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I was the Passenger in a Car Wreck. Can I Make a Claim?

I was the Passenger in a Car Wreck. Can I Make a Claim?

There were almost 13,000 car accidents in Morris County alone last year. Many of us ride with passengers. They can be our friends, family members, or anyone. The aftermath of a car accident is scary and confusing for everyone involved, especially people who have no control over the situation. That is where we can help. At DeZao Law, we want you to know your rights, duties, and responsibilities. As part of our service as New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers, we want to enlighten you on this area of law. Passenger Injury Claims In a vast majority of car accidents, someone is considered to be at fault. When someone hits another car, a pedestrian, or an inanimate object with their vehicle, the court may hold them legally responsible. The judge weighs their actions or inactions to determine who was negligent. Sometimes, no one is negligent. No one can reasonably expect a wild animal to jump out in front of their vehicle, and it is possible that the driver might not be found to be negligent. When a drunk driver hits someone because they were not in control, it is likely that they will be found negligent. If the accident involved multiple vehicles, an investigation will be conducted to determine who is at fault. Incidents, where neither party is deemed to be at fault, are extremely rare. If you were a passenger in a car accident, you will almost never be deemed to be at fault. This makes the entire process easier for you. The only exceptions might involve a passenger grabbing the steering wheel or otherwise causing the accident. You...
the 411 on Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

the 411 on Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Dogs bite more than 4 million people every year in the United States. Between 6,000 and 13,000 people are hospitalized because they are attacked by dogs. In worst case scenarios, a dog bite leads to death. Dogs are not the only pets that harm people. Exotic pets, such as snakes and tarantulas, have injured 336 people and killed 45 Americans. It seems as if every home has a pet. In New Jersey, we love our animals. For some people, their cat or dog is essentially a member of their family. It is important to keep in mind that they are still animals. An animal’s actions are not always predictable. Dog Attacks in New Jersey Two-thirds of people who are attacked by a dog know the canine before the bite. Sometimes the dog is your own, while at other times it is the dog of a friend or family member. Legally, if someone else’s dog clamps down on you with its teeth, you have the legal right to sue. New Jersey is known as a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. This means that you are allowed to make a legal claim even if the owner did not know the dog might bite or took reasonable precautions to restrain the dog. The owner is always legally responsible for a dog bite. If someone is bitten, they have a right to sue to recover damages. The exact amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injury. Strict liability only applies to dog bites. Citizens of New Jersey can sue for damages due to negligence. When a dog...
Dash Cams in Auto Accidents

Dash Cams in Auto Accidents

Can dash cams help in automobile accidents? Dashboard-mounted cameras, or dash cams, provide valuable evidence when there is uncertainty about a case. With proper use, footage from your dash cam will establish evidence and help you settle an auto accident claim in your favor.   Read more to find out the role dash cams can play in auto accidents, and see if it is a worthy investment for you. Why Use Dash Cams in Auto Accident Claims? Auto accidents happen unexpectedly. No matter how careful you are, you cannot account for the behavior of other people on the road. A car can suddenly cut you off, a person can jump in front of your car, or a distracted driver can ignore a red light and hit your car while going through the intersection. Settling auto accident claims often become a tedious process because both parties can claim innocence. But technology has made it possible to add a layer of objectivity in auto accident cases. Before personal dash cams became popular on the market, they were already associated with the police. Police vehicles have dash cams installed as another potential source of documentation and evidence. Now, dash cam footage from privately-owned cars provides the same benefit in auto accident claims. In fact, law enforcement authorities prefer the use of dash cams in settling auto accident claims. Dash cams record video directly to an SD card. Some can even record sound, have night vision, and built-in GPS. Though having dash cam footage does not mean you automatically win the claim, it still benefits the proceedings of the case overall. In this...

$3.1 Million Verdict Wednesday

Verdict: $3.1 Million Case: Auto Accident Court: Essex County This was an automobile accident case that occurred May of 2009. Serious impact, plaintiff was taken to the emergency room by ambulance. Plaintiff was a 33-year-old woman with no prior health history. She continued with a chiropractor after the accident for approximately 4 months of about 20 visits. She went to a pain management Dr. and received a few epidural injections. She had a negative MRI in 2009 and then a repeat MRI in 2011, which showed cervical and lumbar...

Age Discrimination Suit Filed Against Amerisource Bergen Corp.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen Corp on October 1, 2012, claiming that the company violated federal law by refusing to hire a 60-year-old applicant for a telecom manager position. The applicant, Robert Aellis, had 40 years of experience in the industry in a variety of roles; he clearly seems qualified for the position. AmerisourceBerger agrees: they say the reason they did not hire Aellis was because he was “overqualified” for the position. They hired someone 20 years younger. The EEOC claims that Aellis was rejected because of age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against employees who are 40 or older. In a press release regarding the lawsuit, the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. said: Older applicants often are not given the same opportunity to compete for jobs because of age-based myths and stereotypes some hiring managers have. Too often employers try to mask age discrimination by using euphemisms like “overqualified.” It’s somewhat unusual that the EEOC will file a lawsuit directly. Normally the victim of age or other types of discrimination has to hire an attorney to handle the case. The EEOC files lawsuits in “select” cases, based on factors such as the seriousness of the violation, the legal issues involved, and whether the case could have broader implications for the EEOC’s efforts to combat workplace discrimination. The first step in any discrimination lawsuit – whether it will ultimately be filed by the EEOC or by a private attorney – is to file a complaint with the EEOC. After reviewing the complaint,...
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