premises-liability

Premises Liability: 4 Common Types

If you’re  a business owner or facility manager, the law says you’re responsible for the safety of visitors, employees, customers, vendors, and sometimes even trespassers, while they’re on your property – this is known as premises liability. And it holds true whether you own or rent the premises where you do business. Most of the…

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In Brief: What Is a Forensic Expert?

Court proceedings and crime investigations often require the proficiency of a forensic expert, an expert witness who gives forensic-related judgements and assessments or testifies in court during a trial or hearing on the merit of his or her specialized knowledge and understanding. The opinion of a forensic expert is valued because it can explain an…

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An Inmate’s Access to Health Care Is Mandatory by Law

Providing an inmate’s access to health care – adequate health care, to be more specific – is not only the socially responsible thing to do, it’s mandatory by law. In fact, there are only two groups of individuals who have the constitutionally guaranteed right to access medical care: Individuals remanded to mental health facilities, and…

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Body Cameras – Part 2: Why They Belong in Policies & Procedures

As discussed in our previous blog article, Body Cameras – Part 1: Weighing the Pros and Cons, there are arguments that can be made for and against the use of police body cameras. Further, to reduce the negatives surrounding the use of body cameras, agencies often now adopt policies and procedures regarding body cameras, train…

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Body Cameras – Part 1: Pros & Cons

Are body cameras a solution for reducing incidents caused by interactions between police and the communities they serve? At best, in reviewing current and ongoing incidents involving police actions in communities, it’s evident that the environment for law enforcement officers throughout the U.S. is both tumultuous and difficult. Without consideration for fairness, a handful of…

Inmate Gamesmanship – Part 4: How the Inmate Benefits

In this final article in our series on inmate gamesmanship, we’ll explain the various ways that the inmate benefits from the evolving relationship between themselves and correctional staff. Unaware of the growing scheme into which an employee is being drawn, the manipulation continues. By no means is this a quick or easy process; however, alert…

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In Brief: 3 Types of Lawsuits Where Expert Witnesses Can Have a Big Impact

Attorneys turn to expert witnesses to give testimony that will improve their chances of winning their cases in a variety of different circumstances. Below are three types of civil lawsuits where expert witnesses can have a big impact on the outcome of a case. 1 – Medical Malpractice Testimony from medical experts is more of…

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Better Policies & Procedures Can Reduce the Risk of Inmate Lawsuits

Do you worry about the possibility of an inmate lawsuit, a case where the inmate alleges that your agency or facility has violated their constitutional rights? Inmates’ constitutional rights are well discussed, understood, and included in most organization’s policies and procedures. Yet, inmate lawsuits are more prevalent than ever. The Prison Litigation Reform Act, passed…

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In Brief: Expert Testimony vs. Lay Testimony

Expert testimony and lay testimony can both be beneficial to have on your side during litigation in court, but what’s the difference between the two types of testimony? Expert Testimony vs. Lay Testimony The biggest difference between expert testimony and lay testimony is that expert testimony can include types of information not permitted in lay…