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Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case

We put our full trust in doctors for any and all health concerns we have. Whether we have a cold, a broken bone, or something more serious, they are the first ones we turn to when something health-related goes wary. We expect to be taken care of in order to sufficiently heal. Unfortunately, there can be times where doctors make mistakes – whether by accident or on purpose – that can put others in a compromised situation. One day, you may find yourself thinking “do I have a medical malpractice case?” It is important to know if any medical mistakes made could constitute… Read More

What to Do If You’re Injured in an Uber Accident

What to Do if You're Injured in an Uber Accident

Uber is one of the most popular companies in the ever-expanding Sharing Economy. In November 2016, Uber hit 40 million monthly riders – that’s a lot of people. However, there’s always the possibility you could be a passenger in an Uber that gets involved in a car accident. After all, twenty to fifty million people are injured annually in car accidents. Because safety is such a necessity, Uber even has a section about safety details on its website. So, what happens if you are injured in an Uber accident? What are the steps you should take in the case you’re… Read More

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and What to Do

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

If you place your elderly loved one in a nursing home, you fully expect them to be taken care of. There is a high level of trust involved. Unfortunately, many times this trust is taken for granted, and elderly nursing home patients are mistreated and abused. If you think someone you know is being abused at his or her nursing home, don’t wait to take action. Keep reading for what to do if a loved one experiences nursing home abuse. Is My Loved One in a Nursing Home Being Abused? Various types of nursing home abuse could be occurring to… Read More

What You Need to Know about Construction Defects

What You Need to Know about Construction Defects

You’ve seen it before. A crack in the wall. A window that always leaks when it rains. But why does this happen? Over 80% of construction deficiencies are caused by poor workmanship and another 40% of deficiencies are caused by insufficient building material. Courts typically sort construction defects like poor workmanship or faulty materials into four categories: design deficiencies, material deficiencies, construction deficiencies and subsurface deficiencies. Design deficiencies result in part of the home not being up to code. A leaky roof is the most common design defect. Material deficiencies, like improper window framing, can cause window leaks. Construction deficiencies… Read More

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

After a motorcycle accident, you should try and remain calm to approach the situation logically. This may be easier said than done. However, once you’ve composed yourself, you need to make sure you take the proper steps in order to avoid any potential legal problems or negative consequences of the accident. Keep reading for what you should do after a motorcycle accident. Check for Injuries Immediately after your motorcycle accident, check yourself for any injuries, whether they are minor or major. Check any other victims in the accident for injuries as well. Once you do, immediately call 911 whether or… Read More

Employee Notice Obligations 101

If you’re an employee in New Jersey it’s important to know how to cover yourself legally if you get injured on the job. If you don’t, you could inadvertently forfeit your right to workers’ compensation. Here’s our guide to notice obligations for employees in work-related accidents. Workers’ Compensation “No fault” insurance programs (including workers’ compensation) provide the following benefits to employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses: Medical Benefits Temporary Total Benefits Permanent Partial Benefits Permanent Total Benefits Death Benefits for those whose death was the cause or result of their work A “no-fault” insurance program means that an injured… Read More

Insurers Are Raising Rates For Those Who Are Hit By Another Person’s Car

If you cause an accident, you expect to see an increase in your auto insurance premiums. That’s nothing new. What is new is the fact that today, anyone involved in a car accident could end up paying more for coverage, even those who are not deemed culpable. Here’s why insurers are raising rates for those who are hit by another person’s car. Not-At-Fault Accidents A recent study by The Consumer Federation of America found that people involved in, but not-at-fault for, accidents were likely to face increased premium ranging anywhere from $60 to $400 annually. This is true for nearly… Read More

Tips For Swimming And Boating Safely With Your Family

Human beings as a species are pathetically incompetent in the water. Compare the best human swimmer with even the worst fish and you’ll see just what we mean. With this in mind, it’s essential to consciously practice a conservative attitude of respect and caution if and whenever you’re swimming. Here’s our guide to swimming and boating safety to keep your head above water. Swimming Safety Tips Here are our top three tips for keeping yourself and your children safe while swimming. Make Sure Your Children Are Supervised Children should never be allowed to swim unsupervised by adults anywhere. MedlinePlus reports… Read More

How To Pick The Right Car For Safe Teen Driving

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that of all parents who purchase vehicles for their children, 83% buy used cars. However, while such cars may have a price advantage over something brand-new, they may not be “good as new” in terms of safety. Here are some factors parents should consider if they want their teenagers to drive something safe, reliable, and economic. Focus on Crash Test Ratings Car companies and independent researchers conduct these tests for a reason: consumers demand them. For vehicles of every make, model, and year, there’s plenty of data out there on how well… Read More

Maximizing Your Car’s Visibility At Night

Driving at night can be dangerous. But driving at night with limited visibility, that can be deadly. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep yourself safe by maximizing your car’s visibility at night. Your Car’s Visibility People chronically overestimate their own skills behind the wheel. That is just a fact. It’s a psychosocial phenomenon referred to as “overconfidence bias,” which is prevalent in a variety of fields from gambling to sports to, of course, driving. Although intoxication, aggressive and distracted driving, speeding, and so forth are usually the direct causes of car accidents, overconfidence is often the… Read More

Car Crash Survival Guide

Car Crash Survival Guide

There is an alarming rate of twenty to fifty million people injured in car accidents every year. Due to this large number, there is a high chance that you or your loved ones may be in an accident at some point in time. It may be a minor accident or it may be major. Regardless, we’re here to make sure you know exactly what to do. As long-time auto accident attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, we’ve seen our fair share of accidents. With more than $1 billion recovered for our clients, we know exactly how to fight for you. This… Read More

Returning to the Job After a Workplace Injury: Light Duty

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You’re working, are involved in an accident, and are injured. This scenario happens every day and, unfortunately, affects individuals and families across the state. Thankfully, New Jersey has a law in place called the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It exists specifically to help you and your family in these sorts of situations. The FMLA makes sure that you’re protected from being physically incapacitated and unable to work due to a work-related injury. Perhaps, more importantly, the FMLA ensured that your employer is required to pay your workers’ compensation until you’re able to return to the job. What happens… Read More

Am I Liable for Texting a Driver Who Crashes

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Let’s start with the facts:         25% of all motor vehicle accident involves a cell phone         This amounted to over 340,000 accidents in 2013 alone         There are nine people killed every day in car crashes due to distracted driving, many of which involve texting and driving All of these are different ways of telling the same story – texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. This is common knowledge. What isn’t so readily apparent, though, are the dangers that come from texting someone who is driving. According to New Jersey’s Appeals Court, you can be held legally responsible for texting someone you… Read More

Bike Riding Safety Tips

Bike Riding Safety Tips

There were more than 800 bicyclist deaths in 2015. While this number is not as high as, say, motorcycle accident fatalities, it is still much higher than it should be. Cyclists, motorists, and even pedestrians could stand to learn a few valuable bike riding safety tips. Thankfully, we are here to teach you how to stay safe while cycling. We are New Jersey’s premier wrongful death law firm and have learned a thing or two about safety over the years. Keep reading to find out valuable tips and don’t hesitate to call us today at 856-354-0900 if you have been… Read More

When is An Injury a Workplace Accident?

Injury in the Workplace

34% of all Americans work in the ‘gig economy’. The 21st century has brought new technology, new opportunities, and new challenges. Work is as old as agriculture, but the working world of today is wildly different from what it was even ten years ago. Telecommuting, Uber, and the new definition of the workplace have impacted a wide variety of people. The challenges that people have are reflected in the law. Case law is constantly developing, and lawmakers institute new statutes every day to try and keep up with the times. As workers’ compensation lawyers, we want to help you stay… Read More

Products Liability – Knowing & Preparing for NJ’s Successor Liability

By: Anthony J. Medori, Esq. & Andrew J. Rossetti, Esq.   Your company is looking to acquire another entity’s assets.  In-house counsel has examined the purchase agreement to ensure it incorporates the general rule of successor liability: “where one company sells or otherwise transfers all its assets to another company the latter is not liable for the debts and liabilities of the transferor, including those arising out of the latter’s tortious conduct.”[1]  In other words, if Company A sells or transfers all of their assets to Company B, then Company B is not liable for Company A’s debts or liabilities. … Read More

Bringing Title 59 Claims

Liability of Local and State Governments: Evaluating Title 59 Tort Claims Presented by: Louis J. DeVoto, Esquire- Certified Civil Trial Attorney Past President, Trial Attorneys of NJ Presented for ICLE- New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ October 29, 2015 Chapter 1: Legislative declaration, definitions and various provisions defining the scope of the Act. Chapter 2: Applies to public entities and establishes a presumption of immunity (including discretionary) unless liability is expressly allowed in the Act. Chapter 3: Applies to public employees and establishes a presumption of liability unless there is an immunity. Chapter 4: Dangerous Conditions Covers liability and… Read More

Cumberland County Jury Awards $486,000.00

Bridgeton, New Jersey: A Cumberland County Jury returned a verdict of $486,000.00 in favor of a 35 year old Millville resident for injuries she sustained in a car accident on April 20, 2004. The verdict was rendered after three days of trial before the Honorable Michael Brooke Fisher, JSC. The plaintiff was represented by Louis J. DeVoto of Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. in Cherry Hill. Joanne Saduk was seriously injured on April 20, 2004 when the car she was driving was struck in the rear at a high rate of speed while stopped to make a left turn onto South… Read More

$1.5 Million for Injured Motorcyclist

STATE OF NEW JERSEY PAYS $1.5 MILLION TO INJURED MOTORCYCLIST DURING TRIAL Bridgeton, New Jersey. May 2008 The State of New Jersey paid $1.5 million to a motorcyclist injured in a crash with a State Trooper on October 18, 2005. The settlement occurred on May 15, 2008 after three days of trial before the Honorable Martin Herman, JSC in Cumberland County. Louis J. DeVoto of Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. in Cherry Hill represented the plaintiff. It was alleged that the Trooper was negligent in crossing an intersection and darting out in front of the plaintiff resulting in the plaintiff broad-siding… Read More

$1.5 Million Settlement Against Golf Course for Failure to Maintain Trees

A $1.5 Million settlement was reached against a South Jersey Golf course after a 77 year-old man was seriously injured when a dead tree branch fell from 20 feet and struck him while he was playing golf. RD was able to get to the scene immediately after the incident and file an emergent application with the court to grant us access to the course and to preserve the tree and tree limb as well as photograph the site which proved invaluable in demonstrating that this was not an Act of God but rather a predictable and preventable incident. The force… Read More

$1.3 Million Settlement for Two Navy Recruits Injured in Crash

A $1.3 million settlement was reached for two young Navy recruits who were both seriously injured when the driver of their vehicle, a Navy recruiter, pulled from a stop sign directly into oncoming traffic just after the recruits took and passed their entrance exam. The crash was severe but liability was disputed as were the injuries. Andy Rossetti handled the case for RD and presented a complex accident reconstruction to the federal Judge during settlement negotiations in order to obtain this large settlement. The reconstruction was convincing and resulted in this large settlement as the opposing driver had very little… Read More

$945,000 Recovered Against Product Manufacturer

Rossetti & DeVoto recovered $945,000 for woman injured by a defective workplace machine causing amputation to her thumb. The case was handled by Andy Rossetti. RD’s 56 year-old client had her thumb amputated by an unguarded rotating shaft on a wave solder machine. She worked in a manufacturing plant and her job was to shut down the machine by bringing the hot solder pot out of the machine and place a thermal blanket on top of the pot, and then bring the pot back into the machine. When the solder pot comes out of the machine it rolls out onto… Read More

$1.9 Million Recovery in Wrongful Death

Rossetti & DeVoto recovers $1.9 Million for the family of a 16 year-old autistic student whose tragic drowning death occurred while taking part in a weekly swimming class at the Burlington County Special Services School in Westampton, New Jersey. Lou DeVoto handled the case for RD. Shortly after the drowning, DeVoto filed an emergent action in New Jersey Superior Court – Burlington County to compel the Burlington County Special Services School District to preserve and turn over key evidence before the filing of a lawsuit. The judge agreed ordering the turnover of all evidence before the mandatory six-month waiting period… Read More

$1,850,000 Settlement for Fractured Leg

The County of Monmouth agrees to pay $1.85 Million for leg injuries sustained by a 62 year-old Cliffwood Beach resident who was injured in a crash with a Monmouth County Senior Citizen Transport Bus. Lou DeVoto handled the case for Rossetti & DeVoto. The defendant negligently pulled from a stop sign and drove the bus directly into the path of RD’s client who had no ability to avoid the crushing impact. While RD’s client testified that the bus pulled directly into her path of travel, the defendant bus driver claimed the plaintiff caused the crash by speeding. The crash caused… Read More

$750,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Camden County Jury awarded $750,000 to a Rossetti & DeVoto client on October 10, 2013 after she sustained internal injuries during a c-section. Andy Rossetti tried the case for the firm in a trial that lasted two weeks before the Honorable Anthony Pugliese, J.S.C. Rossetti alleged that the doctor injured the small bowel during the c-section and then failed to identify the injury during the surgery. Her failure to protect the bowel resulted in the bowel contents to spill into the abdominal cavity. The bacteria-laden contents infected the plaintiff to the point of peritonitis which progressed to sepsis. The… Read More

The Art of Direct Examination

The Art of Direct Examination                         Presented for: National Business Institute Cherry Hill, New Jersey January 23, 2007 Presented by: Louis J. DeVoto, Esquire Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. 20 Brace Road Suite 115 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-354-0900 856-354-0920 fax www.RossettiDeVoto.com DIRECT EXAMINATION – AN IMPORTANT BUILDING BLOCK TO YOUR CASE FOUNDATION             Direct examination is one of the most overlooked elements of a jury trial. Trial attorneys will often suggest that opening statements, cross examination and closing arguments are what win jury trials. But the case in chief, direct examination, is where the case is proven. If you can’t… Read More

Medical Malpractice – The Affidavit of Merit Requirement

  AFFIDAVIT OF MERIT Hot Tips for Civil Litigators ICLE- NJ September 17, 2011                   Louis J. DeVoto ROSSETTI & DEVOTO, PC 20 Brace Road Suite 115 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-354-0900 ldevoto@rossettidevoto.com     I.       History   The Affidavit of Merit (AOM) was created in 1995 by the enactment of the Affidavit of Merit statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:53A-26A et seq.   The statute has undergone some modifications since its original enactment, particularly with respect to what professions it applies to and what experts may sign the affidavit, it remains a pre-requisite for all… Read More

Practical Tips For Jury Selection

Practical Tips For Jury Selection Presented for: Institute For Continuing Legal Education-N.J. Voorhees, New Jersey March 20, 2010                                                 Louis J. DeVoto                                                 ROSSETTI & DEVOTO, P.C.                                                 20 Brace Road, Suite 115                                                 Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08053                                                 (856) 354-0900                                                 www.rossettidevoto.com                                                 I           Why Voir Dire is so important             Despite the importance in selecting fair and unbiased jurors, it is perhaps the most overlooked part of a jury trial. The courts have treated the process as an inconvenience, expert consultants often agree to disagree on the most effective way to select a jury and lawyers are… Read More

Knowing and Preparing for New Jersey’s Successor Liability

Products Liability Knowing & Preparing for NJ’s Successor Liability By: Andrew J. Rossetti, Esq. & Anthony J. Medori Your company is looking to purchase another entity’s assets. Your in-house counsel has overlooked the purchase agreement and made sure it incorporated the general rule of successor liability: a company acquiring all of a seller’s assets shall not be liable for that seller’s debts and liabilities, including those arising out of tortuous conduct. You feel like you covered all of your bases, but are you really clear of all successor liabilities?The answer is NO…well, at least not in New Jersey. Courts have… Read More

Lou and Andy Named to Best Lawyers 2018

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Andy Rossetti and Lou DeVoto have again been named to New Jersey's Best Lawyers for 2018 for Personal Injury Litigation. This is the 15th year in a row that both Rossetti & DeVoto have been named in the elite rankings.

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