March 2018 Archives

Slip and Fall Cases

When you are involved in a slip, trip and fall incident, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out exactly what caused the incident. With seconds, a change in terrain below them, anyone could be sent to the ground with little to no idea as to why they fell. And the fall, just like a car accident, an injury may not become fully apparent until some time after the fact. It's natural for some people to attempt to 'walk-it-off', only to realize minutes, hours, or even days later that you may have been seriously hurt.

Rear End Collisions

Accidents where one vehicle strikes another in the rear are by far the most common form of collisions in the United States. These types of collisions can be caused from driver inattention, following too closely or adverse road conditions.

Product Liability

Products liability refers to injuries caused to consumers by dangerous or defective products. It may also refer to injuries caused to workers from dangerous or defective machinery. Manufacturers of products or machinery are held responsible for any damage caused by the products that they sell and place into the stream of commerce. There are three ways that a company can be held responsible for defective product.

Guide to Testifying in Court

So you're going to court . . . Some in cashmere and some in chains, millions of Americans testify (give a sworn statement) in court every year. Some of those millions will be parties to civil cases ("lawsuits"); others will be defendants in criminal cases ("prosecutions"); still others will be "fact" or "expert" witnesses with knowledge or information about a case. You may be in court to explain a creative left turn, to describe what you saw while looking out a window, or to clarify for a jury some matter requiring your particular expertise. You may be in court to ask for a divorce or a name change or a restraining order, or to fight for your liberty when accused of a crime. You may spend less than two minutes standing behind a podium, or two weeks seated at counsel table. Whether you come to court as a party or as a "fact witness," in a civil case or criminal, with counsel or without, this guide will help you to optimize your effectiveness when you testify.

What follows is not legal advice, but some suggestions from a certified civil trial lawyer as to how to do your best when testifying in court. They are based on experience, observation and common sense. Each case is unique; each judge is individual; and legal customs and practices vary widely. In view of this, the advice that follows, while universal, is also general. Be guided accordingly.

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