Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Accident Case Standards

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

If you've suffered an injury in a car crash or other accident, it's likely that you have a lot of questions. Can you sue? Should you sue? What determines whether you have a case? Should you hire an accident lawyer? Unfortunately, not every injury will lead to a successful lawsuit, and the determining factor isn't necessarily how badly you were hurt. In order to win a lawsuit against the person who caused your injuries, you and your accident lawyer must be able to prove that the other party was negligent in a way that caused your injuries. Negligence is a complicated legal concept, but in its most basic form, it means that the person in question had a responsibility to behave in a particular way or perform particular actions in order to keep others from being harmed, and they failed in that duty in a way that resulted in someone being injured.

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation, negligence

How Does an Attorney Get Paid in a Persoanl Injury Case? The Contingent Fee Explained

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 10, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

For many people who suffer injuries in accidents that were the fault of someone else, there's one fear that makes them hesitate to hire an attorney to help with their claims: the cost. They're afraid they can't afford the services of an accident lawyer – and when the medical and other expenses resulting from their accident are piling up, and they may be out of work for an extended period of time until they're healed enough to resume their duties, money is a very reasonable fear. But many injury lawyers understand the financial bind that their clients are in, and have settled on a solution that helps both the accident victim and the lawyer. If you hire an attorney to help with your injury case, he won't get paid unless you do. (Although you may offer to hire an attorney at an hourly rate, many experienced trial attorneys would charge $500 an hour or more, so almost no one opts for this method of hiring an accident attorney.)

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation, contingent fee

Settling Your Child's Case: What is a "Friendly Judgment Hearing?"

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 08, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Pursuing an injury claim when a child has been hurt in an accident is a little different from seeking compensation for injuries you yourself sustained. Because a child is not considered to have the means or ability to file a lawsuit on their own behalf, the child's parents or legal guardians take the lead in handling the claim – but there are a few additional legal safeguards in place to ensure that the settlement process plays out according to the child's best interests.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation, friendly judgment hearing

Important Steps to Help Your Child's Injury Case

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 06, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

If your child is seriously hurt in an accident, it's hard to think about anything besides caring for their injuries. By rights, finances should take a distant second – but a settlement from the insurance company might be essential to paying your child's medical bills. And compensation for pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life, can take on a new meaning when it's your child who is suffering and going through medical procedures. The insurance company won't offer you any more than they're forced to, so you need to know how to protect your family's right to fair compensation.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation

11 TIPS to Make Sure You Get Fair Compensation After Your Motorcycle Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

After a motorcycle crash, most accident victims are (quite rightly) focused primarily on their medical recovery. Motorcycle accident injuries can be debilitating, preventing you from working, engaging in recreational activities, or taking care of your family until your injuries heal, and all the while the bills from your medical treatment are piling up. While you follow your doctors' orders to pursue your physical recovery, you should also consider your financial recovery – the compensation you deserve when you're injured because another driver behaved negligently. Even after your physical injuries heal, the financial damage dealt by a serious motorcycle wreck may still be felt after several years. Use these ten tips as a starting point to give yourself the best chance at getting the full compensation you deserve.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

Motorcycle Accident: Do You Have a Case

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jul 01, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

You've been hurt in a motorcycle accident, and you want to pursue a claim against the other driver. One of the first things your motorcycle accident lawyer will discuss with you at your initial consultation is, do you have a solid case that can win? Unfortunately, not everyone who is injured will necessarily be able to collect damages, or compensation, due to those injuries. The laws governing personal injury suits require you and your attorney to be able to prove certain points in order to win a lawsuit. It's true that most accident injury claims are settled out of court, but generally an insurance company will only agree to a settlement if they're afraid that the injured person would win a trial and the jury would award them even more money. One way or another, you need to have a strong case if you're going to seek compensation for your injuries. This is especially true in cases brought by motorcycle riders, since non-riders, most attorneys agree, have a prejudice against motorcycle riders. The prejudice is  that they have assumed a risk by riding a motorcycle. How can that excuse negligent conduct by the driver of a car or truck? This is where your attorney goes to work.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

11 Tips for Motorcycle Riders

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Suffering injury in a motorcycle crash as a result of another driver's inattention can be stressful, frightening, and traumatic, and having to deal with the financial, medical, and legal business resulting from that collision can be downright overwhelming. When you're trying to heal from serious crash-related injuries, sparring with an insurance adjuster is the last thing on your mind. At the same time, you know that if things go badly with your claim, you may be stuck with a pile of unpaid medical bills, and no fair recognition of what you've been through. To help you cut through the worry and confusion, here is a list of ten simple tips to remember in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

Kids are at Risk for Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

For parents, the idea of their child being hurt or killed in an accident is the ultimate nightmare. Tragically, sometimes that nightmare comes true. Knowing about the risks and how to reduce them can give parents a greater ability to protect their children, and may provide answers and understanding when an accident happens despite the parents' best efforts. If disaster does strike through the fault of another, the advice and guidance of an experienced and compassionate child injury lawyer is an essential asset in helping the family find answers and recover stability in the aftermath of an accident.

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Topics: Injuries, Car Accidents, Dog Bites, Injuries to Children, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Accidents Dos and Don'ts

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 08, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

After a serious accident, the stress, confusion, and pain can make it difficult to know what to do next. When the accident was caused by someone else's negligence, there are the additional considerations of possible legal action to make things even harder. In the days and weeks following an accident, many people who have never found themselves in the traumatic situation of suffering a serious injury make mistakes that can have serious consequences down the line for their medical recovery and financial stability. It's vital, when faced with a serious injury, to know what you should do – and what not to do.

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation

When Bad Things Happen to Good Kids

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 05, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Every parent wants to keep their child safe from harm, to protect them the countless dangers a parent worries about every day. But even when you do everything right, take every reasonable precaution, sometimes accidents happen, and turn a family's life upside-down in the space of a single moment. Everyone who has a child in their life – whether they're a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, other relative or close friend – can imagine the heartbreak and devastation suffered by the family of a child who is seriously injured in an accident, or worse, killed.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation

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