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Jessica Wilson is the 2015-2016 Law Offices of David Michael Cantor Scholarship winner!

lawyer1The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor 2015-2016 scholarship contest ended on November 30, 2016. The essays subject title was “The necessity and value of the presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt in the criminal justice system”. The minimum length requirement was 750 words (about a page and a half, single spaced). There were two individual occurrences which made this year’s contest so remarkable. First, the content of Jessica Wilson’s essay is highly unusual. She focuses on her own mother being tried and convicted for the murder of her father. The second occurrence which made this year’s contest so remarkable was the fact that only seven (7) people bothered to enter the contest in order to vie for the $2,500 scholarship.

The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor has a companion firm (Cantor Crane) that emphasizes only personal injury and civil litigation. A concurrent scholarship contest was run by Cantor Crane during this last year which only required that participants check a box avowing they would not consuming alcohol or drugs and drive; that they would use an Uber if they had consumed alcohol or drugs; and that they would never text and drive. In the Cantor Crane scholarship contest the award amount was $1,000. A whopping 2,997 people entered that scholarship contest, yet only seven (7) entered our contest which paid 2 ½ times more money (but required 750 words of written effort). Both scholarship contests were publicized on the same 30 college websites. As a practicing lawyer for the last 28 years, I am becoming worried that this new generation of lawyers might better be labeled as “Generation A” with the A standing for “Apathy”. Future lawyers, I am calling on you to put in a little more thought and effort than what can be accomplished by merely checking a box or entering 140 characters in Twitter. (more…)

Father Winter Warning

As the seasons begin to change again, we experience a decrease in temperature and an increase in safety hazards. Although winter can be a great time to experience the holidays and snowy weather, it can be a playground of accidents.

This winter be sure to keep your guard up when facing the risks associated with winter weather. Take into consideration these preparation tips to avoid any chance of injury:

Cold Morning Start

As you being your typical morning routine, prepping your car might not be the first thing on your mind. Although many of us are going for that first cup of coffee, it might be a wise time to check out the weather conditions for your daily commute to work.

If you’re in a climate that is prone to frost, ice, or snow; take steps the night before by laying down salt in your driveway. This can help keep you from a slick situation before your day gets started. Another way to combat the freezing temperature is to start your car ahead of time. If your car is in the garage, make sure the garage door is open to let out the exhaust fumes. Having your driveway and car prepared can put you a big step ahead of the game.

Black Ice

Although black ice is something that is out of your control, it would be wise to keep an eye out. Black ice can affect drivers as well as those who might have to commute by foot. Ensure that you’re taking notice of the sidewalk. A simple slip and fall could result in serious harm and a possible brain injury.

Motorists can be sure that when they experience black ice from behind the wheel to avoid slamming on their breaks. This will make matters worse. Instead try to steer the vehicle in a way to where you can somewhat glide back to your path on the road. Many trucks and oversized vehicles will take extra precaution by applying chains to their wheels to avoid any slippery situations resulting in a vehicle accident.

Emergency Contacts

Another great way to cope with the effects of winter is to keep an emergency contact readily available. These contacts are useful for situations such as school closings due to winter weather. Your emergency contact should have the ability to ensure that your children get home safely.

Another benefit of an emergency contact to provide assistance in need of any vehicle issues or accidents. Winter weather poses a threat to all commuters and having someone to aid will be required at some point in time.

Although there are many hacks and tips that can assist you with the harsh conditions of winter, these options are sure to provide you with some useful insight to take the next step to safety. Be sure that you’re taking the necessary precaution this winter to avoid any chance of an accident.

6 Reasons You Should Map Out Your Trip Before Traveling this Fall

The fall season means the holidays are just around the corner and the weather is getting crisper by the day. The holidays can often mean that more vehicles will be on the roads at once. Heavier traffic and frustrated drivers can lead to danger on the roads. Along with the increase in holiday traffic, those warm summer days have likely come to an end. The rainier season approaches, and in some areas this can even mean snow and ice.


It Is a Bad Idea to Talk to Insurance Adjusters after a Motor Vehicle Accident

When you have been in an auto accident that is someone else’s fault, it is a bad idea to talk to the other side’s insurance adjuster. Doing so can cause real problems for your claim outcome. Insurance adjusters know how to get information from plaintiffs filing auto accident claims that can lead to a low payout and they will try to get this information from you. It is always best to gain representation by an experienced vehicle collision lawyer for your person injury case. That attorney can handle all communications and will not jeopardize your case’s outcome, in the process.


How Are Juvenile Crimes Handled In Arizona?

Crimes committed by juveniles in Arizona should not be considered any less serious than those committed by adults, however, they are definitely treated somewhat differently in Arizona than crimes committed by adults. If you or someone you know is facing a juvenile crime in Arizona, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately who understands how to defend juvenile crimes.


Getting Legal Help in a White Collar Crime Case in Arizona

White collar crimes refer to financially motivated nonviolent crimes that are committed by business and government professionals. In the past years, white collar crime cases have made headlines and their frequency has increased in recent years. White collar crimes are often perpetrated by people who are in upper-level positions in business or in the government. They are usually committed by very well educated, smart, and respected members of the society whom people trust. However, these crimes are fueled by the greed for money, which leads to crimes, theft and other violations.


Understanding the Meaning of Loss of Consortium

When a person has been seriously injured, their life changes in many ways. How they live, what they can do, how they interact with their spouse and family, even what they can do for entertainment. While most people understand that part of a compensation lawsuit is to help the injured party recover from these losses, they do not realize how significantly impacted the spouse of the injured party is from the injuries.

Loss of Consortium is a claim that is usually filed by the spouse of the injured party seeking compensation for what they have suffered as a result of their spouse’s injuries. Loss of companionship and intimacy, loss of services the spouse provided prior to the injury, loss of income the spouse provided, and even loss of social contact.

Consortium is a Latin word and is taken from the phrase: “ per quod servitium et consortium amisit” and is translated as “ in consequence of which he lost her society and service.” What this means is that the bond between family members especially that of spouses, is something that is more than just an emotional feeling towards each other. This bond includes everything that the spouses provide to each other including intimacy, social companionship, and personal services.

In most cases, Loss of Consortium is reserved for the spouse of the injured or deceased person that was involved in the accident. However, there are times when other family members, such as a dependent child, may seek damages for the losses they suffered when their parent was injured under the Consortium category.


Brain Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

As a motorcyclist, you have much less protection available to you than people who ride inside of cars. Unlike cars, motorcycles simply do not have the protection of a frame surrounding you while you are riding. This means that you are much likelier to be seriously hurt if you are in an accident. Little stands between you, other cars and the road. Because of the increased risk you face of being injured in a motorcycle accident, it is smart for you to take specific steps in order to avoid injury. In some of these accidents, there is the potential for brain injuries. If your motorcycle is struck, you may then hit your head on the pavement. Whether you are a passenger or a driver, you can benefit by taking steps to increase your safety.


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