UC Berkeley Law School recently honored alumnus, Jules Bonjour ’66, with the prestigious Judge D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award. The award was bestowed in recognition of Mr. Bonjour’s distinguished career as a criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, and leader in the legal profession for more than four decades.
Michael Thorman has established himself as one of the top litigators in the Bay Area and in Northern California. He is also a distinguished alumnus of Stanford Law School, Class of 1974. He recently participated as an expert trial lawyer for the Stanford Trial Advocacy Workshop by critiquing students giving mock closing arguments. The central philosophy of the Trial Advocacy Workshop is that skills are best acquired in an experiential manner by seeing and doing. Consistently considered one of the top law schools in the country, Mr. Thorman has helped train a select group of students at Stanford Law School on the skills of trial advocacy for over a decade.
Bonjour, Thorman & Burns values giving back to our community by being actively involved in numerous organizations, including the Alameda County Bar Association. Megan Burns was recently sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Bar Association. The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is a voluntary bar association, established in 1877, with a membership of 1,500 lawyers, judges, law students, and legal associates. As a professional resource for lawyers, the Bar provides educational programs, practice-building opportunities, networking and social events, as well as leadership development opportunities for its members. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.
Reports of elder abuse and dependent persons abuse are on the rise throughout California and the entire United States. In this article we delve into what exactly makes up dependent abuse so you are able to spot it and the steps to how you can help. Elder or dependent persons abuse is defined as a single or repeated series of actions that causes harm or distress to an older person or a dependent such as a child or a disabled person. It is often done at the hands of a spouse, parent, sibling, or even caregiver. It is complex but knowing your rights is necessary to understand the magnitude of these actions. If you are in or around the areas of Pleasanton, Fremont, or Oakland, Bonjour, Thorman, Burns and Dahm is your best resource for making sure you and your loved one are protected. Here is some more information about dependent persons abuse and what you can do to help.
Who is Considered a Dependent?
A dependent person is defined as someone who is between the ages of 18 and 64, who either needs assistance to carry out daily activities, protect their rights or is admitted to a hospital for at least 24 hours. Those who are over 64 are afforded more rights as a senior citizen. Laws governing dependents are similar to those governing elders.
What Constitutes Dependent Abuse?
Abuse of a dependent is abuse of someone ages 18-64 and can range from financial abuse, emotional abuse as well as neglect or abandonment. Some examples include stealing money or benefits, depriving the subject of vital needs to their wellbeing and physical harm. In California there laws that allow dependent abuse victims to obtain restraining orders for protection against their abusers. If you are in or around the areas of Pleasanton, Fremont, or Oakland, the experienced attorneys at Bonjour, Thorman, Burns and Dahm can be of service.
What are the Signs, Symptoms and Prevention of Dependent Abuse?
Symptoms vary widely but can include bruises, fractured bones, sprains, sudden injuries, or even non-physical signs like lack of trust or not wanting to be approached. As far as prevention, it is not fair or right to blame the victim for any poor treatment. With this in mind, a restraining order can often be helpful or necessary to prevent further harm to the victim. Anyone can report abuse and obtain a restraining order on behalf of themselves or a loved one. Some ways to prevent the abuse from continuing and maybe halt it completely are to retain control over one’s belongings, maintain close connections with friends or family, and be careful with what information you share especially with someone who has a history of misconduct.
Seeking Compensation for Victims of Abuse
When vulnerable people are abused, there are special laws in place to protect you and your loved ones. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the state and federal laws protecting the vulnerable members of our society, including children, dependent adults and elderly individuals, and we have the experience to help you navigate through this very difficult situation. Contact us at Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm for a free initial consultation to learn more.
Abuse can be at the hands of a spouse, close family member, paid or volunteer caregiver, neighbor, or another resident (in a nursing home or other institution). Many times these cases involve more than one defendant – for instance institutional abuse if the abuse has occurred at a care facility. Our attorneys are caring and compassionate, spending time with our clients to fully understand all aspects of their physical and emotional injuries. We will work closely with you every step of the way to make sure you understand your choices and help you make the best decisions for your situation.
Dependent Persons Abuse
Dependent Persons abuse is defined as the abuse of someone between 18 and 64 with mental or physical disabilities that keep him or her from being able to do normal activities or protect himself or herself. If you or a loved one is a dependent adult and has suffered physical, sexual or psychological abuse or neglect, we will work tirelessly to hold the other party responsible.
Contact us at Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahms for a free initial consultation.
Car accidents are becoming more common and it is heartbreaking to consider being the victim of one of these accidents. If you or someone you know is a victim of a vehicle on pedestrian accident, you may be wondering what the next steps are for protecting yourself and your rights. If you are located in or around the Oakland, Fremont, or Pleasanton area, contact Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm for support. Here are five preliminary steps to take if you are injured in a pedestrian accident.
1. Remain Calm and Alert
It is very understandable to be traumatized and upset if a car hits you. However, do not scream, curse at or belittle the driver in any way. Try to remain as calm as possible. Becoming upset will not only make you lose your temper, but may work against you. Take deep breaths, remain alert and remind yourself that you are going to get through this experience.
2. Call the Police Immediately
If you are lucky enough to have some control over the next phase of your recovery, be sure to dial 911 before anything else. It may be hard to want the worst outcome for someone, but it is important that they are held accountable. Having the police there to document the incident will help you regain some control and ensure the incident doesn’t escalate.
3. Get The Driver’s Information
While you wait for the police to arrive, be sure to get the driver’s information, the same as you would during an automotive collision. Get insurance information, a phone number, drivers’ license, and anything else you might deem necessary. Take pictures and video as evidence. Most of your evidence may not be useful, but having as much as possible could prove invaluable later on.
4. Take Care of Injuries
It is important to not force yourself up and try to move if you are seriously hurt. You can risk your injuries getting worse. Try to get other people to stop traffic and help you or have you wait there until help arrives. It’s better to wait it out then force yourself to be active, especially in this situation. Move off the roadway if at all possible to avoid further injuries.
5. Call a Lawyer You Trust
After you have handled any medical issues, be sure to contact a lawyer for additional advice. If you are located in or around the Oakland, Fremont, or Pleasanton area, contact Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm for more support. Our lawyers have extensive experience in obtaining the best possible recovery for your accident injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Specialists
Whether you were riding a bicycle or a pedestrian, our lawyers have extensive experience in obtaining the best possible recovery for your accident injuries. Given the unprotected position of a bike rider or a pedestrian, serious injury can often result from a collision with a motor vehicle. Often the fault of such an accident lies with the driver of the vehicle and not the bicyclist or the pedestrian. Contact us at Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm for a free initial consultation. If the other party does not offer you a fair settlement, we will take your case to trial. Many accident attorneys are inexperienced trial attorneys and force settlement rather than face trial. Hiring an experienced accident attorney can make a significant difference on how large a recovery you receive. Contact us at Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm for a free initial consultation.