Summer Safety: Don’t forget playground safety

Playgrounds are fun – at home, in a public park, at camp or on private property, but at the same time, they can be dangerous. We here at MyPhillyLawyer.com don't want to ruin your summer, but it's a good idea to at least be thinking about playground safety at this time of year. You want to be sure to protect your families while they are playing outdoors and at the same time protect yourself from...

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Summer Safety Tips: Home Swimming Pools and Your Responsibilities

Summer is almost here, but your home swimming pool has probably been open for a few weeks and life is feeling pretty good. That's great, but don't be complacent. There are a myriad of safety and legal issues for you to be thinking about in connection with your pool, and it's much better to think about them before something tragic happens. [caption id="attachment_799" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image credit: © iStockphoto.com/jane"][/caption] Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas...

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Stupid traffic law: Ohio court rules that cops can ticket you for speeding if it “looks like” you’re speeding

Now here's a truly bogus traffic law. In a 5-1 ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that police officers can pull you over and legally ticket you if it "appears" to the officer that you are speeding. [caption id="attachment_794" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image credit: © iStockphoto.com/Stratol"][/caption] No radar is needed. No mechanized speed checks required. No VASCAR timing has to be set up. None of those are needed in Ohio anymore. Nope.  Just a...

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Should licensed drivers be re-tested every few years? Insurance study says one in five drivers has forgotten many basic traffic laws

It's bad enough that many drivers on our roads today are operating vehicles while using cell phones, texting, eating or undergoing other distractions. Now a new annual survey from GMAC Insurance shows that one in five licensed drivers couldn't pass a written test that covers basic driving laws in the states where they live. That's not something to feel good about. Essentially, according to the survey, one of every five drivers who are operating vehicles...

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Detroit police involvement in accidental shooting death of 7-year-old girl must lead to changes

Police departments across the nation can learn lessons from this tragedy There's no argument to the idea that police officers obviously have incredibly difficult, complex jobs. They have to deal in the pressure of the moment with unpredictable, dangerous and violent suspects who commit crimes.  Sometimes, they can't instantly recognize who the bad guys are and who the good guys are.  Every day, they also have to deal with people who have been victimized by...

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Update: U.S. Supreme Court makes the right decision by banning teen life sentences without parole in non-murder cases

Back in November, we wrote here that sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison without any chance for parole is cruel and unusual punishment and should be outlawed when their crimes don't include murder. Across our nation in non-homicide cases, 129 teens are serving life sentences without parole, including 77 in Florida, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. No teens in Pennsylvania are serving such sentences. In cases that do involve murder,...

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Is cursing a crime, or is it free speech?

Imagine you are driving in traffic on a public street and another driver cuts you off. Imagine going to a sporting event and watching a player on your favorite team doing something that really irks you, like dropping a ball. Or imagine walking down a street on the sidewalk and having an outrageously loud vehicle drive by, disturbing the peace. How would you react to any of these scenarios? You might angrily yell something out,...

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Bad cops: When the police can’t be trusted, we are all endangered

It is one of the nightmares of a free society when bad cops break their oaths and crush the very laws they are sworn to uphold. That's what happened recently in Camden, N.J., when one Camden police officer pleaded guilty in March to federal conspiracy charges. According to reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the officer and at least four of his fellow officers "planted evidence and threatened suspects with arrest if they did not provide...

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Video Blog: Statute of Limitations

Have you been injured in an accident? Generally, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. It is important that you contact a lawyer right away so as not to miss your opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In this month's video blog, Attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer explains the exceptions to the general statute of limitations...

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