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Young Girl Struck by Car on Christmas Day

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Jaylene Aguirre is currently hospitalized and in critical condition after she was struck by a car on Christmas Day.

Jaylene and her boyfriend were out riding his new minibike in their Hemet neighborhood around 9:00pm when a driver struck the both of them and drove away. The boyfriend, whose name has not been released, suffered minimal injuries, and was treated on the scene.

As reported by her father, Frank Aguirre, Jaylene suffered lacerations all over her body, multiple broken bones, and internal bleeding in her head. She was airlifted to Loma Linda Hospital, where she remains in critical condition and has not yet regained consciousness. 

According to Officer Tabor of the Hemet Police Department, the driver that hit them is still at large. He is suspected to be driving a gray Toyota with front-end damage. Though they have not ruled it out, the police are not aware of any evidence that supports drinking was involved in the accident. The police are asking anyone with information to call Officer Tabor at (951) 765 – 2400.

When Hit and Runs Do Damage

Jaylene’s father has started a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help with his daughter’s hospital bills, but he shouldn’t have to do that.

Hit and run victims shouldn’t be responsible for paying their own hospital bills, and they should be fairly compensated for their losses, pain, and suffering.

The dedicated car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have the experience and knowledge to help hit and run victims get the justice and compensation they deserve. Call Ellis Injury Law today to learn more about what we can do to help car accident victims.

Ways to Exercise Goodwill in LA This Holiday Season

All of us here at Ellis Injury Law believe in giving back to our beloved community, especially around the holidays. And especially this year when things are so tough for so many. This holiday season, our attorneys have donated to LA Trial Lawyers’ Charities, which benefits more than 100 nonprofits serving our local community. Here are some of the best ways you can give back to your Los Angeles neighbors in need:

Join the Los Angeles Toys for Tots drive.

Demand was so high from families in need this year, the local chapter of Toys for Tots had to cut off requests back in November. You can donate a toy in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps to make a difference. Last year, LA County North distributed 125,204 toys to 60,000 children.

Adopt a child’s letter to Santa.

The USPS has operated Operation Santa since 1912, allowing postal workers and members of the community the opportunity to respond to a child’s letter to St. Nick with a wrapped package. You have until December 19 to send your anonymous gift.

Support Meals on Wheels.

This local food delivery service provides more than nourishment for the body. They also deliver smiles, wellness checks, handmade cards, and care packages lovingly assembled by local benefactors. Learn more about the Neighbor to Neighbor program or contact Meals on Wheels West in Santa Monica for delivery driver and other volunteer opportunities.

Help a homeless woman.

On-site volunteering and certain itemized donations are suspended due to COVID-19, but the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles still needs financial donations, supermarket gift cards, clean home kits, and snack packs. Just $25 can provide a woman with a week of housing, food, health care, and counseling services.  

Alleviate a child’s feelings of abandonment.

Much of the vital fundraising and in-person support for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles (CASA) has been suspended. However, they still need general toiletries, sporting equipment, activities gift certificates, comic books, hoodies, MP3 players, laptops, heaters, art supplies, and other Amazon Wishlist items. Your gift goes to vulnerable children ages 0-12 living in poverty. 

Help close the education gap.

The Joseph Learning Lab needs monetary donations and tutors for children who are at risk of falling behind in their studies. As a volunteer, you can assist kids in their coursework during 90-minute online sessions and help reduce the dropout rate.

You can also find your cause through Nonprofit L.A. Works, which connects volunteers with opportunities based on interest, skill set, and comfort level.

This Holiday Season, Stay Home, Stay Safe in LA

The LA County Department of Health advises local residents to stay home with their immediate families over the holidays and avoid gathering between households. As of December 14, California reported 1,615,692 COVID cases and 21,200 deaths. The surge represents a 132.9% increase over the last two weeks. Just over 10% of the tests are coming back positive. 

While it may not be the ideal way to spend the holiday season, Ellis Injury Law encourages all of our clients, friends, and family members to stay at home and stay safe so that we can hopefully bring the pandemic to an end as soon as possible in 2021. We’re all in the same boat, and we completely understand your frustrations during these challenging times. Let’s count the blessings we do have and hang in there a little bit longer!

Latest COVID restrictions in Los Angeles

Church services and protests are constitutionally protected, but local restrictions issued on December 14th include:

  • LA residents shall remain in their homes, except for work, medical appointments, and essential goods.
  • Residents shall not gather indoors or outdoors with members outside their immediate households.
  • Lounges, nightclubs, bars, gambling facilities, indoor play places, and entertainment venues are closed.
  • Museums, zoos, spas, salons, and indoor gyms are closed. 
  • Restaurants are open for takeout-only.
  • Schools are distance learning only, except for select individuals with IEPs, ESL, or special needs.
  • Day camps can remain open but must close for two weeks if more than three cases arise.
  • Fitness facilities may hold outdoor classes as an “essential health service,” at 50% capacity.

These rules are in place at least through December 20. While this is not the way we had hoped the holiday season would turn out, there is no denying the impact the COVID surge is having on the region.

From your friends here at Ellis Injury Law, stay home and stay safe this holiday season. We all send you our warmest wishes for a Happy New Year!

Ellis Injury Law’s Office Holiday Party Was a Blast!

Ellis Injury Law’s annual office Holiday Party was a little different this year due to the pandemic, but despite the smaller than usual crowd, everyone who attended still had a blast!

Safety was our top priority, so we decided to keep the celebration small, with everyone wearing masks. The guest list this year was limited to only firm employees and founding partner Andy Ellis’ assistants. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, no outside guests were invited. Additionally, because so many of us feel like we are suffering from “Zoom fatigue,” we chose not to include a virtual component. Despite the limitations, the safe, intimate gathering held on December 4, 2020, was full of camaraderie and high spirits!

One of the highlights of the Ellis Injury Law holiday office bash was the gift-exchange (and gift-stealing!) game, White Elephant. The rules of the game are as follows: Everyone brings a wrapped gift and draws a number. Player #1 chooses a gift to unwrap. Player #2 can either steal Player #1’s gift, or unwrap a new gift – and so on until all gifts are unwrapped and distributed. There was a great deal of strategizing and some ruthless tactics at play, but in the end, everyone came away satisfied with their gift!

But the best part of our office shindig? Most would probably agree it was the FOOD. We were fortunate to chow down on delicious fare from Paul Martin’s American Grill – the very restaurant where Andy and Lorena Ellis went on their first date!

Ellis Injury Law wishes all of our clients, friends, and family members the very best during this holiday season – and a Happy New Year!

3 Die, Two Critically Injured in Foggy 110 Freeway Guardrail Crash

Three people, two of them teenagers, were killed and two others critically injured after their car crashed into a guardrail on the southbound 110 Freeway at the 105 Freeway on November 23. The collision happened in the Vermont Vista area.

Two 17-year old female passengers in the 2009 gray Nissan Altima, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the vehicle. One of them was later pronounced dead at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, while the other was hospitalized in serious condition. A 19-year old female passenger, who was wearing her seat belt, died at the scene, as did the 17-year old male driver. A 19-year old male passenger, who was not buckled in, was also hospitalized in serious condition.

The accident occurred under heavy fog conditions. The driver of the car veered into the attenuator barrels, barriers designed to prevent vehicles from crossing to the wrong side of the freeway. According to witnesses, the car was traveling about 70 miles per hour when it hit this guardrail.

That is according to a preliminary investigation report by California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer K. Martinez. The crash occurred around midnight, and CHP officers were alerted shortly thereafter.

The victims were all from Los Angeles. The driver was later identified as Luis Daniel Quinonez, although the names of the victims were not released. The CHP continues its investigation into the cause of the accident.

Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, or if you lost a family member because of such negligence, contact the compassionate Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law. We conduct a thorough investigation to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable so that you may receive the compensation needed to pay accident-related expenses and get on with your life. While nothing can bring your family member back if a fatality occurs, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you receive compensation lessening the financial impact of your loved one’s death.

Our dedicated attorneys win 99% of the cases they take on and have recovered in excess of $350 million for our personal injury clients. Call or text us 24/7, or complete our online form, to arrange a free and confidential consultation. All the work we perform on your behalf is done on a contingency basis, so you pay no fees unless you receive compensation. Hablamos Espanol.

Pedestrian Struck and Killed on the 5 Freeway

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A pedestrian was struck by a car and killed on the morning of November 23, 2020. According to the California Highway Patrol, the victim, a man whose age and identity have not been released, was walking in the lanes at the Terra Bella Street onramp to the Southbound 5 Freeway in the Arleta area.

After the accident, the authorities closed several right lanes of the freeway to investigate the incident. Traffic going onto the southbound 5 Freeway from the 118 Freeway was impacted because of the closure.

Ellis Injury Law Helps Pedestrians

Injured as a pedestrian in California? You might be entitled to substantial money compensation through a car accident lawsuit. This compensation can help you cover the costs of lost income, medical expenses, wrongful death, or general pain and suffering.

Ellis Injury Law car accident lawyers have over 20 years of experience fighting for victim’s rights in the state of California. We believe that pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on LA streets, and we are therefore dedicated to helping them in the courtroom. We have the expertise and knowledge necessary to help pedestrians get the justice they deserve.

Call Ellis Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case.  We never charge any fees unless we win on your behalf.

2 Killed in Boyle Heights 60 Freeway Rollover Crash

Ashley Rodriguez of Los Angeles and Bryan Ponce of Highland Park, both 18 years old, were killed on November 20 after ejection from a Honda Accord. The vehile rolled over on the 60 Freeway at the spot in Boyle Heights where it turns into the 10 Freeway. According to information released by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the accident occurred in the westbound lanes at approximately 8:13 p.m., west of Soto Street, at the East Los Angeles interchange.

The Accord was heading northbound on the Santa Ana Freeway when it veered off the road, flew up the embankment south of the freeway, and then rolled over. Ponce, the driver, and Rodriguez, a front-seat passenger, were thrown from the car into the No. 1 lane of the Santa Monica Freeway. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel pronounced both teens dead at the scene.

Another passenger, a teenager in the Honda’s back seat, was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The cause of the rollover crash was still being investigated by authorities.

Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

Rollover accidents can frequently result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a rollover accident caused by another party’s negligence, or if you lost a family member in such an accident, you need the services of the experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law.  Schedule a free case review by completing the simple form on our website or by calling or texting 24/7.

Nothing can bring your family member back if they succumb to their injuries, but a wrongful death lawsuit can hold those responsible for the accident liable. Your loved one deserves justice. Our seasoned attorneys have recovered more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for our personal injury clients. All work we perform on your case is done on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless you receive compensation. Hablamos Espanol.

2 Dead and 7 Injured in Wrong-Way Driver Pileup

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The morning of Saturday, November 1, 2020, saw two people killed and seven injured in a wrong-way driver pileup.

The crash occurred at around 7:00am. A Nissan was driving north in the southbound HOV lanes of the 405 Freeway in Orange County in Long Beach, a city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

The California Highway Patrol received an emergency call about the wrong-way driver and dispatched officers to the area. However, by the time the officers got to the scene, the Nissan had hit another car head-on. The other car was driving southbound in the HOV lane when it was struck by the Nissan.

Sadly, both the wrong-way driver and the other driver were pronounced dead on the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has since identified the wrong way driver as Kaylee Perez, a 23-year-old LA native. The other driver was Manasseh Marion, a 32-year-old who lived in Long Beach.

Seven Other People Were Injured

The two deaths were not the only losses from the crash.

Since the road had poor visibility that morning, eight other cars did not see the crash in time to stop and therefore were also involved in the pile-up. From the other eight cars, two people were taken to the hospital as trauma patients, and five were brought in to treat minor injuries.

The northbound 405 lanes were closed off at Palo Verde Avenue while emergency response teams worked at the site. All traffic was diverted off the freeway onto Studebaker Road until the freeway opened back up at about 10:30am.

Ellis Injury Law Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, Ellis Injury Law can help. Our Los Angeles car crash lawyers have the expertise and experience to get you the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and losses.

Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Wrong Way Driver Involved in 3-Vehicle Accident on Century Freeway

A fatal crash involving 3 cars and a wrong way driver occurred on the westbound Century Freeway in Linwood on October 24. Shortly after 3:00 am, a young man, who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, drove onto the highway in the wrong direction and collided head-on with another car. A passenger in that car was killed, and three other persons experienced serious injuries. A third vehicle was also involved in the accident, but early reports did not indicate whether that vehicle’s occupants were injured.

Weeks or months will elapse before all the facts and details of this accident are determined. The injured parties will incur substantial hospital bills and other expenses associated with lost income and pain and suffering. The deceased victim’s survivors will face funeral expenses in addition to other financial losses that are commonly associated with the death of a beloved family member.

You need skilled legal representation after a head-on crash

For more than 25 years, the wrongful death and personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law in Los Angeles have represented California residents that have suffered serious injuries in automobile accidents, including head-on collisions that have resulted in fatalities and permanent injuries to vehicle occupants.

A personal injury lawyer’s skill in marshaling facts about an accident and demonstrating the full costs of a victim’s losses and injuries is often the determining factor in maximizing a victim’s compensation. We have recovered more than $350 million in damages for our personal injury clients.

Call Ellis Injury Law today

Our attorneys sincerely hope that all southern California residents are able to use our streets and highways without getting into an accident. If, however, you do suffer serious injuries in an accident with a negligent driver, please call our offices for a no-fee consultation with one of our Los Angeles car accident lawyers. You will pay no upfront fees or expenses, and you owe us nothing unless we collect damages on your behalf.

Ellis Injury Law Firm Proud to Donate to Create a Smile Charity

This has been an unusual year, where traditional fundraising events and activities have been suspended, jeopardizing the ability of charitable organizations to fulfill their missions. Ellis Injury Law is pleased to have participated in the first-ever “Roaring 20s: MASKarade” Virtual Gala event for Create a Smile on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. While we missed the opportunity to engage in person with charity organizers and the brave kids and parents fighting cancer that Create a Smile supports, it was still a blast to connect in spirit with so many inspiring folks, and gratifying to see so much money raised for an excellent cause.

Featured speakers at the event included child psychologist Dr. Nicolle Bugescu, and pediatric oncologist Dr. Araz Marachelian, while multi-platinum pop artist Andy Grammer lifted everyone’s hearts with a stirring musical performance.  Our favorite part, though, was the Smile Child Talent Show!

We’d also like to offer our congratulations to Qierre McGlory for being named the 2020 Supporter of the Year and the recipient of the “Dalilah Award.” The award was named this year in honor of Dalilah Martinez, a Smilechild recipient who has gained her wings in heaven after battling cancer. Dalilah was a gifted singer who was able to live her dream for a day by meeting her favorite Princess, Elsa!

If you wish to join us in supporting such a noble cause, visit www.createsmiles.org

Mission of Create a Smile

The mission of Create a Smile is to “take childhood back from cancer” and provide tailor-made experiences to children battling the disease. Quality of life can have just as big an impact as the medical treatments these kids receive. Whether it’s a party, a horseback riding lesson, a new X-Box, or a family trip to Big Bear, Create a Smile is committed to giving kids an unforgettable day that helps them look cancer in the face and say, “I got this.”

Disturbing Statistics on Childhood Cancer

After suicide and homicide, cancer is the leading cause of death among young people past infancy. More than 1,700 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer each year in California alone. Around 1 in every 265 children in the state will develop some form of cancer before they are 20 years old. These statistics are troubling to any parent. Most children diagnosed with cancer will survive into adulthood, but it is imperative that they receive psychosocial support and maintain a positive spirit that promotes healing.

It is unclear why pediatric cancer is so prevalent in California, but one theory is that environmental exposure to toxic chemicals causes random cell mutations. Last year, at least 10 students at Weston Elementary in Ripon were diagnosed with cancer, prompting soil and groundwater testing. Researchers found the carcinogen trichloroethylene (TCE) in the school’s tap water tracing back to a nearby Nestle plant that closed in 1994.

We encourage you to learn more about the life-affirming mission of Create a Smile and to consider donating to this worthy cause.

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