Personal Injury Newsletters

Contribution and Indemnity

When a plaintiff is injured by two or more defendants’ tortious acts that join to cause the injury, each defendant is “jointly and severally liable” for that injury. This means that the plaintiff may recover the entire amount of damages from any of the defendants. The defendants, in turn, may seek contribution or indemnity from each other.

Invasion of Privacy–Disclosure

The law provides everyone with some basic rights to privacy. Privacy is the general right to be left alone and free from unwanted publicity. Unreasonable invasion of one’s privacy causes harm.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

With the increased number of elderly people in our population and the increased number of elderly people who reside in nursing homes, there has been an increase in the number of tort actions involving nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Although both federal and state agencies are responsible for inspecting and regulating nursing homes, many nursing home residents are being subjected to situations that may constitute abuse or neglect.

Rules Regarding the Speed of Motor Vehicles

State transportation or vehicle codes regulate the speed of motor vehicles. The codes set forth the maximum speed limits that apply to a particular highway or street. The codes also set forth the general duty of a motor vehicle driver to drive at a safe speed in accordance with the conditions of the highway or street.

Tort Liability of Members of the Armed Forces

Members of the armed forces are generally immune from liability for damages to another person or to the other person’s property as long as the members were acting within the scope of their employment or their official duties and as long as the members were following a lawful command. The immunity applies to the members who were issuing the lawful command and to the members who were obeying the lawful command.