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Washington, District of Columbia 20036

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Personal Injury Newsletter
The Eggshell Skull Rule
 
Suppose that a mugger approaches a jogger on a street, hoping to steal the jogger's wallet. In order to disable the jogger, the mugger strikes him on the head. Unbeknownst to the mugger, the jogger suffers from a rare medical condition that has made his skull as thin and fragile as an eggshell. Therefore, the mugger's assault kills the jogger. Under the "Eggshell Skull Rule," the mugger is liable for the death of the jogger, even though the jogger's death was unintended and unexpected.More...
 
TORT LIABILITY OF LANDLORDS
 
A landlord is generally not liable for dangerous conditions on premises that are leased to a tenant after the tenant takes possession and control of the premises. The landlord is also not liable for failing to make repairs or for injuries that are caused by defects in the premises unless the defects are hidden or concealed. The landlord's lack of liability for dangerous conditions or for defects applies to the tenant and to any person who enters the premises at the tenant's invitation, which person is also known as an invitee. The landlord's lack of liability applies to both personal injuries and property damages.More...
 
Governmental Immunity from Suit
 
If a party is injured by some act of a governmental unit, official, or agency, he may or may not be permitted to sue. The reason that he may be barred from suing is because of "sovereign immunity." Traditionally, this doctrine protected governmental units, officials, and agencies from liability based on their tortious acts unless they had consented to being sued. Now, this immunity has been waived in large part and only applies in certain circumstances.More...
 
The Collateral Source Rule
 
The "collateral source rule" is a legal rule that prevents a defendant from introducing evidence that a plaintiff has received payment from a third party. For example, a plaintiff is injured in an automobile accident with a defendant. More...
 
Attorney Malpractice Liability to Client
 
A client may hire an attorney to prosecute an action against another party, defend an action against the client, appeal an action involving the client, or prepare transactional documents for the client. In each of these tasks, the attorney may not perform as he is required. In such a case, the client who suffers damages may bring a legal malpractice action against the attorney. An attorney commits legal malpractice by failing to use the skill, prudence, and diligence that attorneys of ordinary skill and capacity would use in performing their legal tasks. The client's action may be based on breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, or negligence.More...
 
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