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Playground Injuries on the Rise: How You Can Protect Your Child
by cjleclaire
May 17, 2016 | 2260 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Kids love to play outdoors and physical exercise is good for them. The fact that playground injuries are on the rise may be frightening to some parents. Even so, there are precautions you can take, but first, here are the facts:

According to a Romper article, the CDC did a study on emergency room visits of children who were age 14 and younger during the period of 2001 and 2013.

Group of kids having fun at school

  • 10 percent or 21,000 children a year have a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Between 2005 and 2013, the statistic increased from 23 out of 100, 000 to 48 out of 100,000 children being treated for TBI
  • Boys between the ages of five to nine were more likely to sustain a brain injury
  • The increase could be attributed to the fact more children were actually using play equipment
  • Most children were injured on monkey bars and swings (The study could not determine whether more injuries occurred because they were the favorite equipment or they were more dangerous.)

The study also indicated that most children recover completely from TBI injuries, and their discomfort only lasted a few hours to a few days.

What Can You Do?

Knowing what to do to keep your child safe is important for parents. Here are some actions you can take:

If your child gets injured, be aware of concussion symptoms, which include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and vomiting (AllGov).

  • Pick playgrounds with equipment that are right for your child’s age.
  • Go to playgrounds with sand or wood chip surfaces, which are safer than concrete.
  • Have your kids play with kids their age, not older kids.
  • Watch for faulty equipment.

The most important thing you can do to keep your children safe is to supervise their play.

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Long Island Man Driving Lamborghini Dies in Single Car Run-Off-Road Crash
by cjleclaire
Jan 05, 2016 | 8615 views | 0 0 comments | 283 283 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Port Jefferson, Long Island Car Crash

CBS New York reported that Glen Nelson, age 48, who lived in Belle Terre died in a crash when his Lamborghini left the road Sunday afternoon around 3:40 p.m. His car hit a pole. After police arrived at the scene, he was transported to Saint Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where the hospital staff pronounced his death. Police impounded the vehicle as part of the accident investigation.

We are all saddened by such tragedies and ask ourselves, how could something like this happen?

A report by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides some facts that shed light on causes of fatal single vehicle, run-off-road (ROR) accidents. Here are a few facts and factors often involved:

  • About 70% of single vehicle accidents are ROR accidents.
  • Drivers with alcohol use are more likely (86.5 %) than sober drivers (58.3 %) to be involved in ROR crashes.
  • Speeding vehicles are more likely (90%) to be involved in ROR crashes than non-speeding vehicles (59.5 %).
  • Curved road segments are more often scenes for ROR crashes than straight roadways.
  • Rural roads are the scenes of more ROR crashes than urban roads.
  • ROR crashes occur most frequently on roads with higher posted speed limits of 60 mph or higher.
  • ROR crashes happen more often on roads with one or two lanes than roads with more lanes.
  • ROR accidents occur more often during adverse weather conditions such as rain, sleet, snow and fog.

Our Long Island attorneys  at Palermo Touhy Bruno hope you drive safely and avoid accidents as we enter into the holiday and winter season.

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Celebrity Divorces: Angry Divorces to Avoid and Amicable Examples to Follow
by cjleclaire
Dec 10, 2015 | 10843 views | 0 0 comments | 362 362 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Suffolk County Divorce & Family Law Attorney:Celebrity Divorces

It is no secret that celebrities are often put in the position of role models for the rest of society. So, when celebrity couples divorce, people take notice.

Without a doubt, the media has capitalized on celebrity divorces that were heated and painful displays of how not to divorce. Charlie Sheen’s marriages with Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller both involved allegations of domestic violence and angry communications. Their divorces were neither simple nor amicable.

In contrast, some celebrities have provided good examples of amicable divorces. The divorce between Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert comes to mind. In a recent interview, Miranda Lambert tells fans not to pick a side because it doesn’t help anyone. She says there isn’t a side to pick anyway and explains she had a great relationship with an amazing man, so she knows what good is, and that gives her a great launching pad for the future. Aside from having great attitudes, some legal factors that helped them to divorce smoothly and quickly were the fact they had no children, had a prenuptial agreement and the waiting period in Oklahoma is short. Hours after the media announced their split, reporters discovered their divorce had already become officially final. US Magazine reported Blake as saying they only had a nine or 10 day waiting period after filing.

While not quick, the divorce between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner has involved communication and cooperation between the couple. They want to divorce amicably for the sake of their three children. They announced their decision to end their marriage together, rather than separately, releasing a statement that “After much thoughtful and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.” According to Closer Weekly, they had been separated for 10 months, but Ben was still living at the house. They made a conscious effort to save their marriage. When unable to reconcile, they also wanted to make their divorce as easy as possible for the kids. They’ve been seen running errands together and going places together since announcing their divorce plans.

For anyone considering divorce, it is important to have an effective divorce lawyer you feel comfortable with to discuss your options and work out the best approach. Based on the issues you face, your divorce will differ from someone else’s and require tailored representation. Chris Palermo is an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer who has helped numerous clients effectively deal with the difficulties of divorce.

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Drunk Driving Checkpoints
by cjleclaire
Dec 10, 2015 | 10086 views | 0 0 comments | 307 307 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Palermo Tuohy Bruno: Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyers

Conscientious drivers take safety precautions that include preventative driving, keeping vehicles roadworthy and designating drivers when they’ve been drinking. However, even the best and most careful drivers are unsafe when drunk drivers are on the roads.

Our police officers put a lot of effort into taking drunken drivers off the road during the holidays. Recently, over the Thanksgiving weekend, authorities set up sobriety checkpoints in various locations on Long Island. Members of the community like Dawn Nappi are also behind this effort, helping the police do sobriety checks and working on legislative measures to stop drunk driving. Seven years ago, Dawn’s 14 year-old daughter was killed in a traffic accident caused by an unlicensed driver on drugs. Dawn is a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and sits on the legislative board.

The Long Island Press reported that Suffolk County authorities arrested 60 drivers, the highest number of DWI arrests on Long Island. Arrests were made between 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Nassau police made 57 DWI arrests between 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and 7:00 a.m. on Monday. The New York State police reported three weekend DWI arrests, and of the arrests, a Glen Head woman allegedly drove while intoxicated with two children in her car.

No one should be the victim of a drunk driver. Through the efforts of police, members of the community and legislatures, drunk driving statistics have dropped considerably over the past few decades. Victims of drunk driving accidents have the right to pursue legal action if their injuries meet the serious injury threshold established by New York statutes.

Please drive safely during the holidays and have a happy season.

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Cutchogue Long Island Limo Crash- Southold Businessman charged with DWI
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Jul 21, 2015 | 16040 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

A Fatal Car Accident Tragically Ends the Lives of Four Young Women in Suffolk County Cutchogue Long Island Limo Crash- Southold Businessman charged with DWI

by Steven Palermo

When returning from local wineries and while making a U-turn on Route 48 and Depot Lane in Cutchogue, a limousine was struck by a pickup truck driven by an allegedly drunk driver. According to The Suffolk Times, the driver was speeding, and his truck t-boned the limousine on Saturday, July 18, shortly after 5:00 p.m. All of the girls riding in the limousine were between the ages of 23 and 25. One of the girls was getting married, and they went on an outing to local wineries to celebrate. Ironically, they were careful to rent a limousine, so they would be safe and not need a designated driver. However, three women died at the scene and one died later at the hospital. Two helicopters came to the accident scene and police closed off the area for several hours after the accident. Read More

The limousine driver attempted to make a U-turn in a spot that neighborhood residents had long considered to be dangerous. According to a Newsday article, residents worried about this location because of vineyard bound limousines making U-turns when there was oncoming traffic.

From a legal perspective, multiple parties may be at fault for causing or contributing to the accident. Clearly, if actually drunk and convicted of DWI, the truck driver would be at fault. However, if the limo driver was making an illegal or unsafe U-turn, negligence may be a factor, in which case the driver and limo company could be liable. Another possible factor is whether limousines meet tough enough safety standards to protect passengers against this type of accident, in which case liability would lie with the manufacturer. If the county was negligent about taking actions to make this road intersection safer, then the county government may be liable.If you suffered injury in a serious accident or lost a loved one, seek legal help as soon as possible. Through a free consultation, our attorneys at Palermo Tuohy Bruno can discuss and evaluate your case. Unless we recover through settlement or verdict, you owe no fees.



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Long Island Roads See Two Police Officers Die in Separate Vehicle Crashes
by cjleclaire
Jun 18, 2015 | 15316 views | 0 0 comments | 242 242 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Sometimes fate takes unexpected turns that we find unexplainable. The odds are slim to none that two former police officers about the same age would die in single vehicle crashes over the same weekend. Yet, this is what occurred. Suffolk County roads once again took their toll on individuals, and in this instance, individuals who were professionally trained to drive and deal with dangerous circumstances.

This past weekend News 12 Long Island reported that two former NYPD officers died in separate Long Island vehicle crashes. Retired NYPD officer Michael Schulerer met his death at the accident scene on the Sunrise Highway Service Road in Bayport. He lost control of his Jeep when the rear wheel on the driver’s side came off, causing the Jeep to overturn and catch fire.

The other retired NYPD officer was Max Velazquez, who died when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail on Sunrise Highway in Sayville, Sunday morning.

Both former officers died at the scene of their accidents. Schulerer was 49 and Velazquez, was 48. Both men belonged to the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club.

Both accidents are under investigation to uncover details about the underlying causes.

When vehicle accidents result in death and a negligent party is liable, family members have the legal right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Experienced Long Island lawyers can determine the compensation to which you are entitled. Clients owe no fees unless Palermo Tuohy Bruno is successful in recovering damages. Initial consultations to discuss the accident are free of charge.

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What Is Parental Alienation and How Can It Affect Custody?
by cjleclaire
Apr 17, 2015 | 16496 views | 1 1 comments | 359 359 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Parental alienation syndrome is a psychological term that means one parent is turning the children against the other parent, usually due to a divorce or child custody dispute. The syndrome manifests as the child’s denigration of the other parent, but there is no real justification for it. It results from the other parent’s indoctrination of the child and the child’s own contribution to vilifying the targeted parent.

On March 25, 2015, the New York appellate court ruled in the appeal of Halioris v. Haloris , where the father sought sole custody based on the mother’s parental alienation. The mother had appealed the lower court’s decision and requested that the appellate court review the case.

In rendering its decision, the appeals court upheld the lower court’s decision to grant the father sole custody. The court referenced several other cases, quoting previous findings that influenced the court’s decision. This statement in particular was pivotal in the case:

‘Parental alienation of a child from the other parent is “an act so inconsistent with the best interests of the children as to, per se, raise a strong probability that the [offending parent] is unfit to act as custodial parent.” ‘

Clearly, divorce is an emotional matter for many parents, and they can lose a proper perspective when fighting for custody of their children. Even so, there are important legal guidelines to keep in mind. Parental alienation is one of them, and no matter how justified a parental may feel in alienating the child from the other parent, this type of behavior often backfires.

If you have questions about divorce or child custody issues, Chris Palermo is glad to provide you with answers and legal advice. As a Long Island divorce lawyer he is committed to protecting your rights and helping you achieve the best outcome possible.

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Joe Goldberg
April 29, 2015
Do You Know A Lawyer with Parental Alienation Expertise ?

I work as a consultant on cases involving parental alienation

and I often have prospective clients asking me that question.

The truth is there may be a handful of lawyers that advertise

themselves as experienced in alienation but don't be misled.

Every year there are only a few workshops and conferences

organized to provide continuing education on this topic. Ask

the lawyer what CLE's they have on the subject before jump-

ing on their bandwagon. I find very few lawyers actually take

an interest in reading the psychological literature or research

so what they say they know may also be outdated.

Lawyers are not experts and should not be giving advise or

making recommendations to their clients on how to repair a

parent-child relational problem, but they should run through

a list of therapeutic interventions that could be helpful ( e.g.

custody evaluations, conjoint counseling, reunification ther-

apy, etc. )

Unfortunately most family law lawyers are unfamiliar with a

full range of these therapeutic interventions and even more

surprising is that very few lawyers understand the structure

of the most complex interventions like reunification counsel-

ing. For that very reason clients often have lawyers trying to

broker deals about who the therapist will be, and regardless

of the standard of care that children and parents deserve, a

number of court orders are written that limit the way a thera-

pist can help. This only makes matters worse and inevitably

leads to round after round of re-litigation.

Consultants eliminate those errors by ensuring that lawyers

use more specificity within the drafting of a court order, and

they help prepare lawyers for hearings well in advance. If a

client has a parental alienation problem the lawyer must be

vocal in expressing concerns to the court about maintaining

the continuity of counseling, the undermining of the therapy,

empowerment of the alienated child and non-compliance of

the order to follow.

Nobody expects a lawyer to know what a mental health pro-

fessional should know, but did you know that there are a lot

of court rosters full of unqualified mental health LMFT's, LC-

SW's, MFT's, Ph.D.'s working beyond, and outside the area

of their expertise ? Did you know its also unethical for them

to do that, but lawyers help them by being unqualified them-

selves to properly vet them ?

Lawyers often recommend mental health professionals the

lawyer has worked with before telling their clients how much

their opinions and reports are respected by the Judge. The

same is true when lawyers broker deals to appoint GAL's. It

is sad and so true that these are just a few of the reasons I

talk to clients that come to me looking for my help in finding

them a 2nd, 3rd or 4th lawyer to take over the case. And its

also the main reason prospective clients tell me, " I have al-

ready spent $20,000 ...$30,000 and still have not gotten an

outcome I am happy with. "

While many people have gone to the end of the road in the

case they have, a large number of them do not know that a

lot of cases thought to be dead can still be revived. All that

it sometimes takes is the willpower to explore that fact with

a consultant. For those of you that are at the beginning or,

somewhere in the middle of these conflicts try to tune out a

lot of the distortion about the hope for you and your family.

For more information visit my Facebook page at:

Parental Alienation Consulting Services

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A Legal Perspective for a Recent Tragic New York Accident
by cjleclaire
Apr 17, 2015 | 17414 views | 0 0 comments | 274 274 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

On April 1, 2015, a tragic car accident occurred in the Bronx on a snowy Grand Concourse service road. A cab driver, suffering from a seizure lost control of his cab. The cab hurled through the air, landed, and careened into four pedestrians. Footage of the accident posted on Facebook showed one of the victims being thrown across the median near the service road and E. 170th street and sliding into the curb. According to the news report, it was unclear which victim this was.

Kadeem Brown, a 25 year-old man died at the scene. The cab also struck a 39 year-old woman, Sarequa Howe and her five year old daughter. The mother survived, but her daughter was transported to Lincoln Hospital’s pediatric ward, and despite the physicians’ best efforts, they were unable to save her life. Manuel Quinones, age 55 was the other accident victim and he was in critical condition. The cab driver,44 year-old Emilio Garcia who had suffered the seizure, also survived the crash.

From the standpoint of a personal injury case, who is at fault? Do the victims have the right to sue?

In New York, the Insurance Law allows a personal injury victim in a traffic accident who suffers from “serious injury” to sue for negligence.

The law defines serious injury as the following:

• Death

• Dismemberment

• Significant disfigurement

• Fracture

• Loss of a fetus

• Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system

• Permanent consequential limitation of a body organ or member

• Significant limitation of use of a body function or system

• Medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from carrying out usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during a period of 180 days immediately following the injury

In this case, it is likely that the cab driver and possibly the cab company, if the driver was not an independent cab driver, are liable parties in the accident case.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident that was not your fault, an experienced NYC accident lawyer can work with you so you do not have to worry about legal matters. Medical expenses in serious accident cases can be exorbitant, and it is important for you to receive adequate compensation to offset the costs.


Long Island, Suffolk County & Nassau County Personal Injury Attorneys: Visit our Personal Injury Law Firm with Long Island locations in Hauppauge, Huntington, Garden City & NYC.

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If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
by cjleclaire
Aug 01, 2014 | 16437 views | 0 0 comments | 403 403 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a complimentary drink or appetizer. Department stores send out coupons to returning customers. Supermarkets offer customer loyalty cards and often the more you spend, the more you are rewarded in savings. Even car dealers offer discounts to repeat buyers.

It stands to reason that insurance companies would offer some type of loyalty discounts to their customers as well. After all, many keep using the same company for their home and/or auto insurance for years and years. You would think these dutiful customers would be rewarded for their loyalty.

It just so happens that the opposite is true!

A few years ago, I was looking at my bills and noticed how expensive my insurance rates were.  I remembered that when I first purchased the policy from my carrier in 2003, my rates were very reasonable, and competitive for the time.  My rates had steadily increased after years of accident-free driving.  I always assumed that it was due to inflation and the increased operational costs of the insurance company being passed on to me.

Last year, I finally decided to shop around for a new insurance company.  I was amazed when a reputable company offered me a policy of equal coverage at a rate that was half of what I was paying with my old company – the one I had been loyal to for ten years. While I was thrilled to get such a great rate, I wanted to know why my prior company was charging me so much, why my rate was no longer competitive.  As I mentioned I am a safe driver, and never even so much as had a traffic ticket.  So I did a little research and was shocked at what I discovered.

It turns out most large insurance companies employ a tactic known as price optimization.  Insurance companies have learned through research that most consumers will accept a modest yearly price increase without balking.  This means that year after year, a carrier will raise the rates of its existing customers slightly for know other reason then that they can get away with it.

These modest increases can really add up over time.  If you’ve been using the same insurance carrier for several years, you may be paying substantially more for your insurance then a new client of that same company.

It’s unfortunate that in today’s busy world we always have to be shopping around for the best price on our insurance. With their commercials and slogans, insurance companies would have you believe that they’ve got your back, but when it comes to money, they’re apparently out there trying to figure out how to get more of yours.

Most of us are already aware of credit card companies and banks adding unnecessary fees.  Now we can add insurance companies to the list of disreputable corporations.

The moral of the story is that you should never get complacent with your insurance carrier.  If you do, it will cost you.  The good news is that there is a whole market out there and lots of competition between insurance carriers for your business.  Price shopping insurance rates will most often save you money.

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by cjleclaire
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Author: Steven Palermo

The recent warm weather makes me realize how rapidly summer is approaching. It’s time to dust off those BBQ’s and open the pools.

Millions of people enjoy swimming in pools each summer in the United States. Unfortunately, on average two hundred people die each year in swimming pool related accidents.

Five Important Safety Tips For The Summer Swimming Season

Make sure that your pool is completely enclosed with a fence, even if your town does not require it. While most townships call for a person’s property to be fenced when there is a pool in the yard, they don’t all require an additional fence around the pool. Fencing the pool area provides an extra layer of security and safety. Make sure there are no gaps in the fencing, and the gates to the pool should be self-closing and lock.

- While swimming, make sure you keep everyone in your pool under active supervision. Did you know that it is common for drowning deaths to occur while parents are actually with their children at the pool. It is not enough to be there. Failure to keep a watchful eye on your children while they are swimming can have disastrous consequences. Bear in mind that it may only take a few seconds for a drowning death to occur. This is especially true at parties or summer BBQ’s where there can be many distractions. Always keep your eyes on your pool.

- Make sure everyone in your family, including caregivers, knows how to swim. It’s never too early to teach your children how to swim and to understand the dangers of water. The sooner your child learns to swim, the safer he or she will be around water.

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