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Pennsylvania Avenue Becoming More Pedestrian-Friendly

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDoT) is launching a new project in the City of Wilmington. This project aims to improve pedestrian safety at a very busy intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and South Union Street. The improvements will include the creation of channeled islands, pedestrian signals, and a new traffic light. Pennsylvania Avenue can be a very dangerous street for pedestrians and there are currently no safe places to cross the street. The railroad bridge that separates the northern and southern halves of Union Street is also very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists. There are many blind spots near the bridge that make right turns and crossing the street very difficult. A new traffic signal will make this area significantly less dangerous and will keep traffic moving at an appropriate pace. This project is expected to be completed by the end of January.

Pedestrian accidents are very scary situations and can cause severe injuries or death to occur. Delaware is unfortunately ranked worst in the nation for pedestrian accidents and death on a per-capita basis. In Delaware, both the driver and the pedestrian can be at fault for an accident. Negligence is determined by what percentage fault is attributed to the driver.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, the Wilmington pedestrian accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow will help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our dedicated team of attorneys understand how serious a pedestrian accident is and will work with you every step of the way. We will ensure that your rights are protected. Call us today at 302-407-0827 or contact us online for a free consultation. With offices in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we represent injured pedestrians throughout Delaware, including those in Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well as those in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

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Steve Morrow Recognized for 10 Years of Service as Child Attorney

On September 22, Rhoades & Morrow partner, Steve Morrow, was recognized by the State of Delaware Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) for 10 years of volunteer service as a child advocate attorney. In recognizing Steve, the OCA noted that over 10 years ago, Steve was first appointed to serve as a child attorney for one or more of Delaware’s abused, neglected, or dependent children. Since that time, Steve has been a dedicated OCA volunteer, assisting children in Family Court and donating countless hours of his time. The OCA is successful on behalf of Delaware’s children because of the tireless commitment of volunteers, such as Steve.

In addition to fighting for the rights of his clients, Steve looks forward to continuing to volunteer and helping Delaware’s abused, neglected, or dependent children. For more information or to contact the legal team at Rhoades & Morrow, fill out an online form or call 302-427-9500 today. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, the firm serves clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.

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How Can I Stay Safe During Labor Day Weekend?

As summer comes to a close, people throughout the United States are looking forward to an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. This holiday weekend can involve long drives, parties, barbecues, outdoor sports, and drinking. Everyone deserves to relax and celebrate the holiday weekend, but safety should always be a priority.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC), thousands of people in this country are seriously hurt in car accidents each Labor Day weekend. It is a good idea to understand the ways that families can stay safe during the holiday weekend.

What Should I Do if I am Traveling?

When a road trip is part of the Labor Day weekend plans, it makes sense to prepare ahead of time by inspecting the car. There should be an emergency kit on board with a flashlight, batteries, blankets, and extra food and water. The tire pressure and fluid levels should also be checked. Before departing, drivers should plan the route with a navigational device, and allow other passengers to handle navigation.

Holiday traffic can be frustrating, but aggressive driving, like tailgating and speeding, will cause accidents. Planning the drive outside of peak travel hours can mean a lot less cars on the road, and listening to the weather report before leaving and wearing seat belts will also make the drive safer.

Distracted driving should always be avoided. Drivers should also keep their cellphones on “Do Not Disturb,” and avoid other distracting activities, like eating or arguing with passengers in the car.

Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and must be avoided. Choosing a designated driver or calling a rideshare service for shorter rides are the best alternatives. When another vehicle sharing the road is moving too fast, too slow, or erratically, a driver could be under the influence. It is a good idea to stay far away and to pull into a safe place to call 911, or have a passenger make the call to report them.

What Safety Precautions Should Boaters Follow?

Boaters can follow some of the same guidelines as car drivers. They should check over their vessels to make sure they are in good working condition, and keep safety equipment, like emergency kits and personal flotation devices, on board.

The rules of the water, such as speed limits, should also be followed at all times. Before leaving, the weather should be carefully checked, and any family or friends not joining the trip should be told where the boat is going and when it should be returning.

How can Swimmers Practice Safety?

Swimming can also be a cause for concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 10 people drown every day in America. There are ways to prevent this, though.

Swimmers should stay close to lifeguard stands, and never go into the water after drinking or taking drugs. No one should ever swim alone, and children should wear lifejackets. These vests should be worn while kayaking, tubing, and rafting, too.

What Precautions Should I Follow if I am Preparing Food?

Outdoor eating is a big part of Labor Day festivities. Certain foods should remain refrigerated or in the cooler until the last possible minute to avoid spoiling. This includes meat, chicken, eggs, and anything made with mayonnaise. When handling raw meat, the chef should wash their hands afterwards and dry them on paper towels.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, outdoor grills send approximately 19,000 people to emergency rooms every year. They recommend that charcoal and propane grills only be used outdoors and should never be left unattended when in use.

Grills should not be close to tree branches or other wood objects, like deck railings, and they should be placed three or more feet away from children and pets. To further prevent accidents, grills should be cleaned often with grease, and fat buildup should be removed from the grates and trays.

How can I Safely Use Fireworks?

Independence Day is not the only time of year for fireworks, and though they are exciting, they can be quite dangerous. While commercial fireworks should only be handled by professionals, many others get fireworks from stores, such as Roman candles and sparklers. When using these, they should never be pointed at anyone, and only one should be lit at a time. They should never be used by people who are under the influence or young children.

Fireworks should also only be set off at the recommended distance from others. When they do not go off, they should never be re-lit since they could explode in the person’s hands.

How Do I Stay Hydrated?

It is important to stay hydrated, especially while participating in outdoor activities. Party hosts should provide plenty of water to their guests, and any outdoor activities should also include a good supply of water.

The sun can be pretty strong during this time of year, so applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day combats sunburns, sun poisoning, and rashes. Parents can apply it on their children before putting it on themselves every few hours.

What are Some Safety Tips for Bicyclists?

This sport has become increasingly popular this year, but no one should get on a bike until they are familiar with the proper safety techniques. Adults and children should always wear helmets. Even a short ride around the neighborhood can be deadly if a speeding car does not see a bicyclist. High-traffic roads and roads without shoulders should be avoided, and biking at night is never a good idea.

Bikes should be equipped with front and rear headlights to show visibility to drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists. Wearing bright colored clothing is also helpful, and the rule of the road is to ride with the flow of traffic rather than against it.

Following Safety Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Labor Day weekend can mean large gatherings of people, and in light of the coronavirus pandemic, safety protocols should still be followed. It is still important to wear face masks in public places and to maintain social distancing. Hand sanitizer should be used often, especially after using public restrooms or when going into restaurants and shops. Different states have different requirements, so anyone traveling out of their area can go online to get informed about the rules.

If one is injured while participating in festivities, they may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. A lawyer can help a victim determine if they have a case.

Milford Personal Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Protect Clients Injured During Holiday Weekends

An injury can easily ruin a holiday weekend. If you were injured by a negligent party, you may be eligible to collect compensation. Our Milford personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow help injured victims obtain compensation. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-422-6705. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.

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Rhoades & Morrow Supports Local Community Event

On July 11, 2019, Rhoades & Morrow was a sponsor in the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford’s annual golf outing held at The Rookery North in Milford, DE.   The Chamber supports economic development in the Greater Milford area by promoting civic, educational, social and quality of life interests of the community.  Currently, attorney Stephen Morrow serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber.

 

The Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow are dedicated to helping clients secure justice and compensation for the harm they have suffered. To learn more about the services we provide, contact us online or call 302-427-9500 today to schedule a free consultation. From our offices in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, we represent clients throughout the state of Delaware.

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Stephen Morrow Serves as Guest Bartender

Steve Morrow serves as guest bartender at Tonic Bar & Grill On Thursday, October 11, Steve Morrow participated in the Combined Campaign for Justice (“CCJ”) Oktoberfest Guest Bartender event hosted by Tonic Bar and Grill. This year’s Oktoberfest netted close to $10,000 for the CCJ. The CCJ raises funds each year to provide support for Delaware’s three civil legal aid organizations. To learn more about the CCJ please visit their website.

Read more about this very fun event on the CCJ event page!

The Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow are dedicated to helping clients secure justice and compensation for the harm they have suffered. To learn more about the services we provide, contact us online or call 302-427-9500 today to schedule a free consultation. From our offices in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, we represent clients throughout the state of Delaware.

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Celebrate Labor Day

Delaware Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow wish you a Happy Labor Day“In the late 1800s, many Americans toiled 12 hours a day, seven days a week, often in physically demanding, low-paying jobs. Children worked too, on farms and in factories and mines. Conditions were often harsh and unsafe.  It was in this context that American workers held the first Labor Day parade, marching from New York’s City Hall to a giant picnic at an uptown park on Sept. 5, 1882.”   What is Labor Day?  A History of the Workers’ Holiday, New York Times, Read the New York Times article here. (Sept. 1, 2018).

Today, many Americans equate Labor Day with the last unofficial day of summer or the beginning of a new school year.  But, while we enjoy friends, family, cookouts and parades, we should not forget the origins of our first Labor Day and the sacrifices that those hard-working Americans made.

For 10 fascinating facts about the Labor Day holiday visit:  constitutioncenter.org.

Attorneys at Rhoades & Morrow are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers and their families.  If you or a loved one has been injured in work accident, contact Rhoades & Morrow for a free consultation at our Wilmington, Bear, or Milford office, where we help clients across Delaware. Call 302-427-9500 today or submit an online inquiry.

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Steve Morrow Attends the Lieutenant Governor Policy Forum

Delaware Workers Compensation Lawyer Steve Morrow Attends the Lieutenant Governor Policy Forum

Steve is pictured with Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Patrick Kennedy

On May 9, 2018, Steve Morrow attended the inaugural Lieutenant Governor Policy Forum, featuring former Congressman Patrick Kennedy of the Kennedy Forum.   A leading behavioral health expert, Congressman Kennedy spearheads the fight for mental health parity and to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction.   During the Policy Forum, Congressman Kennedy spoke on his personal story and his significant and impactful policy work on addiction and mental health.

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Medicated Driving

Milford Car Accident Lawyers discuss the dangers of medicated driving. There are many prescription drugs that can affect a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle, but few people are aware of all the side effects of the medications they use. While many people associate a driving under the influence (DUI) charge with illegal drugs and alcohol, a driver can also receive a DUI for prescription drug use. In a new study by the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University, 20 percent of survey participants reported recently using a prescription medication that could put them at a heightened risk for a wreck.

Even when the medications had warning labels and warranted additional warnings from a doctor or pharmacist, people still were not aware that their driving ability might be impaired by the medication they were taking. For the study, which appeared in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Drugs and Alcohol, data from the 2013-14 National Roadside Survey was used. More than 7,400 drivers across the United States were asked about their current medication use.

More Warnings Needed

Results of the study showed that doctors and pharmacists need to take the opportunity to discuss drugged driving and accident risk with patients receiving both prescription and over the counter types of medication. Participants considered morphine, codeine, muscle relaxants, amphetamines, and sleep aids as driving risks, but many admitted they had not read the warning labels about side effects for other drugs.

Of those taking stimulants, 42 percent had not read the warning label or received advice from a doctor or pharmacist about driving risks associated with their medication. This was also the case for 37 of those taking antidepressants, 15 percent of people using a narcotic, and 14 percent of people taking sedatives. The researchers were not able to determine if the patients had been warned and forgotten, or never received any warning at all.

Because drugs can affect a driver’s vision, reaction time, and mental focus, it is imperative that people have accurate information about any risks associated with the medications they are taking. Particularly, senior drivers or others who may be taking multiple medications should understand all the possible side effects and interactions of the drugs they use. Patients should always inform their doctors of any over the counter medications they are taking as well as any herbal supplements.

The lead researcher for the study, Robin Pollini, was surprised to learn that this was the first study being done on the topic of driver impairment and prescription drug use. With prescription drug use on the rise, more study is needed in this area.

Milford Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Help Those Injured in Drugged Driving Accidents

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call 302-422-6705 to arrange a free consultation with a dedicated Milford car accident lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow or contact us online. From our offices in Bear, Milford, and Wilmington, we represent clients throughout the state, including those in Dover, Elsmere, Georgetown, Glasgow, Middletown, Newark, New Castle, Seaford, and Smyrna, Delaware.

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Chemical Exposure in the Workplace  

 

Milford Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Chemical Exposure in the Workplace   

Work-related activities may expose workers to toxic chemicals, which can cause severe injury, occupational illness, or even death. While many chemical exposure injuries occur in occupational locations where dangerous chemicals are manufactured or used, some incidents of chemical toxicity injuries occur elsewhere, even in office buildings, schools, and restaurants, for example.

Types of Chemical Exposure Injuries

Work-related chemical exposure can occur through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion. Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause burns and other skin rashes or lesions; inhalation injuries to the throat and lungs; nerve damage; neurological symptoms, and death. Occupational illness caused by chemical exposure can impact a person years later, as in the case of cancer-causing chemicals. Other effects of chemical exposure may be sudden and deadly.

For example, upon exposure to methylene chloride, the body begins to turn it into carbon monoxide, forcing out oxygen in the blood. In the absence of adequate protective gear, the chemical can quickly starve the heart and brain, causing asphyxiation and cardiac arrest. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), methylene chloride can cause a person to lose consciousness in just five minutes.

Recently, a 21-year-old man lost his life due to chemical exposure to methylene chloride while working for his family business. He was refinishing a bathtub using the chemical, which doctors have known for decades can be cause injury or death. In fact, in 2011, the European Union banned almost all consumer and professional uses of methylene chloride. In the United States, the chemical is readily available in home improvement stores. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule in January 2017 to ban sales of methylene chloride. The rulemaking process can be slow, however, and employers should take appropriate precautions and consider alternatives to chemicals that will soon be banned by law to increase worker safety.

Employers’ Responsibilities

All employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for workers. This is especially true where toxic chemicals are involved. Employers are required to take action to protect their workers through means such as installing ventilation systems, adequate training, incident reaction plans, access to showers, and providing protective gear – to name a few.

Despite increasing knowledge of the dangers of chemical toxicity, employers may not take all of the necessary steps to protect workers.

OSHA has issued a safety alert about methylene chloride, informing employers how to protect their workers from this dangerous chemical. Employers should take care to:

  • Perform monitoring and air sampling to determine exposure to methylene chloride.
  • Establish and implement a respiratory protection program.
  • Provide adequate ventilation (bathroom fans or open windows are not considered adequate).
  • Provide and maintain effective engineering and work practice controls.
  • Provide and enforce the use of proper personal protective equipment.
  • Provide essential methylene chloride hazard training to workers.

Milford Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Workers Injured by Chemical Exposure

If you or someone you love suspects exposure to chemicals and/or lack of appropriate safeguards in the workplace, or has been injured by chemical exposure in the workplace, our experienced Milford Workers’ Compensation lawyers are prepared to help you. At Rhoades & Morrow, our attorneys can assist you with obtaining compensation for damages caused by your work-related injuries. Contact us online or call our Milford, Delaware offices at 302-422-6705 to schedule a free consultation.

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When Doctors Misdiagnose Cancer

When Doctors Misdiagnose Cancer: When Doctors Misdiagnose Cancer

We depend on our doctors’ education and training to make the best decisions for our health, yet there are times when a doctor’s mistake has dire consequences. In the case of progressive diseases such as cancer, the failure to properly diagnose the condition can leave a patient with few treatment options once it is too late. Patients who are harmed by medical negligence have a right to take legal action against their doctor.

 Challenges in Diagnosing Cancer

With diseases that progress over time, like cancer, early detection and treatment is best. However, some cancers are especially difficult to detect in the early stages. Some forms of cancer, such as lung cancer, present very few symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms may appear only after the cancer has moved to other parts of the body and the survival rate has been significantly lowered.

For the most accurate diagnosis and assessment for many types of cancer, a tissue sample of the tumor is recommended. For some patients, the surgery required to obtain a biopsy can be risky itself. In some cases, the tumor is not easy to access through surgery. In other cases, the patient is too ill to undergo a biopsy.

Still in other cases when samples are collected, new mutations in cancer cells may not be detected — leading to a wrongful diagnosis. There are also times when patients do not fully disclose their symptoms or simply do not recognize that some symptoms are problematic and should be reported to their doctor.

Proving Medical Malpractice

Even with all of the resources available to them, doctors still make mistakes. When a doctor fails to provide a reasonable standard of care, he or she may have committed medical malpractice. The standard level of care every patient should expect to receive is the same care another doctor with the same experience and training would provide in the same circumstances.

Not every misdiagnosis is medical malpractice, however, especially with diseases such as cancer. Yet when a patient is harmed because their doctor failed to detect cancer when they should have, medical malpractice may have occurred.

Legal Help for a Cancer Misdiagnosis

In cases of medical malpractice, the testimony of another qualified physician is usually required to establish what a reasonable diagnosis and treatment would have been. A plaintiff must show that their illness or injury would not have occurred at all or been worsened had they not received substandard medical care.

Plaintiffs or their surviving family members may argue that poor medical care resulted in a shortened life or unnecessary pain. In some cases, a doctor may be liable for the unnecessary treatment or medication he or she prescribed. If you suspect your doctor missed the signs of your serious illness or injury, you should consider contacting a medical malpractice lawyer for assistance.

Bear Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Those Harmed due to Misdiagnosis

Medical malpractice cases are especially difficult to prove because doctors are well versed in their rights when it comes to patient care. However, it is very important that negligent doctors are held accountable so that additional patients are not harmed by their poor care. If you believe your doctor misdiagnosed or mistreated your illness, contact the Bear medical malpractice lawyers at the law firm of Rhoades & Morrow at 302-834-8484. You can also schedule a free consultation with a Bear medical malpractice lawyer by contacting us online. We advocate for clients in both upstate and downstate Delaware.

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