We Can Do Better, New York & New Jersey Earn C for Safety

The National Safety Council (NSC) collected data over the course of a year that defined what safety systems individual states do and do not have in place to reduce the likelihood of preventable injuries and death. The NSC focused on three main categories: vehicle safety, safety at home, and workplace safety.

Here are some of the areas New York was considered ‘off track’ (meaning our safety systems are lacking):

  • Child passenger requirements (including rear-facing through age 2, child restraint or booster through age 8, children in hot cars, and good Samaritan protections for helping unattended children).
  • Home Fires (sprinkler system requirements in new 1 and 2 family homes, and smoke alarms with 10 year lifetime batteries).

New Jersey was considered off track/partially off track in the following area:

  • Home Fires (sprinkler system requirements in new 1 and 2 family homes, and smoke alarms with 10 year lifetime batteries).
  • Teen driver (young passenger restrictions, supervised driving minimum of 50 hours plus 10 at night).

Do you think New York/New Jersey does a good job keeping residents safe? Share your thoughts!

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP