When you've suffered a serious personal injury, it can bring your life to a standstill. There's nothing, however, that compares to the pain and suffering that comes with a serious burn injury. Not only can you experience excruciating physical pain from the burn itself, but you may have substantial scarring or disfigurement, destruction or damage to nerves, impaired flexibility or mobility and even psychological consequences of the accident. It's also customary to require extensive physical therapy or rehab after a serious burn injury.
After an accident caused by someone else's carelessness, you may lose wages or income because you can't work, and you may have unreimbursed medical expenses. Those damages are easy to determine, though, because they are easily measured. You are also entitled to compensation for physical pain and suffering, a less tangible loss. What exactly is "pain and suffering" and how will the court calculate the total damages for pain and suffering?
New Jersey is one of a number of states that have a law allowing PIP, or personal injury protection, as an extension of car insurance coverage, designed to provide benefits fro medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Sometimes known as "no-fault" insurance, PIP is typically paid without respect to legal liability. A person can receive PIP benefits even if he or she caused the accident and injury.
More than six years after the incident that caused the injury, a young New Jersey girl's claim for punitive damages against Dick's Sporting Goods has been allowed to move forward.
In Kansas City earlier this month, the 10-year-old son of a state legislator died on what is billed as "the world's tallest water slide," the Verruckt raft ride (Verruckt is German for "insane.") In Greene County, Tennessee, on August 8, three girls fell to the ground when a ferris wheel malfunctioned. In light of these tragedies, critics are calling for tighter regulations on the industry.
You've probably seen them-individuals walking down the sidewalk, across a field or in a parking lot, eyes alternating between their devices and the landscape in front of them. What are they doing-playing Pokemon Go, the "augmented reality" game from Niantic, where players use their devices-phones, pads and even laptops-to find virtual treasures, in the form of eggs or creatures, such as Pikachu, Bulbasaurs and Charmanders. But lawyers are also seeing potential treasure in the global phenomenon, especially personal injury attorneys.
A New Jersey assemblywoman has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to send and receive text messages or to otherwise use a handheld device while in a crosswalk or walking along a public street.