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Smaller Cars Associated with More Fatal Accidents

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South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers: Smaller Cars Associated with More Fatal AccidentsThe results of a recent car accident study show that fatal car crashes occur most frequently in small vehicles, and larger sized vehicles do not incur fatalities as often. Crash data from the federal government was analyzed between 2012 and 2015. The vehicles most frequently associated with driver fatalities included the Kia Rio and Hyundai Optima.

The study, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reviewed data over the course of four years for 208 different car models. To keep results consistent, researchers only considered cars that had a minimum of 100,000 registered models during the study period. Certain car models, such as the Tesla S were omitted for this reason.

The results from the study showed that minicars were most related to driver fatalities during accidents. During the 2012 to 2015 study period, 104 Hyundai Accent drivers were fatally injured in car accidents. Kia Rio came in second for fatalities. Smaller cars are more likely to become crushed or overturned during accidents, causing the fatality rate to skyrocket.

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Upper Darby SEPTA Train Accident Leaves 42 Injured

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Upper Darby SEPTA Train Accident Leaves 42 InjuredOn Tuesday morning, a SEPTA train accident in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, left 42 individuals with a range of personal injuries. The SEPTA train accident occurred around 12:15 am when a train coming from the Norristown High Speed Line hit an unoccupied train car at the Upper Darby Transportation Center. Forty-one passengers and the train operator sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at eight local hospitals. The train operator, who was treated at the Penn Presbyterian Hospital, was discharged.

SEPTA trains provide reliable, convenient, and economical transportation to millions of commuters and visitors in the Delaware Valley. Unfortunately, when a train accident occurs, it could mean that train occupants may incur personal injuries, which may adversely affect their quality of life, or even cause fatalities for them. In some cases, the train operator may be at fault, but defective brakes or other issues may cause train accidents, too.

If you or your loved ones sustained personal injuries in a train accident, we can help. Call our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. at…

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Folkman Law Offices’ Attorneys Named SJ Magazine’s 2017 Top Attorneys

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South Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers: Folkman Law Offices’ Attorneys Named SJ Magazine’s 2017 Top Attorneys We are pleased to announce that five attorneys at the Folkman Law Offices, P.C. have been recognized for their achievements as legal professionals by SJ Magazine. In the August issue of the publication, SJ Magazine presents their choices for their 2017 Top Attorneys list, citing lawyers in South Jersey for this honorable distinction. Each year, South Jersey attorneys are asked to nominate their peers to be recognized as the most skilled and outstanding lawyers in their field.

This year, attorney Benjamin Folkman received acclaim for his work in the practice area of medical malpractice. His colleague, attorney Paul Jensen, Jr., was acknowledged for his top attorney skills in commercial litigation. In the field of employment discrimination, attorney Eve Keller was awarded recognition for her work. Attorney Lauren Law received accolades in the practice area of labor and employment. For work accomplished in the field of general law, attorney Sarah Slachetka received recognition.

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Doctors Miss Cardiovascular Disease

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Cherry Hill Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Doctors Miss Cardiovascular DiseaseA groundbreaking new study by The Doctors Company and CRICO Strategies has been published that looks at missed diagnoses of patients with heart problems. Investigations into 251 closed malpractice cases were done where patients alleged that their medical practitioner did not diagnose them with a cardiovascular condition. The study found that compared to other malpractice claims, these cases resulted in higher severity injuries to the patients.

The study was titled “Missed Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease in Outpatient Medicine,” published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The researchers’ key finding was that 23 percent of patients with missed diagnosis of coronary artery disease or heart attack had a prior history of cardiovascular disease. They also found that despite the high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, most patients with missed outpatient coronary artery disease had initial diagnoses that were common disease mimics, such as esophageal reflux and musculoskeletal disorders, or were nonspecific.

The researchers were surprised that so many of the cardiovascular malpractice claims occurred in patients who had risk factors of cardiac disease. Co-author of…

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Bosch Technology Seeks to Alert Drivers

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Cherry Hill Wrongful Death Lawyers: Bosch Technology Seeks to Alert DriversThe warm weather is finally here, which means enthused motorcycle riders can be spotted on all the roadways. However, riding a bike on the open road is not all freedom and fun. Sadly, motorcyclists are 18 percent more likely to suffer fatalities in an accident than other drivers.

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a myriad of reasons: the driver may not be wearing the proper riding gear, or they could be driving recklessly and weaving through traffic. It is also common for car drivers to have a blind spot in their mirrors and not realize there are bikers around them. Unfortunately, it is more prevalent for motorcyclists to be seriously injured on the road.

There are many safety precautions in place to help reduce the risk of injury while riding a motorcycle, such as properly-fitted helmets and wearing protective clothing, proper riding shoes, and gloves. These precautions are not enough to prevent wrongful death due to negligence on the road. Motorcycles are less stable at high speeds since they are smaller and…

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Two Motorcycles Collided with Car Causing Fatality in Cherry Hill

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Two Motorcycles Collided with Car Causing Fatality in Cherry Hill

In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, two motorcycles collided with a car, causing a fatality. The accident occurred on Thursday night around 8:30 pm on Kings Highway between Route 70 and Chapel Avenue. One motorcyclist succumbed to his fatal injuries at the scene of the accident where the motorcycles collided with the car, and another motorcyclist sustained personal injuries, prompting a visit to the hospital. The police are investigating the cause of the accident.

When the weather becomes warmer, more motorcyclists take their motorcycles out on the road. Unfortunately, this means the amount of motorcycle accidents increases along with potential personal injuries or even fatalities for motorcyclists and other involved in accidents. Due to the lack of safety features on motorcycles, motorcyclists are at-risk for sustaining injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic.

If you or someone you love sustained personal injuries in a motorcycle accident, we can help. Call our South Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. at 856-354-9444 or contact us online. We…

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Elderly Are More Susceptible to Accident Injuries

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South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers: Elderly Are More Susceptible to Accident InjuriesStudies show that older drivers are more likely to suffer serious injuries when involved in a car accident. In 2014, more than 230,000 older drivers were treated in emergency rooms across the country due to car accidents, and more than 5,700 senior drivers suffered fatalities.

As Americans reach the age of 70, their risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increases greatly with every year, up to age 85 and older. Car accidents at intersections involving multiple vehicles account for 40 percent of all fatal crashes for drivers aged 80 and older, as compared to 20 percent for drivers aged 59 and younger.

Why senior drivers are more vulnerable

While some may be quick to assume that older drivers are less capable behind the wheel, the data suggests that is a very small factor. As we age, our vision, hearing, and reaction time decline, but that does not account for the incremental increase in injuries and fatalities as drivers get older.

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Impact of Taking Opioids Prior to Knee Replacement Surgery

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Cherry Hill Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Impact of Taking Opioids Prior to Knee Replacement SurgeryA new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reveals that people who take opioids prior to knee replacement surgery suffer more pain after the procedure than those who do not. Despite the implications of this study, opioid prescriptions are on the rise. In the United States, over $1.5 billion is spent each year on prescription opioids for people with knee osteoarthritis, according to the study’s researchers.

Knee replacement surgery is the last resort for those with osteoarthritis. Patients are often encouraged to attempt non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and exercise. However, doctors may also prescribe opioid painkillers to help patients cope with the pain associated with osteoarthritis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that patients may develop a tolerance to prescription opioids, meaning that the longer patients are on the opioid medication, the more they will have to take to achieve the same level of pain relief. The CDC also notes that other pain management strategies are less dangerous, such as physical therapy and exercise, cognitive…

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Does the Age of Your Physician Matter?

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Cherry Hill Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Does the Age of Your Physician Matter?Researchers at Harvard have discovered that age does matter when it comes to hospital physicians. According to the findings of their study, which were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), there is a link between physician age and clinical performance. One might think that the older a physician is, the more experience they have and therefore, the better their clinical performance will be. However, these researchers charted statistics indicating that this may not always be the case.

The Harvard study analyzed the clinical performance of a specific type of physician: hospitalists. Hospitalists are physicians whose primary focus is caring for hospitalized patients. Researchers noted that for patients treated by hospitalists aged 40 and younger, there is a 10.8 percent mortality rate as compared to a 12.1 percent mortality rate for patients treated by hospitalists aged 60 and older. This age range correlates to the widest gap; the comparison of hospitalists in their 40’s to those in their 50’s reveals only a 0.2 percent difference in mortality rates among patients.

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