New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury is a broad area of law that covers a variety of common lawsuits ranging from slip and fall accidents to medical malpractice. Although these cases often involve physical injuries and trauma, they also include negligence and conduct that violates an individual’s rights. The law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman represents individuals who have sustained serious personal injuries in all types of cases, including the following:
NJ Personal Injury Lawsuits
Recovering compensation for injured individuals is our ultimate goal. We will analyze your case, determine who’s responsible and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Our attorneys specialize in handling difficult and complex cases against drunk drivers, medical professionals, hospitals and major corporations. We work hard to ensure that clients receive proper damages for their personal injuries. This may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress and loss of consortium.
Our lawyers have successfully represented the seriously injured in practically every type of personal injury case, and we have recovered more than $600 million for our personal injury clients. Our certified civil trial attorneys have won some of the largest settlements and verdicts in State history. In fact, we have won more eight and nine figure personal injury verdicts and settlements than any other New Jersey law firm. We secured a $166 million verdict for a 4-year-old boy who suffered severe brain damage after a beating, $135 million in damages on behalf of a young girl who was paralyzed after being hit by a drunk driver at Giant Stadium and many other multi-million dollar settlements for personal injury victims.
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman consistently ranks among the top personal injury firms in the nation in lists published by attorney rating publications, and we have been named to the Best NJ Medical Malpractice Attorneys and Best NJ Personal Injury Lawyers lists by the Best Lawyers in America publication. We are also annually at the top of the Super Lawyer lists of the top lawyers in New Jersey. And we have won awards for our unparalleled successes such as being named the New Jersey Personal Injury Litigation Department of the Year and being the only New Jersey law firm being named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs Hot List. David Mazie has also been named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame due to his successes.
Accidents Happen Almost Anywhere
Most folks envision a slip and fall accident as taking place in a grocery store, when a shopper loses footing in a puddle of spilled liquid or when they step on a stray grape or other piece of fruit. However, these potentially debilitating accidents can and do occur almost anywhere, in parking lots, on sidewalks or stairs, at the mall or at a local business.
The statistics on slip and fall accidents are grim. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), out of one million people, about 17,000 die from these kinds of accidents every year. As many as fifteen percent of all on-the-job injuries reported in New Jersey and across the United States are slip and falls.
Slip and Fall Accidents & Liability
All property owners are required to keep their property free of any debris that could cause a customer, visitor, or passer-by to slip and fall. If a freshly mopped floor or icy sidewalk jeopardizes the health of a store’s patrons, the unsafe area must be clearly marked to alert people to the possible danger.
Spilled liquid must be cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time. Dangerous stairways must be adequately lit at nighttime. Cracks, holes or uneven sections in sidewalks must be repaired to eliminate the danger of an accidental trip or slip. Many landlords and business owners neglect their duty to keep their properties safe.
Our experienced lawyers have had extensive success in litigating slip and fall lawsuits. In fact, we have one of the largest New Jersey slip and fall settlements that we are aware of: a $2.5 million slip and fall settlement in which our client suffered severe spinal injuries as a result of slipping on water (terms of the settlement are confidential). In another case, we won a $890,000 jury verdict for the widow of an eighty-year-old New Jersey resident who slipped on an icy parking lot outside a grocery store. He suffered spinal injuries that caused him to suffocate and die on the spot in front of his elderly wife. She received compensation for her husband’s pain, suffering, and her loss of his services for her, as well as emotional distress for having to helplessly watch him as he died.
Construction-related injuries are common, but the personal injuries that workers suffer can be devastating. Usually, workers are able to get back to their job within thirty days, but many construction workers die each year from on-the-job injuries.
Who is responsible for construction accidents
The most common types of injuries are related to:
- Trench collapses.
- Scaffold collapses.
- Arc flash.
- Failure to wear protective gear.
- Forklift accidents.
- Ladder falls.
The most common types of deaths on New Jersey construction sites in 2012 were:
- Transportation incidents: Forty-one percent.
- Falls: Twelve percent.
- Struck by object or equipment: Twelve percent.
- Exposure to harmful substances or chemicals: Seven percent.
- Fires and explosions: Three percent.
A general contractor or subcontractor has a responsibility to make certain that a work site is reasonably safe. Construction equipment manufacturers could be negligent if they have created a defective product used by employees.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to:
- Provide a workplace free of hazards that can result in injury or death.
- Ensure that their employees have access to equipment that can prevent injury or death.
- Ensure all company practices comply with standards of the construction industry.
If you were injured on a construction accident, some of the individuals who may be liable are:
- The construction site owners.
- The general contractor.
- The equipment manufacturers.
Construction Accident Lawsuits
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, our aggressive accident lawyers are experienced — and highly successful — in representing workers who have been injured on a construction site.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured on the job, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman will represent you in obtaining monetary damages from any responsible third parties. Our construction accident lawyers, based in Essex County, New Jersey, have extensive experience in handling all types of workplace injuries, such as scaffolding collapses, forklift accidents, ladder accidents, machine malfunctions, injuries due to improper loading, and site accidents.
For example, over the past few years, our lawyers obtained a $33.9 million settlement involving a defective product in the workplace, a $7 million settlement for a construction worker who was severely injured when a scaffold plank broke causing him to fall eight feet down and suffered a broken back and left him paralyzed from the waist down, a $4.15 million settlement for an employee who suffered a brain injury after a hutch fell on him while he was at his desk, a $2 million settlement for an worker who was seriously injured when a structure fell and crushed him, a $1.8 million settlement for a painter who was seriously injured and suffered debilitating back injuries after falling from a defective scaffolding, and a $1.5 million settlement for an accident in which an iron worker suffered a closed head injury and balance problems due to a fall from heavy machinery. We also obtained a $550,000 settlement for a machine operator who suffered a serious eye injury when the machine malfunctioned. We have also been named to the Best New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers list by the Best Lawyers in America magazine.
Ladders are one of the most helpful tools anywhere. They’re used on construction sites and homes across the United States. Painters, electricians, framers, roofers and weekend home renovators rely on ladders to get their jobs done. When they’re used properly, they’re safe, but can also be dangerous if they’re defective, damaged or employed in a situation that isn’t secure. Theses types of accidents can cause severe personal injuries for the unsuspecting user. At the law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we have collected millions of dollars for clients injured in ladder accidents – many due to a defective product, such as the $2 million settlement we obtain for a seriously injured man who was injured in a fall from a defective device. We have also handled other defective ladder cases in which we have collected large sums of money for our clients.
Ladder-related mishaps can cause devastating personal injuries, permanent disabilities and death. The statistics are surprisingly high. In an average year, half-a-million people in the United States seek treatment for injuries sustained in a ladder accident. Over 160,000 of those people go to the local emergency room for medical attention. Approximately 300 people die from falls. The injured include a broad cross-section of people from New Jersey, from landlords and homeowners to experienced construction workers.
Ladder accidents are commonly caused by defects in the product that cause it to slide or become unstable. Quite often these accidents occur when the feet of the ladder slip because they are defective or worn out.
The most common personal injuries incurred in ladder accidents are:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Back injuries
The type of ladder accident determines who is liable for the injuries. Manufacturers are responsible for defective products. Private owners are liable if it slips or breaks due to improper footing. On a construction site, the general contractor or subcontractor is responsible for making sure that the workers are not provided broken or defective equipment or are required to use them in unsafe conditions.
Most construction accidents can be prevented, so it’s important to hold the negligent party liable for any injuries incurred in a ladder accident. A personal injury lawyer can file a lawsuit against the responsible party for product liability, failure to warn or negligence. Workers must be taught the correct way to use a ladder, and they must be given a safe work environment. OSHA reported that 53 percent of these types of accidents happened when the device unexpectedly broke while it was being used. The majority of those products had numerous defects and had not been inspected thoroughly before being used.