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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 »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel 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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Gerald D. Siegel 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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Gerald D. Siegel 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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Gerald D. Siegel 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

Gerald D. Siegel
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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Gerald D. Siegel 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 »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel 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.

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel 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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Gerald D. Siegel 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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Gerald D. Siegel 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.

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel 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?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel 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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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Appeals / Appellate Law for New Jersey on
Q: I would like to file a motion to seal records of a NJ Supreme Court/Appellate Division. Where do I file?

This court order stemmed from my appeal of a Motor Vehicle decision to suspend my license when receiving out of state information. I am finding it hard to have such information on immediate search engines when my name is "searched". It is affecting my ability to obtain the level of... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jul 6, 2020

It's public information by law.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: When I was under the car, One of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm.

When I was under my car, one of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm. I got injured I can barely move my arm. Do you think I can sue this scissors jack company? If so, do I need a police report and receipt when I purchased?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jul 6, 2020

The first question any personal urinary attorney will ask is-do you have the scissor jack. The reasoning is to determine if there is a product defect. This can only be determined if an appropriate engineer can examine it and determine why it failed. The 1st thing the product manufacture is going to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: My traffic court date has been changed 3 times. Since then I moved to NJ and need to change my license for work. Can I?

I got the ticket back in September 2019 and the date was scheduled for February 2020, due to the pandemic it got changed to March and then July and now January 2021. I need to change my NY license to an NJ since I moved here back in March. I’ve tried to plead guilty online and pay the fine but my... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jul 1, 2020

I would speak with a lawyer, who can contact the court clerk and prosecutor, and resolve your case and move it ahead on the docket with a guilty plea by affidavit, where there is no live court appearance.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Is my employer liable if my car window was damaged by a ball while parked in the employee lot during my school work day?

My car was parked in the employee lot at the school where I work. After school was done for students, but I was still working, my car window was broken by students playing on the ball field next to the parking lot. My insurance covered all but my 100.00 deductible. I put in a claim through the... Read more »

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 30, 2020

They are correct.

Title 59 immunizes governmental entities from liability in most cases, including what unfortunately happened to your car here.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: I was driving my dads car and he got summoned to court for something I did because the car is under his name

Does he have to appear to court even though it had nothing to do with him or can I appear because I was operating the vehicle .

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 18, 2020

What is the summons for?

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Are you still liable for a car accident if the other driver doesn’t call the police.

After hitting another car , they requested not to call the police and left the scene. My car has no damage but the other drivers car has minor damages . Can she sue me after ?

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 11, 2020

One can easily be liable without calling the police. I'm not sure from the description if you were innocent or at fault, but it is best to report this accident to your insurgence company.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue a police officer for police brutality even if it happened 20 years ago?
Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 8, 2020

No. The statute of limitations expired many years ago in NJ.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Wrongful Death for New Jersey on
Q: My mother past away from Covid in New Jersey. Is her death considered accidental as far as life insurance is concerned?

We're almost certain she contracted Covid in the hospital while being treated for complications from lung cancer

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Jun 6, 2020

If its traditional term, universal or whole life, Covid19 should not make a difference.

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