Newark Personal Injury Law Blog

Aggravation of pre-existing condition in a slip and fall accident

People in New Jersey enter onto property that is not their own almost every day. Most of the time they are invited onto the property in situations, such as when they go shopping. These individuals are not necessarily focused on the conditions of the property where they are shopping. Yet, there is an assumption that they will be safe. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes there are hazardous conditions that can cause injuries.

These injuries can be very severe, making life very difficult for a victim. The harm can also be very costly. People may incur significant medical bills and lose income if they are unable to work. These victims may be entitled to compensation for the injuries, though. How much compensation depends on a number of different factors.

Seeking compensation after an accident with an uninsured driver

People in New Jersey make mistakes from time to time. It is part of being human. No one is perfect. When people make mistakes the outcomes can vary greatly. While many mistakes do not result in major consequences for those around the person, sometimes the mishaps result in car accidents where people suffer serious injuries.

Knowing that wrecks will continue to happen, it is the law in New Jersey that drivers have at least basic car insurance. However, this insurance may not cover all damages suffered in an accident. Also, many drivers in New Jersey do not have car insurance at all. When an uninsured or underinsured motorist causes an accident, the victim cannot seek damages from the driver's insurance company and therefore must sue the driver as an individual. If the driver does not have much money, suing them may not result in much compensation for the victim.

Penalties for not having workers' compensation insurance

There are many people who work for themselves or own businesses. However, the majority of workers are the employees of others and receive paychecks from their employer. These individuals rely on these paychecks in order to provide for their and their families' needs. In order to earn these paychecks, people need to be physically able to complete their job tasks, though.

If the worker is injured in a job site accident, they may not be able to perform their job tasks anymore. This can make things very difficult for the worker and the family since they may lose the income they rely on to meet monthly obligations. To protect workers though, employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance to provide compensation to injured workers until they are able to return to work. This compensation can pay for medical expenses and cover a portion of the employee's income while they are recovering from the injury.

Compensation for loss of companionship and services

Losing loved ones is a tragic part of life. Everyone goes through it, though. I, and it can be truly heartbreaking. In addition to the emotional pain surviving family members may feel, they may have to cope with the reality that they have lost their loved one's ability to provide income, love, advice, services, companionship, guidance, and other general support.

These losses can rear their head in the aftermath of a fatal accident. It is very difficult to replace many of the things that loved ones provide, but a surviving family must find a way to survive. Fortunately, these families may be entitled to compensation for their losses if they succeed on a wrongful death claim against the individual who caused the fatal accident. This compensation can not only help cover lost income, but also compensate for loss of companionship and services. While lost wages may be somewhat easy to calculate, other losses, like loss of companionship, can be hard to put a price tag on.

Pedestrian accidents are very prevalent, according to statistics

One of the most basic modes of transportation in New Jersey is walking. While they are many other transportation options that can be utilized, many people find walking to be the most efficient, cost effective, and/or enjoyable way to get to their destination. This does not mean, however, that it is without its dangers. Pedestrians often have to be in close proximity to cars, trucks, vans, and busses that, when driven negligently, can result in an accident that leaves a victim with serious injuries.

Earlier this year, statistics on pedestrian accidents were published for 2014. That year there were a total of 65,000 pedestrians injured in car accidents in the United States. There were also 4,884 pedestrian fatalities. The average age of pedestrians killed in wrecks was 47 and the average of those injured was 37. Males accounted for 70% of the fatalities and approximately 54% of the injuries. In New Jersey there were 168 pedestrian fatalities, which accounted for approximately 30% of all the fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Wrongful death suit filed against frozen food plant

No one ever expects anything truly awful to happen to them. Unfortunately, accidents do happen to innocent people, causing serious injury or, tragically, death. One such incident recently occurred in New Jersey that lead to a man's death and is now being legally dealt with in a wrongful death suit.

An electro-mechanical technician was on-site at a Lodi, New Jersey, frozen food plant in early 2015 when a horrible accident occurred. The man was removing circuit panels from an electrical control panel when it broke loose and fell, crushing him. The panel was more than seven feet high, five feet wide and weighed almost 1,000 pounds. When medical support arrived, other workers were performing CPR on the injured man but were unable to revive him. He was later pronounced dead.

Can one receive compensation if co-worker causes an injury?

People in New Jersey can generally control their own actions. People make decisions, whether good or bad, and must live with the consequences. However, individuals cannot always control the actions or decisions other people around them make. This means that even though a person makes correct decisions, he or she could still end up in accidents, and sometimes those accidents result in injuries for an individual.

These accidents can happen in many different areas of a person's life as well. He or she could be involved in a car accident, a slip-and-fall-type accident, a workplace accident and many others. The victim of many types of accidents may be entitled to compensation, but how one receives that compensation may vary.

Compensation after the loss of a loved one in New Jersey

People can replace many things once they are gone. They can replace cars, homes, phones, computers, televisions and many other material objects. It may take some time to find what one wants, or to save up the money needed to replace objects, but at some point in time, they will be able to be replaced. This is not true when someone loses a loved one, however. Once a person dies, he or she will never be replaced.

When people lose a loved one is it usually a very difficult and emotional process. Loved ones provide support and love that cannot be duplicated. However, if the person dies of old age, it can be slightly easier to deal with, as family and friends have time to prepare for the death. Unfortunately, deaths that occur unexpectedly and when the loved one is younger can be even more devastating.

How long is the statute of limitations for a pedestrian accident?

The most basic way for many people in New Jersey to get from point A to point B is by walking. Obviously, with the advances in technology over the years, there are now many other, and in many instances, faster, ways of getting to a certain location. Many people own cars, ride buses, use Uber or use taxis, but in many instances the person may still need to walk to actually get to their destination. Others may choose to walk for the exercise or simply because they prefer to walk.

People usually utilize sidewalks and other areas designated for pedestrians, but oftentimes people need to cross streets to get to their final destinations. When they do this, they must interact with motor vehicles. There are laws and traffic devices designed to control traffic to help ensure pedestrian safety, but not all motorists follow all the laws all the time, and pedestrian accidents occur.

Property owners' responsibility to keep children safe on property

People who own property in New Jersey have a decent amount of freedom to do what they want on it. This includes decorating it or having various objects or structures on it. Generally, if other people are on the property, they are there because the owner invited them. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes people enter the property uninvited. If landowners invite people onto the property, they would generally want to keep the guests safe and notify them if there is a hazardous condition, which they should avoid.

However, if people trespass, it is very difficult to warn them of dangerous conditions. That is why the law generally does not require property owners to warn them. This is only true for adult trespassers though. There are a different set of rules for children trespassers.