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What If Your Child Is Injured At School?

What If Your Child Is Injured At School?If you’re a parent with kids, you already know the low level worry that all parents experience when they’re not around to directly oversee their children. It’s one of the things that every parent has to accept as a part of life as the child grows up, especially when it comes time to go to school. Once a child is of age, it’s not just a legal requirement but also in their best interests to start attending school and learning the skills and knowledge that will give them the opportunity to lead a happy, successful life. But it also means that now your children are away from home for eight or more hours of the day.

In most cases, this is simply a normal process of growing up that all of us experienced in our own lives. But sometimes the unexpected happens and a child can actually sustain an injury at school. Depending on what transpired, your child’s injuries may be the result of negligence at school, and if this is the case, you may have some legal options available to you.
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Attorney David L Goldman

What If A Bully Injures Your Child?

What If A Bully Injures Your Child?When we send our children off to school, our hope is that while they are there, they get a quality education, make some friends, and learn essential skills and knowledge that will help them not just with their career prospects, but with their ability to socialize and live their lives. What we don’t hope is that they encounter people who, for whatever reason, take an intense dislike to them, and that dislike is strong enough that they act on it and actively seek to harm your child.

Bullying is not something any parent wants to have happen to their child, but across schools all over the world, it happens everyday. Most of the time this results in emotional distress, perhaps some minor physical injury as a result of harassment or fighting. Sometimes, however, the results can be lifelong, crippling, or even lethal.

In April of this year, two separate incidents in California and Delaware resulted in the deaths of two children because of bullying. A 16 year old girl in Delaware was beaten to death in the girls’ bathroom because of an argument about boys. In California,... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

The 5 Most Common Auto Accident Related Injuries

The 5 Most Common Auto Accident Related InjuriesThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that more than 3 million people are injured in vehicle accidents each year. The injuries that occur can very a lot between car accidents due to the unique circumstances of each collision. However, there are a few injuries that tend to be more common than others.

1. Soft Tissue Injuries

A soft tissue injury refers to any type of damage done to the body’s connective tissues such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Soft tissue injuries can come in several different forms, but the most well-known and common form is ‘whiplash’.

Whiplash occurs when the muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched due to sudden and forceful movements of the head and neck. Other soft tissue injuries are likely to form for the same reasons such as a mid-back or low-back sprain. Depending on the injury, the impact force against the spine could cause serious problems.

2. Scrapes And Cuts

As you can probably imagine, scrapes and cuts are pretty common after an auto accident. During a car accident, any loose objects within the car can immediately become projectiles... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

The Dos And Don’ts Of Bicycle Safety

The Dos And Don’ts Of Bicycle SafetyThe summer sun is out and there has never been a better time to hop on your bicycle! However, before you get too ahead of yourself, here are some basic safety tips you should keep in mind while on the road.


DO: Follow The Rules Of The Road

While this may seem like an obvious one, it is still important for you to obey all traffic signs and signals when on the road. That means that a cyclist must still follow the same laws that you would expect an automobile driver to follow such as stopping at stop signs, signaling when turning, and riding at the proper speed limit.

DON’T: Ride Your Bicycle Without A Helmet

This should always be the first and foremost rule that you follow while cycling, even if you are only planning to ride around the block. A helmet is the only thing that can come between your head and the ground when an accident happens. If you still are not buying it, then you should keep in mind that the number one cause of death in bicycle accidents are head injuries.

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Attorney Bernard F Walsh

5 Car Accident Myths You Don’t Want To Fall For

5 Car Accident Myths You Don’t Want To Fall ForCar accidents can be a traumatic experience. The last thing you need after your accident is to fall for one of the many myths that can get you in trouble during this stressful period of your life. That is why we are sharing the 5 myths that you do not want to fall for after your car accident.


MYTH 1: If You Are Not Hurt Right Away You Cannot Sue For Injuries Later

Not all injuries will be noticeable immediately after a car accident. This is especially true for injuries like whiplash or concussions that can take as long as months to develop symptoms. As long as you are within the state’s statute of limitations, you can still file an injury claim. That is why, even if you feel fine after an accident, you should still seek out medical attention as soon as possible.

MYTH 2: The Other Driver And I Can Work Things Out

This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make after a car accident is admitting fault. Unfortunately, this can happen all too easily even when it was never your... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

Preparing For Your Worker’s Compensation Independent Medical Examination

Preparing For Your Worker’s Compensation Independent Medical ExaminationIf you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is likely that you will be asked to attend an independent medical examination. Independent medical examinations, also known as IME, are typically requested when there is a dispute or question about what benefits you are entitled to after your injury or illness. Since an IME can have a great impact on the amount of benefits you can receive, it is important that you understand its purpose and are prepared for it.
What Is An Independent Medical Examination?
An IME is an examination that a medical provider will give to assess your medical condition, your course of treatment or the level of disability that you currently have. After you have completed the examination, the doctor will issue a report that answers questions about your current condition. This may include one or more of the following:

Does the condition you have match the condition for which you have filed your claim?
Did an accident or exposure at the workplace cause your condition?
What is the extent of your impairment or disability?
Will you require additional treatment or testing for your condition? Or have... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

4 Ways To Reduce Driving Anxiety

4 Ways To Reduce Driving AnxietyWhile you can find plenty of people who are afraid of spiders compared to those that are afraid of cars, there are still many who experience anxiety on the road for one reason or another.

 What Causes Driving Anxiety?
Anything that causes stress can cause anxiety and driving can be quite a stressful task at times. Every moment that you are traveling at high speeds and having to dodge other drivers on the road is a stressful occurrence.

That aside, for those who have experienced or witnessed an auto accident, the anxiety may come from reliving the event or seeing the dangers of driving firsthand. Even having a loved one injured from a car accident that you did not witness can be enough for someone to fear driving.
Tips To Overcoming Your Driving Anxiety
Overcoming your fear of driving is a process and though it may take a while to fully get over your anxiety, there are a few ways to help you reduce the amount of fear you feel while on the road.

1. Face Your Fear

This is often easier said than done, but it is an important step to... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

Is Your Slip And Fall Claim Valid?

Is Your Slip And Fall Claim Valid?We all slip or trip and fall at some point in our life. Most of these little accidents are simply due to not paying attention or being careful. However, sometimes our falls happen because of a hazard on someone else’s property.

Still, just because you fell on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean that they are liable for your injuries. Unless that person was responsible for your safety while on their property and their actions or neglect are what led to the accident.

In order for you to know whether you have a valid slip and fall claim, here are 3 questions you should be asking:

1. Was There An Unsafe Or Hazardous Condition On The Property?

In order for the property owner to be liable, there has to have been an unsafe or hazardous condition to have caused the fall in the first place. It is not enough for you to have simply been caught off balance while on the property.

A few examples of unsafe conditions are:

wet and slippery floors
weak stairway railings
a badly damaged sidewalk
dangerous machinery left out in the open

The property owner must have either caused... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

When Bicycle Accidents Are Caused By Road Hazards

When Bicycle Accidents Are Caused By Road HazardsUnlike a lot of other modes of transportation, bicycles can be particularly susceptible to the bumps, cracks, and holes found in the road. This is due to their relative instability and the thin tires that make unexpected and abrupt changes in the road’s surface quite dangerous. Even the most experience cyclists may end up falling or losing control due to the various hazards found on the road.

When the bicycle accident is the result of a road hazard, the liable party is most likely the state, county, city, or other public agency that is responsible for the maintenance of the road way. Whether you can actually prove that the government’s actions or neglect of the road was the cause of your accident will typically depend on the type of hazard and what the government could have done to prevent the incident.
Bicycle Accidents Caused By Potholes
Usually, a pothole occurs for one of two reasons: poorly done temporary road fixes that sink or crack after being made or the long-term wear and tear of other vehicles which causes the surface of the road to break.

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Attorney David L Goldman

Can You Be Held Liable For A Child Trespasser’s Injuries?

Can You Be Held Liable For A Child Trespasser’s Injuries?When it comes to children, they are entitled to some extra legal protections and are less liable when it comes to accidents and injuries. However, what if a child got injured while trespassing on your property? Were they liable because they trespassed or are you liable because they are a child?
General Liability For Property Dangers
Before we can assess who is liable, it is important to understand how premise liability typically works. Premise liability is the primary legal principle that holds owners, occupiers, and lessees of property liable for the injuries suffered on their property. However, whether the property owner is truly liable for their injuries depends on whether their neglect of property dangers is what lead to the accident.

If a public pool had a diving board that had not been properly maintained and it broke causing one of the guests to get injured, the pool owner is liable because their neglect to maintain or repair the diving board caused the accident. Additionally, the pool owner had given no warning to the guests that the diving board was in disrepair.

However, if public pool... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

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