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Will Jaywalking Reforms Make You Safer?

By Arin E. Berkson, J.D.

California has passed a new law that makes it okay to jaywalk sometimes. Starting Jan. 1, 2023, police officers in California can only ticket pedestrians when their behavior would make a collision likely. California joins Virginia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Philadelphia, and Kansas City, Missouri, which have also recently reformed their jaywalking laws and enforcement practices. So, why is there a push to relax jaywalking laws now? One of the main motivations driving changes to these laws is the desire to reduce racial profiling.

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Daycare Drama: When Does a Prank Become Felony Child Abuse?

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

When does a prank go too far? If you don a “Scream" mask (the one used in the 1996's movie Scream) to scare people, it may be harmless. But what if you do it to toddlers? That is a different story. This actually happened at the Li'l Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, Mississippi. Five day care workers dressed up in the masks as part of a “prank." The would-be “pranksters” chased and shouted at the children. Viral videos on social media show terrified children running from the adults.

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Don’t Be a Turkey: Keep Thanksgiving Safe and Legal

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

While frying a turkey for a gaggle of sneezy nephews, hosting a cornucopia of distant cousins, or stuffing your brother in a pick-up football game, calamity can befall even the most readied merrymaker.  Thanksgiving can bring mirth or misadventure. Our lives are hectic already, and it can feel like we’re jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire if we don’t have a solid holiday plan. With that in mind, here are some practical tips to help you stay safe and within the law this Thanksgiving.

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Disrespecting Our Elders: Who to Call for Older Adult Abuse

By Ephrat Livni, Esq.

Despite the universal admonition that we must respect our elders, people of advanced age are abused across cultures and classes in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates that one in every ten elderly Americans is mistreated by loved ones or strangers.

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Are You Liable for an Older Adult Parent's Car Accident?

By Christopher Coble, Esq.

You should always respect the older adults in your life. But you might also want to fear them on the highway. While our older adult relatives may have a wealth of knowledge and compassion, they don't always make the quickest or best decisions behind the wheel. And as Salon points out, getting older drivers to admit they're not as safe as they once were is difficult, if not impossible. So if you cannot take an aging parent’s keys away, are you on the hook when they plow through a sidewalk full of bystanders?

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Suing for Older Adult Slip and Fall Accidents

By Ephrat Livni, Esq.

Slip and fall injuries are much more dangerous for the elderly than anyone else and they are, unfortunately, relatively common. The problem is that when an older person falls and breaks a bone, healing occurs more slowly or not at all. A minor fall can mean a major life change for a person of advanced age, necessitating full-time in-home care or a move to a nursing home. So let's consider what a plaintiff must prove to recover damages in case of a slip and fall or another injury.

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