Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Train Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Dec 03, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

Whether they serve as part of our daily commute or offer an affordable alternative for longer-distance travel, trains form an important part of the lives of many New Jersey residents. For some, the choice to rely on public transportation including trains is informed by the disturbing upward trend in automotive accidents, with many perceiving trains to be a safer alternative to highways packed with smartphone-wielding drivers. However, no mode of transportation is perfectly safe, and trains are no exception. Negligence or overwork can result in operator error, and inadequate maintenance and mechanical wear may lead to equipment failure, either of which has the potential to cause an accident. Due to the high speeds and massive size of trains, a derailment or collision of any kind has the potential to inflict catastrophic injuries on passengers and others nearby (such as travelers waiting on the train platform). Those who suffer such injuries may require extensive treatment and long periods of healing to recover, and even then may be left with lasting injuries. This makes it all the more important that anyone injured in a train accident be able to obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, injury compensation, train accidents

How You Can Help Your Lawyer Build Your Case

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When you hire an attorney to help you with your personal injury claim, he will be able to take from you the majority of the burden of dealing with the insurance company and assembling the evidence for your case. However, there are a few important ways that you can help your attorney build your case to be as strong and persuasive as possible. Some of them should be done as soon after your accident as you can manage, but others happen over time as you work with your doctors to recover from your injuries. By taking these few simple steps, you will enable your lawyer to build a powerful case that will help you obtain the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, NJ Personal Injury Case, settlement compensation

The Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 10, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Dealing with the injury claim resulting from an accident in which your child was seriously hurt could be one of  the most important legal situations your family has ever faced. Unfortunately, it's also a situation in which the forces opposing your family are powerful, experienced, and highly motivated. The insurance adjuster assigned to your child's case is a legal professional who has likely handled hundreds of cases like yours. He may not be a bad person, but he's paid to save his insurance company money – which means offering your family as little as possible, or nothing at all if he can manage it. Trying to pursue your child's case alone only makes his job easier; most insurance adjusters don't take claimants without legal representation seriously. (One study showed that a represented injury victim will get on average three times what an unrepresented victim receives.) When you're fighting for your child's medical treatment and your family's financial stability, you deserve the advantage of having an experienced professional on your side.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries to Children, injury compensation, insurance company, contingent fee

What to Expect When You First Contact a Lawyer About Your Injury Claim

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 24, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Most people who suffer serious injuries in an accident have never had occasion to speak with a lawyer before. Dealing with the pain and upheaval caused by a severe injury is hardly the ideal circumstance for stressful new experiences, and many people feel anxious about approaching a personal injury attorney for the first time. In my practice, I make every effort possible to put prospective clients at ease, but I know that with so much at stake for an accident victim, some worry is unavoidable. Still, knowing what to expect when you first approach a lawyer about your injury case can make the process feel more manageable.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, NJ Personal Injury Case, injury case

Resources Available to Injured Children

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 07, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

An accident that seriously injures a child is an intense trauma for the entire family, and parents dealing with the aftermath of such an accident often don't know where to turn for the help their child and their family need. If your child's accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, right after proper initial medical care is under way, one of the first places you should turn for help is to an experienced child injury attorney. Finding a lawyer with extensive experience in handling cases involving injured children gives you access to his resources and connections, including specialists who can help you and your attorney build a strong case against the negligent party's insurance company. But this is likely only the beginning of the help your family will need during this time of crisis.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries to Children, injury compensation

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Gives Back to the Community

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 13, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

In our fast-paced, technologically-focused society, we don't always have the same sort of connection to our neighbors as we might have in decades past. With that conceptual distance between us and the people around us, it's all the more important to remember that being part of a community is more than just about where you live – it's what you do. Finding ways to contribute to our community through volunteering not only benefits the people around us, it also helps us become more invested in our local corner of the world. Even though I've practiced law in the area of personal injury for over 35 years, I try to help my community of Westfield in a whole different way. For many years I have volunteered my time to serve on the Westfield Town Planning Board, and before that, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Mayor's Land Use Task Force.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Featured Charity, New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

Will You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 29, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

After any accident in which you were injured because of another person's mistakes, one of the most important questions you need to consider is whether you should hire an attorney. Theoretically it's possible to pursue any injury claim without professional legal representation, but in many cases the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer can mean the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve and walking away with little or nothing for your pain and medical bills. That doesn't mean every injury case necessarily requires an attorney, but the question of whether to seek legal counsel is one that you should seriously consider before proceeding with your claim.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Personal Injury, injury compensation

When to Hire an Experienced NJ Slip & Fall Lawyer

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 11, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

After reading through so many pages of detailed description of various aspects of slip and fall injury cases, there are two likely conclusions you may have reached:

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Slip and Fall, injury compensation

What is Causation in a Slip and Fall Injury Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Slip and fall accidents are a common source of injury resulting in the need to pursue legal action to recover damages, and as the seasons turn and the weather gets colder, the risk of this kind of accident increases. Wet leaves and icy sidewalks create slick, dangerous surfaces without traction that make a fall more likely. Inside stores and other businesses, rain and snow tracked in by patrons can accumulate in entrances to create slippery puddles, and the thaw and freeze cycle may tear uneven cracks in the pavement outside. Businesses and property owners know (or should know) about these totally foreseeable seasonal hazards and have a responsibility to maintain their property in such a way as to protect visitors from the danger of a fall. Frequently if a person does have a slip and fall accident that results in injury, it's due to some oversight or neglect on the property owner's part. But when a case gets to court, the process isn't as simple as pointing to the hazard and showing that the property owner failed in their duty of care. Many slip and fall cases are successful or fail on the question of causation.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Slip and Fall, New Jersey Personal Injury

What to Expect When Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Most people are fortunate enough never to have been seriously injured in a car crash or other accident resulting from someone else's negligence or recklessness – but this means that when such a misfortune does strike, few people know what to expect and how to proceed. Should you hire a personal injury attorney? If you do, does that mean you're committed to a lawsuit? How will your case be handled, and how much will you know about what's going on? What is expected of you, and what are you supposed to do financially until you receive your injury compensation? Understanding the answers to these questions can help reduce the stress of dealing with your injury claim, allowing you to devote more of your attention where it belongs: on recovering from your injuries.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Evidence

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