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WV&Q Partners to Speak at NJAJ Winter Conference

WV&Q partners, Dara Quattrone and Tom Vesper will be speaking at the New Jersey Association for Justice Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Winter Seminar scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. Dara, who is also the co-chair of the program along with Reno Ciccotta, will be delivering a message about a success story related to Cina (Auto) Spinal Injuries with Surgery cases and Thomas will be delivering a 45 minute speech about Wrongful Death cases.

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WV&Q Sponsors Informational Real Estate Guide

We would with our friends at RE/MAX Platinum Properties like to put out this handy guide to buying, selling and renting a home. Thanks RE/MAX for allowing us to share our knowledge on the legal process of buying and selling a home.

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Name Change! We Are Now Westmoreland, Vesper & Quattrone

Atlantic City Consumer Fraud Attorneys

Our firm has undergone many changes over our years in business, including in our range of practice areas. In case you haven’t yet noticed, we’ve also undergone a name change. We are now Westmoreland, Vesper & Quattrone.

As you may know, our firm was formerly Westmoreland, Vesper, Quattrone & Beers. Our fourth partner, Ms. Kathleen Beers, is a well-respected and successful attorney who faithfully served our clients and the community for many years. She and the firm have recently parted ways amicably as she pursues her individual goals. We’re profoundly grateful for her service to the firm through the years and we wish Ms. Beers nothing but the best in her future.

As a firm, we will continue to serve our clients in the Atlantic City area and surrounding areas. Our practice areas still remain in the realm of personal injury, wrongful death and compensation, and we represent every client zealously. Our attorneys thoroughly review all of the facts of every case we take on, and we are always willing to go to trial and represent your interests in a courtroom when necessary.

We are proud of our continued record as a successful law firm, and we’re proud of our record of success with our former partner and friend Kathleen Beers. Our firm has been successful for over 50 years largely as a result of word of mouth and referrals, and we continue to represent Atlantic City residents and visitors in car accidents, truck accidents, slips and falls, and more.

We may have experienced a name change. We are now Westmoreland, Vesper & Quattrone. But our dedication to our clients and our work ethic remains the same. If you’ve experienced a preventable injury or the unexpected death of a loved one, reach out to us today. We will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Dara Quattrone to Moderate Program at Boardwalk Seminar

2021 Boardwalk Seminar

We are very excited to announce that our very own Dara Quattrone will be moderating MEDICINE FOR LAWYERS: A TO Z TRAUMA TREATMENT on Monday, June 28, 2021. This seminar is one of the programs being offered at the annual Boardwalk Seminar sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Justice.

This year marks the 40th Annual Boardwalk Seminar, which is attended by over 2,000 lawyers each year.

Dara has been working with the medical community to educate attorneys on cutting edge medical issues typically seen related to injury found in car accident, premises and other personal injury claims.

Dara has been working with the medical community to educate attorneys since the inception of this program in 2012.

The 2021 Boardwalk Seminar agenda will cover:

  • Surgical Pain Alternatives
  • Surgical Alternatives for Spinal Pain
  • Spinal Cord Implants & Stimulators
  • Modern Technology in Orthopedics
  • Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Robotics in Shoulder and Hips
  • Latest in Spine Surgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • RSD Pain

The seminar is an annual event sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Justice. Boardwalk Seminar® 2021 will feature 28 programs presented in 102 separate webinars for trial attorneys and includes outstanding local and regional speakers along with top national speakers, delivered to your door as a virtual event. Social and multimedia features will be available right at your fingertips to engage with fellow attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.

Dara A. Quattrone is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney with extensive trial experience in personal injury claims including injuries related to auto crashes, dangerous conditions of property and professional negligence. She is a graduate of the National College of Trial Advocacy of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Plaintiff Trial Academy of the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association.

A Novel Holiday Celebration: Donating to The Community Food Bank of NJ

Community Food Bank of NJ

We’re trading in our holiday gift baskets and cookie trays for something more meaningful. This year, we will be sending holiday gift cards and gift donations to The Community Food Bank of NJ in the name of our intended recipients.

2020 has seen a radical shift in the way we work, learn and interact with our communities.

In the spirit of change, Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone is celebrating the holidays a little differently.

With so many businesses working remotely and people unemployed, we couldn’t think of a better cause to celebrate. This is our small way of giving back to the community at the close of what has been a difficult year for many.

The Community Food Bank of NJ does some truly wonderful work to end food insecurity, providing over 66 million meals every year. Having forged partnerships with soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across New Jersey, they help families access nutritious meals and essential hygiene supplies.

1 in 3 NJ students has to grapple with hunger on a daily basis. The Community Food Bank of NJ has partnered with over a dozen on-campus pantries to help out 2,300 students and counting.

“Our firm has been lucky enough to experience some humbling successes over the years. This is our way of paying the kindness forward. The Community Food Bank has created a phenomenal food distribution program that positive impacts every corner of NJ for the better. We’re proud to stand behind such an amazing effort.”

Spread a little love. Check out their website to find out how you can get involved this season.

Happy Holidays!

Scarring and Disfigurement Lawsuits

Scarring and Disfigurement Lawsuits

When should you seek legal counsel due to scarring and disfigurement? Scarring and Disfigurement issues due to accidents, animal bites, and corrective surgeries are more common than you would believe. It can be difficult to determine when it is necessary to contact a lawyer when faced with a scarring situation.

Scars are a visual reminder of what was probably a traumatic or life-altering experience and that alone can cause mental and emotional anguish for a lifetime. At Westmoreland Vesper and Quattrone, we are dedicated to helping you gain back your dignity and confidence after suffering the consequences of an unfortunate scarring event.

Should I seek law assistance for a scar?

Filing an injury lawsuit for a scarring incident is a necessary step for those who are struggling to continue their everyday lives due to scars or disfigurement. Typically, scarring cases that occur from accidents like burns, animal bites, or surgery issues are brought to our firm in hopes of medical expenses being rectified.

Scar tissue comes in different forms and can be a painful problem for many victims. Reconstructive surgery can be costly and despite the effort of surgeons, some victims are unable to have their skin restored to its natural state. This can cause issues when attempting to obtain certain jobs and can certainly alter your way of living. When you contact us, we will help build your case to assure that you receive appropriate compensation to get back to your normal life.

Is my scar valid for a case?

If you’ve suffered an injury that resulted in a terrible scar contact Westmoreland Vesper and Quattrone for assistance with your injury and scarring or disfigurement case, as we are determined to bring you justice and peace of mind after what could have been a traumatic event.

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Scammers Taking Advantage of Stimulus Checks During COVID-19 Pandemic

Scammers Taking Advantage of Stimulus Checks

Let’s look at how scammers are taking advantage of stimulus checks during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the news that many citizens will be receiving a federal stimulus check for $1,200 or more comes the inevitable scammers who want to take advantage of people during tough times.

While this is likely cultivating in all different ways across the country, in New Jersey, this has surfaced as a phone call, email, or social media message that is claiming to need your bank account information along with other important personal information. The scam goes as far as to say that you will NOT receive your money unless you provide the information, which is swaying people to oblige. This information is SO far from correct.

Everyone’s eligibility for this stimulus money is different, so you’ll want to check yours. You can do so directly through information provided by the Federal Trade commission. No one knows your eligibility better than them, so be sure to head straight to the source!

How to Spot Scammers Taking Advantage of Stimulus Checks

  • You are not required to “sign up” for anything when it comes to the CARES Act. There is no form to fill out, no information that needs to be collected, etc. Everything would be based on either your 2018 or 2019 tax return, so as long as that was filed, you’re good to go!
  • The IRS won’t be messaging you on social media or giving you a call to claim they can fast track your money. If you have ANY questions, YOU should contact the IRS directly. Not the other way around. If the IRS has your account information from past tax returns, they will be able to automatically deposit. If they don’t, they can mail a check. The IRS already has your information, so there would be no need for anyone to request it again, and doing so is a big red flag!
  • There is no fast track! If someone reaches out to you to say they can get you your money sooner than everyone else, they are a scammer. Many of these scams will act as if your response is a time sensitive manner. The sense of urgency is used as a scare tactic. Stay up to date with the resources provided in this article and you’ll be “in the know”.

For updates directly from the IRS, visit here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

If you feel you’ve been contacted by a scammer, don’t be silent! You can report them directly to the Federal Trade Commission here: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

Besides reporting them, it’s important for us to work together to warn people about these scammers and ultimately make their efforts unsuccessful. You can do so by sharing this article with friends, family, and on your social media accounts. Spread the word and help a neighbor avoid being taken advantage of!

A Message Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A Message Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We at Westmoreland Vesper and Quattrone want to assure all clients that we have remained open to address your legal needs while addressing the safety and concerns of the coronavirus situation.

We want to assure you that our attorneys and staff are following the recommendations of the CDC and other federal and state authorities to ensure that clients and visitors are protected from the potential spread of this virus.

Our office remains open during this time. We will continue to answer phone calls and emails with our usual promptness while at the same time delivering timely legal services to our clients. While some of our staff may work remotely at times, we will continue to service our clients without interruption or change in the quality of work that we are known for.

It remains our priority to address our clients’ legal matters while at the same time protecting the health and well-being of all employees and visitors to our office. If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way please contact us at 609-645-1111.

We urge you to follow the protocols implemented by the CDC

Justice for Father Who Died in Police Custody

Justice for Father Who Died in Police Custody

Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone recently acquired a settlement for the family of a father who died in police custody.  The hard reality in life is that awful things happen. When they do, it is our goal to bring justice to every scenario. In this situation, a father was arrested after not paying child support, a result of losing his job two years prior. He was brought into the Atlantic City Police Department and was inebriated at the time. The procedure requires that inmates receive face to face monitoring at least every 30 minutes, and every 15 minutes if the inmate has been drinking alcohol. The police department failed to properly monitor the inmate, missing 7 consecutive checks despite their reports that checks were done. Video footage revealed that the man had been vomiting while in the cell, and rolled onto the floor from his bed. He laid for 58 minutes before anyone came to check on him and call for help. He died as a result of a bleeding ulcer, which could have been addressed and treated had the appropriate checks been done. Prior to losing his job, this man-made regular financial contributions towards child support. He is survived by three sons; one adult, one 14 years old, and one 15 years old.

Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone was able to settle this case the day before trial, without extending the suffering of this man’s family. The settlement was $390,000 for the loss of guidance and advice suffered by the man’s teenage sons.

While there is no “fix” for these awful scenarios, we believe these families deserve some kind of justice, and we are here to make sure that happens. We are on your side, and ready to fight for you and your family. You’ll want us in your corner.

3 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

3 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Let’s look at some tips for safe winter driving. Whether or not we’d like to admit it, winter weather is upon us. When the temperature drops, we see an increase in risky driving conditions. While many of us would like to avoid the winter roads altogether, the reality is that our lives don’t stop when the weather is less than ideal.

Luckily, you can prepare ahead of time for such driving conditions. Let’s take a look at the three top tips for staying safe in winter weather!

3. Prepare your Vehicle! for Winter Driving

Making sure your car is prepared for anything Mother Nature throws its way is very important. This can be done in many different ways.

Stock your car. Make sure it’s well-equipped with anything you might need in an emergency. Food, water, a flashlight, a blanket, a glass scraper; these and more are practical items you might need somewhere along the line.

Check your tires! Did you know that your tire pressure can fluctuate with the rise and fall of temperature? Keep an eye on it and add some air as needed. Also, be sure you have plenty of tread to see you through the winter months. If not, consider replacing those tires for the safest ride.Fill the tank. If a winter storm hits, traffic is bound to get messy. The last thing you want is to get stuck on the highway with an empty tank. Make sure you always leave at least a half tank in there in case of an emergency.

Check your brakes. Winter is a great time for some routine maintenance on your brakes and brake pads. Make sure they’re operating at the top of their game!

2. Review your cold-weather driving tactics.

There are some go-to rules when it comes to driving in winter weather. Most especially in the snow. It never hurts to review your knowledge so you can be a confident driver when the storm hits.

Slow. Down. Snow and ice means less traction. Take your foot off the gas a bit to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. You’ll get there in good time!

Add some distance between cars. It takes longer for your car to slow down when roads are slick, so you want to make sure to account for that time difference when it comes to the car in front of you. Give yourself extra space.

When in the thick of a storm, remember to allow inertia to help you out. Try and slowly roll rather than coming to a complete stop, watch how much gas you give it on hills, and make sure you don’t stop while climbing a hill!

1. Check your coverage!

Accidents happen, and we often represent clients who were unaware of their limited coverage only to find out the hard way. This does not have to be you!

Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone has your back. We offer a review of your insurance coverage and can let you know where adjustments need to be made. We make a point to help you understand your auto insurance coverage and, if necessary, make coverage suggestions. This service is free of charge, so the peace of mind is a no-brainer.

Click here for a free attorney review of your auto insurance policy, and know for sure: Does your auto insurance policy have you covered? We’ll answer that question for you and your specific situation.

If you or someone you know are already searching for South Jersey accident attorneys, call us today at 609-645-1111 for a free consultation.