All posts by Lorrie Ross

Daniel Rodriguez Representa a La Familia de Mario Lares, Víctima De Un Accidente Automovilístico Involucrado Con La Policía

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Daniel Rodriguez está realizando una investigación privada sobre las circunstancias que provocaron este incidente y está buscando justicia para Mario Lares.

Daniel Rodriguez, presidente y fundador de Rodriguez y Asociados esta representando a la familia del Sr. Mario Lares, quien murió después de ser chocado por una patrulla del Departamento de Policía de Bakersfield cuando conducía a casa desde el trabajo. El renombrado abogado de lesiones personales de Bakersfield está realizando una investigación independiente del incidente para determinar la responsabilidad y buscar justicia para Mario.

Segun los informes hechos por el Departamento de Policía de Bakersfield, el accidente ocurrió cuando los oficiales perseguían un vehículo robado la madrugada del 19 de enero del 2023. El Sr. Lares viajaba al oeste hacia la intersección de las calles South Vineland y Muller en Bakersfield, mientras que la patrulla viajaba hacia el sur. La mayoría de las carreteras en esa área están mal iluminadas y solo se utilizan señales de alto para controlar el flujo de tráfico. La Patrulla de Caminos de California notó una señal de alto para los vehículos que viajan del norte al sur.

En una entrevista con las noticias locales del canal 17 de KGET, Rodriguez pidió a la ciudad de Bakersfield que responsabilice a los responsables por sus acciones. Él dice que las acciones de los oficiales deben ser abordadas. “El hecho de que alguien lleve una insignia no los excusa de los mismos estándares que se aplican a todos nosotros,” afirmó Rodriguez.

Rodriguez planea investigar si los oficiales no se detuvieron en la señal de alto o si no siguieron la política del Código 3 – el uso apropiado de luces y sirenas para despejar una intersección antes de continuar. “Si todas esas cosas resultan ser correctas o algunas de ellas resultan ser correctas, eso significa que el oficial violó las leyes y no está por encima de la ley”, dijo Rodriguez.

“Confiamos en que la policía utilizará su poder y autoridad de manera apropiada para proteger al público. Cuando la mala conducta de la policía causa la muerte, las partes y organizaciones responsables deben rendir cuentas”.
-Daniel Rodriguez, Fundador y Presidente, Rodriguez y Asociados

Acerca de Rodriguez y Asociados

Rodriguez y Asociados tiene décadas de experiencia representando víctimas de lesiones personales graves y reclamos por muerte injusta como resultado de la negligencia y las acciones descuidadas de individuos, grandes empresas y organizaciones que ignoran las precauciones básicas de seguridad. Rodriguez y Asociados ha obtenido los 3 veredictos por lesiones personales más altos en la historia del condado de Kern y tiene más veredictos multimillonarios que cualquier otra firma de abogados en el sur del Valle de San Joaquín. Aprenda mas sobre Rodriguez y Asociados aquí: https://www.rodriguezlaw.net/.

 

 

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 12:53 am

Meet Rodriguez & Associates Attorney Jefferson Eberhardt

Friday, February 3, 2023

It was a chance meeting with Daniel Rodriguez while borrowing a book from a friend and peer, that catalyzed Jefferson Eberhardt’s path toward Rodriguez & Associates. Speaking with Daniel in those first casual moments in the office taught him a great deal about the culture and merit of the firm and the pride Daniel’s team takes in their work.

“I immediately recognized that the level of dedication the team pours into each case cannot be matched. Everyone is extremely committed. The firm is comprised of a driven group of individuals who make sacrifices and who constantly seek cutting-edge approaches to jury trials. Rodriguez & Associates is the top. It is rare to have a chance to learn from the master, so I seized the opportunity to work for Daniel Rodriguez.”

Jefferson joined the Rodriguez & Associates team in 2022 eager to develop his skills as a trial attorney as part of one of the top firms in personal injury law. He brings to the firm strong written and oral advocacy skills, discipline, and a background in psychology that allows him a unique perspective into the cases he is involved with and empathetic connections with clients.

Although law was not his initial career choice, if you ask Jefferson’s parents, they would say he was born to be a lawyer. Even from a young age, he was determined to have his voice heard; constructing arguments and negotiating everything from allowance upgrades to shopping trips, complete with contracts and conditions.

Jefferson completed his undergraduate degree as a psychology major, only shifting his interest to law after taking a law course and being fully immersed in what the profession entailed. He entered the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego as a Merit Scholarship Recipient and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2014, after graduating.

“I believe that my background in psychology can add tremendous benefit to my trial skills. It is certainly advantageous in demonstrating empathy for my clients and connecting with a jury.”

After passing the Bar, Jefferson began his law career with a firm working on a combination of employment law, business law, and personal injury cases. Through his experiences with a variety of practice areas, Jefferson learned that he was most drawn to cases involving personal injury due to the monumental impact they can have on families and individuals, and found meaning in fighting for the rights of those suffering tragic wrongs.

“I am constantly inspired by our clients. Hearing their stories and getting to know them personally motivates me to pursue justice on their behalf and help bring them peace.”

Dedicated not only to his profession but also to his personal health, fitness and nutrition are an important part of Jefferson’s busy lifestyle. He uses fitness to balance the stress of the strenuous and time-consuming work expected of attorneys. His personal health has become such an ingrained part of his lifestyle that while attending a required 3-week trial lawyer course in Wyoming he had a set of dumbbells shipped to him.

Although not originally from Bakersfield, Jefferson shares the sense of community and pride that Rodriguez & Associates exemplifies in their work and relishes the opportunities to learn from some of the most experienced and practiced attorneys in the personal injury arena. He is committed to being the best version of himself professionally and personally to stand with our team in helping those who need help the most.

We are so grateful to have Jefferson at Rodriguez & Associates!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 5:10 pm

Vote For Us In The 2023 Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Vote for Rodriguez & Associates, Daniel Rodriguez, Chantal Trujillo, and Joel T. Andreesen in The Bakersfield Californian’s 2023 Best of Readers’ Choice Awards.

We are listed in the following categories:

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You can vote once a day, every day, until Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT, so vote daily!

We appreciate your support!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 3:07 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Named Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Rodriguez & Associates has earned a place on Expertise.com’s Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield list for 2023:

Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield 
Top Litigation Attorney in Bakersfield

In addition, Rodriguez & Associates made the following Expertise.com lists:

2023 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield
2023 Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield

Expertise reviewed 92 litigation attorneys in Bakersfield, CA and our personal injury attorneys were one of 16 chosen based on 25 variables across the following five criteria: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, and Professionalism.

Rodriguez & Associates has obtained the top 3 personal injury verdicts in Kern County history. We have more multi-million dollar verdicts than any other law firm in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We take more personal injury cases to trial than any other local law firm. Learn more about our California Personal Injury Law Firm here.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 7:33 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Named 2023 Best Personal Injury Lawyers on Expertise.com

Friday, January 13, 2023

Rodriguez & Associates has been included in the 2023 Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield list by Expertise.com.

Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield

Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Bakersfield

In addition, Rodriguez & Associates made the following Expertise.com lists:

2023 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield
2023 Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield

In an effort to identify the top lawyers in the city, Expertise.com carefully selects recipients based on the following five criteria: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, and Professionalism.

Expertise reviewed 238 Bakersfield personal injury attorneys and chose Rodriguez & Associates as one of the top 18. 

To learn more about our California Personal Injury Law Firm click here.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 2:11 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Named to Expertise.com 2023 Best Car Accident Lawyers List

Friday, January 13, 2023
Expertise.com has included Rodriguez & Associates in their 2023 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield list.

Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield

Top Car Accident Lawyer in Bakersfield

In addition, Rodriguez & Associates made the following Expertise.com lists:

Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield
Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield

Our Bakersfield, CA car accident attorneys were chosen by Expertise based on 25 variables across the following five criteria: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, and Professionalism.

To learn more about our California personal injury law firm click here.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 2:10 pm

Daniel Rodriguez Listed in Super Lawyers for 15 Years

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Daniel Rodriguez Super Lawyers 2023Daniel Rodriguez, founder and president of Rodriguez & Associates, has been listed in Super Lawyers for 15 years as a top personal injury lawyer.

Super Lawyers is a trusted legal publication known for its annual listings recognizing the nation’s most accomplished attorneys as voted by their peers. The magazine uses a multi-phase selection process of peer nominations, independent research, and peer review surveys to identify honorees.

In total, no more than 5% of practicing attorneys in each state are named to Super Lawyers.

Top California Personal Injury Lawyer Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel has been included in the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney’s™ 10 Best Attorneys in California and listed as a Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Bakersfield for years. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers – an invitation-only group composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the United States. His firm has obtained more multi-million-dollar verdicts than any other law firm in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and has earned the three highest personal injury verdicts in Kern County history.

“Being listed in Super Lawyers for the past 15 years for the litigation work I do is an honor. Helping individuals and families in Kern County get the justice they deserve for the pain they have experienced is why I do what I do.” – Daniel Rodriguez

To learn more about Daniel Rodriguez, click here.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 4:49 pm

Danay Gonzalez Named Partner at Rodriguez & Associates

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Rodriguez & Associates is proud to announce Danay Gonzalez as our newest partner.

Local to the Bakersfield community, Danay clerked at Rodriguez & Associates while attending Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, becoming an attorney with the firm after passing the Bar in 2017.

In her five years with Rodriguez & Associates, she has worked collaboratively with the trial team on a number of sensitive cases that require compassion and deep commitment to clients, expertly handling challenging cases ranging from wrongful death to school sex abuse matters that have gone to trial.

She says of her experiences with the team, “I have learned so much in the last five years. I really feel like I belong here and this is what I was meant to do. I am excited to keep learning. I am truly thankful for Daniel – he has helped mold me into the attorney I have become. His mentorship has given me a lot of confidence and tools to become successful. I look forward to continuing to grow and to be of service to others.”

The firm’s Litigation Director, Patrick Benitez, says of Danay, “Not only have I seen her grow as a fantastic trial lawyer and influencer, but more importantly she has grown into an amazing human being. Our legacy of success will only grow stronger with such an amazing team of new lawyers.”

Through her ambition and hard work, Danay has made a tremendous impact on the firm and in her representation of clients from within the Bakersfield community. We are extremely proud to have her as a member of the Rodriguez & Associates family.

Congratulations, Danay!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 2:22 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Secures $11 Million Wrongful Death Verdict

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Rodriguez & Associates secured an $11 million verdict for a family in a wrongful death case.

On December 1, 2022, a Kern County jury ruled in favor of three young children who lost their father in a tragic incident on his job site, awarding them a total of $11 million in damages in the wrongful death case.

Daniel Rodriguez and his experienced team of trial lawyers at Rodriguez & Associates represented the family, in hopes of helping the children receive justice for losing their father, who was a pillar in their lives.

Andrew Bough, 29, was an experienced truck driver for Cal Lowbed. The general contractor for the project was Orange County based J-Squared General Contractors, Inc. J-Squared General Contractors was hired to move metal material in the form of large Z purlins from Lake Isabella to Bishop, California, on April 15, 2020. The heavy metal beams, which are used to construct the roof and wall joists of a building structure, were to be loaded by forklift into trucks for transportation to the building site. The defendant, Doug Murphy, was operating a forklift loading the beams into truck beds when Bough was knocked from his truck and crushed by a 1,500-pound bundle of steel. Bough was taken to a nearby hospital where he passed away 94 agonizing minutes later.

The basis of the wrongful death claim brought by Mr. Rodriguez and his team of trial attorneys including senior partners Joel Andreesen and Chantal Trujillo, and attorney Danay Gonzalez, was directed at J-Squared’s lack of proper training of their employee, forklift operator, Doug Murphy, which led to Murphy’s improper use of the forklift and unsafe loading of the truck while Bough was still on the trailer bed. Attorneys argued that it was due to the actions of Murphy that Bough was killed and had Murphy been properly trained and had action steps taken to remove him from the forklift when it was clear he was operating it unsafely, this disaster would have been avoided.

Through the thorough investigation conducted by the firm, it was found that shortly before this fatal incident occurred, Murphy had punctured the tire of another truck with the forklift, yet he was allowed to continue working.

In addition to the jury verdict of $11 million, Rodriguez & Associates was also able to secure a significant amount in prejudgment interest and costs of litigation for the family. As a result, the total amount of the award will be approximately $12.6 million.

Rodriguez & Associates has decades of experience representing victims of serious personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from the negligence and careless actions of individuals, large companies, and organizations who disregard basic safety precautions.

Contact our Bakersfield personal injury law office today to learn how our team can help you seek justice.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 8:01 pm

Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Working on an oilfield is a dangerous profession. In an industry that requires working with heavy machinery, combustible materials, and large vehicles among many other hazards, there are a large number of potential hazards. Most oilfield accidents are preventable with proper precautions, yet traumatic and fatal accidents caused by explosions, faulty machinery, or environmental factors, among other variables, continue to threaten the safety of oilfield workers every day.

Oil companies are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment for their employees. Providing in-depth training, appropriate safety gear, and maintaining equipment regulations are all simple ways to avoid accidents that can potentially cause serious injury. When state and federal laws and regulations are not met or are ignored, there is a serious concern for everyone’s safety. When an accident does occur, it is important to hold the responsible parties accountable.

The most recent data from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average of 107 annual occupational fatalities in private sector oil and gas extraction industries from 2016 to 2020. Thousands of other injuries were reported ranging from slip-and-fall incidents to chemical exposures. California reported 90 fatalities across the public and private extraction industries in 2020, of which 40% were the result of slips, falls, or trips. Continue reading to learn about the most common causes of oilfield accidents in the US and how to prevent them:

Blowouts

An oil well blowout is an uncontrolled release of oil, liquid, and gas that can occur when the pressure release systems on the well fail. There is a tremendous force behind a blowout that can cause serious injury to anyone within range. The chief operator should be trained to identify the signs of a potential blowout and be looking for signs of a potential blowout at all times. All mechanical systems of the well pump should be inspected and monitored regularly to avoid system failures.

Explosion and Fires

Oilfield workers are constantly surrounded by extremely flammable materials that can combust from even the smallest spark, potentially causing significant harm. Explosions and fires on the oil field are relatively rare but when they do happen, they can cause horrific burn injuries, fatalities, and damage. Most accidents of this nature are preventable and are caused by equipment malfunction, failure to follow safety regulations, or unsafe drilling practices.

Exposure to Toxins and Chemicals

Exposure to the chemicals in an oilfield can create major long-term medical problems for workers. Benzene is a carcinogen found in crude oil and can devastate a person’s bone marrow and blood, causing leukemia, cancers, anemia, and excessive bleeding. Prolonged low exposure to hydrogen sulfide can potentially cause memory loss, respiratory soft tissue damage, and skin complications, while a high concentration exposure to the same gas can be fatal. Effects of chemical exposure might take years to identify, so it is important to receive medical treatment immediately following a known exposure, keep documentation, and follow all recommended safety precautions.

Injured? We Can Help

Working conditions on an oilfield are unique, unpredictable, and dangerous. It is important to remain cognizant of your surroundings, follow safety procedures, and use good judgment while working. If negligence or an unsafe working environment causes you to be injured on the job site, the experienced team of oilfield accident attorneys at Rodriguez & Associates can assess your case and help you figure out what organizations or individuals are responsible for the negligence that was a factor in the accident that caused you harm.

Contact our Bakersfield, CA office today to connect with an attorney regarding your case, and determine the next steps towards your recovery.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 4:13 pm