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Michael H. Foster is an expert Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Foster is also a member of the firm’s Accident & Personal Injury practice in the Marlton, New Jersey office.

On occasion people are injured as a result of the negligence of a governmental body such as the State, County, local Municipality or their employees. In New Jersey these negligence claims are subject to a very specific set of laws contained in Title 59 “Claims Against Public Entities” and is known as the “Tort Claims Act” which must be followed and satisfied.
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Pursuant to New Jersey Statute 39:6B-1(a.) “Every owner or registered owner of a motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in this State shall maintain motor vehicle liability insurance coverage.”Driving without the mandated insurance coverage subjects the uninsured driver to serious financial penalties, causes automatic suspension of driving privileges, potential criminal ramifications and places them at serious risk of personal civil liability.
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One of the hallmarks of professional conduct is effective communication with your client. My practice as an attorney involves representing people who have been injured and who have had their lives disrupted by the negligence of others. One of the things these clients need and expect is an advocate for their issues and ear for their concerns. As a result I and my staff communicate daily with our clients. We are constantly on the phone, meeting with clients in the office, or speaking with others to help coordinate issues with insurance companies and doctors.
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Once a legal complaint in a personal injury case is filed and served in New Jersey the discovery phase of the case begins. Discovery is the word used to describe the exchange of information and evidence between the parties to a lawsuit. Pursuant to New Jersey Court Rule 4:24-1 the time for completion of discovery and other pretrial proceedings in personal injury cases such as motor vehicle accidents, slip, trip or fall accidents and the like is 300 days.
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As a personal injury lawyer a question I hear at almost every initial meeting is “How long will my case take.” The answer I give is rarely satisfactory but is always honest. The answer I give is “as long as is necessary to achieve the best result for you.” The real answer in terms of time is “I do not know or I cannot say for sure.” Then I elaborate as to why that is the answer. The question is likely asked because when an accident and/or injury occurs it is normal for that person to want it to be over as quickly as possible. It is human nature to want bad and unfortunate things to be gone and over with. But as an attorney while I do try to resolve a case as quickly as practicable the ultimate goal is the best result possible not the quickest result possible.
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