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For most of us, when we don’t feel well we typically pay a visit to our primary care provider (PCP), commonly known as our family doctor. In cases of injuries, either from a car accident, a fall or any other type of accident, many people do not know where to turn for the most appropriate medical care. While your PCP certainly has the training to recognize various injuries, it might make sense to go directly to a specialist who is specifically trained to handle your type of injury. The following is a description of some of the medical providers you should consider when suffering an injury. Orthopedist/Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons (same thing) focus on the diagnosis and treatment…Read More

Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are more common than you might think. People frequently fall as a result of slipping on foreign substances or highly waxed floors in stores, supermarkets, office buildings, and other public spaces, slipping on ice and snow on sidewalks and driveways, in parking lots and going up or down exterior steps, tripping on uneven sidewalks, deteriorated driveways, steps, walkways and parking lots, poorly maintained or situated doormats and area rugs and a host of other dangerous conditions. What Is The Legal Standard Surrounding Premises Liability? How Does It Relate To Slip And Fall And Trip And Fall Injury Cases? The liability of a property owner or occupier for injuries occurring on the property…Read More

Notwithstanding the responsibility of an owner or occupier of property, a patron also has responsibility for exercising reasonable care under the particular circumstances he or she is faced with. For example, if the patron is aware of a dangerous condition, such as a broken stair or a deep hole in a parking lot, he or she cannot simply ignore it and then blame the property owner or occupier for a condition that was obvious. How Does The Law Determine If A Store Property Owner Should Have Known About A Dangerous Condition On Their Property? Whether a store owner should have known about a dangerous condition depends on what would be considered reasonable under the particular circumstances of the incident. A…Read More

Yes, your attorney may file a Motion with the Court to force the insurance carrier to correct your temporary disability rate. To do so, you must supply a copy of your paystubs for the Court to review. If you failed to retain your paystubs, your attorney may request a wage statement from your employer, although the actual paystubs are often more reliable than a handwritten form completed by the human resource office. Your tax returns, including W2 forms from the year prior to the accident, may also prove helpful. It is advisable to file this Motion early on in the process, before the carrier gets too far behind in your payments. However, your attorney may only do so if you…Read More

Myths And Realities Of A Personal Injury

Recently, I met with a potential client about an accident she had in a supermarket. As she turned the corner to enter one of the aisles, she slipped and fell due to what she described as a puddle of liquid on the floor. She told me the liquid was clear, so she did not notice it before she fell. She didn’t see any wet floor signs in the area. After a store employee showed up to help her, it was discovered that the source of the liquid was a broken bottle that either someone had dropped or that had been knocked off of a shelf. After she shared her story with me, I told the client that her case would…Read More

What To Watch Out For After An Accident

It’s hard to tell who is on your side, especially when you’ve been in an accident. That’s why Wendy’s book, ‘Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your NJ Accident Case,’ contains crucial questions to ask and advice on what to look out for after an accident. Here’s an excerpt containing three tactics insurance companies use. For years, one major insurance company encouraged claimants to not even talk to an attorney before setting the claim. They used fear (“the lawyer will take one-third of this check we’re about to pay you just for talking to them”) to dissuade people from getting good advice. Guess what? You may not need an attorney to represent you in your case! No one, however, should…Read More


Very often, people are unaware of their insurance coverage until they are involved in an accident and it is too late. Here is a basic overview of the types of coverage available to you and some of our recommendations. This is just a general overview. Your situation might be such that these recommendations would not be right for you. We strongly recommend that you call us for a free, no-obligation review of your present insurance coverage. PIP BENEFITS PIP benefits are personal injury protection benefits, and they include payment of medical expenses. Many people are surprised to learn that it is your own insurance company that pays your medical bills, even if the accident was someone else’s fault. The standard…Read More

Anatomy Of A Trial

You’ve likely seen depictions of a trial on TV. Whether it was Court TV or a movie like “A Few Good Men,” you get a sense of what goes on in a courtroom between the attorneys, judge, and jury: the tense interactions at the judge’s bench, the dramatic moment when a witness is cross-examined, and terms like “hearsay” and “admissible evidence.” These terms play a very important role in determining what can and cannot be used in a trial. These terms fall under the rules of evidence: the governing rules for what evidence can be introduced in a trial. It’s what you often see on a show like Law and Order SVU — some startling new evidence is uncovered, but it’s inadmissible. For example, if a client falls on…Read More

What If I’m By An Uninsured Vehicle

When you are injured in an automobile accident caused by someone else, it is important to determine how much liability insurance the other driver has. But what happens if they have no insurance or only minimum insurance? Your personal automobile insurance policy includes Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM) to protect you in the event you are injured by someone with insufficient or no insurance. While your liability coverage is for the benefit of someone you may injure, your UM/UIM coverage is for your benefit when someone else injures you. Therefore, you should consider purchasing the highest UM/UIM limits you can. Your UM/UIM limits cannot exceed your liability limits. In other words, you cannot purchase more coverage for yourself than you purchase for the benefit of others. There are…Read More