BUFFALO, N.Y. – As we age, we become more susceptible to injuries. Those over the age of 75 are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries in a car crash than any other age group. But one study has found ways to improve their chances on the road.
These safe driving courses honed-in on several high risk driving situations, including:
Driving at night
Driving in the rain
Driving in peak traffic hours
Driving on highways
Driving in school zones
Following the courses, researchers attached GPS devices in their cars to collect data on their driving behavior. The study found that the older drivers who took the safe driving program were more likely to regulate their driving patterns, and avoid the times and areas that were considered risky for their age.
Those who were subjected to the intervention also reported a strong willingness to change how they drive.
Researchers are now continuing their study to find out specifically how age impacts a person’s driving habits.
YOU’RE A SAFE DRIVER – OTHERS MAY NOT BE
One of the key issues study authors wanted to avoid was isolating seniors from their communities. Obviously, seniors may not be able to – or want to – completely avoid driving at night, or in the rain where eye sight and reaction times are critical skills for drivers to have.
The study points out that simply knowing how risky these driving situations are can significantly change a person’s driving behavior. Unfortunately, not everyone will be putting safety first when they’re behind the wheel at night.
Almost every car accident can be prevented with safe driving practices. When a negligent driver is distracted, speeding, or drunk, they can cause serious harm to themselves or others. The Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes know just how prevalent these drivers can be.
In Erie County alone, more than 49,000 people received speeding tickets, and another 7,000 were cited for cell phone use, or texting while driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, our Buffalo car accident attorneys can help. We’ve obtained more than $2 billion for our clients, and all of our lawyers have trial experience, so you can be confident we will do whatever it takes to win your case.
When a car accident impacts your family, contact a Buffalo car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, it’s often a wise decision to talk with a lawyer who focuses on personal injury law.
Personal injury claims are often complex and cover a variety of different accidents including slip and falls, medical malpractice, car accidents, defective products, construction injuries, and more. Since these injuries are often severe, you may need financial compensation to cover the costs associated with these accidents.
A successful personal injury claim can compensate victims for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of work, and other monetary damages.
The fact is, not every lawyer focuses on personal injury litigation – many law firms cover a variety of legal matters. But in most cases, the insurance companies will have their own legal team; one that is completely knowledgeable in personal injury law.
That’s why it’s important for anyone who has been injured to call an attorney who focuses on personal injury, and someone who is just as knowledgeable and experienced as the insurance company’s lawyer.
According to a Buffalo personal injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes, a strong legal team will also have a variety of resources to help injured victims and their families get the best results possible from a claim.
As one of the largest personal injury firms in the nation, Cellino & Barnes has access to medical experts and other professionals who can help strengthen a case. The firm’s Buffalo personal injury lawyers are also trial-tested and have proven track records of success; both in negotiating settlements and putting together cases for trial.
A personal injury attorney is also convenient for victims and their families. When you file a claim, there are stacks of paperwork that go with it. Your lawyer can help complete the necessary forms, file motions, gather statements from witnesses and experts, and handle your entire case from open to close.
Every injury claim is unique but the most experienced personal injury attorneys are likely to have worked with victims who suffered similar injuries in similar accidents. When contacting a personal injury lawyer, it’s always a good idea to ask questions:
Do you focus on personal injury law?
Have you handled a case like mine before?
Have you tried any of those cases in court?
What should I expect in the coming weeks and months?
The Buffalo personal injury lawyers at Cellino & Barnes will make sure that you are treated fairly by the insurance companies and the negligent parties that may be responsible for your injuries or loss. They can make sure your claim is filed properly and on time; and they won’t take a fee unless they win your case, so you can be assured that you and your family can obtain the best result possible.
If you’ve been injured, contact a Buffalo personal injury attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.
MELVILLE, N.Y. – As colder temperatures moved across the state this week, it came with some snow. And whenever the snow falls, kids are ready to hop on their sleds and find the nearest slope to slide down but doctors and Long Island personal injury lawyers are urging parents – and property owners – to put safety first.
A new medical study by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare found that almost a third of the children who were taken to the emergency room after a sledding accident suffered head injuries. In many cases, the injuries were very similar to those seen in skiing and snowboarding falls.
The results have doctors and researchers alerting parents to put helmets on their children when they’re heading out to enjoy the slopes, in any form.
Their rule of thumb is: if the sled, skis, or snowboard can go faster than you can run, wearing a helmet is a wise precaution. A Long Island personal injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says property owners should also take precautions to make sure an accident doesn’t happen under their watch.
“It’s now estimated that more than 20,000 kids are injured while sledding every year and over past few years, we’ve seen many serious accidents in Long Island,” personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “It’s important to make sure these sledding areas are safe for children and that they’re in prime condition for sledding.”
Long Island personal injury attorneys say many sledding injuries are related to the condition of the property where the accident occurred. Investigators often find dangerous hazards that sledders aren’t warned about before sliding down the hill.
In 2014, for example, a teen suffered severe injuries after hitting a chain-link fence while sledding at a Nebraska school. The school district settled the case out of court.
Whether a sledding injury occurs on public property, private property, with a helmet, or without a helmet, it is always wise to have a professional legal investigator take a look at the circumstances surrounding a sledding accident.
Cellino & Barnes has been trusted by New Yorkers for over 50 years, and with offices across the Empire State, our attorneys have experience handling many types of injuries related to winter-weather and winter sports. If you or your child has been injured while sledding, contact an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.
NEW YORK – For millions of active Americans an injury can feel like a death sentence. Exercise is a vital part of an active and healthy lifestyle but an injury can change all of that in an instant.
For those who enjoy physical activity, having to ‘sit-it-out’ can trigger weight gain, depression, anxiety, and even suicidal tendencies a Princeton study found. Some people may never truly recover from an injury because of its devastating effects on personal exercise habits.
If your goal is to live a healthy and long life, you need to find ways to manage your injuries or overcome them. While that sounds like a tall task, a Brooklyn personal injury attorney at Cellino & Barnes says it’s not impossible.
“If you’ve ever suffered an injury, you know physical rehabilitation can be expensive in Brooklyn,” personal injury lawyer Steve Barnes said. “It’s our job to help our clients get the compensation they need to be able to afford rehab and medical treatments so they can live the happy and healthy lifestyle that they want – and used to have.”
Aside from physical rehab, how do you stay active while injured?
The answer is often complex and it depends on your injury.
For lower body injuries, it’s often crucial to ease back into physical activity. Activities like rowing are common recommendations until the lower body is ready for activity again.
For upper body injuries, doctors recommend exercises that reduce stress on joints. Activities in the water or stationary bikes can sometimes reduce upper-body use while still providing the exercise you’re looking for.
Those with back injuries are in a tough spot: rehab experts say almost any physical activity could cause detrimental complications but according to new research, there are some activities that allow even those who have suffered the most serious injuries to burn some calories.
It’s called nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT for short). Basically, they’re small, simple exercises that can burn calories. Researchers believe these activities explain why two people on identical diets have different experiences with weight loss.
According to researchers, some NEAT ‘exercises’ include:
And other small tasks
Doctors have concluded that these simple activities add up. In some cases, NEAT movements can burn up to 2,000 calories per day.
“Just moving around can be beneficial for the mind and body and that’s one of the reasons why we’ll find the best doctors and rehabilitation experts for our clients,” Barnes said. “Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience working with all types of accidents and injuries so we know how devastating it is to be off your feet for a while – but we’ve also seen many people overcome their injuries to be healthy and active again.”
In every case, Brooklyn personal injury lawyers say patients should consult with their doctors before beginning a new workout regimen. But don’t assume that you can’t burn calories just because you can’t run or lift weights.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident, know that the Brooklyn personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped their clients receive over $2 billion in compensation – and with their ‘No Fee Promise,’ you won’t be charged for their legal representation unless they win your case.
Call a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer today for a free case evaluation.
NEW YORK – Another amusement park accident injured six people at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut. It’s the latest in a wave of serious incidents stemming from amusement rides in just the last month.
According to New London Police, the six people who were injured suffered an electrical shock on a ride known as the ‘Scrambler.’ The incident sparked temporary ride closures at Ocean Beach Park. At least one person suffered contact burns on their hands and all six were treated at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.
The Scrambler is a popular attraction that can be found around the country. It’s also not the first time it’s been linked to injuries, a New York roller coaster injury attorney said.
“Many roller coasters and rides have been operating for decades with little or no maintenance, so there are many things that can go wrong,” New York roller coaster injury lawyer Steve Barnes said. “As attorneys and safety advocates, we pour over maintenance records and find a lot of rides have mechanical issues, electrical issues, and overall safety issues that were never addressed.”
The recent electrocution of six riders comes just days after Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed on a Kansas water slide. According to the New York Daily News, the water slide hadn’t been inspected since it debuted in July 2014 despite the Kansas Amusement Ride Act which requires yearly inspections. Caleb Schwab suffered a fatal neck injury as he went down the 169-foot slide in Kansas City.
“Amusement park rides have the potential to cause serious injuries that can get worse over time,” Barnes said. “Rides like the Scrambler can jolt people around while it’s twirling from a center pivot and those sudden spins and turns can give riders head and neck injuries not unlike whiplash suffered in car crashes.”
Even ‘gentle’ carnival rides can be chaotic. Just last week, three girls fell 45 feet out of a Georgia Ferris Wheel. Briley Reynolds, 6, was hospitalized after she fell out of a Ferris Wheel basket at the Greene County Fair. Briley’s 10-year-old sister, Kayla Reynolds, was also injured in the fall.
Kayla Reynolds told ABC News that the sisters were trying to hold onto things as the basket tipped.
“We were probably sitting there with it tilted for maybe not even a minute,” Kayla said in the ABC interview. “[I was] hoping it would turn back and then we just started falling.”
Kayla Reynolds suffered a broken arm but her sister Briley Reynolds was hospitalized for days after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Safety inspectors blamed the incident on mechanical failure.
“Carnival rides can be packed-up, moved and rebuilt in the matter of days,” Barnes said. “Without regular and thorough safety inspections, parts can go missing amidst the constant relocation or the mechanics can malfunction, adding to the safety concern.”
The New York roller coaster injury lawyers at Cellino & Barneshave helped many families across America obtain compensation for their injuries. They have proven results and have won cases in all 50 states and Canada.
For more information or to receive a free case evaluation, call 800-888-8888 or Contact an attorney today.
NEW YORK – You may have this thought when you spot a terrible driver; and all you have to do is look at the license plate.
“No wonder, they’re from that state,” you might think.
Your suppositions may now be backed-up by a new study… but you could be wrong, too. In fact, your state could boast the worst drivers.
According to the research compiled by the financial and investment firm SmartAsset, the worst drivers in the nation most often hail from the southeast. Specifically, Florida.
Four of the top 10 states the study identified are located in the southeast but Florida wears the crown for the state with the worst drivers, researchers said. According to their research, Floridians Google the terms “speeding tickets” and “traffic tickets” more than any other state.
Florida also has one of the lowest rates of insured drivers in the nation. A New York car accident attorney said that fact should concern anyone planning their next spring break in the Sunshine State.
“There are thousands of people that are driving right now without motor vehicle insurance and it’s illegal – both in Florida and in New York,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “If you’re ever injured by an uninsured driver, it can create a difficult situation for you and your family and you should contact a skilled attorney to go over your options.”
Only three states do not require car insurance: New Hampshire, Virginia and Mississippi, the last of which also made it into SmartAsset’s Top 10 States with the Worst Drivers. Ranked just behind Florida, Mississippi has a high rate of fatal car crashes. Despite its smaller population, Mississippi had more motor vehicle deaths than 45 other states – and only 77 percent of drivers have insurance.
However, you don’t need to take a vacation to the southern U.S. to find bad drivers. Just take the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey. With the second-highest rate of deadly car crashes, New Jersey ranked fourth on SmartAsset’s list. Only Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida boasted worse driving records.
The Garden State also happens to boast some of the highest insurance premiums in the nation. Coincidence? Florida also has pricey insurance rates.
Unlike the southern states, safety advocates said New Jersey’s problem is most often associated with traffic congestion, which leads to aggression and distraction.
Although there are plenty of reasons to be concerned on the New Jersey turnpike, the state did score high in one category: the percentage of drivers with car insurance.
NEW YORK – Remember the 2010 Winter Olympics? The biggest fear then was arriving in Vancouver during a burst of swine flu cases. Research teams rushed to the British Columbia city to study the outbreak. It was a unique opportunity for doctors with the goal of finding better treatments… but the swine flu stayed dormant.
Over the next few weeks, doctors will have a second opportunity to study illnesses as Olympians face a new pandemic: Zika.
The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to hundreds of birth defects and paralysis.
A New York personal injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes said travelers should be aware of Zika’s heavy presence in South America as the 2016 Summer Games begin.
“Whether it’s an airborne illness, foodborne illness or it’s transmitted by mosquitoes, a sickness or disease can quickly turn the vacation of a lifetime into a nightmare,” New York personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said.
More than 200 physicians and researchers signed a letter demanding that the Olympic Games be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro due to concerns over the spread of Zika virus.
Despite those concerns and a high number of cases in Brazil, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently wrote there is little risk of causing new outbreaks at this year’s Olympic Games. New York personal injury lawyers however urge travelers to use caution.
“Anytime there’s a large gathering of people from around the globe, there’s an increased risk of contracting a serious illness,” Cellino said. “Zika is particularly dangerous because doctors have yet to develop a treatment or vaccine that could minimize or eliminate the virus’ effects.”
Many health officials still predict that some athletes and spectators will contract the Zika virus. Health and safety advocates point out that the CDC’s report simply assessed the risk of spreading the outbreak to countries or areas that are not currently at risk for Zika.
The CDC currently has travel advisories for more than 50 nations. The agency said Zika is already circulating around the globe and many of the athletes and spectators that will be in Rio this week arrived from countries that are already affected by Zika, so the risk of spreading the disease further is minimal.
Even the United States is not immune to the Zika’s global reach. At least 15 people are believed to have acquired the virus from local mosquito populations near Miami.
Brazilian authorities have also been proactive by stomping-out any mosquito breeding grounds and fumigating the Olympic venues where mosquito populations tend to thrive. While most people are attending the Olympics in support of their home nations, doctors and scientists are attending for humanitarian reasons; and it’s not just Zika they’re watching.
The World Health Organization will be watching for other viruses, including dengue and yellow fever, food poisoning and the flu, which can have radically different strains circulating in the southern hemisphere.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Trampoline parks are hopping with children and parents love them: they believe bounce parks are a safe way to get the kids out of the house to blow off some energy. But indoor trampolines can often be extremely dangerous for children.
“In just four years, the number of trampoline parks has increased seven-fold and several have been constructed here in Buffalo,” personal injury lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Sprains are some of the most common injuries but sometimes the accident is serious and the park could be held financially liable.”
Doctors and lawyers say some of the most serious injuries they’ve encountered were head injuries or spinal cord trauma. According to the study author, some accidents have resulted in permanent paralysis and surgery.
Although bounce parks have been found responsible for dozens of injuries around the country, the majority of trampoline-related accidents happened at home; but researchers noted that those accidents did not significantly increase over the four-year span of the study.
Trampolines in general are relatively dangerous for children, researchers said. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics has publicly denounced trampoline use for all children. However, if children do start bouncing on a trampoline, the academy advises parents to supervise and its doctors have urged kids not to do flips or have more than one jumper on a single trampoline.
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Summer is most often associated with sunshine, outdoor activities and all-around fun. But it as soon as the days get longer, trips to the E.R. tend to spike. Doctors say the combination of warmer weather, time off from school and outdoor activities increases the risk of injuries.
“Most parents will agree that getting the kids outside and active is a great for their health and social life on Long Island,” personal injury lawyer Ross Cellino said. “But an important ingredient that is often overlooked is supervision and children need to have the proper adult supervision when they’re playing outside.”
According to a Cellino & Barnes analysis of recent emergency room data, the three most common summer injuries are:
Every year, more than a half-million bicyclists are injured. Most of those injuries affected children. According to the CDC, an estimated 26,000 kids suffer traumatic brain injuries as the result of a bicycle accident. The data suggests many of those injuries can be prevented by properly fitting a child with a helmet.
Other bike injuries could include broken bones, muscular damage and lacerations that require stitches.
Some bike accidents could be caused by cars or defective parts on the bicycle itself. If you suspect your child is the victim of either of these, Cellino & Barnes suggests contacting a Long Island personal injury attorney immediately as your family may be able to recover medical costs and more.
Legal professionals also suggest teaching children the rules of the road and purchasing bicycles from reliable manufacturers.
Kids love exploring. Sometimes it’s a tree, sometimes it’s a jungle gym, sometimes it’s somewhere you would never expect. The point is, children are susceptible to falls almost everywhere. The end result can include head injuries, sprains or broken bones. Falls from extreme heights could be deadly.
They are currently the #1 reason for hospitalization in America today and the CDC estimates that 200,000 children are treated for playground falls alone each year.
In many cases, these falls could be caused by poor maintenance, faulty equipment or the lack of supervision.
If your child has been injured by a fall, Cellino & Barnes urges parents to contact a Long Island personal injury lawyer. In many cases, families have obtained significant settlements and verdicts after a slip or fall injury.
Drowning is every parent’s worst fear when their child is near water. It is the chief cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 3 and it’s the second-leading cause of death among kids under 15 years of age. The worst part is, nine out of ten drownings occur with parents in the pool area.
Safety advocates say most drownings occur without a splash. In many cases, the child hits his or her head and sink to the bottom of the pool. Irreversible brain damage can occur after just three minutes under water.
Long Island personal injury lawyers say these incidents are completely preventable and many private and public pool owners can be held liable for injuries in a pool area. Lifeguards, flotation device manufacturers, and cities or towns that fail to warn parents about unsafe conditions could be found negligent.
Attorneys say the best way to prevent this nightmare is to always stay close to a child when they are in the water.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – In case you haven’t noticed, many places are lighting-up the night with LED lights. They’re bright – and they save money on energy and maintenance but the American Medical Association introduced a new policy: dim it.
Almost everything in Buffalo is lit-up with LED lights. Take a stroll down Canalside or a view of the Peace Bridge at night; it’s all an LED lightshow. However, safety advocates and doctors with the AMA are concerned about the way these lights are used.
Almost 50 percent of all car crashes in America occur at between 9 PM and 9 AM when the outside environment is darkest. A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says ighting, or the lack of lighting, is commonly a factor and while LED lights are cost-efficient and good for the environment but there are some drawbacks.
“Street lighting can be a game changer and both bright lights and dim lights have been factors in crashes in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “It’s very important to keep lighting at a specific brightness to make the roads as safe as possible.”
According to the AMA, the glare of bright LED lights can constrict your eyes, making it more difficult to see at night. Bright lights can also twist-up sleep cycles and it could potentially affect local wildlife.
Doctors said high-intensity LED lighting emits large amounts of blue light, which can create extreme nighttime glare and potentially cause a car crash.
Luckily, the brightness of LED lights can be adjusted and the AMA is hoping cities across America get the message and dim the lights.
“Glare is a common issue every driver has likely faced,” Barnes said. “Whether they’re high-beams or LED street lights, they can cause dangerous accidents and we want drivers to be aware of these hazards before driving on the roads after sun down.”
Different lights emit different colors and there’s a measurement called “color temperature.” A higher color temperature usually means it’s high in blue light, which appears white to us. The Association recommends that street lighting have a color temperature of 3,000 Kelvin (K) or less for safety reasons.
As proud supporters of the Western New York community, Cellino & Barnes urges all drivers to practice safe driving habits – especially at night:
Always use your headlights in rainy or dark environments
Frequently clean your windows – both inside and out – to reduce nighttime glare
Never drink and drive. Call a cab instead
Use low beams when encountering oncoming traffic
Be extra alert, especially during the weekends. Drunk driving is a factor in 53 percent of deadly nighttime crashes
If you’ve been injured by a drunk negligent driver, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help you obtain the best result possible. Contact them today for a free case evaluation.
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