Attorney Bruce Stern was sworn in over the weekend as Secretary of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the organization’s annual convention in Los Angeles, CA. The AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar, which works to promote justice through the legal system for people injured by the negligence or misconduct of others.
Paralysis is a life changing condition that can be caused by medical conditions like multiple sclerosis, but in many cases results from a traumatic accident or injury that leaves the person with a spinal cord, head, and/or brain injury. Repairing nerve and muscle damage or a break in the connection between the brain and the rest of the body is extraordinarily difficult and sometimes considered impossible. But new research and advances in technology are bringing hope to people who have been partially or fully paralyzed.
Depending on the type of injury, different surgical methods can be used to repair injured areas of the body. Peripheral Nerve Surgery is used to sew severed nerves back together or to apply a nerve graft to reconnect sensation and movement to an area. Another method is a muscle transplant to replace damaged muscle with working muscle from another area of the body, e.g., the thigh for the bicep. In cases where the brain has lost control of a part of the body due to spinal cord injury, new advanced research is being done with computers and implants to stimulate the brain function and restore movement. One such method is called functional electrical stimulation (FES) which uses electrical pulses to restore muscle function.
Transfer to a Burn Center is a critical need for patients with toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a related condition, because both damage the skin in much the same way as a topical or deep tissue burn. These blister-causing conditions are related to underlying infections or allergic reactions to prescription or over-the-counter medications. Both are life-threatening and life-changing because the skin peels off and must heal itself for the patient to combat infection and survive. Like burns, the resulting scars could affect the way a patient feels and how they will be treated once they return home.
It happens every year. Someone is careless with fireworks and ends up seriously injured. Someone falls and breaks an arm or leg at the company picnic. Worst of all, someone is careless at the pool and a child is injured or drowns. This year make sure you and your family stay safe with these tips on how to avoid injuries on the 4th of July weekend.
Firework injuries are common on Independence Day. Did you know that the most serious injuries are caused by the small fireworks? According to a VFIS insurance infographic, the small firecrackers cause 32% of the injuries including lacerations, eye injuries and severe hand damage. To avoid the most serious injuries:
- Keep a bucket of water handy to douse out of control fireworks;
- Never pick up a “dud” or try to re-light one in case it’s still burning inside; and,
- Hold the firework away from your face when lighting and back up right away after it’s lit.
Avoiding falls and risky activities is another way to stay safe on Fourth of July. Some things are obvious—you don’t want to jump off a high cliff into a lake when you don’t know what’s under the water. Severe head injuries and paralysis could be the result. The most common injuries like broken arms and legs can be avoided. When at the family or company picnic, avoid these behaviors:
- Don’t run across uneven ground, e.g., across roots and rocks in the woods;
- Don’t carry too many lawn chairs and bags down to the sand—get someone to help; and,
- If you overindulge on the liquor, choose to avoid physical activities. Alcohol slows your reactions to dangers resulting in injuries.
Swimming injuries usually occur when someone is inattentive. Don’t let your kids dive into pools—they are sometimes too shallow and could result in a head injury. Watch your kids—especially if the pool doesn’t have a gate. Take a look at the the American Red Cross’s water safety tips.
Take a few minutes to read these safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe and secure over the holidays.
Stark & Stark is pleased to announce that attorney Bryan M. Roberts has been elected as a new Shareholder of the firm.
Bryan M. Roberts is a member of the firm’s Accident & Personal Injury Group in the Lawrenceville office. Mr. Roberts concentrates his practice in the areas of wrongful death and catastrophic injuries as a result of automobile, commercial truck, and motorcycle accidents. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, he was an Associate for a firm in Philadelphia where he defended wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims, which gave him invaluable knowledge that will greatly benefit his injured clients in his current practice.
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When an injury occurs on the job, you are usually covered under the workers’ compensation insurance policy paid for by your employer. You are also typically required to visit a physician selected by the insurance company to assess your condition and get treatment. But what if you don’t agree with the doctor’s assessment or treatment plan? Can you go somewhere else for a second opinion? In New Jersey, the answer is almost always “No.” You can request it, but are not “entitled” to get it. The insurance company has the right to decide whether or not a second opinion is warranted.
There are two common situations that prompt patients to seek a second opinion in workers’ comp claims:
- When the doctor says you no longer need treatment and you don’t agree with him/her; and,
- When the doctor recommends surgery or an invasive procedure and you want to be sure it is the best option.
Everyone knows that a drunk driver is liable for injuries he causes while behind the wheel. But what about the person or place that served the driver alcoholic beverages before he started driving? Is that person or place liable for injuries the person causes later on when driving while intoxicated? A recent case delves into this issue.
On June 2, 2016 I attended an extremely interesting presentation given by the law firm of Costello & Mails about the employer’s duty to provide a safe work place for employees. There are many State and Federal laws that address this issue, as will be explained below. As a workers’ compensation attorney I found the information invaluable since the workers’ compensation statute is a no-fault statute that does not require an employer to maintain any level of safety for workers. The trade-off makes an employee eligible for certain limited benefits regardless of whether the employee or the employer is at fault. An employer at fault for an employee’s injury does not mean that the employee will get any more or any less benefits than an employee who was at fault for his or her own injury at work. The benefits discussed at this recent presentation were over and above any compensation an employee might be entitled to under the workers’ compensation law.
Stark & Stark earned six spots on the New Jersey Law Journal’s Top NJ Verdicts & Settlements list for 2015. Congratulations to our Personal Injury team for doing what Stark & Stark does best—putting the law to use for our clients and getting the best outcomes. Top mentions went to:
|Delgado v. Stony Brook Sew & Vac||$1.8 million||Settlement||Mark Davis|
|Perreault v. Fratarcangeli||$1.6 million||Verdict||Bryan Roberts|
|Leip v. Princeton University||$1.2 million||Settlement||Michael Donahue|
|Sanjeevaraya v. Spencer||$250,000||Settlement||Mark Davis|
Stark & Stark’s accident and personal injury practice serves as many as 2,000 clients per year. Each unique case is supervised by an experienced attorney and supported by an Accidental Injury Trauma Teams comprised of experienced attorneys and paralegals.
The Top NJ Verdicts & Settlements supplement is published by the New Jersey Law Journal and comes out once per year.
Is it time to regulate e-cigarettes just like tobacco?
Despite the growing base of literature on the dangers, e-cigarette and vaping use is on the rise, especially among young people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced tougher rules to treat e-cigarettes in much the same way as other tobacco products are regulated under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The biggest impact under the new rule is to ban sales to children. However, eight states—Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina Nevada, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming have taken a more affirmative step and enacted laws that categorize e-cigarettes as tobacco products. California recently joined the pack when Governor Brown signed into legislation a similar law designating e-cigarettes as tobacco products. In California this means that use is barred in many public and private places including at work, schools, and public transit areas. In addition, some local laws in California ban tobacco products from beaches and at entrances to private businesses, such as near hotel entrances. Under the new law, which goes into effect June 9th, all vaping products—including the candy-flavored liquids—must also be sold in childproof packaging. Brown also passed legislation upping the smoking age to 21 years.