Safety and Health Reporter

2017 General Assembly Update
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What follows is a summary of recent legislation from the 2017 General Assembly.  This summary was actually prepared by Senator Scott A. Surovell who also is …

Rear-end Accidents
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Rear-end accidents typically involve one vehicle striking the rear of another vehicle. There may however be a somewhat different twist on your traditional rear-end accident in that sometimes people actually back …

Medical Malpractice Informed Consent
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Professor George Annas from Boston University’s School of Public Health recently contended at a meeting of the American Bar Association that informed consent was under attack.  He cited the …

Highway Defect Cases

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Roadway Drop-off Cases
Roadway drop off injuries arise in those instances where a vehicle leaves the travel portion of the roadway onto a sunken shoulder and the driver then attempts to …

Handling Fire Cases

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Cigarette Fires
Cigarette fire cases involve interesting issues of product liability law. Many household fires are caused by cigarettes according to injury attorney Brien Roche.  Everybody knows that cigarettes burn and …

Filing Suit in Federal Court

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Filing suit in federal court requires first an analysis of whether that court has what is called subject matter jurisdiction.Subject matter jurisdiction in federal court is based on …

Arbitration Clauses May Not be Enforceable

Brien RocheArbitration clauses may not be enforceable in consumer contracts. That has become the subject of some controversy.  The purpose of the arbitration clause is to force the …

Diet Is The Key

Brien RocheWe are what we eat. That statement has always been true but is probably more compelling now than it has been in the past due to the variety of …

Fairfax County Deck Collapses
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Outdoor decks have become a common fixture on many residential dwellings.  Sometimes the decks are built as part of new construction and sometimes they are built as afterthoughts by …

Legal History

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Freedom Calls
Freedom calls for Frederick Douglass. Douglas began his quest for freedom on a train that pulled out of Baltimore, Maryland. He jumped onboard a rail car designated for …

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