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Obtaining compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Losing a loved one can constitute a devastating tragedy. When you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another individual or company, you may want to seek compensation for your significant loss. Wrongful death cases in New Jersey involve determining who may bring a wrongful death lawsuit, whom is responsible for a death and what damages apply. If you experienced the loss of a loved one and wish to file a wrongful death claim, it is essential that you hire an experienced attorney to aid you in developing a sound documentation and determining your required damages. New Jersey...

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Who owns ‘work made for hire?’

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you're a painter, writer, musician or another type of artist, inventor or innovator, you may seek to copyright your work. This can prevent others from using it or profiting from it without your permission. An exception to this is what's called "work made for hire." This is essentially any work that you create as part of your job. That's the case whether you're an employee of a company or an independent contractor who has been hired by a company to do work for them. In that case, any copyright for the work would belong to the company (or individual)...

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Who can be sued for construction defects?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lawsuits over construction defects can be complicated. There are a number of individuals and entities involved throughout the process of erecting a building — architects, engineers, developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Plaintiffs must determine which of these is responsible for the defect and require them to fix it and pay damages. Of course, defendants may disagree with that assessment and place the blame on someone else involved in the construction or renovation of a property. There are multiple types of construction defect suits. The most common include negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, strict liability, negligent misrepresentation and fraud. Let's...

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Truck driver cited in New Jersey crash that sent 4 to hospital

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks can be extremely dangerous to people in smaller vehicles that are involved in the collisions. However, anyone in the vicinity can be in peril as well. A crash on Sept. 7 in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, between a tractor-trailer and a car resulted in four injuries and sent concrete chunks into a third vehicle. The collision occurred on Route 17 just after 9:00 a.m. Both the tractor-trailer and the car, a Honda Civic, were traveling north on the highway when they collided. The truck then hit a concrete divider, which broke apart. That's...

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Common mistakes that leave proprietary information unprotected

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Too many business owners neglect to take the necessary steps to protect their proprietary information. Often, they don't realize just how valuable this information is and how risky it can be if it gets into the wrong hands or becomes public. Taking legal action after such information has been disclosed is more difficult if there was no legal document in place to protect it. It also won't undo the damage that's already been done. One of the most common errors that business owners make involving their proprietary information is not requiring the appropriate people to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) and...

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Assault and battery personal injury claims

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]As technology has improved, so has the ability to apprehend criminals and prove injury claims. Just as a dashboard camera can point to an at-fault driver in an automobile accident, an ATM camera may identify the culprit behind an assault and battery incident that leaves a victim with severe injury. Defining assault and battery Assault occurs when one person threatens bodily harm to another, causing the victim to reasonably assume they will be hurt. Assault charges are usually coupled with the actual act of inflicting bodily harm, which falls under battery charges. However, if a victim did not realize they were...

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Tips for staying safe while you and the kids trick or treat

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]On behalf of Smith + Schwartzstein posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, October 11, 2018. It shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for pedestrians. The combination of more people walking on or near the road after dark and people driving to and from parties with alcohol in their system is a deadly one. Children are at particular risk on this holiday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of being hit by a car quadruples for children on Halloween. When Halloween falls during the week,...

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