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How to Stop your Kids from Texting and Driving

How to Stop your Kids from Texting and Driving

One of the scariest things for a parent is to watch your children grow up and become more independent. While you always want them to excel as they mature, having them go off on their own is a scary concept. And, learning to drive on their own is a way to move towards this growth. Still, when they are just starting to drive, you want to be especially wary of them paying attention to the road. Fortunately, parents, today can rely on driving apps to help. There are a variety of distracted driving apps you might consider, all designed to… Read More

Is Your Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?

Is Your Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?

If you are hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, it is only right that you receive compensation for your injuries and lost wages, as well as any emotional distress you suffer. What happens when you agree to a large settlement or win a significant jury award? Is this considered income by tax officials, or is it merely recompense for the injuries you received? Is your personal injury settlement taxable? Most Injury Settlements and Jury Awards Aren’t Taxable In the majority of cases, no, your personal injury settlement will not be subject to taxation in New Jersey…. Read More

The Most Common Types of Truck Accidents

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There is a multitude of elements which may result in an automotive crash. From the glare of the setting sun or a torrential downpour to speeding or failing to adhere to posted signage. One of the most dangerous types of vehicle crash involves commercial trucking. These vehicles are massive, and the damage they can cause is equally immense. Here are some of the most common types of truck accidents. Tire Blowout Tire blowouts can happen to any motor vehicle, but trucks are especially prone. Because of the huge weights these vehicles haul, their tires occasionally experience catastrophic blowouts. When these… Read More

Clostridium Difficile Bacteria and Medical Malpractice Claims

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Clostridium difficile is a dangerous bacterium which has been in the news quite a bit recently. Caused by poor hygiene, it can have devastating effects on the intestines of those afflicted. Here is what you need to know about the Clostridium difficile bacterium and medical malpractice claims. What is Clostridium Difficile? Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff, is a bacterium that causes severe, life-threatening inflammation to the intestines, especially the colon. C. diff most commonly affects the elderly, particularly those in long-term care facilities or hospitals. Recent studies and reports, however, have shown the C. diff bacterium and the… Read More

Traumatic Brain Injuries: What Are They and Who Is Liable?

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Brain injuries cause untold harm to millions of Americans each year. From difficulty with concentration to headaches and dizziness, these traumatic injuries often have long-lasting implications for those affected. Traumatic brain injuries: what are they and who is liable? What is a Traumatic Brain Injury? Traumatic brain injuries – or TBIs – are the result of trauma to the head or neck. Often the result of a bump, a severe blow or even a jolt to the head, TBIs involve disruption of the brain’s normal functioning.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs are a severe… Read More

Is it Possible to Increase the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?

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Accidents happen when you least expect them.  And when that accident causes injuries, it is especially aggravating and disruptive to our normal lives.  That brings us to today’s topic. Let’s say you have suffered an injury due to someone’s negligence – perhaps it was a slip and fall injury, perhaps it was the result of a motor vehicle accident. You may ask yourself, “What is my personal injury claim worth?” Further, you may wonder, “Is it possible to increase the value of my personal injury claim?” Today, we answer those questions.   What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth? There… Read More

How Can You Determine If a Product Is Defective or Faulty?

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Being injured is never a good thing. This is especially true if you were injured through no fault of your own. When a person is hurt because of a defective product or poor warnings for hidden dangers, they may be able to claim compensation for their injuries. But how do you know if it was a faulty product and not just a freak accident? Here’s how you can determine if a product is defective or faulty. How to Determine If a Product is Defective or Faulty One of the first questions people often as a lawyer after they’ve been injured… Read More

The Biggest Risk Factors for Animal Bites

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Family pets in America are popular today than ever.  Also increasing in popularity are rescue pets. Of course, with the increased numbers of pets comes added risks. The most common risks associated with pets are animal bites and falls caused by dogs. The owners of these four-legged friends must care for them properly and secure them from getting loose in the neighborhood. If they are negligent in this regard, injuries to others are likely to occur. Risk Factors When considering risk factors, animal bites are the first thing that comes to mind. Dogs have a protective nature that makes them… Read More

Heart Medicine Recalls: What You Need to Know Now

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Over the last year, multiple blood pressure medications have been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is because of the discovery of potentially cancer-causing contamination in some of the batches of the medicines. As more and more blood pressure and heart medicine recalls occur, here’s what you need to know now. Dangerous Medications: A Growing Problem Since 2018 specific “lots” or batches of a wide variety of popular blood pressure medications have been subject to voluntary and forced recalls. These medications include specific batches of irbesartan, losartan, and valsartan, as well as combination drugs with valsartan. And,… Read More

What Is Title 59 and How Does It Affect Personal Injury Claims?

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When a person is injured through the fault or negligence of another person or company in New Jersey, they have legal recourse to file a claim seeking compensation for the damages and medical costs associated with their accident. But what happens if the negligent party is the State of New Jersey or another local public entity, such as a town, county or public agency?  State and local public entities are entitled to protection from certain lawsuits under a law known as the Tort Claims Act.  This Act is codified under Title 59 of the New Jersey Statutes and protects public… Read More

Understanding the Rights of Your Child With Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects muscle tone, movement, and fine motor skills. It is often the result of brain damage that occurs from oxygen deprivation during pregnancy, during childbirth or shortly after birth.  It may affect each person differently, depending on the extent of the damage and which part of the brain is involved. However, most children who suffer from this condition face severe life long difficulties. If your child suffers from this condition, there are things you should know to help protect them.  Here’s what you need to know about understanding the rights of your child with… Read More

What Types of Evidence Are Required to Prove My Negligent Security Case?

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Visiting a restaurant, bar, or nightclub can end with you being the victim of an assault, battery, or other serious crime. This is a horrible experience that most of us never anticipate when we go out for the night. After all, why would anyone want to attack me? However, attacks are often a result of the way a business establishment operates and the way in which they handle security threats. If you have been injured as a result of negligent security at a restaurant, bar, nightclub or hotel, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, including the… Read More

What Are the Major Causes of Congenital Anomalies?

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 303,000 newborns will die within just four weeks of their birth each year as a result of a congenital anomaly. Congenital anomalies, also known as malformations or birth defects, are caused by problems which arise during the fetus’s development in the womb. Congenital anomalies can directly contribute to a whole host of long-term disabilities which can have a significant impact on the lives not only on the children who are born with them, but also their families, health-care systems and even the wider community. But what are the major causes of… Read More

Common Construction Site Injuries

Common Construction Site Injuries

Construction sites are among the most dangerous places for workers. With so much going on, and so many moving parts, the potential for injury lurks around every corner. Construction site injuries can lead to permanent disability, partial or full paralysis, or even death depending on their nature and severity. According to statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the so-called ‘Fatal Four’ construction site accidents result in over 631 deaths every year in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about the most common construction site injuries. Falls Falls are the leading injury on construction fatalities. Of… Read More

Was a Loved One Wrongfully Killed Due to Police Negligence

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Law enforcement officers have been under scrutiny following a string of killings in recent years where community members were shot and killed in what many experts describe as an extreme use of excessive force.  While the criminal proceedings have made headlines, the civil suits have been quietly settled in many of these cases. But how is a family compensated when a loved one is wrongfully killed due to police brutality or negligence?   New Jersey Wrongful Death and Survival Acts Suits seeking damages for wrongful death – including those at the hands of the police – are subject to two… Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Obstetrical Malpractice

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Medical malpractice is a horrible reality for far too many Americans with more than 98,000 injuries occurring annually in the United States alone.  Obstetrical malpractice can have devastating effects given the medical vulnerability of pregnant women and their unborn children. The damages are often deadly and life altering.   At Rossetti & DeVoto, we are continuously fighting for our clients and getting them the compensation they deserve when medical negligence occurs. Here is everything you need to know about obstetrical malpractice. What is Obstetrical Malpractice? Obstetrical malpractice is any form of medical malpractice relating to either pregnancy or childbirth.  Obstetrical malpractice… Read More

The Top Mistakes Made During Personal Injury Claims

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If you are injured in an accident caused by the recklessness of another party, you have the right to seek damages for your physical and emotional injuries. Navigating the waters of personal injury lawsuits, however, is fraught with dangers and pitfalls. Often times, individuals make mistakes very soon after their injuries, and before seeing an attorney, which can prove costly to their claims. Here are some of the top mistakes made during this critical time period after being injured. Not Notifying the Police or other Investigatory Body One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to a personal… Read More

Social Media and Injuries: Why Posting Online May Hurt Your Case

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Social media is everywhere these days – after all, it’s social. From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn and Pinterest, people seemingly spend most of their time glued to their phone’s screen.  While we often view these sites as harmless, they can do serious damage to any legal issues or claims being undertaken. Here’s how social media can affect your personal injury court case. Social Media May Be Admissible in Court Posting on your Facebook account or on Twitter may not seem like a big deal, but it certainly can be. Social media may lend itself towards more spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous posting,… Read More

How Do New Jersey Court’s Define “Pain and Suffering?”

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If an individual is injured as a result of the negligence of another individual or entity in the State of New Jersey, they have the legal right to seek compensation for their injuries – both physical and mental. These compensatory damages are known as “pain and suffering” compensation.  But, what is it and how do New Jersey courts define “pain and suffering?” What Exactly Is “Pain and Suffering?” “Pain and suffering,” can loosely be defined as the physical or mental suffering a person experiences as a result of an accident. It includes Pain, Suffering, Disability, Impairment and the Loss of… Read More

What Can I Do if My Car is Hit, But They Run?

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Is there anything worse than being in an accident? What if the accident was a hit and run?If you’re wondering, “what can I do if my car is hit, but they run?” read on. What to Do After You Are Hit If another driver strikes your car and then flees the scene, what steps can you take to ensure that you don’t become a victim? While the initial reaction of being involved in a hit and run collision is probably shock or alarm, for the sake of your insurance claim—and in hopes of catching the driver who fled—it is criticalthat… Read More

How to Avoid Accidents on Industrial Sites

how to avoid accidents on industrial sites

Industrial sites and construction sites are among the most dangerous places for workers. With so much going on, and so many moving parts, the potential for injury lurks around every corner. Below is a list of safety principles and practices for employers and employees to follow in order to minimize the risk and prevent worker injuries on hazardous industrial sites. Safety Training The first step you should take to minimize the risk of mishaps on industrial sites and construction sites is to provide adequate safety training. By giving detailed safety training to all employees, employers can ensure that there are… Read More

Medori Named to Top 40 Under 40 by National Trial Lawyers

Anthony was named a Top 40 Under 40 attorney in New Jersey by The National Trial Lawyers. He also recently authored an article that was published in the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Product Liability and Mass Tort Section Newsletter concerning “successor liability” which aims to hold successor corporations responsible for the wrongful acts of its predecessor companies or companies that the successor subsequently acquires.

$900,000 for Injuries Sustained by Worker on Shredding Truck

51 year old employee of a paper shredding truck company recovered $900,000 after his foot was partially amputated in 2015 by the cutting blades of a mobile truck shredder when he climbed into the hopper to clear a paper jam. Our client’s boot and foot were pulled into the shredder, severing his toes and mangling his right foot. Andy Rossetti handled the case for RD. A lawsuit was filed against the manufacturer of the truck alleging that the truck was defective because the hopper should have been guarded in a way that would have prevented employees from gaining access to… Read More

Wrongful Death Actions: Familial Aspects that Can Increase Case Value

The goal of a trial attorney is to effectively highlight the family’s pecuniary losses to the jury, in an effort to substantiate and increase the value of the claim. By Andrew J. Rossetti and Dean E. Avgerinos | October 18, 2018 The death of a loved one is heartbreaking. The world stops, and the thought of moving on without a child, parent or spouse can seem impossible. They can never be replaced, yet our Wrongful Death Act severely limits family members’ recovery to pecuniary losses. Plaintiffs attorneys often rely on a statistical analysis completed by an economist regarding the hours… Read More

Victim of Product After a Recall: What Are My Rights?

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New Jersey law only allows product manufacturer’s to be held accountable for their products when they contain manufacturing defects, are defectively designed or fail to contain adequate warnings of the dangers resulting in the product being unreasonably dangerous so they are unfit and unsafe for use by the public.  What if, however, there was also a product recall? What are your rights? Defective and Recalled Products If you are injured as the result of a defective product, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the makers or sellers of that product. Also, if your injury occurred at work while… Read More

Sleep Deprivation Car Accidents During the Holiday Season

Sleep Deprivation Car Accidents

Car accidents are common and have many causes. Many are preventable. Accidents caused by sleep deprivation are very common, especially in today’s fast-paced world. Sleep deprivation accident statistics indicate that as much as a fourth of drivers have dozed off while driving. Studies also show that driving while lacking sleep is as bad as driving while intoxicated. As negative as it sounds, we have a high chance of being involved in a car accident at some point in our lives. It could be that if an accident does happen, it could be from someone else who is sleep deprived. Car… Read More

Baxter Appointed to Board of New Jersey Trial Lawyer Organization

Melissa was recently selected to serve on the Board of Trustees of TANJ – an association of trial attorneys dedicated to promoting the litigation interests of the public, the bench, and the bar – after also being selected to serve on the Board of Governors of NJAJ – a statewide organization of trial attorneys whose mission is to protect individuals and families.

Baxter Speaks at Trial Attorney Conference

Melissa spoke at several trial attorney conferences this year including a conference in Somerset, NJ where she spoke about effective methods for trial preparation and shared tips on selecting a fair and impartial jury so as to put the case in the best position for success at trial. Melissa was once again invited to speak at the 2018 NJAJ annual trial attorney 3-day conference in Atlantic City, NJ where she shared a checklist of the most important tasks to complete during litigation as well as extra steps to take in order to maximize the full potential of a case. During… Read More

RD’s Baxter Obtains Multiple Jury Trial Verdicts

Melissa Baxter obtained a $133,121.00 jury verdict in Camden, County for a 39 year old driver of a school bus that was struck by an SUV in traffic. The defense maintained that the impact was light and that all of the injuries were pre-existing however at trial, Melissa dismantled the defense by catching the defendant lying on the stand and by successfully utilizing the testimony of defendants’ own expert witness to support the case. Using technology to her client’s advantage, Melissa also created a power point presentation to prove the case and obtain a verdict that was over $50,000 more… Read More

$1.3 Million for Tractor Trailer Crash

$1.3 Million settlement paid by two trucking companies after a tractor trailer crash left our female client with neck and back injuries requiring two surgeries. Lou DeVoto represented RD’s client in the case.  Our client was operating an 18 wheel tractor trailer when she slowed due to traffic conditions at the merge of I-287 and Route 78 in northern New Jersey.  She was rear-ended by a tractor trailer who in turn was then rear-ended by a third tractor trailer.  Our client suffered neck and back injuries that were treated conservatively for years.  The defense contended the injuries were degenerative and not… 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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Rossetti & DeVoto, PC was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell, ranking them among the most distinguished law firms in America. Fewer than 5% of all law firms are included in the Bar Register.

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