February 2017 Archives

HOW DO I FILE MY INITIAL PERSONAL INJURY COMPLAINT?

When filing a personal injury complaint, one of the most important steps is the initial complaint document. Whether your injury is a result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, workplace accident, a defective product, a slip and fall, or a drunk driver, your initial complaint will be written relatively similarly to what we outline below. While you will most likely have an experienced Morris County personal injury attorney draft and file it for you, it's important that you have an understanding of what goes into the initial complaint document.

NJ COURTS FACE DUI SURCHARGE SCANDAL

In 2014, a New Jersey law was passed which added a $25 surcharge to drunk driving convictions. This additional fine was supposed to be used to help local municipalities pay for the video equipment installed in police cruisers. However, this surcharge was supposed to have been disbanded in the spring of 2016 thanks to an effort made by the Council on Local Mandates.

CAR ACCIDENTS AND PAIN AND SUFFERING CLAIMS

Under New Jersey law, drivers are required to have car insurance, and part of that insurance policy is what is known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP), sometimes also known as no-fault insurance. The idea behind PIP is that, in the event of an auto accident, injured drivers file compensation claims with their own insurance provider, rather than filing it against the other driver and having to prove negligence or liability. Each car insurance plan has a PIP coverage limit, and only after this limit is reached may injured parties seek compensation from the other driver's insurance.

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