Atlantic City & Cape May Personal Injury Law Firm Newsletters

Minor Floods Can Lead to Injuries, Accidents and Insurance Problems

Atlantic City Attorneys Answer Questions About Insurance Claims Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods can result from snowmelt, overflowing rivers or weakened levees, as we saw in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. More than half the people whose homes were destroyed in that catastrophe did not live in a flood zone and had no flood insurance. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied shoreline patterns for what it termed “nuisance flooding,” or floods in which no one is injured but homeowners must contend with flooded roadways and buildings—the kind of floods that are more aggravating than hazardous. They found that over the last 50 years, the number of minor floods along our nation’s coastlines has consistently crept upwards. Scientists say that this is due primarily to rising sea levels. People, of course, worry far more about catastrophic events like hurricanes and tornadoes, but minor…
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New Law Requires Four Feet Distance Between a Passing Vehicle and a “Vulnerable User”

New Jersey recently passed a new law requiring passing motorists to give four feet of clearance to any “vulnerable user,” which includes pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and people riding electric scooters. Twenty-three other states have already passed similar legislation in what seems to be a growing national trend towards recognizing the traffic rights of non-motorists. Assemblywoman Stender of Middlesex, New Jersey sponsored the bill. Hopefully, the bill will raise New Jersey’s ranking from the 12th most bike friendly state back to its previous position as seventh or higher. The drop in ranking was a result of taking so long to pass such a bill. How Can Motorists Appropriately Gauge a Safe Passing Distance? The bill uses four feet as the minimum passing distance because standard traffic lanes in New Jersey are 12 feet wide. Most other states have a minimum passing distance of three feet. New Jersey’s variation on the bill…
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Examples of Casino Negligence

Atlantic City is one of the top gaming destinations in the U.S. The city’s Boardwalk and Marina District offer visitors a chance to try their luck at poker, black jack, roulette, craps, keno, specialty games and slot machines. Atlantic City casino owners have a duty to ensure the safety and security of their guests and employees. When someone is hurt or killed on casino property, the owner may be legally responsible under premises liability law. If you have sustained injuries at a casino, an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney can help. Examples of Casino Negligence Casinos are large properties with lots of people coming and going throughout the day, making it important for owners to properly maintain building structures and mechanical equipment and to keep all areas clean and hazard-free. Wet or slippery floors, broken or unsafe equipment, poor lighting and lack of security are all potential hazards. Such conditions…
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How the Affordable Care Act Can Benefit Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the hotly contested individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law. In a 5-4 majority opinion, the court ruled that the “financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax” and that “the Constitution permits such a tax.” With this ruling, the ACA’s individual mandate provision and other components will remain in effect, though the law may still encounter other challenges. Fortunately, one facet of the ACA that can benefit traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims in particular is the end of health insurance lifetime limits. Before the new law, many insurance companies were imposing limits on the total benefits they would pay over a person’s lifetime. When people hit their policy’s benefits ceiling, they had to pay for healthcare costs out of pocket. For patients in need of ongoing…
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