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The History of the Opioid Crisis

I recently read the book “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones, an investigative reporter who tracked the roots of the opioid crisis in America. I was interested in the subject because I have unfortunately seen several of my clients develop devastating addictions due to pain caused by work injuries. The title of the book comes from the town of Portsmouth, Ohio, where residents flocked to a huge swimming pool named Dreamland, which served as the communal center of the once-vibrant town. The idyllic pool closed when industry left the town, but another type of dreamland took its place — in the form of a “pill mill.” The author researched the evolving attitudes of the medical community, which struggled to balance the need to alleviate patient pain against the risk of addiction. Before…Read More

Prescription Drugs Are Not the Solution

If you’re suffering from pain, there are options available to you besides relying on pain medication. You don’t have to use prescription drugs to live a pain-free life. Here are better alternatives to put a stop to your chronic pain. CONTROLLING BODY WEIGHT One easy way to avoid pain is to keep your body healthy and in fit condition. Being overweight can cause back pain along with many other health problems, including high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, exercise can prove beneficial, but make sure you talk to you doctor before starting a regular routine if you’re suffering from other health conditions. CHIROPRACTIC CARE Visiting a chiropractor is highly beneficial for many people. Chiropractic treatment focuses primarily on the spine, which…Read More

Anatomy Of A Trial

You’ve likely seen depictions of a trial on TV. Whether it was Court TV or a movie like “A Few Good Men,” you get a sense of what goes on in a courtroom between the attorneys, judge, and jury: the tense interactions at the judge’s bench, the dramatic moment when a witness is cross-examined, and terms like “hearsay” and “admissible evidence.” These terms play a very important role in determining what can and cannot be used in a trial. These terms fall under the rules of evidence: the governing rules for what evidence can be introduced in a trial. It’s what you often see on a show like Law and Order SVU — some startling new evidence is uncovered, but it’s inadmissible. For example, if a client falls on…Read More

Transportation Safety Tips – Protect Your Children During Their Commute

With the school year fast approaching, families are in preparation mode. Parents are busy buying new clothes and school supplies and thinking about the best way to get their kids safely to school. Keeping your child safe on their commute starts with knowing the transportation method that works best for you and the rules that accompany that method. TAKING THE SCHOOL BUS According to the United States Department of Transportation, the school bus is the safest means of transportation to and from school. Buses are built to withstand a hit and distribute the damage throughout the vehicle, keeping its passengers safe and sound. Knowing basic bus safety will help kids be mindful when taking the bus. Before the school year starts, take your children to the bus stop…Read More

What If I’m By An Uninsured Vehicle

When you are injured in an automobile accident caused by someone else, it is important to determine how much liability insurance the other driver has. But what happens if they have no insurance or only minimum insurance? Your personal automobile insurance policy includes Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM) to protect you in the event you are injured by someone with insufficient or no insurance. While your liability coverage is for the benefit of someone you may injure, your UM/UIM coverage is for your benefit when someone else injures you. Therefore, you should consider purchasing the highest UM/UIM limits you can. Your UM/UIM limits cannot exceed your liability limits. In other words, you cannot purchase more coverage for yourself than you purchase for the benefit of others. There are…Read More

Lori Shares Her Appreciation For the PMB Family

Lori is an essential part of our team at PMB, and she’s involved with a lot of the behind-the-scenes support. In her role as the marketing coordinator, she is responsible for the firm’s advertising, including managing the firm’s Facebook page. She also prepares files for court so our attorneys have accurate medical chronologies to argue on behalf of our clients. “I summarize the treatment history so that the details are at the fingertips of our attorneys,” says Lori. “Even though I don’t have the opportunity to meet clients (since I work part-time from home), I do get a feel for what they’re going through.” Before coming to our firm, Lori worked for a NYC advertising agency where she was the production manager for several different accounts. After marrying her husband and having children,…Read More

How Christa Creates a Great Client Experience

This month, we’re introducing you to another crucial member of the PMB team: Christa. She covers the front desk and provides clerical support to our attorneys. In many ways, she’s the voice of our Warren County office. Christa has been with us for six years, and she found her way to PMB at the suggestion of a friend — none other than our paralegal, Maria. The two are good friends, and Maria knew Christa would be the perfect fit for the environment and work. She was right, of course. Christa finds value and joy in making a client’s experience great from the moment they step into our office or contact us by phone. “I like being out here and talking with folks. I’m a positive person, so I like…Read More

Aimee’s Story: Attorney Lisa Fights for Disabled Workers

Our team is passionate about getting clients the compensation they need. Recently, attorney Lisa Pezzano Mickey testified before the New Jersey Labor Committee on the topic of workers’ compensation permanent disability benefits. Lisa shares the story of one of her clients and explains why this bill is so important to New Jersey citizens. I had the pleasure of testifying recently before the N.J. Senate Labor Committee regarding Bill No. 782, which increases workers’ compensation permanent disability benefits for the loss of a hand or foot. As anyone familiar with the law knows, our state provides woefully insufficient compensation to workers with injuries to their extremities. One of my clients, Aimee, was kind enough to join me in Trenton to share…Read More

Freedom Of Choice In The Workers' Compensation Arena

With the celebration of Independence Day, our thoughts often turn to our love of country and the precious gift of freedom that we have here in America. Every freedom has its limits, of course. The classic example of a limit on the First Amendment is that we cannot yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. In the arena of New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law, injured workers gave up the freedom to choose their own physician, supposedly in exchange for prompt access to medical care. In drafting the “grand bargain” between employee and employer, the legislature tried to strike a balance between the needs of injured workers’ while also protecting businesses from expensive lawsuits. As a result, employees cannot receive an award for “pain and suffering” or punitive damages (there are no…Read More

Bringing Peace Of Mind To Our Clients

In her role of supporting our clients, Kerry is here for people from start to close of their workers’ compensation case. When clients come to our firm, she’s here to greet them and tell them it’s going to be okay. Kerry also helps our attorneys file court documents and communicate with insurance carriers. Basically, she handles the day-to-day non-legal issues that arise in all workers’ compensation cases, to free up our attorneys to obtain the best result possible for our clients. “Really, we solve their problems,” Kerry explains regarding the peace of mind she brings people. Before joining our team, Kerry worked with another firm that represented insurance carriers. “I felt myself, even on the cases we were litigating on behalf of the insurance company, take the side of the injured worker. I thought, ‘Maybe I need to make a…Read More

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