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Suing Police in New Jersey – A Quick Overview

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 15, 2022

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People in New Jersey may sue police departments for a number of reasons. Although these organizations are tasked with maintaining law and order and prioritizing safety, people can easily be harmed by officers. Some are struck by police vehicles, and these accidents can result in life-altering injuries. Sometimes, people are even killed by police vehicles. Individuals may also be shot by police under questionable circumstances, and gunshot wounds can also be fatal. Some victims are physically beaten by police officers in clear examples of excessive brutality. In many cases, these victims are only beaten because police misidentified them or pulled them over without reasonable cause for suspicion. There are many other reasons for potential lawsuits against police departments in New Jersey. 

The challenge with filing these lawsuits is simple: Police enjoy a considerable level of legal immunity. This immunity is intended to allow officers to carry out their duties without constantly being worried about lawsuits. However, some claim these protections go too far. Whatever the case may be, it is clear that a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney is needed if you want to achieve real results. The good news is that there is no shortage of experienced personal injury attorneys in New Jersey, and many of these legal professionals are ready and waiting to assist you at a moment’s notice. Book a consultation with one of these lawyers, and you can immediately get to work with an effective action plan. 

Turnpike Authority Pays Family $1 Million After Teen Struck and Killed by Trooper

On July 27th, it was reported that the Turnpike Authority had agreed to pay a family $1 million for the death of their teen daughter, who was killed by an off-duty State Trooper. The 14-year-old was struck by the law enforcement officer as she was crossing the street in Westfield in 2017. She was quickly pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. As a result of this incident, the girl’s family sued the State Police, the state trooper, the Turnpike Authority, and Westfield High School. 

According to the lawsuit, the girl was participating in a school-sponsored scavenger hunt when she was struck. The implication is that the school did not observe proper safety policies and put students in risky situations. The trooper did not face any charges, despite the fact that the lawsuit presented evidence that he had been texting at the time of the crash. According to documents, text messages were sent two minutes before the first 9-1-1 call after the crash. 

The settlement was not without controversy, as authorities pointed out that the off-duty state trooper was not “on the clock” at the time of the crash, and the crash itself did not occur on Turnpike property. The key point here is that the trooper was driving a vehicle owned by the State Police. This, it seems, was enough to link the entire crash to government organizations in New Jersey. 

Paralyzed Police Victim Gets $10-Million Settlement

Earlier this year, it was reported that a paralyzed victim of a police beating had received a settlement worth $10 million. The lawsuit was filed against Camden County, the Camden County Police Department, an Assistant Chief of Police, a Police Chief, and three officers. The incident occurred back in 2014, when the victim encountered three police officers who confronted him as he exited a liquor store. For whatever reason, the victim decided to run into a nearby parking lot while being pursued by two officers.

He then decided to surrender, laying out in the street with his hands in front of him. The two officers jumped on top of the man and handcuffed him. At this point, the third officer arrived at the scene. All three officers were accused of stomping the victim’s neck and back and striking him continuously. At this point, the victim suffered an injury to his cervical spine and complained that he had lost feeling in his arms and legs. Despite these complaints, the officers failed to stabilize his spine and forcefully moved him. The victim is now a quadriplegic. 

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you have been searching for an experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein P.C. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured plaintiffs in the Garden State, and we know how serious police injuries can be. With our assistance, you can strive for the best possible results, allowing you to pay for your medical expenses, missed wages, and emotional distress with a much-deserved settlement. Remember, the statute of limitations can prevent you from suing if you wait too long. Internet research only gets you so far, so book your consultation today to get started with an effective action plan. 

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Suing for Hit-and-Runs in New Jersey – Recovering Damages is Possible

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 3, 2022

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A hit-and-run is one of the worst crimes anyone can commit in New Jersey. It reeks of cowardice and irresponsibility – not to mention total disregard for other people’s safety. Unfortunately, suing for a hit-and-run can be difficult for many reasons. Perhaps most obviously, it can be challenging to locate a defendant that has successfully fled from the scene of the accident. In other words, the people who are most deserving of punishment are also more likely to escape those consequences completely. But there is a flipside. People who attempt hit-and-runs also run the risk of encountering much more severe criminal penalties – including felony charges. Despite these deterrents, hit-and-runs are more common than ever before in the state of New Jersey, and there have been plenty of these offenses within the past few weeks. 

If you have been injured by a negligent driver in New Jersey, you need to get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney, especially if you have experienced a hit-and-run. With help from a lawyer, it becomes much easier to approach this situation with a sense of confidence and efficiency. An injury attorney can help you gather evidence and explore a range of possible strategies as you strive for compensation. These efforts can ensure that you have enough funds to cover medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you might have incurred due to your accident. Book your consultation as soon as possible to avoid issues with the statute of limitations. 

New Jersey Councilwoman Commits Alleged Hit-and-Run

Headlines around the nation are highlighting an alleged hit-and-run committed by New Jersey councilwoman Amy DeGise. Governor Phil Murphy has already called the incident “unacceptable,” and the surveillance footage is quite damning. The video footage seems to depict DeGise barreling through an intersection at high speeds, hitting a cyclist in the process and continuing as if nothing had happened. Indeed, she maintains a constant speed throughout the entire incident. The man was thrown onto the windshield of DeGise’s windshield by the impact before sliding off and hitting the pavement. After an investigation, it was determined that the cyclist did not have the right of way, and that he was essentially committing a traffic offense before he was struck by DeGise.

But this is irrelevant, because DeGise was still required by law to pull over and wait for the authorities to arrive. There is no doubt that she committed a crime, although she is stalwartly refusing to resign. She also pointed out in a statement that “no one was seriously injured,” although this does not change the fact that she committed a hit-and-run. 

Driver Causes Crash Involving Commuter Bus Before Fleeing Scene

On July 26th of 2022, it was reported that a hit-and-run driver had caused a crash involving a commuter bus. This crash caused five injuries, although the negligent driver did not wait to help them. First, this motorist struck another car, pushing it into a bus lane. The vehicle was then struck by the commuter bus, and two more vehicles joined the fray in a “chain-reaction” crash. Although five individuals were injured, none faced life-threatening issues. The hit-and-run driver was eventually tracked down when his vehicle broke down.

Police Officer Commits Hit-and-Run

Even police officers are committing hit-and-runs in New Jersey. On July 30th, it was reported that a police officer in Passaic had been charged with multiple offenses after a crash, including leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury. An investigation later determined that the officer had been driving recklessly after consuming alcohol, and that he left the scene of the crash despite his female passenger suffering injuries that required hospitalization.  

Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run 

Back in early July of 2022, it was reported that a cyclist had been killed by a hit-and-run driver in Plainfield, New Jersey. Fortunately, the suspect was quickly apprehended, as he continued to crash into several other vehicles as he attempted to flee the scene of the crash. But this will provide little solace to the cyclist’s family members, as criminal penalties will not bring their loved one back. 

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. With our assistance, you can strive for justice and fair compensation – even if you have been the victim of a hit-and-run. We know that this situation can be both frustrating and daunting, and we are ready to help you fight for your rights in an effective, confident manner. Remember, internet research can only get you so far. Book your consultation today to get started on an effective action plan.  

Suing After a Fire in New Jersey – The Basics Pertaining to Your Rights as a Victim

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 25, 2022

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Fires are capable of causing serious injuries in New Jersey. These injuries can affect not only your physical well-being, but also your emotional and psychological well-being. Burns can be disfiguring, leaving you with lowered self-confidence and all kinds of issues. It may be more difficult to find a job with facial burns, and it can be even more challenging to find a romantic partner. These injuries can also be incredibly costly, with plenty of medical expenses, missed wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses. But the worst possible consequence of a fire is death. Many family members have lost loved ones in fires, and it can be difficult to move on after such a tragedy. 

The real question is whether anyone is to blame for these consequences. Can you sue a negligent party for causing your fire? The answer may surprise you, as a range of misconduct and recklessness can easily lead to fire injuries. In order to determine whether you can sue for your fire injuries, you need to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey. Our legal professionals can assess your unique situation and determine whether you have the opportunity to sue. From there, we can help you gather evidence and negotiate for a fair settlement. If necessary, they can also represent you in court during a trial. Due to the statute of limitations, it always makes sense to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. 

Family Sues Landlord and Firefighters After Death of Teen

On July 29th, it was reported that a family in Franklin Borough had sued their landlord and the local fire department for a fire that claimed the life of their 13-year-old child. They allege that the fatality was fully preventable, and that a range of negligent actions led directly to the tragedy. 

According to these parents, the smoke detectors failed to work properly at the time of the fire. This, they claim, was the result of their landlord failing to conduct a proper inspection before they moved in. They also pointed their finger at the local fire department, highlighting the fact that these first responders forgot to bring a ladder to the fire and stood around the home for an extended period of time before entering. Perhaps most notably, this lawsuit points out that the firefighters who showed up came straight from a local celebration that involved the consumption of alcohol. The family is seeking an unspecified amount for pain and suffering. 

Two Individuals Charged After Setting Woman on Fire with Fireworks

On July 28th, it was reported that two North Jersey teens had been arrested in connection with a firework-related incident that left a woman in flames. The teens threw a firecracker out of a moving Jeep, striking a 53-year-old woman and briefly setting her on fire. They were charged with aggravated arson, and the woman was treated for second-degree burns to her arm. Aerial fireworks and firecrackers are illegal in New Jersey, adding to the seriousness of this situation. It is unknown whether the injured woman will sue her attackers in civil court, although almost certainly has the opportunity to do so. 

Fire Trucks Can Cause Injuries as Well

It is also worth pointing out that fire trucks can cause injuries as well. Sometimes, a fire can cause you harm even when you are driving miles away from the incident. This occurred on January 19th of 2022, when a fire truck barreled through a red light and smashed into a passenger vehicle. Two people were killed in the crash. On August 1st, it was reported that the driver of the fire truck would be facing criminal charges for their negligence. According to an investigation, the fire truck was not just going through a red light – it was also driving in the wrong lane. 

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you have been searching the New Jersey area for an experienced personal injury attorney, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured plaintiffs, and we know how serious fire injuries can be. With our assistance, you can hold negligent parties accountable for causing the fire. You can also receive compensation for damages, including missing wages, medical expenses, emotional distress, and much more. Remember, internet research is only the first step. In order to take real action, you will need to book your consultation. Reach out today to get started with an effective action plan. 

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New Developments Highlight Challenges for Slip and Fall Cases in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 10, 2022

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Winning a settlement in a New Jersey slip and fall lawsuit is not always easy. Plaintiffs are often tasked with going up against major companies such as Walmart or Costco – companies with access to almost limitless funds for legal fees. As such, they can hire extremely competent defense lawyers who use a range of strategies to avoid paying settlements. For those who are suffering from legitimate and costly injuries, this can seem like a daunting prospect. A slip and fall can lead to a range of possible injuries, such as fractured hips, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more. In some cases, slips and falls can even be fatal. A number of new cases in New Jersey highlight some of the challenges plaintiffs face today when suing for slips and falls. 

The good news is that you are not alone in this battle, and even the most daunting hurdles can be overcome with help from an experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey. With help from one of our legal professionals, you can approach even the most challenging situations in a confident, efficient manner. During your initial consultation, your attorney will assess your unique circumstances and develop the best possible legal strategy as a result. From there, we will offer guidance and assistance every step of the way, from gathering evidence to representing you in court if necessary. Due to the statute of limitations in New Jersey, it makes sense to book your consultation as soon as possible after your accident. 

Woman Fails to Win Settlement in Slip and Fall Involving Grapes

In order to win a settlement in a slip and fall lawsuit, you need to show that the establishment was negligent. Establishing negligence involves four elements, including duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and injuries. Sometimes, stores can get away with causing slips and falls by taking advantage of legal loopholes. One clear example was when a store avoided paying a settlement due to the way their grapes had been packaged. 

In March of 2022, it was reported that a Linden Sam’s Club would not be required to pay an elderly victim her settlement because their grapes were packaged in a clamshell container rather than an open-top bag. According to the court, these grapes do not create a “reasonably foreseeable risk,” as they are less likely to come loose during “ordinary customer handling.” In other words, the defendant could not reasonably foresee this hazard because the grapes were incredibly unlikely to fall onto the ground. 

The plaintiff allegedly turned back from the checkout aisle when she realized she had forgotten an item. It was at this moment that she slipped and fell – later finding the squashed remnants of a grape still attached to her shoe. Her injuries were so severe that an ambulance had to be called to retrieve her. 

The resulting lawsuit found that Sam’s Club was aware that customers would sometimes open clamshell containers and remove individual grapes. However, this behavior was considered “tampering” and was against store policy. Again, this suggested that Sam’s Club did everything it could to keep the grapes inside the clamshell containers, discouraging customers from eating them before leaving the store. The plaintiff countered by claiming that these clamshell containers pop open all the time of their own accord due to poor design. 

In the end, however, the court came to the conclusion that Sam’s Club had done everything in their power to avoid grapes falling on the ground by both choosing closed-top, clamshell containers and discouraging customers from opening these containers before leaving the store. The plaintiff’s reaction was predictable, and her legal team viewed it as a “terrible decision.” This highlights the fact that plaintiffs can experience surprising challenges when filing personal injury lawsuits – often involving the smallest details imaginable. 

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you have been searching for a qualified personal injury attorney in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured plaintiffs in the Garden State – including victims of slips and falls. We know that these injuries can be life-altering and psychologically traumatic, and we can guide you towards a settlement that reflects the true extent of your damages. With your settlement in hand, you can pay for medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and much more. Remember, internet research can only get you so far. Book your consultation today and take decisive action as you strive for justice with our help. 

Hit-and-Run Crashes are Getting Out of Control in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 1, 2022

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If you are struck by a negligent driver in New Jersey, your first emotions might be shock, frustration, and anger. While these emotions are totally justified, most negligent drivers actually do the right thing. They pull over, come to a stop, and check whether the injured parties are okay. They take accountability for their actions and wait for the police to arrive. They accept the consequences of their actions.

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New Jersey Sees a Considerable Number of Injury Lawsuits Against Police

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 21, 2022

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Police officers in New Jersey have an important responsibility to uphold the rule of law, protect civilians, and provide a welcome resource for anyone who feels threatened. Most police officers are altruistic individuals who are genuinely passionate about doing the right thing. That being said, police officers are still human beings. And like all human beings, these law enforcement professionals are prone to all kinds of mistakes. Despite their training, they are also prone to highly emotional reactions, and sometimes their emotions can get the better of them. Read the rest »

Semi-Truck Crashes are Occurring at an Alarming Rate in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 10, 2022

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 Everyone knows that semi-trucks can be incredibly dangerous. Take one look at these heavy, large vehicles, and it becomes quite obvious that they are capable of causing serious damage and terrible injuries. But the dangerous nature of semi-trucks goes far beyond their size and weight. The braking system on a typical semi-truck leaves much to be desired, and the average braking distance for one of these vehicles is well over 500 feet. This means that by the time a trucker has spotted a potential hazard in the distance, it is already too late to slam on the brakes or react safely. Read the rest »

New Jersey State Troopers Sued After Severely Beating Victim

By Lependorf & Silverstein on May 25, 2022

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Although many police officers in New Jersey are dedicated to upholding the law in a fair and justified manner, others use their positions of power to carry out unprovoked acts of violence against innocent civilians. Unfortunately, many of these officers get away with these offenses without as much as a slap on the wrist. In other situations, however, negligent police officers are held accountable for their misconduct. One such example was when New Jersey state troopers were recently sued by a victim who was beaten to the point of requiring surgery. Read the rest »

Driver Rescued Following Accident with Big Rig in Shamong Township

By Lependorf & Silverstein on May 9, 2022

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Shamong Township, NJ (April 29th, 2022) – On the evening of September 28th, 2022, a person driving an SUV became trapped in the vehicle for nearly an hour after an accident involving a large tractor-trailer in Burlington County, New Jersey.

The accident happened shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday. Investigators say that the accident happened on Route 206, close to Atsion Rd. in Shamong Township.

Upon collision, the force of the impact caused both vehicles to careen off the road and into a nearby woods. The person driving the SUV was freed from the vehicle by first responders. The SUV driver was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Read the rest »

Fatal Accident on the New Jersey Turnpike Causes Traffic Delays

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 30, 2022

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Robbingsville, NJ (April 21st, 2022) – Shortly before 4 a.m. on April 21st., authorities received multiple calls reporting a fatal accident involving a large commercial truck on the New Jersey Turnpike near milepost 63.5, northbound lanes.

Both the Robbinsville and Hightstown Fire Departments rushed to the scene of the accident that required extrication. The Capital Hill Paramedics, East Windsor EMS, and Robbinsville also responded to the scene of the accident. Read the rest »

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