Robert Bratman, Denise Mariani, & Evan Lide to Present “Automobile Insurance” Seminars

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Stark & Stark Shareholders J. Robert Bratman, Denise Mariani, and Associate Evan J. Lide will be presenting “Automobile Insurance: Understanding Your Policy & How to Protect Your Rights,” a series of seminars that will be held at the YMCA Trenton on June 2, 9, and 23, 2016. The seminars will explain the key components of the average auto insurance company, including what coverage and benefits are typically included. This will also cover what kinds of auto policies are available, and what a person should know when they are involved in an automobile accident or collision.

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E-Cigarette Poisoning in Children on the Rise

Posted in E-Cigarette, Product Liability

A new report “raises another red flag about e-cigarettes–the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be hazardous,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Poisonings in children are on the rise from drinking e-cigarette liquids that come with vaping products. The liquid packaging is brightly colored; the candy-flavored taste inviting; the lack of child-proof packaging? Extremely dangerous.

The liquids in e-cigarettes contain a concentrated dose of nicotine, which is a poison. In liquid form, nicotine can be ingested or absorbed through the skin causing severe poisoning or even death. Poison center stats show that more than fifty percent (50%) of the victims are children under 6 years old. Just as startling is that forty percent (40%) are over twenty (20) years old. Adults are being poisoned at nearly the same rate as children. Many of these adult poison events are from inhaling and/or exposure to the skin and eyes.

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Understanding the Injury known as CRPS or RSD

Posted in Workers' Compensation

CRPS stands for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and is sometimes referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD. CRPS is a rare but serious form of chronic pain resulting from nerve damage that generally affects arms or legs after trauma to that part of the body. CRPS arises most frequently as a result of a traumatic workplace injury involving damage to a nerve root, or as a result of one or more surgeries to repair a fracture, burn, or some other injury.

One of the most common traits of CRPS is that pain appears to be greater than what would be expected for the injury or as a result of normal activities. Symptoms of CRPS include severe swelling, a “waxy” appearance, discoloration, unusual temperature changes, and/or unusual hair growth to the extremity. There is no decisive test to confirm CRPS for an injured worker. However, some tests do provide guidance. One is a bone scan, which may indicate a degree of bone loss associated with CRPS. Another test is to prescribe nerve blocks and then evaluate how the extremity responds.

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Another Student Burned by E-Cigarette—This Time During School

Posted in Burn Injuries, E-Cigarette, Product Liability

In Albertville, Alabama, a 10th grade student noticed his e-cigarette case was getting hot. He took it out of his pocket and placed it on a nearby desk where it promptly exploded. He escaped injury but a nearby student wasn’t so lucky. He was hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

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Join Stark & Stark at the Capital City Book Fair

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Stark & Stark will be attending the second annual Capital City Book Fair event in Trenton, NJ on May 14th, 2016 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The Capital City Book Fair is a two-day event taking place all day Friday and Saturday, and is intended to be a celebration of all the local booksellers, indie presses, authors, and bibliophiles in central New Jersey. In addition to the Book Market, the fair will include a Scrabble tournament, a mystery writing panel, a poetry slam, and a variety of readings and performances for children.

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Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq. Elected Managing Shareholder of Stark & Stark

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Stark & Stark is pleased to announce the election of Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq. as Managing Shareholder of the firm, effective May 1, 2016.  In this new leadership role, Mr. Donahue will oversee the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning of the firm.  His election to Managing Shareholder coincides with his upcoming June installation as President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) for the 2016-2017 term, where he also serves as co-chair of NJAJ’s Amicus Curiae Committee.

Mr. Donahue, who has been with the firm since 1995, is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and focuses his practice on products liability and serious personal injury litigation. He is a prolific legal presenter, a member of several New Jersey-based law associations, and very active in area charitable and philanthropic organizations, including Boheme Opera New Jersey, the Trenton Area YMCA, the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, and Theater Exile in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Dangers of Trucking Accidents

Posted in Trucking Accidents

In a prior blog post, I discussed what to do after a truck accident occurs. In this blog post, I will focus on a specific example of a dangerous truck accident. A graduate student was driving in moderate stop-and-go traffic on the interstate. While he was stopped in a line of cars, a tanker truck driver that was traveling at about 25 mph rear ended a vehicle that was 2 cars behind the student’s vehicle. As a result, a chain-reaction impact occurred. The car behind the graduate student’s car rear ended his car, causing his seat to break. His car was then forced into the car in front of him.

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Medical Treatment and Light Duty Issues in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Posted in Workers' Compensation

Sometimes, injured workers have questions regarding authorized or unauthorized medical care. N.J.S.A. 34:15-15 of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act provides that, “The employer shall furnish to the injured worker such medical, surgical, and other treatment, and hospital service as shall be necessary to cure and relieve the worker of the effects of the injury.” The case of Benson vs. Coca Cola Co. addresses the issue of unauthorized medical care.

In the Benson case, the employee was examined by the workers’ compensation carrier’s physician. The employee subsequently sought out medical treatment from another physician, without the workers’ compensation carrier’s authorization, and then sought reimbursement from the carrier for the medical expenses. The workers’ compensation court found against the employee, holding that N.J. Stat. Ann. § 34:15-15 did not give discretion to the injured employee to seek independent medical assistance, thus the outside medical treatment and hospitalization was unauthorized.

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Stark & Stark Congratulates John Sakson: NJLJ Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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Start & Stark is proud to announce that Shareholder John Sakson, Esq. has been selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as a recipient of their 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Sakson is one of only 25 attorneys in New Jersey to receive this recognition for 2016.

Recipients were recommended to the NJLJ by their readers and other members of the legal community. The focus in selecting these recipients was to find attorneys “who have helped to shape the law in New Jersey, whether through their work on the bench, their work in-house, building a firm or any other means.” While many attorneys were recommended for inclusion, Mr. Sakson’s worthiness was “indisputable,” landing him in the class of recipients for 2016.

John Sakson is a Shareholder and serves as the Co-Managing Director of Stark & Stark, and is the Chair of the firm’s Personal Injury and Workers’ Comp Practice Group.  Further, Mr. Sakson has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney for over thirty years, and has previously served two terms as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Trial Attorney Certification.

Stark & Stark congratulates Mr. Sakson on this incredible distinction. View the full list of recipients.  To learn more about Mr. Sakson and his practice, please click here.

E-Cigarette Vaping Product Explodes – Causes Catastrophic Injuries to 14 Year Old Boy

Posted in E-Cigarette, Product Liability

Despite the growing number of injuries attributed to e-cigarette and vaping product use, manufacturers continue to claim the products are a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Recent reports dispute this, including:

  1. A Harvard study that showed dangerous levels of a lung-destroying chemical called diacetyl,[i]
  2. Cases of lung injuries and pneumonia from vaping,[ii] and,
  3. Evidence of devastating injuries from device fires and explosions.[iii]

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