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Andrew Ellis Selected as one of the Top 100 Attorneys for Southern California Super Lawyers®

For the 2nd consecutive year, Andrew Ellis has been selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Attorneys by the Southern California Super Lawyers®. The rigorous, multiphase selection process employed by Super Lawyers® ensures the most credible listing of outstanding attorneys. Each candidate is independently researched and evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition.

Only 5% of attorneys practicing in California are chosen to Super Lawyers®, and the Top 100 attorneys in Southern California is an even more limited representation. Lawyers may not nominate themselves but are instead identified by peers and third-party feedback. The patented evaluation process used by this rating service – part of Thompson Reuters — is based on the attorney’s position within the law firm, case results, pro bono work and community service, honors, experience, professional activity, education, scholarly lectures, and outstanding achievements.  

About Attorney Andrew Ellis

Attorney Andrew Ellis

Andrew Ellis is the founder and senior partner of Ellis Law Corporation, headquartered in El Segundo, California. For over 25 years, he has practiced in the area of personal injury litigation, helping clients achieve justice and fair monetary compensation through diligent, personalized legal representation.

Andrew Ellis has been included in the prestigious Super Lawyers list for five years and is honored to be chosen to the 2020 Top 100 Attorneys list for Southern California Super Lawyers®.

Along with his talented colleagues, Andy Ellis passionately advocates for plaintiffs from all walks of life who have been injured through the negligent actions of others. In the past two decades, he has recovered more than $350 million on behalf of clients.

Ellis Law Corporation

Ellis Law Corporation is a client-focused firm that handles a wide range of personal injury matters arising from vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, premises liability, and defective products. In addition to inclusion to Super Lawyers®, the firm was also named to U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the 2020 edition of “Best Law Firms.”

For knowledgeable personal injury representation throughout California, please reach out to Ellis Law. Legal consultations are free and there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation on your behalf.

Ellis Law Surprises Partner Justina Ramon with Office Baby Shower

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Ellis Law celebrated Justina Ramon’s baby shower. Justina is a partner at Ellis Law and has been working at the firm for over 10 years. 

Thanks to careful – and ultra-secretive – planning on the part of her co-workers, Justina was taken completely by surprise by the baby shower celebration.

Justina’s secretary, Xiomara Escamilla, took the initiative and became the head organizer of the baby shower. Initially, the plan was to celebrate two office pregnancies, including not only Justina’s but also that of another highly valued member of the Ellis Law family, Selena Estrada, a legal secretary on staff.  However, Selena’s water broke a few days before the baby shower and she gave birth to a boy.  As a result, plans had to be readjusted! 

We are happy to report that Selena and her newborn baby are doing great.

Xiomara sent out a company-wide e-mail, which excluded Justina, notifying all Ellis Law staff of the baby shower.  In the e-mail, she asked her fellow co-workers – and co-conspirators – not only to participate in the potluck-style celebration but to be fully prepared to join in numerous baby shower games.

The baby shower games proved to be a ton of fun and a great bonding experience. One of the competitions required each contestant to place a paper plate on his or her own head and, without being able to look, to draw a picture of a baby on the plate. Justina judged the competition.

Though the Ellis Law staff is highly skilled and talented in many areas of achievement, blindly drawing babies on paper plates is apparently not one of them. Virtually every contestant struggled to draw anything that resembled a baby.  When Justina presented everyone’s work product, the results could only be described as ranging from “horrible” to “amusing”.  Justina had no choice but to choose the least terrible drawing.

The remainder of the event consisted of fun conversations and laughs with Justina. Even former Ellis Law staff members joined the fun, proving that the strong relationships formed at our firm go well beyond the workplace. 

Everyone in the Ellis Law family is ecstatic for Justina, who is set to become a first-time mom at some point in March. She is expected to have a baby girl and everyone is anxious to know what her name will be.  Over the years, Ellis Law has witnessed many children of staff members grow up and it’s fantastic to know that the company continues to encourage and celebrate growing families. 

The entire Ellis Law staff wishes Justina the best and looks forward to welcoming her baby into the office in the near future.    

Crane Collapses at SoFi Stadium Friday Morning

Just before 8 o’clock last Friday morning, Los Angeles County firefighters were called to the SoFi stadium, where a 340-foot crane had reportedly collapsed. Aerial surveillance showed the toppled crane in a dirt lot just outside of the arena. Authorities say there were no injuries but several vehicles were damaged.

Stationary crane collapses in Inglewood

The general contractor at the Inglewood site, Turner AECOM Hunt, stated that the crane accident resulted in property damage but did not affect any part of the still-under-construction stadium that is slated to open in late July of this year.

 The massive SoFi stadium will eventually host the Chargers and the Rams, and will be the NFL’s costliest undertaking with a price tag of some $5 billion.

Construction of the 70,000-seat multi-purpose stadium began in November 2016.

California Division of Occupational Safety & Health investigates

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident happened when another crane accidently hit the boom of a stationary crane, causing it to fall over. While no one was hurt in the crane accident, the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health says it will begin investigating.

General contractor, Turner AECOM Hunt, released a statement that its own investigations were underway and that the company “works extremely hard to create a safe work environment on site.”

At this point, it is unclear which person or entities may be responsible for the SoFi stadium crane collapse. Operators of cranes and other heavy construction machinery require extensive training to minimize any risk of injury.

Construction companies, general contractors and subcontractors have a legal obligation to ensure their employees are properly trained for the job at hand, and to maintain a safe working environment.

The state of California allows individuals who are injured by the negligence of another to seek financial reparations from liable parties. This means that injured workers, bystanders or pedestrians who are hurt on or near a construction site have the right to seek money damages when evidence of negligence is at play.

Experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers

For over 25 years, Ellis Injury Law has been tirelessly advocating for injury victims throughout Southern California. Our construction accident attorneys investigate all aspects of workplace and construction injuries to determine liability, and can outline your rights for pursuing compensation. Our award-winning lawyers have recovered more than $350 million on behalf of clients, and are ready to fight for you.

Request a free case evaluation today by calling 888-369-0085.

Additional Resources:

  1. ABC 7 News, Crane collapses at SoFi Stadium construction site in Inglewood; no injuries reported https://abc7.com/crane-collapses-at-sofi-stadium-construction-site-in-inglewood/5973576/
  2. Los Angeles Times, Crane collapses at SoFi Stadium construction site in Inglewood https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-28/crane-collapses-at-sofi-stadium-project-in-inglewood

Hearse Thief Crashes Vehicle with LAPD in Pursuit

Hearse, Body, and Casket Stolen Outside a Pasadena Church

funeral candle and flower

A hearse was stolen Wednesday night, as a mortician was dropping off a casket and flowers at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena. The body of an adult female was in the hearse at the time of theft. “Of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & the casket inside the Navigator,” the LA County Sheriff’s Department tweeted just after midnight. 

Good Samaritan Notifies Police, Resulting in Brief Chase 

Police were alerted to the stolen vehicle’s presence near USC at Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street on Thursday morning at 7:43 a.m. A one-minute pursuit ensued when the suspect noticed police tailing him. The chase ended a minute later when the 2017 Lincoln Navigator crashed into several other vehicles while traveling southbound near the Vernon Avenue exit. At least one person was taken to the hospital.

The SUV hearse sustained heavy front-end damage and was towed away — with the body and casket still inside. Later, the remains were transported to an Arcadia mortuary. “Huge THANK YOU to the good samaritan that called law enforcement when they saw the stolen vehicle,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “We also want to send condolences to the family members of the deceased person, who had to deal with this tragedy.”

Suspect Booked on Grand Theft Auto

Suspect 25-year-old James Juarez of Montclair in San Bernardino County was taken into custody without incident. He faces a felony charge of grand theft auto and was held in lieu of $35,000 bail.  

Funeral Home Owner Lies To Decedent’s Daughter

According to Fox 11, a woman named Therese sadly joked that it was “probably her mother’s remains” in the stolen hearse when she first heard about the crash. On her way to prepare her mother’s hair for burial soon after, Chapman Funeral Home in Arcadia called to inform Therese that her appointment was delayed an hour later because “the driver had a flat tire.” When she finally was reunited with her mother’s body, Therese noticed that her mother’s shirt was dirty.

The owner of the funeral home initially refused to answer questions from both Therese and the local reporter. When he did agree to speak, he adamantly claimed the corpse belonged to another family who had been informed of the situation. Meanwhile, the local news affiliate shared with Therese video it had obtained that showed a white casket with gold handles, the same as Therese’s mother’s coffin, being transferred from the wrecked hearse to a new one. Only then did the funeral home reverse its comments and admit that they had not been truthful about the circumstances earlier.

Ellis Injury Law Provides Support in the Wake of Tragedy    

If you find yourself in a situation where something suspicious has happened and answers are in short supply, Ellis Injury Law is here to help. Our team of investigators digs deep into suspicious matters such as this one to get you the answers and justice you deserve. We handle all liability questions and damages issues in cases ranging from car and truck accidents, slip and falls, construction injuries, wrongful death, and more. Contact us for a free consultation. Our clients only pay legal fees upon the successful resolution of their legal claims.

BMW SUV Plummets Two Stories, Lands Upside Down on Another Car in Beverly Center Parking Garage

Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

A white BMW SUV fell two stories from the Beverly Connection parking garage on February 20, landing upside down on another car. The BMW’s driver was transported to Cedars-Sinai hospital, where his injuries were reported as non-life-threatening. The driver of the other car, a silver Nissan, was shaken but unhurt. Two dogs with her in the Nissan were also uninjured.

Neither driver was identified. The Beverley Connection is across from the Beverly Center at 100 N La Cienega Blvd. The crash occurred at 1:20 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

One witness was quoted as saying “I saw it! It was like the movies — a car flying through the air.” Fire department officials said a witness called in to report the accident.

Cause of Accident Unclear

The cause of the accident was unclear. Los Angeles Police Department officials pointed out that the parking garage has concrete barriers and restraining cables to keep cars from driving over the edge. But the height of the barriers and strength of the cables was obviously insufficient to keep the car from driving over the edge of the parking structure.

Observers speculated that the driver may have accidentally hit the accelerator rather than the brakes or may have experienced a medical episode that caused him to drive forward despite the barriers.

The restraining cables were hung with yellow caution tape and appeared to be stretched and droop. The affected section of the structure was closed, but other sections remained open.

Several parking garage users noted that the ability of the barriers and cables to maintain safety was at issue and concerned them.

Management of the parking structure had no immediate comment to reporters.

Liability in a Car Accident

The parties responsible for an accident can be liable for injuries if their responsibility stems from negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care or a duty of care owed to the public.

For car drivers, driving safely and obeying the law constitutes a duty of care. For parking structure owners, ensuring safe premises constitutes a duty of care.

Ascertaining negligence always requires evidence about what caused an accident, and in this case, the causes are not known.

How a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has been in a Los Angeles area car accident, we can help you fight for justice. We work with experienced investigators to determine the cause of an accident and fight to see that you receive the highest damages award possible.

Please call today at 1-800-INJURED to discuss your case with a seasoned Los Angeles car accident attorney at Ellis Law Corporation. Our initial consultation is always free.

Additional Resources:

  1. Car Falls Three Stories from Parking Garage near Beverly Center, 2 Injured. MyNewsLA.com. February 20, 2020. https://mynewsla.com/crime/2020/02/20/car-falls-three-stories-from-parking-garage-near-beverly-center-2-injured/.
  2. Navarro, Heather and Patrick Healy. Car Plummets, Lands on Roof in Beverly Grove Parking Garage. NBC Los Angeles. February 20, 2020. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/car-plummets-lands-on-roof-in-beverly-grove-parking-garage/2313081/

Car Plows Into Anaheim Homeowners’ Front Yard

emergency vehicles

An apparent two-car collision on February 6 caused one car to end up on an Anaheim home’s doorstep after breaking through an ornamental brick wall in the front yard. The other car landed on the sidewalk. One person was shown being transported to the hospital in news footage. The other driver was uninjured.

Police believe that a minimum of two cars crashed at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Rome Avenue at around 10:45 p.m. The home’s residents were home and watching television when they heard a loud crash. The residents were unharmed.

Both vehicles sustained noticeable damage.

Anaheim police are still investigating the causes of the crash. No arrests were made.

Car Accidents and Property Damage

What happens in accidents of this type, where a party who was not directly involved in the crash suffers losses? Well, a property owner or other affected person can bring a lawsuit for property damage against the at-fault party.

The at-fault party is considered “negligent” if they were not operating the vehicle with the ordinary standard of care a prudent person would have used. If they are negligent, they can be liable for both property damage and personal injury caused by the car accident.

Homeowners who were effectively innocent bystanders should not have to pay out of their own pocket to repair damage to their home and yard. The at-fault party’s car insurance should pay, in a third-party claim.

If necessary, an attorney can help you negotiate with the insurance company so that your damages are paid by the at-fault party. If necessary, a personal injury lawsuit can also be brought against an at-fault party and an insurance company.

What Do I Need to Bring a Claim?

If you are in an accident that injures someone, kills someone, or causes $1,000 or more in property damage, California law requires that you report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days.

The accident report provides important evidence of how the accident happened. In this case, and in many cases, the police filed a report. The police report also provides important evidence about the cause of accidents.

Let a Southern California Car Accident Attorney Help

If you or a loved one has been in a Los Angeles area car accident, we can help. Please call today at 1-800-INJURED to discuss your case with an experienced and successful LA car accident lawyer. Our initial consultation is always free.

Additional Resources:

  1. Cars Crash, One Plows Through Orange County Front Yard. NBC Los Angeles. February 8, 2020. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/cars-crash-one-plows-through-orange-county-front-yard/2306228/.
  2. LoudLabs News. Anaheim Car Crash Into Front Yard. February 7, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gm8nXbIO9U

Ellis Injury Law Accepting Lost Stem Cell Cases from CHLA Freezer Malfunction

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Last September, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) sent letters to 56 oncology patients and their families to alert them of a freezer failure which resulted in the destruction of their child’s stem cells. The blood stem cells were harvested early in the young patients’ oncology treatment for possible future use.

According to a CHLA press release, the freezer malfunction was traced back to faulty temperature sensors, and though safeguards were in place to keep tissue samples viable, they proved wholly inadequate.

Freezer malfunction destroys children’s stem cells forever

Blood stem cells primarily live in bone marrow and are important because they produce the different kinds of specialized cells found in the blood. For this reason, they are particularly useful in treating diseases like leukemia, other kinds of blood cancers, and immune diseases.

The problem for these young cancer patients is that many have since undergone radiation or chemotherapy – aggressive treatments that may make harvesting healthy stem cells challenging in the future. Moreover, harvesting blood stem cells (from the bone marrow or blood) is a notoriously painful and lengthy procedure, especially for immune-compromised patients who are already struggling for their lives.

Families who have been impacted by this freezer failure at CHLA can only hope that their child’s disease does not relapse. It is cruel injustices like these that require legal representation of the highest caliber.

Free legal consultation with Ellis Injury Law

If your family was affected by the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles freezer malfunction and stem cell loss, there are legal remedies available. Contact Ellis Injury Law for a free consultation with an award-winning personal injury attorney.

Our legal team provides client-focused advocacy throughout Southern California, and has the resources to hold negligent parties accountable for their wrongdoing.

Our recent verdicts and settlements prove how a qualified attorney can help you get the compensation your family needs and deserves. Ellis Injury Law has obtained more than $350 million in damages for clients over the years, and we are ready to go to bat for you.

There are no fees unless we win compensation on your behalf. Call 888-664-8389 to request a free case review.

Additional Resources:

  1. BIO News, Child cancer patients’ stem cells lost in freezer failure https://www.bionews.org.uk/page_145230
  2. CBS News, Freezer fails at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, destroying stem cells from 56 cancer patients https://www.cbsnews.com/news/childrens-hospital-los-angeles-freezer-failure-stem-cells-destroyed-2019-09-26/

Los Angeles Officials Plead With Drivers To Stop Texting

Despite Los Angeles County’s bold Vision Zero initiative, whose goals include eliminating deaths due to traffic accidents, the number of traffic deaths remains very high in Los Angeles.

LAPD: Plan Can’t Be Achieved as Long as Drivers Use Cell Phones

Los Angeles County officials have been criticized sharply for the relative failure of the plan. But police department officials believe that the widespread use of cellphones contributes to the problem – and that the problem of traffic deaths can’t be stopped until cellphone use in vehicles stops.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore recently called for drivers to stop texting and using their smartphones as they drive. They may be “driving 30, 40, 50 mph … put their head down to pick up a text or handle a call, and they move 100 yards, and they drive over someone,” he said at a news conference, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Moreover, they are modeling unsafe driving practices for the next generation, according to Moore, who noted such drivers are “teaching a generation of children today in the back seat what to do with that cellphone.”

Traffic Fatalities Remain High Despite Vision Zero

In 2019, Los Angeles saw 244 traffic fatalities, a drop of just 0.8% from the prior year. Nineteen were biking and 134 were pedestrians.

Since Vision Zero began five years ago, traffic fatalities have actually climbed one-third. In the first year of the initiative, 2016, the number of deaths actually went up significantly, from 183 to 253.

The launch of Vision Zero set several benchmarks: a 20% fall in traffic deaths in 2017 and a 50% decrease by 2020. Unless fatalities in 2020 drop 100 from 2019 levels, that won’t be reached.

In addition to urging people not to urge cellphones, Los Angeles has put energy and effort into other methods of reducing traffic deaths, including modifying streets, including crosswalks, traffic signals, and intersections to make traffic patterns safer.

Pedestrians represent a high proportion of people killed in Los Angeles – 55% last year and 40% in 2015, versus representing just 8% of those involved in collisions.

A Southern California Car Accident Lawyer Can Fight for Justice

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or other traffic accident that has caused injuries or death, you don’t need to be told that Vision Zero is not working as planned. That is especially true if the accident was caused by a driver texting or using a cellphone in other ways while driving. Make no mistake: using a cellphone for any purpose while driving is against the law in California, unless it is a hands-free phone that is voice-operated.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in any type of traffic accident in Los Angeles, let Ellis Law Corporation fight to see that justice is done, as we have been doing for over two decades.

Please call today for a free initial appointment to discuss your case with an experienced car accident lawyer in Los Angeles.

Additional Resources:

  1. Los Angeles County. Vision Zero: A Plan for Safer Roadways, 2020-2025. https://pw.lacounty.gov/visionzero/docs/SCAG-LACounty-VZ-Action-Plan-ver-D-hiRes-single-11-25-2019-rev.pdf.
  2. Nelson, Laura J. As L.A. traffic deaths stay high, officials plead with drivers to stop texting. Los Angeles Times. February 5, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-05/vision-zero-los-angeles-traffic-collisions-deaths-2019.

Car Accidents Versus Traffic Violence: Which Language Is More Accurate?

Destroyed windshield and front part of car after accident.

Despite efforts to reduce traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area, the number of accidents registered in 2019 appears to be about the same as the number in 2018 – evidence that the Vision Zero initiative, aimed at reducing traffic accidents to minimal levels, is not working as expected. Pedestrians were the victims in over 50% of fatal accidents in Los Angeles as of December 2019.

Yet the statistics have spurred an intriguing debate: is the way in which we speak of traffic accidents part of the problem? The word “accident” implies something that couldn’t be avoided. But some observers prefer the term “traffic violence,” especially when the victims are pedestrians or bicyclists hit by cars.

70% of Accidents Occur on 6% of Streets

“Accident” implies a random event. Yet the blunt fact is that 70% of serious and fatal accidents involving cars and pedestrians happen on just 6% of Los Angeles’s streets. This high-incident zone has been dubbed the High-Injury Network. The frequency and prevalence of serious accidents in the High-Injury Zone is not random; it’s predictable and mappable. This is why many observers feel that “accident” doesn’t cover the nature of what is happening.

Some also argue that to refer to car crashes as “accidents” makes it seem as if no one is ever at fault and that nothing can be done to prevent them.

The term “traffic violence” aims to turn the focus on the actions of drivers. The number one culprit in LA accidents is speeding. Some observers quoted in LAist note that speeding and other traffic violations need to be viewed as potentially violent acts – because, in the context of LA’s streets, they are. The shift in emphasis is not unlike what we have seen in regard to driving under the influence, which over the last four decades went from harmless party-related activity to a potentially criminal act with severe penalties.

A Different Perspective on Solutions

“Traffic violence” also shifts the notion of what can be done to prevent traffic incidents. Street design, traffic signals, and other potentially modifiable elements can be addressed to minimize the possibility of traffic violence. A decade ago, for example, the Federal Highway Administration found that HAWK pedestrian beacons can reduce accidents with pedestrians by almost 70%.

Other people, however, take issue with the term “traffic violence,” feeling that it implies that vehicle drivers set out to do violence. This is a crucial point of contention; some feel that a driver whose car hits a pedestrian should not necessarily be accused of an intentional act. Others quoted in LAist, however, say that the actions that led to the accident, such as speeding, were intentional. A choice was made to violate the speed limit. Others widen the scope of intentionality even more broadly, to include the design of city infrastructure that focuses exclusively on the demands of vehicle traffic rather than walkability.

Let a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Help

Whether you use the term “accident” or “traffic violence,” car crashes and pedestrian injuries and deaths continue to be a serious problem in Los Angeles. If you or a loved one has been in a southern California traffic accident, let Ellis Injury Law help you fight for justice. 

Please call today for a free initial appointment to discuss your case with an experienced and compassionate Los Angeles car accident attorney.

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Delta Flight 89 Dumps Jet Fuel on L.A. Schools, Injuring 60

In an almost unimaginable scenario, children playing at recess at Los Angeles area schools were doused in jet fuel after a Delta flight experienced engine trouble shortly after take-off. Long-term health effects may persist for those exposed to the fuel, entitling parents and their children to pursue their legal right to compensation for their losses.  

Deviations in Standard FAA Procedure Injure L.A. Area Students and Adults

Delta Air Lines Flight 89 experienced engine malfunction shortly after departure on the afternoon of January 14, 2020. Destined for Shanghai, the airliner returned to L.A.X. and landed safely – but only after flight crew members dumped fuel to get the 20-year-old Boeing below its maximum landing weight.

While this is considered a routine procedure to land safely, the aircraft was not flying high enough for the fuel to atomize and disperse, causing it to land on local elementary schools. Normal procedure requires aircraft to fly over unpopulated areas at a higher altitude to avoid exposing people to the potentially hazardous fuel. The FAA quickly released a statement assuring the public that they were “thoroughly investigating the circumstances behind today’s incident.”

60 Children and Adults Were Treated for Skin Irritation and Upper Respiratory Issues

A total of 14 schools and 60 people were affected by the dump, according to officials. Emergency services personnel treated:

  • 20 children and 11 adults at Park Avenue Elementary in Cudahy
  • 16 people at David Starr Jordan High School (South Gate) and 93rd Street Elementary (Avalon Gardens)
  • Six patients at Tweedy Elementary in South Gate
  • Six patients at San Gabriel Elementary in South Gate, and
  • One adult at Graham Elementary in Florence-Graham.

The injuries treated on the scene included skin irritation and upper respiratory issues. Though the symptoms were not life-threatening, that is little consolation to parents dealing with the shock and uncertainty of their children’s jet fuel exposure.

What Can Parents Do After Their Children Were Exposed to Jet Fuel?

The acute effects of jet fuel exposure in children include:

  • Burning eyes
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Convulsions
  • Unconsciousness
  • Pneumonia

A study released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that exposure to JP-5, JP-8, or Jet A fuels can cause dermatitis, decreased immune response, hearing impairment, diminished neurological function, and liver damage. The long-term carcinogenicity has not been studied.

Public health officials advised residents to avoid contact with chemical residue and go home for a full head-to-toe shower with soap and water. Contaminated clothing should be washed separately with regular detergent and discarded if odors remain. Mild skin irritations and upper respiratory irritation should improve on their own in the coming days, but those with lingering health issues should consult a medical provider. Californians can dial 2-1-1 to receive the latest information regarding the incident.

Explore Your Legal Options with a Free Case Review

Ellis Law Corporation is a top-rated Los Angeles-based personal injury firm that has secured over $350 million for local residents who have been injured through someone else’s negligence. If you have questions about your legal rights or pursuing compensation for your suffering, it costs nothing to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. In cases like this, you could be entitled to money to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and an estimated amount of pain and suffering. If we agree to represent your claim, the money for our services comes out of the compensation we secure on your behalf. Contact us to discuss this recent incident. We are here to listen. We are here to help.

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