September 3, 2010

Trust Beyond Jargon

Trust Beyond Jargon Trust is at the heart of all our relationships. Trust means to believe.  No relationship can survive without trust. This is especially true when you enter into a legal contract with someone. In doing so you trust the person. Both parties expect the contract to be mutually beneficial. In legal jargon this is called “fiduciary” duty. Basically, fiduciary means that both parties entering into a contract (written or unwritten) are  doing so based on trust and confidence. Though the concept of trust seems like a no-brain-er, it is often left to the courts to decide whether or not […]
August 30, 2010

Training Your Wheels

Training Your Wheels While you might not give it give it a second thought, bicycle safety should be forefront in your mind – even if you’re not the one on the bike. After all, when a bike and car collide, it’s generally not the cyclist that comes away the victor. Or the motorist for that matter. Bachus & Schanker’s blog give some great tips on avoiding motorist-bicycle accidents by simply understanding the rules of the road and practicing safer habits. Since bikes are considered vehicles, drivers should remember that they’re entitled to the same traffic rights and courtesies you are, […]
August 27, 2010

Can Laws Maintain the Balance of the Universe?

Can Laws Maintain the Balance of the Universe? We have all heard of laws that protect the natural environment. Laws can help protect wildlife and regulate pollution but, have you ever heard of laws that protect the universe? In 2005 a Russian astrologer, Marina Bai, sued Nasa for “disrupting the balance of the universe.” Bai claimed that NASA’s Deep Impact probe that was due to collide with the Temple 1 comet late 2005 was a “terrorist act.” Bai was asking $300 million which she claimed she had the right of compensation for her “moral suffering” because the collision would affect […]
August 20, 2010

Justice Index

‘Justice Index’? A basic question: Does our court system work and do you understand how? Some out there might give a definitive yes, others a definitive no. Still others might give a more tempered answer. But how do we back up our answer? After all, there’s currently no established way to measure the effectiveness of our court system. Writing in the New York Times on Wednesday, author Amy Bach sets up the problem like this: “In communities across the country, people use statistics on hospitals, schools and other public services to decide where to live or how to vote. But while millions […]
August 13, 2010

Clumsy Me

Clumsy Me Who doesn’t slip and fall? For some people it occurs more often than for others (like myself), but understanding the legalities and differences between each “slip and fall” is crucial. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, every year many people are seriously injured while in someone else’s home or place of business. Many people commonly associate premises liability with “slip and fall” cases, but premises liability cases also include a wide range of situations from dangerous conditions to unsafe methods of operation to inadequate security where liability may be imposed on the owner of […]
August 11, 2010

IPad + Avatars = Your Next Potential Jurors

IPad + Avatars = Your Next Potential Jurors Did you know we are paper free here at Tingey Injury Law Firm? We have gone electronic thanks to the wonderful advances in technology that allow us to share information quickly. One of our favorite tools is the iPad—and cool apps like iJuror. According to the ABA Journal of Law, “Litigators selecting juries can quickly record juror information with this new iPad app. Software developer Scott Falbo designed the application with the help of his wife, Renee, a lawyer with Freid and Klawon in New York state, the Buffalo Law Journal reports. The story […]
August 4, 2010

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Keep Your Eyes on the Road Sorry, guys, now it’s not just your girlfriend/wife telling you to stop ogling those women. Digital Journal this week actually reported that insurance claims attest to men having more accidents during the summer months. The reason? Women in skimpy clothing. Oh please, right? Not exactly. Statistics actually show that 29 percent of men admit to being distracted by short-skirted, bikini-clad women during those warm summer days. Men, in fact, had over 16 percent more accident claims last summer than any other month of 2009. We’re not GQ over here, but it seems like having […]
July 23, 2010

Technology Defines Future Crime

Technology Defines Future Crime Welcome to the future.  It may have started as the movie Minority Report, but it should come as no surprise that an academic says he’s done it.  Richard Berk, a professor of criminology and statistics at the University of Pennsylvania has developed software to predict which defendants on probation are most likely to commit murder or be murdered. What an innovative piece of technology! For example, “When a person goes on probation or parole they are supervised by an officer. The question that officer has to answer is ‘what level of supervision do you provide?’ said Berk. It […]
July 31, 2008

Edwards ending college program

Edwards ending college program Effort sponsored scholarships ROB CHRISTENSEN, Staff Writer Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is pulling the plug on a scholarship program he started at an Eastern North Carolina high school — a program he once promised would be a model for the nation under an Edwards presidency. Edwards’ presidential hopes have evaporated. And he recently informed Greene County officials that he would end the pilot program at Greene Central High School. “We sent a communication out to upcoming seniors and their parents,” said Randy Bledsoe, principal of Greene Central High. “Some are saddened that the opportunity […]