November 2015 Archives

WHAT MAKES ACCIDENT RATES INCREASE DURING THE WINTER HOLIDAYS?

We all want to have a fun, celebration-filled holiday season, visiting with friends and family we don't otherwise often see. However, driving to visit our loved ones and attend holiday parties can come with a greater risk of being in a crash. Limit your risk of injury by cutting down on the time you'll be spending on the roads during the holidays, and learn more about what makes the holidays a more risky time to drive.

FOLLOW SAFE PRACTICES WHEN DRIVING NEXT TO LARGE TRUCKS

Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks can be destructive presences on New Jersey highways and roads. While accidents involving these large trucks are often attributable solely to negligence on behalf of the truck driver, there are certain steps that a passenger vehicle driver can take to help prevent accidents and stay safe on the road. 

HOW CELL PHONE EVIDENCE IS USED IN FAMILY LAW CASES

Ocean County Family Part Judge Lawrence Jones' opinion in a recent final restraining order hearing shows again why hiring an attorney for your family law matter will provide the best possible result. In this case, titled E.C. v R.H., a woman was seeking a final restraining order against someone with whom she had previously been in a romantic relationship. In an effort to show the judge the full extent of the harassment to which the plaintiff had been subjected, the woman, representing herself, had brought her cell phone in to use as evidence. She wished to share with the court the abusive and profane text messages, voicemails, and social media posts which she had received from the defendant. However, she had not created a hard copy of those messages, or transferred them to a storage disc or device that could be shared with the court and printed out or projected. While Judge Lawrence expressed his understanding of why the woman would want to present this evidence to the court, and the necessity of that evidence, he also stated the difficulty of three parties-the judge, plaintiff, and defendant-examining evidence stored on a cell phone in the court room. The judge shared that the difficulty is compounded where the plaintiff is seeking a restraining order based on violent threats from the defendant, and cannot be physically close to the defendant in court. Judge Lawrence ordered that, going forward, text messages or emails stored on a cell phone or pulled from social media accounts must be printed out on numbered pages if a plaintiff wishes to use them as evidence in court. Any audio or video messages must be saved to CD or DVD, so that they can be played in the courtroom. 

OVER-PRESCRIPTION OF ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS IN NURSING HOMES

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you probably spent a long time choosing the right facility, and you may be paying a substantial amount to cover their care. You want to be sure that he or she is receiving the best, most respectful and conscientious care possible from the nursing staff. However, perhaps you've noticed that your family member's disposition or energy level has changed dramatically during their time in the nursing home. Read on to learn about the use of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home residents and the risks inherent in this practice. 

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