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Can Car Accidents Cause PTSD?
by cjleclaire
Sep 12, 2016 | 2749 views | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Author:Steven Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

You hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that military service members experience from active duty. However, studies now show that many motor vehicle accident victims also suffer from PTSD.

According to the National Center for PTSD, research shows motor vehicle accidents are a common cause for traumatic stress, including:

  • PTSD
  • Major Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders

What Is Your Emotional State? Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?

While many people experience PTSD symptoms right after the traumatic incident, others may not experience them until months or even years later. Symptoms often include:

  • Reliving the event (same fears as during the event)
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
  • Triggers (a sight, smell or sound that causes you to relive the event)
  • Fear of driving
  • Fewer positive or loving feelings towards other people
  • Avoidance of relationships
  • Inability to talk about the traumatic event
  • Viewing the world as dangerous
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Startled by loud noises or surprises

In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents — more than 3 million injuries annually.

PTSD Facts

Here are some facts taken from motor vehicle accident (MVA) studies regarding PTSD:

  • 9% of motor vehicle accident (MVA) survivors develop PTSD
  • An average of 60% of MIV survivors who seek mental-health treatment have PTSD
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, between 3% – 53% have major depression
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, 27% have anxiety disorder
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, 15% report a phobia of driving

Researchers also found that the greater the physical injury and fear of dying (due to potential life-threat), the greater the chances of developing PTSD. Loss of significant others through motor vehicle accidents also makes people more prone to PTSD.

Treatments for PTSD include behavior therapy, cognitive therapy and medications. Working with a chronic pain specialist can be done together with mental health treatment.

Unfortunately, many people continue to experience symptoms for more than six months or a year before seeking mental treatment. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages to cover PTSD treatment as part of an accident settlement.

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What to do When Your Designated Driver Plan Fails
by cjleclaire
Aug 25, 2016 | 4549 views | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There’s no question that designating a driver reduces drunken driving accidents and saves lives.

Designated Driver Statistics

As time goes along, more and more people have gotten on board with the idea of designating drivers. A Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) survey done in 2014 showed:

  • That 75% of people designate a driver so they can return home safely
  • That 75% of the people who volunteer to be the designated driver do so to make sure they arrive home safely
  • That 85% who ride with a designated driver do so for safety reasons
  • Another reason for designating a driver was to avoid a DUI charge

Who Is Most at Risk for Drunk Driving Fatalities?

Drunk driving takes the lives of young drivers more than any other age group:

  • Drivers between the ages of 21 to 24 – 30%
  • Drivers between the ages of 25 to 34 – 29%
  • Drivers between the ages of 35 to 44 – 24%

Always preparing ahead for a designated driver shows more than good character; you’re looking out for yourself, your friends, and others on the road. Being the designated driver shows just as much good character. But what happens when your designated driver plans fail? There are other options, and you should know about these options should this ever occur.

Designated Driving

Other Options When Designated Driving Plans Fail

If everyone in your group wants to party and drink, and no one wants to be a designated driver, there are other ways to designate a driver, such as:

  • Calling a parent or other sober adult
  • Calling a taxi
  • Using public transportation
  • Chartering a limo or party bus
  • Arranging a ride through Uber or Lyft – their apps are free, and they’re great alternatives to a cab – they can get to you quicker, and you don’t need to call up a company for a taxi, just open your app, and with the tap of a finger and a debit/credit card on hand, you have a safe ride home
  • Staying overnight if at a friends house and waiting until the morning when you’re sober and are able to be your own designated driver
  • If you need your car in the morning, to go to work, run errands etc., don’t justify it – there are services on the rise that will come to you with two sober drivers, 1 to drive you and your car home and the other to drive the second vehicle – SafeRideAmerica, IDriveYourCar, and BeMyDD are just a few options you can check out – but always make sure to plan this ahead of time

Designate Your Driver Ahead of Time

Don’t wait until you’ve already started drinking to designate a driver. By then, your thinking is impaired, and you probably won’t realize you need one.

Designated drivers are on the rise. However, according to MADD, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes. Also, on the average, 2 in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving accident during their lifetime. To repeat, 2 in 3 people will be injured in a drunk driving accident – whether they’re the at-fault driver or not. This prediction is staggering. We all must make very precaution we can and learn not to be so complacent about our driving habits. Even one drink could impair your driving – especially if you’re on medication that enhances alcohol’s effect on the brain. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Be safe. Always designate a driver ahead of time. Your safety isn’t always in your hands, but in this case, it is. Never drink and drive, and never get in the car with someone you even suspect has had a drink or taken drugs. And know that there are ALWAYS available options for you (and your friends) to get home safe and sound.

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Prevent Boating Tragedy – A Guide to Safe Boating on Long Island
by cjleclaire
Aug 22, 2016 | 3933 views | 0 0 comments | 212 212 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Author: Steven Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

Cool ocean breezes on a hot summer day and the freedom of an open sea make boating a favorite pastime for many people. It’s a lifestyle for numerous Long Islanders. However, many boaters are complacent, and don’t take precautions or boating laws serious enough, which can (and has) caused tragedy. If you live on Long Island go out boating for leisure, this post can be extremely informative and perhaps save you from ever enduring a boating accident. Following the laws of boating and ensuring your safety as well as the safety of others on your boat or on the water is vital to both experiencing enjoyable rides and avoiding boating accidents.

Boating Safety Guidelines

The US Coast Guard Recommends the Following Safety Precautions

According to the US Coastguard (USCG), hundreds of people die and thousands suffer injury every year from preventable recreational boating accidents. We cannot overstate how important it is to follow the laws of boating and take the necessary precautions to avoid such tragedies:

  • Wearing a life jacket – The USCG indicates that wearing life jackets would save the lives of more than 80% of people who die while boating. Boating accidents often happen quickly, leaving no time to grab a life jacket
  • Filing a float plan – A float plan is a form that contains details, such as who is on the boat, your boating destination, radio contact, details about your vessel, estimated check in times, who to contact in the event of an emergency, etc. The USCG recommends filling out float plans not just when using larger boats but also for people canoeing, kayaking, rafting, jet skiing, etc.
  • Receiving a vessel safety check. The USCG will check your vessel for free to determine whether it’s safe and provide helpful safety suggestions

There are also numerous other precautions you can take, which include taking courses on boating, learning to swim and avoiding alcohol or drug use. Here are some other tips not stated by law, but extremely useful in regards to safe boating:

  • Before even planning an adventure at sea, check the weather forecast – check it weeks before, the day before, the morning of, and right before – bad weather can lead to catastrophe if you’re boating
  • Understand the navigational aids of the sea, such as buoys, and stay within safe, non-shallow waters – the last thing you want is to destroy your engine if it starts sucking up sand – not only can it be dangerous and unlawful not to follow navigational aids, it can also destroy your boat
  • Entirely avoid large vessels – they do not have the same capability of turning or stopping as smaller boats do, so if you see a large vessel, navigate safely away from them
  • Always have at least another person on board who knows how to drive the boat – in the incident that the driver is injured, the other individual who’s familiar with your boat’s handling, operation, and these safety tips (make sure to inform them) will have to take over driving the boat
  • Take a boating course – it can’t hurt, and you’ll be less anxious if you know more about how to fully operate a boat and what to do in case you’re ever stuck or in a dangerous situation
  • Learn how to swim – in the case of an emergency, if your boat breaks down for example, you may need to swim to shore…butnever, ever swim close to a boat – swimming too close to a boat could very well lead to catastrophe

While in many instances a boating accident is the fault of the boat owner or participants, this is not always true. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness causes a boating accident, you may have legal recourse to recover damages. Hospital and medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and lost future income due to disabling injuries are matters you can discuss with an experienced lawyer.

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An Inside Tip to Quickly & Inexpensively Resolve Your Personal Injury Case
by cjleclaire
Aug 10, 2016 | 3763 views | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Author:Steven Palermo

An Inside Tip to Resolving Your Personal Injury Case Quicker and Inexpensively

Resolving PI Case Quick Cheap

It’s called Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR), and we’d like our followers to know more about how “Arbitration” and “Mediation” (the two types of ADRs) can be better options, in particular cases, than bringing personal injury cases to trial.

Arbitration is an ADR to trial. When two parties at dispute cannot come close to an agreeable resolution, arbitration may present a better means of resolution as opposed to trial, and we’ll list exactly why.

“Binding” arbitration is when an unbiased third-party of authority meets with two at-dispute parties to come to a resolution outside of trial. The arbitrator acts somewhat like a judge and jury. They will listen to witness testimony, review evidence such as documents and photographs and make a final resolution. Since this type of arbitration is “binding”, the decision is final and both parties must abide by it. “Non-binding” arbitration does not require either side to abide to the arbitrator’s decision, but is moreover used as a guideline.

Mediation is another form of ADR. Mediation is a “non-binding” discussion wherein a mediator listens to each party’s position and makes recommendations as to how the case should be resolved. “Non-binding”, in other words, means that parties do not have to agree to the mediator’s recommendations. Mediation occurs mostly between two parties who understand that compromise is necessary to bring their case to a close. It’s the mediator’s job to help both parties come to an agreement, whereas in arbitration, the agreement is made by the arbitrator. A mediation is more of a negotiation whereas arbitration is more akin to a trial.

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Camping Safety Guidelines
by cjleclaire
Jun 14, 2016 | 8629 views | 0 0 comments | 374 374 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Schools are letting out and summer vacations begin. Many children will be heading off to summer camps as part of their vacation recreation and many families plan their own camping trips, some for family reunions. In the spirit of having fun, a few safety precautions can prevent injuries and ensure a good time for everyone.

CDC: Camping Health & Safety Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides good advice for campers:

  • Get vaccinated. Your doctor can recommend vaccinations based on the area where you will be camping to help protect your family against certain diseases.
  • Prepare safe food and water. Store foods in tight waterproof bags and containers and use insulated coolers for chilling food. Ensure you cook foods to proper temperatures and also bring drinking water.
  • Plan safe physical activities. Wear helmets for bike riding, sturdy shoes for hiking and life jackets when boating.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not use gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, charcoal grills or other fuel burning equipment inside a tent, camper or enclosed shelter.
  • Avoid wild animals. Keep your distance from wild animals and store food where they cannot reach it. Part of keeping your distance includes not feeding wild animals.
  • Protect family pets. Ensure pets are vaccinated before the camping trip and while camping, check pets for ticks and remove them immediately.
  • Use bug repellant. Protect yourself against bug bites, ticks, mosquitoes, etc. and remove ticks promptly.
  • Regulate temperatures. Have ways to stay warm  by bringing sufficient bedding, plastic ground covers to insulate against dampness.  Stay cooled off by resting in the shade and drinking lots of sugar-free fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Protect against too much sun. Use sunscreen and spend time in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Protect against water-related injury/illness. Do not swim if you have diarrhea and do not drink water when swimming. Be sure to shower off afterwards. Always wear life jackets in boats and never swim alone.
  • Stay alert and prepared. Bring a first aid kit, a compass or GPS, flashlight, and medications. Follow the weather reports so you can prepare for any hazardous weather conditions.

Enjoy Your Camping Trip

If you follow safety guidelines to protect against harm, camping can be lots of fun and everyone can have a wonderful time.

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Playground Injuries on the Rise: How You Can Protect Your Child
by cjleclaire
May 17, 2016 | 9248 views | 1 1 comments | 367 367 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Kids love to play outdoors and physical exercise is good for them. The fact that playground injuries are on the rise may be frightening to some parents. Even so, there are precautions you can take, but first, here are the facts:

According to a Romper article, the CDC did a study on emergency room visits of children who were age 14 and younger during the period of 2001 and 2013.

Group of kids having fun at school

  • 10 percent or 21,000 children a year have a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Between 2005 and 2013, the statistic increased from 23 out of 100, 000 to 48 out of 100,000 children being treated for TBI
  • Boys between the ages of five to nine were more likely to sustain a brain injury
  • The increase could be attributed to the fact more children were actually using play equipment
  • Most children were injured on monkey bars and swings (The study could not determine whether more injuries occurred because they were the favorite equipment or they were more dangerous.)

The study also indicated that most children recover completely from TBI injuries, and their discomfort only lasted a few hours to a few days.

What Can You Do?

Knowing what to do to keep your child safe is important for parents. Here are some actions you can take:

If your child gets injured, be aware of concussion symptoms, which include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and vomiting (AllGov).

  • Pick playgrounds with equipment that are right for your child’s age.
  • Go to playgrounds with sand or wood chip surfaces, which are safer than concrete.
  • Have your kids play with kids their age, not older kids.
  • Watch for faulty equipment.

The most important thing you can do to keep your children safe is to supervise their play.

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June 15, 2016
Amazing how many parents pay no mind to their kids at the park. Some can not even watch 1 child.

Parents let two year olds walk ahead of them behind them, and there is no supervising whatsoever.

Many mothers scream out their kids name once they can't find them, go into panic mode, but they are too busy on cell phones, or talking to others.

Been like that for decades.

And lastly, especially by Juniper park and 74 street, while having their kid or kids in the car, everyone or at least 90% make U Turns. (all day and all night long)

Long Island Man Driving Lamborghini Dies in Single Car Run-Off-Road Crash
by cjleclaire
Jan 05, 2016 | 10978 views | 0 0 comments | 296 296 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Port Jefferson, Long Island Car Crash

CBS New York reported that Glen Nelson, age 48, who lived in Belle Terre died in a crash when his Lamborghini left the road Sunday afternoon around 3:40 p.m. His car hit a pole. After police arrived at the scene, he was transported to Saint Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where the hospital staff pronounced his death. Police impounded the vehicle as part of the accident investigation.

We are all saddened by such tragedies and ask ourselves, how could something like this happen?

A report by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides some facts that shed light on causes of fatal single vehicle, run-off-road (ROR) accidents. Here are a few facts and factors often involved:

  • About 70% of single vehicle accidents are ROR accidents.
  • Drivers with alcohol use are more likely (86.5 %) than sober drivers (58.3 %) to be involved in ROR crashes.
  • Speeding vehicles are more likely (90%) to be involved in ROR crashes than non-speeding vehicles (59.5 %).
  • Curved road segments are more often scenes for ROR crashes than straight roadways.
  • Rural roads are the scenes of more ROR crashes than urban roads.
  • ROR crashes occur most frequently on roads with higher posted speed limits of 60 mph or higher.
  • ROR crashes happen more often on roads with one or two lanes than roads with more lanes.
  • ROR accidents occur more often during adverse weather conditions such as rain, sleet, snow and fog.

Our Long Island attorneys  at Palermo Touhy Bruno hope you drive safely and avoid accidents as we enter into the holiday and winter season.

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Celebrity Divorces: Angry Divorces to Avoid and Amicable Examples to Follow
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Dec 10, 2015 | 13443 views | 0 0 comments | 374 374 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Suffolk County Divorce & Family Law Attorney:Celebrity Divorces

It is no secret that celebrities are often put in the position of role models for the rest of society. So, when celebrity couples divorce, people take notice.

Without a doubt, the media has capitalized on celebrity divorces that were heated and painful displays of how not to divorce. Charlie Sheen’s marriages with Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller both involved allegations of domestic violence and angry communications. Their divorces were neither simple nor amicable.

In contrast, some celebrities have provided good examples of amicable divorces. The divorce between Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert comes to mind. In a recent interview, Miranda Lambert tells fans not to pick a side because it doesn’t help anyone. She says there isn’t a side to pick anyway and explains she had a great relationship with an amazing man, so she knows what good is, and that gives her a great launching pad for the future. Aside from having great attitudes, some legal factors that helped them to divorce smoothly and quickly were the fact they had no children, had a prenuptial agreement and the waiting period in Oklahoma is short. Hours after the media announced their split, reporters discovered their divorce had already become officially final. US Magazine reported Blake as saying they only had a nine or 10 day waiting period after filing.

While not quick, the divorce between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner has involved communication and cooperation between the couple. They want to divorce amicably for the sake of their three children. They announced their decision to end their marriage together, rather than separately, releasing a statement that “After much thoughtful and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.” According to Closer Weekly, they had been separated for 10 months, but Ben was still living at the house. They made a conscious effort to save their marriage. When unable to reconcile, they also wanted to make their divorce as easy as possible for the kids. They’ve been seen running errands together and going places together since announcing their divorce plans.

For anyone considering divorce, it is important to have an effective divorce lawyer you feel comfortable with to discuss your options and work out the best approach. Based on the issues you face, your divorce will differ from someone else’s and require tailored representation. Chris Palermo is an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer who has helped numerous clients effectively deal with the difficulties of divorce.

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Drunk Driving Checkpoints
by cjleclaire
Dec 10, 2015 | 12794 views | 0 0 comments | 316 316 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Palermo Tuohy Bruno: Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyers

Conscientious drivers take safety precautions that include preventative driving, keeping vehicles roadworthy and designating drivers when they’ve been drinking. However, even the best and most careful drivers are unsafe when drunk drivers are on the roads.

Our police officers put a lot of effort into taking drunken drivers off the road during the holidays. Recently, over the Thanksgiving weekend, authorities set up sobriety checkpoints in various locations on Long Island. Members of the community like Dawn Nappi are also behind this effort, helping the police do sobriety checks and working on legislative measures to stop drunk driving. Seven years ago, Dawn’s 14 year-old daughter was killed in a traffic accident caused by an unlicensed driver on drugs. Dawn is a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and sits on the legislative board.

The Long Island Press reported that Suffolk County authorities arrested 60 drivers, the highest number of DWI arrests on Long Island. Arrests were made between 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Nassau police made 57 DWI arrests between 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and 7:00 a.m. on Monday. The New York State police reported three weekend DWI arrests, and of the arrests, a Glen Head woman allegedly drove while intoxicated with two children in her car.

No one should be the victim of a drunk driver. Through the efforts of police, members of the community and legislatures, drunk driving statistics have dropped considerably over the past few decades. Victims of drunk driving accidents have the right to pursue legal action if their injuries meet the serious injury threshold established by New York statutes.

Please drive safely during the holidays and have a happy season.

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Cutchogue Long Island Limo Crash- Southold Businessman charged with DWI
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Jul 21, 2015 | 17807 views | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

A Fatal Car Accident Tragically Ends the Lives of Four Young Women in Suffolk County Cutchogue Long Island Limo Crash- Southold Businessman charged with DWI

by Steven Palermo

When returning from local wineries and while making a U-turn on Route 48 and Depot Lane in Cutchogue, a limousine was struck by a pickup truck driven by an allegedly drunk driver. According to The Suffolk Times, the driver was speeding, and his truck t-boned the limousine on Saturday, July 18, shortly after 5:00 p.m. All of the girls riding in the limousine were between the ages of 23 and 25. One of the girls was getting married, and they went on an outing to local wineries to celebrate. Ironically, they were careful to rent a limousine, so they would be safe and not need a designated driver. However, three women died at the scene and one died later at the hospital. Two helicopters came to the accident scene and police closed off the area for several hours after the accident. Read More

The limousine driver attempted to make a U-turn in a spot that neighborhood residents had long considered to be dangerous. According to a Newsday article, residents worried about this location because of vineyard bound limousines making U-turns when there was oncoming traffic.

From a legal perspective, multiple parties may be at fault for causing or contributing to the accident. Clearly, if actually drunk and convicted of DWI, the truck driver would be at fault. However, if the limo driver was making an illegal or unsafe U-turn, negligence may be a factor, in which case the driver and limo company could be liable. Another possible factor is whether limousines meet tough enough safety standards to protect passengers against this type of accident, in which case liability would lie with the manufacturer. If the county was negligent about taking actions to make this road intersection safer, then the county government may be liable.If you suffered injury in a serious accident or lost a loved one, seek legal help as soon as possible. Through a free consultation, our attorneys at Palermo Tuohy Bruno can discuss and evaluate your case. Unless we recover through settlement or verdict, you owe no fees.



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