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  • Understanding Claims Against NJTransit - Your Rights and the Pitfalls

    Bringing a claim for injuries against New Jersey Transit (NJTransit) is not as simple as it may seem due to the fact that they are a “public entity” under New Jersey’s stringent Tort Claim Act. See N.J.S.A. 59:1-3 . As a governmental entity, NJTransit is permitted certain immunities under tort law which protect the agency against claims of negligence. These immunities are broad and are often ...
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  • Over 4 Million General Motors Vehicles Recalled Over Airbag Risk

    General Motors Co. announced that they were recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles late last week, over 3.6 million of which are currently in the United States over a software defect. According to the vehicle manufacturer, the sensor module in the affected vehicles run the risk of spontaneously entering diagnostic mode during a crash which can prevent the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to ...
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  • What Is a Settlement Conference?

    The vast majority of civil cases are settled before anyone needs to go to trial, most often because all parties involved are able to reach an agreement before the set trial date. One of the most common places these settlements are reached is at a settlement conference. Under New Jersey Courts Rule 4:5B-3 [1] , courts are permitted to conduct a settlement conference in any civil action at the ...
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  • 42 Injured After Barrier Collapsed at a New Jersey Concert

    42 people were injured at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday August 5 after a railing collapsed, dropping approximately 50 people 10 feet onto a concrete path at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. According to witnesses, dozens of concertgoers ran forward once the two rappers took the stage, and their combined weight pressing against the railing apparently caused the barrier to fail. 34 ...
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  • Swimming Hazards to Be Aware Of

    The hotter the summer days get, the more inviting swimming pools become. A day spent with your family in the cool water can be the perfect way to deal with the scorching sun, but if you don’t take the proper precautions a relaxing swim can quickly turn into a tragedy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between 2005 and 2014, about 3,536 people died every year in ...
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  • "Pokemon Go" Raises Distracted Driving Concerns

    Amidst the Pokemon Go phenomenon that is sweeping the nation, many safety advocates have voiced concerns over driver and pedestrian distraction. Almost as fast as Pokemon Go permeated the cultural landscape did safety officials begin issuing warnings citing safety concerns. The free application is available to anyone with a smart phone. To succeed at the game, players travel around their city ...
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  • Pacific Cycle Strollers Recalled Over Front Wheel Defect

    Pacific Cycle has recalled approximately 217,600 Instep and Schwinn swivel wheel jogging strollers following reports that the front wheel is at risk of becoming loose and detaching from the stroller during use. The company issued the recall following 132 reports of front wheel failure, which resulted in a reported 215 injuries that included abrasions, bruises, bumps, head injuries, lacerations, ...
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  • New FAA Drone Regulations Could Increase Risk of Injury

    Drones, or unmanned aircraft, are rapidly growing in popularity, and new regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will only serve to increase that growth. The FAA expects to release their first set of rules that will allow businesses to fly drones up to 50 pounds at low altitudes. These initial regulations only permit operators to fly these aircraft within their line of sight and ...
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  • The Top 6 Misconceptions About Personal Injury Lawsuits

    The Top 6 Misconceptions About Personal Injury Lawsuits Personal injury lawsuits constantly make the front pages of news outlets, and that has led to distortion of the facts behind them. Here are some common misconceptions about personal injury suits, and the truth behind them. It’s a large time commitment. The time commitment is mostly on our end. By hiring Levinson Axelrod, you are hiring an ...
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  • If I Bring A Construction Accident Claim, Who Is The Defendant?

    Construction workers have some of the highest injury rates of any occupation in the U.S., so you need to be prepared in the event of an injury. It’s important to know whether your injury is covered under workers’ compensation and if you have a case that allows further legal action against other parties referred to as 3 rd Parties. In New Jersey, the law requires every business to have of worker’s ...
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  • Reopening a Case After It Has Settled

    Why You Could Benefit By Choosing the Right Lawyer in the First Place Settling a personal injury case can take months to years of litigation, with both sides fighting for their own best interests; the same is true for cases that go to trial. In most cases, this involves your lawyers fighting against the insurance company for the best possible recovery in the circumstances. Once a final figure is ...
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  • “Never Events” in Medical Malpractice

    Women have gone in for hysterectomies and come out with holes in the bladder. Men have gone in for cyst removal and come out with a missing testicle. Patients of all ages are coming out of surgery with instruments like scalpels and needles still inside of them. Events like these are the scourge of the healthcare industry, and they are occurring at an alarming rate. Patients across the United ...
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  • Kind Words From a Forked River Client

    Dear Kim, Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are a lawyer extraordinaire. Adjective; outstanding or remarkable in a particular capacity. Two years ago, I made an appointment with Levinson Axelrod to talk about my accident. I made the appointment with the mindset that this was just a "let's be on the safe side" move. I am just going to have a conversation and see how this works and if I ...
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  • Dangerous Roadways to Avoid in New Jersey

    New Jersey’s beauty and appeal are undeniable, causing many tourists to travel to the small state. However, whether you are new to town or have lived here for decades, there are certain highways that you should drive on with caution. The New Jersey Department of Transportation estimates that, on average, there are 290,212 car accidents and 521 fatalities in a year. Many of these serious accidents ...
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  • What is the Most Dangerous Occupation?

    Almost 6.5 million individuals work in the construction industry in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates an average of 252,000 construction sites litter the nation. Of these numbers, OSHA reported an increased number of work fatalities in the construction industry. In 2014, 874 men and women died. This makes construction worker one of the most ...
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  • Why We See Clients Nights and Weekends

    At Levinson Axelrod we have a tradition of being available for our clients at their convenience. My father founded the firm in 1939 when WWII was right around the corner. Many of the working people that he represented in the 1940’s had no set hours and needed a lawyer nights and 7 days a week. He was there for them. The firm started in a small converted house in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and was a ...
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  • Black Ice Slip and Falls: Are Property Owners Responsible?

    With the heavy storms settling into New Jersey, it is hard to avoid the snow and ice. Black ice in particular is the cause of multiple accidents and injuries that have occurred this winter. This is the phenomenon of clear ice freezing on the roads and pavement, reflecting the dark color. It can be difficult to spot, leading to many accidents. Falls can lead to sprained ankles, broken bones, and ...
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  • $1.2 Million Injury Settlement for Ocean County Man

    The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. recently won a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of an Ocean County man who was injured when rear-ended by a dump truck. While stopped in traffic, our client, an Ocean County man, was injured as a result of being rear ended by a dump truck. The plaintiff was receiving treatment for a prior neck problem at the time of the collision, ...
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  • This New Year, Resolve to Seek the Compensation You Deserve

    The New Year symbolizes the start of new beginnings, of hope, and of potential possibilities. As people sing out the last chords of Auld Lang Syne, they turn their attention towards make resolutions that will better their physical and mental health. They make plans to explore new territories and go on new adventures. The New Year is usually the start of amazing things. Unfortunately, that feeling ...
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  • Adam Rothenberg Presents at Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in New Jersey

    Partner Adam Rothenberg of Levinson Axelrod was an invited speaker and sponsor of a seminar on tort liability for crime victims involving security cases, Tort Claims Act, sexual abuse and liability of third parties for criminal acts of others presented at St. Peter’s University on behalf of the National Center for Crime Victims. Attorney Adam Rothenberg , partner at Levinson Axelrod, recently ...
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  • Can I Sue if I Fell Off the Treadmill At the Gym?

    The short answer is probably not. Most gym memberships include a clause(s) regarding liability for injuries sustained while engaged in gym activities. The clause typically provides that a member cannot sue for negligence when injured during an activity except if the wrongful act is reckless or grossly negligent. The New Jersey courts have upheld these clauses and dismissed cases against a gym when ...
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  • Court Re-Evaluates What Entities are Entitled to Charitable Immunity

    You may be precluded from being a lawsuit for personal injuries if the entity is shielded by the New Jersey’s Charitable Immunity Act. There are four requirements that must be met for an organization to assert the Charitable Immunity Act. First, the organization must be a non-profit. Second, the organization must be organized exclusively for religious, educational or charitable purposes. Third, ...
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  • The Myths of the McDonalds Hot Coffee Case

    One of the most discussed personal injury lawsuits in history involved a cup of coffee from McDonalds. In February 1992, Stella Liebeck purchased a cup of coffee from a McDonalds drive through, while a passenger in her grandson’s car. While attempting to remove the lid off the cup to add cream and sugar, the entire cup of coffee spilled in Stella’s lap, soaking her sweatpants and causing third ...
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  • Public Safety Officers' Benefit Program Provides Death, Disability and Educational Assistance When Injury Happens on the Job!

    The Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Program provides benefits to Public safety officers (PSO) and their families if the PSO is injured or killed in the line of duty. This program first enacted in 1976 and subsequently expanded is designed to assist in the retention of PSO’s, establish their value in the community and offer peace of mind to the men and women in those lines of work. There are very ...
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  • The Hidden Surprises in Your Health Club Membership

    You decide it’s time to get back in shape so you decide to join one of the local gyms in the area. You happen to join one of the big name fitness clubs and sign all the papers that the put in front of you on your first day. While working out one day, the machine you are using malfunctions causing you to sustain a severe bodily injury. The gym staff apologizes to you and admits that the machine was ...
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