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Sean “Diddy” Combs involved in car accident

Popular music producer, rapper, and actor Sean “Diddy” Combs was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles yesterday.

Sean Combs car accident The music mogul’s Escalade crashed into Lexus RX outside of the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday afternoon. Combs’ driver smashed into the other car as it allegedly turned left in front of the SUV. After the accident, the 42-year-old star was seen lying in the grass near where the accident occurred.

The hotel’s employees rushed out to assist those involved in the accident. It is unclear who was at fault and whether or not anyone sustained any injuries. However, certain injuries from car accidents can sometimes take days or even months before they become apparent.

The Bad Boy Records founder seemed to be unhurt, but issued a statement that he would seek medical attention.

Being hurt in an automobile accident can have serious consequences on your life. It can lead to financial hardship due to car repairs, medical costs, and lost wages. While such financial burdens may be a drop in the bucket for someone of Combs’ vast wealth, they can lead to severe difficulties in everyday people. A personal injury attorney can help those injured through no fault of their own seek compensation for the difficulties imposed on them from the reckless actions of others.


Homeless surfboard repairman loses personal injury case against Junior Seau estate

The homeless surfboard repairman from San Diego who decided to represent himself in a personal injury case against the estate of recently-deceased NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau has had his $100,000 lawsuit denied by a 12 person jury.

Murray “Moose” Lea filed suit against Seau last year in relation to an incident where he claimed Seau nearly hit him with his Cadillac Escalade while accidentally driving it off of a cliff in late 2010.

Lea claims to have sustained various muscle and bone injuries as he evaded being killed by Seau’s SUV. However he showed up late for the first day of court and, during his hearing, failed to provide any evidence of hospital payments, did not furnish a single witness, and could not show any proof of lost income, which he put at $80-$100 per hour. While it was not clear to him why all of this hurt his case, any injury lawyer would have known better.

If you have been hurt due to the irresponsible actions of another person, it is in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney to help you prove your injuries in court. A lawyer can help you make a strong case and prevent you from offending the court. Contact the personal injury attorneys of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 to learn more about how a personal injury attorney can help you in your time of need.


Defibrillator saves man’s heart from stab wound

A 57-year-old San Diego man’s life was saved by his implanted heart defibrillator in a most unexpected way last week.

The man got into an argument with an acquaintance at the elevators near the trolley station that services the Fashion Valley shopping mall. Witnesses saw the acquaintance pull a folding knife from his pocket and stab the man in the chest.

The knife impaled the man’s implanted defibrillator, potentially saving his life. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition, and his 60-year-old assailant was caught by police nearby and arrested for attempted murder.

If you have suffered a serious injury at the hands of another person, you may be wondering if you need an injury lawyer.


DEA locks innocent man in cell for five days

Daniel Chong, an innocent man, was accidentally left unattended with no food or water in a jail cell for five days after a “4/20” DEA raid that confiscated over 18,000 ecstasy pills. Chong, a 24-year-old engineering student, had to rely on drinking his own urine to survive.

He was never arrested and was supposed to be released right away. Chong claims agents said they would release him, and one even went as far as promising him a ride home. DEA officials have apologized for their actions and admitted that Chong should not have been left in the cell.

During his five-day lockup, Chong resorted to eating his glasses out of extreme hunger. He was found suffering from dehydration, cramps, and a perforated lung (as a result of eating glass). He also had self-inflicted cuts on his arms. Daniel Chong can sue the federal government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) of 1946.

If you have suffered an injury through no fault of your own, contact the San Diego personal injury attorneys of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 for a case evaluation.


#17 SDSU men’s basketball wins by 2 points

Yesterday, the #17 ranked San Diego State University men’s basketball team beat Boise State 58-56.

The game was close, but SDSU was ultimately able to come out on top thanks to a free throw shot by Chase Tapley with 7.5 seconds left in the game, putting the team ahead by 2 points.  Boise State had the ball for the remainder of the game, but a three-point attempt in the last second to win the game was unsuccessful.

San Diego’s Tapley scored 14 points, and Jamaal Franklin had 16 points and 8 rebounds.  Last night’s win makes the team’s record 19-3.

The San Diego personal injury attorneys of Ritter & Associates would like congratulate the team on their win and wish them the best of luck in future games.  To read more about last night’s game, see WTSP 10 News.


La Mesa Multicultural Festival this weekend

This weekend is La Mesa’s 16th annual Multicultural Festival.  The event will simultaneously be celebrating Marin Luther King Day and the city’s centennial.

The La Mesa Multicultural Festival is being held on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, which is located at 4975 Memorial Drive, and is free to attend.

The festival features performances by dancers from Ballet Folklorico, Chinese martial artists, and the Helix Charter High School bagpipe band.

In addition, San Diego State University’s Department of Africana Studies chair Dr. Shirley Weber will speak at the event.

The San Diego personal injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates are happy to announce events in the community.  U-T San Diego has more information on the festival.


4th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade in San Diego

Yesterday, the 4th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade was held in San Diego.  The parade started at the corner of 4th and Hilton at 3 p.m. and lasted until 5 p.m.

The parade follows a mile-long route through the Gaslamp Quarter.  At the end of the parade, awards are given to pets for best costume and best duo.  In addition, a talent competition featured the animals’ many talents.

About 300 pets participated in the holiday parade dressed up in costume.  The parade is not limited to dogs and cats and has featured bearded dragons and potbellied pigs in the past.

A poodle named Chewbacca who was dressed as a reindeer won the Best of Show award.  The Best Costume award was given to a pair of dogs dressed as gift boxes.

The San Diego personal injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates hope all enjoy the holiday season.

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Supreme Court restricts damages to amount paid to insurer

Last Thursday, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling that damages in personal injury cases must be restricted to the amount of money a victim pays to an insurer.

The case involved a woman who was injured in a truck accident caused by a Hamilton Meats & Provisions Inc. employee.  After the accident, the woman accumulated $190,000 in medical bills.  However, her health insurance provider, Pacificare of California, reached a settlement with the hospital for $59,691.

The victim sued to receive the total $190,000.  After an initial loss, the woman filed an appeal and won at the Fourth District Court of Appeals.  Hamilton filed an appeal against this decision with the Supreme Court.  The case raised the issue of whether or not a victim could receive damages equal to the total sum stated on the insurer’s bill even if this is not what they paid to the insurer.

The ruling stated, “We hold no such recovery is allowed, for the simple reason that the injured plaintiff did not suffer economic loss in that amount.”

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident in San Diego, contact the San Diego personal injury attorneys of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 to set up an appointment to meet with one of our lawyers.


Car accident victim leaves burn center almost 1 year later

340 days after entering the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, California, a car accident victim who suffered burns on 85 percent of his body has been released.

The 19-year old was in a fiery car accident on August 9 of last year.  The teen was riding in an SUV with friends when they were involved in a 3-vehicle accident on Highway 395.  3 people were killed in the accident and around 12 others were injured.

After the accident, doctors said the teenager had about a 1 percent chance of survival due to the severity of his burns.  The young man had several surgeries to treat his injuries, including 33 skin grafts.

While doctors say that the man will continue to have surgeries, they are glad to see him be able to return home to be with his family.


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