DiBartolomeo Law Offices - May 2018

GET MORE OUT OF GAME NIGHT Use Board Games as a Teaching Tool

Consult the Rules Whether you’re new to a game or an old pro, it’s worth spending some time going over how the game is played. Not only will this help you teach your kids how to play a new game, but these rules also provide valuable insight into the skills the game teaches. Even games of pure chance, like Chutes and Ladders, can teach young kids motor skills, a sense of fair play, and what good sportsmanship looks like for both winning and losing. Does the game have rules for trading among players, like Monopoly or Settlers of Catan? These sorts of games are a great way to teach social skills. Does it offer multiple paths to victory, like Chess or Tokido? These games teach strategy and critical reasoning. Games like Pandemic require players to work together, teaching valuable teamwork and leadership skills. Teach by Example While gameplay itself can be a great teacher, being a role model for your children during game night is the most important thing you can bring to the table. No matter their age, showing your kids how to lose gracefully, win magnanimously, and have fun no matter what are skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives.

In this digital age, having a family board-game night every few weeks is a novelty. Putting away the electronics and having fun face-to-face with your kids is reason enough to make this a family tradition. But did you know that board games can also teach your kids valuable life skills? Here’s the best way to facilitate this learning as a parent. Find the Right Game for the Right Age It’s important to find games that fit your children’s abilities. Complex rules, small pieces, or mature content can make some games inappropriate for young kids. The first thing you should do is check the recommended age range on the packaging. This will help you find the best match for your kids.

3 CRAZY PERSONAL INJURY CASES EVEN THE LAW HAS SOME HUMOR

I Didn’t Order This on My Sandwich Have you ever ordered a sandwich, only to take a bite and find it has a wrong ingredient? Well, one New York man experienced an extreme version of this situation when he stopped at a local Subway. Instead of having an unwanted piece of meat or vegetable sneak into his sandwich, he bit in to find a serrated knife. Unconvinced of its protein value, the plaintiff filed a suit for $1 million, claiming the sandwich made him sick. The case would later settle for $20,000. I’m Suing Myself for Damages While in prison, a man came up with an idea to sue the person responsible for the grand larceny charges that put him behind bars. Here was the only catch: The person he deemed guilty was, in fact, himself. He drew up a suit for $5 million because his religion forbade him from drinking, and he had

Not every personal injury case is a tooth- and-nail fight for what is right. In some cases, they are downright awkward or even entertaining. For instance, check out these three examples. Pit Stop Sometimes, you just get a craving for a snack. It’s entirely understandable — in most cases, at least. An ambulance driver in Texas illustrated one occasion where it’s probably not. An injured young man was strapped down in the back of an ambulance riding to the hospital when the operator had a hankering for some donuts. He pulled the vehicle over at a gas station, grabbed his dozen tasty confections, and proceeded as if nothing happened. After dropping the patient off, the ambulance driver was promptly fired, but that didn’t stop him from filing a civil suit in court. The case never made it to court, and the plaintiff may now think twice before stopping for a snack.

forced himself to drink, which led to him committing the crime. You might think this sounds pointless, until you learn that the plaintiff insisted the public should pay the amount because he was a warden of the state. The case was tossed out as quickly as he was tossed in prison.

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