June 29, 2020

If you use fireworks incorrectly, and someone is hurt, you are “negligent”. In that case, the victim can make a claim against you for money (medical bills, wage loss, pain, etc.). Usually your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover you for negligent acts, even...

June 29, 2020

As of July 1, 2020, Indiana requires you to PUT THAT CELL PHONE DOWN while driving. The new “no hands” law applies to all drivers. Violations can result in a fine or points on your license. A person may still hold a phone to call 911 to report a bona fide emergency.

May 30, 2019

On July 3rd, 2017, a 10 year old boy from Fort Wayne watching fireworks being set off by
adults lost his eye when a bottle rocket hit it. His parent, and the adults at the party,
underestimated the destructive power of fireworks, and what “safe distance” should have be...

February 13, 2019

We Hoosiers thinks of ourselves as friendly, respectful “rule-followers”. But what must we do when we are driving and come upon a funeral procession? Ask five friends and you are likely to get five different answers. Many believe that motorists must pull over to “sho...

December 9, 2018

Lawyers and judges are not immune to from getting called jury duty, and it happened to me recently.  To say that I had mixed feelings about it is an understatement. “I don’t have time for this”, was honestly my first reaction. Then I felt guilt, since I am not only a l...

November 15, 2018

When a car hits a horse, the crash is often huge, and the consequences can be devastating.  Many people are surprised to learn that there is no “strict liability” in Indiana for the owners of animals who escape and are hit on the roadway by a motor vehicle. Horses, esp...

June 29, 2018

On July 3, 2017, a 10 year old boy from Fort Wayne watching fireworks being set off by
adults lost his eye when a bottle rocket hit it. His parent, and the adults at the party, underestimated the destructive power of fireworks, and what “safe distance” should have been...

May 25, 2018

Indiana law requires all people who drive a motor vehicle to have both uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.  That law protects you from motorists driving without enough insurance, or no insurance at all. (The only exception is if you sign a...

May 3, 2018

B.  “Only mostly dead”: Hospital Lien cases since 2013

The major hospitals in Indiana lost no time after the Legislative defeat in 2013.  They immediately starting “interpreting” the Statute to suit their needs. Much of this relies on creatively cherry-picking pieces of...

April 10, 2018

Few liens hamper the final settlement of a case more than statutory hospital liens.  For many years, § I.C. 32-33-4, the “Hospital Lien Statute,” (“Statute”) had allowed hospitals to charge different amounts to patients depending on the circumstances requiring the pati...

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