The “Big Four” Types of Liens Against Personal Injury Settlements and Judgments

A lien is a claim or encumbrance on property for payment of some debt, obligation or duty.  In New Jersey, there are four types of statutory liens that can be legally enforced against personal injury settlements and judgments.  They are (1) Medicare/Medicaid liens; (2) Workers' Compensation liens; Healthcare [...]

Plaintiff’s Voluntary Intoxication: New Jersey Injury Lawyer

In most circumstances, an intoxicated plaintiff "is held to the same standard of care as a sober person."  Tose v. Greate Bay Hotel and Casino, Inc., 819 F. Supp. 1312, 1315 (D.N.J. 1993).  Thus, a plaintiff may not escape a finding of comparative negligence by claiming that their [...]

Successive, Unrelated Torts: New Jersey Injury Lawyer

When a plaintiff suffers injury to the same body part as a result of successive, unrelated acts of negligence, the suits may be subject to consolidation because of the common question of damages.  Under these circumstances, the second tortfeasor is entitled to view any injuries resulting from the [...]

The Rescue Doctrine: New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

When a rescuer is injured during an attempted rescue of another person from peril, the rescuer may under certain circumstances sue either the rescued victim or a third-party whose act or omission created the situation that necessitated the rescue. In these cases, the rescue attempt itself may not [...]

PIP Coverage For Injuries Sustained as a Pedestrian: New Jersey Auto Accident Lawyer

PIP is a popularly used acronym for "personal injury protection" benefits, a package of benefits required to be provided with every insurance policy for a private passenger automobile registered or garaged in New Jersey.  The broad objective of PIP is to provide a prompt source of first-party recovery [...]

Intentional Wrongs in the Workplace: New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer

Under New Jersey's workers' compensation scheme, employees have relinquished some of their rights to pursue common law remedies in exchange for automatic entitlement to benefits for work-related injuries.  Indeed, the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act generally bars an employee injured in the workplace from suing the employer. The [...]