Normally we think that only people can be charged with crimes. That is generally true, but there is an odd wrinkle in the law that actually allows inanimate property to be charged with being involved in crimes. The law allows law enforcement to seize property that is involved in the potential commission of a crime, and that seizure does not have to abide by many constitutional measures.

What is Civil Forfeiture?

Initially used to fight the drug wars of the 80s, civil forfeiture laws allow law enforcement to seize property that is suspected of being involved in a crime, even if the owner of the property is not charged or convicted of a crime.

People are visual animals. We believe what we see, and that is true in the courtroom as it is anywhere else. In personal injury trials and car accident cases, visuals can mean everything. That includes the visual of what a car accident victim’s car looks like after an accident.

Variations in Property Damage

We know from common experience that some car accidents result in severe property damage, such as twisted metal and torn off fenders, while some may result in what looks like no more than a dent or scrape. Traditionally, being visual animals, jurors tend to equate smaller property damage with less significant injuries. That is, they have a hard time believing that someone could suffer a significant injury, when their car looks like it has sustained only minor damage.

When a loved one goes into a nursing home, they family will often diligently monitor his or her care and treatment. They may ask if their loved one is eating, if the resident is moving about, and may take general note of the condition of their loved one. A silent killer in many nursing homes is an ailment that often is not readily visible to attending family members – bed sores.

What is a Bed Sore?

Very simply, a bed sore (also called a pressure sore) is a sore that is created when skin has constant pressure put on it, usually by a bed sheet. If you have ever had an area like an ankle or an elbow that was subject to prolonged pressure to a chair or an ill-fitting shoe, you probably know what the start of a bed sore feels like.

In cities and towns in Maryland and across the country, concerned citizens often seek to make their roads safer. They try to get signs or stoplights installed, or other safety devices. Sometimes, victims of accidents want to demonstrate that an area where they were injured is unusually dangerous, or that the area sees an abnormally high number of car accidents.

You would think that the ability to get basic safety and accident data about a public roadway would be pretty easy, but in fact, as documented by a USA Today article featuring a Maryland resident who tried to do just that, getting roadway accident data can be a daunting challenge.

Maryland Resident Can Not Get Safety Data

The New York Times recently reported on a fascinating study of what happens to the brain when the head sustains massive impact. The study was done on a football player, but those who suffer concussions or serious head impact as a result of car accidents or falls can learn something from the results, as well.

Football Player’s Head Studied

The study was done by hooking up a football player’s helmet with sensors and then reading those sensors after the player was hit in the head by another player during a violent tackle. The results may change the way that doctors treat significant brain injuries.

How many times can an injured party sue someone who negligently causes the same injury? Well, common sense would say once, and that is generally true. A defendant can not be forced to pay twice for the same thing, and there is a longstanding tradition in Maryland law that any claims an injured party has must all be brought in one action. Whatever is not brought is lost.

So it comes as a surprise that a recent case addresses a rare situation in which someone may sue a negligent defendant twice for the same occurrence or event.

Child Born With Fatal Defect

Consumer watchdog nonprofit safety group W.A.T.C.H. (Work against toys causing harm) has released its annual list of 2016’s worst toys. By “worst,” the group means toys that it feels are most likely to be dangerous, cause harm, or which have insufficient warnings of potential dangers to children.

The list is as follows:

  • PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY: The group pointed out that some packaging for the toy, which contains small parts, says it is for ages two and older, when in fact, the small parts create a choking hazard for kids that age.

If you are injured in an accident, you may have a lot on your mind when it comes to your case, such as wondering how the jury will feel about your case, what defenses will be used against you, and what the actual case will be like when it comes to depositions or medical examinations.

What are Collateral Sources?

One thing you may not be thinking about are collateral sources, and in fact, you may not know what they are or even realize they are a part of a personal injury case. However, collateral sources are a vital part of what you stand to recover in a settlement or verdict.

The decision to place a loved one or family member into a nursing home can be a devastating one. As painful as it is, it is often necessary, and families often try to console themselves by at least ensuring, to the extent that they can, that the home they choose is safe, clean, diligent, and will create a productive and attentive environment for their loved ones.

There are many resources on steps that you can take to ensure that the home or facility is safe. Certainly, nothing is foolproof—the best, safest companies and businesses of any kind are often negligent—but being alert and aware and doing a thorough investigation of a facility can at leasts minimize the risk of injury.

Resident on Resident Violence

Ride sharing service Uber is in a fight with the State of Maryland and is threatening to pull its service from that state, based on new requirements regarding background searches for drivers. While this sounds like a regulatory squabble, under the surface, the issue may be Uber’s liability for damages or crimes caused by its drivers.

Uber and Liability

Uber is a ride-sharing service the allows private drivers to offer rides to people much like taxi drivers do, and get a share of the fee. Uber has been in a precarious legal position over whether it is liable for crimes caused by its drivers.