Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Avoid Car Crashes. Don't Answer the Cell Phone When Driving.

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Beautiful fall weather is accompanying the opening of the 2014-2015 school year here in northern NJ. Facebook lets me enjoy photos of “first day of school” photos of my friends’ and family’s children. I marvel at how much they have grown since last year’s “first day of school” photos. And many of the children I have enjoyed watching grow over the years are in their later years of high school and now drive themselves to school.

We should all be reminded at this time to drive safely. These reminders are just as important to experienced drivers as to new drivers -- parents, carpoolers, students, and all of us who accompany them on the roads. Now that school is back in session, northern NJ roadsters face much more traffic and congestion.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Therapy and Surgery to Treat Motor Vehicle Accident Injury

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

By Francis M. Smith


If you've been the victim of a car accident involving a commercial vehicle, some of your injuries are probably quite obvious – lacerations and bruising, perhaps a broken bone. But many potentially serious injuries aren't visible from the outside, and may not manifest right away. You might only notice gradually, a day or two (or more) after the car crash that something isn't right. When this happens, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible, both because it's necessary for your personal injury claim to have prompt medical documentation for all of your injuries, and

 because the medical problems that arise following a car accident may potentially be serious.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, commercial vehicle, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Facet Joint Therapies to Treat Car Accident Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

When most people consider the joints of the spine, the first thing that comes to mind is the series of spinal discs that separate the individual vertebral bones, cushioning them and allowing the spine to bend and flex. However, there is another important set of joints in the spine that helps to support and stabilize the neck and back – and, like the spinal discs, these joints are vulnerable to injury in motor vehicle accidents.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Facet Joint Injury

PCL and ACL Knee Surgery to Treat Car Accident Injury

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 08, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Your knee joints are essential for providing you with the mobility that allows you to go about your everyday activities. The knee is a complex joint that enables not only a back and forth motion, but can also pivot in place. Unfortunately, the complexity that confers this range of motion also leaves the knee vulnerable to serious injuries that can limit your mobility. Damage to the ligaments that stabilize the knee are among the most common forms of knee injury, and can be debilitating. The over-stretching or tearing of ligaments is known as a sprain – a type of injury that is generally regarded as more of a nuisance than a serious medical problem. However, a serious sprain to the ligaments of the knee often requires surgical intervention to correct and restore normal mobility and stability to the joint.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, full pcl tear, Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury

When Suing a Public Entity for Injuries under Title 59 Restrictions

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

When you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident caused by someone else's recklessness or negligence, there are many things occupying your attention. Foremost, of course, should be the medical treatment that your injuries require to relieve your pain and facilitate healing. But it can be hard to focus on treatment and recovery without thinking about how all those medical bills are going to be paid. Seeking compensation for your injuries from the parties responsible can help you ensure that you can get the medical care you need without putting yourself or your family in financial jeopardy, especially if you are also prevented from working either temporarily while you recover, or permanently as a result of disabling injuries.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Suing a Public Entity, Slip and Fall

Cervical Fusion Surgery to Treat Motor Vehicle Accident Injury

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Any sort of automobile accident can cause severe property damage and serious injury, but a crash involving a commercial truck is often particularly devastating. The size and weight of these large trucks mean that an impact will carry a great deal more force, and make it more difficult for the driver to respond quickly to sudden traffic changes or hazards. When a commercial truck collides with a passenger car, the occupants of the smaller vehicle tend to be in much greater danger; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that in 2006, more than three out of four fatalities resulting from large truck accidents were occupants of another vehicle. In the same year, 106,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks.

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Topics: Motor Vehicle Accidents, commercial truck, cervical spinal fusion, Cervical fusion, discectomy, microdiscectomy

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Francis M. Smith: Looking Forward

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Sep 01, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

The end of summer is upon us. The nights are getting cooler, the days shorter. Kids are getting ready to go back to school. In our family, my son Wyatt is headed to law school. My wife is getting ready to open her pre-school (The Gingham Giraffe in Chatham Township - for the 24th year!). Some folks are still taking vacations, and of course Labor Day means family gatherings to mark the change of seasons.

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Topics: Holidays

Tracy Morgan Files NJ Lawsuit for Injuries from Truck Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 29, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

When one is fortunate enough never to have been the victim of a serious automotive accident, it's easy to think of car crashes as things that happen to other people. Unfortunately it's not always possible to maintain that illusion of safety; whether you suffer a car accident yourself, know a friend or family member who has been injured in a crash, or hear about a celebrity or public figure who was involved in a serious accident nearby, the reality of these dangers becomes all too apparent. Many people here in New Jersey experienced this realization last June, when actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was severely injured in an accident in which a commercial truck allegedly struck his vehicle from the rear. A friend of Morgan's, also a comedian, was killed in the accident, and the driver of the truck involved has been charged with vehicular homicide under New Jersey state law.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, trucking regulations, Truck Accidents, NJ Lawsuit

Frank Smith Car Accident $1,975,000 Recovery Featured by NJ Jury Verdict Review & Analysis

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Riding in the back seat of her son’s car, my 69-year old client felt safe and secure. No one expected a pick-up truck to run a red light and crash into her side of the car. The impact was so fast and sudden, her son had no way to evade the collision, which left her with multiple pelvic fractures, a sacral fracture, knee and shoulder ligament tears. a mild traumatic brain injury, and dizziness that was caused by a vestibular (inner ear) dysfunction.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Success Stories, Truck Accidents

Accidents Cause Injuries: Torn Ligaments of the Shoulder

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 25, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Not only is your shoulder one of the most essential joints of the body, allowing you to engage in many important everyday tasks, it's also the most flexible joint. The ball-and-socket configuration of the shoulder allows it a very wide range of motion, enabling you to move your arm back and forth, up and down, and in a circular motion. However, the extreme flexibility of the shoulder joint comes at a cost: your shoulder is more vulnerable to injury than other, more limited joints. Injuries to the shoulder are common in accidents of any sort, from slip and fall accidents to car crashes, because of the natural reflex to put your hands out in front of you to brace against an impact and protect the rest of your body. A sudden impact or twisting force can damage the ligaments of your shoulder, resulting in a painful sprain and putting you at risk of further injury.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Shoulder Injuries, Torn ligaments, Slip and Fall

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