Dos and Donts to Maximize Compensation in an Injury Settlement

Morris County Personal Injury Attorney Helps Maximize Your Settlement

Serving Accident victims across Hopatcong, Denville, Netcong, East Hanover, Florham Park, Morris County and Sussex County

New Jersey, as the most densely populated state in the country, traffic congestion and car accidents are seemingly unavoidable based on the statistics. Whether it’s people who tailgate, change lanes without turn signals, or ignore the speed limit, the likelihood of being in a motor vehicle accident is more often a matter of “when” not “if”, in the Garden State. Awareness about what to do in the event of an accident is key to protect the integrity of your claim and maximize the possible settlement amount that you or a loved one may be entitled to, including being made whole for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering and any personal injuries.

New Jersey vehicle accident laws can be complex, and dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming. There are countless intricacies in the law and even more circumstances where the accident or injury becomes a financial road block in your life. You may be hospitalized or unable to go back to work. Worse yet, you may still be in pain or experiencing moments of discomfort that make work and home-life unbearable. Some serious injuries have long-term or permanent effects, including pain, scarring, limited range of motion, or more severe disability. Having someone who can to protect your rights after a car accident, and help you secure your claim is critical.

At The Law Office of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping the victims, and their families, recover financial compensation through personal injury and wrongful death claims in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Netcong, Dover, Denville, Roxbury, Parsippany, Hopatcong, Florham Park, East Hanover, Morristown, Morris Plains, Mt. Olive, and more.

Please, call our Morristown or Newton office today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of car accident injury with our legal team in a free and confidential consultation.

Personal Injury Checklist from Your Sussex County Accident Lawyer

File a Police Report

Have the police document the scene (e.g., road conditions and location details) and interview the drivers of the accident vehicles, passengers or witnesses. If for some reason the police fail to show, go to the station within 24 hours of the accident to file the report in person.

Document the Scene/Preserve the Evidence

Use your mobile phone to photograph the vehicles, the accident scene and property damage, weather conditions, skid marks, and injuries to yourself or passengers.

Exchange Information with the Other Driver

Name, address, phone number, driver’s license information, car registration, auto insurance, and license plate.

Do NOT Admit Fault for the Accident

Accepting responsibility prior to an accident report or an investigation could make processing your claim challenging. Surveillance footage, the police report, eye-witness statements, and photographic documentation of the accident scene, vehicles and surrounding area may better be able to identify the party at fault.

Strengthen Your Medical Records

Seek medical attention within 72 hours of the accident. Medical records are vital evidence in supporting your accident-related injuries. Seeking treatment immediately following an accident allows a medical professional to diagnose your injuries, link them to the accident, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Delaying medical care from a doctor or chiropractor could cause insurance companies to doubt the seriousness of your injuries.

Do NOT Sign a Medical Authorization Release without your lawyer´s approval

This document allows an insurance company to access your medical history and in doing so, they might reduce or deny your claim due what they consider pre-existing injuries.

Document the Severity of Your Injuries

Severity of personal injuries can impact the value of one´s compensation significantly. Keeping a diary of all of your complaints and limitations on your physical activities will better demonstrate how the injuries have impacted daily life and whether the effects are temporary or permanent. Keep receipts of all prescriptions and medicines taken, as well as other purchases (e.g., wheel chair, canes, crutches, neck braces, etc). Common injuries resulting in lifelong pain and suffering, and frequently additional medical care include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Leg and arm injuries
  • Burns
  • Head, spinal cord, and neck injuries
  • Disfigurement, loss of limbs, or serious scarring
  • Loss of an unborn child

Limit Social Media Exposure

Insurance companies often hire private investigators to surveil those claiming severe medical injuries, so leading a very active and athletic social life on Instagram or Facebook would be counterproductive to one´s case.

Do NOT Be an Eager Beaver

It may takes months to settle a claim, but if you get an insufficient settlement offer, appropriate documentation should support your demand for fair compensation. It often takes a longer period of time for serious injuries to become evident or for treatment or surgery to provide the maximum benefit to the injured party. So never settle your claim before you need to.

Contact A Morristown Personal Injury Compensation Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, our legal team has more than 35 years of experience helping clients to recover the compensation they need and deserve for car accident injuries in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Parsippany, Newton, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, East Hanover, Denville, Mt. Olive, Morristown, and more.

Our firm is unique among personal injury law firms in that we focus on working closely not only with our clients, but their families as well. Attorney Michael Burakoff understands just how difficult it can be for families to undergo the stress and hardship that a serious injury can cause, and as such believes in taking every legal step necessary to protect injury victims’ rights, obtain compensation for economic injuries, and help their entire family to recover from the tragedy of a serious car accident.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of car accident injury or wrongful death, your options for making a successful personal injury claim and recovery, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown or Newton 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.

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.

Heatstroke for Morris and Sussex County Workers Due to Lack of Safety Precaution

Lax Safety Precaution Brings Outdoor Workers Increased Risk of HeatstrokeWorkers’ Compensation and personal injury claims cost employers the loss of countless dollars, man hours and productivity. Hot days put outdoor workers at elevated risk of heat related problems like extreme sunburns and especially heatstroke. Without proper precautions and safety measures, people can suffer a number of heat-related illnesses none of which should not be taken lightly. The Environmental Protection Agency states that, an average of 1,500 people die each year from exposure to excessive heat. Fatalities are not the only effect of excessive heat on workers, especially if they work outdoors.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients who have been stricken with a heat-related illness at work due to lax safety precautions in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

Risks of Heat-Related Illness For New Jersey Workers

Though outdoor workers are more at risk in the summer months, many other workers are at risk all year. In reality any job site that involves high radiant heat sources, high air temperatures, high humidity levels, heavy physical labor and/or direct physical contact with hot objects is at increased chances for workers to develop heat stress-related illness.

However there are established safety standards to prevent illness and fatalities related to excessive heat exposure. Sadly many job supervisors do not take the proper safety precautions to protect their workers. These unsafe work environment dramatically increase the risk of heat illnesses such as heat stroke, dehydration, cramps and rashes and extreme sunburns.

Most heat-related illnesses caused by excessive exposure to heat and/or sun can be prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken, including proper hydration, use of sunscreen, rest and shade for workers when needed.

Avoiding Heat-Related Illness at Work Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The New Jersey Department of Health warns that prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heat stroke and death.

To avoid health complications from excessive heat at work the DOH recommends the following:

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid the most physically demanding jobs during the hottest part of the day
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications can increase the risk of heat-related illness.

It is important to remember that people who are suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes.  Hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat, and a rapid and strong pulse are all early signs.  Victims can become delirious or unconscious. A person suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical attention.

Talk to a Newton Personal Injury and 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 due to lack employer precaution 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 also their families. We understand 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 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 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.

What Should I Do if I Have Been in a Car Accident?

Morris Plains Car Accident Injury AttorneyBeing involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident can be a traumatic experience, and sometimes life-changing. It can also be a little overwhelming as there will be a variety of concerned parties, including insurance companies, the police, eye-witnesses, medical and emergency response personnel, and potentially even a personal injury attorney.

With that being said, here are a few tips to help you safely and efficiently recover from any kind of motor vehicle accident, including a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or a bus or train accident.

“Ensure Your Safety, the Safety of Your Passengers, and the Safety of Other Involved Parties”

Morris Plains Car Accident Injury Attorney

The most important thing you can do anytime you are in a car accident is to first ensure your own safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other involved parties. Depending on where your accident occurred, this may involve exiting your vehicle and getting out of harm’s way of fires or oncoming traffic. Or, if your accident occurred on a busy highway like I-80, it may be safer to remain in your vehicle rather than risking walking across the highway and oncoming traffic.

This can be a bit of a judgement call, and there may be scenarios where you are unable to move even if you felt like it was needed. The most important thing to remember is the time-proven idea of “safety-first”.

“Call Emergency Responders”

Parsippany Highway Accident Lawyer

Once you feel that you and your passengers are out of immediate danger, your next step should be to call emergency responders if they haven’t already been notified by dailing 911.

Emergency response will include ambulances and medical personnel, police to secure the scene of the accident and document what has happened, and potentially even the fire department if there is risk or evidence of a fire.

The sooner emergency responders are contacted, the sooner they can arrive to the scene of the car accident, and begin helping all involved parties.

“Record as Much Evidence as Possible”

Dover Motor Vehicle Injury Attorney

Even though it is the responsibility of responding law enforcement officers to document the scene of the accident and the given statements of involved parties and witnesses to the accident, if you are able to, it can go a long way to record certain pieces of information yourself.

This can include things like taking photos of the accident, getting the names and numbers of eye-witnesses, and generally recording any other information which may be relevant to your accident in terms of what happened, how did it happen, why did it happen, etc.

Again, while this is generally the responsibility of the police, the more information you have the better when it comes to working with insurance companies, and securing compensation for your accident, injuries, and damages, whether through a claim with your own insurance provider (a first-person claim) or a claim with the insurance provider of the responsible part (a third-party personal injury claim).

“Seek Medical Attention”

East Hanover Accident and Injury Lawyer

Seeking medical attention if you have been hurt in a car accident seems like an obvious next step. However, even if you just feel “shaken up” but ok, it is still critical that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible after your accident.

Some injuries take time to present themselves, for example brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries, and the longer you wait to visit a doctor, the worse these injuries can become.

In addition, the less time there is between your car accident and when you speak with a doctor and actually diagnose your injuries, the easier it will be to directly link those same injuries to your accident. If too much time transpires between the two events, insurance companies can argue that you were hurt in some other way, and that your injuries were not caused by your accident (meaning, they don’t have to pay for them).

Bottom line. if you were in an accident, go see a doctor ASAP.

“Speak with an Experienced Injury Attorney”

Morris County Personal Injury Attorney

Finally, if you have been involved in a car accident, trust that you WILL be hearing from your insurance company soon thereafter, and possibly the insurance company of other involved parties.

Insurance companies are for profit businesses, meaning their profits come before your own well-being. As helpful as they may seem, it is highly recommended that you speak with an experienced Morris County injury attorney before speaking with any insurance company.

By first speaking with an attorney, you can get a better sense of whether or not you may have a case for seeking injury compensation from other responsible parties, what you should and shouldn’t say to the insurance companies, and what your next steps are in the car accident injury process.

Contact a Morris County and Sussex County Car Accident Injury Lawyer Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we have extensive experience helping our clients and their families to recover full and fair car accident injury compensation in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Dover, Netcong, Morris Plains, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Denville, Newton, Parsippany, Morristown, Florham Park, and more.

Attorney Michael Burakoff believes in working closely and attentively not only with his clients, but with their families as well. This is because he understands the extreme strain that a serious injury can place on any family, and the need to have all involved parties actually involved in the process.

To speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of accident or motor vehicle accident, your options for recovering compensation for your injuries and damages, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

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