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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

The Biggest Risk Factors for Animal Bites

risk factors of animal bites

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

heart medicine recalls

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?

title 59

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

cerebral palsy disability rights

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?

congenital anomalies

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

Was a Loved One Wrongfully Killed Due to Police Negligence

wrongful death police

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

Obstetrical Malpractice new jersey

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

social media and personal injury claims

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?

hit and run

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

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

I Was Bitten by My Neighbor’s Dog. What Can I Do?

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Every year, over 4 million people in the United States are attacked by dogs. The vast majority of those attacked, and nearly half of those seriously injured by dog bites, are children. If you are the victim of such an incident, you need to know your rights. So if you were bitten by your neighbor’s dog, here’s what you can do. Common Dog Bite Injuries Dog bites, while most often not deadly, can cause life-changing and permanent damage. The majority of dog bites affect the arms, hands, feet, legs, head and neck areas of the body.  The most serious types… Read More

What Happens If Your Injury Was Misdiagnosed?

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Being hospitalized is never a pleasant experience. It can take days, weeks and even months for you to fully recover from injuries or sickness. But what happens when the injury or sickness you are seeking treatment for is misdiagnosed?  Often times, the results are catastrophic leading to death or serious injury. Why Does a Misdiagnosis Occur? A medical misdiagnosis can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Despite the extensive experience many doctors and nurses have, they are human, and mistakes can and do happen. Common reasons for a misdiagnosis of an injury include: Failing to recognize and understand the… Read More

What to Know about Spinal Cord Injuries

spinal cord injuries

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

Lou and Andy Named to Best Lawyers 2018

Rossetti & DeVoto

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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