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Are Passenger Train Speeds Endangering Travelers?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 26, 2018

In mid-December 2017, an Amtrak train derailed, careening off a bridge outside Tacoma, Washington, killing three passengers and injuring one hundred more. According to NBC News, the train was traveling at 80 mph on a 30-mph stretch of track, and was not using positive train control, a technology feature that can prevent train derailments caused by excessive speed. The derailment occurred on a newly established Amtrak route that was supposed to provide better service in the area. Experts know that the train was going too fast, and questions surfaced as to why the train was speeding and who was to blame. For train riders throughout the United States, this incident has also raised larger questions about train speed and safety. Read the rest »

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Be Safe, Not Sorry – Firework Safety Isn’t Just for the 4th of July

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 15, 2017

fireworks-574739_1920For decades, fireworks have been synonymous with celebrating America’s independence. However, many vendors have made them readily available throughout the year, increasing the number of personal shows that are held even when it isn’t the 4th of July. The beauty and excitement of fireworks make many people forget or fail to care that these are hazardous explosives, meant to be handled with the utmost caution. Unfortunately, this puts numerous people in the hospital every year. Read the rest »

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June Is National Safety Month: What Can You Do to Stay Safe?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 19, 2017

safety-firstIn an effort to increase citizen safety, the National Safety Council has declared June to be National Safety Month. The organization runs an annual campaign that focuses on a variety of topics to improve awareness for best safety practices at home, work, and on the road. Every year, preventable incidents result in serious injuries and claim the lives of many. By actively seeking ways to be safer in their everyday actions, people can significantly reduce the risk of this happening to themselves or someone they love. Read the rest »

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Cooking, Baking, and Being Safe This Winter

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 13, 2017

With the winter months among us, many families will enjoy preparing home-cooked meals and baked goods they can share with friends and loved ones. You might look forward to cooking traditional recipes that have been handed down in your family for generations or perhaps you are making a plate of goodies to share with coworkers and neighbors. Whatever the case, the one thing you aren’t expecting is to suffer a burn injury because of a defective appliance or other cause.

Recently, it seems a spate of news stories highlighting exploding devices have been making the rounds. Everything from smart phones to washing machines to blenders have been the cause, to the point where it can be difficult to feel safe in our own homes.

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Common Signs of Motor Nerve Damage in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 20, 2016

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Injuries to the nerves can be physically and emotionally devastating, and when a victim is injured, they could be looking at a lifetime of chronic pain, lethargy, depression, and immobility. Nerve injuries are often caused by poorly performed surgeries, accidents, and erroneously prescribed medications, and if your nerves are injured in this manner, you may be able to take legal action against the responsible party. If your life has been uprooted by a serious motor nerve injury, the following information may help you understand your legal options.

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National Council on Fireworks Safety Offers Fourth of July Safety Tips

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 23, 2015

NJ Firework Injury More house fires happen over the Fourth of July weekend than at any other time during the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and more burn injuries happen during this period as well.  This Independence Day, help protect the safety of those you love by focusing on safe fireworks tips.

While the NFPA recommends skipping backyard fireworks entirely in favor of a professional show, the National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) argues that it’s possible to make backyard fireworks a fun, and safe, part of your Fourth of July celebrations.  To do so, keep tips like these in mind: Read the rest »

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Get Ready for a Great New Jersey Super Bowl

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 27, 2014

New Jersey Personal InjuryMetLife Stadium may be home to the New York Jets and the New York Giants, but we here in New Jersey know that they don’t play in New York, but in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Whether you are a New Jersey resident who was lucky enough to score tickets, or a fan who has traveled here from another state, you need to know that this Super Bowl is going to be cold. We are experiencing record cold temperatures and winter storms. Getting to MetLife Stadium will not be easy and staying warm during the game will be a challenge.

The majority of recent Super Bowl games have been played in domes (Indianapolis) or warm weather cities (New Orleans, Arlington, Miami, Tampa). Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in East Rutherford, outdoors, without a dome, during a potential storm. It’s going to be an amazing game in which players and coaches will have to make adjustments as the snow falls, the temperature drops, and the winds blow. Read the rest »

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Throwing a New Year’s Eve Party Your Friends Will Remember

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 19, 2013

New Jersey Personal InjuryNew Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. Planning a New Year’s Eve party can be a lot of fun. It can also be stressful if you don’t know what to do or how to go about it. Here are some tips to help you plan a New Year’s Eve party that your guests and friends will remember for a long time – in a good way!

Decorations are effective at getting everyone in a celebratory mood. You can put up simple decorations or go extravagant, depending on your budget. Planning your party around a theme such as “black-and-white” or “roaring ’20s” can be a lot of fun. Laser lights, mini disco balls, or colored light bulbs can add a festive touch to your party. And of course, noisemakers are a must for any New Year’s Eve party.

Having a formal sit-down meal is going to be difficult at a New Year’s Eve party. Finger foods are always a good option so that guests can mingle. Doing a buffet might also work well. For drinks, it’s a good idea to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices. Read the rest »

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Ferry Crash in Jersey City Injures Seven

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 9, 2013

New Jersey Personal InjuryA Goldman Sachs ferry operated by the New York Waterway crashed into a pier in Jersey City, leaving at least seven people injured. The Jersey Journal reports that the boat struck the end of the Owen Grundy Pier. Five passengers and two crew members reported injuries. Three of them were treated at the scene and four were transported to a local medical center, including the captain of the ferry.

Passengers said many of them fell down when the boat hit the pier. One woman said she hurt her knees and elbows. None of the injuries is believed to be life threatening. The Coast Guard, NYPD Harbor Patrol, and Jersey City police are investigating the cause of the crash. Read the rest »

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Five Fun Thanksgiving Facts You May or May Not Know

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 25, 2013

New Jersey Personal InjuryThanksgiving trivia, in addition to making the family gathering more fun and less controversial, can also give children a history and context for our time-honored traditions.

Here are some fun facts about Turkey Day that will hopefully help keep conversation at your dinner table safe and help everyone learn something new in the process.

Fun fact 1: The very first New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1924 featured zero celebrities. In fact, it featured animals from the Central Park Zoo and many of Macy’s employees. Read the rest »

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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