Do Stand Your Ground Laws Apply in Injury Lawsuits?

Although we tend to think of criminal law and civil law as separate systems with their own separate set of rules and laws, there is an intersection between them that often occurs. Yes, there are differences legally, but many scenarios will involve both a criminal prosecution and a civil case for injuries or damages. Civil and Criminal Cases can Differ …

Understand the Laws That Keep You Safe on Stairs

Do not take the elevator…take the stairs. It is healthier, and safer in the event of an emergency. Stairs are simple and effective at doing what they need to do. They seemingly have been around since the beginning of time, an elegant and straightforward way of getting up and down that we take for granted every day. Stairs actually are …

E-Cigarettes: The Increasing Dangers of Explosions and Malfunctions

You see them everywhere: Fake cigarettes that do not spew smoke, but rather, send puffs of vapor into the air. Although the users look like they are using a cigarette, they are actually using an e-cigarette (“e-cig”). They have increased in popularity, but recent events have led many to wonder if these devices present more danger than anticipated. What is …

Why do Car Accidents Still Happen So Often?

You would think that with today’s technology, the number of car accidents would be significantly reduced. Between cameras, vehicle “black boxes” and complex crash avoidance systems, we should be able to avoid crashes. There are even people who volunteer to have their cars monitored, so that if they do crash, experts can gather valuable data about how the accident happened. …

When is Law Enforcement Liable for Injuries Caused During Police Chases?

Law enforcement often has to perform a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, protection of the public and upholding of basic fundamental rights is crucial to our system of justice. On the other hand, in order to function as a nation, certain entities need to be able to conduct their business even if it puts others in danger. Nowhere …

Is it Legal to Install a Video Camera inside a Nursing Home?

There are many reasons why nursing home neglect and abuse is considered one of the worst forms of victimization that can happen at the hands of others. One obvious reason is the vulnerability of the victims, who may be infirm and completely dependent on their caretakers. Another major reason that makes nursing home abuse cases so unique from other areas …

The Role of a Life Care Plan and Life Care Planning Experts

When we think of expert witnesses, we often think of needing them to determine who was liable for an accident or to testify as to how products, manufacturing, or chemicals work, or to testify about complex government or municipal codes or regulations. Sometimes we think of them as doctors, testifying on the severity, cause, nature and extent of someone’s injuries. …

No Warning Labels on Products Can Lead to a Failure to Warn Lawsuit

The number of warnings that we see on everyday products that we buy in stores has almost become a running joke. From the well-known “do not try this at home” to the often mocked “do not eat” instruction on products that we do not assume anyone would ever try to eat, the warnings are everywhere. Often, they are so long …

Boating Safety Should Not be Ignored

Although Florida seems hotter than anywhere else in the country, what makes Florida summers unique is how long they last. Unlike in other parts of the country, as a chill starts to hit the air, in Florida, we still have many more months of summer-like weather. With that extended time period comes more time for summer recreation activities. One such …

Can a 911 Operator be Sued for Negligence?

When we think of first responders, we normally think of public servants such as police officers or the fire department. We do not often think of 911 operators, who, despite not physically being at the scene of an emergency, are often the first and most important link to getting help where its needed. Of course most 911 operators do a …