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Personal Injury

Action by a Parent for a Tort against His or Her Child

In accordance with general tort principles, a person who injures a child through his or her tortious conduct is liable to the child for the child’s damages. A parent who is entitled to the child’s services or who has a legal duty to provide medical treatment for the child is also entitled to damages from the person for the person’s tortious conduct towards the child.

Invasion of Privacy – Disclosure

The law provides everyone with some basic rights to privacy. Privacy is the general right to be left alone and free from unwanted publicity. Unreasonable invasion of one’s privacy causes harm.

The Death on the High Seas Act

In 1920, the United States Congress enacted the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). Originally, the purpose of DOHSA was to help the widows of seamen who died in accidents at sea. Under DOHSA, a widow could file a wrongful death action against the seaman’s employer or the owner of the vessel on which the seaman was working at the time of his death. The scope of the DOHSA has been greatly expanded since its enactment.

The Jones Act – Overview

The Jones Act is a federal law designed to compensate seamen who are injured while working aboard vessels in navigable waters.

The Medical Care Recovery Act

The federal government operates one of the largest health care systems in the world when it provides medical treatment and benefits to its members of the armed forces. For this reason, the Medical Care Recovery Act (MCRA) was enacted in order to allow the government to recover its expenses from a third party when the third party is responsible for injuries that have been sustained by an active duty service member, a retired service member, or a dependent of an active duty or a retired service member.

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