Bicycle Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Morristown Injury Lawyers Share Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycle Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

The spring and summer months are fast approaching. This means that many will be enjoying the freedom and independence that riding a bicycle can give you, especially around town and down by Morristown Square. However, before you or your children hit the roads of New Jersey it is important to remember that bicycle accidents do happen and there are cyclist who suffer avoidable catastrophic injuries every year. In order to keep you and your loved ones safe, there are some important cycling tips you should know and remember.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, want you and your family to enjoy safe cycling on New Jersey’s roads, however, if you or someone you know has been injured while cycling due to someone else’s negligence we are here to help. We have extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages who have suffered personal injuries while cycling due to third-party negligence in towns across Morris County and Sussex County. Call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns and situation.

Tips for Safe Cycling On Morris and Sussex County Roads

Cycling is a fun and usually safe activity enjoyed by both children and adults. In order to keep it a safe activity, here are some simple tips recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • Inspect your Bike- Before riding any bicycle it is smart to make sure it is ready to ride. Inspect your bike to make sure all parts are working properly and are secure.  Also, it is important to inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.
  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit- It is recommended that there should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a using a mountain bicycle. Having a level seat is also recommended and the seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. In addition, the handlebar height should be placed at the same level as the seat.
  • Use all proper safety equipment- It is the law in New Jersey that all cyclist must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protecting your brain can save you from serious traumatic brain injury as well as save your life.

Once on the road, there are several things you must keep in mind.

The first line of road safety is being seen. Whether in the day, at dawn or dusk, in foul weather, or at night, it is important to be seen by others. Wearing neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night can help you to be more visible to a motorist as well as other cyclists. Furthermore, wearing something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights can further increase your visibility to others.

Control of your bicycle is also an important factor in road safety. It is recommended to always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Any books or other items you may have in your possession should be safely stowed in a secure backpack or pouch that does not interfere with free movement.

Being acutely aware of your surroundings can help you avoid many accidents. Not only cars and other cyclist but watch for and avoid road hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. If riding with a friend or in a group, yell out and point to the hazard to alert other riders. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic and always be aware of parked cars. An unexpectedly opened door is an ever-present danger.

When riding it is important to be predictable. This means riding in a straight line and using hand signals to let drivers know your intentions. Furthermore, when turning left or right, you should always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn.

Obey the New Jersey Rules of the Road when Riding Your Bike

It is important to remember that bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists have the same rights and the responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists.

When riding you must always:

  • Go in the direction of traffic.
  • Follow all traffic laws, signs, signals and lane markings.
  • Yield to traffic when appropriate.

It is important to remember that children under 10 are not usually knowledgeable of traffic laws and are thus much safer riding at safe speed on the sidewalk.

Contact A Newton Personal Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff knows the damage that third-party negligence can cause cyclist and their families if they are involved in an accident that results in damages or injuries. Our law office has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured while cycling across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

If you or someone you know has been injured while cycling, please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

Injury Lawyers Help Engage With Insurance Companies in Auto Accidents from Morristown to Newton NJ

Understanding Insurance Company Tactics When it comes to Motor Vehicle Accidents

The State of New Jersey is a no-fault auto accident state, meaning that drivers have insurance to cover their own injuries and damage in the event of a motor vehicle accident rather than insurance being required to pay the other party. However, this does not mean that you cannot sue the insurance company of a negligent driver who causes personal injuries or property damage.

It is important to remember that insurance companies are for profit businesses and, although it is a big part of what they do and the product they provide, any money that they pay out goes against their bottom line. For this reason, some insurance companies have become very adept at getting people to accept a smaller payment than they deserve.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience dealing with insurance companies and recovering full and fair compensation for his clients who have suffered personal injuries in all types of motor vehicle accidents due to third-party negligence in towns across Morris County and Sussex County. Call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns and situation.

Insurance Company Tactics Sussex County NJ Lawyers

There are several common tactics employed by insurance companies across New Jersey in order to pay as little as possible to victims injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents.  On their surface and without full knowledge these offers may seem fair. However, in many cases the amount paid can be far below your actual needs especially in cases of catastrophic injuries that can cause permanent disability such as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury among others.

These tactics often include:

  • The offering of an upfront lump sum payment.  Because litigation sometimes takes months and even years, receiving funds immediately may seem to be the solution to any money problems you may currently have. The problem is that the amount you receive may be inadequate to meet your long-term needs. In many instances further injuries may become apparent later and accepting a lump sum settlement upfront may make it difficult, if not impossible, to gain the full and fair compensation you may need to make your life whole again.
  • Convincing you to accept some blame. Although this may happen in a seemingly casual conversation with an adjuster, the problem is that anything you say can be used by the insurance company against you and your rightful claim. It is recommended that you keep from discussing fault altogether.
  • The settling medical claims prematurely. Generally, property damage and medical liabilities in accidents are handled separately. The insurance company may offer to pay both together in an immediate payment. The problem is that your health may deteriorate later and you may need further treatment. Grouping both property and medical expenses together may make sense for the insurance company but will seldom be to your advantage.

Why Morris County Injury Lawyers Are Important to Help You Through the Claims Process

Though a motor vehicle accident, for many of us, is a rare event, but it is something that insurance companies deal with on a daily basis. They often know the stress you may be under physically, emotionally and financially can make you vulnerable. For this reason, you will need someone who can match their experience and has knowledge of the law to be your adviser and representative when dealing with the negotiation and litigation related to your case.  It is critical to have someone who knows what you deserve and will fight to make sure you get it.

Though large insurance companies may seem intimidating it is important to remember that you do not have to face them alone.

Contact A Denville Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in motor vehicle accidents across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your options for making a financial recovery that is fair and just.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

Wrong Site or Wrong Patient Surgery More Common Than You ThinkMost of us expect that a physician operating on the wrong body part or on the wrong person to be a very rare occurrence. In reality, wrong-site surgeries are shockingly more common than many think and this type of medical malpractice makes up more than its fair share of personal injury claims filed by patients who undergo surgery. A 2010 study reported by CNN found that wrong-patient or wrong-site procedures made up about 0.5 percent, or 1 in 200, of all medical mistakes studied nationwide. Furthermore, according to The New Jersey Department of Health, incorrect surgical procedures are a matter that should be taken very seriously by all doctors and patients involved or may be involved in any surgery.

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages who are the victims of medical malpractice in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. Please call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of personal injury or medical malpractice in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Protecting Yourself Against Wrong-Site or Wrong Patient Surgery Morristown Medical Malpractice Attorney

Many people find it difficult to understand the almost unimaginable damages that can occur when a doctor performs surgery at the wrong location on the body or subjects the wrong patient to surgery. However, it does occur. It is important to take some personal responsibility for our health and speak with our surgeon so that we feel safe and crystal clear about whatever medical procedure you may be undertaking.

We often place our total faith in doctors and their expertise when it comes to our health.  However it is critical to speak with your surgeon before any procedure so that there is no doubt in your mind or the mind of the surgeon what surgical actions are necessary for our health. Moreover, you must be sure that your primary care physician has also spoken with surgeon in order to be sure that there is absolutely no confusion about your operation.  Doing so will help to ease your anxiety and take the necessary steps under your control to ensure a successful procedure.

What Morris and Sussex County Surgeons Can Do To Protect Their Patients From Surgical Errors

In a recent report, PubMed.Gov discussed some of the very critical procedures that doctors and hospitals should implement to make sure wrong-site and wrong person surgeries do not occur:

  • Perform preoperative verification of all the patient’s records including the operative record, informed consent, test results, as well as the patient’s history and examination findings.
  • There should also be clear verification with patients themselves.
  • Surgeons should physically and clearly mark or initial the surgical site with a sterile magic marker before any procedure.
  • Nurses and supporting medical personnel in the operating room should be encouraged to speak up if they suspect that a mistake is being made.
  • In the case of spinal surgeries, the disc level should be confirmed by review of the MRI film.

No one wants to be the victim of wrong-site or wrong patients surgical errors. And no one wants to be involved in a medical malpractice case. However if you or someone you know are the victim of a wrong-site or wrong patient medical procure it is critical that you contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney in order to make sure your rights are protected.

Contact A Denville Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office have decades of experience at recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured by medical malpactice across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not just with our clients, but their families as well. We have a complete understanding of how precarious a family’s situation can get as medical expenses mount. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they need and deserve to make their lives whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of medical malpractice and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

The Danger New Jersey Patients Face from Overworked DoctorsBeing a doctor comes with tremendous responsibility and extremely high levels of stress.  The decisions made by doctors can literally mean life or death. If you couple this high-stress role with the long hours it can often provide, we should be surprised that there are not more examples or instances of medical negligence for doctors who regularly perform surgeries in the US. Studies have clearly shown that overworked and fatigued doctors are less effective and far more likely to make grave mistakes that can lead to medical malpractice, personal injuries and in some cases the wrongful death of patients.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, understands the damage that a medical mistake can cause and we have extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages who are the victims of medical malpractice or negligence in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, East Hanover, and Morristown. Call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of personal injury or medical malpractice in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Over-worked Doctors Pose Serious Risk to Morris and Sussex County Patients

There are several studies that have shown that a majority of American doctors are often overwhelmed by their workload to the point of burnout. This can increase the risk of medical errors, according to researchers from Stanford University.

The study which was titled “Physician Burnout, Well-being, and Work Unit Safety Grades in Relationship to Reported Medical Errors” was published in the Mayo Clinic on July 9.

The survey was conducted of 6,700 doctors. Among them, more than half (55 percent) reported symptoms of burnout. The study also found that burned-out doctors were twice as likely to make errors in medical judgment, errors in diagnosing illness as well as technical mistakes during procedures.

Radiologist, neurosurgeons, and emergency room doctors had the highest rate of error while the lowest numbers were reported by pediatrics, psychiatrists, and anesthesiologists.

According to estimates from previous studies, these medical errors can be responsible for a shocking 100,000 to 200,000 deaths each year.

Protecting Yourself From Over-worked Physicians Morristown Medical Malpractice Attorney

Though we rightly trust our doctors and healthcare professionals to look after our health and well-being they are after all human. As patients it is up to us to hold primary care doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospitals and other health care professionals to the standard of care that we expect and deserve.  The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that you should:

  • Be provided with an understandable explanation from your physician of your complete medical condition including recommended treatment, expected results, risks and reasonable alternatives.
  • Give informed written consent prior to the start of specified, non-emergency medical procedures or treatments only after your physician has clearly explained specific details about the recommended procedure or treatment, the risks, time to recover as well as reasonable medical alternatives.
  • Receive appropriate assessment and treatment for pain in a timely manner.

Contact A Netcong Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office have decades of experience at recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured by medical malpactice across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm prides itself on working closely not just with our clients, but their families as well. We focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work at securing them the compensation they need and deserve.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of medical malpractice and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

What Should I Look For in a Personal Injury AttorneyThe American spirit of toughness and self-sufficiency has served us well as a country. We are taught from a young age to “walk it off” and continue when we are hurt and not to complain. However, when you are hurt in an auto accident, on the job, or as the result of a medical mistake, ‘walking it off’ so to speak is exactly what you should not do. The result can be expensive healthcare or even regular household bills that you have no idea how you can pay, especially if your injuries put you out of work. You may be unfairly treated by insurance companies, doctors, your employer, or others who should be trustworthy but are only looking out for their own best interests.

Morristown Personal Injury Lawyers Protect Your Future

If you have been injured due to the negligence of a third party in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, by a defective product or any of a myriad of reasons, it is recommended that you contact an experienced and skilled personal injury attorney. It would be to your benefit to do some research and find the attorney that will best represent your interest as well as the interest of you family.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience handling all manner of personal injury accidents, premises liability and product liability claims in Parsippany, Hopatcong, Mt. Olive, Andover, Newton, Morristown and other towns all over both Sussex and Morris County.  Speak with Michael Burakoff about how to protect both you and your family from potentially catastrophic financial consequences in the form of medical bills and loss income from work.  Contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Qualities to look for in a Sussex County Injury Lawyer

When faced with any injury due to third party negligence, whether in the workplace or in public, you must ensure that you are adequately compensated for the injury. This compensation can make all the difference in your life going forward and to making your life whole again. It is essential to hire the best personal injury lawyer in order to get experienced and superb representation in court and to send a message to the insurance company that you are serious about your injury. Here are the qualities you should look for in your personal injury attorney:

  • Availability

It is best to find a lawyer who is readily available whenever you require their services. It is also critical that the lawyer have a strong and experienced support staff who are always available to update you as to the progress of your case.

  • Professionalism

It is important to search for a lawyer who carries out his/her duties with the highest professionalism. It is also essential that the lawyer handle his clients with compassion, empathy and understanding. The lawyer should have a clear passion for seeking the best outcome for the client in the court proceedings.

  • Accessibility

The best lawyer is easily approachable by the clients. The personal injury lawyer you select should offer a reliable and convenient means of communication with clients.

  • Sincerity

All lawyers should always be frank and sincere with their clients. The lawyer should keep the client informed about the prospects of the case, good and bad, thereby, helping you to avoid unnecessary anxiety going forward. The personal injury lawyer should always listen to their intuition and advise you on the best course of action. However, the lawyer should always offer clear and credible reasons for the advice that he issues and include your goals in planning the case.

  • Record of success

Reputation is important in the area of personal injury because the insurance company that is responsible for the case is continually weighing how far to go in their negotiations. Any personal injury law firm with a track record of success will often obtain stronger settlements because of past successes in this area. Likewise, the law firm will often have knowledge of the tactics of the insurance company involved and therefore be able to develop an effective strategy toward getting you the compensation you deserve.

Talk to a Morristown Personal Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our personal injury clients in communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton and across Morris and Sussex County, NJ.

Our firm understands how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount as the result of a personal injury, whether the injuries are physical or psychological. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type personal injury to learn about your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or call to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located offices in Newton or Morristown, NJ.

 

Timeline to Report a Sussex County Motor Vehicle Accident

Important Deadlines to Remember After Sussex County Motor Vehicle AccidentAfter a serious motor vehicle accident, it is common to feel overwhelmed by all of the things you will need to do order to fully recover both physically and financially. These may include medical appointments, physical therapy, time away from work, finding childcare as well as getting your vehicle repaired. With all these demands on your time and concentration, it’s all too common for some to forget about the reporting deadlines concerning your car accident,motorcycle accident or truck accident. Missing these deadlines can cause tremendous problems for your personal injury claim as well as your motor vehicle accident liability case, and may prevent you from getting the care you need in addition to the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you know is involved in a motor vehicle accident involving injury or substantial damage to property, it is imperative to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.  The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience handling motor vehicle accidents in Parsippany, Hopatcong, Mt. Olive, Andover, Newton, Morristown and other towns all over both Sussex and Morris County.  Speak with Michael Burakoff about how to protect both you and your family from potentially catastrophic financial consequences in the form of medical bills and loss income from work.  Contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Report Your Morris County Automobile Accident to the Police

The first deadline to arise in an accident case is the requirement to report the collision to the police. New Jersey law requires that any driver involved in an automotive accident resulting in any injury or death, or that caused property damage that equals at least $500 must report the accident to the police by the quickest means possible to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This usually means a phone call placed at the scene of the accident. This report can be made to the local police force of the town where the accident happened, the county police, or the New Jersey State Police. After the police report, the driver has 10 days from the date of the crash to file a written accident report using official paperwork provided by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Get in Touch with a Newton Automobile Accident Attorney ASAP

If your injuries are severe, you may be able to pursue a case against the at-fault driver in your accident and obtain compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering as well as other losses. However, there is a statute of limitations for any personal injury lawsuit, including those resulting from automotive accidents. In most cases, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the accident.  Missing this deadline will most likely cause your lawsuit to be dismissed outright. For this reason it is important to begin working with an attorney as soon after your accident as possible.  Getting the process started protects your future right to a trial if necessary.

Report the Accident to Your New Jersey Insurance Provider

The next important deadline involves opening a claim with your own car insurance company. New Jersey is a no-fault state, so in the majority of cases, your primary option for medical coverage for any accident injuries will be the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage on your own insurance policy. Your policy should state the time period you have to report your accident to your insurance provider.  The usual window of time is no more than seven days, but sometimes it may be up to 30 days. If possible, it is recommended not to wait that long as reporting immediately is best.

Talk to a Morristown Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have vast experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in motor vehicle accidents across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm knows and understands how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. For this reason we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work at securing them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of pedestrian or vehicle accident to learn about your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

Dangers of Morris and Sussex County School Bus Accidents

Dangers of Morris and Sussex County School Bus AccidentsThere is always a level of fear and uncertainty shared by all parents each day as children are sent out into the world; the fear of a predator or kidnapper taking the child, the fear of cars flying by on a busy street, or the quite common fear shared by many parents of having their child riding a school bus when the bus gets into a motor vehicle accident. Although the school bus itself is a large, heavy, considerably stable vehicle for them to travel in; many of us have concerns about adequate seat belts, a functional and operational engine and break system. These fears stem from the realization that not all school buses or bus drivers are created equal and that accidents involving school buses that are filled with child on their way to or from school can result in a variety of personal injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic injury; and in tragic cases even loss of the life. A Mount Olive parent recently had to face this grim reality, when their child lost their life as a victim in a bus accident resulting from and due to the negligence of a bus driver.

Parents across New Jersey place their trust in school buses and bus drivers to transport their children to and from school, and even children who don’t regularly ride the bus will still board buses a few times a year for class field trips. Though not as common as an everyday motor vehicle accident, or even an accident involving a commercial truck, a pedestrian or bicyclist on the roadway, when school bus accidents do occur send a chill down every parents’ spine knowing that it could have been their child’s bus that was involved.

If your child is involved in a school bus accident and has sustained injuries, it is imperative to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect you and your child both financially and medically.  The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience handling all types of motor vehicle accidents in Parsippany, Hopatcong, Mt. Olive, Andover, Newton, Morristown and across both Sussex and Morris Counties.  Speak with Michael Burakoff about how to receive fair and just compensation for the injuries and suffering of your child.  Contact us online, or call to schedule an appointment at either one of our convenient office locations: Morristown or Newton (973) 520-0525.

Common to School Bus Accident Injuries Mt. Olive NJ

Any number of devastating injuries may result from a serious school bus accident, including but certainly not limited to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, bone fractures and/or soft tissue injuries. These devastating injuries are usually the result of what is considered a primary injury. Secondary injuries can occur when childrens’ travel items or belongings such as loose sports gear or backpacks come into play. When we see these types of belongings, that students carry on board their buses every day, flying across the bus this can and will create even greater hazards inside a school bus during collisions. Many children sustain secondary injury from improperly stored items inside the bus. Even children who escape serious physical injury often suffer lasting psychological trauma resulting from the collision and seeing their peers seriously injured which isn’t always easily diagnoses and often ignored.

Every child deserves the best possible chance of recovering fully from the physical and emotional trauma of a school bus accident. That often requires ensuring that their families obtain the fair and reasonable compensation necessary to pay for any medical treatment they need wit, physical therapy, and even emotional or psychological care without these necessities becoming a threat to their families’ financial stability.

New Jersey Bus Safety Laws

New Jersey is one of only six states that obligate safety restraints on full-sized school buses. At present, there is no federal law mandating seat belts on school buses, and thus safety features are not present on the majority of buses nationwide.

In fact, as a result of the tragic Mt. Olive crash Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a bill making bus safety laws far more strict and designed to make all New Jersey children safer when traveling on school buses. The bill requires all new buses to have both lap and shoulder belts for all passengers. Additional measures proposed include more stringent requirements for school bus drivers and those that employ them.

Talk to a Denville School Bus Accident Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients whose children have been injured in school bus and other types of vehicle accidents in communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton and across Morris and Sussex County, NJ.

Our firm understands how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount as the result of caring for an injured child, whether the injuries are physical or psychological. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type vehicle accident to learn about your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or call to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located offices in Newton or Morristown, NJ.

Morris County Employer Contests Workers’ Compensation Claim

Why is my Employer Contesting my Workers' Compensation ClaimIf you have been involved in a work-related accident in the state of New Jersey, it is probable that you are aware of the process of workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a kind of insurance taken out by employers in order to protect the business from financial loss in the event of work related injury or illness to employees. In most cases it is a legal requirement for employers to take out this insurance so that their workers are protected financially in the event of an accident. Though the policy is paid out by the insurance company and not the employer it is common for employers to aggressively contest workers’ compensation claims.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in all manner of work-related accidents and incidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. We know how to deal with employers and insurance companies who try to deny full and fair compensation to those injured in legitimate work-related incidents. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office today to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of work or construction site related injury in a free and confidential consultation.

Who Pays my Sussex County Workers’ Compensation Claim?

When a worker becomes injured and files a workers’ compensation claim it is the insurance policy that pays out, not your employer directly. Because of this, many would think that employers are not negatively affected by a workers’ compensation claim.

In reality, when an injury occurs in the workplace, in most cases, the employer will then be subject to increased insurance premiums that will last for years. This is the reason that employers might be motivated to be dishonest or to withhold information from their injured workers about the rights that they have. In such cases it is imperative to have a legal advocate on your side who is experienced in handling these types of disputes and who has experience in workers’ comp and personal injury law.

What rights and responsibilities do New Jersey employers have when it comes to injured workers?

Your employer has various legal obligations in the aftermath of you reporting the injury to them. In New Jersey, an employer must report the vast majority of work-related injuries and illnesses to the insurance company within 10 days of when they occurred.

However, if your employer believes that your claim for workers’ compensation is invalid, they do have the right to request that the insurance company contests the claim. They are allowed to do this, for example, if they have reason to believe that your injury did not actually occur in the workplace or during a work-related task, as well as if they believe that you are making an exaggerated claim.

Talk to a Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in the workplace across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not only with our clients, but also their families. We understand how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party is unable to work. For this reson we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type work related heat-related illness and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

Morris County Comparative Negligence Attorneys

Handling Personal Injury Cases Across Morris and Sussex Counties

Comparative Negligence Attorney Morris County NJWhile some personal injury cases are clean and simple, many are not. Particularly for injuries stemming from motor vehicle accidents, personal injury cases often include multiple at fault parties. For injury victims, New Jersey comparative fault regulations entitle some at fault parties to financial compensation through personal injury claims. These situations certainly allow victims to seek compensation, but they also require an in-depth understanding of state laws and the legal process to recover full and fair damages to cover expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please call our Morristown offices today by dialing 973-520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation today with a qualified personal injury attorney.

Partial Fault Personal Injury Claims Chatham, NJ

As mentioned in the introduction, it is possible to recover financial compensation through a personal injury claims even for victims who are partially liable for their injurious accidents. Your Chatham personal injury attorneys understand that using comparative negligence statutes to seek damages is dependent on any of the following being true pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A15-5.1 – contributory negligence:

  • The plaintiff was not negligent leading to an accident OR
  • The plaintiff was negligent to a lesser degree than the combined negligence of the other parties from whom financial compensation is being sought through a personal injury claim

When partial fault is a factor in your personal injury case, the financial compensation available may diminish relative to how much fault is assigned to you. For example, if you are found to be 20 percent liable for an accident and the other party is 80 percent eligible, your total damages will be awarded as 80 percent of the total sum. For a $100,000 settlement or verdict, this will mean that the actual financial compensation  will be in the amount of $80,000.

Sussex County Comparative Negligence Lawyers

To better understand partial fault, our Mendham personal injury lawyers will examine a hypothetical case example which is representative of a comparative negligence claim. It is important to note that real life cases are considered on an individual basis and will likely vary dramatically dependent on the facts and nature of your situation.

Let us suppose that Steven is traveling Northbound I-287 in Morristown. He is over the legal limit for intoxication with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12. Meanwhile, David is also traveling on I-287 without his seatbelt properly fastened. Other than driving without a seatbelt, David is driving lawfully.

Steven’s SUV collides with David’s sedan, causing property damage and injury to both parties. In this case, both individuals have broken the law, but with varying levels of severity. In this particular situation, it would likely be argued that Steven’s drunk driving was a far greater infraction than David’s failure to fasten his safety belt. However, Steven’s insurer would also argue that David’s injuries may have been far less severe if he had followed the law. This is a fairly typical example of a situation where David could successfully seek damages from Steven’s insurer through a comparative negligence claim due to having a lesser degree of fault.

Injured in an Accident? Contact our Morristown Personal Injury Lawyers Today

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff are dedicated exclusively to practicing personal injury law. This means that we are able to focus on providing you and your family with the legal knowledge and skills in trial and negotiation that are necessary to securing full and fair compensation in any kind of personal injury matter throughout Morris County including the towns, boroughs, cities and townships of Morristown, Mendham, Chester, Harding, Chatham, Morris Township, Morris Plains, and all of Northern New Jersey.

To learn more about your rights to financial compensation through a personal injury claim, please contact us online or call our Morristown offices today at 973-520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Morris and Sussex County

What Should I Do If Struck by a Vehicle While WalkingWhen walking near traffic, there is an ever present danger of being involved in a pedestrian accident.  Causes can vary and range from distracted drivers to drunk drivers. Due to the weight of the vehicle and the speed in which it is traveling many pedestrians suffer serious and even catastrophic injuries or death in these types of motor vehicle accidents. If this happens to you or someone you know, you or they may be entitled to hold the at-fault driver liable to recover compensation for medical bills as well as pain and suffering. In this article we will discuss what to do immediately following an incident, if you or a loved one are struck by a vehicle while on foot.

If you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian accident involving injury or substantial damage to property, it is imperative to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.  The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has extensive experience handling motor vehicle accidents in Parsippany, Hopatcong, Mt. Olive, Andover, Newton, Morristown and other towns all over both Sussex and Morris County.  Speak with Michael Burakoff about how to protect both you and your family from potentially catastrophic financial consequences in the form of medical bills and loss income from work.  Contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

Report Your Morris County Pedestrian Accident

If you are physically able at the time of the event, it is important to try and report the accident to local law enforcement or emergency responders as quickly as possible. Call 9-1-1 and request medical services for yourself and any other person who has been injured in the accident. In addition, provide details about the at-fault driver, the location of the accident and any relevant other factors that may help first responders.

Reporting your accident immediately also helps to establish a timeline of events that can be used to construct your personal injury claim at the time of the settlement negotiation or trial. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely inquire about the time and location of the accident. It is also important to request a copy of the accident or police report taken by law enforcement to provide to insurers and your attorney.

Get Medical Treatment for Your Sussex County Pedestrian Accident

After any accident, you should get medical attention and treatment as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating your injuries is the first step to recovery. Although most people understand when they have been injured in an accident, some injuries do not immediately show symptoms or display signs of a major injury that the individual has not yet identified due to adrenaline or other medical related reasons. Even if you feel embarrassed to seek medical attention and you “feel fine” enough to walk away from the incident, it is important to be examined by medical professionals.

Moreover, seeking immediate medical treatment after an accident establishes that you suffered an injury. You will have to prove that these injuries were caused by the at-fault driver’s negligence, however you need to establishnthat they exist as a result of the accident first. This may go a long way toward helping you recover compensation for your injury when you file a personal injury claim.

Contact a Sussex County Accident Attorney Without Delay

It is important to have an advocate who is knowledgeable not only in the law but in what you need to do next. The driver’s insurance company will move quickly to protect their client as well as themselves from liability. They may also attempt to convince you to accept a settlement that represents a fraction of what you are entitled.

A knowledgeable attorney will help safeguard you rights as well as help put you on the path to a full recovery both physically and financially.

Talk to a Morristown Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in pedestrian accidents across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm understands completely how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of pedestrian or vehicle accident to learn about your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

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