Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

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

Devastating Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 14, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Nobody plans to be involved in a car collision. Every day, careful drivers who do everything right become the victim of collisions caused by other people's negligent or reckless driving. You could be on your way to work or driving to the store on a quick errand, and the next thing you know another vehicle slams into yours. This incident kicks off a snowballing sequence of physical pain, psychological stress, and financial hardship that can stretch out for months or even years. The injuries sustained in a serious car wreck can be devastating, especially if you suffer trauma to your head, back, neck, or spine. Of course, the bills don't stop coming when you're out of work healing from your injuries, and the resulting financial hardship can threaten your family's economic stability for years after you've recovered from your accident.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, injury compensation

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 Personal 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

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