Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

The Argument for Strict Liability for Driverless Cars

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Computer technology that allows motor vehicles to navigate roads and respond to changes in the environment without the input of a human driver is currently in development by many major companies, and may see widespread use on our nation's roadways within the next few decades. These driverless cars have the potential to significantly alter many aspects of everyday life, from vehicle ownership and insurance to the tort claims that arise from car accidents. There are numerous challenges that the current standards of product liability law would face from driverless cars, but there is a readily available solution. Imposing a standard of strict liability for lawsuits involving injuries caused by driverless cars would be the simplest, fairest, and most effective solution to the challenges presented by the technology.

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Topics: Product Liability Cases, driverless cars, strict liability

The Value of Your Injury Claim vs. Available Insurance

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 17, 2016

  By Francis M. Smith

When attempting to estimate the correct compensation to be paid in a personal injury case, you should of course consider important factors like the type of injuries you sustained, the kind of treatment you required, and the presence of witnesses or physical evidence that support your account of your accident. However, it's just as important not to lose sight of the single absolute limiting factor on your injury compensation: the amount of money the defendant actually has. If the person responsible for your injuries has no liability insurance (or, in the case of motor vehicle accidents, insufficient insurance coverage) and negligible personal wealth and assets, it doesn't matter how ironclad your case is, how obviously at fault the defendant was, or how much your injuries cost to treat – you simply cannot sue a person for assets that he doesn't have.

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Topics: Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Product Liability Cases, Underinsured Motorist Coverage, injury compensation, premises liability

Work Place Falls

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 06, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

One of the more common places for a slip and fall accident to take place is at the accident victim's place of employment. In New Jersey, an injured worker usually cannot sue an employer for negligence. If the only entity or person responsible for an injury is an employer or a co-worker, the injured person's only avenue to receive compensation for their injuries is through workers' compensation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, however, there may be other parties who contributed to your accident, and if these third-party entities were negligent in some fashion that led to your work fall, you may be able to pursue legal action against them to seek compensation for your injuries.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Product Liability Cases, Dangerous Condition, Slip and Fall, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents

Shoulder Injured Recommends NJ Personal Injury Attorney Frank Smith

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Thu, Dec 27, 2012

The following is a transcript created for Frank Smith's video from his series on NJ Personal Injury Law, available on YouTube at: Francis M. Smith, NJ Personal Attorney – Personal Experience

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Topics: Automobile Insurance, Product Liability Cases, Dangerous Premises, Success Stories, Dog Bites, Slip and Fall, Client Recommendations

NJ Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Your Rights in Plain English

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

The following is a transcript created for Frank Smith's video from his series on NJ Personal Injury Law, available on YouTube at: Francis M. Smith, NJ Personal Attorney – Personal Injury Attorney

Personal Injury Attorney Frank Smith: I’m Frank Smith and I represent plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Usually people call me when they don’t know what to do after an accident. They don’t know whether they have a case. They don’t know whether they should be interacting with insurance companies. They don’t know whether they should be talking to anybody at all.

Giving me a call costs nothing. You will learn your righ

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Product Liability Cases, New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney, Slip and Fall

The Legal Clean Up Post Hurricane Sandy from Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Dec 10, 2012

By Francis M. Smith
 
A week without electricity, cable, internet, phone, and gasoline post Hurricane Sandy was a somber experience. It was surreal and sad to see the immediate devastation of my picture-perfect town of Westfield in Union County, New Jersey: the downed trees and power lines; the dead traffic lights; the damaged homes; the depression-era-like system of gas rationing; my favorite diner closed; the mess in my yard. And when modern amenities were restored … it was evident many had it much worse than me.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Product Liability Cases, Wrongful Death, Construction Accidents, Nursing Home Neglect

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