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Why You Need an Attorney in a Car Accident Case

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Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers: Why You Need an Attorney in a Car Accident CaseMany victims of car accidents may be tempted to forgo contacting a personal injury lawyer. Some may feel confident that they can handle it on their own, or that dealing with the situation is simple. However, for those who have suffered serious injuries in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, having a lawyer is critical to ensuring the most favorable outcome. There are many reasons why it is important and often necessary to contact a lawyer after being injured a car accident.

Greater Knowledge of Law and Procedure

One may think that they understand traffic laws and procedures, but the truth of the matter is far more complicated than some may realize. A car accident lawyer brings an in-depth knowledge of relevant laws that could affect a case in a fundamental way.

Lawyers are trained to understand details such as statutes of limitations that can allow you to file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver. In addition, they can identify exceptions to such limitations. A lawyer can also file a lawsuit on the…

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Pharmacists and Overdose Liability

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Cherry Hill Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Pharmacists and Overdose LiabilitThe opioid epidemic is a nationwide crisis. The role medical professionals play in the cycle of addiction is being scrutinized now more than ever. Some lawmakers are looking into whether pharmacists should be held legally responsible for deaths from the opioid prescriptions they fill. Several doctors have already been convicted of over-prescribing controlled substances.

Pharmacy law experts seem to agree that medical malpractice lawsuits targeting pharmacists involved in the over-prescription of opioids will soon be a reality. However, the details about how to determine when a pharmacist is liable for a patient’s death are still a topic of debate. Many individuals prescribed opioid pain medication are suffering with legitimate pain. When does treating that pain with opioids become illegal? This is the gray are that makes legislating pharmacist responsibility challenging.

Pharmacists and Corresponding Responsibility

The primary law on the books regarding this issue is the 1971 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) doctrine making the doctor accountable for the responsible prescription of controlled substances for pain or other conditions. Title 21 also assigns “corresponding responsibility” to the pharmacist filling the prescription. Defining and…

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Distracted Driving Still Pervasive

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South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers: Distracted Driving Still PervasiveAccording to the largest distracted driving study conducted to date, 88 percent of drivers use their phones while behind the wheel. Whether they are texting, talking, or navigating the web, many of these drivers seem oblivious to the dangers of their behavior. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s eyes off the road for even a few seconds – including use of a cell phone. In 2105 alone, 3,477 people were fatally injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Clearly, more needs to be done to address the dangers of distracted driving.

The Facts Behind the Study

Researchers at Zendrive, maker of an app that measures driving activity, conducted the study analyzing the cellphone use of more than three million drivers over a three-month period ending in February 2017.  After reviewing 570 million car trips, Zendrive found that drivers use their phones for an average of three and half minutes for every hour of driving.

Prior research shows that reading or composing a text message while driving at a speed of 55 miles per hour is the equivalent of…

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Categories: Car Accidents, Wrongful Death

Folkman Law Offices Featured in October Edition You Should Know Newsletter

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South Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers: Folkman Law Offices Featured in October Edition You Should Know Newsletter

To read the full October 2017 Newsletter, click here.

The South Jersey personal injury lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. are dedicated to helping victims of negligence secure the justice they deserve and the compensation they need for their injury-related expenses. To learn more about the services we offer, call 856-354-9444 to schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced member of our legal team, or contact us online.

From our Cherry HillNew JerseyPhiladelphia, and King of PrussiaPennsylvania offices, we represent clients throughout South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Common Errors in Hospitals

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Cherry Hill Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Common Errors in HospitalsOver 250,000 fatalities per year are attributable to medical error, according to Johns Hopkins patient safety experts. Medical malpractice occurs when patients are harmed by negligent medical professionals. Certain types of hospital errors are more common than others and lead to more injuries, fatalities, and medical malpractice cases. Below are some of the more common errors.

Medication Errors

An incorrect prescription, improper dosing, or medicine given to the wrong patient all constitute medication errors. The most common medication errors involve dosages; these errors can occur when a medical professional makes a mistake when writing the dosage on a prescription, administers the incorrect amount of medicine, or relies upon faulty equipment to administer the drug. A medical professional may also fail to consider any medications that the patient is currently taking which may lead to an adverse interaction with the newly prescribed medication.

Diagnostic Errors

There are two types of diagnostic errors that are responsible for a large percentage of medical malpractice complaints: delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis. A delayed diagnosis occurs when medical professionals fail to diagnose diseases in a timely…

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Categories: Birth Injuries, Medical Malpractice

Social Media’s Impact on Personal Injury Claims

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Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers: Social Media’s Impact on Personal Injury ClaimsMany social media users believe if they set their page settings to private, their personal lives will not be broadcast across the internet. However, this misconception is causing a lot of trouble. Online bullying, cyber-stalking, and individuals posting incriminating evidence have all become commonplace online, leading to severe implications for those involved. Information posted on the internet is easily accessible to various uninvited parties and can be recovered long after deletion to be used against the responsible party in a court of law.

Individuals who file personal injury lawsuits are among those most haunted by their social media posts. The intent of a personal injury lawsuit is for a plaintiff to receive compensation after they have experienced significant pain and suffering from having harm or injury inflicted upon them. They must prove the harm was life-altering and caused by another’s negligence and that they are deserving of monetary compensation to mend the damages endured. Unfortunately, it is all too common for plaintiffs to post contradicting information on social media that undermine their claims.

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Bridgeton School Bus Crash Injures One Individual

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Bridgeton School Bus Crash Injures One Individual

A school bus crash in Bridgeton, New Jersey occurred on Tuesday morning. Around 7:30 am, a car collided with the school bus on Pearl Street, which caused  injuries for the driver of the car. It is unclear if any students occupied the bus at the time of the accident.

Oftentimes, bus accidents may result in serious injuries and potential fatalities for the driver and passengers as well as any other motorists involved in the collision. Since bus passengers are not required to wear seat belts, and buses do not carry air bags for protection in a crash, injuries sustained in this type of incident may be more severe than the average car accident. Due to the design of a bus, the vehicle tends to be top-heavy and prone to rolling over when in an accident.

If you or your loved ones sustained personal injuries in a bus accident, we can help. Call our Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. at 856-354-9444 or contact us online. We handle bus…

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Categories: Auto Accident

Teen Driver Accidents

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Teen Driver AccidentsFor many teens in the United States, one of the most exhilarating moments of their young lives is obtaining a driver’s license. A license can bring them a sense of freedom and marks the advancing of adulthood. However, parents may be more apprehensive about this newfound freedom.

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of fatal injury for American teens. Additionally, even though the 15 to 24-year-old age group accounts for only 14 percent of the United States’ population, this group suffers from the most vehicle crashes. Teen boys have double the fatality crash rate as female teenage drivers, and teens driving with teenage passengers are more likely to crash.

According to recent statistics, an average of seven teens between the ages of 16 to 19 lose their lives every day from car crashes. This group was also three times more likely than those over the age of 19 to be involved in a fatal car accident. This is because teens are least likely to wear their seatbelts. Other factors in the high rate of crash fatalities include distracted driving, drowsy driving, and driving under the…

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Increase in Premature Births

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Increase in Premature BirthsAccording to the March of Dimes, the premature birth rate in the United States increased for the first time in eight years. The latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card reports that the premature birth rate rose to nearly 10 percent in 2016. The March of Dimes gives the U.S. a “C” grade based on significant ethnic and racial disparities in premature birth rates.

Without proper prenatal care and support, premature babies in underprivileged communities do not have the same chance to survive and thrive as those in more affluent areas. Among African American women, preterm births are 48 percent higher than the average for Caucasian women. The preterm birth rate is 15 percent higher for Native American and Native Alaskan women than Caucasian women. While the U.S. is one of the world’s leaders in medical care and research, it falls toward the bottom in terms of premature birth rate among developed nations.

Concerns with Prematurity

Babies born before 37 weeks of gestation are considered premature. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for babies in the U.S. Preterm babies who survive potentially face a host…

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Spike in Pedestrian Accident Deaths

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Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers: Spike in Pedestrian Accident DeathsThe Governors Highway Safety Association released new data showing that pedestrian fatalities are the highest they have been in more than 20 years. The Governors Highway Safety Association, representing safety offices throughout the country, ordered the report, which contains data from every state and the District of Columbia. They found there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016, an 11 percent increase over the previous year. That is the largest annual increase in more than 40 years. Experts speculate the drastic rise in pedestrian accident deaths has a lot to do with drivers and walkers distracted by cell phones.

Trends Behind the Data

Lower gases prices combined with an improved economy mean more drivers on the road. More vehicles on the roads inevitably increase driver and pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Yet, miles walked and driven only increased a few percentage points in 2016, which does not account for the 11 percent spike in pedestrian deaths.

Alcohol is also a factor in pedestrian fatalities. More than one-third of pedestrians and 15 percent of drivers involved in fatal collisions were under the influence of…

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