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Thursday, March 21, 2019

What is Distracted Driving?


We are more distracted than ever. With smartphones allowing us to immediately access all kinds of information and keep in touch with a broad community, we have a tough time putting them down and taking a break to focus on other tasks. This is why distracted driving has become such a problem it really has evolved into a nationwide epidemic. According to the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, distracted driving was cited as a major contributing factor in more than 804,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state from 2011 to 2015. Distracted driving accidents have led to thousands of people being injured each year.
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Friday, February 22, 2019

NSF Funds New Study to Help Prevent Brain Injury Deaths


How many people die each year due to traumatic brain injuries?


Traumatic brain injuries result from blows to the head or penetrating head injuries that impact the normal function of the brain.  TBIs can occur when the head suddenly hits another object, or when an object pierces the skull. These injuries range in severity, and an estimated 1.7 million patients will suffer from a TBI each year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Approximately 5.
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Friday, February 8, 2019

School Bus Crash in New Jersey Traps Children Under Power Lines


What are the most common causes of school bus accidents?


Recently, a school bus in New Jersey ran off the road and hit a utility pole, leaving the driver and children trapped under power lines.  Authorities report that the bus was carrying eight students between the ages of eight and 11 when it crashed in East Brunswick.  The driver and children aboard waited until the utility company shut down the power lines so that the children could exit safely.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported despite the harrowing ordeal. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Concussion Rates Higher Among Youth Football Players Than Suspected


What are the long term repercussions of concussions in children?


Researchers across the country have turned much focus and attention to the colossal problem of concussions among football players.  While significant funding has been dedicated to the investigation of concussions among pro-football players, now researchers are further exploring the epidemic of concussions among younger players.  A new study by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute suggests that youth football players suffer concussion injuries at higher rates than previously reported. Our


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Monday, January 28, 2019

Accidents Far Outweigh Disease as Cause of Childhood Deaths


How can I protect my child against the top causes of accidental injuries and deaths?

 
America’s children are now six times more at risk of dying due to preventable and accidental injuries than disease, according to a new report published by the New England Journal of Medicine.  The study used data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks cause of death data contained within death certificates.  Our Read more . . .


Monday, December 31, 2018

New Study Suggests Over 25 Percent of NFL Players Have CTE


What are the symptoms of CTE in football players?

Since the discovery of the serious condition Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), researchers have much debated its true incidence.  CTE has become the center of several major lawsuits filed by players and their families against the NFL. It was even explored on the big screen in the mega-movie “Concussion.”  Several recent studies have been published that purport to discover just how common CTE among football players really is. Our Read more . . .


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Damages in a New Jersey Personal Injury Case


When are punitive damages awarded in a personal injury suit in NJ?

Accidents can leave their victims with a wide array of injuries.  Individuals injured in an accident based on another’s negligence could endure broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, and any number of other critical injuries. With these injuries will come associated losses like the inability to return to work, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.  New Jersey Read more . . .


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Stay Safe on the Road this Winter


What items should I pack in my car to ensure my safety during the winter months?

As temperatures continue to drop in New Jersey, now is the time for drivers to start to prepare for the coming inclement weather.  Winter in New Jersey brings with it a wide array of challenges for drivers, including ice, snow, and hail. Our Read more . . .


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NJ Accident Should Remind Drivers to Move Over for Public Safety Vehicles


What is the penalty for failing to move over for emergency vehicles or tow trucks?

A horrific accident in New Jersey should remind all drivers of the importance of obeying the “Move Over” law.  The accident occurred in Glen Rock, New Jersey at about 1 a.m. when an SUV crashed into a Department of Transportation truck.  Video of the accident reveals the SUV slamming into the DOT truck, causing the worker to be flung onto the roadway.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Medical Malpractice and Machine Errors

Who is at-fault when a medical machine causes a patient injury?

Medical errors are a leading cause of death worldwide.  In fact, a report published in the British Medical Journal suggests that medical errors are in the third leading cause of death in the United States, causing at least 250,000 deaths per year.  Misdiagnoses are perhaps the most common cause of medical malpractice cases.  As the medical world becomes increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence, machines will play a greater role in our diagnosis and treatment.  Machines may reduce instances of medical malpractice, but machines are not infallible.  Our Monmouth County, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers discuss how medical malpractice cases may evolve and change as the medical field incorporates more artificially intelligent machines.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Examining the Horrific NY Limo Accident

Who was at-fault for the New York limousine accident that killed 20 people?

Twenty people were recently killed in an accident in New York involving a limousine.  The accident has been deemed the deadliest U.S. accident in the past nine years, and the community is reeling from their senseless loss.  On that fateful evening in October, a group of 17 friends hopped into a white stretch limousine headed to birthday celebration in upstate New York.  Investigations have revealed that the limo was speeding down a hill as it approached a notoriously dangerous intersection between two highways.  The vehicle lost control and ran into the intersection, hitting an empty car.  


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