Local and Legal Worr...

Sunday afternoon, a 49-year-old skydiver from Brooklyn took what would become the final jump of his life, and it happened right in our South Jersey community. A parachute malfunction is suspected to have caused the man who had skydived more than 350 times to fall to his death in Washington...

Foul Play: Motorist Runs Stop Sign and Causes Rear-End Collision – Must Be the Other Driver’s Fault Apr22

Foul Play: Motorist ...

Let’s face it: sometimes, we’re just unlucky. We’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, and something bad happens that we simply can’t control. Bad luck affects everyone from time to time, but it sure does seem to happen more often to some people than to others. When it does, is it fair...

Introducing the Vital Nurses Competition Semifinal...

The entries are in, and the Console & Hollawell Vital Nurses Competition is about to begin the next phase of the contest. Due to an overwhelming number of nominations, we need your help to narrow down the finalists. We chose seven nurses a contest semifinalists. The three nurses who get the most votes on our Facebook page will be chosen as contest finalists for one more round of Facebook voting. The winner will receive $500; a catered lunch for his or her ward, department, or office; and a $250 gift card to Life Uniform. Read more about our deserving semifinalists below, and be sure to support your favorite nurse in the semifinal round...

NJ Allows Police, EM...

Earlier this month, Governor Chris Christie announced that police departments in Monmouth and Ocean Counties would become the first in New Jersey to begin regularly carrying an antidote for heroin and opioid overdoses. The program would debut in Barnegat Township, Seaside Heights, and Surf...

Foul Play: PA Insurance Co. Hides Documents, Tries to Screw over Own Policyholder Apr15

Foul Play: PA Insura...

You want to think your insurance company will be there for you when you need it. But what if you’re wrong? What if you made a claim on your insurance policy for a relatively small amount of money – just enough to help you get your life back on track after an accident – and your insurance...

Where’s the Fire? In New Jersey, Apparently

You’ve heard it said that where there’s smoke, there’s fire – but an early April blaze proved that the fire doesn’t have to be in the same city, county, or even state as the smoke it pours out. Monday morning, people from South Jersey all the way up to New York City woke to a frightening smell: smoke. A massive brush fire in Wharton State Forest spread across 1,500 acres overnight and literally sent smoke billowing into the next state, 90 miles away. Visible smoke lingered in New York City until noon, according to The Wall Street Journal, but still government agencies warned that the fire’s effects on air quality could last until 11 p.m....

Making the Playing F...

The insurance industry has explored what seems like every possible avenue for increasing their revenue at the expense of claimants. Yet no matter how difficult insurers make the game, some claimants still manage to win. They don’t recover the money they deserve through sheer luck or even...

Insurers Are Winning...

The insurance industry tried every imaginable strategy to change the rules of the game, and their hard (but devious) work has paid off. Insurance companies have a “product” consumers are required by law to purchase and a marketing scheme that negatively brands those who seek to utilize what...

Sue-Happy America an...

Spreading lies about “greedy” claimants and how outrageous lawsuits have supposedly become was the best way for the insurance industry to shut up people who might otherwise stand up for their rights. The industry started by warping public perceptions of a high-profile case against McDonald’s,...

GM Recall Highlights...

Imagine that you’re driving along on an ordinary day when something happens that’s anything but typical. Your car’s ignition abruptly switches itself off. The engine stops working. You try to steer yourself to safety, but nothing happens. You hit the brakes, but even they don’t respond....

$925,000 Settlement ...

Earlier this month, our firm settled a $925,000 case against a bar and restaurant that allegedly over-served the driver in a drunk driving accident. The story and the important message it conveys for all establishments that serve alcohol are just as interesting as the settlement amount (which...

A Landmark Case in t...

WARNING: This blog post contains an image of a third-degree burn, which some people may find graphic or upsetting. Readers who are squeamish may wish to avoid reading this blog post entirely or skip the section “That Burns” below.   For the insurance industry, it wasn’t...

Can You Really Buy “...

“Wellness center” might sound like a pleasant name for a doctor’s office, but don’t let yourself be fooled. While some of these places may offer treatments, products, and services that really can benefit your health, they may also try to sell you treatments that don’t work or worse, can...

The Other Overprescr...

Pharmaceutical manufacturers may want us to think their publicity campaigns are empowering. “Ask your doctor if __________ is right for you,” they say. But there’s no power in having partial, biased knowledge, and unfortunately, these corporations tend to leave out huge chunks of information...

Tort Reform on Trial

If you’re like many Americans, you probably know only what the insurance industry wants you to know about tort reform. After all, lobbyists have wined and dined politicians for support and flooded mass media with the insurance industry’s version of what tort reform means. The Tort Reform Lie...

New FDA-Approved Pai...

In case you haven’t heard, abuse of prescription medications has reached crisis levels across the United States. The number of Americans who die from prescription painkiller overdoses now exceeds the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. The Centers for Disease Control and...

Real Heroes Wear Bad...

Sometimes acts of heroism take a coordinated effort from numerous men and women willing to make sacrifices for the good of others. That’s exactly what happens when close-knit groups like the Cedarville Fire Department come together to save lives. When it comes to heroic acts, the whole effort...

Infiltrating the Leg...

There’s a good chance you’ve heard phrases like “lawsuit lottery,” “jackpot justice,” and “sue-happy.” These catchphrases are designed to give the public a false impression – that the majority of personal injury claims are made by greedy fakers who get rich by suing companies that did nothing...

“Low T” Meds Equal H...

You’ve seen the commercials – the ones that urge men to ask their doctors for testosterone drugs if they feel tired, suffer depressed mood, and experience weight gain and muscle loss. The ads are quick to tell men that they probably suffer from low testosterone – “low T” – but there’s one...

Real Heroes Wear Bad...

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...

Rigging the Game and...

When you’re a claimant, you certainly don’t want your situation referred to as a “game.” There’s nothing fun or trivial about your need for receiving the coverage you purchased, or about the consequences you suffer while an insurance company gives you the runaround. Maybe someone is “winning”...

Real Heroes Wear Bad...

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...

In the Insurance Ind...

In no other industry, besides insurance, is conflict of interest considered to be a good thing. Instead of a problem, it’s a business model. The intent of insurance is to provide coverage for risks and, should those risks occur, pay resulting claims fairly and in a timely manner. The ways by...