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Recovery after a limb amputation

Unfortunately, accidents happen, and when these accidents happen, not all victims are able to walk away unscathed. In fact, some of the worst injuries are caused by motor vehicle collisions, and a victim's ability to recovery from such serious injuries can be a long process. In fact, some injuries are so life altering that it requires ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation well into the future or even for the rest of his or her life.

Take a limb amputation, for example. When an accident victim requires a limb to be amputated, this is due to a severe injury causing the body part to be considered loss. And in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of the victim, removing the dead limb is his or her best chance for survival. While medical professionals are able to take on this procedure with little to no issue, it is the recovery period that can be more complex.

Pedestrian killed in New Jersey hit-and-run

Losing a loved one is difficult. Coping with the death of a loved one in a car crash can be especially challenging, as these crashes occur suddenly and are likely the result of a negligent driver. What can make an already trying time even harder is when the driver that caused the accident fled the scene.

Recently, a fatal pedestrian accident occurred in Cherry Hill. Based on reports from New Jersey law enforcement, the motorist struck the pedestrian on Route 38 and did not stop following the collision. It was further reported that a piece of the vehicle was left behind, providing officers with evidence to help them locate this hit-and-run driver.

High rate of workplace fatalities among truck drivers

The loss of a loved one is challenging to overcome. While death is inevitable, too often, individuals are suddenly killed by the negligence of another person. This can cause surviving loved ones to have many questions, especially when it comes to why it happened and who is responsible. Motor vehicle accidents often cause sudden, unexpected deaths, and some of these occur while the victim is working.

Based on current data, truck drivers and delivery workers had the highest rate of workplace fatalities in 2016 when compared to all other occupations. It was discovered that 918 truck drivers and sales workers died on the job that year in automobile collisions.

Protecting your rights after a motorcycle crash

Although fall is starting to set in, it does not mean motorcyclists are ready to put their bikes away. In fact, motorists in New Jersey and elsewhere can be seen riding throughout fall and even into winter. Thus, it is imperative that drivers remain attentive and aware of these vehicles, as failing to see one could result in a serious or even fatal collision.

While motorists are supposed to share the road with motorcycles like any other type of motor vehicle, the unfortunate reality is that some fail to do so. The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be gruesome. In fact, the injuries and damages that result can be some of the worst, as motorcyclists do not have a protective shell or restraints like those traveling in a passenger vehicle. This is why the attorneys at Serafini & Serafini, PC, dedicate their time to defend the rights and interests of motorcycle accident victims.

Motorcycle safety depends on other drivers too

If you're one of many motorcycle enthusiasts in New Jersey, you likely get excited any time you have a day off and the sun is shining. In fact, you might start thinking about getting out on the open road midway through your work week. Whether you usually travel alone or with a group of friends, taking a road trip might be one of your favorite things to do.

Perhaps you've also joined the ranks of those who commute to and from work by motorcycle. It can help you save on gas money, especially if your travel distance to work isn't that far from your home. When you head out on the road, you're definitely at risk for injury; however, practicing safety tips and adhering to all traffic laws can help you arrive at your destination without incident, unless, of course, a nearby motorist causes a collision.

Consumer product contribute to TBIs in children

When one thinks of a head trauma, individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere likely think of a car accident or contact sport as the cause. While these are major contributors for traumatic brain injuries, they are not the only cause that is of concern. In fact, consumers, specifically those under the age of 19, suffer TBIs at a concerning rate.

This study found that 72% of all head trauma cases were attributed to consumer products. It was emphasized that structural designs, such as uneven flooring, is a major contributor to falls. Even more so, falls are the leading cause of TBIs in children. With regards to infants, around 25% of head injuries were caused by falling from their bed. Floors, causing 14%, followed this.

Wrongful death suit and guiding you through the process

Losing a loved one is something we all must face at one point in our lives; however, many of us are ill prepared to deal with the sudden death of a loved one. An automobile collision, work accident, medical error, defective product or a dangerous property could be the source of a fatal accident. And in these matters, a negligent party is likely to blame.

There's nothing that can be done to replace a loved one lost in an accident, and the attorneys at Serafini & Serafini, P.C., are sensitive to that. Our law firm is focused on helping surviving family members in New Jersey navigate these difficult times, helping them understand what rights and options they have to overcome the losses caused by this tragic event.

How do "statutes of limitations" apply to wrongful death claims?

All civil lawsuits have what are known as "statutes of limitations." This is the time period in which a person can file a lawsuit. Once the time period is up, a person can no longer pursue a legal claim. This is true of personal injury claims, including wrongful death lawsuits. Each state has its own statute of limitations for wrongful death claims, so this post will only speak generally about this topic and does not provide legal advice. Those who want to know what the statute of limitations is for wrongful death claims in New Jersey will want to speak to a professional.

When it comes to wrongful death claims, in general the statute of limitations begins when the person pursuing the lawsuit knows or through reasonable diligence should have known the cause of their loved one's death. Some states utilize the "discovery rule" to determine when the decedent knew or should have known the cause of his or her death, meaning the wrongful death statute of limitations would begin running before the decedent's death.

Internal bleeding could slowly put your life in jeopardy

Once the vehicles came to a stop, it probably took you a minute to realize that you survived the crash. It may have taken another few minutes to figure out that you could move.

Perhaps you didn't see any outward signs of injuries, and after looking at the wreckage, you feel lucky. You may not have any injuries that you can see right now, but you could have internal bleeding and not know it yet. Even if you go the doctor as a precaution, diagnosing internal bleeding is not always easy, especially if it is slow.

Are New Jersey bus drivers subject to hours-of-service rules?

People in New Jersey may already know that drivers of semi-trucks must follow federal regulations that dictate how long they can be on the road before having to take a rest break. These "hours of service" regulations are meant to prevent drowsy driving. They are especially important because the sheer size difference between a semi-truck and a standard automobile is so great that, if the trucker falls asleep behind the wheel and causes a commercial vehicle accident, it is the occupants of the other vehicle that can wind up seriously injured or even killed.

However, what New Jersey residents may not know is that hours of service rules also apply to passenger-carrying drivers, such as bus drivers. However, the rules for passenger-carrying drivers differ slightly from those property-carrying drivers must follow.

New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Why Is This Important? Roughly 3% Of Attorneys Achieve This Status.

A certified civil trial attorney is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who can demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge, and skill in civil trial practice. The Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification and who are able to meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Court.

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