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Why Litigating Trucking Accidents Require a Strong Legal Team

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (Traffic Safety Facts, 2011 Data), vehicle registrations for SUVs, vans and pickup trucks increased by 27 percent between 2002 and 2011. Individuals and families often believe these vehicles to be safer in accidents. However, the much larger trucks used by commercial enterprises can be 10 times larger and… Read More »

Accident Claims in New Jersey: Special Statutes of Limitations

In the aftermath of an auto accident, the health of the people involved must be everyone’s primary concern. Those who are injured need immediate medical attention, while law enforcement handles the details of clearing the accident scene to remove dangers left behind and to provide documentation of what happened. Once people are examined and treated… Read More »

Be Wary of What Insurance Companies Offer in Accident Injury Claims

While New Jersey is considered a no-fault auto accident state, this by no means implies that someone injured in a car accident cannot sue for injuries. The system is designed to keep smaller claims from entering the court system, effectively enabling victims to get better compensation more quickly and with fewer costs related to litigation…. Read More »

New Jersey Courts Rule Text Senders Can Also Be Sued in Texting Accident Cases

Cellphone technology has certainly contributed to making life more convenient. But everyone knows that texting while driving has created a hazard, since distracted drivers cause serious injuries and deaths for motorists, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The New Jersey state appeals court ruled in August 2013 that it is not only the driver receiving texts who… Read More »

How Settlements for Personal Injuries Are Computed

A serious injury that is the fault of someone else should not place a financial burden on the victim. A personal injury lawsuit can help the injured individual return to health without going bankrupt. Personal injury lawsuits include medical malpractice, poor premises maintenance, defective products, dog bites, motorist negligence, including accidents caused by drunk drivers… Read More »

Why a Lawyer May Be Necessary to Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits in New Jersey

Many people hurt on the job find out to their surprise that receipt of workers’ compensation is not automatic. Even when it appears as if the claim is 100 percent valid, many claims are denied, and claimants either give up or go through the appeals process. In either event, an injured worker can wait up… Read More »

Motorcyclists Are Often the Victims of Motorist Error But Must Prove It in Court

Most motorcyclists know that, because of the inherent risks of two-wheeled transportation, they need to take precautions to prevent accidents and injuries while riding. In New Jersey and nationwide, more people are riding motorcycles and more accidents involving motorcycles are occurring. The Federal Highway Authority reports that approximately 2,500 motorcycle crashes occur every year in… Read More »

What Qualifies an Injury Lawsuit for a Large Punitive Award?

On occasion, a jury in a personal injury case awards a plaintiff punitive damages — more than the costs of the plaintiff’s injuries — to punish the defendant. For example, several years ago, a jury awarded the family of a paralyzed 7-year-old girl $75 million from a beer vending company at Giants Stadium because it… Read More »

How Civil Lawsuits Are Instrumental in Promoting Better School Safety

Parents have traditionally assumed that their children are safe when they send them to school. That assumption has been severely undermined by gun violence in recent years. The debate on how to stop gun violence in schools has become as complex as it is contentious. However, other dangers also lurk in schools, during extracurricular activities… Read More »

When Anesthesia Causes You Pain

Unfortunately, anesthesia errors are common. While some are minor, non-life threatening mistakes, others can lead to injury, paralysis and even death. Ironically, anesthesia is the very medicine used to numb pain. Many medical malpractice cases involving anesthesia occur because of inexperience and negligence. In New Jersey, a Department of Health (NJDOH) regulation requires anesthesiologists to… Read More »