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Are you Using the Right Car Seat?

What type of car seat have you installed? Is it the right one based on your child’s age and size? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are taking a big risk. In the event of an accident, the wrong car seat could lead to serious injury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shares a variety of information on making the right selection, including the following three tips:

  • Choose a car seat based on: age and size recommendations, car seat type, and ease of use rating.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Be aware of car seat recalls.

As you can see, making a selection is simple if you take the right approach. One thing many people overlook is the importance of tracking car seat recalls. If you register your car seat and receive a recall notice, it is important to take immediate action.

If you are ever involved in a motor vehicle accident in which you or a passenger (such as a child) is injured, contact us to discuss your legal rights.


Traffic Safety Facts: Analyzing Different Groups

While some traffic accidents are minor, resulting in no injuries or fatalities, this is not always the case. There are times when at least one person is seriously injured or killed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some groups are more likely to be involved in accidents than others. Here are three key takeaways from the agency:

  • More than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010. This was a four percent increase over 2009.
  • In 2011, approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured. Of these, 65 percent were male. Furthermore, 11,000 were age 14 or younger.
  • In 2009, 16 percent of all traffic accident deaths in the United States involved a person age 65 or older.

This does not mean certain groups should avoid being a pedestrian or driver. However, it does show that some are at greater risk of injury or death than others.

If an accident happens, if somebody is injured or killed, it may make sense to consult with an attorney. This is the best way for the victim and/or their loved ones to learn more about their legal rights.


September 2015 Blog Review

September has come and gone, and we are officially moving into the fall season. Even though the weather may begin to cool, our blog will remain red hot with content.

If you were unable to stay current with all our posts from last month, there is always time to revisit what you missed. Here are several of the most popular posts from September 2015:

  1. Thumbtack Awards Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.
  2. Most Common Motorcycle Accident Questions
  3. How to Prepare for a Car Accident
  4. Examples of Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
  5. What is the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

Don’t forget to check back regularly in October, as we have many topics to cover!


Thumbtack Awards Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.

Joel H. Schwartz, P.C. has received a Best of 2015 award by Thumbtack for its great customer reviews.

As a winner in the “Best of 2015 – Attorneys in Fall River” category, we are proud to display the Thumbtack Award badge on our website.

In addition to the three five star reviews currently displayed on Thumbtack, we have assisted many others from Fall River and surrounding areas.

As 2015 comes to a close and 2016 arrives, we will strive to once again provide Fall River residents with the highest quality service.


Most Common Motorcycle Accident Questions

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you will be left with many questions to answer. Some of these questions are easier to address than others, but each one must be taken on without delay.

Here are some of the most common questions:

  • Who caused the accident?
  • Who will cover your medical bills?
  • What if you have lost wages as a result of the accident?
  • Are you in position to make a pain and suffering claim against the negligent driver?
  • What type of compensation are you entitled to?

Finally, and most importantly, answer this question: what are the benefits of speaking with a qualified motorcycle accident attorney?

Due to complex laws and insurance companies, it can be difficult to obtain the compensation you deserve. An attorney can work on your behalf, ensuring that you are positioned to receive a financial settlement of your claim.

If you require any assistance following a motorcycle accident, reach out to us to schedule a consultation.


How to Prepare for a Car Accident

Just because you are prepared for a car accident does not mean you are tempting fate. It simply means you want to be ready for anything that could happen.

There are things you can do now to make your life easier should you be involved in an accident down the line. This includes the following;

  • Organize all the necessary information. This includes but is not limited to your insurance card, vehicle registration, and driver’s license.
  • Carry your cell phone with you. This doesn’t mean you should use your phone while driving. By keeping this with you, if you are involved in an accident you will be able to make the appropriate phone calls, such as to the police or to call for an ambulance.
  • Pack an emergency kit. This could come in handy if you or a passenger is injured. It can also help you alert other drivers of the accident, thus improving the safety of everybody on the road.

Final note: if you are seriously injured in a car accident, don’t attempt to do too much. Instead, wait for help to arrive and then receive the necessary treatment.

Once you are treated, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to better understand your accident and to learn if you can collect compensation for any damage and injuries.


Examples of Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Do you feel you have been a victim of workplace discrimination? What about sexual harassment?

It can be difficult to understand if you were truly a victim, which steps you can take, and where you can turn for help.

Every year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) helps many people obtain compensation as a victim of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment. To better understand what types of situations lead to this outcome, here are three recent updates from the agency:

Nobody wants to be a victim of discrimination or sexual harassment at their place of employment, but this happens from time to time. If you find yourself in this situation, contacting the EEOC or an experienced law firm is one of the first steps you should take.


What is the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

For many people with disabilities, finding and keeping a job is more difficult than it should be. Unfortunately, many employers are against hiring candidates with a disability, despite the fact that it is against the law.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is defined as follows:

“The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.”

Do you feel you have been discriminated against? It doesn’t matter if this occurs during the hiring process or once you are an employee, you have legal rights that should be protected.

Job number one is to file a complaint with the company’s human resource department (if you are a current employee). From there, collect any evidence you may have and then consult with an experienced workplace discrimination attorney. This person can help you better understand your situation, while also fighting for: back pay, future lost earnings, punitive damages, and more.

Even though all employers should be familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, some continue to ignore the law. If you or a loved one is a victim of disability discrimination, don’t wait to get the help you need.


August 2015 Blog Review

With August behind us, fall is on the way. Like many, you may have been too busy during the final month of summer to stay current with our blog.

If you want to catch up on the updates you missed last month, don’t wait to review the blog in full detail.

Below are five of the most popular posts from August 2015:

  1. The Extreme Cost of Motor Vehicle Accidents
  2. Slip and Fall Accidents and Injuries: Indoor and Outdoor
  3. How to Dispute a Wrongful Car Insurance Claim Denial
  4. Proof that Disability Discrimination Remains an Issue
  5. Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation

The cool weather may be closing in, but our blog continues to heat up. Be sure to check back often this month. We have plenty of updates on the schedule.


The Extreme Cost of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Even though injuries and deaths are the worst part of motor vehicle accidents, there is something else to consider: the price paid by the economy as a whole.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents cost the country approximately $1 trillion in loss of life and productivity in 2010.

The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association shared additional information regarding the cost of such accidents, noting the following:

  • In 2013, the average insurance comprehensive claim was $1,621. The average collision claim was $3,144.
  • In 2013, the average auto liability claim for bodily injury was $15,443. The average liability claim for property damage was $3,231.

The cost of a motor vehicle accident goes well beyond what you see on the surface. Even if there are no injuries or deaths, it still costs somebody money.

If a person is injured in any type of on the road accident, they should learn more about their legal rights and how to collect the compensation they deserve.

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