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Man suing city after nearly being killed by falling tree

A man is suing the city of San Diego after losing the use of his legs when a palm tree fell onto his Mission Hills home in January 2010. The incident nearly killed him, and he may have to have his legs amputated.

The man’s lawsuit contends that the accident is rooted in budget cuts to the city’s tree trimming and inspection services. The suit argues that had these services continued, inspectors would have found the tree dangerous and taken measures to have it fixed or removed.

City officials disagree, claiming that the city can only be held liable for dangerous conditions that are already known. They hold that because no one made any reports that the tree was diseased or in otherwise poor condition, there is no way they could have known it was a hazard and therefore the city should not be held liable for the accident.

The man’s attorneys estimate that his lost wages and medical costs could total as high as $8 million. His mobility now comes from a motorized chair, and he cannot care for his 12-year-old autistic son as well as he used to be able to.

The case is set to go to trial in San Diego Superior Court on Monday.

While this man was injured at his own home, being hurt as a result of dangerous conditions on another person’s property can be grounds for a premises liability claim. If you have sustained an injury due to someone’s neglect of a hazard on their property, a premises liability lawyer may be able to help you seek the compensation you need to pay your medical costs and make up for any lost wages.

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Smoked seafood products recalled for bacteria contamination

Today, Pomona-based Foremost Foods International Inc. issued a recalled of some of their seafood products sold under the Pangasinan brand name.

The recall concerns smoked seafood products which could potentially cause botulism in people who consume the product.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalled Pangasinan smoked seafood products “have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria which can cause life-threatening illness or death.”

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should throw them out even if they do not appear or smell spoiled.  The products were sold between March 2010 and October 2011 in California, Nevada, and Washington.

If you or someone you know has become ill from eating a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 to learn more about how we can help you.


13 deaths and 72 illnesses linked to contaminated cantaloupes

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 deaths and 72 illnesses have been linked to a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms in Colorado.

The recalled cantaloupes were distributed to stores in 24 states, including California.  Reports of illness have come from 18 states, also including California.

Contaminated cantaloupes should have stickers stating “Rocky Ford,” “Sweet Rocky Fords,” “Colorado Grown,” “Jensenfarms.com,” or “Distributed by Frontera Produce.”

Officials say that the strain of listeria bacteria from the contaminated cantaloupes is most likely to affect people with compromised immune systems and the elderly.  The median age of people who have become ill from consuming the cantaloupe was reported to be 78-years old.

If you or someone you love has become ill from consuming a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-296-0123 today.


Fresh & Easy market recalls baby spinach

The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced the recall of Organic Baby Spinach after a random sample tested the product positive for listeria monocytogenes.

The Food and Drug Administration conducted the random test sample and found that one bag tested positive for the bacteria. There have been no illnesses reported because of the product at this time.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious infections in babies, elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Other symptoms include headache, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

The recall involves the bags of salad with a ‘Use By’ date of August 1. Consumers can return the product or bring a receipt to the market in order to receive a full refund.

If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-269-0123.


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