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In Some Cases, the Negligence of New Jersey Accident Victims Can Bar Recovery of Compensation

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In Some Cases, the Negligence of New Jersey Accident Victims Can Bar Recovery of Compensation

Suffering an accidental injury does not automatically hold victims blameless. In many cases, injury victims share a degree of negligence with one or more other parties, for example in the following circumstances: A driver stops suddenly behind a halted vehicle because a cell phone distraction prevented him or her from noticing the car earlier. Technically,… Read More »

The New Jersey Statute of Limitations Does Not Always Bar Claimants from Filing Late Claims

Individuals who suffer injuries caused by the negligence of other parties have the right to expect compensation that covers medical expenses and all other costs associated with their injuries. However, they can lose their right to take legal action if they wait too long to file. The statute of limitations imposed by the state of… Read More »

Proposed Changes in NJ Insurance Law May Level the Playing Field for Policyholders

The obvious purpose of carrying any type of insurance is to avoid or reduce out-of-pocket costs resulting from injuries or other damages sustained in a variety of circumstances. In many cases, claims proceed efficiently but some insurers respond to claims in bad faith, using unfair practices to delay, reduce or deny valid claims. Under current… Read More »

The Importance of Jury Selection in NJ Personal Injury Cases

In most civil cases, either party may request a jury trial or a bench trial that leaves the verdict in the hands of the judge. In the event of a jury trial, the selection of jury members can play a major role in the outcome of the case. Trial lawyers on both sides of the… Read More »

Increased Social Security Disability Claims and Benefit Recipients are Creating Some Major Concerns

In the last 10 years, the number of people receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits increased from about 7.6 million to 11 million. Since 2007, claims for benefits increased by 25 percent. The massive volume of claims activities has led to backlogs and delays that prevent disabled individuals from receiving the funds they need within… Read More »

Compassionate Allowances Can Provide the Severely Disabled a Fast Track to Federal Benefits

Only a relatively small number of people manage to get initial Social Security Disability (SSD) claims accepted without going through one or more steps of the appeals process. With each appeals step, claimants can wait for months while their claims go through the review process at the Social Security Administration (SSA). These delays can cause… Read More »

FDA Makes a Federal Case out of Local Food Product Mislabeling in New Jersey

Any product manufacturer has a strict responsibility to create products that are safe for consumer use. Even inherently-dangerous products, such as chainsaws and other power tools, must carry clear instructions and warnings of their potential dangers to provide users the information they need to use the products safely. Such requirements extend to food product labeling… Read More »

Dog Bite Victims Can Take Comfort Thanks to New Jersey Strict Liability Law

New Jersey strict liability law holds dog owners accountable for bites, even if the dog has no prior history of vicious behavior. As a result, the victim of a dog bite may collect damages simply by proving the following: The person deemed liable for a bite owned the dog or was directly responsible for it…. Read More »

Liability in NJ Texting-While-Driving Claims Stops with the Driver

Many accidents involve only two parties — a driver whose negligence caused the accident and an individual who suffered injuries because of the negligence. However, many accidents may involve liability on the part of multiple parties — for example, in the following circumstances: Drivers who rear-end vehicles in front of them because their vehicles were… Read More »

Proposed NJ Bill Would Permit Police Cell Phone Search but May Help Protect Victim Rights in Car Accidents

Distracted driving in the United States injured an estimated 387,000 people in 2011 and killed 3,000 more. An increasing number of distractions each year involve the use of cell phones. No wonder, then, the New Jersey Senate wants to take action to collect evidence to prove the connection between cell phone usage and accidents. Introduced… Read More »