A mom and daughter
day out turned into a three-year legal battle culminating in a $1.5 million arbitration
award for our client. On July 25, 2015 a sunny and warm summer day,
a SUV ran a red light and broad-sided the vehicle in which our client was a
passenger. Following the accident our client
was taken to the emergency room by ambulance where she was admitted for a
severe head injury. Following an eight-day
hospital stay our client had to undergo multiple rehabilitative therapies such
as cognitive therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. After completing therapy our client returned
to a normal and active life where she went back to school and playing soccer
with her friends.
$350,000 settlement for an Essex County woman who injured her knee and back when she slipped on snow and ice walking into a Target store. The firm brought a lawsuit against Target and the snow and ice landscaper who was responsible for clearing the walkways. The case settled following a mediation several weeks prior to trial
One of the most frequent question my clients have is, “Do I have to pay taxes on money I was awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?” Yes, but with a caveat. Money awarded in a personal injury lawsuit for compensatory damages such as pain and suffering, disability, impairment, and loss of enjoyability of life are not taxable. However, the caveat is that money awarded for economic damages-such as wage loss or loss of business opportunity-are taxable, because economic damages are income related losses.
$350,000 settlement for a Burlington County man who wassideswiped by a tractor trailer. Theclient aggravated a prior knee injury he had surgery on 3 weeks prior. The case settled at a settlement conference several weeks prior to trial.
A union county woman was struck in the rear of her vehicleby a tractor trailer, resulting in injuries to her back which required backsurgery. This client had an extensive history of back problems from prior car accidents. The firm was able to establish that the new accident aggravated the pre-existing back problems. The case settled for $375,000 after arbitration.
A Middlesex County woman slipped and fell on a wet floor while walking into a New Jersey diner. As a result, she injured both her knees necessitating bilateral arthroscopic knee surgeries. Her case settled at mediation for $500,000.00.
A former Lowes Employee was injured while working when he was operating a defective carpet cutting machine. While attempting to use the machine, he sustained an electric shock and was thrown back. The client suffered neck and back injuries as well as nerve damage, necessitating surgeries. The liability expert’s testimony established that the carpet machine wire was defective and was the cause of the injury.
Everyone has heard of this little theory before: Thanksgiving Eve is when all the car accidents happen.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration credits the increase in accidents during this time of the year primarily due to the fact that there are just many more vehicles on the road than during other times of the year.
Doctors have long known that the overall U.S. mortality rate annually spikes around Thanksgiving, and remains elevated through the winter. Some of that is because of seasonal effects, like the increasingly chilly weather and the annual spread of the flu. But Thanksgiving sticks out as an especially dangerous day, and there are two major culprits: Car accidents and coronary events. Increasingly at risk this time of the year are the elderly who deviate from their normal daily routines due to last minute supermarket runs, traveling to see family, and preparing for the long weekend ahead. It would be remiss if not mentioned: there is ample hard cider and spiked eggnog to go around, increasing the likelihood of drunk drivers on the road. So while it is fun to be in the holiday spirit and all, let’s all be a little more cautious on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday-surely something everyone can be grateful for.
God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving from our family at the Law Offices of Gregg Williams to your family.
Based on a USA Today Investigation, it has been shown that there are “hundreds of impaired drivers on the road” in violation of federal regulations that say commercial truck drivers should take a 10 hour break approximately every 14 hours. Unfortunately, many of these commercial truck drivers are not adhering to this very important regulation, resulting in truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel, causing very serious and fatal crashes. Even more alarming is that there currently does not exist a live accurate tracking system to ensure that violations of fatigue laws are being enforced. Until such a tracking system is developed, then it is very possible, that truck drivers are driving on the road with very little to no sleep and are a risk to everyone else on the road.