The Phillie Phanatic is Being Sued for Personal Injury?!

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One of the most beloved mascots in major league baseball, the Phillie Phanatic, finds himself in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit.
Seventy-five year old Grace Cass filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Phillie Phanatic, one of baseball’s oldest and most iconic mascots, for an incident that took place at a minor league baseball game in Reading, PA. Cass claims that the Phanatic stepped on her legs, awakening “dormant arthritis,” and causing the need for 2 knee replacements.

Crass’ suit, seeking $50,000 in damages, names The Philadelphia Phillies, The Reading Phillies, and Tom Burgoyne, the man inside the Phillie Phanatic costume on the day of the incident. Crass’ attorney, John Speicer, says he’s being teased by his friends for taking on the case. “This is like suing Santa Claus,” they’ve said. Like suing Santa Claus indeed!

A study published by the Cardozo Law Review found that the Phillie Phanatic, who has been sued three times, has been sued more than any other mascot affiliated with major league baseball. But the study was quick to acknowledge that this most likely has to due with the mascot’s longevity. He has become a staple in Philadelphia Sports culture, and fans adore him. The study also attributed lawsuits to the fact that the icon’s costume is large and bulky, allowing for awkward hugs and interactions that could easily result in fall or injury.

Bob Jarvis, the author of the study done by the Cardozo Law Review, defends the loveable mascot, saying that “the Phanatic is a classic character” who is “part of the game of baseball.” The outcome of this court action may determine whether or not the Phanatic remains a staple of the Phillies Organization.

Whether or not Cass’ arthritis and knee replacements were really caused by the Phanatics antics is unclear. Hopefully, a swift litigation process will determine if the Phanatic is really at fault for Cass’ injuries.

Personal Injury Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office

If you or a loved one have been injured to the negligence of another, you could be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to help you receive that compensation. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Defective Baby Recliner Recalled By CPSC

On Monday, July 26, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, PA, recalled 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners. The recall comes after reports surfaced of infants being found hanging over the side of the defective recliner, still harnessed in. The device poses entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards.The CPSC is currently investigating the report of a 4 month old baby girl in Michigan who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. She was found hanging over the side of the recliner, even though she was harnessed in, caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper. If you are looking for a new recliner then check out these popular recliner brands.

The Nap Nanny instructions do not reccommend using the product in cribs or confined spaces, or on tables or counter tops. But the harnesses do not seem to be keeping infants in place while in the Nap Nanny. This situation worsens when velcro straps located underneath the Nap Nanny cover are not properly attached to the “D” rings.

Click to see the CPSC’s full report on the defective product.

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The Nap Nanny poses entrapment and suffocation threats, even while infants are still harnessed in.

Have You Been Negatively Affected by a Defective Product?

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, you must act quickly. A Defective Product or Product Liability Attorney in New Jersey will help determine whether or not your are entitled to compensation. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let the Civil Trial Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office help you.

Nursing Home Abuse Case Ends in $114 Million Verdict

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Juanita Jackson died on July 6, 2003 at age 76 from complications arising from negligent and abusive care at Integrated Health Services in Auburndale, Florida.
A Florida jury has awarded $114 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the family of a woman who was victimized, and eventually killed, by nursing home abuse and negligence. Juanita Jackson, 76, died July 6, 2003, after a stay at Integrated Health Services in Auburndale, FL. She was injured after a fall, and then dealt with further complications including bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, and intentional overmedication.

The judgement came as a default judgement since Integrated Health Services , after years of litigation, stopped participating in the case. On July 7th, a jury awarded what is believed to be the biggest verdict ever in Polk County. Juanita’s family, three daughters and a son, issued the following statement:

“We are proud that we fought for our mom, and we are glad that people recognized the suffering she went through. We hope this will help make sure no one else has to go through such a horrible experience”.

Nursing Home Abuse and the Mininno Law Office

Juanita Jackson died because of negligent and abusive care provided by Integrated Health Services. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of it’s kind. Nursing Homes in our area of New Jersey are also providing this kind of heartless and detrimental care to residents of nursing homes.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact the New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office. You could also call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let us work to get you the compensation you derserve.

New Jersey Board Responsible for Sanctioning Negligent Doctors Falls Behind

New Jersey attorneys medical malpractice negligence surgeon public citizenThe board in charge of reviewing medical malpractice & negligence in New Jersey threw out over 90% of complaints against surgeons and physicians last year. The board received 1,017 complaints per the 33,000 licensed practicioners in New Jersey. Those complaints resulted in only 45 license suspensions and 24 license revocations or volunteer surrenders. The Public Citizen, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy, says that the NJ Board is not being diligent or pro-active enough in taking action against negligent and careless practicioners. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, the group’s health director, says:

“There are other states around the same size that consistently discipline more doctors.”

The Public Citizen compared the number of disciplinary actions taken with the number of doctors in every state and determined that New Jersey placed 40th among 50 states and Washington D.C. when it came to placing sanctions on doctors. It wasn’t much of a change from their ranking as 41st in the country last year. Dr. Paul C. Mendelowitz, president of NJ’s Medical Board, declined to comment on the low rate of doctor discipline. Complaints are not public record.

“I don’t get the sense that the board does very much in the way of oversight,” said Chatham Lawyer David Freid. The board’s lack of tenacity in disciplining negligent doctors gives doctors no reason to pay more attention to the quality of care they provide. Hopefully, New Jersey does not become a haven for negligent and careless doctors.

New Jersey Medical Malpractice and the Mininno Law Office

Medical Malpractice is very serious issue. If you or a loved one have been negatively affected by the negligence or mistakes of a doctor or surgeon in New Jersey, you’ll need to seek the assistance of a qualified New Jersey Medical Malpractice & Negligence Attorney. At the Mininno Law Office, our Medical Malpractice Attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let us help you receive the recoveries you are owed.

New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorneys: Mininno Law Office

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If you are grieving the loss of a loved one and you believe their death was brought about the negligence or ill intent of another, contact a Wrongful Death Attorney.
A wrongful death claim is a legal action that is filed against a person who is being held accountable for a death. The claim asserts that the death was brought about by some sort of negligence, wrongdoing, or even criminal act. The deceased’s relatives are considered to be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, loss of wages, grief, and loss of consortium (companionship).
These damages are known as compensatory damages. Punitive damages could be imposed as a punishment for negligence and/or ill intent of the responsible party or parties.

If you find yourself dealing with the loss of a loved one that you believe was not inevitable, and infact brought on by the wrongful act of another, you may want to contact a New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorney. An attorney is going to review all the facts surrounding your case, and help determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation.

Grieving the death of a loved one is not easy, and the wrongful death attorneys at the Mininno Law Office understand this. They will help in any way possible to make the process move along smoothly and quickly. While monetary compensation will never be able to erase the suffering and grief of losing someone you love, it will definately relieve the financial burden brought on by their loss.

Wrongful Death and the Mininno Law Office

Contact the New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Or call us at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys: Mininno Law Office

Have you recently been injured by a defective product? Have you been injured in a car accident? Have you been injured at someone else’s home, due to someone else’s negligence? If so, than you may need the assistance of a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney.
new jersey personal injury attorneys money compensation The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are dedicated to earning you your due compensation regarding injuries sustained from accidents including but not limited to the following:

  • work accidents – we will explain why it important to have a good relationship with boss
  • motorcycle accidents – you will understand what is responsibility
  • car/trucking accidents – we will show why its is important to use hight quality Fortis Skid Steer Tracks
  • trip and falls in public places – you will understand about importance of social activity
  • defective products/products liability – you will learn why quality matters
  • medical malpractice/medical negligence  – you will get advises how to choose doctor and what basic question you should ask him
  • dog bites – you will get basic knowledge of dogs behaviour

Do I need a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you find yourself facing mounting medical bills for conditions caused by one of the aforementioned accidents, you should definately contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will meet with you to discuss the merits of your case, and help you decide the appropriate action to take. An experienced personal injury attorney (like those at the Mininno Law Office), will have access to experts and resources to perform an in-depth analysis of data such as medical records, MRIs, CAT Scans, pathology studies, product design, safety standards, and OSHA regulations.
It is important that you act quickly, however. Due to statutes of limitations, waiting too long could be waiving your right to file suit.

What Will a Personal Injury Attorney do for Me?

A personal injury attorney at the Mininno Law Office is going to help you decide the right course of action. He’ll go through all of the facts, records, and data surrounding your case, and make an educated decision as to whether or not your case has merit, meaning, will a judge feel that you deserve to be compensated. If you decide to move on with the case, the personal injury attorneys at the Mininno Law Office will work hard to present the best possible case. And they do it on a contingency fee basis. A contingency means that we get paid, contingent upon the winning of the case. We don’t make money unless you make money. We work for free until we win. Case evaluations and consultations are free.

More Questions?

If you are still confused or unsure about what to do regarding a possible personal injury lawsuit, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

BP Caps Well and Liability Concerns Ensue

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BP caps well and for the first time in 3 months, oil has ceased to flow into the gulf.
Three months after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig caused the most disastrous oil-spill in U.S. history, BP is monitoring the integrity of a cap that was placed atop their undersea well last Thursday, July 15th. The current success of the cap to stop the flow of oil marks the first time since April 20th that the gushing of crude oil from the well has been haulted. Three months worth of oil gushing from the well into the gulf of Mexico, estimated to amount to hundreds of millions of gallons, has certainly taken a toll on the marine life, the coast, and the businesses in the area, not to mention the injury and death incurred by the explosion on the Transocean rig.
But the biggest concern now is whether or not the cap is actually working as well as we hope it is. Issues regarding whether or not oil and gas are leaking from other underwater release points have surfaced, and BP gets 24 hours to monitor the true integrity of the cap.

Meanwhile, the government is considering extreme changes to current maritme laws capping product liability costs to BP and Transocean, and restricting recoveries to those who have been affected by the gargantuan disaster.
On July 1, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing Protections of the Injured from Limitations on Liability (SPILL Act). The act was sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), and co-sponsored by Charlie Melancon (D-La.). According to Melancon:

“When it comes to compensating victim’s families, current laws are inconsistent, lax and encourage companies to take risks—gambling with the lives of workers in the process.”

Supporters of the SPILL Act claim that it will:

  • Allow families of deceased victims to recover for pain and suffering. The Act will amend The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) and the Jones Act, both dating back to 1920, which currently prevent victims from claiming for non-pecuniary damages. The passage of the act will allow claimants to recover for pain and suffering, and loss of care, comfort, and companionship.
  • Repeal the Limitation on Liabilities Act (LOLA, of 1851), which limits the liability of vessel owners ( in this case, Transocean), to only the cost of their vessel and its cargo at the time of the accident.
  • Keep responsible parties from using bankruptcy as a way to avoid compensating those injured by the disaster.
  • Apply changes to pending and future claims.

Families of victims that were killed or injured in the explosion have obviously voiced their support for the SPILL Act. On July 13th, the proposal was passed on to the Senate, who read it and passed it on to The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Product Liabilty and the Minnno Law Office

Fears that BP will escape sufficient liability when it comes to compensating victims of this monstrous tragedy are real and well founded. The passage of the SPILL Act will certainly do great things for the recovery efforts of victims and their families. Manufacturers and responsible parties should never be able to skirt their duties of compensation.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, the product liability attorneys at the Mininno Law Office will work ’round-the-clock to help you get the money you deserve. Act now if you are suffering injury or loss to the negligence of a manufacturer. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380in Philadelphia.

NUVARING Named in Product Liability and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

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NUVARING causes potentially life threatening complications including bloodclot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis.
NUVARING is a transparent, flexible, vaginal ring that provides month long birth control by emitting a continuous dose of estrogen and progestin for 21 days. The device releases a combination of ethinyl estradiol, a form of the hormone estrogen, and etonogestral. These substances are supposed to prevent ovulation as well as minimize any sperm penetration, thereby preventing unwanted pregnancies. It gained FDA approval in 2001.

NUVARING is marketed as providing the same efficacy as birth control pills but with the convenience of month-long protection. To a woman who wants the benefits of birth control but not the trouble of remembering to take a pill every day, NUVARING sounds great. Unfortunately, NUVARING has provided more than month long contraception.

Numerous lawsuits are being filed against pharmaceutical companies that marketed or manufactured the product at one time. Suits claim that the manufactureres of NUVARING not only knew about the potential side effects related to the use of NUVARING, including increased risk of stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and sudden death, but failed to reveal them to women, or the FDA during the approval process. Some 300 product liability lawsuits are being filed, stating that NUVARING caused plaintiffs to suffer from serious, life threatening blood clots. Wrongful Death suits in New Jersey and Nebraska are pending.

Are You A NUVARING user?

If you currently use NUVARING as a contraceptive, seek medical attention immediately. If you are suffering from complications due to NUVARING, seek the help of a product liability attorney. New Jersey product liability attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to answer any questions you have, and to offer a free case evaluation.

Contact the Mininno Law Office or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the attorneys at the Mininno Law Office help you get the compensation you deserve.

Nine Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

new jersey attorney nine signs nursing home abuse free legal consultationThe Mininno Law Office takes a firm stand against New Jersey nursing home abuse. We fight against careless and negligent facilities, and we do our best to post useful information to assist those dealing with sick loved ones and nursing homes. Yesterday, we posted advice on how to pick a quality nurisng home. Today’s post will deal with signs that your loved one may be being abused or neglected in their long term care facility.

Below is a list of red flag symptoms concerning nursing home abuse and neglect. Noticing any of these should prompt immediate action.

Nursing Home Abuse: 9 Red Flags

Bedsores or open wounds (also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers):  A sure sign of neglect. Bedsores form when soft tissue is compressed between a bony prominence and an external surface for a prolonged period of time. Failing to reposition bedridden patients often results in bedsores.

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Nursing home abuse and negligence are very real threats to residents at some facilites.
Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains or fractures: Mysterious injuries such as these could be attributed to roughness and mishandling of feeble and fragile patients.

Falls in shower, out of bed or out of chairs, resulting in injury: This is a sign that patients are being left to fend for themselves during difficult tasks like moving from the bed to the bathroom. Many patients need help to complete these tasks, and without being checked on regularly, can easily hurt themselves trying to do it alone.

Dehydration, malnutrition, or weight loss: Residents being neglected will often suffer from some, or all, of the above symptoms. Abuse and neglect can lead to depression, which in turn could result in malnutrition and weight loss.

High staff turnover: If a nursing home staff is constantly new and residents are being treated by new caregivers all of the time, the likelihood that that they are receiving quality care is very low. Errors occur often amoung new staff members. Workers leaving and going elsewhere could also be a sign that they are underpaid and overworked. Underpaid and overworked nursing home staff are a large source of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal  bleeding; torn, stained or bloody garments: Unfortunately, sexual abuse is a very real issue in nursing homes. If you notice any of these signs, act immediately.

Loss of resident’s possessions, or sudden changes in the resident’s will, bank accounts or other financial documents: Theft and fraud are very real and very prevalent forms of nursing home abuse. If anything goes missing, whether it be belongings or money, investigate immediately.

Refusal or delays to have visitation with the resident: If a nursing home is guilty of abuse or neglect, of course they won’t be quick to allow you to come and see your loved ones. Often, if they allow visitation, they will refuse to let you be alone with your loved one. This is something to be very weary of. Now, your loved one does not feel comfortable telling you what’s really going on.

Over-sedation or overuse of restraints: Caregivers have gone to jail for using unprescribed morphine to calm patients they feel are “combative.” This is a life threatening practice, and has taken lives in the past.

What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

If you notice one or more of the above symptoms, it is likely the nursing home facility you have entrusted with the care of your loved one is acting negligently. Do not wait to seek help. A nursing home abuse attorney will be able to sit down with you and discuss what happened, what you’ve seen, and determine if you have a case against the care facility. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let us get you the compensation you deserve.

Six Steps to Skirt Nursing Home Abuse

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Nursing home abuse is an ugly truth in a necessary industry.
Nursing home abuse can play an extremely daunting role in where, when, and even if we decide to place our loved ones in a long term care facility. Trends of abuse, negligence, theft, and fraud seem to be taking over an industry that should be known for it’s kindness, compassion, benevolence, and dependability.
Choosing a nursing home can be overwhelming and scary, so the best way to go about the task is to be prepared and know exactly what to look for in a good and trustworthy nursing home. Below are six steps you can take to ensure that you are choosing the right facility to trust with the care of your loved one.

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Nursing Home Abuse

Step 1: Ask for documentation that will prove that the facility employs regular background checks to ensure that employees of the facility have no record of violent, sexual, or financial crime. Verify that employees are in good standing with the law and that they have the proper credentials to be working in this field. A nursing home in good standing and employing qualified workers will have no problem turning this paperwork over. The National Association on State Units on Aging reported that “An increased risk of abuse is found at nursing homes that have a history of serious noncompliance, particularly if abuse has occurred in the facility in the past.”

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Follow these steps to help keep your loved one from being abused in a nursing home.
Step 2: Request information verifiying the minimum staff to patient ratio, how many hours per week employees work (including max overtime), and leave instructions to notify you should these policies change. Overworked employees are a huge source of abuse and negligence in nursing homes. Make sure the people caring for your loved ones are not responsible for too many patients for too long. The probability of abuse increases as staff to patient ratio decreases.

Step 3: With regard to step 2, verify the number of patients in the home with dementia, and who are physically dependant on nursing home staff. A high number of dementia patients should be accompanied by high number of employees. According to a report done by the National Center of Elder Abuse, nursing home abuse is more common in facilities that are home to a high number of demetia patients, as their required care is far more demanding.

Step 4: Ask about the facilities grievance policy. What is their protocol for reporting complaints? Is it policy to retaliate against staff members who report abuse? What about a patient who reports abuse? Facilities should offer anonymous reporting options to both staff and patients, and investigate all complaints thouroughly.

Step 5: Ask about the facility’s training policy, and whether or not it offers ongoing abuse prevention courses, as well as other courses to keep staff up to date on the newest and best methods of care. The Department of Health and Human Services reports “Besides improving competence and knowledge, training also offers a vehicle for building [staff] self-esteem, which also may help to reduce stress and burnout.” The report also states that ” . . .training can also prepare staff to respond appropriately to difficult situations, such as dealing with physically combative residents, which have the potential to trigger abuse.”

Step 6: Visit often and unannounced. Nursing home abuse is much more likely to occur to patients who do not have visitors, as there will be no consequence if no one is there to find out. If your visits are unannounced and frequent, staff members responsible for the care of your loved one will be forced to “stay on their toes,” providing the best possible care for the resident.

If Nursing Home Abuse Occurs

Nursing home abuse is an awful thing to deal with, and facilities that employ abusive tactics toward residents, or put profits before patients must suffer the consequences of this behavior. The long term care industry is a necessary one, as most of us are not qualified to care for our elderly loved ones when they get too sick to care for themselves. This industry needs to be one we can trust in. If you or a loved one have been negatively affected by nursing home abuse or negligence, you’ll need the help of a nursing home abuse attorney. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.