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Accident Tips & Prevention | February 27, 2014

Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes: Andy Lovell

EMS Chief Andy Lovell proves that a hero’s courage extends beyond running into burning buildings or onto the grisly scene of an accident. Sometimes heroes have to put that same commitment and dedication to use in leading teams of first responders and coordinating life-saving efforts all around.

The Gloucester County EMS consists of 11 stations, 23 ambulances, and 170 staff members. Managing such an expansive organization might

Accident Tips & Prevention | February 20, 2014

Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes: Mike O’Brien

Perhaps the only action more selfless than volunteering one’s time to the potentially dangerous pursuit of fighting fires is devoting even more time to commanding an entire company of firefighters. Yet that’s exactly what Mike O’Brien does as Assistant Chief. In the field, he risks his own safety to help others. In the station, he puts in additional time and uses his leadership skills to help accomplish

Accident Tips & Prevention | January 30, 2014

Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes: Joseph P. Hauck

When it comes to serving his community, there’s not much that Joseph Hauck doesn’t do. The firefighter and EMT also works in a hospital emergency room, volunteers time to educate children on fire safety, and is continuing his own education so he can save even more lives. His service and enthusiasm inspire entire communities and landed him a well-deserved finalist spot in the Real Heroes Wear Badges,

Accident Tips & Prevention | January 10, 2014

“Surprise” Mid-January Ice Causes Slip-and-Falls in South Jersey

It seems like hardly anyone expected the freezing rain that struck Philadelphia and areas across New Jersey on January 10, 2014. Sheets of ice covered car windshields, turned the roads into an accident-ridden mess of slush and stop-and-go traffic, and made sidewalks and outdoor steps so slippery that many encountered serious danger with just one foot out the door.

Commuters were stranded during rush hour, but at

Accident Tips & Prevention | August 29, 2013

Text Message Could Put You on the Wrong Side of a Lawsuit – When You’re Not Even Driving

You don’t have to be the one behind the wheel to get in trouble for texting while driving – at least, not according to a New Jersey appeals court. CNN reported that judges ruled that if an individual sends text messages to a driver who then causes an accident while texting, the original sender could be held partially responsible for the accident.

There are qualifiers to this,

Accident Tips & Prevention | August 9, 2013

We Shouldn’t Put a Price on Young Drivers’ Safety

If you’re nearing the moment when your child takes a real car for a spin for the first time, or even if that nerve-racking moment seems far away right now, safety should be your number one priority. Yet, even though we all hear the tragic tales of the thousands of teenagers who lose their lives on the road each year in America, we tend to believe that

Accident Tips & Prevention | August 5, 2013

Make Safety a Priority during National Stop on Red Week (and All Year Round)

When driving, do you ever find proceeding through an intersection nerve-racking? How many times have you witnessed a less careful driver on the roadway run a red light? You might be surprised how common the problem is. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports that 54 percent of Americans consider running red lights just as reckless as drinking and driving, and nearly one-third of all Americans personally know

Accident Tips & Prevention | May 1, 2013

The Great Healthcare Debate: Is Increased Autonomy for Nurse Practitioners the Answer to the Doctor Shortage?

A national crisis, a controversial solution, and a heated battle over patient safety, provider control, and the financial cost of physical health – it’s all just another day in the field of medicine. As the shortage of primary care physicians becomes increasingly influential and even dangerous, Nurse Practitioners are now stepping up to fill the void – or they would be, if state laws allowed them to.

Accident Tips & Prevention | February 26, 2013

Losing the Waiting Game: When Emergency Rooms Fail

Emergency-room-sign-2It sounds like a scene out of a nightmare.

It starts with chest pains. At first, you might mistake the sensation for heartburn, but the pain keeps getting worse and worse until it feels like the life is being squeezed out of your heart. The pain spreads into your arms, your neck, and even your jaw. Breathing becomes difficult, and suddenly so does moving and even standing.

Accident Tips & Prevention, Current Events and News | January 29, 2013

How Therapy and Service Animals Can Help Your Loved One

Do you know what it’s like to be disabled, to face daily challenges in completing tasks that others around you take for granted? This may mean that you have difficulties fitting into a world designed for the convenience of those without disabilities. It can be frustrating to be forced to rely on the help of another individual, especially when the disability developed as a result of an

Accident Tips & Prevention | December 17, 2012

Damages: Breaking Down a Personal Injury Settlement

The numbers involved in a personal injury settlement can be flashy and make for attention-grabbing headlines when they reach into the millions of dollars. Commenters on news stories decry them, screaming how these so-called victims are probably just faking it or the amount awarded looks more like a handsome inheritance than compensation for injuries. Determining the level of ‘damages,’ as we attorneys call them, in accident-related matters

Accident Tips & Prevention | October 17, 2012

Liability Waivers: Can You Sign Away Your Child’s Rights?

As parents, we are expected to always act in the best interest of our children. Since they are not adults, they need us to act as their representative when it comes to their safety and protecting their rights. It is not uncommon for parents to have to sign waivers in order for children to participate in certain recreational activities; however, are these documents legally binding so that

Accident Tips & Prevention | September 10, 2012

Reminding Children and Parents to Ride Safe This School Year

Back-to-school time is already upon us and while it may be an exciting time of getting to know new friends and new classes, it is not a time to become complacent with regards to safety. “In 2015 alone, 3477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers,” according to the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The NHTSA also reported that

Accident Tips & Prevention | June 5, 2012

Texting Behind the Wheel in NJ? It’s Going to Cost You

Text while driving is illegal in New Jersey, but up until now the fines for committing the offense haven’t been too serious. Currently, the fine is only around $50 per infraction, which doesn’t go far to deter drivers who can’t put their smart phones down. That’s about to change in the hopes of decreasing violent car accidents, according to The Trentonian. The Senate Law and Public Safety

Accident Tips & Prevention | April 4, 2012

Protecting Your Child From Laundry Room Dangers

After the recent news story about the death of a 21-month-old child, the public is finally becoming aware of an often ignored danger to their children—the laundry room. Tiffany Hebb of Oregon was just doing some laundry. When she had to step out of the room for a minute a disaster occurred.

In just the short time Hebb was out of the room, her son Ollie was