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    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…

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…

On any given day, you could slip on a slick spot or catch your heel in a sidewalk crack, falling hard and hurting yourself. Slip and fall accidents are quite common and are responsible for an untold number of injuries each year. Because they are so commonplace, you may not realize what a threat they…

Most accidental injuries are no one’s fault; no one could have foreseen or prevented them. Therefore, most accidents are not grounds for a lawsuit. Employers, however, almost always bear some sort of responsibility when their employees get injured at work. Therefore, businesses must carry workers’ compensation insurance in order to cover the costs of medical…

  If your only information about the legal profession came from movies and television, you could easily think that lawyers always dress fancy and that they spend a big part of their work week in a courtroom, arguing cases in front of a judge. In real life, though, lawyers spend a lot more time outside…

A professor of criminal justice used to do a class exercise with her students in which, during a lecture in the middle of the semester, the professor’s husband would enter the classroom and say that he needed to talk to her about something important. They would then leave the classroom together, and she would return…

Clickbait news stories often tell of people winning enormous settlements in personal injury lawsuits. The goal of these news stories is either to play on people’s fantasies of, “If only I could get injured under the right circumstances, I could be rich,” or to inspire outrage at plaintiffs bringing frivolous lawsuits about accidents that can…

Most people hope never to have to hire a lawyer for a personal injury case, so when the need actually arises, they often do not know how to choose. Some lawyers advertise with splashy billboards and noisy advertisements on TV, while others let their accomplishments speak for themselves. Many lawyers offer free consultations, after which…

  An important premise of many aspects of the legal system in the United States is that, wherever important decisions are concerned, all the power should not rest with one person. This is the basis for the checks and balances among the three branches of government. Likewise, when a person’s freedom is at stake because…

There is no convenient time for a car accident, no matter how minor. In the movie Changing Lanes, Samuel L. Jackson’s character gets into a minor fender bender on the way to a child custody hearing, in which he hopes to impress the judge with his continued record of sobriety and financial stability so that…

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