Recent Posts in Negligence Category

  • Why the Summer is a Dangerous Time for Children

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    9 Jun. 2017

    Whether your absolute favorite season is the summer, fall, winter, or spring, many people agree that the summer is one of the best times of the year. During the summer, the days are longer, the weather is warm and the sun is shining virtually all season long. For most of us, the summer means things like vacation, suntans, sleeping in, and visiting family in distant places. Unfortunately, there is ...
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  • Fundamentals of a Personal Injury Claim in NJ

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    22 Mar. 2017

    Were you recently injured in an accident that was not your fault in Hackensack, or anywhere else in New Jersey? If so, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Personal injury claims are based on the theory of “ negligence,” which simply refers to careless or reckless behavior. When an individual or entity, such as a business, fails to exercise the ...
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  • Accidental vs. Intentional Injuries in New Jersey

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    26 Jan. 2017

    In the past three decades, the states have enacted strict laws that prohibit people from intentionally harming others. For example, in the 1970s, a simple scuffle between high school students would probably result in a trip to the principal’s office and maybe a week of detention. If a similar fight took place on school grounds today, the teens could be arrested and charged with assault. Or, ...
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  • What is the FMCSA?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    25 Oct. 2016

    As you are likely well-aware, there are millions of motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year. While trucking accidents are less common than standard car accidents, negligent truck drivers place innocent drivers and passengers in harm’s way each and every day, and this danger cannot be ignored. If you’ve had your driver’s license for some time, think, have you ever ...
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  • New Jersey's Statute of Limitations

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    24 Aug. 2016

    If you, or someone you love was recently injured in a collision, in a slip and fall accident, because of a dog bite or medical malpractice, or in another type of accident, it’s important that you know that there is a time limit for filing personal injury claims in New Jersey, as is the case in all states. When it comes to filing lawsuits, each state has established a “statute of ...
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  • Will My Case Go to Court?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    16 Jun. 2016

    When people are injured in accidents, usually the first thing that occurs is they receive medical care. Whether they were injured in a car accident, or they slipped and fell at a retail establishment, or were attacked by their neighbor’s vicious Rottweiler, the costs begin to add up. If it was a car accident, the injured can have tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of medical ...
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  • These New Jersey Counties Have the Most Fatal Car Crashes This Year

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    7 Jun. 2016

    The first five months of this year have seen a 9.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities over the same period last year, according to New Jersey police. Here’s the breakdown of the top five counties with the most traffic fatalities: Middlesex County: 19 fatalities Monmouth County: 18 fatalities Essex County: 18 fatalities Ocean County: 15 fatalities Gloucester County: 15 fatalities What is ...
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  • How Do I Seek Damages After a Hit & Run Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    3 Jun. 2016

    Being involved in a car accident can be a very physically and emotionally painful experience. In cases where your accident was caused by a hit and run driver you may be asking yourself, "Who is going to pay to repair my vehicle? How do I seek damages to cover the costs of my injuries?" Without that knowledge, you will not be able to file a claim with his or her insurance company or file ...
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  • Construction Accidents & Third Party Claims

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    22 Feb. 2016

    The construction industry is known for being one of the most dangerous occupations for anyone to work in. Often, construction workers are at risk of being struck by cranes and falling objects. When workers are not having to worry about falling off a ladder or a roof, they're worrying about heavy machinery malfunctioning or an untrained subcontractor being careless and hurting them. Some of the ...
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  • New Jersey Slip and Fall Claims

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    21 Jan. 2016

    When it's cold outside and the ground is wet and slippery, we have to be extra careful when we're walking. Of course, the dangers of winter weather aren't limited to icy parking lots and sidewalks, but they make their way indoors too. Ever walked into a building during a downpour only to look down and see that there's no mat? Only a pile of water below you and footprints extending ...
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  • Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in New Jersey

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    1 Oct. 2015

    Wrongful death suits are perhaps some of the most heartbreaking personal injury suits for surviving family because they involve a preventable and accidental death caused by negligence. Each state has enacted its own laws that govern wrongful death claims, and we are providing a summary of New Jersey's laws below. New Jersey defines a wrongful death as one caused by another's wrongful act ...
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  • Can I File a Claim if My Child Was Injured?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    6 Jul. 2015

    As a parent, you want to do everything possible to keep your child safe. While you take measures at home to protect your child; for example, you cook on the back burner to avoid burns, you mop up slick surfaces to avoid falls, and you install outlet covers to avoid electrocution, once your child steps outside the front door, you can't totally keep them safe. We don't want our children to ...
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  • Who Is Going To Pay For My Medical Treatment?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    17 Sep. 2014

    Have you been seriously injured in an accident caused by another person's careless or reckless behavior? If so, you may be wondering who is going to pay for your medical treatment. Accident victims should not have to pay for medical treatment out of their own pocket, particularly in accidents in which the injured party is not at fault. Who is going to pay for your medical treatment will ...
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  • How Do I Prove That My Doctor Acted Negligently?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    28 Aug. 2014

    While there are many different types of medical negligence, doctor error does not always equate to medical malpractice. When a doctor acts carelessly or is negligent in his or her duties, and you experience pain and suffering as a result, then you may have grounds to pursue legal action against that doctor. Failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing a serious illness, prescribing or administering the ...
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  • What If I Didn't See a Doctor After My Car Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    16 May. 2014

    If you have been injured in a car accident, yet you failed to seek medical attention afterwards, you are probably wondering how that is going to affect your claim. As the victim of a car accident caused by another person's negligence, carelessness or reckless abandon, you may be eligible to seek damages to cover past and future medical costs, vehicle repairs, loss of income or earning ...
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  • Three Roads in Bergen County on the Top 20 Most Dangerous Roads List

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    23 Dec. 2013

    The Point Pleasant Patch has recently identified New Jersey's 20 most dangerous roadways for the year of 2012. According to the article, the Patch used data from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to determine which roads had the highest number of crashes for every million miles traveled. A few roadways from Bergen County were on the list. These include the following: 2 nd ...
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  • How Do I Know if I Have Grounds for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    19 Aug. 2013

    There is very little more tragic than losing someone you love. In cases where a loved one's death was caused as a result of another person's negligence, neglect or intentional wrongdoing, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit is the legal process through which surviving family members can recover compensation to help offset medical expenses, ...
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  • Who is Liable for a Dangerous Product That Causes Injury?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    12 Aug. 2013

    When a product is put on the market it is expected to be safe for consumers to use. In cases where that product malfunctions, does not perform as advertised, or is otherwise defective and is the cause of injuries or death, it is the consumer who suffers. The question then becomes: what party can and should be held legally liable for the dangerous product? These types of accident cases are referred ...
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  • Bicycle Accidents: Injury Claims in Bergen County

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    13 May. 2013

    Being involved in an accident is an extremely painful and traumatic experience. As a bicycle accident victim, the pain and suffering can be magnified not only due to the fact that bicyclists have very little to protect themselves in an accident, but also due to the fact that bicycle accident cases may not be treated the same as other vehicle-related accidents. In fact, many bicycle accidents are ...
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  • Slip & Fall Accidents - The Risks

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    29 Apr. 2013

    Under New Jersey law, all property owners have the legal duty to properly maintain and upkeep their buildings and grounds. If they fail to do so, and their negligence results in an accident or causes injuries to an individual, the property owner, operator or manager could be held liable for damages. This is true whether in a mall, office building, community center, city-owned property, government ...
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  • How Comparative Negligence Laws Can Affect Compensation

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    22 Apr. 2013

    According to New Jersey Statute 2A:15-5.1, compensation and damages can only be awarded, in personal injury cases, based on the standard of "comparative negligence". This means the total damages you will be able to recover will be determined by subtracting the percentage of negligence the jury attributes to your actions. For example, if you have been seriously injured in a drunk driving ...
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  • Establishing Negligence after an Accident

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    19 Apr. 2013

    One of the most difficult aspects of a personal injury case can be establishing whether or not negligence or negligent acts were the cause of serious injuries and damages. In many cases, accidents are simply that, accidents. In other cases, such as a drunk driving accident, it can be easily established that the act of criminal negligence is what caused the accident and the person who should be ...
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  • Is Daydreaming More Dangerous than Texting While Driving?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    17 Apr. 2013

    As you may already know, distracted driving is a prevalent problem throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3,300 people are killed annually in motor vehicle collisions that can be attributed to distracted driving practices—and this does not even account for the 387,000 others who are seriously injured. At this rate, nearly ...
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  • If I Have Contributed to My Injuries, Can I Still Seek Damages?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    13 Mar. 2013

    In the state of New Jersey, anyone who has been injured by another person's negligent actions is entitled to pursue compensation in civil court. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one may be able to request damages for both economic and non-economic losses—which would include factors like pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, etc. But what happens ...
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  • Elder Abuse on the Rise in Bergen County

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    6 Mar. 2013

    Although nursing home facilities were developed with the intention of providing elderly citizens with the level of care that they require, it seems that some residents are being put at an increased risk of abuse. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), instances of elder abuse have risen nearly 30% over the last decade. Some experts believe that this may have something to ...
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