December 9th, 2013
What happens next if your close friend or relative has been killed in a fracking accident?
It’s a very real possibility. Last year was a peak year for fatal accidents in the energy industry. Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the death rate for oil and gas workers is more than seven times the rate for industry as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »
December 7th, 2013
Question: I am going to my company’s holiday party. Who is liable if I were to cause an accident there or on the way home? What if I had a passenger in my car?
This is indeed a timely question. The answer is not simple.
Let’s take the easier part of the question first. If you consumed alcohol to a degree which rendered you unfit to safely operate a vehicle (even if you were not legally drunk), your passenger could certainly sue you for negligence. Read the rest of this entry »
December 6th, 2013
Our personal injury lawyer Dave Kline answers the question, “ Are you creating an unsafe environment and exposing yourself to personal liability in connection with your holiday decorations? For example, is there a danger of liability associated with yard decorations, extension cords, lights, garland, etc.”
Answer: Yes, potentially. Negligence law can be applied to virtually any activity. In other words, anything you do can potentially be done in a negligent manner. This is the opposite of intending to create harm. Negligence simply means making a mistake, one that was preventable. Read the rest of this entry »
December 2nd, 2013
Answer: This is a great question. Unfortunately, it happens—more commonly that the person who hurt you has no liability insurance than that he or she fled the scene, but the latter happens too. First off, if the at fault motorist leaves the scene, call 911. That is a crime, the level of which depends on the degree of harm caused (none, property damage or bodily injury). It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident where any property damage or bodily injury was caused. Therefore, calling 911 is the first thing you should do, then try to get the fleeing motorist’s license plate before he flees. Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2013
Let’s talk about snow and ice on your property. This is a tricky subject. We will keep it brief and basic for now. First, every township or city has an ordinance that says how long you have until after snowfall to clear snow and ice from your sidewalk. That is NOT what we are talking about here. This means you can be fined for violation of such an ordinance. It is like being fined for taking out your trash too early. That is a separate question from whether you can successfully be sued. Just because you did, or didn’t, violate an ordinance in how long it took you to shovel the snow does not necessarily correlate with whether you will likely win or lose the lawsuit. Violating it can be used against you in a personal injury lawsuit—but only to a point. Read the rest of this entry »