Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Every Motorcycle Rider is at Risk

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

There are as many reasons to ride a motorcycle as there are bikers on the road. Some people enjoy the hands-on experience of maintaining and riding their own bike. Many motorcycles are less expensive and more fuel-efficient than cars and trucks. And, of course, there are plenty of bikers who ride simply because it's fun. The freedom of the open road and the power of the machine beneath you offer a thrill that every rider recognizes. But every experienced rider also understands that this liberation and excitement comes at a price. The danger of a motorcycle accident is undeniable, and there is no precaution you can take – short of never leaving the driveway – that can keep you completely safe from a motorcycle crash.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident

When a Child is Injured Consult an Attorney Immediately

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

The aftermath of an accident in which a child is seriously injured is a tremendously stressful and emotionally devastating time. Between caring for your child, going to doctors and specialists, and worrying over your child's recovery while trying to juggle the accumulating bills and other costs, you may feel that you have little time or energy to focus on anything else. In this situation, some parents find themselves putting off dealing with the legal aspects of their child's accident, either because they trust the insurance company to do right by them or because they just have too much on their plates.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation

Your Child is Injured - Do You Have a Case

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

There is no amount of money that can ever truly make up for the death of a child in an accident, or for the pain and trauma of a child who is seriously injured. Winning a lawsuit or a substantial settlement cannot undo the harm that your family has suffered, but those funds can buffer your family during their time of hardship, when the medical bills from your child's accident are piling up and you need to take time out of work to care for your family. The insurance industry has worked hard to sell the narrative of the “frivolous lawsuit” to our popular culture, to shame people who file legitimate claims of negligence resulting in a serious injury. You should never have to feel ashamed of protecting your family and their best interests.

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Topics: Injuries, Injuries to Children, injury compensation, comparative negligence

Children Twice as Likely to Be Hit by Cars on Halloween

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 30, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Halloween is one of the most fun and exciting nights of the year, for adults and children alike. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most dangerous – especially for children. Though many of the horrors of Halloween are merely pretend, some risks are all too real, including the danger of being hit by a car. Over the years, multiple health and safety organizations have investigated accident statistics and reached a single conclusion: a child is substantially more likely to be fatally struck by a vehicle on Halloween night than on any other day of the year.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Injuries to Children, Pedestrian Accidents

Arrange Rides Home from Halloween Festivities Before Parties Start

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

 By Francis M. Smith

Many people have fond childhood memories of dressing up in costume and going trick-or-treating around their neighborhood on Halloween, but the fun doesn't stop after you pass the age when it's acceptable to knock on strangers' doors and beg for candy. Every year, countless adults participate in Halloween revelry, giving out candy or attending costume parties. Many of these celebrations feature alcoholic beverages, which means it's important to plan ahead when you intend to go to one of these events – beyond what costume to wear. Unless you're hosting your own party or spending the night at the party location, you'll need a safe way to get home after the festivities are over. If you drink, that way home should not involve getting behind the wheel.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Drunk Driving, Pedestrian Accidents

Jessica's Law: Jail and Stiff Fines for Road Rage Accidents Resulting in Serious Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

 By Francis M. Smith

A sixteen-year-old girl is riding in a car with her friends. Suddenly, another driver cuts them off, enraging the girl's friend, who is driving. He accelerates, weaving in and out of traffic and driving on the shoulder of the road in an attempt to pass the object of his outrage. He loses control of the vehicle, and it careens into a telephone pole. The young man driving the car walks away from the crash, but the girl doesn't – her injuries leave her paralyzed from the chest down.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents

When Fall Sports Injuries Occur

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

 By Francis M. Smith

With schools back in session for the fall, students are returning to their sports teams or making the cut for the first time, full of competitive spirit. Sports are widely considered to be an excellent avenue for young people to learn teamwork, fair play, and social skills, as well as an opportunity to get valuable exercise. For some, sports participation represents the potential for college scholarships. There are many reasons for young people to participate in athletic extracurricular activities, including simply for enjoyment. But some parents quite reasonably worry about their children's risk of injury on the sports field. If a child plays for a sports team or expresses an interest in taking up a sport, it's wise for their parents to learn about the risks of sports injuries and what they should do if their child is hurt.

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Topics: Injuries, Sports Injuries, traumatic brain injury

Does Your Gym Require You to Sign a Waiver of Liability?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

  By Francis M. Smith

While it's certainly true that almost any physical activity involves a certain level of injury risk, most people probably expect that exercising at a commercial gym or health club to be one of the safer ways of working out. After all, members of these gyms are paying for a service, and they should reasonably expect that the equipment their paid membership entitles them to use is being monitored and maintained by competent and careful professionals. Unfortunately, the reality is not always so clear-cut. Many exercise machines involve heavy components and many moving parts, and these are not always inspected and maintained in a way that renders them safe to use. Customers of these gyms can and do suffer injuries while exercising, sometimes due to the negligence of the gym staff. In these situations, you would expect that an injured member would be able to sue for damages, right?

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Topics: Injuries, negligence, waiver of liability, gross negligence

Who is Liable When Someone Falls on a Condominium Sidewalk?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

As the weather turns colder, the changing season brings with it the return of yearly hazards to pedestrians – specifically in the form of slippery and unsafe sidewalks. Fallen autumn leaves, slick with rain, will soon give way to ice and snow in winter, and it's no surprise that New Jersey sees an increase in slip and fall injuries (and resulting injury claims) at this time of year. Unfortunately, the law surrounding liability for sidewalk injuries involves many conditions and exceptions, which can leave an injured plaintiff unsure of whether they have a case, and if so, against whom.

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Topics: Injuries, Trip and Fall, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, premises liability

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

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