It is often said that no one is above the law, a popular refrain that aims to instill a sense of equality in one major facet of society. While it is generally true that the law applies equally to all citizens (at least on its face), special interest groups that represent a particular class of people are sometimes able to successfully lobby for legal immunities, which precludes the possibility of legal liability in particular situations. This can present a problem, as when someone is injured as a result of negligent behavior, we rely on tort law to make them whole again. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.
Examples of these legal immunities vary from state to state. For example, owners of a major league baseball park in Phoenix cannot be sued by fans who have been injured at the game, even though some of the designs implemented by these owners have been shown to increase the risk of injury. Several states have also passed laws to protect car dealerships from lawsuits resulting from defects in the design or operation of the cars.
In a highly publicized example of legal immunity, the MGM Casino in Las Vegas, the site of the horrible mass shooting on October 1, 2017, is testing a legal theory that it should be immune from any lawsuit brought by victims and their families. MGM is citing a law passed after the September 11 terrorist attacks that shields security providers from lawsuits in the case of terrorist attacks. MGM has therefore commenced lawsuits against the victims and survivors, seeking a ruling in federal court that will grant them this immunity. Regardless of the outcome, legal immunities present interesting questions surrounding the nature of liability and the efficacy of tort law to compensate victims who have been injured through no fault of their own.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of the negligent acts of another, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert. R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!