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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New Jersey on
Q: Need Workmen Compensation Attorney for Morris County, NJ

I have an existing Workmen Compensation Claim.

During the process of the W.C. Claim, I found a Disability Attorney, and we had a simple exchange with him securing me full Disability on his initial submission.

Unfortunately, I had two very bad W.C. Attorneys (who were different... Read more »

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answered on May 20, 2022

The WC judge was kind to clear the slate for you!!

You should select a new attorney based upon their experience and their reviews.

You can select an attorney from anywhere in the state as 99% of WC is done remotely now, except for trials.

Gerald Siegel

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Q: Is a widowed sister-in-law legally entitled to money damages in wrongful death suit of spouse's mother?

I need to confirm if my sister-in-law is eligible to be a co-plaintiff in a wrongful death suit with me and my two siblings. Our mother tragically passed away in June 2020 after three weeks at a healthcare facility. Our mother had four children, but lost a son in 2018, so we are three remaining... Read more »

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answered on Apr 23, 2022

No.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: Lawyer never filed suits and statute of limitations have expired and is offering $15,000 check seems hush money

My mom had a lawyer who was a friend of her friends, she hired him to file a few suits pertaining to personal injury and malpractice. He never filed the suits and now offered her a check for $15,000 along with a letter stating if she cashes the check it releases him from the fault of not processing... Read more »

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answered on Mar 20, 2022

#1, it is unethical for a lawyer who blows a statute to try to settle with you without you being informed of your right to counsel and you obtaining an attorney. I strongly urge you not to accept any offer and cash the attorney's check without speaking with a personal injury lawyer who is... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: Is it wise to go back to physical therapy 2 years later for the same case and injury?

In 2020, my therapy was paused due to covid. However, I finished a month or two later. Also, I didn't have money to opt for surgery. Now 2 years later, a chiropractor I sending me back.

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answered on Feb 15, 2022

Many more facts would need to be known before advising you of a strategy. For example, what type of accident were you involved in, who was paying your bills up to the point of Covid. who are the parties, who recommended surgery and when, has a lawsuit been filed, etc.?

If you have any...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Legal Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: I have a workers'comp case. I do not believe my lawyer has represented me adequately. There were plenty inconsistencies.

I have a workers'comp case. I do not believe my lawyer represented me adequately. There were plenty of inconsistencies that weren't addressed.

I was asked,by my lawyer,to settle my case even though my injuries weren't completely final.

The case has been ongoing since... Read more »

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answered on Jan 6, 2022

There is no right to a jury trial in workers compensation.

The same judge that would make a recommendation for a settlement is the same judge that would try your case and make a decision.

You are best off paying another WC attorney for a 2nd opinion.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I want to fight a driving on a suspended infraction from 7 years ago. Will it be difficult considering the time passed?

I have a driving on a suspended from years ago that I never dealt with (I probably have a bail on this matter). I want to get it taken care of so that I can finally get my license restored, but I would like to fight the infraction if possible.

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answered on Dec 8, 2021

Good morning,

You have not provided enough information to determine if there is a defense.

You should not share it here due to confidentilaity issues.

You should call a alwyer and go over the case via phone or Zoom.

Most lawyers do not charge for this type of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: Can a person who has been attacked on Walmart property sue walmart

Weapon involved (machete)

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answered on Oct 7, 2021

I know that this sounds very lawyerish, but it depends upon the facts. I suggest you speak with a civil trial lawyer certifed by the NJ Supreme Court. These consultations are always free of charge.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Was n a hit and run accident how long it takes to receive any status

I was hit by a Mack truck I was a backseat passenger in vehicle it was a hit and run if the driver has insurance. Who do i sue how long does the process take to get a lawsuit

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answered on Aug 13, 2021

Please provide some more information such as where the accident occured and what if any, injuries you suffered. Pleae consider calling a reputable personal injury firm where there is a Civil Trial Lawyer Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court, who will review the necessary informatin and give... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: i was injured bad in a slip and fall looking for pro bono injury i have serious injuries and no one to help

the police reports states the rotted plank caught my foot pulling me down onto a rusty nail that ripped through my hand down to wrist i have lost use of that hand due to median nerve injury but the issue is its my dominant hand also the slam ruptured my breast implant that is silicone gel I'm... Read more »

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answered on Apr 22, 2021

All personal injury attorneys offer free constructions.

You should contact one who is Certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Lawyer.

They can tell you your rights and evaluate whether you have a case.

Gerald D Siegel

Plainsboro NJ

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: I just slip and fell from my apartment building entrance,IM in so much pain now I’m in emergency
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answered on Feb 19, 2021

You didn't reference the cause of the fall, but when you get out of the ER, have someone take pictures of the condition that casued you to fall. Then, report it to your property manager or landlord. Keep it simple when you report it. I would then suggest you contact a lawyer who is Certified... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: My friend sustained 3rd degree burns from spilling Dunkin Donuts coffee in a vehicle. Does she have a case?

Her friend was driving and braked hard after a deer jumped in front of the vehicle. Can she sue Dunkin Donuts and receive a settlement? Does she have a case? She has medical records and pictures of her burns. This occurred in New Jersey

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answered on Jan 7, 2021

She may have a case against her friend for traveling too fast for conditions or otherwise falling short in her observations for deer. Doubtful if there is a case against Dunkin Donuts. Your friend should speak with a New Jersey negligence lawyer who is Certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a Civil... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: How can a lawyer who was relieved from the case put a lien on his ex client when A bill was never given For services

It's a personal injury case with a tractor trailer in Burlington County New Jersey

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answered on Dec 17, 2020

An attorney handling on personal injury case on a contingent fee basis, has a statutory lien for their services or possibly based upon the reasonable value of their services a/ka/a "quantum meruit". There is also case law that creates different classifications of prior attorney... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: I have a document from the court with my judgement. The lawyer that handled it said I now wait for payment from uninsure

Lawyer said I have to wait for uninsured motorist fund to cut me a check. Basically told me i was on a list and when my number comes my settlement comes.

The judge awarded me 27,000.

I have been waiting forever and I was hoping I could do one of those "it's my money and I need it now" places

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Gerald D. Siegel
answered on Nov 16, 2020

I have never heard of such a thing that "your check will be cut when your number comes up."

In NJ, the practice is that the insurance company has to send the check within 30 days.

I think you should request an explanation in writing from your attorney as to what happenmded...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: I was awarded a settlement in an uninsured motorist case, how do I get my money? Are there places that buy the settlemet
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answered on Nov 16, 2020

Did you get your uninsured motorist settlement as a "structured settlement"?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I was pulled over for speeding as stated by the officer 19:9-1.2 .39 and also ticketed for 3 other offenses

I was pulled over for speeding in Jersey as stated by the officer 19:9-1.2 .39 but ticketed for 3 other offenses 39:4-96, 19:9-1.3c, 39:4-88A. Two are payable the other two I have to appear in court. What would you recommend I do? Pay the two or just wait until my court date to see what happen also... Read more »

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answered on Nov 9, 2020

These are both NJ Turnpike violations and NJ Statutory violations.

39:4-96 is reckless driving- 5 points. 39:4-88b - 2 points. Don't know offhand about 19:9-1.2.39-sounds like speeding.

I strongly advise you to get a lawyer.

I wouldn't pay any of them now. Deal with all at once.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I got into an accident 19 months ago and have just received a bill for $4200 and I have no way of paying it

I am a college student, at the scene of the accident they drove off with minimal damage to their vehicle and the police report says minimal damage.

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answered on Nov 3, 2020

If you had laibility insruance at the time of the accident, turn this demand over to them.

If you did not have liability insurance at the time, you should speak with a lawyer about your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Q: My 19 year old died im filing a wrongful death case will the absent parent get money when they did nothing for the child

the other parent did nothing for our child. had court orded visitations and didn't show up. Didn't pay child support so I dropped it cause they had other kids an I didn't want her to go to jail. My son died an I might have a wrongfull death lawsuit. will she get half they money even... Read more »

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answered on Oct 30, 2020

I am sorry to hear of your son's passing.

If he died without having made a Will (most 19 year-olds do not have a Will), then any settlement will be distributed in the way prescribed under the NJ Intestacy Statute. Under that statute, the money first goes to the parents. The takeaway...
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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Q: I had full custody and the other parent wasn't in my kid life. will they get money.
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answered on Oct 30, 2020

Hi there, I would need a lot more information before answering this question.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: An off duty officer called in an on duty officer to pull me over for following him too closely after he cut me off.

An off duty officer cut me off, i maintained my speed next thing i know I'm getting pulled over. Apparently it was the chief of police and he had someone come who didn't even see what happened to give me a ticket.

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answered on Sep 3, 2020

You don't state what ticket you were given. Regardless, especially since it is the Chief of Police as a witness, you should get a lawyer. The case might have to be referred to another town.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: someone hit my parked car

someone hit my parked car on june 22nd 2020 and their insurance company wrote my car off as a total loss, but is giving me next to nothing for my car. Should I hire a lawyer to get more money out of them?

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answered on Aug 10, 2020

NJ law provides that you are entitled to the fair market value of the vehicle on that date of the accident.

Check some of the online sites like Edmunds.com or autotrader.com to see if the other insurance company is in the ballpark. Better off resolving this without a lawyer due to the cost.

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