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Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney at Law
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Dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek justice and compensation
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Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Car Crash Data from 2014 to 2015 - The year 2014 saw an overall decline in fatal car accidents from the previous year. However, the data from the first half of 2015 reveals troubling statistics, indicating a rise in roadway fatalities. In fact, the estimates from the first half of 2015 show an 8.1% increase in fatalities, which translates to approximately 16,225 deaths, compared to 15,014 deaths during the same period in 2014. Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, expressed concern over the data, which he said is the result of impaired driving, speeding and not wearing seatbelts. Adkins said that although many states are working hard to further develop their educational and enforcement programs, there is a lack of reliable funding, which will impact the ability to implement these programs. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator, Mark Rosekind, said that the latest statistics are unacceptable and that every state needs to take the numbers seriously

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Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyers: Finding Fault in Wrongful Death Actions - A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit brought by the family of a person who was killed by another person or person’s negligent actions. Wrongful death statutes were created by state legislatures to provide for the family members of those killed due to the negligence of another. Through a wrongful death action, family members can be compensated for lost financial support, the pain and suffering of the deceased, funeral expenses and any other damage provided for in the statute. In order for a court to find a defendant liable, the plaintiffs have to prove the same elements necessary in a normal negligence case: duty, breach of duty, causation and damages. The plaintiff first must show that the defendant owed the decedent a duty of care. This duty varies from case to case, depending on the language of the statute and the facts presented, but the defendant generally must act in such a way that keeps the deceased safe or does not expose them to unreasonable harm. For example, if the d

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Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers: Documenting Expenses - How to Document Your Personal Injury Expenses Before Filing a Claim One of the essential elements of a personal injury claim is proving your injury and your damages. If you can’t prove how much the injury cost you, you may not win your lawsuit. So how do you do that? By documenting all of your injury costs and expenses right away, maintaining careful records, and providing everything you have to a good attorney. The absolute first thing you should do after an accident or injury is to take care of yourself — make sure you receive any required medical attention right away. Once you’re safe, here’s how to document your injury expenses before you file a personal injury claim: Take Your Own Notes You should begin taking notes about the incident and your injuries as soon as possible, as your memory will be the freshest right after an accident. Along with documenting exactly what happened so that you can later prove whose fault it was, you can begin to document the extent of your inj

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Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers: Police Reports in Car Accident Claims - Car accidents occur every day in the United States. After most accidents ensue, the police are notified and a police report is written and recorded. The police report usually contains important facts about the collision such as the time, date, witnesses, weather and statements from all parties involved. This report can help the injured party pursue a personal injury claim in a few ways, including meeting legal requirements following an accident. In order for a plaintiff to be compensated for their injuries, they must present enough evidence to show that the defendant or defendant’s negligence led to the plaintiff’s injury. Most courts throughout the United States do not allow any evidence that is considered “hearsay” to be used by a party to prove their case. Rule 801 of the Federal Rules of Evidence defines the meaning of hearsay as a statement made outside of court to describe something another person said or did by a person who is not under oath and does not have direct kno

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Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers: Maintain Vigilance This Winter - As the unseasonably mild weather gives way to snow, sleet and freezing rain, pedestrians are at an increased risk of suffering slip and fall accidents on untreated surfaces. Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers note that such accidents can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, even death. In the midst of a winter storm it is always best to remain safely indoors. When travel cannot be avoided, use extreme caution when entering and exiting a vehicle, as many businesses and municipalities will not plow or shovel roads and walkways until a storm has passed. Wear sturdy boots or shoes, and use handrails for support if any are available. Unfortunately, many slip and fall accidents occur when a victim does not suspect a dangerous condition still exists. During the height of a storm, the hazards are obvious and pedestrians will tread carefully. Days or even weeks later, those same hazards may persist, but are much less obvious. Sidewalks, paths and stairs that were merely wet with melting

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Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers: E-cigarettes Cause Popcorn Lung - Since research has shown that smoking tobacco cigarettes is dangerous to individual and public health, the nicotine market has developed an electronic cigarette alternative (E-cigarettes). E-cigs contain nicotine but claim they do not contain the carcinogens associated with smoking. However, new studies on electronic cigarettes show there are health risks associated with the vapor inhaling nicotine alternative. Toxic chemicals such as Diacetyl, Acetoin and 2.3 Pentanedione have been detected in 47 out of 51 different flavored e-cigarettes tested by The Harvard School of Public Health. Seventy five percent of the e-cigs and refill liquids they tested contained Diacetyl, a chemical used in flavoring agents known for causing lung deterioration and respiratory diseases, such as popcorn lung. Popcorn lung first appeared in microwave popcorn factory workers as a lung condition resulting from inhaling butter flavoring chemicals. The condition, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a res

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Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers: Tips to Protecting your Kids from Tip-Over Accidents - Tip-over accidents are accidents that occur when furniture or electronics that are not secure, fall on children.  These accidents can cause serious injury or death.  Recently, you may have heard about the incident with the Ikea dresser that fell on a toddler, resulting in his death.  Ikea now offers free anchors for all of their dressers as it was found that they were not safe around children unless anchored to a wall. These accidents primarily occur when children climb on heavy household items; hit pull or kick items or play near household items.  The most common items involved in tip-over accidents are televisions, dressers, tables and stoves. To help prevent these types of accidents, mount or anchor televisions to the wall or to furniture and only put televisions on pieces of furniture that are designed to hold them.  Do not place tempting items, like candy, toys or remotes on top of large furniture or high on shelves.  You can use wall brackets to anchor top-heavy items like

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Philadelphia Sexual Assault Lawyers Report on Day Care Molestation Case - A young Pennsylvania woman recently named a 54-year-old Yardley citizen in a sexual assault case that includes several alleged assaults that occurred over a decade ago while she was a child at his ex-wife’s day care. In November, she reported to Falls Township police officers that she was approximately nine to 10- years-old when the assaults took place at the Little Joys Daycare, a privately owned establishment that has since closed. After nearly 12 years of silence, the victim reports the accused man would molest her in the basement of the day care while the daycare operated upstairs. She also reported that he continued the assaults even after she would move and try to get away. She claims that the daycare owner was unaware the molestation was taking place. The man has been charged with aggravated assault of a child under 13, along with other related offenses. He was sent to jail, where a Bucks County Judge set bail at $250,000.00. Upon further investigation, Falls Township Police

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Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers: What Every Roadside Emergency Kit Should Include - Emergencies are unpredictable and can happen when you least expect it, regardless of your driving experience. With the snow and ice that comes with winter weather, having a fully equipped roadside emergency kit can be quite literally a lifesaver. While all of these items can come in handy any time of the year, you do not want to get stuck in the snow or ice without them. Here is a list of some of the most important items that should be part of your emergency kit: Engine Coolant: Having an extra bottle of coolant in your car can help if your engine overheats for any reason. Tire Pressure Gauge: This will help you maintain proper tire pressure, even when you are on the go. Spare Fuses: A range of fuse sizes, and a fuse puller, can come in handy and help you get back on the road quickly. Batteries: Keep various sizes of batteries on hand for things such as flashlights and other accessories. Check the expiration dates and discard any old batteries. Gloves: Keep latex gloves for doing work

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Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers : When Are Hotels Liable for Injuries? - You are staying at The Ritz Carlton and loving it … until you slip and fall in the hotel lobby and hurt your back. Can you sue? Yes. Hotels are responsible for reasonably foreseeable injuries on their premises caused by their negligence. But not all injuries happen due to negligence, or are foreseeable, so let’s take a look at the elements of a claim and what you will have to prove to get the Ritz to pay for your hospital stay. Premises Liability Property owners and land holders are responsible for maintaining the safety of their premises. A hotel might be liable for a slip in the lobby or the bar or even the front walkway. But that is only the case if hotel staff knew or should have known that there was an issue. Ignoring or avoiding an issue that could cause injury is negligent, and when negligence is shown, the hotel will be liable for injuries caused as a result of its staff failures. On the other hand, say a hotel patron is the victim of a crime just outside, unless the hotel
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