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Study says video monitoring systems could save 800 lives annually

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imagesA study of heavy truck and bus collisions conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) concludes that video-based driver safety programs could potentially save over 800 lives per year, prevent 25,000 commercial vehicle crashes, and reduce injuries associated with such crashes by nearly 40,000 annually. See more at: http://fleetowner.com/safety/study-says-video-monitoring-systems-could-save-800-lives-annually

Attorney Patrick Austin recently blogged about the impact this study could have on easily correctible driving behaviors. You can find the blog on ...

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Write a Letter or Make a Video to your Kids: What My Clients Have Taught Me about Mother’s Day

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We have the illusion of safety and control in our lives, but the truth is that none of us know whether this Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) will be our last.  I just read a terrific blog – Slate: Dear Kids: This Mother’s Day, Write a Letter to your Children.  Leave Something for Them after You’re Gone, by John Dickinson.

The author reminds us to leave something in writing for our children after we are gone.  It can be ...

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Why Our Clients Benefit When We Exercise

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

Many of us have heard the saying, “Being a great trial lawyer is a marathon, not a sprint.”   In some important ways, this is true – we have to find ways to hang in there for the long run and not become burned out along the way.  The long view makes a lot of sense:  our professional lives are an accumulation of many years of work and continual learning.  And yet in other ways, there are times that we need ...

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Facebook Comes Face-To-Face With Personal Injury Litigation – And It Costs Someone $80,000

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

Personal injury litigation is always deeply interconnected with what is happening in society. Torts that could not have been conceived of just a couple generations ago, such as “wrongful birth” (for mistakes in prenatal testing) or “bullying” (based on new anti-bullying laws) are now very much a part of the legal landscape. So it is not surprising that Facebook and similar social media sites have now crossed into the world of personal injury law.

Last week, a Facebook post resulted in ...

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“Can I Sue For That?”

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

Have you, a family member or a friend ever been injured and wondered whether you (or they) could pursue a legal claim for damages? Or, if you are an attorney, have you ever been asked, “Can I bring a law suit for that?” If you’re an attorney, there have probably been times that you’ve given an answer similar to one that I’ve given: “Yes, you can file suit, it simply requires drafting a Complaint, paying a filing fee, filing the ...

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Working From Home

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

I’m writing this looking out our western-facing window, a beautiful panorama before me. The sun is streaming through the window. Yes, I am working from home. There is a time and a place for working from home. For me, today was a day that I needed a quiet corner to focus and marshall my thoughts, getting them down on paper for an opposition that will soon be due. I have an upcoming weekend getaway with my closest friend, and, quite ...

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Time Management: Are Seven Days A Week Enough?

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Michael Bogdanow, Managing Partner, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.

People often complain that seven days a week aren’t enough to get done what they need to do. It’s a good thing they don’t live in the Belgian Congo of the 1950’s. In Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful novel “The Poisonwood Bible,” a missionary family in the Congo encountered a society built around a five day week. In 1929, the Soviet Union also tried a five day week. The point ...

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Twitter For The Young Lawyer

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Twitter accounts, in large part, break into two camps. Fun and business. Jokes and brand-building. So, as a young lawyer, where exactly do you fit? You can’t join Twitter as a professional and simply tweet inappropriate jokes. There is probably no faster way to undermine yourself. But, on the other hand, you have no personal brand to build (yet), you most likely have no personal marketing strategy, and you don’t want your tweets to be all about your law firm, ...

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Mentoring An Associate

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow, Managing Partner

In the nearly ten years that I’ve been managing Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C., one of the most important aspects has been mentoring – both my own mentoring of associates, and my ensuring that non-attorney staff members receive the mentoring they need. It entails an investment of time that is critical to the development of thoughtful, successful professionals who are actively and positively engaged in what they do. If you fail to provide serious, thoughtful mentoring, the result will ...

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Is Social Media Worth It?

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As a guest blogger for the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, associate Victoria Santoro addresses some of the questions lawyers have about the usefulness of social media.  Her blog can be found here.

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