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Some of the world’s oldest attested laws prescribe specific amounts of compensation, in the form of money or other goods, to be paid to people who suffered injuries because of another’s negligence. The Code of Hammurabi, written nearly four thousand years ago in what is today Iraq, requires a person to pay financial compensation for…

  If someone asked you to brainstorm things that judges and juries do, you might imagine the jury debating about whether the defendant is innocent or guilty and then presenting their verdict to the judge. Perhaps the jury’s discussion sounds like what you remember from the movie Twelve Angry Men. You might imagine the judge…

Whether you are a professional party planner or just a friendly neighbor who enjoys hosting backyard barbecues on the weekends, you have probably given some thought to the ways in which a fun party can go wrong. Try finishing the sentence “It is all fun and games until …,” and you will end up with…

    A dram shop is a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol; the term remains from the time when bars sold alcohol by the dram, a unit of measurement. Arizona is one of the states with dram shop laws, which state that, if a person causes an accident while under the influence of alcohol,…

  One of the most memorable moments in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the scene in which Benjamin speculates about a long list of circumstances that, if they had gone slightly differently, could have prevented the accident that caused the injury that ended his beloved Daisy’s dance career. It illustrates that…

    Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims in Arizona A wrongful death lawsuit has much in common with a personal injury lawsuit, except that the person who suffered a devastating injury or illness because of the defendant’s negligence is no longer around to sue for damages on his or her own behalf. One…

If you ask a classroom full of children what professions they want to practice when they grow up, it is rare to hear a child say that he or she wants to be a paralegal, unless the child has a parent who is paralegal. While there are romanticized depictions in movies and on television of…

  The Internet is full of celebrations of and lamentations on the 24-7 workplace. For better or worse, an increasing number of Americans have jobs that are not limited to a specific location or schedule. Business etiquette in regard to everything from clothing (yes, jeans can look professional) to correspondence (no, it is not acceptable…

Bullying can make going to school a nightmare for children. Even though schools are taking more steps to prevent bullying and, when it does happen, to stop it before it escalates, children still sometimes suffer for months, being tormented by bullies, before any adults notice or intervene. Generally, bullying escalates slowly. By the time it…

Interstate road trips full of mishaps are endlessly entertaining when they are fictional. It is the detours, vehicle malfunctions, and unexpected encounters with weirdos that give National Lampoon’s Vacation and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles their entertainment value. In real life, though, car accidents are even more stressful when they happen out of state. Beyond the…

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