The Role of Occupational Therapists in Personal Injury Cases

Occupational Therapists in Injury Cases

Occupational therapy and rehabilitation services are essential to the physical and psychological recovery of many personal injury victims. After a serious slip and fall, motor vehicle accident, work injury or other catastrophic accident that causes severe physical damage, the injured person’s life may be greatly altered. Accident victims often require ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitative care to deal with the effects of injuries. Occupational therapists are on the front line of this important battle.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

An occupational therapist (OT) is a healthcare professional who helps aging, injured and/or disabled patients achieve physical, psychological, and functional goals, thereby improving the patient’s overall quality and enjoyment of life.

Some common services an OT performs include:

  • Assessing the impact of injuries on a patient’s life and functional abilities
  • Assessing new challenges presented by the injuries
  • Developing a plan to restore the client’s pre-injury […]

The Role of Expert Witnesses and Their Importance in Personal Injury Lawsuits

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In a personal injury case, the injured party has the burden of proof. This means it is the victim’s responsibility to demonstrate that they suffered damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence. This often requires the testimony of expert witnesses in various fields.

 

What is an Expert Witness?

An expert witness is a person with specialized knowledge in a particular field that is beyond the knowledge of the average juror. Expert witnesses offer testimony in both criminal and civil legal matters. Their testimony is relied upon to prove or disprove claims. An important distinction between a fact witness (i.e. eyewitness) and an expert witness is the type of testimony they provide.

Fact witnesses offer testimony that requires no specific skill or training. They are simply relaying something they saw or heard. Expert witnesses, on the other hand, provide opinion testimony on specialized issues in the lawsuit. These witnesses […]

New Jersey Personal Injury Protection (PIP) FAQs

Personal Injury Protection FAQ

Recovering damages for your car accident is often a difficult and complicated process. Dealing with medical bills, insurance adjusters, co-pays, deductibles and maximum coverage thresholds when you are struggling with an injury can be overwhelming. The following information is provided to help answer questions you might have regarding Personal Injury Protection insurance. For more detailed information regarding the facts of your accident, please contact our law firm to schedule a free initial consultation.

Q: What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?

A: Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a form of no-fault insurance available to auto insurance policyholders and other qualifying people who are injured in auto accidents. PIP covers medical treatment expenses, wage loss and death benefits, among other benefits. If you are injured in an accident, it is important to determine whether you qualify for PIP insurance benefits given the extraordinary costs of medical treatment today.

Q: […]

Medical Malpractice (Med-Mal) FAQs

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Medical malpractice claims are complex, expert driven cases. This article answers some basic questions about these complicated cases as a starting point for victims of malpractice. If you or someone you know has suffered injury, and you believe it may be due to a medical professional’s failure to provide appropriate care, you should contact an experienced Medical Malpractice lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your case and learn your rights and options.

 

Q: What is Medical Malpractice (Med-Mal)?

A: Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional or facility deviates from the accepted standard of care in treating a patient, and as a result the patient is injured. Medical malpractice can be difficult to detect, though there are many ways it can occur. Some common types of malpractice involve:

  • Diagnosis error / failure to diagnose
  • Surgical errors
  • Post-surgical complications
  • Treatment errors
  • ER errors
  • Medication errors
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Birth injuries
  • OB/GYN malpractice
  • […]

Personal Injury FAQ

personal injury faqPersonal injury lawsuits seek to compensate wrongfully injured people who have been injured by the negligent actions of others. These claims help to compensate the injured parties for the cost of medical treatment and lost income, as well as more intangible losses, such as pain, suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life. Personal injury lawsuits also serve to deter future negligent behavior that can harm others.

Q: What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A: A personal injury lawsuit is sometimes called a tort, or a civil wrong that results in damages or injury. A personal injury claim may become available to someone after they are harmed and suffer damages due to the negligence of another person or entity. Some common personal injury claims involve:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip/trip and falls
  • Products liability/defective drug claims
  • Medical malpractice
  • Work accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Nursing home abuse

Q: What is Negligence?

A: This […]

Snow & Ice Slip and Falls in New Jersey

snow-and-ice-slip-and-fallsSlip and fall accidents are a common year-round occurrence, sending thousands of victims to the emergency room each year. But inclement weather, such as freezing rain and snow, increases the chances of these painful and often serious accidents.

In New Jersey, winters are typically harsh. Average snowfalls in December through March range from 2.6 inches to 9.3 inches. And low temperatures that frequently hover in the single digits ensure that conditions are icy for a good portion of the winter months. Thus, hazardous weather conditions affect outdoor walking surfaces in the Garden State for roughly a third of the year.

Winter Slip and Fall Accidents

Cold New Jersey winters present familiar problems to the state’s residents, ranging from dangerous driving conditions, to falling branches, burst pipes and slippery outdoor surfaces. Indeed, one of the most common hazards that exists during this time of year is ice and snow covered walkways, parking lots and sidewalks.

Causes

Nearly half […]

Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries in New Jersey

common slip and fall injuries in New JerseyFall down injuries are the number one cause of emergency room visits every year, numbering over 8 million, with 12 percent of all falls caused by slip and fall accidents.  The CDC reports that, on average, 1 out of 5 fall down accidents results in serious injury. Injuries in these cases can be wide-ranging, from minor scrapes and bruises, to catastrophic injury and even death. It is not surprising that slip and fall cases are some of the most frequently filed personal injury lawsuits in the courts.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

There are many ways that a person can slip and fall, as well as an unlimited number of locations where these accidents can occur. A number of factors contribute to the type and severity of injuries that slip and fall accident victims suffer. The age and health of the injured person weighs in heavily […]

Common Injuries In New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accidents

common injuries in car accidentsMotor vehicle accidents were responsible for injuring 2.44 million people in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The National Safety Council (NSC) places the number much higher, identifying 4.4 million serious motor vehicle-related injuries in 2015. “Serious” means that the injured individuals sought medical attention. Both sources noted an increase in both fatalities and injuries over those suffered in 2014. The NSC reported that 2.2 million people were seriously injured already during the first 6 months of 2016.

On a state level, the New Jersey Department of Transportation reported that during the 2000 to 2014 timeframe, New Jersey’s public roads saw between 241,740 and 294,851 motor vehicle collisions each of those years.  The number of crashes that resulted in injury during this period ranged from 56,882 to 79,169 annually.

Common MVA Injuries

Motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, […]

Tips for Getting the Settlement You Deserve for Your NJ Injury Claim

tips for compensationNew Jersey personal injury claims come in many sizes. For the large, complex cases, your attorney may handle most of the heavy lifting. He will guide you through the process, and he will typically rely on expert witnesses and various resources to investigate the claim and gather evidence to recover the best possible monetary award. Smaller cases are no less important, but you may play a more pivotal role at the outset. For these cases, there are steps you can take immediately to help your case and to secure a settlement that best meets your needs.

Seeking Medical Treatment for Your Injury

Regardless of how serious your personal claim is, documenting your injuries as soon as possible is important. Whether it was a car accident, slip and fall, a dog bite or some other injury, it is important that you seek medical attention […]

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