Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Auto Accident Personal Injury Client Recommends Francis M. Smith, Esq.

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

At, several clients have shared experiences about aspects of their case that they found helpful. Hearing about another’s experience helps everyone who has been seriously injured and faces an arduous recovery. Clients facing similar hurdles appreciate your comments and encouragement. 

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I love hearing from you. And more importantly people suffering from serious injuries find solace in hearing about how we have been able to help to get your life back on track.

For that reason, we are including an excerpt from a recent review. 

I retained Frank Smith when my 85 year-old mother was severely injured as a passenger in an auto accident. 
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Topics: Car Accidents, Automobile Litigation, Success Stories

Let Your Lawyer Guide You

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 07, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

One of the most traumatic events a parent can experience is when their child sustains a serious injury. Accident injury claims are complicated at the best of times -- dealing with doctors, specialists, physical therapists, and health insurance providers is never easy, and navigating an injury claim that may go to trial exacerbates that difficulty. On top of that, there's the insurance adjuster and the company he works for, who will actively work against your efforts to secure fair compensation for your child's injuries. Even once that hurdle is cleared, injury claims involving children have the added complication of structured settlements, designed to keep your child's money safe until they come of age. For any even remotely serious injury, you're much better off working with an experienced child injury lawyer to make the claim process go smoothly and successfully for you and your family, while you focus on taking care of your child.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, settlement compensation, statute of limitations

Your Lawyer Doesn't Get Paid Unless You Do

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 02, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Despite the clear benefits of working with a motorcycle accident lawyer when pursuing an injury case, some injured riders try to go it alone, and the most common reason for this choice is the fear of attorney's fees. When you're racking up medical bills right and left, and you can't go back to work until your injuries have healed, the prospect of another major expense can be very intimidating. In fact, that's something insurance companies often count on – the injured claimant's belief that hiring a lawyer will be too expensive, and thus going up against the insurance adjuster without any help.

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Topics: Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, contingent fee

Let Your Lawyer Be Your Guide

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Any automobile accident injury claim can quickly become a complicated process, and this is doubly true of motorcycle accidents. Dealing with the doctors, specialists, physical therapists, and health insurers as you work toward recovering from your injuries is stressful enough on its own, but in order to seek compensation for those injuries you'll also have to contend with an insurance adjuster. Insurance companies want you to believe that when you're injured, there's just a routine bit of paperwork that needs to be filled out in order for you to get the compensation you deserve; that's certainly the impression their trust-inspiring ad slogans cultivate. The reality is a much longer and more frustrating proposition. It's important to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer working to guide you through the process.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle laws, motorcycle injuries, motorcycle accident lawyer

Proper Motorcycle Insurance Coverage

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 28, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Any motorcycle accident lawyer who has been working for at least a couple of years has stories about riders who weren't carrying enough motorcycle insurance, and found out after an accident the high cost of trying to save a few bucks on a cheaper policy. Because motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road, compared to drivers and passengers in larger vehicles, it's vital to carry adequate insurance protection in case something goes wrong.

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Topics: Injuries, Personal Injury Protection, NJ Auto Insurance, Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle laws

Protect Your Child's Recovery

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 26, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When pursuing a personal injury claim on behalf of an injured child, many parents aren't sure of the best way to protect their child's money after they've won their case or accepted a fair settlement. If you have questions about the most reliable and advantageous way to handle your child's recovery, your child injury lawyer may suggest a structured settlement, especially if the amount you recovered from the insurance company is sizable.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation, structured settlement

Motorcycle Laws in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Aug 24, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Because riding a motorcycle is inherently more hazardous than driving a car or truck and requires a different set of skills to operate safely on the road, most states have a distinct set of laws governing motorcycle licensing requirements. Proper gear is essential to the safety of any rider, so it's no surprise that most states also have laws requiring riders to have certain elements of gear and equipment. Since motorcycle laws vary from state to state, it's important to familiarize yourself with New Jersey's specific requirements before hitting the road. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer is well-versed in the state's motorcycle laws.

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Topics: Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle laws

Dealing With the Loss of a Child

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 21, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Claims involving the death of a child are among the most emotionally difficult cases a child injury lawyer handles, even though in legal terms they function in a way very similar to any personal injury claim. Like other injury claims involving negligence, there are four points fact the claimants' attorney must prove to the satisfaction of the jury: first, that the party responsible for the child's death had a duty of care toward the child – whether that means maintaining property or equipment in a safe way, or simply driving their vehicle in a manner that does not endanger others. Second, the child injury lawyer must prove that the defendant breached that duty of care by failing to behave appropriately. Third, the child's death must be shown to have resulted from that breach of the defendant's duty of care, and fourth, the attorney must show that the child's estate and the parties pursuing the injury claim were harmed as a result of the loss of the child.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Any motorcycle accident lawyer can tell you, through experience with numerous clients over the years, how devastating the injuries resulting from a crash can be. If you've suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, hiring an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer may offer your best chance of receiving the fair compensation you need. But if you haven't been in an accident, I want to help you keep it that way! Many experienced riders will find most of these tips familiar, but an occasional refresher is valuable for everyone. You can also pass these tips along to friends and family who ride.

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Topics: Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

Accident Attorneys Know How to Navigate the Legal Process

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Most people who suffer injuries in traffic accidents find themselves in the unfamiliar position of needing to seek compensation for an injury claim for the first time, and many have never seen the inside of a courtroom before. In all but the most clear-cut of cases, dealing with an accident injury claim is anything but simple. Evidence needs to be collected; expert witnesses must be deposed; paperwork from hospitals, doctors, physical therapists, and other health care providers must be gathered; and the insurance adjuster must be dealt with. During all this, you may still be trying to recover from your injuries and find ways to pay your bills while your injuries prevent you from working. Unless the injuries you sustained in your accident were very minor, it's almost always the better choice to hire an accident lawyer to handle your claim. Not only will your attorney take much of the burden of managing your case off your shoulders while you heal, but you're much more likely to receive fair and sufficient compensation for your injuries when you've got an experienced accident lawyer on your side.

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation, injury case, accident attorney

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