Time to use your imagination! You're a world renowned physician who has literally and figuratively written the book on airway restrictions and the Heimlich maneuver. During your lunch break, you notice a diner at the table next to you choking on his meal. Do you have a duty to come to his rescue? Surprisingly, in Washington, the answer is no. And, if you do, make sure you do so there is no Personal Injury lawsuit that follows.
Dealing with a long term marriage (25 years or more) in a divorce can be a tricky subject. After years of comingling of funds and perhaps a major disparity in education and employment, what is "fair" in Washington may be wholly different than the end result in a different state. Over the last decade, Washington Courts have focused Family Law matters and divorces on equality. Not necessarily giving 50-50 shares equally to both spouses. Rather, the Courts will do its best to put both spouses on equal footing. The pivotal case in this regard was In re Marriage of Rockwell, 141 Wn. App. 235 (2007). The end result was providing an unequal 60/40 split of the assets including retirement toward the wife.
Over the last few months, elementary schools throughout the country are banning one of the last remnants of our youth: tag. No longer will boys and girls playful yell "You're it!" as they trounce through the playyard. In our politically correct and overly cautious society, one might think on first glance that these new policies are both eccentric and overbearing. This may be the case, but the reasoning behind these guidelines is sound. Schools are nervous of Personal Injury litigation.
With all of the new zombie apocalypse shows on television today, it seems only fair that the law get involved in all the fun with a Crazy Lawsuit. In 1986, Donald Miller, a resident of Ohio, disappeared without a trace. There were no signs of foul-play, but after eight years officials came to the conclusion that the drunkard must have wandered off and died. That being said, in 1994 Donald was declared dead and his children began receiving death benefits.