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Question by Bunniculette: improperly maintained playground leads to injury?
i see a LOT of negative answers about personal injury suits on here, so before i get trashed here is the story. my son took a bad spill at the playground, which i accept is going to happen from time to time. he’s very active and, as a result, VERY resilient. i try not to hover, but stay close by to assist. i walk the fine line between trying not to stifle him and keeping him from killing himself. not an easy task.

he fell off one of the climbing platforms at the public park, face first and my first reaction to the instant bruising/swelling on his face was to take him directly to his pediatrician, maybe the hospital. however in the few minutes it took to gather his stuff up while he screamed, he stopped crying, let go of me and ran off to join some older boys headed to the swing area. the pediatrician gave me the info over the phone about watching for concussion and i brought him to my mother’s house for her to take a look too (since i was horrified and she’s the expert as far as i’m concerned, lol.) she seemed to think he was fine too, but was concerned as to how he could have hurt himself so badly.

i explained to her that when he fell, he landed on an exposed support pipe and she suggested i contact the parks department to make a complaint. this way it could be fixed and another child would not get, perhaps even more seriously hurt. it seemed reasonable, so i planned to go down to their office. the next day when my co-workers, who witnessed the whole thing (since we were having a play date) inquired about my son and i gave them the run down, thought the township should just be “happy” i “don’t sue” and a complaint was the very least i should do.

i’m not sue happy, the thought honestly never occurred to me. however i took a look online, out of curiosity about playground regulations. apparently fall areas, beneath designated climbing equipment are supposed to be layered with a minimum of nine to twelve inches of cushioning (cedar chips, rubber, whatever.) reading this made me pretty mad, on top of being upset about the poor little guy’s suffering, my feeling like crap and questioning my mothering approach. besides the fact that it was pretty embarrassing going out in public with a child who looks like they lost a heavy weight match. obviously i know kids fall when they are playing, they will get hurt and you do your best to monitor them so they don’t get hurt too badly. i was really surprised, upset and angry that this injury didn’t have to be so severe had the playground met the safety standards. accidents happen but i would like to think that every measure possible to minimize the severity of them would be taken.

now that the bruising & swelling is gone and the cut has healed, he has a nice big scar curling around his eye. i’ve noticed that when he smiles or laughs there is a DENT in his face beneath the scar (which you couldn’t see when it was swollen) and have scheduled him an appt for monday to see the doctor and hopefully get an xray if needed. i feel like crap for letting the ped and my mom make me feel like i was over reacting, and for my ignoring my mommy-gut to bring him for an emergency visit. plus i’m worried about whether there is some underlying damage, if it will be an issue as he (rapidly) grows either with his eyesight or facial deformity.

obviously i have to wait and see what the doctor says now on monday. hopefully she will confirm her original assessment that he’s fine, it will eventually go away and i’m just being an over reactive first time mommy…. but if you were in this situation what would you do? are my friends right? should i consult a lawyer?

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Answer by Steffah
I’d let it go. Kids get banged up sometimes, it’s part of being a kid. When he’s older, there’s a good chance he’ll look back and laugh, or brag about his ‘battle scar’. Playground’s can’t be 100% safe.

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Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Support More Safety Education for Teen Drivers

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Support More Safety Education for Teen Drivers










Richmond, VA (PRWEB) February 5, 2011

A recently issued national report on the wide impact of teenage driving crashes reinforces a belief long held by the Virginia personal injury lawyers of Marks & Harrison: The best way to reduce teen car accidents is to raise teens’ awareness about the consequences of risky driving behavior.

According to the report, compiled by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance, more than 40,000 people were injured in 2008 in automobile crashes involving teenage drivers, with nearly 30 percent of the fatalities occurring to the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the car wrecks.

The report identifies four key behaviors that contribute to teen driving accidents and fatalities: Failure to use seat belts, speeding, alcohol use and distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or texting while behind the wheel.

In a news release announcing the release of the report, “Miles to Go,” one of the report’s co-authors points to startling statistics showing that more than 40 percent of teens fatally injured in car accidents in 2008 had a positive blood alcohol content, while 16 percent were reported to have been distracted.

“Reducing speeding and alcohol use, increasing seat belt use, and eliminating distractions for teen drivers are the four calls-to-action we see in this report that would have a great impact on reducing injuries and fatalities for all road users,” said the co-author, Dennis Durbin.

Those subjects have frequently been touched upon the attorneys of Marks & Harrison, a Richmond-headquartered personal injury law firm that represents car accident victims throughout Virginia, including those injured in drunk driving and distracted driving crashes.

For 12 years, as part of its community outreach efforts, the law firm has sponsored a teen drinking and driving safety program called, “Make it Home.”

The program was designed in conjunction with nurses in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the Medical College of Virginia, and it has been presented to more than 10,000 high school students throughout central Virginia in an effort to educate teen drivers about the tragedies that can occur if they choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

In the program, Marks & Harrison personal injury attorneys show a 20-minute video to students and participate in a question-and-answer session. Two of the firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers, Ryan Wind and James Mick Kessell, presented the program in November at Richmond’s Open High.

About Marks & Harrison

Established in 1911, Marks & Harrison represents clients in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, alcohol/drug-related accidents and pedestrian injuries. The firm features offices located in the Virginia cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Louisa, Charlottesville, Tappahannock, Hopewell, Staunton and Fredericksburg. To learn more about the firm and its car accident attorneys, call (800) 283-2202 or use the firm’s online form.

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Q&A: HELP I need lawyer advice?

Question by gothope?: HELP I need lawyer advice?
I have a personal injury lawsuit against a lady that ran a red light. I have had the same lawyer for 3 years. He has told me repeatedly that they cannot serve papers on her because she is avoiding it simply because her husband is a man of power in my town.The lawyer has even taken it before a judge for a “special order”, it was granted but still the papers have not been served, thus the case cannot continue. I do not know if the delay is because of the lady avoiding or if the lawyer is dishonest and stalling on purpose. What should I do?
I live in Kentucky.

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New York Construction Attorney Recognized by Leading Lawyer Sources

New York Construction Attorney Recognized by Leading Lawyer Sources










New York, NY (PRWEB) January 15, 2008

For David Perecman, New York construction attorney, the courtroom is his realm. Within its walls there is no option but to win his construction accident cases – a very good reason why he has, in a single year been recognized as a leading personal injury lawyer in New York by four primary sources for individual attorney recognition–the New York Law Journal, SuperLawyers, Lawdragons, and The Best Lawyers in America®. The founding partner at Perecman & Fanning, a New York personal injury firm handling all types of serious injury cases, Mr. Perecman has achieved particularly notable results within the field of his expertise, construction accident cases. His impeccable track record in construction accident law speaks for his talents as a litigator. “The easy part is complete and thorough preparation. The more difficult part is the ability to present things in the courtroom in a non-lawyer like fashion, to be a regular guy, and someone to whom jurors can relate. If they like you and trust you, they will be more inclined to decide a case in your client’s favor,” he says.

His successful jury verdicts have taught him that personal injury lawyers that try their clients’ cases will often get better results than if they’d settled. Mr. Perecman refuses to fall prey to the underlying fear of loss that prevents some personal injury lawyers from going to trial. Instead of highlighting a case’s potential problems as a rationale for accepting a settlement, Mr. Perecman sees each potential liability in his client’s cases as a double-edged sword. Most problems when treated with his disarming trademark humor can be turned around and used against the defense. Take, for example, construction accident cases in which undocumented aliens are injured on the job, a point oft-highlighted by the opposing counsel when attempting to prejudice the jury against the victim, and one Mr. Perecman has addressed numerous times. “When you’re standing up on a scaffold 70 feet off the ground for /hr, you’re boss calls you hard-working cheap labor. After you fall and break up your body, NOW you’re an illegal alien. When juries hear that, they get angry at the defense for even having brought it up.”

His lack of hesitation to try a construction accident case coupled with his formidable track record is a weapon in itself, and his adversaries’ knowledge of this likely course towards the courtroom tends to produce better results. As Mr. Perecman puts it, “I tell the defendant point blank, either pay me or beat me. Some choose to pay, others–well–there are always appeals”.

Recognizing his professional and civic duties, Mr. Perecman is involved politically, having testified as the Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyer’s Association and as a Chair of the Labor Law Committee before New York State Assembly committees about the topic of height-related worker safety as well as having met with the Mayor Bloomberg’s task force assigned to inquire into the recent rise in construction accidents, specifically scaffold-related deaths. He also authors related articles, lobbies for consumer protection and worker safety and lectures personal injury lawyers and court personnel regarding construction accident law.

About Perecman & Fanning

For the past 25 years, the New York personal injury lawyers at Perecman & Fanning have concentrated on complex construction accident legal issues, as well as championing all other types of personal injury cases. Perecman & Fanning have recovered over million in verdicts and settlements over the past year alone.

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David H. Perecman Again Selected In Top 5% Of Personal Injury Lawyers In New York

David H. Perecman Again Selected In Top 5% Of Personal Injury Lawyers In New York










New York, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2008

David H. Perecman, a leading personal injury lawyer in New York and founder of The Perecman Firm, PLLC has been selected once again to the list of the top 5 % of lawyers in the country by Super Lawyers magazine. This distinction places Mr. Perecman in the top when it comes to attorneys helping people get what’s best for them and their families – whether for worker’s compensation, construction accidents or any other type of personal injury case.

“This is such an honor. To be selected by my peers as one of the top professionals in this field twice is truly an accomplishment I am proud of,” said Mr. Perecman.

Having over 25 years of experience in practicing law, Mr. Perecman has received numerous accolades and awards, establishing him as one of the top personal injury attorneys in New York. In that time frame, David has successfully won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for personal injury cases, including construction accident injuries, worker’s compensation, hospital deaths and medical errors.

A highly respected personal injury lawyer in New York City, Mr. Perecman is very active in various professional organizations such as Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee (Construction Accident Law). Mr. Perecman’s experience as a New York construction accident lawyer has allowed him to address the New York State Assembly committees regarding updating and strengthening some of New York City’s labor laws to adequately protect worker safety on construction sites.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. Law & Politics has been publishing legal magazines since 1990 and Super Lawyers since 1991.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, New York personal injury lawyer David H. Perecman of The Perecman Firm, PLLC has championed all types of cases for personal injury and construction injury and is regarded as one of the best worker’s compensation attorneys in New York State. David Perecman is the current Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law (Construction Accident Law) Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements, often in the construction accident field, have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s 2008 Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s 2007 publication of “The Best Lawyers in America” and has earned him the votes by his peers as among the top 5% of lawyers in the New York region as published in The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition”. He was selected as among the top attorneys by “Lawdragon” and his verdicts and settlements have earned him the privilege of acceptance into “The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum”. He has appeared as a commentator on Court T.V.

He has recovered multi-millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career. Among his more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a million verdict* for an injured NYC sheet metal construction worker who fractured his arm and injured his knee. Mr. Perecman has spent much of his career advocating for injured victims’ rights and addressing safety issues in the workplace including his recent statements regarding New York City crane construction accidents. The New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm have a depth of expertise in and breadth of knowledge well recognized in NYC, while their record and reputation speaks for itself.

*later settled while on appeal for .940 million.

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Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer Don Guthrie Plans to Expand Webpage

Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer Don Guthrie Plans to Expand Webpage










Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) April 10, 2009

Jacksonville personal injury attorney Don Guthrie has served his community in many capacities: as a member of the US Army, as a dedicated attorney, and as a volunteer and contributor to many Florida charities. His goal in all of these pursuits has been to protect the rights and dignity of his fellow citizens.

Recently his law firm has embarked on a new project: providing legal and safety information to the public free of charge. This information is now available in articles posted to his website, where visitors can browse through topics ranging from the basics of personal injury law to resources for coping with life-changing injuries.

In a reaffirmation of his firm’s longstanding commitment to promoting education and safety, he plans to rapidly expand his website with informational articles, making several new pages available each week.

About Don Guthrie:

Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie is not only committed to helping victims of negligent behavior by assisting them with their Jacksonville personal injury claims; he also strives to prevent major accidents from happening to begin with. He believes that the most effective way to accomplish this is through education about common causes of accidents and how they can be avoided.

His website is updated with new articles on a regular basis. To get the facts about Jacksonville personal injury law, accident prevention, and related topics, visit his website or call Don Guthrie today at 904-493-6455.

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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Lee Arter has Great Success with New Websites

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Lee Arter has Great Success with New Websites










Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 18, 2009

As a veteran Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer, Lee Arter has helped countless people who have been injured in accidents in Southern California.

Mr. Arter wanted to reach out to more people on the internet, to give them easy access to the information they need from his multiple websites. After launching an innovative 12-site campaign which included an information-filled personal injury website, Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, and 11 niche sites for specific practice areas, Mr. Arter’s office quickly realized the success of these sites. The firm received more phone calls, more emails, and more people who needed the help of a qualified personal injury lawyer than ever before.

Included in the successful campaign, niche websites were launched to target each one of the many practice areas that Mr. Arter’s firm handles. An example of one these sites include: Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney

In addition to the helpful content and information provided on the 12 websites, the web marketing campaign came complete with high-definition video of Mr. Arter speaking about various personal injury matters.

The entire package was created and maintained by the experts at Scorpion Design.

Contact Information:

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Lee Arter

3580 Wilshire Blvd # 2080

Los Angeles, California 90010

Phone: 800-715-4489

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