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Introducing the Vital Nurses Competition Semifinalists

By Richard Console on April 21, 2014 - Comments off

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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.

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Read more about our deserving semifinalists below, and be sure to support your favorite nurse in the semifinal round of the contest. Voting will open this afternoon.

Zefie N. works at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “Zefie is an amazing fit for Oncology nursing,” said the friend who nominated her. “She has a naturally calming aura that instantly puts a smile on the people that surround her. She always shows up with an enthusiastic attitude and smile that inspires others.” Zefie is also working toward advancement to a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Anna F. works in the Surgical ICU at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where her job requires her to act quickly and think on her feet. “She isn’t afraid to take charge and make sure patients are attended with utmost care and detail,” said the friend who nominated her. She spends her personal time learning more about trauma nursing, a career path she is considering.

Jocelyn C. is a nurse at Atlantic Care Hospital in Galloway who patients say always goes above and beyond. “She is a great aspect, always there when you need her,” said the former patient who nominated her. “I really think she deserves this because she’s the best nurse in Galloway and South Jersey.”

Andrea D. is a full-time nurse for Maxim Home Healthcare Services and a nursing instructor at Villanova University. She cares for pediatric patients from the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania with chronic conditions and has worked with pediatric oncology patients at St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital. “She is the type of nurse I strive to become,” said the student who nominated her. “She continuously remains positive and encouraging. At an extremely scary point in these patient’s lives, she treats her ‘patients’ as the amazing children that they are.”

Joy H. has been a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse in Virtua Memorial Hospital’s Special Care Nursery since 1980. In 34 years of caring for sick newborns, Joy has consistently inspired parents, her own family, and her community. When a pregnant neighbor went into labor and the ambulance was delayed, Joy successfully delivered the baby, who had been in danger of choking on the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. “She works hard, and not all days are good, but the smile of a thankful parent is all it takes to keep her going,” said Joy’s daughter, who nominated her.

Carol N., LPN at Virtua Mt. Holly Center, has more than 25 years of nursing experience caring for elderly patients battling dementia. “I have seen Carol go over and beyond for her sick patients,” said the coworker who nominated her. “Her small and simple gestures help the residents feel loved, even if love and warmth is only remembered for a split second.”

Bridget O. works in the Neuro-Cardiac ICU at Bryn Mawr Hospital. As a fourth-generation nurse, Bridget has an uplifting smile and personality. “She constantly says that interacting with her patients is the most rewarding experience of her job and saving lives on a daily basis is common,” said her boyfriend, who nominated her. “Bridget is the nurse that family members seek out. She is the quintessential nurse that tirelessly works to make her patients better.”

Cast your vote today on our Facebook page.

 

Lies and Lethal Mistakes: Myths about Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Costs in the United States

By Richard Console on February 25, 2013 - Comments off

Jackpot justice. Runaway juries awarding multimillion dollar verdicts to “barely injured” plaintiffs. These news items grab headlines and ignite public outcry about the civil justice system, especially when they apply to medical malpractice claims. Insurance companies and physicians scream that these verdicts are the reasons for skyrocketing healthcare costs. They cry out for tort reform and caps on damages, while providers threaten to leave for more “doctor friendly” states. An investigation into these claims reveals two things: doctors don’t really know what their healthcare costs are, and malpractice is the very last thing affecting consumer premiums in the United States. So what’s actually causing the crisis? The truth is far simpler than the propaganda.

How Much Do Medical Malpractice Claims Cost?

The total cost of medical malpractice claims in the United States is just 2 percent of the entire nation’s healthcare spending, according to a recent article in the CHEST Journal. The article, compiled by a team of medical doctors, suggests that insurance companies spend less to handle malpractice claims because they occur less frequently and the payouts are lower – down 46 percent from 1992. Many have pointed to tort reform and caps on damages as the reason behind the steady decline in payouts, but the federal government disagrees with that notion.

Medical errors rarely impact the assets of doctors thanks to their insurance coverage.

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According to the Congressional Budget Office, broad analysis of medical conditions and their costs found “no measurable reduction” in healthcare spending as the result of caps on damages or other so-called tort reform initiatives. If malpractice claims occur less frequently, and the payouts are smaller, how are healthcare costs still rising? A classic example of this phenomenon occurred in Texas, a state that passed aggressive caps on civil damages in 2003. The law, states the CHEST Journal, reduced overall payouts by 75 percent, but had no quantifiable effect on healthcare spending levels. Could it be that insurance companies simply pocketed the extra savings and passed no benefits onto consumers and doctors?

 

 

Healthcare costs continue their historic rise while medical malpractice claims and payouts maintain a steady decline. What’s the real reason for these price increases?

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Doctors Have Medical Malpractice Insurance for a Reason

Malpractice insurance offsets the financial impact of negligence a doctor might incur when an injured patient files a personal injury claim against them. Many states have coverage requirements in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect the assets of physicians, and ensure victims actually obtain compensation. In spite of widespread physician fear that malpractice claims will wipe out their savings, very few physicians suffer any financial impact. From the National Practitioner Databank:

  • Insurers regularly pay settlements that are in excess of physician malpractice policy limits.
  • Out-pocket-payments for doctors with ≥$500,000 in malpractice coverage are “extraordinarily rare.”
  • Personal injury attorneys don’t like to seek compensation directly from individuals – doctors or otherwise – because of the probable lack of funds to satisfy a settlement or judgment in their favor.
  • States across the country require anywhere from $100,000 to $1,000,000 in professional liability insurance for doctors to remain licensed to practice, according to the American Medical Association.

How Big are the Healthcare Cost Increases?

Healthcare premiums continue to rise ahead of consumer salaries, making it difficult for some families and individuals to keep their coverage. Premiums spiked 4 percent in 2012 raising the cost of buying coverage for insured workers to $15,745, according to CNN Money. In less than 10 years, healthcare premiums in the United States have ballooned 97 percent – three times the rate of inflation and wages. That means the cost of healthcare is outpacing the paychecks of employees and the costs of other goods and services. Left unchecked, what Americans pay for health insurance could eventually swallow up our income and leave nothing to put food on the table.

A recent article in Time Magazine showed startling discrepancies in costs and price in American hospitals. Highlights include charging $1.50 per tablet for regular strength Tylenol.

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A survey conducted by CNN Money also found that low-income workers are paying higher deductibles for healthcare coverage than their higher-income counterparts. According to the study, companies where 44 percent of employees have low-paying ($24,000 or less) jobs face annual deductibles of $1,000 or more compared with 29 percent of companies with many high-paid workers.

We’re paying more for healthcare coverage and paying more in the way of deductibles to access our insurance. Costs are out of control, and it turns out that no two doctors understand what their expenses are, or just how much different procedures should cost.

Wide Gaps in Healthcare Costs among Providers

An Iowa-based research team contacted the top-20 orthopedic hospitals across the country and asked them for a price quote for the same procedure – a hip replacement. The ‘control patient,’ a fictitious grandmother with no health insurance or Medicare eligibility, told every hospital she had cash to cover the procedure, and wanted to have it done right away. She also asked for the lowest price possible. Research findings, published in February 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that only 45 percent of top-rated hospitals contacted were able to give a bundled price that included both facility and doctor fees. That figure drops to a startling 10 percent when factoring in all other 102 hospitals outside the top-20 contacted by researchers. Here are some other highlights of the survey:

  • Hospitals quoted prices ranging from $11,100 to $125,000 for the same procedure.
  • Some hospitals were unable to give price quotes without contacting insurance companies.
  • Others providers said giving price estimates could not be done.
  • The report alleges that many doctors don’t know the prices of the products/services they sell.

Top hospitals across the country routinely failed to give researchers a streamlined price for routine hip replacement surgery. Dependence on insurance companies to set prices could be to blame.

How can hospitals and medical providers claim their costs are skyrocketing, when they seemingly have no idea how much to charge for a common elective procedure? There’s no reason why a patient in California should have to pay $100,000 more for a hip replacement than someone in Nebraska receiving the same implant and the same treatment. The massive variation in pricing, and secretive nature of medical valuing, needs greater transparency to streamline costs. Who knows? Perhaps we could see a reduction in healthcare costs across the board if regulations required hospitals to be upfront and open about their fees and costs. This action could allow patients to shop for the best care at the lowest possible price. We know this practice by another name – a free market.

Medical Malpractice Payments: Life is Cheap

The median payments on medical malpractice claims vary widely by the nature of the injuries sustained. However, the survivors of those who die due a doctor’s carelessness receive surprisingly less than those who survive, according to information compiled by the CHEST Journal. Victims of medical malpractice who sustained “grave permanent” injuries received average compensation for damages of $1.25 million. Meanwhile, the mean damages award for the survivors of someone killed by doctor negligence was near less than half at about $600,000.

 

Medical errors resulting in death leave only shattered lives in their wake. Careless doctors, meanwhile, get to avoid financial responsibility and carry on with their practice.

In short, insurance companies pay out lower awards when the actions of medical doctors result in the deaths of their patients. The dead have no need for further medical care, and can’t incur additional costs that could warrant higher settlement amounts. Does that sound like a trend that’s good for long-term patient health? The last thing we could want is a healthcare system that effectively says to its doctors, “If you’re going to make a mistake, make sure it’s a lethal one.”

What are the Best Reforms Out There? 

Caps on damages and reformation of the medical malpractice system do not make patients safer, reduce healthcare spending, or improve the liability system, according to researchers writing for the CHEST Journal. If anything, all tort reform has done in states that have adopted such laws is reduce the compensation that victims of medical malpractice receive for their injuries. That means victims dealing with real physical problems have less financial wherewithal to recover. Meanwhile, doctor assets remained protected and insurance companies limit their payouts through tort legislation.

Let’s be clear on one thing: malpractice is not a product of the liability system. It’s a result of medical negligence.

Patient safety initiatives, adopted by many states across the country, target a reduction in medical mistakes and hospital readmissions for the same condition. These reforms encourage greater accountability in the system and reduce the severity of medical errors, according to the CHEST Journal. How we would physicians and insurance companies responsible could be one of the defining aspects of healthcare spending and costs moving forward. Let’s cut through the urban legends about malpractice and deal with the real-life implications of the steep cost of doctor mistakes.

Reduce the mistakes. Save more lives. Along the way, we might just cut costs as well.

 

Liability Concerns Swirl as Hurricane Sandy Strikes New Jersey

By Richard Console on October 29, 2012 - Comments off

As Hurricane Sandy continues to batter New Jersey, many utility companies are warning consumers to stay away from downed power lines and other hazards to limit potentially serious injuries in the storm’s wake. Informing customers to stay away from dangerous areas is crucial for companies to affect repairs in the shortest amount of time possible. The move is also one of self-preservation. Utility companies, including cable and power providers, have to inform consumers of all known risks to limit their liability should injuries occur. If that should happen, companies that fail to repair power lines properly or are neglectful in their duties to advise consumers of the risks could be liable. Our New Jersey hurricane injury attorneys realize the enormous potential for injuries arising, out of not only Hurricane Sandy, but also negligence in the days ahead.

Staying Safe in Bad Weather

Safety is the first priority in any serious weather event. For the 20 million people in New Jersey touched in some way by Hurricane Sandy, each family should take several precautions:

  • Contact Your Utility Companies: If you notice downed power lines, or are without electricity, contact the relevant utility companies to notify them of the damage.
  • Stay Away from Windows: Low-pressure storms like Hurricane Sandy can cause windows to shatter as they pass over given areas due to the sudden shift in air pressure.
  • Monitor Repair Work: Crews working to repair hurricane damage may have their work cut out for them in the following days, but that doesn’t mean they should take their time. If days go by, and power lines are still down in your neighborhood, contact your provider and emergency personnel in your area. Our hurricane injury lawyers in New Jersey know a utility company that has knowledge of a dangerous condition, but does nothing to repair that issue, may be liable for injuries resulting from that negligent inaction.

Liability and Storm-Related Repairs

Utility companies and their repair crews have an obligation to fix power-related issues safely without undue risk to consumers. Workers who hastily patch wires or install new components may be putting locals in harm’s way, especially if that work directly contributes to accidents causing injuries. For example, repair workers leaving wires exposed along power lines or at conjunction-points on utility poles could make their companies liable if those lines break and electrocute nearby people.

If you or someone in your family sustained injuries due to a utility company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Our Hurricane injury attorneys in New Jersey have been helping injured victims just like you since 1994. We have the skill set necessary to hold these large companies accountable for the harm they cause.

 

Hit-and-Run Victim in West New York Remains in Critical Condition, Suspect in Custody

By New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer on October 25, 2012 - Comments off

A 77-year-old victim of a hit-and-run accident in West New York, New Jersey remains in critical condition. NJ.com reports the woman, unidentified by police out of privacy concerns, is in a medically induced coma at Hackensack University Medical Center. The driver allegedly responsible for striking the woman as she crossed Kennedy Boulevard on October 12, Kamal Aboklieb, is facing charges of driving under the influence, assault by auto, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident, endangering the welfare of a child, driving without a license and reckless driving. Police reported that Aboklieb’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.17 – nearly double the legal limit. Authorities apprehended the alleged driver three blocks from where the accident took place.

My thoughts and prayers are with the accident victim and her family. The silver lining in what otherwise is a terrible tragedy is the police catching the person they believe responsible for causing her injuries. Holding hit-and-run drivers accountable for their actions is absolutely essential to reduce the occurrences of motorists leaving the scene of accidents.

When drivers attempt to shirk their responsibilities, no one wins. Injured victims endure critical delays in the time it takes to receive medical care and the motorists fleeing the scene face significantly escalated criminal penalties. In an effort to increase reporting of hit-and-run drivers, law firms across the country have partnered with WeTip to create the Hit and Run Rewards Program. The initiative provides an anonymous forum for witnesses to report information about hit-and-run drivers, including accident details and suspect descriptions. Tips that lead to arrests and felony convictions can earn tipsters up to $1,000.

If you or someone in your family has suffered injuries due to the reckless actions of an at-fault driver, you may have rights to money damages. Compensation for your injuries and lost wages can be instrumental in helping your recovery and preventing financial collapse in the months following the collision. Our New Jersey car accident attorneys have been helping accident victims just like you since 1994. Since that time, we’ve obtained deserved compensation for more than 5,000 satisfied clients across the state.

 

Philadelphia Cop, Mayor Nutter’s Personal Security Detail, Injured in Crash

By Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer on October 24, 2012 - Comments off

A Philadelphia police officer, traveling to pick up Mayor Nutter, sustained serious injuries in a two-car collision on Tuesday morning. CBS Philadelphia is reporting Officer Nicholas Campolongo, 45-years-old, was driving in Fairmount Park close to Montgomery Drive when a civilian motorist crashed into his government SUV. Campolongo, a 23-year police veteran, was attempting to turn onto Montgomery Drive when the second vehicle collided with his own causing the SUV to spin off the road and onto the curb. Medical responders transported Officer Campolongo to Hahnemann Hospital where he remains in stable condition at this hour. The civilian driver was also taken the hospital and received treatment for minor injuries suffered in the crash. Police continue to investigate the accident.

My thoughts are with the officer during this most-sensitive time in his recovery. My hope is that he sustained no lasting damage and he’s able to return to work soon. Officer Campolongo is a member of Mayor Nutter’s private security detail populated by the Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia County had the second-highest number of reported traffic accidents out of all counties in the state in 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The city’s 83 traffic-related deaths in that same year were the most of any county in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia also led all areas with regard to injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents in 2011 with 8,332 hurt. In spite of these numbers, total accidents in Philadelphia were actually down by 89 in 2011 from the previous year.

Injuries in automobile crashes in Philadelphia occur so frequently, in part, due to the relative lack of seatbelt use when compared to other locations in the state. In 2011, only 40 percent of those involved in traffic accidents in Philadelphia were wearing seatbelts at the time, according to PennDOT.

If you or someone close to you has suffered injuries due to the negligent actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Our Philadelphia accident lawyers have been helping car crash victims just like you since 1994. Your health is the greatest asset you own, and we’ll make sure you keep your most-important investment for the long haul.

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Man in Critical Condition After Fall at MetLife Stadium

By New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer on October 22, 2012 - Comments off

A 42-year-old man is in critical condition after plummeting 21 feet from an escalator at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. NJ.com. reports the man fell as he left a New York Giant’s home game with a small stage breaking his fall and keeping him from landing on hard concrete flooring. Emergency medical responders airlifted the injured man to Hackensack University Medical Center after the stadium accident where he remains at this time. Authorities have now identified the man who fell as David Chupcavich of Orange, Connecticut.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victim during this very tense time in his recovery. We don’t know what caused him to fall from the escalator yet, but hopefully an investigation yields some positive results. David certainly didn’t deserve to fall more than 20 feet and nearly lose his life while simply trying to exit a football game.

This isn’t the first time escalator accidents at sporting events in northern New Jersey have had severe consequences.

In 2007, an escalator accident at then Giants Stadium left one man, Michael Harris, so severely injured he needed several surgeries and the eventual amputation of part of his leg, according to the Associated Press. The escalator manufacturer, the Schindler Group, reached an out-of-court settlement with several of the victims injured in that particular incident that saw mechanical components break and fly apart during operation.

Liability in these cases rests with the manufacturer to create a safe product for invited patrons to use. If David Chupcavich fell due to some mechanical error caused by the escalator, then the manufacturers of the device and those tasked with maintaining it in a safe condition may be responsible his resulting injuries. The stadium could also be liable for failing to stop violent conditions at the stadium through adequate security, if such conditions existed. For example, allowing patrons to push and shove one another down an escalator is a recipe for disaster at any height.

If you or someone in your family has sustained injuries to the negligence of a business or manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have helped more than 5,000 accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their damages. See why so many people choose our firm to be their voice in their time of need.

 

Red Light Cameras are the Devil? Accidents at Camera Intersection Increase

By Richard Console on October 16, 2012 - Comments off

Red light cameras are supposed to increase safety at intersections by catching drivers running traffic lights or making illegal turns. At the intersection of Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road, the red light camera installed there appears to be having the opposite effect. The Lawrenceville Patch is reporting a surprising uptick in the number of motor vehicle accidents at this particular intersection in 2012 compared to the previous year. Auto collisions have nearly doubled at the intersection from last year with more than 9,000 citations issued stemming from violations caught by the camera. So why are accidents on the rise? A look at the collision data reveals driver expectation may actually be to blame.

Thirty-nine of the 49 crashes recorded from November 2011 through June 2012 were read-end impacts, according to police data. That’s compared to rear-end impacts factoring into 18 of 25 accidents from November 2010 through June 2011. Apparently, drivers anticipate those in front of them to disobey traffic laws and run yellow lights. The camera at Route 1 is having a positive effect on encouraging more people to obey the law, but there’s still a large percentage of the population that has yet to catch up with the rules.

To review: yellow means stop, not speed through the intersection. With 9,342 red light tickets issued through the program in Lawrence Township from November 2011 through October 2012, it would appear drivers aren’t getting the message to obey the law.

From November 2011 through August 2012, red light cameras in Lawrence Township collected total revenue of $422,414.12. That figure is after the township sent statutory fees to the state, but prior to giving the camera company its monthly fees and giving Mercer County its cut. Clearly, the camera program is lucrative for the area, but are drivers actually benefiting?

Nine people sustained injuries out of the 49 crashes at the Route 1/Bakers Basin Road intersection from November 2011 through June 2012. These drivers and passengers may be victims of other drivers failing to stop as required by law. They deserve compensation for their injuries and fortunately there’s photographic evidence to back up whose at-fault in each case.

If you or someone close to you has sustained injuries due to the actions of an at-fault driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our New Jersey car accident attorneys have helped more than 5,000 clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related damages. When you’re hurt, you owe it yourself to have skilled representation on your side.

 

Former Olympian Dies in Single-Car Accident

By Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer on October 15, 2012 - Comments off

Former Olympian Kyle Bennett died Sunday due to injuries sustained in a single-car accident just outside Houston. Yahoo! Sports is reporting Bennett’s SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control, leaving the roadway before striking a ditch and a metal gate. Emergency responders pronounced the three-time BMX world champion dead at the scene. The report also indicates he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Bennett leaves behind his fiancé and his young daughter Kylie, according to Yahoo! Sports.

This accident is a tragic example of how a seatbelt could’ve saved a life by preventing critical injuries. Every study shows seatbelts reduce the extent of injuries in motor vehicle crashes by limiting the body’s ability to travel during impact. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family and friends during this terrible time.

Kyle Bennett was a member of the United States’ inaugural BMX Olympic team, which competed in Beijing in 2008. Bennett failed to medal at the games, but went on to rack up key wins in national competitions and earn him a host of fans across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate seatbelts saved about 13,000 lives in 2009 alone. These safety restraints decrease the risk of death for drivers and front-seat passengers by 45 percent and reduce the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. More than three out of four victims ejected from vehicles during crashes die from their injuries, according to the CDC. About 53 percent of drivers and passengers killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accidents.
If you or someone in your family has sustained serious injuries in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your resulting damages, including medical bills and lost wages. Our Philadelphia accident lawyers have been helping victims just like you obtain the compensation they deserve since 1994. Contacting our firm today could mean the difference between a successful settlement and leaving money on the table for the insurance company to profit.

 

Two Firefighters Killed in Woodland Motorcycle Crash

By Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer on October 15, 2012 - Comments off

A motorcycle accident in Woodland Township has led to the deaths of two volunteer firefighters on Saturday. NJ.com reports Joseph Randazzo, 31-years-old, and Erin Phillips, 22-years-old, died at the scene after their motorcycle grazed another motorcycle during a fire safety gathering by the Pemberton Township Fire Department. Authorities investigating the accident stated Randazzo was speeding at the time of the crash, which caused both rider and passenger to be thrown from the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

My heart goes out to the victims of this crash, including their close friends and family. Phillips became a mother for the first time just four months ago, reports NJ.com. Both victims were veterans of the Pemberton Fire Department. Their deaths have no doubt sent shockwaves through the local community that may reverberate for years to come.

In 2011, there were 50 fatal traffic accidents in Burlington County leading to 52 deaths, according to the New Jersey State Police. Only one of those deaths happened in Woodland Township during that year. As of October 2012, the two fatalities from this latest crash in Burlington County is double the number of deaths in Woodland Township from the previous year. With about three months left in 2012, Burlington County has seen 40 traffic-related deaths on its roadways. The county is again among the leaders of all New Jersey counties in terms of traffic-related deaths.

Motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous because of the lack of safety equipment available to riders and passengers. While New Jersey law requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, protective clothing on other areas of the body may not be sufficient to mitigate physical damage from a crash – at any speed.

If you or someone close to you has sustained injuries in an auto accident, you may have rights to compensation. Your injuries weren’t your fault, and there’s no reason you should have to foot the bill for the massive medical bills that follow the crash. Our New Jersey car accident attorneys have been helping accident victims just like you since 1994. The skilled representation we provide could make all the difference in your ability to maximize the value of your accident claim.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Lineman Arrested on 15 Counts of DUI

By Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer on October 15, 2012 - Comments off

Authorities in Pittsburgh arrested Steelers rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu on a slew of charges stemming from a dangerous drunken drive through crowded city streets early Sunday morning. Yahoo! Sports reports police observed the 22-year-old football player allegedly swerving across multiple lanes, running red lights, and speeding through a pedestrian-laden area. Ta’amu ignored police requests to stop his SUV and reportedly drove at several offices prompting them to draw their weapons. He then crashed into a parked car, injuring the driver who was inside, and continued on down the street striking additional vehicles as he went. When Ta’amu’s SUV was no longer drivable, he fled on foot before multiple officers subdued him.

Police charged Ta’amu with multiple counts related to the incident, including 15 separate counts of driving under the influence.

The real story here is the driver injured due to Ta’amu’s alleged actions and there’s no word on this person’s physical condition at this hour. My hope is they weren’t severely injured and are able to make a quick recovery. Given the high number of pedestrians and other cars in the area, it’s amazing that more people weren’t hurt.

Allegheny County, which houses Pittsburgh, is the second most-populous county in Pennsylvania and lead all counties in terms of most-reported traffic accidents in the state for 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). In 2011, there were 5,567 crashes causing injuries in the area and 57 collisions leading to deaths. The county’s 12,115 total traffic accidents in 2011 were the highest since 2007, according to PennDOT.

A motor vehicle accident can awaken unexpected fears and anxieties in everyone affected by the incident. Drivers may be hesitant or unwilling to get back behind the wheel, pedestrians may be wary of crossing the street in heavy traffic. Confronting these fears and anxieties is a challenge for both the victim and the skilled legal team assisting them in the personal injury claim process. A debilitating psychological condition arising from a crash is every bit as valid an injury as a broken bone or herniated disc.

If you or someone in your family has sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may have rights to compensation for your resulting damages. Our car accident lawyers in Pennsylvania have been helping those injured due to the actions of negligent drivers since 1994. We have the skill your claim demands.

 

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