Personal injury occurs when you are injured due to the negligence of another individual or organization. It can happen to anyone. That means cases range from small to big. Sometimes lawyers will band together small personal injury claims to make an enormous class action lawsuit against a giant corporation. Lawsuits like these help keep big organizations in line when they try to skirt or break the law. Here are a few of the highest profile personal injury cases to watch out for in 2020.
Litigation into Stoneman Douglas High School shooting of 2018 is still ongoing. Attorney Michael Haggard hopes that the recent spate of school shootings will spur legislators to action. He’s also involved in a Coral Gables case representing Maura Binkley’s parents, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit after a shooting in 2018. The case goes to trial in 2020. The parents believe the studio should have provided security for its patrons.
Florida residents are ticked off because the Florida High School Athletic Association recently blocked students from reciting prayers at football games using the loudspeakers. According to the FHSAA, the prayers violated separation of church and state. Lawyers representing Tampa’s Cambridge Christian School says the new rule violates First Amendment protections. The case was dismissed, but lawyers plan to appeal in 2020.
President Trump recently signed a measure to block some robocalls, which is in step with a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision that bars social media giants like Facebook from making robocalls in addition to boosting biometric privacy.
Jay Edelson of Edelson PC said, “The ability to identify people through facial recognition software or through voice analysis or fingerprints is the next big thing.” A lot of lawsuits seek to prevent companies from using these growing technologies from doing exactly that.
Another such case involves litigation against Google for its data-sharing practices with the University of Chicago, most of which effectively skirt federal health privacy laws.
A new measure will not only give members of the armed forces a pay raise, but also allow them to seek compensation for personal injury or medical malpractice that occurred at a government healthcare provider. The new claims are severely limited and must first go through the Department of Defense. Service members are still not permitted to seek traditional litigation in court.
The new measure gives service members only two years to file a claim, which means those seeking damages from injuries must move quickly. Another year is granted to those who make use of the new law this year, though. We can expect some blowback on the Department of Defense because not everyone believes the decisions should fall to them.