Avoid Legal Issues during Your Summer Vacation

School will soon be out for summer, which likely means you are in the midst of planning a vacation for your family.  By following the tips below, you can avoid potential legal issues that might arise while traveling. Make sure travel documents for you and your family are taken care of well in advance.  For example, if you are going abroad, everyone in your family will need a current passport, which can take approximately four to six weeks to process.  Additionally, you should visit … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself Legally When You Have Houseguests

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is just around the corner.  During the summer months, you may be planning to invite friends over more often than usual to enjoy some time outdoors at your home.  As you do, keep in mind that as a homeowner, you are responsible for the safety of the guests on your property.  If someone is injured on your property, you can be sued, particularly if they were injured as a result of a hazard you were aware of and did not fix.  It is important to always … [Read more...]

What happens if Your Child is injured at a Sports Facility?

Each year, more than 3.5 million children age 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports related injuries.  As a parent, the thought of your child suffering a sports related injury is likely one of your major fears.  After all, nobody wants to see their child going through physical and emotional pain.  If such an incident occurs in your family, you may wonder if you have any legal recourse against the facility in which the injury occurred.  The answer depends upon if the injury was the … [Read more...]

Is Getting Sick on a Cruise Ship Grounds for a Lawsuit?

If illness has ruined your well-deserved vacation on a cruise ship, you may wonder if you are entitled to sue the cruise line for medical expenses and other damages which occurred as a result.  Just as with any personal injury case, your ability to file a lawsuit against the cruise line depends on if you can prove that 1) The cruise line or one of its employees was negligent (did not exercise reasonable care), and 2) That negligence caused your illness. There are three main causes of illness … [Read more...]

What to do when a Mechanic has Damaged Your Vehicle

The ability to get from place to place, such as from your home to work or to the grocery store, is a key component of your daily life.  Therefore, when your car breaks down, it is a major inconvenience, and you trust in a mechanic to fix your vehicle the right way the first time.  So what happens if you leave your vehicle with a mechanic and it is returned with issues that weren’t present before you dropped it off? There are two types of claims that you may be able to pursue.  First, if there … [Read more...]