For the most part, governments at every level, including federal, state, and municipal, are technically protected against personal injury claims that occur on their property under a doctrine called the sovereign immunity rule, which basically means a person can’t sue the government for injuries caused by its employees or which were incurred on its properties. Basically, since we technically own the government, we can’t sue ourselves.
As recent tragedy in Florida should remind parents in Texas, there are very few things in life worse than holding a funeral for your small child. Yet, it happens all too often, and it’s not always from a terrible illness. For example, a few weeks ago, a seven-year-old boy was killed because of an electrical problem with a light in the family’s swimming pool.
Though a lot of weather events can happen in Texas, one thing is always certain; the summer will be either hot and dry or hot and sticky, depending on where you live in the state, And either way, you will be looking to water for relief, which means many Texans will clog the roads to get to the many waterways in the state, including lakes, rivers and beaches. That means it’s time to remind you that it’s always necessary to be extra safe when playing in, on or around the water.
With the end of the year quickly approaching, families will soon be gathering to celebrate holidays across the country. As we enjoy time with our loved one, however, it is important to keep everyone safe. In the bustle of traveling and holiday activities, it can be easy to overlook safe practices on the road and in the home.
Tragedy struck this weekend in Lubbock, when a fatal pedestrian accident occurred. On Saturday, November 8th, 40-year-old Russell Ed Jupe ran into the street while chasing a dog and was struck by a school bus. The school bus was from the Amarillo Independent School District and was transporting 25 students to a swim meet in Lubbock at the time of the incident. This incident is a grim reminder of the dangers posed by vehicles on the road and the diligence needed when interacting with them.
Recent legislation and protests have brought media and legal attention to the topic of forced arbitration. The troubling issue is that many companies are including clauses in their intimidatingly long contracts which state that any complaints from consumers must be settled through arbitration, rather than in court. Arbitration exists as an alternative to a civil claim brought through a state or federal court, in order to lighten the load faced by the legal system. However, when customers have no choice in how to pursue claims, they are denied their Seventh Amendment right to a trial by jury for civil matters.
The seventh amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants Americans the right to a trial by jury if they are seeking compensation in a civil matter. However, the Federal Arbitration Act has created the opportunity to settle disputes through other means instead.
To protect the ability of both plaintiffs and defendants, the 7th Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. This Amendment grants citizens that “the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”