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Accident Tips & Prevention | September 16, 2014

Ask the Attorney: You Can Still Sue If You’re Partly at Fault

Asker: Am I at fault for my accident? The insurance company says I’m at fault even though I don’t agree. What should I do?

Attorney: Liability, or who’s at fault and legally responsible, is the basis of personal injury claims. Often, fault is complicated. As you begin the process of moving forward with your life, you might find that an insurance adjuster you have to deal with

Accident Tips & Prevention | June 19, 2014

Swimming Pool Accidents and the Little-Known Danger of Secondary Drowning

If your summer plans include a dip in the pool or a swim in the ocean, then it’s important that you know the dangers of drowning and what you can do to prevent an accident or cope with a drowning injury. When you think of drowning, you probably imagine a nightmarish scenario in which you find your child unresponsive at the bottom of the pool. Yet with

Accident Tips & Prevention, Current Events and News | May 20, 2014

Foul Play: Insurance Company Stalks Claimant Just In Case She’s Lying about Her Address

Imagine how it might feel to know that everywhere you go, someone is following you, perhaps videotaping or photographing you without your consent. You find cars tailing you when you leave work at the end of the day. Suspicious people pursue you everywhere, even coming to your workplace and seeking out personal information about you from your coworkers. Eventually, every shadow startles you.

If you thought only

Accident Tips & Prevention | May 8, 2014

Ladders Top List of Workplace Dangers

The risk of workplace injuries involving ladders is, well, high. Falls are among the most common causes of deadly unintentional injuries, and not just in the workplace – everywhere. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed work injury data from 2011 and ladders play a significant role in fall injuries, especially in the workplace.

Statistics? You’d Better Be Sitting Down

When we talk about falls

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