Slip-and-falls are among the most common injuries to occur while at work. According to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts, in 2017, your odds of dying due to a fall was 1 in 114. Slips, trips and falls are the second-most common cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, and New Jersey saw 26 such deaths in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [Read more…]
If you have been hurt on the job in New Jersey, your first (and sometimes only) avenue of recourse will be through the state’s Workers’ Compensation Court. Your claim may initially seem simple, but you may be surprised to find your medical treatment denied and your request for payment rejected. It’s a common occurrence and thankfully a client had the Bronsnick Law Firm in his corner when submitting his latest Workers’ Compensation claim. [Read more…]
Dog bites seem to happen regularly in New Jersey and are covered by New Jersey Statutes Section 4:19-16. Generally speaking, the statute makes the dog’s owner liable for any dog bite injuries that occur while the victim is:
- in a private place, including the property of the owner or lawfully in a public place
- regardless of any prior indications of viciousness of the dog, or the owners’ knowledge of any former viciousness.
This strict liability statute also extends to whether the biting dog’s owner used reasonable care to restrain the dog or to protect or warn others.
A New Jersey resident came to us seeking justice following dog bite injuries that matched these criteria.
Our Client’s Dog Bite Claim
Our client and the dog owner were separate tenants in a two-family residence. As our client took out his garbage, the other tenant’s dog charged fiercely at him, bit and scratched him on the arm and hand and would not let go. This ultimately left our client with a permanent scar.
In this scenario, though the dog was confined to the backyard, it was not apparent that it was in the yard when our client went to take out his garbage. It had been kept on a leash with a spike in the ground that extended to the fence. We argued that New Jersey’s strict liability law was valid and should be enforced.
We secured a substantial settlement for our client based on the circumstances of the incident, the severity of the injury and the scar.
What To Do Following A Dog Bite
The Bronsnick Law Firm has handled many dog bite claims from clients who have suffered various personal injuries and emotional trauma. We understand that it is difficult to maintain clarity following an attack, especially a severe one. Should you sustain a dog bite, here are some basic tips to follow:
- Document as much as possible. Take pictures of your injury and the scene and try to recount the exact sequence of events. Speak into the “notes” app of your mobile phone, if possible, to detail any personal injury or property damage.
- Contact the police. Even if you feel your injury is minor or you don’t initially plan to pursue legal action your feelings and condition may change. Filing a police report is a critical step that you should take immediately after a bite.
- Visit a doctor or hospital. For the sake of your health, visit a doctor or emergency room so that the injury itself is properly documented. This will also confirm the nature of the injuries as you prepare to file a claim.
Bronsnick Law Firm has litigated many dog bite claims, often to favorable outcomes.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an animal or dog bite in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to present your injuries during insurance matters and Workers’ Compensation hearings. We’ll also prepare and file any required documents with the insurance companies and will be your voice in all court proceedings. Having an attorney will better ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
You need the Bronsnick Law Firm.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact the Bronsnick Law Firm online or call us at (973) 287-6828 for an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged. We will also travel to your home or to the hospital to meet with you. We service Roseland, Livingston, Caldwell, Wayne, West Orange, Montville, Montclair and other surrounding towns in Essex County. Bronsnick Law Firm handles all workplace injury claims on a contingency basis – we will not charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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Snow, ice and freezing rain are pretty much a given in New Jersey. Now that temperatures are dropping, darkness falls earlier and precipitation is always a concern, which is why the construction workers of New Jersey need to be aware of the injury risks they face when on a work site. Being forced to work during inclement weather can lead to falls, which is one of the industry’s biggest hazards. [Read more…]
Safety should always be your number one priority while at work. The Fall and pre-holiday season is particularly dangerous. This is the time of year when companies, schools, and government offices are preparing for holiday parties. Employees like you may be asked to pitch in and help decorate and coordinate in some way. This might include:
- Hanging banners and streamers.
- Preparing and serving food.
- Supplying games, entertainment, and music.
- Shopping for the company or attending events.
We’ve discussed the dangers of distracted driving in New Jersey. And to compound that risk is the newly released information that collisions with deer and other wildlife (like elk, moose or caribou) continue to be high on a national level. The Fall, especially October through December, is a high-risk time for collisions due to deer mating season.
Two major insurance companies recently released noteworthy data about collisions with wildlife.
How many times have you seen a car zip by you while the driver is clearly looking down at a mobile device instead of the road? Or a driver who runs a red light while taking a big gulp of a coffee? Or a car packed with people blasting music and unable to hear emergency sirens?
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, and distracted driving is rightfully on everyone’s minds. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as:
“…any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
School is in session across the country. That means more drivers and pedestrians of all ages are on the road and on the sidewalks. With more students, parents and commuters out and about, there can be an increase of fatal pedestrian accidents in New Jersey.
Pedestrian injuries can be extremely severe. Whether you are strolling near your home, crossing a major roadway or in a busy parking lot, dangerous and distracted drivers are probably on the road. Additionally, the roads themselves may be unsafe – potholes and hazardous street conditions can also cause harm to pedestrians. There is also the chance that drivers will not see you while you are exercising—walking, running or bicycling.
When you’ve been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, it can affect every area of your life, and have financial consequences every time you turn around. You may be unable to work and earn any wages. You may have medical bills that aren’t being covered or reimbursed. You may need to retrofit your home or vehicle to accommodate your injuries. As a consequence, it’s important to understand the different types of damages available in a personal injury lawsuit.
The Different Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
As a general rule, the compensation to which you’ll be entitled in the aftermath of a personal injury can be divided into two distinct types—compensatory damages and punitive damages. Punitive damages—designed as a penalty based on the defendant’s actions—are extremely difficult to obtain, typically awarded only if you can show a reckless disregard for the safety of others. Compensatory damages, on the other hand, are fairly common, intended to compensate you for actual losses.
Compensatory damages are categorized as economic or non-economic losses. Economic losses are those which are tangible, which represent either expense incurred as a result of the accident or revenues lost. They are typically relatively easy to calculate and include lost wages and income, medical bills, property damage, the costs of rehabilitation or physical therapy, and any expenses necessary to accommodate your injury or disability. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are a bit more speculative and include the monetary value of the loss of consortium or companionship, the loss of enjoyment of life (the ability to engage in activities that you like) and the monetary value of any pain and suffering you experience.
Contact The Bronsnick Law firm L.L.C.
We offer a free initial consultation to every client. To set up an appointment, contact us online or call our office at 973-287-6828. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged upon request. We will travel to your home, if necessary, to meet with you.