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What to Know about Spinal Cord Injuries

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Suffering an injury is a traumatic experience, but suffering from a spinal cord injury can have life-changing ramifications. Over 11,000 spinal injuries are reported in the United States every year. In fact, young men are far more likely to suffer a spinal cord injury than any other segment of the population. If you suffer a spinal cord injury, do you know what to do? Here’s what you need to know about spinal cord injuries. Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries Traumatic Spinal Injuries The major causes of spinal cord injuries can be broken down into traumatic or non-traumatic injuries. Traumatic injuries… Read More

Slip and Fall Accidents in Amusement Parks

Amusement parks are supposed to be family-friendly fun, and that means they are supposed to be safe. For scores of people every year, however, they turn out to be a nightmare. If you are the victim of an accident at a theme or water park, what rights do you have and what can you do? Here is Rossetti & DeVoto’s guide to slip-and-fall accidents in amusement parks. Amusement Park Regulations in New Jersey In the State of New Jersey, the Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Act governs fixed-site amusement park regulations. This act established an annual safety inspection program for… Read More

Common Vacation Injuries to Avoid

Common Vacation Injuries to Avoid

When you visit New Jersey on vacation, you will never run out of activities to enjoy. Feeling adventurous and want to have an adrenaline rush? You’ll definitely want to check out the New Jersey’s renowned Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari. Want to wind down after some hectic months? The luxurious Borgata Hotel and Casino is where you need to go. What about checking out a bit of history? Consider checking out the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. If you’re seeking waterpark thrills, the Mountain Creek Waterpark should be your first stop.  No matter what you are seeking from… Read More

What to Do If You’re Attacked on Vacation

What to Do If You're Attacked on Vacation

There is nothing quite like taking a well-deserved vacation. According to a study done by the Pew Research Center, the average American works 38.7 hours a week 46.8 weeks every year, which adds up to 1,811 hours annually. We all occasionally need a vacation from the daily grind. However, there is always the possibility that your plan for fun and de-stressing goes wary. Your hotel room could be broken into and robbed, you could be mobbed while strolling in a popular tourist spot, or you could even get attacked by someone out of the blue. No matter what could potentially… Read More

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

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

Civil DWI Claims in New Jersey: Overlooked Causes of Action

Civil DWI Claims in New Jersey:Overlooked Causes of Action BY ANDREW J. ROSSETTI &SCOTT S. AMITRANORossetti is a partner, and Amitrano a law clerk in the Cherry Hill office of Rossetti & Devoto, PC With the consumption of alcohol goes the golden rule: “Don’t drink and drive.” But not everyone heeds this warning. Every year people are killed as a result of drunk driving. All too often a person who has had too many drinks decides to drive and injures himself, his friends, or innocent third parties. While most fingers point at the driver, other parties such as bartenders, social… Read More

Product Liability Seminar

PRODUCT LIABILITYEARLY PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE / EMERGENTAPPLICATION / INVESTIGATION / SPOLIATION April 2, 2009 Presented by:Andrew J. Rossetti, EsquireRossetti & DeVoto, P.C. PRODUCT LIABILITY – EARLY PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCEEMERGENT APPLICATION / INVESTIGATION / SPOLIATION Early investigation of a product liability claim is absolutely vital to the successful prosecution of the claim. Taking the appropriate steps to preserve physical evidence, investigate the scene, and conduct witness interviews are all essential to a successful case. A) PHYSICAL EVIDENCE It is critical that any physical evidence in a product liability claim be preserved immediately! The evidence will need to be maintained in its… Read More

Mediation – The Plaintiff’s Perspective

MEDIATION – THE PLAINTIFFS PERSPECTIVE PRODUCT LIABILITY: A Road Map to Mediation or trial March 11, 2006New Jersey Law CenterNew Brunswick NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education SeminarPresented by: Andrew J. RossettiRossetti & DeVoto P.C Preparing your client for mediation. How is (s)he to dress? No body piercing, wild cloths etc. visual impressions last. Make sure they know the verdict ranges and settlement ranges. Make sure they know the costs involved in taking the case to trial. Stress this is a benefit to him/her, it is better than being sent into the hall before the jury comes in to make… Read More

Selecting a Winning Jury

Selecting a Winning Jury Personal Injury Case Management for the Seasoned Litigator Presented by:Andrew J. Rossetti, Esquire Presented for:National Business InstituteCherry Hill, New JerseyNovember 29, 2007 I Voir Dire in New Jersey? Despite the importance in selecting fair and unbiased jurors to determine the legal disputes of its citizens, New Jersey has treated this process into one of inconvenience and annoyance.As of January 22, 2007, Superior Court judges are required to employ the New Jersey Supreme Court’s “standards for jury selection.” The standards are taken from recommendations of the Court’s special committee on preemptory challenges and jury voir dire. The… 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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