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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2016 – Barger & Gaines is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Giulia Frasca to its Irvington office. Ms. Frasca is an attorney who focuses her practice on special education, education law and disciplinary matters, special needs planning, Child Protective Service and Association for Children’s Services matters, OPWDD appeals, involuntary commitment and assisted outpatient treatment matters and elder law in New York and Connecticut. Ms. Frasca has worked primarily in special education, education law and special needs planning and has extensive experience in these areas. Barger & Gaines is a law firm […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2016 – Lawsuits that accuse companies of engaging in workers’ compensation retaliation are becoming increasingly common. This is because of the recent verdicts awarding damages to employees whose former employers retaliated against them when they filed workers’ compensation claims. For instance, in February of this year, a court in Indiana rendered a judgment in excess of $400,000 in a workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit. In addition, a jury in Florida awarded over $600,000 for another such claim. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit lowered a $4.2 million award to $2 […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2016 – A jury in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, rendered an award of $10.5 million to the family of a woman who was “buried alive” at the time of a crash with a dump truck. The jury found in favor of the husband and two autistic sons of the victim, Gail Walsh, by awarding them $1.5 million in survival damages and $9 million for wrongful death. The jury divided liability among the three defendants, apportioning 50 percent to the motorist who is alleged to have caused the dump truck, which contained thousands of pounds of […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2015 – On Oct. 30, 2013, a 14-year-old girl was involved in a fatal car accident in Vineland, New Jersey. She was hit while crossing a street close to her bus stop. Her brother and sister witnessed the accident, and the girl died later that day. Her father recently filed a claim on behalf of his daughter’s estate and her two siblings. The defendants in the lawsuit are the other parties to the accident, the Vineland Board of Education, City of Vineland and Cumberland County. The accident occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. on […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in September that the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, deserves a new trial in a slip-and-fall personal injury lawsuit. The court determined that the trial court’s instructions to the jury were incorrect in that they contained a burden of proof exemption that, according to the state Supreme Court, is only applicable to self-service businesses, such as grocery stores and cafeterias, where consumers hold equipment and products. Plaintiff Janice Prioleau filed a personal injury claim against KFC alleging that she suffered […]


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Hackensack, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – “Divorce selfies” are the latest craze to hit social media and for good reason. A Canadian couple shared a smiling selfie following filing for divorce and it has already received over 30,000 shares on Facebook. The post has since sparked a public conversation on a topic that is often looked at as a private and negative experience. Nima Ameri, Esq. of New Jersey Law firm Ameri & Associates thinks the recent media and public response to “divorce selfies.” has been a positive one. “Getting a divorce shouldn’t have to be a […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2015 – These days, DUI/DWI convictions are becoming more stringent, but there are eight states with very strict penalties. “A DUI/DWI penalty is not much fun, no matter where you incur it,” points out Lakeland, Florida. criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. “However, there are some states that really take a dim view of drinking and driving and their DUI/DWI penalties are very harsh.” The eight worst states to be convicted of drinking and driving are: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia and New York. Arizona does not mess around, even […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Most people think of drunk drivers as being average citizens weaving in and out of traffic or oblivious of where they are going. Drunk drivers may also be law enforcement personnel. Just because police officers are sworn to uphold the laws does not mean that some do not cross the line and break those same laws. That is what happened in this tragic case where a drunk New Jersey officer killed another officer and critically injured a third colleague. Twenty-seven year old Pedro Abad Jr. was behind the wheel driving with […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2015 – Philapelphia’s city and state Departments of Transportation have teamed up to focus on distraction caused by the use of smartphones. On April 9, the city of Philadelphia, in tandem with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) launched a public safety campaign urging pedestrians in the city to avoid texting and crossing a street at the same time. The campaign has been designed to address the growing number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Philadelphia. The scope of the problem is significant, as Ema Yamamoto, project manager for the city’s pedestrian safety […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2015 – Fifty-five train passengers were injured as a result of a collision on a heavily trafficked North Carolina track. On its way from North Carolina to New Jersey on March 9, the 127-ton tractor-trailer was so big that it was forced to take back roads in order to avoid the overpasses on Interstate 95 it could not clear. The circuitous route allowed the giant commercial vehicle to proceed northward, but it also put it in the path of a northeast-bound Amtrak train. The train slammed into the tractor-trailer after the truck got […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2015 – The outlook in the Keystone State has improved, while a funding gap has complicated issue in the Garden State. Keystone State residents received some sobering news in February when the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission issued a report that found 35 percent of the commonwealth’s local bridges to be structurally deficient. And in neighboring New Jersey, the highway infrastructure news from the same month was even worse; the Garden State is also grappling with the problem of how to pay for much-needed repairs to its crumbling roads and bridges. According to Pennsylvania’s […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – The federal board has issued a plea as commercial vehicle accident deaths and injuries rise. During a news conference on January 13, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged a shift in priorities concerning trucking safety for 2015. The agency chose the high-profile forum for pleading its case in the wake of evidence that highway regulators have failed to implement more than 100 safety recommendations, despite that fact that highway fatalities involving trucks have mounted steadily over the last four years. While stressing the importance of the trucking industry to […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2015 – Black ice is being blamed for fatalities, multi-vehicle crashes and roadway closures throughout the region. In what may have been one of the most severely traffic-disruptive storms to hit the Northeast this winter, freezing rain paralyzed highways and bridges from Maryland to Connecticut on January 18. The storm has been blamed for five deaths in the region.  But while the misery the storm generated for commuters was well-distributed throughout the region, storm-related fatalities fell heavily on the Philadelphia metropolitan area, where three people died. The freezing rain and ensuing deceptive, slippery […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2015 – Gary Anderson, 58, was delivering drywall to a nearly completed building when a falling object struck and killed him. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into a November 3 worksite accident. Anderson, an independent contractor from Somerdale, New Jersey, was delivering wallboard to a 50-story apartment building under construction in Jersey City, New Jersey when the accident occurred. Anderson was knocked unconscious after a falling tape measure struck him, and he later died of his injuries. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., Anderson arrived at 70 Christopher […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2014 – For purposes of Medicaid long-term care services, New Jersey has always been an income cap state. That means that an individual’s income must not exceed 300% of the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR). Beginning January 1, 2015 that means that an individual’s monthly income cannot exceed $2,199. Historically, individuals in nursing homes were able to qualify for a “Medically Needy” program to spend their income down and qualify for Medicaid. Individuals requiring care in assisted living or at home were not eligible for the Medically Needy program and could not become eligible […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Area residents and officials are blaming congestion in the event parking lot for the tragedy. October is a time of the year for enjoying the colorful beauty of fall foliage and the fruits of the autumn harvest. But the 31st annual Chester Harvest Festival, a popular and iconic seasonal event held at Alstede Farm in Morris County, New Jersey, turned tragic on October 12, when a child was killed and two adults seriously injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident in the facility’s parking lot. Several people who were […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2014 – A truck driver’s early-morning death on a busy New Jersey highway has added to a rising national trend. Crashes involving a commercial vehicle can be among the deadliest traffic incidents on U.S. highways. But when more than one truck or other large commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, the consequences can be particularly destructive.  That was certainly the case in the early morning hours of October 13, when a multi-truck collision on the New Jersey Turnpike left one truck driver dead and the southbound lanes of the highway closed for […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2014 – The “30 Rock” comedian has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, setting his case on the heels of the criminal case against the firm’s truck driver. On June 7, a commercial truck plowed into a limousine van carrying, among other passengers, comedian Tracy Morgan. The crash killed fellow comedian James McNair and injured Morgan and others aboard the limo, and it has turned into a high-profile example of a deadly tractor-trailer crash and the legal proceedings that surround it.  The case has taken several twists since the accident on the northbound New […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2014 – The Garden State is encouraging adult mentoring to amplify the impact of its successful licensing program. September traditionally marks the back-to-school period in the United States. This year, the mass return to classrooms in the wake of Labor Day, which includes a wave of teenagers driving to school, has been little different. This fall in New Jersey, highway safety officials decided to heighten public awareness of the importance of parental mentoring of teens to help reduce the incidence of traffic accidents among younger motorists in the Garden State. Nationwide, the incidence […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2014 – On September 7, a weekend incident at a busy shopping emporium stunned bystanders. Fortunately, none were injured. When a sport utility vehicle drove through the entrance of a mall in Jersey City, New Jersey. The impact of the SUV upon the mall’s glass and metal doors triggered a sound akin to rapid-fire gunshots. The SUV’s boisterously destructive arrival, along with the vehicle’s subsequent march down the mall’s corridor, sent startled shoppers and mall employees scrambling for safety. After the SUV came to a halt, crashing into a wall, its 83-year-old driver […]


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