Recent Posts in Personal Injury Category

  • Should I Accept the Insurance Company's Settlement Offer?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    17 Nov. 2017

    Following preventable accidents and injuries, victims have the right to take legal action to recover any economic and non-economic damages they suffered, including their medical expenses, lost work wages, and pain and suffering. By initiating the personal injury claim process, victims seek full and fair recoveries from the party who caused them harm. However, those parties are typically policy ...
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  • Filing a Police Report When the Police Don't Show

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    9 Nov. 2017

    You’re probably familiar with two types of car accident scenarios: 1) there is a serious injury crash where the police are called to the scene, and 2) there is a minor fender bender where the drivers decide not to call the police because the accident was so minor. But, what about the in-between scenario, the one where the drivers call 911, but the police never show up? How do the drivers get ...
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  • Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    12 Oct. 2017

    Being in a truck accident cannot be compared to a car accident; it’s a lot more complicated. If you were in a truck accident, you probably have questions: “Who is responsible? Who do I collect damages from? Could it have been the truck driver’s fault?” By their nature, truck accidents involve more players than car accidents. From the truck driver to the truck’s owner ...
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  • Brain Injuries & Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    14 Sep. 2017

    According to the Mayo Clinic, “Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.” However, when an object, such as a piece of metal, a bullet or knife penetrates the skull, that can cause a brain injury as well. Brain injuries vary widely in severity. A mild ...
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  • Should I See a Doctor After a Car Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    22 Aug. 2017

    When people are in car accidents, they are emotionally “exciting” events, but not in a good way. Typically, the car accident will lead to an adrenaline rush, inciting the “fight or flight” response. As the adrenaline floods the body, the person’s sensitivity to pain diminishes – and sometimes this numbness to pain can last hours or even days. Adrenaline can be ...
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  • New Jersey's Statute of Limitations

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    7 Aug. 2017

    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

    5 Jul. 2017

    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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  • 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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  • Can You Appeal A Personal Injury Claim?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    6 Jun. 2017

    If the judgement or verdict of your personal injury case is not exactly what you anticipated. Fortunately you do have the option of appealing the decision. However, if you (the plaintiff) lose your case, it is important to understand that you are not automatically eligible for an appeal, which is why you should discuss the possibility with your attorney. What is the Appeal Process? The appellate ...
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  • Personal Injury Claim: Top Mistakes Made After an Accident

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    1 Jun. 2017

    While a car accident can be emotionally overwhelming, there are several important things you need to take care of right away. If you fail to perform certain actions following the collision, you may ruin your chances of getting the personal injury compensation you deserve or healing properly. The following are the most common mistakes made after a car crash: Saying you’re “okay” ...
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  • Are Hands-Free Devices "Safer" While Driving?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    25 May. 2017

    Approximately 80% of drivers in the United States believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld one, according to a public opinion poll by the National Safety Council. But the evidence suggests otherwise. Over 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer than handheld as the brain remain distracted. The prevailing issue is that drivers who elect to use hands-free devices are ...
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  • Crime Victims & Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    16 May. 2017

    Do you have any idea how serious violent crime is in the United States? Let’s take a look at the latest statistics: Last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released, Crime in the United States, 2015, an annual compilation of reported crimes in the United States. The report revealed a 3.9 percent increase in violent crime in 2015, compared to the previous year. How many violent ...
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  • Does New Jersey Allow Cellphone Use While Driving?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    4 May. 2017

    New Jersey prohibits texting and the use of handheld cellphones for all drivers. Furthermore, novice (those who are under 21 years of age) drivers are prohibited from all cellphone use. Effective July 1, 2014, the fines for talking or texting on a hand-held wireless communications device is between $200 and $400 for first-time offenders. Second-time offenders will face an increased fine ranging ...
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  • Teen Driver Accidents: Top Mistakes New Drivers Make

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    27 Apr. 2017

    Teens who obtain their driver’s license are just learning the rules of the road upon operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, they often make more mistakes than most drivers. Understanding what types of driving mistakes a teen driver most likely make can reduce your chances of experiencing a car accident involving young motorists. For teen drivers, knowing the common mistakes can reduce your ...
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  • Should I Sign the Medical Authorization Release?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    19 Apr. 2017

    Suppose you were recently injured in a car accident in New Jersey. Soon, you can expect to receive paperwork in the mail from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Included in these documents is a paper titled “release” or “authorization,” and it will have a spot for your signature. What does this form do, and should you sign it? This authorization or release is ...
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  • How Long Does Whiplash Last?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    12 Apr. 2017

    One of the most common injuries a person can suffer in a car accident is whiplash. This type of injury occurs when the head is jolted forward and snaps back or even severe sideways movements, damaging tendons and ligaments located in the neck. Common symptoms of a whiplash injury include: Neck pain and stiffness Loss of range of motion with neck movement Tenderness or pain in upper back, shoulder, ...
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  • What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    5 Apr. 2017

    Whether you suffered minor injuries or more serious ones, one of the most important things to do immediately after a car accident is to see a doctor. Sometimes symptoms of certain injuries are not immediately apparent and may become worse over time. When you come in for a visit, it is in your best interest to tell your doctor everything about the accident, as well as ask him or her questions ...
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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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  • Drugged Driving Accidents in New Jersey

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    17 Feb. 2017

    Most adults in the United States are well-aware of the dangers of drunk driving. After all, they learned about it in high school, and they’ve heard about it most their life from campaigns from local, state, and federal agencies, and organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. What many people do not realize is that America is facing another deadly epidemic – drugged driving. ...
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  • 3 Things to Know About the IKEA Tip Over Lawsuit

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    15 Feb. 2017

    If you follow the news or have managed to catch one of IKEA’s commercials in the past several months, you may be aware that the Swedish furniture manufacturer has faced complaints and lawsuits regarding some of their chests and dressers that were designed in a way where they could be easily tipped over. In fact, in June of last year, IKEA recalled close to 30 million chests and dressers sold ...
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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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  • Wintertime Slip & Fall Accidents in New Jersey

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    28 Dec. 2016

    Slip and fall accidents are a major cause of concern for businesses, especially during the winter months. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), “falls are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014.” In addition to the above, in 2014, nearly 600 people died in fall-related accidents in the workplace, and another 47,000 were ...
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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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  • Hoboken Train Crash Kills 1, Injures Over 100

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    29 Sep. 2016

    A major crash in Hoboken early Thursday morning has claimed the lives of at least one victim and injured numerous others. According to New Jersey Transit, the crash occurred shortly before 9:00 am when a Pacsack Valley line train en route from Spring Valley, New York crashed into the station at the Hoboken transit hub. Because the crash occurred at the peak of morning rush hour, and because the ...
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  • Are Police Reports Necessary?

    Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

    27 Sep. 2016

    When two or more people are involved in an automobile accident, sometimes they won’t be sure if they want to call the police. They may not be certain if a police report is necessary or legally required, or one of the drivers may be hiding something, such as a suspended or revoked license, expired registration tags, or the fact that they’re driving without insurance. If you’re ...
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