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What is Negligence?

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scale and gavelWhat is Negligence? Negligence is when failure to act as a “reasonable person” directly causes injury to someone else.1 Legally, people have a “duty of care” to protect other individuals. For example, you shouldn’t be putting others in harm’s way by texting and driving. Similarly, business owners, property owners, and manufacturers are supposed to ensure that buildings are safe for occupants and products are okay for consumption. (more…)

The Great GMO Debate

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Are GMOs Harmful or Helpful | Hardy Wolf & DowningThe nutrition and ethics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been debated for decades, eventually gaining the attention of President Obama who signed a law in 2016 requiring food manufacturers to disclose which of their foods contain GMOs. While consumer groups lauded the new law’s transparency, there are loopholes that allow manufacturers to avoid disclosing some foods that have been genetically modified. If food agencies like the Federal Drug Administration allow these types of foods to be exempt, are they really that harmful? (more…)

Dog Attack Injuries

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dog attack injury attorneyWhile dogs are man’s best friend they can sometimes lash out in unexpected ways. Animal bites are common throughout the United States, though most only require minor medical attention. In addition to causing physical injury, a dog bite can become infected. To protect yourself and your loved ones it’s important to understand why dogs attack, how bites should be treated and how to avoid them. (more…)

A Song of Laws and Damages: Personal Injury in the “Game of Thrones” – Part 2

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Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon (Image courtesy of HBO via the Telegraph.co.uk)

Game of Thrones’ six seasons of drama and action have amassed a significant body count. While characters of the fantasy series are forced to seek physical revenge for wrongs against them or their loved ones, today’s modern system of law allows victims to pursue financial compensation. In our last blog we discussed the many lawsuits that could be filed against the Stark, Baratheon and Frey families. Read on for part two, chronicling the personal injury caused by even more noble Houses. (more…)

A Song of Laws and Damages: Personal Injury in the “Game of Thrones” – Part 1

Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in HBO's Game of Thrones.

Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in HBO’s Game of Thrones. (Image courtesy of HBO via the Telegraph.co.uk)

HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, based off the books by George R. R. Martin, has become a cultural phenomenon. With the seventh season only weeks away, it’s likely that many fans are taking the time to catch-up or get through their latest re-watch of the entire series. (more…)

Families Suing Jose Fernandez Estate

Hardy Wolf & Downing's take on the families suing the Jose Fernandez Estate

The bodies of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Jesus Macias, were found September of last year after a boating accident resulted in the death of all three men. While previously thought to be an unfortunate accident, results from a six-month investigation by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have recently revealed the true cause. (more…)

Top Causes of Trucking Accidents

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The size of large commercial trucks, tankers, and tractor trailers make them a higher safety risk than other vehicles on the road. Even small errors can lead to major consequences. In most cases, drivers of surrounding passenger vehicles suffer significantly more than the drivers of the trucks themselves. Learn some common causes behind trucking collisions by looking at the infographic below.

If you were involved in a trucking accident contact truck accident lawyers today!

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Calvin Johnson’s Experience with the NFL and Traumatic Brain Injury

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In March of 2016 former Lions receiver, Calvin Johnson chose to retire after a nine-season career with the NFL, despite having what seemed to be at least several years left. While some people assumed Johnson left due to the Lions’ repeated struggles, in his interview with E:60 he revealed that his physical health was the primary motivating factor. After suffering multiple concussions, Johnson ran the risk of falling victim to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if he continued participation in the NFL. (more…)

5 Causes of Distracted Driving

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Even the most attentive drivers are capable of falling victim to distractions, but only recently has Maine become aware of this phenomenon when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are taking steps to reduce distracted driving accidents, which is a major cause of auto accidents across the Pine Tree State.

So what is it that is distracting Maine drivers? You might be surprised which activities tops the list.

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Sumner Redstone Sues for Elder Abuse

Sumner Redstone sues for Elder Abuse

The abuse of the elderly has become a significant public health problem, the extent of which can be hard to truly know. Seniors are particularly vulnerable when it comes to abuse, especially when their cognitive faculties are declining and they are unable to advocate for themselves. We would all like to think that our elders would be afforded the respect they deserve, especially from the people who should be dedicated to their well-being. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. (more…)