Congratulations to attorney and partner Todd Lasky for making the 2017 list of Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers rating service releases the yearly list of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 different practice areas who have achieved a high level of professional achievement and peer-recognition. It is an honor to be named to the list alongside other outstanding attorneys in the U.S. To learn more about the Super Lawyers award, visit the website here.
The attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are excited to announce the winner of our Bi-Annual Future Leaders Scholarship: Jane L. Todd of Ocala, Florida. Jane will be attending Samford University beginning this fall and shows remarkable resilience, strength, and ambition. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Thank you to everyone who applied; we were honored to hear the stories of so many talented students. We have shared Jane’s essay below.
Jane L. Todd
I cannot remember my first helicopter ride.
From the first semester of freshman year to October of 2015 I was valedictorian of my class; however, this all changed on October 18. Three friends and I were leaving a church concert that evening; I was riding in the rear driver’s side seat of the car. Because of a distracted driver, we were t-boned by another vehicle going 60 mph, right where I was seated. My friends walked away from the car, but I was pinned inside and knocked unconscious. The first responders to the scene thought that they were dealing with a fatality, but fortunately I had buckled my seatbelt. The Jaws of Life extracted me and I was life-flighted to our trauma center. I had a double fracture to my jaw and a concussion, causing me to have my jaw wired shut for six weeks, miss weeks of school, and lose my valedictorian status. I was not able to play in our varsity volleyball State Championship Tournament. And while there is no “good time” for a concussion, just prior to the SAT-taking-months of my junior year was horribly inconvenient, as I had suffered all of the symptoms typical for concussion (memory loss, fatigue, lack of concentration, migraine headaches). The concussion greatly hindered my SAT-taking concentration, which hindered my ability to obtain higher levels of university-based scholarship funds.
So enter one of my mom’s favorite sayings: “Nobody gets through this life without hurting.” It seems that we don’t get to choose when or which “hurts” are served to us; we only get to decide how we will handle them. I realized that I had a choice to make: I could wallow on the sidelines in self-pity or get back up. Thanks to my faith, family and friends, I got back up. I learned to be thankful for what DID NOT happen in the accident. I could still walk, talk, and breathe. I learned firsthand about the dangers of complacent and distracted driving, and to NEVER, EVER text while driving. After six weeks, my jaw was unwired, and I didn’t have to “drink” my food anymore. With the help of my teachers, I caught up with my schoolwork by Thanksgiving. And with the encouragement of my teammates and coaches, I trained and was back in shape for my senior year of volleyball. Most exciting of all, I was accepted to my first choice of college, Samford University.
The accident taught me many things, but perhaps the most important lesson I have learned is how to deal better with “life’s hurts”. It has equipped me with a deeper understanding of how to handle obstacles that may come my way; and more importantly, a deeper empathy for the “hurts” that may come to others. Nietzsche once said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Nietzsche has it right, but I might add to it: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger (, wiser, and more empathetic)”. I cannot remember my first helicopter ride, but I will always remember the lessons learned from the accident that necessitated it.
Philadelphia is considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. As a result of the heavy bike traffic throughout the city, bicycle accidents happen frequently in Philadelphia despite the vast biking infrastructure we’ve built. Due to their limited safety equipment, bicycle accidents often involve serious injuries to the bicyclist. These injuries can have long-term effects on a person’s life, impeding even the simplest of tasks. When a bicyclist receives these injuries from an accident that they did not cause, they deserve to receive compensation for their suffering.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our attorneys believe that the person at fault for an accident must be held liable for their mistakes. Our firm has been helping Philadelphia bicyclists recover the compensation they deserve for years, and our experience in personal injury litigation can assist you too.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles offer a cheap and efficient transportation alternative to motor vehicles. Despite the lack of safety equipment, bicyclists are often very safe in their operation if left to their own devices. Unfortunately, many negligent drivers make biking unnecessarily dangerous. These drivers fail to notice bicyclists and execute dangerous driving behaviors that significantly increase the likelihood of a bicycle accident. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Drunk Drivers
- Reckless Drivers
- Failure to Yield
- Driver Error
One thing drivers and automobile passengers alike need to be aware of is to check for oncoming bikes before opening their doors to exit the vehicle. Many accidental injuries are arise from this situation, and they are always completely preventable.
These are only a few of the most common causes of bicycle accidents. Bicycle accidents can occur for countless other reasons. However, a significant majority of bicycle accidents are not the fault of the bicyclist, but the fault of a negligent driver.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, know that you have many legal options to begin recovering compensation. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our attorneys understand how aggravating it may be to suffer the consequences of an accident that you did not cause. We are dedicated to helping our clients recover compensation for their injuries so that they can resume their life prior to their accident. Contact our office today at (215) 875-7030 to speak with a qualified bicycle accident attorney.
A January 4 article of CBS Philly revealed that at least 46 people aboard two SEPTA trolleys suffered injuries after the two cars got involved in an accident.
In the information posted by SEPTA on Twitter on January 5, they advised commuters to plan accordingly due to stalling trolley operations between 38th Lancaster, 36th, and Market following the mishap. A SEPTA representative told reports that at around 1:00 p.m., two westbound Route 10 trolleys had a rear-end collision at 38th Street. Though reports confirmed that 46 trolley passengers were hospitalized, all of the injuries they sustained were non-life threatening. Unaffected trolleys were rerouted as crews and authorities worked on the crash scene.
Unfortunately, the severity of a personal injury could manifest well after the accident, often leaving families struggling with financial loss. However, if you have been involved in a SEPTA accident, a lawyer of the Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC may help you file a legal claim for you to possibly get the compensation you need for recovery. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (215) 875-7030.
Thousands of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles could be affected by an investigation recently opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after receiving some complaints that the vehicles roll away unexpectedly, a January 3 report of Tech Times said.
Reports said the NHTSA opened an investigation on December 16 after they had been notified of seven incidents of Jaguar sedans and/or Land Rover SUVs unexpectedly moving out of place, as drivers claimed they shifted the transmission stick to “park” mode. At least four of the seven complaints received included an injured party. Complaints revealed that unexpected “rollaway” could happen if the vehicles’ engine is still running and the drivers only shift to park without engaged the parking breaks. According to the NHTSA, roughly 39,000 vehicles could be affected by their investigation. Reports revealed that the automaker may issue a recall if investigations showed that there is a defect in the vehicles.
The Philadelphia auto defect legal team of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC represent families whose loved ones have been injured by potentially hazardous vehicles. If this happened to you, we may possibly help you figure out if you are entitled to get compensation for recovery. Call us today at (215) 875-7030 to learn more about your options.
A collection of thirty manufacturers are being served with a lawsuit following the tragic death of Philadelphia firefighter, Lt. Joyce Craig. Craig’s family believes that the safety equipment that Craig was wearing at the time of her death was defective and failed to protect her in the line of duty. They are seeking $50,000 in damages from each of the defendants, who include Tyco, Fisher Scientific, and Goodyear.
On December 9, 2014, Craig was responding to a call when she became trapped in the basement of a West Oak Lane home and later suffocated. She was wearing protective gear such as a self-contained breathing apparatus, an emergency location device, and thermal protective clothing, which her family claims would have saved her life had the equipment worked properly.
Her two children recently filed the $1.5 million lawsuit that alleges negligence, wrongful death, and product liability against the manufacturers. According to the lawsuit, there was no air in the tank of her breathing apparatus and her emergency location device failed to notify responders of her whereabouts. The attorney of Craig’s estate alleges the tragedy was “foreseeable,” given the faulty maintenance, design, and manufacture of the safety equipment.
The Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC fight against careless manufacturers whose negligence costs innocent victims their lives. If someone you love has suffered an injury or died because of a dangerous product, don’t hesitate to contact our offices at (215) 875-7030 for support and guidance in your case.
After receiving 69 complaints, Stamford-based Conair Corp. issued a recall on an estimated 8 million Cuisinart food processors because their blades could cause laceration injuries to consumers, according to a report of cpsc.gov.
The potentially hazardous food processors were made available in the U.S. and Canada and sold for prices between $100 and $350. The riveted blades used in the 22 food processor models could break, causing small pieces of the blade to mix with processed food. Of the total of complaints received, 30 resulted in either tooth injuries or lacerations of the mouth. Conair said they will address the issue by offering free blade replacements for the affected food processor owners.
When you sustain an injury as a result of using a defective product, working with an attorney is important, especially if your recovery requires lengthy treatment. If you sustain personal injuries in Philadelphia, the Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC attorneys could work for you. Call us today at (215) 875-7030 to begin taking your legal action against negligent parties.
Wal-mart truck driver Kevin Roper pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and aggravated assault for the fatal 2014 trucking accident that resulted in comedian James McNair’s death.
Roper was found to have been driving 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit while in a construction zone when he smashed into a limousine filled with famous comedians including Tracy Morgan and James McNair. Investigations showed that Roper had not slept in over 28 hours prior to the accident, inevitably leading to sleep deprivation, which causes impaired motor function and delayed reaction times. Roper will now face a 36 month program that includes community service and other conditions.
The fact that he had not slept in 28 hours before the accident is startling. By law, trucking companies are prohibited from having their drivers work more than 14 consecutive hours, because drowsy driving has been shown to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. However, it may be the case that the trucking company did not force Roper to be awake all those consecutive hours. That implies that he did not get any sleep before his shift and only amplifies his personal liability in this tragic accident.
Heavy haul trucks are some of the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road, making it imperative that truck drivers remain alert and attentive to prevent accidents like this one. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our attorneys believe that negligent drivers and trucking companies that force their employees to drive dangerously long hours need to be held liable for their actions. This often comes in the form of compensation for their victims.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, contact our office at (215) 875-7030 to speak with a qualified Philadelphia truck accident attorney today.
An article of CBS revealed on December 6 that four children were among the nine people who were injured after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Philadelphia.
According to reports, the two-alarm fire in the 4500 block of Frankford Avenue broke out around 4:30 a.m. and 75 firefighters attended the scene. Rescuers safely evacuated 12 people from their units during the fire. Commissioner Robert Corrigan said they effectively contained the fire by being aggressive inside the burning building. Some of the residents were transported to the hospital due to burn injuries they sustained, and others chose to bring themselves to the hospital for treatment. In all, 21 people were displaced because of the incident.
Burn injuries often leave people with permanent disabilities. However, if you were injured in a fire in Philadelphia, the burn injury attorneys of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC may be able to help you get compensation if negligent parties were involved. Call us today at (215) 875-7030 for your immediate legal representation.
Misdemeanor charges related to reckless driving were formally filed against Chicago Bulls’ “bad boy” Dennis Rodman in connection to a June incident where he was accused of driving in the wrong way in Santa Ana, a November 21 article of CNN reported.
According to reports, the 55-year-old Hall of Famer was suspected of driving on the opposite lane causing a vehicle to crash. Responding California Highway Patrol personnel told reports that the vehicle struck a concrete wall in an attempt to prevent colliding with Rodman’s vehicle. Instead of coordinating with police, Rodman allegedly drove away and authorities later found out that he was driving with an invalid license. A two-year jail term awaits Rodman if found guilty of the charges filed against him.
Incidents such as this often result in serious or fatal injuries to innocent motorists. However, if you have been injured by a reckless driver in Philadelphia, the lawyers of the Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC may offer you legal assistance to file a legal claim against negligent parties. Call us today at (215) 875-7030 to find out how we may possibly help you recover your loss.