Cases with unanswered questions are the ones you hear about often on the news

Cases with unanswered questions are probably more common than you think. You hear about someone’s loss on the news and a list of possible suspects. Too often, the true suspect is not found. In a wrongful death or personal injury case, the lawyers at the Mininno Law Office work hard to find answers. We help you get closure so you can recover and move forward with your life.

What cases have unanswered questions?

There are two that recently came to my attention in the news. The first story we’ll look at comes from New York City. In November 2006, 23-year-old Sean Bell was killed while two friends were injured just outside a club. Bell was unarmed and police fired 50 shots. You might recall a similar case with unanswered questions from 1999 where police fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo. Rock icon Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about it called “American Skin (41 Shots).” For many years, legal experts have been scratching their heads about a 1986 shooting investigation.

These cases left unanswered questions. Why were so many shots fired? Why were shots fired at an unarmed civilian? What really happened that night? For those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, closure is the most important thing that we can offer as lawyers. Nothing can bring that person back, but we promise to make sure you get the compensation and closure you deserve.

My case has unanswered questions. How can you help me?

This is what we do. We provide answers. At the Mininno Law Office, we’re very selective about the cases we take. We don’t take something on unless we can commit 100 percent and put our heart and soul into it. It wouldn’t be fair to you. We can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through, but we can help you through this most difficult time. It’s a long process, and we can help you take the steps you need to find answers as you mourn your loved one.

Do you have a question about wrongful death? We can help

If the worst should happen, you’ll need assistance from the best team you can get. At the Mininno Law Office, our civil trial lawyers deal with cases with unanswered questions all too often. If you’re mourning the wrongful death of a loved one and you have a question for our attorneys, please let us know. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.

The dangers of cosmetic surgery are worth thinking about while considering an operation

We always hear about celebrities getting cosmetic surgery. We hear about how glamorous it is, and we hear about the incredible changes that it makes to our bodies. Sometimes we hear about what goes wrong. However, these stories are often swept under the rug. We rarely hear about the dangers of cosmetic surgery, and judging by the numbers, potential consequences aren’t stopping anyone. According to the ASAPS, more than 10 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2008.

What are the dangers of cosmetic surgery?

Specifically looking at breast implants, young adults must be especially cautious before going under the knife. It’s important to understand both sides of the equation: the positive side and the negative side. The positive side is obvious — there are psychological and physical reasons to consider. The risks however, can be both short-term and long-term problems as well as general complications. Thousands of young women undergo breast implants every year. With so many procedures and medical risks, there is always a chance that something could go wrong.

One of the dangers of cosmetic surgery for young women lies in the fact that their bodies have not fully matured yet. They’re still growing, and therefore, a major operation early in life could have consequences later in life. Those who are considering a procedure have to ask themselves the ultimate question: Is it worth the risk?

Are there dangers in cosmetic surgery for men?

Don’t be too surprised to hear men in the conversation. It’s become more and more common for men to join and try out these kinds of procedures. Some people just don’t like the image they see in the mirror every day, and they see a simple procedure as an option that’s worth the risk. Still, there are dangers in cosmetic surgery that are similar to risks that women face. Beyond the physical/medical risks, it’s going to cost a significant chunk of change. Once again, it comes down to one question: Is it worth the risk?

What if the worst should happen?

We hope your surgery is a success and free of complication. If something does go wrong during or following a surgery, call a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney who can answer your questions on surgical errors and complications.

You and your loved ones deserve safety and proper care. Our experienced civil trial lawyers are always available to help. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.

Serve your country: Jury duty is essential to fairness in the justice system

There’s a common saying that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. However, I think there’s one more certainty that we should add: jury duty. Though it’s essential to the preservation of our government, nobody likes it. It’s like going to the dentist — it’s something you’d do just about anything to get out of. However, I’m here to tell you that jury duty is essential to not only the legal system, but to the preservation of the laws that govern our country. Regardless of whether we like it, it’s something that we simply have to do.

Why is jury duty essential?

Jurors make up the foundation of the court system. Without them, everything would be in disarray. Who would debate the testimony? Who would decide who is guilty and who is innocent? If you can come up with someone other than the jurors, I’m all ears. They ensure that everyone receives a fair trial. Only a group of individuals who are impartial to the matters of the case can determine for sure who is guilty and who is innocent.

Why are so many jurors upset right now?

Despite the argument that jury duty is essential in our court system, many people are voicing displeasure. The reason is money. In a recovering economy, many people are strapped for cash. They can’t afford to lose a paycheck. Because of the recession, many people are living paycheck to paycheck.

Imagine you are living paycheck to paycheck. One day, you get a call to sit on a trial and help decide a case. Someone tells you that jury duty is essential to the court system and you have to do it. However, you know you’re going to miss out on a paycheck or two. How would that make you feel? How would you respond?

For those who are used to the process, you know that there is a stipend to sit on a case. Rates are as high as $40 in cities like Dallas, but they can be lower elsewhere. To many people, that’s simply not enough. However, jury duty is essential to the success of the current system. To read more about this issue, click here.

Do you have questions or answers about the legal system? We can help

At the Mininno Law Office, we have experienced civil trial lawyers who are at your service. Our New Jersey attorneys are always available and willing to help. Whether you have questions about medical malpractice, trucking accidents or any other legal matter, we’d like to hear what you have to say. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania to get the help you need.

The 2010 car recalls have left people wondering if their vehicles are safe

In 2010, there have been car recalls left and right. You’ve seen it all over the news and the Internet. People are talking about it and wondering when their vehicle will be called back. Buying a new automobile is a big investment. When making an investment of that magnitude, we want to know that it’s a good one. We expect the product to be safe and perform exactly as advertised.

The 2010 car recalls have created cause concern with companies we usually can trust. Toyota is being talked about the most right now, but it’s not the only company currently on the chopping block.

2010 Toyota car recall

In February, Toyota was all over the news. On Feb. 9, Toyota officially recalled more than 400,000 Prius cars, which is the best-selling hybrid in the world. Roughly 8.5 million total vehicles were recalled including the Camry. Brake problems were cited as the main cause. To learn more about what vehicles have been recalled, read an article from the Business Journal here.

But that wasn’t the end of the 2010 car recall for Toyota. According to the Los Angeles Times, Corollas may be next to be called in. People have been complaining about the vehicle’s power steering, and Toyota may be ready to respond. If so, it would just be the next rung on a ladder of problems the company is having right now.

2010 Honda car recall

 

Turning back the clocks a little bit, Honda’s troubles started heating up in late 2008. The company announced that some of its vehicles had faulty airbags in November 2008. After 437,000 vehicles were added to the list during February of this year, that brought the total up to nearly 1 million. Just to give you a measuring stick, Toyota has recalled roughly 8 million vehicles in the past few months.

Regarding the Honda car recall, another matter of note is the number of injuries. According to the aforementioned AP story on Philly.com, there were 11 injuries in 2009 and one death. Even one death is a big number. One is too many. If you’re driving a Honda or Toyota vehicle, do you feel safe?

Do you have a question? We can help

 

There are clear-cut dangers to using a defective product or driving a vehicle with a defect. At the Mininno Law Office, our civil trial lawyers deal with these types of cases all the time. If you have a question for a defective product attorney, please let us know. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.

How is elderly fall risk connected to chronic pain? We have the answer

Yesterday, I talked about how to keep elders safe. I mentioned how a slip and fall might not do much to you or me, but it could severely injure an older person. Today, let’s discuss elderly fall risk.

People fall all their life. As kids, we fall during play and other activities — kids love it. A child’s human body is flexible and bones rarely break even from the worst falls. Unfortunately, as people get older, their bodies become more fragile. When a middle age person falls, their bodies hurt for days and weeks. But, again, usually the bones don’t break.

However, when an elderly person falls there is a risk of catastrophic injuries because the aging human body becomes much more fragile. Up until recently, the correlation between aging and the severity of injury resulting from falls has been well known. However, a recent study has shown that there is another factor that also increases the likelihood of a severe injury when an elderly person falls. That factor is chronic pain.

What contributes to elderly fall risk?

There are many factors to consider. For example, studies show that increasing age, poor health and medication use all increase the risk of fall to elderly person. But, it was not until recently that researchers “stumbled” upon chronic pain as another factor. In an article in an issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers examined 749 patients age 70 and older for more than two years. The study results show that chronic pain increases elderly fall risk by 1.5-fold. In other words, those who suffer from chronic pain are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from a fall.

What can I do to prevent elderly fall risk in my relatives?

Pay close attention to your loved ones. That’s probably the single most important thing you can do. Make sure your parents and grandparents live in a safe environment with sturdy stairwells, handrails, ramps and well-kept floors. If your loved one is in a nursing home, that’s one thing to look for. If someone should fall, even if it doesn’t seem serious, call a doctor and have it checked out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If something happens to your loved one in a nursing home, first call a doctor. Next, call a nursing home abuse lawyer. Your relatives deserve safety and proper care at a home. If they’re not getting it, please let us know. Our experienced civil trial attorneys are always available to help. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.

Concussions in young athletes might be detectable by performing a simple test

Back in January, we wrote a blog on the Star-Ledger’s series on concussions in young athletes. We talked about how important our kids are to us and how much we want to see them succeed. Above all, we want to make sure our children are safe wherever they are.

The Star-Ledger series on concussions in young athletes covered the impact and dangers of head injuries, and what’s being done to protect our kids. If you haven’t read it yet and have kids who play sports, I highly recommend you to take a look. Meanwhile, a new report has been released that I’d like to tell you about.

What’s new with concussions in young athletes?

Research has just come out that shows a cheap, simple test may be able to detect a concussion in a young athlete. The idea for the study is based on reaction time: After a head injury, reaction time is usually slower. When it’s serious, reaction time can be slow for several days afterward. Until now, tests of reaction time have been computerized, which is usually not an option for a game situation. Dr. James T. Eckner of the University of Michigan and some of his associates have developed a simple test that evaluates reaction time.

What’s the test that can detect concussions in young athletes?

The test takes a rigid cylinder and attaches it to a weighted disk. The device is released and the player has to use reflexes to make the catch as quickly as he or she can. The test is still in experimental phases and will be presented in April.

Do you have questions? We can help

Although some head injuries are more serious than others, there is no such thing as a “little head injury.” The effects of even a small head injury can be severe, such as memory loss or depression. In some cases, head injuries can even lead to a wrongful death. New Jersey lawyers can answer your questions about personal injury and a number of other topics. At the Mininno Law Office, we have experienced NJ trial attorneys who have dealt with these cases all too often. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have or offer any help you need. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.

Help keep elders safe with simple acts of kindness that will brighten their day

Together, we can help keep elders safe. If we each chip in and do our part, we can make life better for senior citizens. After all, one small, good deed can change a person’s day. In light of the recent weather, I thought of an easy way we can help.

How can I help keep elders safe?

This winter, a record snowfall has hit the greater Philadelphia region. Some sidewalks are still unshoveled, roads are slushy and driveways are icy. If you see elderly people trying to cross the street, help them out. They’ll surely be grateful you offered.

The slippery slush can be dangerous for anyone walking around, but older people may not have the balance or physical strength that you do. Older people are more susceptible to injury. Put simply, the human body becomes more fragile with age. A slip and fall may not harm you or me, but an older person might wind up in the hospital. More on this tomorrow.

It’s important to help keep elders safe because abuse and neglect are both still problems in our society today. Older people need our guidance more often than not. Unfortunately, even nursing homes aren’t as safe as they could be, and if you have a loved one in a home, there are a number of signs you should be looking for to make sure your relative is safe and sound.

Meanwhile, more snow is coming, so keep elders safe by lending a hand where you can. The snow will soon melt and turn to ice, which will be even more dangerous. Watch out for icicles falling from rooftops. Be careful out there.

Do you have questions or answers about nursing homes?

Add a comment to our blog about how you keep elders safe. At the Mininno Law Office, you can talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer to answer your questions about your loved one. We have experienced NJ attorneys who handle these cases all too often. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have or offer any help you need. Call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.

Traffic cameras are coming to Cherry Hill to catch violators and make roads safer

Look out Cherry Hill drivers, traffic cameras are coming. After polling residents and taking careful consideration, the township has decided to give the green light to a new traffic program. The intersection of Springdale Road and Route 70 will be the guinea pig.

Why are traffic cameras coming to the state of New Jersey?

Cherry Hill Township is always looking out for the safety of its residents, and the red light project is a clear step in that direction. Officials have noticed a slew of people breaking the law, so they’re taking action. It’s simple cause and effect. Folks have been getting away with it for years. Whether they’re late for work or just trying to make good time, many drivers speed up when they see a yellow light. This practice is dangerous and can cause an accident. Too often, folks underestimate the dangers of speeding and rushing around. Speed limits and traffic laws are there for a reason, and too often we ignore them. If you get a traffic ticket that you believe you didn’t deserve get a traffic ticket attorney, to help you fight the ticket.

Another reason traffic cameras are coming is because the program is a cheaper alternative to adding more patrol cars on the streets. It also frees up policemen to do more important things and take care of any emergency that comes up. The bottom line? The road is the most dangerous place to be, and traffic cameras coming to town might just make our streets just a little safer. At the Mininno Law Office, our philosophy is safety first. Besides, if you always obey the law, then you have nothing to worry about.

Who’s next for the program?

According to the Courier-Post article, traffic cameras are coming to five more towns:

  • Deptford
  • Glassboro
  • Gloucester Township
  • Monroe
  • Stratford

How do you feel about traffic cameras coming to your town? Do you think the pilot program is the best method to cut down on drivers running red lights? Tell us what you think.

Do you have questions or answers about public safety?

Add a comment to our blog. At the Mininno Law Office, you can talk to a New Jersey civil trial lawyer to answer your questions about public safety. We have experienced NJ attorneys who value safety as much as you do. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have or offer any help you need.
Contact us or call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania.