Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

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

Falls from Loading Docks

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 27, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Warehouses and other sites where cargo is loaded onto and received from trucks can be dangerous places, to workers and visitors alike. Though a loading dock is a seemingly indispensable part of the shipping and receiving process, loading docks offer many hazards for people who traverse them, whether during the course of their employment or for other legitimate purposes. Loading dock falls often result in severe injuries, due to the elevation of the raised loading dock platform from the ground below, and the hard, sharp surfaces and equipment typically found in and around these areas.

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Topics: Injuries, Slip and Fall, falls from loading docks

Falls Resulting from Inadequate Lighting - Indoors and Outdoors

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 25, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

There are a number of hazards that can result in a slip and fall accident inside a building or outdoors, but one of the greatest contributing factors to dangerous falls is often overlooked. Inadequate lighting can conceal dangers that a person walking through the space might otherwise notice, or turn even a well-maintained staircase into a hazard. It is the responsibility of anyone who owns, administers, or maintains a property to keep it in a state that is safe for all legitimate visitors (which includes all members of the public for most businesses or public buildings, and tenants and their visitors in residential rental units). This duty of care requires them not only to repair any defects in walking surfaces and clear away spills or debris, but to provide adequate lighting to allow the average visitor to see where they are walking without difficulty.

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Topics: Injuries, Slip and Fall, falls from inadequate lighting

Negligent Security: Preventable Criminal Attacks

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 22, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Business owners have a duty of care toward their visitors: they must take steps to remedy any dangerous conditions on their property that they know about, as well as any dangerous conditions that they should know about as a result of reasonably careful maintenance of the property. Sometimes, however, the dangers that threaten to injure visitors to the property are not just slippery floors or icy steps. Some of the more devastating injuries that can befall visitors are suffered at the hands of other people in acts of violent crime – and for premises liability purposes, reasonably foreseeable criminal activity committed by a third party may count as a dangerous condition that a property owner has a duty to rectify through implementing reasonable security measures.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, premises liability, negligent security

Common Defenses To A Slip and Fall Injury Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 20, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When your slip and fall injury claim goes to court, you and your attorney will need to prove a number of things to the satisfaction of a jury: that you suffered an accident as a result of the negligence of the party you are suing, that the injuries you sustained were caused by that accident, and that the financial damages you are seeking stem from those injuries. As you are working to provide evidence in support of these points, the lawyer working for the insurance company will be doing his best to tear down your attorney's arguments. One of the more common points of attack for defense attorneys in slip and fall injury cases is the claim of negligence. If they can convince a jury that their client (the landowner or property manager you are suing) was diligent in fulfilling his duty of care and that your accident took place despite the client's reasonable efforts, you won't be able to collect injury damages regardless of how seriously you were injured.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation, comparative fault

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