Well it appears that Arizona Senator Jon Kyl has been constantly denouncing plaintiff attorneys for representing victims of medical malpractice so no wonder why he has supported a new idea to "reform" our justice system. According to a recent article in the Arizona Republic, Kyl supports the idea of special health courts to "try" medical malpractice cases without juries. Well Senator Kyl, with...
Well, once again, I must rant a little bit about a bill pending in the Arizona legislature providing immunity to police or manufacturers of "police tools" from civil lawsuits arising out of the apprehension of people committing felonies. I read today that the Arizona House has given preliminary approval to House Concurrent Resolution 2049, a bill preventing plaintiffs who suffer injury while...
Do you select your attorney on the basis of which animal mascot the lawfirm included in its advertising slogan? Are you comfortable hiring lawyers who choose a flying animal or a four legged creature as a mascot? Do you make a decision to hire a lawyer on the basis of advertising? Fees? Experience? What criteria do you use to evaluate who to hire for your legal needs? What resources do you...
Under Arizona law, all public records maintained by any state agency, town, or city are supposed to be open to citizens and available for inspection during regular business hours. Unfortunately, some people would suggest what the law says and what actually happens are two different things. I read an article today from a publication known as the Explorer, which covers areas north of Tucson in...
In late February, the United States Supreme Court held that a woman who tripped over her mail left on her porch rather than her mailbox can sue the United States Postal Service for personal injuries arising out of her fall. Today, I read an article in the Arizona Daily Star describing this lawsuit and immediately thought about the McDonalds case involving hot coffee spilled in the lap of an...
Eventually, it is likely to happen to each of us: we're involved in an automobile accident. Now what?Your health comes first. Check around you to see if you or anybody else suffered injuries. If someone suffered injury, render aid where appropriate (by contacting the police or 911 immediately). Do so as quickly as possible. Emergency medical personnel who arrive at the accident scene...
As a follow-up to my recent posting, I thought it would be helpful to suggest looking at Joseph Saunders recent discussion about Taser's products. Click here to review his posting about the Taser product line. In his blog posting, Joseph comments on a new twelve-gauge shotgun style product which apparently is under development.The discussion about alleged defects in Taser products and other...
If you are a member of the United States Military, you can have your cup of coffee but do not expect to be stunned by a 50,000 volt Taser non-lethal weapon as a part of any training exercise. A new study released recently by the Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers recently concluded that Taser stun guns are more powerful and potent weapons than originally envisioned. The...
After I recently posted an article on the topic of identity theft, the Arizona Republic came out with another article discussing the approach to fight identity theft proposed by Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. Quoting Goddard, the Republic states: "This is part of a continuing effort to strike back against identity theft," Goddard said at a news conference, adding that his proposals go...
This is one record, like Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak and Wilt Chamberlain's single game scoring record, that we could all hope would never be broken.Unfortunately we were wrong.Last year, 13 workers died and one was critically injured in construction accidents in Southern Arizona, according to a recent article in the Arizona Daily Star. This broke the old record for 13 deaths/catastrophic...
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