “Super Lawyers,” and once again in 2016, Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell partner Kevin Callahan has been selected. Although the honor is bestowed only on the region’s leading attorneys, Mr. Callahan was first recognized for the honor in 2006 and has been a recipient every year since 2008.

Along with his work as a partner at Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell, Mr. Callahan is a past president of the Pasadena Bar Association and currently serves the association as an advisor. A 1981 Brown University graduate, Mr. Callahan earned his J.D. in 1984 from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. Pasadena Magazine has also recognized Kevin Callahan as a top southern California personal injury attorney every year since 2010.

When someone in southern California is injured by another person’s negligence, there’s no need to search through thousands of lawyers to find the help you need. Instead, after obtaining medical treatment, an injury victim should promptly contact Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell and speak with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. Attorney Kevin Callahan’s extensive background gives him the well-rounded perspective that makes him a knowledgeable, skilled, and effective advocate for injury victims, but he’s only one of the attorneys at Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell who have been recognized for their legal and professional excellence.

large_orangeOur attorneys are proud of the service we provide to the victims of personal injury and wrongful death in southern California. When you become a client at Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell, you’ll be represented by an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer with offices centrally located in the heart of Pasadena. We provide flexible appointment hours, and there is never a consultation fee to speak with one of our attorneys. If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell today or contact us online now to arrange a free initial consultation.

Getting The Word Out

Posted on: October 30, 2015 by in Features
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Shigella, a bacteria related to salmonella, is one of the leading causes of diarrhea. In 2006, the World Health Organization reported that Shigella causes about 165 million cases of dysentery annually, resulting in about a million deaths every year, mostly children in the developing world. When a Shigella outbreak at a San Jose restaurant poisoned dozens in October, information became instantly available to millions through With 135 million monthly visitors and millions of restaurant reviews, Yelp provided details about the Shigella outbreak to those who needed it quickly – consumers choosing a restaurant for dinner the same evening.

“PLEASE DO NOT EAT HERE!” one Yelp reviewer pleaded in all capital letters. She explained that four of her family members ate at Mariscos San Juan #3 seafood restaurant, and all four were hospitalized with food poisoning. On October 18, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department shut down the restaurant. Since then, the outbreak has grown to include Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced County. On October 26, KGO-TV reported that the number of suspected Shigella cases linked to the restaurant had climbed to 182.

Shigellosis is a contagious diarrheal disease that can be spread when people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. More than half-a-million cases are reported in the U.S. each year. Shigellosis can cause severe dehydration or fainting and in some cases is fatal. Some public health professionals believe sites like Yelp can help them pinpoint and respond quickly to similar food poisoning outbreaks in the future.

If you are a food poisoning victim in southern California, after receiving medical treatment, contact an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer. If you can prove that someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer food poisoning, you are entitled by law to full reimbursement for all of your medical costs and all of your related expenses. In most California food poisoning cases, victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. Don’t wait two years. In a food poisoning case you must act swiftly. Try to retain a sample of the food or have a lab test that proves you ate contaminated food, and contact an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer as quickly as possible after any food poisoning incident. If you’ve been injured by negligence, compensation is your right, but you must make the call promptly.

Help And Hope For Survivors

Posted on: October 28, 2015 by in Features
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When an accidental death is caused by someone else’s negligence in California, it’s a “wrongful death” under California law, and a wrongful dying lawsuit may be filed by the survivors of the deceased against the party or parties responsible for that passing away. A wrongful dying lawsuit can offer survivors the key resources they may need to move forward constructively with their lives. As difficult as it might be for you, family members should speak as quickly as possible with an experienced unjustified death attorney after any wrongful death in southern California.

Both economic and non-economic damages may be sought for the wrongful dying of a family member. Economic damages include the financial support and benefits the victim would have earned and provided to family members during the remainder of a normal lifespan. Non-economic damages may also be awarded to compensate survivors for their loss of companionship, loss of consortium, and for their own pain and suffering. An experienced Pasadena unjustified death attorney can advocate aggressively for the compensation your family may need and for the justice you unquestionably deserve.

In California and the world today, danger is potentially everywhere. A ride down the highway, a simple surgical procedure, going out for dinner – everyday activities that could lead to a fatal traffic crash, a medical malpractice tragedy, or a food poisoning fatality. If you are a family member or the beneficiary of a wrongful death victim in Los Angeles County or anywhere else in southern California, let an experienced Pasadena wrongful death lawyer fight for you and your family. It may be emotionally difficult for you, but it is absolutely imperative to file a wrongful dying claim as quickly after the passing as you possibly can. In southern California after a unjustified dying, arrange at once to meet and discuss your legal options with an experienced Pasadena wrongful death attorney.

E-Cigarettes – More Than One Danger

Posted on: October 16, 2015 by in Features
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We have written previously about the potential hazards of E-cigarettes. The liquid nicotine cartridges can break and cause nicotine poisoning. Children are particularly at risk. If you or your child becomes a victim of nicotine poisoning from E-cigarettes, speak immediately with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney. It turns out now that broken nicotine cartridges are not the only danger posed by E-cigarettes. A woman in Riverside County was set ablaze when her E-cigarette battery exploded, and in October she was awarded $1.9 million dollars.

Jennifer Ries and her husband were in their car when Jennifer decided to charge her e-cigarette battery. After plugging in the device, the battery exploded, and Ms. Ries’ dress and seat caught on fire. Chemicals fell into her lap, leaving her with severe burns. Her husband doused the fire with iced coffee. Ms. Ries said she sustained second-degree burns on her legs, buttocks, and hand in the 2013 incident. She still has physical and emotional scars, she said.

A Riverside County Superior Court jury awarded her nearly $1.9 million in a lawsuit she brought against the electronic cigarette’s distributor, VapCigs; its wholesaler, Cartons 2 Go; and the Corona store where she bought it, Tobacco Expo. Her product liability lawsuit charged that businesses in the supply chain were “involved in the distribution of a product that failed to conform to any kind of reasonable safety expectation … and failed to warn about known dangers.”

If you can prove that you’ve been injured using E-cigarettes – whether by nicotine poisoning or by a battery explosion – you are entitled by law to full reimbursement for your medical treatment and related damages. An experienced lawyer can evaluate your case and offer the advice and guidance you need. If you or someone you love is injured using any consumer item, arrange as quickly as possible to speak with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney.

Legal Marijuana Could Be Dangerous

Posted on: October 14, 2015 by in Features
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If you become injured in southern California using any consumer product that should have been safe to use, you need to be reimbursed for your medical expenses and related losses. In other words, you need to speak promptly with an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer. Many defective products are merely nuisances, but when you are injured by a prescription or an over-the-counter drug, the consequences can be catastrophic for your health, and you’ll need the maximum available reimbursement.

One Colorado man recently filed a product liability claim over his medical marijuana. The target of the lawsuit, LivWell, Inc., owns nine pot shops in Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana use last year. LivWell operates one of the largest grow houses in the world, an asset they protect with pesticides. Flores’ attorney told the Los Angeles Times: “They are growing hundreds of thousands of plants indoors under lights, and now they are seeing spidery mites, fungus and other plant diseases they fear will wipe out millions of dollars of profit.”

It is the first product liability lawsuit against the marijuana industry. The lack of any federal guidelines for growing pot underscores the continuing problems in an industry still considered illegal by the U.S. government. Flores himself said, “These warehouses are getting big and really sloppy. They are adding chemicals to make things more efficient and more potent.”

If you have been injured in southern California using any consumer product that should have been safe to use, you are entitled by law to full reimbursement for your medical treatment, days lost from work, and all of your additional injury-related expenses. However, that entitlement doesn’t mean you’ll simply be handed a reimbursement check. You’ll have to prove that you were injured and that the product that injured you was contaminated or defective. If you’re injured using any consumer product in southern California, obtain the legal help you need and contact an experienced Pasadena product liability lawyer as quickly as possible.

The Cost Of A Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on: October 5, 2015 by in Features, Personal Injury
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Every year in the United States, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) contribute to thousands of deaths and cases of permanent disability. If you sustain a traumatic brain damage in a southern California traffic accident, and a negligent car, bus, or truck driver is at fault in that accident, California law entitles you to full compensation for your medical care – past, present, and future – as well as reimbursement for all lost income and all other injury-related expenses. If you or someone you love suffers a traumatic brain wound – now or in the future – because another driver was negligent, schedule a consultation as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year in the United States. 52,000 die. 275,000 are hospitalized. Over one million are treated and released from an emergency room. While a price can’t be placed on the cost of the emotional and physical issues that arise, a price can be placed on the financial burden of a brain wound. It’s estimated that a mild head injury costs $85,000, a moderate injury costs $941,000, and a severe traumatic brain injury costs $3 million. Children up to 4 years old, adolescents aged 15 to 19, and adults 65 and over are the groups most at risk for TBI.

High-quality, long-term care for TBI patients is costly, but a good personal injury lawyer will fight aggressively on your behalf for the maximum available compensation. Your attorney will examine every detail of the case, and if necessary, will consult with brain damagespecialists and accident reconstruction experts. If you sustain a TBI in a traffic accident in the Pasadena area, Los Angeles County, or anywhere in southern California, you deserve compensation, and you deserve justice. Don’t wait. Speak today with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.

When The Street – Itself – Is Dangerous

Posted on: September 11, 2015 by in Features, Personal Injury
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Careless, negligent drivers are the top reason for traffic accidents. Defective vehicles and defective vehicle parts are also the cause of substantial numbers of crashes. When you are injured because a driver is negligent or a vehicle is defective, you can file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation for your medical expenses from the driver or vehicle manufacturer. But what if poor road conditions are to blame for an accident that injures you? Sometimes government agencies or their contractors may held responsible for a poor highway design, negligent or careless construction, or a failure to keep the roads safe and well-maintained.

If you’re injured in southern California in a traffic collision caused by substandard road conditions, you’ll need some legal assistance from an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney with considerable experience in cases involving government agencies. A road’s design or a temporary condition such as road construction is often a factor in catastrophic highway accidents. Poor road conditions can include:

  • misleading or inadequate signs
  • poor visibility
  • construction zone negligence
  • signs, fences, or other objects too close to the road
  • inefficient or inadequate storm drainage
  • potholes

If you’re injured in a crash caused by poor road conditions, let an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney thoroughly study the conditions that led to the accident, identify the responsible government agency or contractor, and gather proof of the negligence. If necessary, your attorney will obtain the services of accident reconstruction experts, civil engineers, and road safety specialists who may be able to offer convincing evidence on your behalf. If you are injured in an accident because of poor road conditions, do not speak to any insurance company, accept any settlement, or sign any insurance documents before retaining the counsel of an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. After any accident with injuries in southern California, retain good legal help and make the call immediately.