Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Personal Injury Torts and Defenses

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 18, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

Navigating the legal process of seeking compensation after someone else has caused you an injury can often be confusing to an injury victim without a legal background, in part because the jargon used in the legal world is unfamiliar and often archaic. This is not out of any deliberate intent to confuse the layperson, but rather because specific words and phrases carry particular meaning under the law, while words with a similar conventional definition aren’t charged with the same legal force. An important example of legal jargon that you will encounter frequently in your pursuit of injury compensation is the term “tort.”

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Topics: injury compensation, negligence, tort law, tort lawyer

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

Driverless Cars: Who is Responsible when a Driverless Car Crash with Human-Operated Car?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 31, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

As technology companies and auto manufacturers bring us closer every day to a reality in which fleets of cars with self-driving computer systems travel our roads and highways, their work raises questions for society and the law to wrestle. One of the most important questions regarding driverless cars is the matter of liability – in a collision between a self-driving vehicle and a standard human-driven car, who is responsible for the accident?

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Topics: tort law, driverless cars

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

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