Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

NJ Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 23, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Most kinds of injury have the potential to impact your life dramatically, but injuries to the nervous system can be particularly devastating, especially since the body's ability to heal nerve tissue damage is very limited. Obviously, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause a host of physical and cognitive symptoms, but spinal cord injuries can have an equal (or sometimes greater) impact on your health and quality of life.

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Topics: Spine Injuries, Spinal Injuries

Accidents Cause Injuries: ORIF Treatment for Fractures

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

One of the more common and immediately apparent injuries a person might suffer when they become the victim of an accident is a broken bone. Some fracture injuries can be treated relatively simply – the doctor aligns the broken surfaces of the bone properly and uses a splint or a cast to immobilize the injured area until it heals. However, many accidents can inflict serious physical trauma to a victim's bones, resulting in more difficult injuries.

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Topics: Permanent Injury, Knee Injury, Spinal Injuries, Injuries to Children, Workplace Injury, Sports Injuries

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Explains Life Care Plans

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

After suffering a serious injury as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of others, many accident victims understandably focus on the present: the pain and limitations caused by their injuries, the demands of their medical treatment, and the immediate financial concerns stemming from lost wages and medical bills. These pressing issues must be addressed in your personal injury claim. It is also important not to lose sight of the long-term repercussions of your injury.

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Topics: Injuries, Permanent Injury, Knee Injury, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Spinal Injuries, Injuries to Children, Herniated Disc, Sports Injuries

Can My Doctor Prepare the Expert Report for My Serious Injury?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 20, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

During the "discovery" phase of any personal injury lawsuit, it is generally expected that the plaintiff, or claimant, will undergo a medical evaluation by an "independent" medical expert. This report is intended to serve as the basis for the claimant's settlement negotiations with the insurance company, and will be submitted as evidence and that doctor will be an expert witness should the case go all the way to trial. In an ideal world, these medical examinations would be conducted by an honest doctor with no agenda other than accurately determining the severity and scope of the plaintiff's injuries. Unfortunately, when dealing with medical experts hired by insurance companies, this ideal is rarely met, if ever. The insurance industry and their attorneys like to call such an exam an "IME"- independent medical exam- but I call it a "DME"- a defense medical exam, because it is anything but independent.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, Car Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, Motorcycle Accident, Medical-Legal Exams, Spinal Injuries

NJ Spinal Injury Attorney Discusses Car Accident's Impact on Lower Back

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 02, 2014

In a car crash or other accident in which trauma is inflicted on your body, some injuries make themselves known immediately and their diagnosis is quite clear. Unfortunately, other injuries may not manifest immediately – and even when they do, it can often be hard for doctors to pinpoint exactly what the cause of your pain could be. Like many injuries to the neck and back, damage that centers around the lower back often presents these difficulties for doctors and accident victims. The difficulty in diagnosing lower back injuries makes finding a trustworthy NJ back injury attorney absolutely crucial if you find yourself with back pain following a car accident. You need someone to help you keep the insurance companies off your back – literally and metaphorically – with their pushy representatives, their denials of benefits under your policy, and the paltry settlement offers from the other driver's insurance company. It is enough that you're trying to secure the treatment you need to recover.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Automobile Insurance, Spinal Injuries, Herniated Disc

Why Your Insurance Company Won't Pay: A Common Problem After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 30, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Too often when a person becomes the victim of a car or motorcycle accident, they find themselves in the position of needing to fight the insurance company in order to get their medical bills paid. Some injuries, such as broken bones resulting from the impact, have a fairly indisputable cause and there is little the insurer can do to argue against paying for them. Unfortunately, many injuries are not so self-evident, and insurance companies hire lawyers who will search for any justification to avoid compensating for the damage sustained as a result of those injuries. In automotive accidents, neck and back injuries are very common, and can have serious, permanent consequences for the collision victim's quality of life. It's important to have an experienced spine injury attorney on your side after you've sustained such an injury in a vehicle crash, to help you win the causation fight against the insurance company and ensure that the treatment you need is paid for.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Automobile Insurance, Car Accidents, New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorney, Motorcycle Accident, Medical-Legal Exams, Spinal Injuries

Spine Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 21, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

One of the most common pieces of advice you are likely to hear repeated about motorcycle safety is, "Always wear a helmet." This is, in fact, valuable and important advice; a properly worn motorcycle helmet can protect a rider from serious or life-threatening head injuries. But head injuries aren't the only threats to a rider as a result of motorcycle accidents, and other types of serious injury don't have solutions as simple as wearing a helmet. A biker has few options to protect himself from these injuries, which may result in permanent disability.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, Spinal Injuries

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