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Woman Hit by Cement Truck at Princeton Intersection

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 30, 2017

An event happened recently that should serve as a reminder to all of us about the inherent dangers of living in an urban environment. It was a Tuesday afternoon at 4:45 when Leslie Rubin, a 62-year-old political science professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, stepped into a crosswalk on Washington Road in Princeton. Moments later, Ms. Rubin was dead. A cement mixer truck was making a left-hand turn on to Washington from Nassau Street and it struck the woman. First responders administered CPR, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is currently under investigation. Read the rest »

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Most Common Causes of New Jersey Wrongful Death

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 27, 2016

As we all know, personal injury accidents can happen anywhere at any time. All it takes is one negligent individual to turn a situation bad or even deadly. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. we’ve seen first hand the destruction an out of control individual can have and the tragic consequences they can leave in their wake. Unfortunately, one of the more common results of such reckless behavior is wrongful death. An accident can be considered a wrongful death case if it was caused by someone’s negligent actions. Read the rest »

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What Damages Can You Seek in a New Jersey Wrongful Death Case?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 8, 2015

New Jersey Wrongful Death When grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s easy to overlook the financial impact that loss will have on your family. As things settle down, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the resulting financial burdens. If your loved one helped support the family financially, that loss of income may be devastating.

This is why all families who’ve lost a loved one in a New Jersey wrongful death accident should review their legal options. Financial compensation is available for families who have lost someone as a result of someone else’s negligence. Read the rest »

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How Is a New Jersey Wrongful Death Different From a Criminal Case?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 1, 2015

New Jersey Wrongful Death When a person is killed due to the negligence of another person or company, the wrongful death incident might be treated as a homicide. Criminal homicide cases are investigated by police, charges are filed by the prosecuting attorney, and the state seeks to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Not all wrongful death cases involving negligence are tried as criminal cases. Even if the case isn’t tried in a criminal court, the family of the deceased person can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Here’s how a wrongful death claim is different than a criminal case: Read the rest »

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Trenton Daughter and Father Die from Injuries Sustained in Father’s Day Head-On Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 27, 2013

On Monday, June 17, 2013, life support was discontinued for the four-year-old daughter of a man who was killed on Father’s Day in a head-on crash. As reported by The Times and published by nj.com on June 17, the little girl had been critically injured in the crash that killed her 28-year-old father, and her surviving family had made the decision to keep the girl on life support so that it would be possible to donate her organs. Her brother, age seven, survived the crash with lacerations and broken bones.

The children’s stepmother had married their father just a year and two months ago. Together they had one daughter, age two, who was not a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The crash occurred in Hamilton on Route 29. According to the authorities, the head-on crash happened when a Camden, New Jersey motorist was driving south in the northbound lanes just prior to 3:30 a.m. At 65 miles per hour, both vehicles collided. The driver who was traveling in the wrong lane has been charged with two counts of death by auto, two counts of assault by auto, and driving while intoxicated. He is being held on an immigration detainer and $250,000 cash bail at the Mercer County Correction Center. Read the rest »

During Trial in Toms River, Survivors Tearfully Recount Fatal Boat Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 26, 2013

Witnesses to the chaos and carnage after a small Boston Whaler was run over by a larger, 27-foot Imperial speedboat spoke in great detail about the severity of their injuries and the deadly nightmare — the discovery that one of their friends had died in the crash that occurred on the Metedeconk River in Brick Township.

As reported by The New Jersey Star Ledger, one passenger aboard the Boston Whaler initially thought everyone else had died in the collision.  Then he heard an old friend calling 911 to report the crash. Read the rest »

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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