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Child Safety Demonstration Shows Dangers of Hot Cars

According to experts, each year an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In a memorable demonstration, Los Angeles police officers gathered with local representatives and set up two cars – one with the windows closed and one with them cracked – to demonstrate just how fast each car -->

Coronavirus: Protect Yourself … from Scammers.

As if the rising toll of COVID-19 victims and the economic impact wasn’t enough, now criminals are taking advantage of the situation to trick people into downloading malicious software onto their computers; giving out sensitive information enabling identity theft; or emptying their wallets for ‘cures’ or treatments that don’t exist. If you’re following the news, -->

VA MODIFICATIONS TO COPE WITH EFFECTS OF COVID-19

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The President declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency in early March 2020. The effects of COVID-19 have been changing the way individuals interact and our Country operates in all aspects of life on a daily basis. While businesses deemed essential remain open, most states have implemented some type of social distancing protocol and non-essential -->

Veteran Resources for COVID-19 information

As of March 26, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), reports 68,440 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. These cases include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases. More information about COVID-19 is available at https://www.cdc.gov/. In response to COVID-19, Federal and State governments have been enacting provisions affecting individuals and -->

Updated DOD list identifying Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam released by VA

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Veteran’s with qualifying service during Vietnam are able to receive disability benefits for certain disease associated with Agent Orange and herbicide exposure on a presumptive basis. For presumptive diseases a Veteran does not need to show the condition started during or worsened due to, military service. Rather, when there is qualifying service the Veteran need -->

Legislation Expands Commissary & Exchange Privileges For Veterans

As of January 1, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD), has expanded commissary and exchange privileges for Veterans. Specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, and included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, all service connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners -->

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 scheduled to take effect!

VA regulations have historically provided service connection on a presumptive basis for Vietnam Veterans for certain diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange and herbicide exposure. For the presumptive provisions to apply, generally, a Veteran must have set foot in the Republic of Vietnam or qualify under an additional presumptive category. Service in Vietnam has -->

Access: Supports for Living Dedicates The Engel Center

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Trial Attorney Jonathan Engel and his father Robert C. Engel Senior recently attended The Engel Center’s celebration breakfast/dedication with Access: Supports for Living. Access provides vital services for individuals and families facing the challenges of disability and mental illness. Thanks to the generosity of Robert C. Engel Senior and Trial Attorney Jonathan Engel, Access will -->

Watch Andrew Finkelstein – Personal Injury Court’s Only NY Legal Commentator

You may be seeing more of our own Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein in the coming weeks! That’s because he was specially selected to be New York’s only legal commentator on Personal Injury Court, a new national television program. Judge M. Gino Brogdon, Sr. is the presiding judge on Personal Injury Court, a legal courtroom program -->

Kids and Vaping: Mango-Flavored Danger

Thanks to shrewd and aggressive social media campaigns and deceptive product development targeting teens and vulnerable children, the tobacco industry has fostered a whole new generation of nicotine addicts. Items like JUULs are designed to look fashionable and are available in a kid-friendly array of candy-like flavors such as mango. Unlike the days of “smoking -->