Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

When a Child is Injured in a School Bus Accident in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Sep 14, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

It’s a nightmare scenario for parents of school-age children: your child is riding a school bus when the bus gets into an auto accident. Families all across New Jersey rely on school buses to transport their children to and from school, and even children who don’t regularly ride the bus will most likely climb on board a few times a year for class field trips. One such accident took place in May of this year, when a bus taking fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck. The resulting crash claimed the lives of one student and a teacher, and injured 43 others.

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Topics: injury compensation, federal tort claims act, tort law, school bus accident

What is Tort Law? What's a Tort Lawyer?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 09, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

For a number of reasons, the field of law is filled with jargon that can often seem complex or confusing to people who don't deal with it on a regular basis. This is often because specific words and phrases carry legal weight that their synonyms might not. A term you might hear often if you have been hurt in an accident is “tort.” I first met the term as a first year law student. At the basic level, a tort is any wrongdoing committed against one party by another that unfairly inflicts harm or loss upon the latter party. Sometimes a tort can also be a crime, but often the wrongdoing perpetrated against the victim does not rise to the level of criminal behavior. Still, it is a violation of the victim's rights, and tort law is the means by which that victim can seek compensation for the harm they suffered. The torts I deal with result in personal injury to my clients.

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Topics: injury compensation, federal tort claims act, tort law, tort lawyer

What is the Federal Tort Claims Act?

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

By Francis M. Smith

When you are injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a private individual or a business entity, you have the right to seek remedy through the courts for your injuries by filing a lawsuit. But what happens when a federal government employee or agency is the one responsible for your accident – can you sue the federal government? The short answer is yes... sometimes. The Federal Tort Claims Act allows government entities to be sued for damages resulting from injury, loss of property, or wrongful death caused by negligence on the part of a government employee or agency. There are, however, several limitations and caveats imposed on a person's right to sue their government under this law, which can be difficult to navigate. Remember, we are talking about the federal government here - not the state or a state subdivision like a county or municipality.

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Topics: injury compensation, federal tort claims act

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