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Water is a fundamental resource required for human survival. For federal, state and local governments, ensuring that this resource is available and safe Drinking Water Faucetfor consumption is important for the well-being of their residents. In order to provide protection against contaminated drinking water, there are laws in place that set minimum safety standards and response measures to minimize the risk of water contamination and the number of people affected. However, even with laws in place, contamination does occur and it is important to understand the laws, risks, response options and liability when things go wrong.

Safe Drinking Water Act: Laws to Prevent Contaminated Drinking Water

The Safe Drinking Water Act, which was passed in 1974 and updated in 1996, is the main federal law that is designed to ensure the quality and safety of drinking water for the United States. The Safe Drinking Water Act authorizes The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national standards for drinking water to protect people against health issues that arise from exposure to harmful water contaminants, such as lead and salmonella. EPA works with states, local governments and water suppliers, who carry out these standards, to help ensure compliance.  The Safe Drinking Water Act standards apply to public water systems, which include over 150,000 systems across the U.S., that serve more than 300 million people.

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PoliceBrutalityIf someone wants to sue the police for brutality or the excessive use of force, that person has to file a civil lawsuit. We’re going to take a closer look at what that lawsuit process typically looks like.

Police Conduct and Immunity

If you are considering suing the police for brutality or misconduct, you need to understand the idea of qualified immunity. Generally speaking, police officers cannot be sued for the actions they take while on the job as long as they perform their duties within reasonable bounds. If this happens, you cannot successfully file a lawsuit against the police or the organization that employed them. This immunity is designed to allow police to do their jobs without the constant worry of being sued for anything and everything they do.

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AssaultPersonal injury cases not only arise out of situations involving negligent actions, but also intentional actions, such as assault and battery. In an assault and battery personal injury case, one person intentionally threatens to harm, or actually does harm, someone else without the victim’s consent. When this happens, the victim can sue the person who intentionally inflicted the harm for assault, battery, or both. Assault and battery tort cases can be a little confusing to those who don’t have a legal background. So, to help clarify many of the issues involved and explain what an assault and battery case is all about, let’s take a look at some commonly asked questions.

What is an assault?

An assault is an intentional threat to commit violence against another person. When someone assaults someone else, the aggressor threatens the victim with physical bodily harm. This threat, or action, has to be intentional, and must not only be aimed at causing the victim to actually feel fear or apprehension of being hurt, but must also result in the victim experiencing that fear.

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nursinghomeinjuryWith the number of senior citizens growing by about 20,000 every day, more people than ever have a parent, close family member, or loved one in a nursing home environment. Unfortunately, the number of elderly people who suffer injuries as the result of abuse or neglect in these facilities is also on the rise. Not only that, but the number of cases actually reported every year may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nursing home abuse and neglect injuries.

So what are people to do when they believe that their loved ones have been injured as the result of elder abuse or neglect? What options do you have? How can you help your elderly loved one?

Today we are going to start a two-part discussion on some essential issues surrounding eldercare abuse and neglect. As always, if you have specific questions or need legal advice, you should always speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

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SpinalInjury2In our last blog post on spinal column injuries, we looked at some basic information people should know about the spine, the spinal cord, and the spinal column. Today we are going to look at some additional questions about spinal column injuries, their causes, and what legal options a person with a spinal cord injury might have.

As always, you should talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer if you need advice about spinal column injuries, or simply have questions about your options. Only a lawyer can tell you what you should or should not do in your situation, and you should never make any decisions about your case until you have received the legal advice you need.

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SpinalInjurySpinal column injuries can be devastating. Not only can they last for the rest of the injured person’s life, but they can alter that life in any number of ways. Anyone who suffers a spinal column injury needs to speak with an attorney right away. Recovering your medical bills, receiving compensation for lost wages, as well as seeking payments for pain and suffering, are all issues that require legal advice.

It’s also a good idea to educate yourself about some common spinal column injury issues. Many of these issues surround medical or legal concepts that most people have little experience with. To help you get a better grasp of these concepts, let’s take a look at some frequently asked spinal column injury questions.

What is the spine?

Many people refer to the spine as the backbone. It’s the collection of bones that runs from your head down your back. The spinal column, or spine, includes both the collection of bones, as well as the bundle of nerves, tissues, and other body parts that are connected to them.

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Bar Fights, Personal Injuries, and Security

When it comes to going out and having a good time at the local bar, club, or restaurant, most people don’t worry about the possibility that they might end up getting hurt as a result of a fight or physical confrontation. But the reality is that these types of situations are fairly common, and thousands of people suffer injuries every year as a result of assaults that take place in public places.

If you are injured in a bar fight, what are your legal rights? Though the answer to this question is somewhat complicated, let’s take a look at some of the issues this question involves.

Risk, Security, and Personal Injury Liability

The combination of large crowds, music, entertainment, and alcohol that bars, clubs, and restaurants provide is something that a lot of people enjoy, but it’s also something that can be a recipe for unruly and violent behavior. Even if you only go out to have a good time, don’t get drunk, and don’t act inappropriately. You can suffer serious harm if someone else decides to start a fight.

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Child Sports Injuries And Your Legal Options

Whether it’s a twisted ankle on a soccer field, a head injury from football practice, or a broken bone from cheerleading, child sports injuries are something parents around the country have to deal with on a daily basis. While most injuries are minor and don’t require medical attention, serious injuries can irrevocably alter the course of a child’s life. Let’s look at the facts.

Child Injuries: The Statistics

A child sports injury can occur in any sport at any time. Even when properly trained adults provide supervision and take all reasonable precautions, no sport is ever free of injury risk. Consider the following:

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I Was Hurt on My Bike. What Now?

Bicycle Accident Injury Introduction

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 700 cyclists die every year as a result of a bicycle accident involving motor vehicles, while over 32,000 people suffer injuries as a result of such collisions. Even though accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles are fairly rare, they can lead to lifelong injuries for the cyclist, not to mention the terrifying experience of such an event.

Bicycle Accident Injury Next Steps

Whenever you are riding your bike and are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, there are specific steps you need to take in order to protect yourself and your ability to recover damages in a potential lawsuit. Here are some practical steps you can take.

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Railroad Accidents

According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, there are over 130,000 miles of railroad tracks in the United States. The trains that run along these tracks crisscross the American landscape, transporting heavy freight, agricultural products, and people from one location to another. The rail lines they follow often cross one another, cross over and under roads and bridges, and wind through tunnels. These conditions frequently place both passengers and freight trains in close proximity with pedestrians, vehicles, and buildings, and unfortunately accidents can happen.

Common Railroad Accident Types & Statistics

The most common types of accidents that occur include highway-rail accidents (e.g., train-car, train-pedestrian), train derailment, train-train collisions, and single-train accidents. Statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis reveal that a combined total of over 11,300 accidents occurred on America’s railways in 2011. Single train accidents accounted for 17.7% of all reported accidents in 2011. Only 5.27% of these involved passenger trains, and only 1% involved the release of hazardous material. Deaths, injuries, and occupational illnesses to railroad employees accounted for 65% of all accidents reported in 2011. With specific regard to the passenger train industry, only six deaths were reported in 2011; however, a total of 1,512 individuals were injured in railroad accidents.

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