Ways to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen any time of year. However, during the winter, slip and fall accidents occur more frequently. This is due to inclement weather causing slippery floors and walkways. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls. These are just the number of people that go to a hospital emergency room. Think about the countless others who slip and fall, but aren’t hurt seriously enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room. Because this is such a common type of injury, it’s important to be on the lookout for things that might cause you to slip and fall. Wet Floors If Read More

Rick Patterson Named 2014 Top 51 Most Influential People in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Valley Signal Newspaper recently named Senior Partner Rick Patterson one of the 2014 Top 51 Most Influential People in Santa Clarita. This is the ninth year in a row he has received this honor. “Each year, Signal Multimedia receives dozens of nominations for the region’s top movers and shakers. This year it received 120 nominations, making the selection task difficult,” said Publisher Russ Briley. Rick Patterson has devoted the last several decades to supporting the Santa Clarita community in a variety of ways. Since 1998, he has served as president of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation, which has been instrumental in developing school sites for public schools and generating $25 million dollars in net assets for the Read More

Sharing The Road With Cyclists

In Southern California, the temperate weather presents year-round opportunities for cyclists to be on the road. However, with more bicyclists on the road, the unfortunate reality is that accidents happen between cars and bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports in their most recent survey that 726 cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012. Read More

Founding Partner Rick Patterson Featured in The Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal

Founding Partner Rick Patterson was recently spotlighted in The Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal (SCVBJ). The SCVBJ, is the premier business-to-business and consumer resource publication of The Signal, the Santa Clarita Valley’s daily news source since 1919. Our firm was honored to have Rick spotlighted in this distinguished publication. SCVBJ Business Editor Jana Adkins sat down with Rick to talk about his legal career, the challenges practicing law in California poses, and how OPO helps clients avoid major legal pitfalls. Read More

Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

During the summer months, you may notice more motorcyclists on the road taking advantage of the warmer weather conditions. Although motorcycles may look sturdy and strong, they can be quite fragile.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2012, an increase of 7 percent from the prior year. Sharing the road with motorcyclists safely is critical to accident prevention. Read More

Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

As older age approaches, driving can become more difficult. According to the California Highway Patrol, the older driver population in California is nearing 2.9 million. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be over four million Californians age 65 and older. Read More

Kids Are At Increased Risk For Bicycle Accidents

As spring approaches, and the weather gets warmer, many people start to pull their bicycles out of the garage and take them for a spin. As good for your body and spirit as biking is, sometimes we forget that it can also be dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, in 2011, 677 people were killed and 48,000 injured in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents in the United States. 91% of the bicyclists killed weren’t wearing helmets. Read More

The Realities of High Risk Driving Behaviors

It’s hard to miss the recent dramatic media coverage of celebrities involved in drag racing, high speed car accidents, and chases, some of them ending in fatal collisions that made international headlines. The recent tragic accident involving Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas occurred just miles away from OPO’s corporate office in Valencia, CA.  Society’s fascination with speed is nothing new. It’s a long-standing tradition in television and movies to glorify high-speed chases, drag-racing and eluding the police, all in the name of "speed."  Read More

Slip and Fall Incidents on the Rise During Winter Months

Slip and fall accidents happen when you least expect them. According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to emergency rooms each year. Read More

OPO Wins $25 Million Verdict for 4-Year-Old Injured in Hit and Run Accident

A 4-year-old girl’s life was changed irrevocably when she was run over repeatedly by a hit-and-run drunk driver while playing with her siblings. At trial we made sure that justice was served for this girl and her family when we obtained a $25 million verdict on behalf of Mireyli Gomez, the second largest personal injury judgment in Riverside County history. Read More