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Monday, May 22, 2017

Preparation Can Mitigate Your Risk in the Event of a Construction Accident


What steps should be taken by my construction company after an accident?

Construction can be a dangerous industry, particularly in the densely populated states of New Jersey and New York.  When a construction accident occurs, it is imperative that all parties involved in the construction project take steps to promptly investigate the accident and mitigate damages.  Owners, developers, contractors, and construction managers should work with a Read more . . .


Monday, May 15, 2017

Malpractice and Prescription Drug Errors


Can I sue if I am injured by a prescription drug?

Prescription drugs can provide much-needed relief and even prove lifesaving, but these medications can also come with serious side effects.  If a doctor fails to warn a patient of potential side effects, or if a mistake is made during the prescription process and injuries result to the patient, these errors can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.  Our Read more . . .


Monday, April 17, 2017

Consider Using Your Tax Refund to File for Bankruptcy


What does it cost to file for bankruptcy?

Your tax refund could mean many things, including a new car, much-needed vacation, or even a way out of oppressive debt.  Filing for bankruptcy can be costly, but your tax refund could offer just the funds you need to escape from your debt.  Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate most or all of your unsecured debts, allowing you to achieve a fresh start in life.  Bankruptcy filings surge during the months of March and April each year, indicating that many Americans take advantage of their tax refunds to file for bankruptcy.  Our Read more . . .


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fatal Work Injuries On the Rise in New Jersey


What causes fatal work injuries in New Jersey?

A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that fatal work injuries are on the rise in New Jersey.  In March of 2015, fatal work injuries totaled nearly 100 in the state, a ten percent increase from the previous year.  A similar trend was revealed nationwide, with 4,836 fatal occupational injuries recorded in 2015, up from 4,821 in 2014.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beyond Workers’ Compensation: Intentional Harm Lawsuits Against Employers


Can I sue my employer outside of the workers’ compensation system?

Each year, approximately 5,000 employees are killed in workplace accidents, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Millions more employees sustain injuries or illnesses that require time off work.  Seriously injured employees may find themselves with considerable medical bills and the inability to return to their prior job position.  For most injured employees, recourse against your employer will be limited to the remedies set out in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Statute, or N.J.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

NJ Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on Statute of Limitations


How much time do I have to file my personal injury claim in New Jersey?

A recent decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court has altered longstanding rules with respect to the statute of limitations and choice of law for tort claims.  The case, entitled McCarrell v. Hoffman-La Roche, will have a significant impact on personal injury cases in the state.  Our Read more . . .


Monday, February 27, 2017

Court Rules Employee Shot in Front of his Workplace Can Receive Workers’ Comp


Does Workers Compensation cover an employee on the grounds of the workplace?

While employees are not covered by workers’ compensation during the time they commute to and from work, a Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia has just ruled that the employee of a convenience store who was shot while sitting in a car just outside his workplace, is entitled to workers’ benefits. Clearly, the circumstances under which workers’ compensation is available to employees are not cut and dried.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

How Much Can I Get If I Sue?


One of the questions we get asked the most by potential clients is how much money a particular injury might be worth. It’s a good question to ask, but a somewhat difficult one to answer. Every person and every injury are different, and these differences play a big factor in determining how much an individual might be able to get if they file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for their injuries.


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

When Lack of Informed Consent Leads to Medical Malpractice


When Lack of Informed Consent Leads to Medical Malpractice

We rely on doctors and other medical professionals to provide us with quality care, as well as all the relevant information about treatments so that we can make choices about our care. In fact, state law requires doctors to obtain a patient's "informed consent" before performing a planned medical procedure such as surgery or special treatment for an illness. If a doctor fails to obtain this consent and the patient is injured as a result of the treatment, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

What is informed consent?

A doctor has a legal obligation to provide a patient will all the relevant information about a planned procedure or treatment. This information must be provided in plain language that the patient can understand and include a description of the procedure, risks and potential complications, alternative her treatment options, and the prognosis.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

How To Pick A Personal Injury Attorney


If you have been injured in an accident, you are probably drowning in solicitations from personal injury attorneys. They send you letters and ads, call you on the phone, and may even come to visit you.


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Court Says Drunkenness Not A Bar To Workers’ Compensation


Typically, if someone gets hurt because they are drunk on the job, they are not going to be able to get workers’ compensation to pay for their injuries. But a recent ruling from a New Jersey appeals court highlights an exception to the rule against covering injuries to people who are intoxicated.
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