Informed consent is the legal concept that requires doctors to disclose and adequately explain pertinent information to a patient so that the patient can make a voluntary and informed choice to accept or refuse treatment.  Legally and ethically, patients have the right to make decisions about what is done to their bodies, and physicians have a duty to adequately inform patients about the risks and benefits of medical procedures, drugs, therapies, etc., and to obtain the patient’s consent to the proposed treatment after adequately informing them. 

A slip and fall accident can occur at any time in almost any location, from the wet floor in a ski lodge to a dangerously uneven sidewalk.  Not every situation is the result of a negligently designed or maintained surface, but some are.  There are several different types of slip and fall cases resulting from negligence, which fall within a legal concept sometime referred to as “premises liability”.

Frank Maea is taking legal action after a bar tender at Willie's Lounge, Salt Lake City, refused to serve him because of his race.  The incident accumulated widespread media attention when Maea posted a video he recorded from the bar, shared on Facebook more than 5,000 times.  Bar owner, Geremy Cloyd, apologized to the media days after the event for the actions of his staff, but admitted he had told them they could turn Polynesian customers away because of troubles he had with some in the past.  

According to some sources, as of April 11, 2016 there have been over 13,881 shootings of which 3,521 have resulted in deaths, and 7,124 injuries.   Of the 13,881 total incidental shootings, 670 were accidental shootings, which is the second ranked cause of shootings in general; and of the 7,124 injuries and 670 accidental shootings, 1 is our client who was injured by a bullet fired into the air during a fireworks display.  Remember the old adage, what goes up must come down?  Apparently, others need a reminder.