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Are Boats Required to Have Insurance in California?

  California law does not require boaters to insure their boats. Despite California’s policy on boater’s insurance, it is wise to get coverage to minimize risks to your personal assets. Boating insurance is like car or home insurance; it covers

Pipeline burst spills 30,000 gallons of oil in Ventura County

Courtesy of Ventura County Fire

Courtesy of Ventura County Fire

In Ventura, CA yesterday, 29,000 gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline underground. Luckily, the oil stopped in a canyon ravine a quarter-mile away from the source before reaching the ocean or beach – but it still left an unsightly black stain down the arroyo through which it flowed.

It was the 11th spill since 2006 for the operator, Crimson Pipeline, and the cause is still under investigation. Releases attributable to Crimson Pipeline in the past have totaled 313,000 gallons of crude oil, and have caused $5.9 million in property damage.

According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 594 spills of various types of hazardous liquid from pipelines occurred in 2014 alone.  Such spills can cause permanent damage to humanity or wildlife in various ways. These ways include oil working itself into the fur and plumage of animals, impeding their ability to self-regulate body temperature and sometimes causing accidental ingestion of the toxic substance. Such oil can also pollute groundwater, causing a host of difficulties for both humanity and other forms of life.

Legal Significance of Oil Spills and Other Releases of Hazardous Waste

There exist various theories of liability for those responsible for oil spills. The simplest theory is negligence – if someone breaches their duty of ordinary care, resulting in an oil spill which causes injury or property damage, the breaching party is liable for the damages caused by the oil spill. Alternatively, there are federal remedies in place to help deal with the release of toxic substances into the environment. The federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) applies where there is any threat or substantial threat of release of toxic material into the environment. It holds liable “owners and operators” of facilities that deal with waste, transporters of waste, and those who accept the waste for transport to disposal sites. Those entities are responsible for costs incurred by the government in remedying the contamination as well as damages to natural resources resulting from the release of contaminants.

If you know of a release of hazardous substances in the environment or onto property and think someone ought to be held accountable, call an attorney experienced in handling toxic torts and environmental injuries.

Defective & Dangerous Products

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley successfully represent consumers in lawsuits against manufacturers and companies involving defective products and product recalls. Our experienced trial attorneys recover thousands of dollars on behalf of injured individuals in cases involving defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, car defects and more.

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Best Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers

At times, attorneys require further expertise and resources, legally and financially, to resolve a legal matter. We have the team, capability and dedication to handle challenging cases. If you have a case exceeding your resources with respect to workforce or experience, consider contacting our firm. We welcome referrals from firms in Sacramento and throughout the United States.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers, Kershaw, Cook & Talley

We provide free case consultations. If you, or a loved one, suffered an injury due to another’s negligence or wrongful conduct, call our firm. We will examine your individual situation and explain your legal rights. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing injured individuals, in both jury trials and settlement negotiations.

Personal Injury Attorneys, Personal Legal Service.

Kershaw, Cook & Talley is a Sacramento law firm founded on the principle of helping our clients through personalized legal services. With this philosophy, Kershaw, Cook & Talley has garnered a statewide and national reputation for providing outstanding legal representation and obtaining significant compensation for our clients.

Nationally Recognized Personal Injury Law Firm.

We understand personal injury cases are often emotionally and financially straining. Our team of top personal injury attorneys in Sacramento is committed to seeking justice for individuals injured as a result of another's negligence or intentional misconduct. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, our experienced personal injury attorneys will hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.


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-S. Thomas

“Stuart helped me with a case involving a defective hip replacement. He was incredibly responsive to my calls and concerns and really kept me updated on what was going on in the litigation. Even though his office was not in my hometown, he actually flew out to meet with me. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the case and really helped me through a very difficult time.”

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