Legal Liability for the Acts of Minors

In most states, the age of majority (when a person is recognized by law as an adult), is 18 years of age or older. A “minor” is a person who is under the age of 18. When a minor breaks the law or causes damage or injury to another person, an animal or property, their […]

Product Liability and Gas Explosions

Propane gas tanks may pose a grave danger due to their extreme flammability. Local and state jurisdictions are addressing the problem of fires and explosions caused by propane tanks by taking stronger safety precautions and providing education regarding gas tanks, in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by the tanks. Propane […]

Coverage for Losses from Accidents with Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists

Almost every state in the U.S. requires that drivers have liability automobile insurance, although the amount of coverage that is required varies. The sad fact, however, is that many drivers fail or refuse to comply with this insurance requirement. Insurance industry studies indicate that the uninsured motorist population in the U.S. has grown; as many […]

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

Financial recovery for emotional distress damages is not a new concept. The U.S. Supreme Court has described emotional distress as “mental or emotional harm, such as fright or anxiety, not directly brought about by physical injury, but that may manifest itself in physical symptoms.” Claims arising out of a physical attack, defamation, or invasion of […]

Vehicular Accidents and the “Enhanced Injury” Doctrine

In many accidents, injuries do not result solely from the accident itself. Defective vehicle design or manufacturing may also be responsible for the injuries. For example, when a car equipped with a defective steering column crashes, the passengers are likely to suffer more severe head trauma than would have been caused by a crash alone. […]