Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Falls in Construction Sites

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 27, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Construction sites can be, by their very nature, hazardous locations. Heavy equipment, ladders and scaffolding, holes and trenches, and other features can create dangers that can only be mitigated, not entirely erased. It is the duty of the general contractor or property manager in charge of a construction site to maintain it in as safe a condition as possible, but sometimes corners are cut or errors are made, resulting in accidents. Every year, more than 68,000 injury claims result from slip and fall accidents on or around construction sites – and of these, over 100 represent fatal accidents. Often the victims of these falls at construction sites are workers employed by one of the companies (sub-contractors) operating on the job site, but passers-by or other people are also at risk of falling accidents in these areas.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, Construction Accidents, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents

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

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

Use of Life Expectancy Tables in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Some personal injury cases are straightforward: another car crashes into yours and your leg is broken, requiring immediate treatment and several months of physical therapy in order to enable you to recover fully and resume your customary activities. But sometimes the injuries suffered by an accident victim are of a severity or a nature that he or she is left with a permanent disability, a lifelong condition, or an increased risk of future health problems. Joint damage may render a patient more likely to develop arthritis later in life and at an earlier age, and head trauma can leave a victim more vulnerable to sustaining serious damage from subsequent head injuries. So how are these permanent injuries and increased risks adjudicated when it's time to work out how much you deserve in fair compensation for your injuries?

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Trip and Fall, Motorcycle Accident, Permanent Injury, Dangerous Premises, Automobile Litigation, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accidents, Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Evidence, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents, Sports Injuries, Truck Accidents

Overexertion Third Leading Cause of Unintentional Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jun 21, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Many people think that back pain is simply an inevitable part of getting older or working at a physically demanding job, but pain is a signal from the body that something is wrong, and overexertion injuries are incredibly common, in both the workplace and at home.

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Topics: Injuries, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents

NJ Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Ladder Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 19, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Every day, homeowners and people working in numerous industries use ladders to accomplish repairs and building maintenance, stock store shelves, work on construction projects, and in countless other tasks. Each of these actions, and indeed any use of a ladder, involves an element of risk, and ladder accidents can result in serious injury, including damage to the brain and spine, or even death in the worst cases. As such, it's important to practice essential safety measures when working on or around a ladder to prevent these ladder accidents, whether you're on the job or around the house.

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Topics: Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents

NJ Assembly Passes Social Media Privacy Bill

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 10, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
The New Jersey Assembly has recently approved legislation that would protect the privacy of employees and job seekers from employers seeking details about their social media activity. In recent years, many companies have attempted to require employees and job candidates to provide the user names and passwords to their Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts, or to log in on a company computer and allow the employer to view their account. In other cases, employers have required workers to "friend" a supervisor or a company account, giving this account access to seeing all the information that the employee posts. Employees who refuse may face disciplinary action, and job seekers often feel compelled to provide their login details because refusal may cost them the job they were applying for.

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Topics: Evidence, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents

Court Rules: Facebook Posts are Evidence

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 20, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Do you think that what you post on Facebook is only accessible by your friends? Believe me, your worst enemies may be reading somewhere down the road, so be careful about what you post. Here's what I mean:

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Topics: Evidence, Workplace Injury

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