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.

 

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.

 

Aging Workforce Injuries in Morris and Sussex County Workplace Work-place

Work-place Dangers Faced By An Aging New Jersey WorkforceRecent studies have shown that there are more people than ever who are working at age 60 and older. Lack of retirement planning and shrinking social security benefits have obligated many to continue to work even into their golden years. Moreover, as the baby boomers grow older, so too does the U.S. workforce.

Thirty years ago the median age of the labor force was just 35 years. Today, the median age is estimated to be 41 years.  By 2030, 23 percent of the U.S. labor force is projected to be ages 55 and older, compared to just 13% in the year 2000 according to a study by the Population Reference Bureau. An aging workforce brings a higher percentage of work-related accidents and workers compensation as well as personal injury claims.

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages injured in all manner of work-related accidents 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 work-related injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Morris County Workers Face Increased Risk of Injury with Age

Although some professions can carry more risk of injury than others, aging workers are at an even greater risk of on the job injury. This is especially true in physical labor-focused jobs, such as construction work. However there are other risk such as repetitive motion injuries as well as heat related and stress related conditions. A recent study by National Institute of Health looked at the safety and health of these older workers in order to better understand the dangers they may face on the job.

According to the above mentioned study, in addition to older workers being more likely to be injured on the job than a younger worker, the injuries they sustain are usually more serious, and more likely to be fatal. Due to less robust health and longer recovery time, older workers can have much longer convalescent periods after an injury, leading to far more physical complications and longer lasting disabilities.

Common Dangers Caused by Negligence for Older Sussex County Workers

Some injuries may not only result from the dangers associated with a workplace. The negligence or recklessness of third parties such as contractors, equipment manufacturers and others, may lead to serious trauma for a worker.

Negligence on the part of construction companies, property owners and equipment manufacturers may all contribute to work-related injuries.  These often include:

  • Use of poorly designed or defective products
  • Slips and falls on unstable flooring
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Exposure to toxic materials commonly found at construction sites (including silica and asbestos)
  • Scaffolding and Ladder Collapses and Structural Failure
  • Use of faulty or defective equipment (such as heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and hoists)
  • Motor vehicle use (including dump trucks, forklifts and tractors)
  • Electrocution
  • Falling debris
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Burns

In the event of any work-place injury it is important to contact a qualified personal injury and workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.

Contact An East Hanover Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office have decades of experience at recovering full and fair compensation for our clients facing work-related injuries 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 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 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 work-related injury 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.

Morris County Spinal Chord and Brain Injury Claims

Morris County Spinal Chord and Brain Injury ClaimsThe brain is a delicate and complicated organ that doctors know surprisingly little about.  The road to recovery from traumatic brain injuries and catastrophic spinal injuries can be long and difficult if it is possible at all.  The end results of these injuries can vary from minor complications to more serious conditions such as paralysis and, in many cases, can lead to some form of permanent disability.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has assisted families in Morristown, Denville, Newton, Dover, Hopatcong, East Hanover, Morris Plains, Mt. Olive, Florham Park and all over both Morris County and Sussex County with personal injury claims.  When it comes to traumatic brain injury or catastrophic spinal injury we understand that to those who are suffering and their families, money is not the most important thing.  Regaining as much of the quality of life they had before the injury as possible is of the utmost importance. Contact us online or at our Newton or Morristown office by phone at (973) 520-0525 for a free confidential consultation.

Causes of Sussex County Spinal Chord or Brain Injury

There are a myriad of things that can cause the types of personal injury that can lead to traumatic brain and spinal injuries; including motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, assaults, work related accidents even a slip and fall accident.

If any of these types of accidents, or others, were the cause of your or a loved one’s traumatic brain or catastrophic spinal injury then a personal injury claim may be the way to get the compensation you deserve in order to regain some quality of life.

However these cases are often very complicated as it necessary to prove negligence on the part of another party.  Also, it must be proven that the negligent party failed to act with reasonable care and that their actions were the direct result of your injuries.  A qualified and experienced Morris County or Sussex County attorney is highly recommended from the beginning of the process until its conclusion.

Catastrophic Injuries effect Sussex County Victims Quality of Life

The brain is the location cognitive ability and motor function, while the spinal cord manages a number of critical body functions including sensation, motor function as well as autonomic functions among others. Injuries to the brain or spinal cord can drastically change ones life in ways it is difficult to imagine.

Damage to either of these crucial systems can cause results that vary greatly between patients.  What may be a minor and recoverable injury for one person can be debilitating or even fatal to another.  In addition, in some cases the effects may be immediate while in others delayed for months or even years after the cause of the initial trauma.

In the event of any trauma to the brain or spinal region, no matter the cause, it is highly recommended to receive a complete and thorough medical examination as soon as possible as well as monitor the injury for changes and effects that may come on later.

Contact A Mt. Olive Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Personal Injury Lawyer Today

For over 40 years personal injury attorney Michael P. Burakoff has been working with victims of traumatic brain and spinal injuries and their families to recover the financial compensation that helps to make their lives whole again.  We have built a solid reputation with our clients in Morristown, Newton, Mt. Olive, Netcong, Dover, Parsippany, Roxbury and across Sussex and Morris County of understanding and being sensitive to their unique needs and situations.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident that lead to brain or spinal cord injury please contact us online or at our Morristown or Newton offices by phone at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

Industries With The Highest Rates of On The Job InjuriesPersonal injuries that occur in the workplace are all too common.  Work-related accidents are a constant peril for workers in many industries.  They can be occurrences such as construction accidents, ladder and scaffolding accidentsmotor vehicle accidents as well as slip and fall accidents, to name but a few. These incidents can also lead to countless dollars in lost productivity and workers’ compensation claims. However there are, according to a new study, certain industries that are more susceptible to work-related accidents than others.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has decades of experience aiding clients injured on the job to become financially whole again and helping them to understand their options when it comes to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. We take pride in recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Netcong, Parsippany, Mt. Olive, Rockaway, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Newton, Morristown, and more. Please contact us online if you or someone you know has been injured in a work-related accident, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

High-risk Industries in Morris County & Sussex County

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has provided some very useful information in the area of workplace injuries.  Injuries are reported for each year and per 100 workers:

  • Nursing and residential care facilities workers have a surprisingly high rate of work-related injuries. The private sector of these industries runs about 6.5 injuries per 100 workers. However government-run have a shockingly high rate of 11.7 per 100 workers.
  • The animal production industry, which includes workers who raise, feed and slaughter animals, also has a high rate of injury for its workers.  They averaged 6.6 injuries per 100 workers.
  • Professional messengers and couriers, though a relatively small industry, average 6.4 injuries per 100 workers.
  • Wood product manufacturing workers who work in plants and factories where wood products are assembled from logs have an injury rate of 5.9 per 100 workers
  •  The air transportation industry, which consist of pilots, aircraft mechanics an cargo freight agents, suffer 5.8 injuries per 100 workers.

Though not listed in the top categories there are other professions that always carry a higher risk of injuries such as construction, law enforcement and fire control. That being said work-related accidents happen in literally every profession. If someone you know is injured while carrying out work related duties it is important to know what your options are and what should be done next.

What should I do if Injured in a Work-Related Accident in Haptacong or anywhere in NJ?

It is recommended that anytime you are injured you seek medical help immediately.  Injuries can be tricky and may not seem serious right away.  Delayed effects are common and are the primary reason most people don’t seek the medical help they need after a workplace accident.  They may feel they can power through.  Additionally there may be some level of embarrassment that the incident happened at all.  Also a desire not to seem weak can cause people to want to “walk it off” so to speak.

Being that most of us are not doctors, you may not know the full extent of your injuries.  How you “feel” immediately after the accident may not tell how badly you are actually injured. So contacting a doctor for a full examination of your injuries is the best course of action.

After seeking appropriate medical care it is an excellent idea to contact a skilled and experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney as soon as you can.  Just as most of us are not doctors, most people are not lawyers and may not know the full extent of their rights and what they are entitled in regards to and as compensation for their injuries.

Contact a Rockaway Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Attorney Today

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience helping clients who have been injured while on the job or performing job related tasks to understand their options when it comes to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, and to recover full and fair compensation for their injuries in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Netcong, Parsippany, Mt. Olive, Rockaway, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Newton, Morristown, and more.

Call us today  at our Newton office at (973) 520-0525 to speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of work-related accident injury and your options for making a successful injury recovery.

 

Paying for a Personal Injury Attorney in Morris County and Sussex County

Morris County NJ Personal Injury AttorneyWhen a person suffers any kind of injury in an accident which was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or entity, they may be able to seek compensation for their resulting medical expenses, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering through some kind of personal injury claim. However, navigating the complex waters of personal injury law, and securing a successful financial recovery becomes a vastly more likely possibility with the help of a Morris County personal injury lawyer.

But if you have been injured in an accident, and are facing rapidly mounting medical costs along with the very real possibility that your injuries leave you unable to work, how are you supposed to afford a personal injury lawyer in the first place? The answer to this question is through what is known as a “contingency fee”.

Understanding Contingency Fees, Netcong Accident and Injury Attorney

By hiring a Netcong accident and injury attorney on a contingency fee basis, you are essentially agreeing to pay for your attorney’s services via a percentage of whatever compensation they are able to secure for you. In exchange, your attorney will cover all of the costs of your case, including the hiring of expert consultants, court fees, and their own legal fees, and will only take payment for these financial outlays in the event that a recovery is made. If they are unable to secure you a successful personal injury recovery, you do not owe your attorney a dime.

While you are by no means obligated to pay for your attorney via a contingency fee basis, most injury victims elect to do so for the simple reason that they are unable to afford the services of a highly qualified and experienced personal injury attorney in addition to the other expenses their injuries have incurred.

The insurance company from whom you are seeking compensation will certainly hire their own expert attorneys (generally referred to as insurance adjusters), and contingency fees allow injury victims to “level the playing field” by hiring expert counsel of their own without worrying about the cost of doing so.

Creating a Contingency Fee Agreement with your Florham Park Personal Injury Lawyer

When it comes to contingency fee agreements, the first thing that needs to be understand is that all contingency fees are capped at 33 1/3% in New Jersey.

While paying your attorney one third of whatever you recover may seem high to you, remember that having an attorney on your side during the personal injury process will almost always mean a much greater total recovery is secured than if you had elected to represent yourself, and many injury victims who do not seek legal representation are unable to secure compensation at all. Additionally, this greater total recovery that your attorney can secure for you will often pay for the contingency fee, if not more.

One exception to this 33 1/3% contingency fee cap is when the injured individual seeking compensation is a minor (under the age of 18). When personal injury claims are being filed on behalf of a minor, their personal injury lawyer’s contingency fee will be set to 25%.

The bottom line is that contingency fees are an excellent way for injured party’s to retain experienced, highly qualified, and effective legal representation without worrying about the costs of paying for this level of service in addition to the many expenses that may already be mounting due to their injuries.

Contact A Morris County Personal Injury Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience securing full and fair personal injury compensation for clients and families in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Netcong, Florham Park, Newton, Morristown, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, Rockaway, Mt. Olive, Chatham, and more.

Attorney Michael Burakoff takes a unique approach to personal injury law by focusing on working closely not only with his clients, but with their families as well. This is because he understands just how difficult an injury and its results can be to the lives of the injury victim and their family, and is dedicated to keeping his clients and their families as informed, involved, and emotionally and financially secure as possible throughout the personal injury claims process.

If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of accident which was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, including any kind of car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, an accident on a dangerous or poorly maintained property, a slip and fall, and more, Michael Burakoff and our legal team are prepared to discuss your unique needs, concerns, and options in a free and confidential consultation. Please, contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525.

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