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Employee Notice Obligations 101

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If you’re an employee in New Jersey it’s important to know how to cover yourself legally if you get an injury on the job. If you don’t, you could inadvertently forfeit your right to workers’ compensation. Here’s our guide to employee notice obligations in work-related accidents from a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney from Rossetti & DeVoto, PC. 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… Read More

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

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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 as explained by a New Jersey car accident attorney from Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. 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… Read More

Tips For Swimming And Boating Safely With Your Family

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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. This is if and whenever you’re swimming. Here’s our guide to swimming and boating safety to keep your head above water and avoid a wrongful death situation from the experienced New Jersey wrongful death attorney at Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. Swimming Safety Tips Here are our top three tips for keeping yourself and your children safe… Read More

How To Pick The Right Car For Safe Teen Driving

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that of all parents who purchase vehicles for their children, 83 percent 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 for a safe, reliable, and economic teen driving from the New Jersey car accident attorney team at Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. 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… Read More

Maximizing Your Car’s Visibility At Night

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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. The experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney team from Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. is here to explain how maximizing your car’s visibility at night works. And, how you can make it safer for you and other drivers. Maximizing 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… Read More

Your Car Crash Survival Guide

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There is an alarming rate of twenty to fifty million people injured in car accidents every year. Some of these are merely minor accidents, some are more serious and require you to find the best car accident attorney in your area for you to find compensation and justice. So, here is your best car crash survival guide. Due to the high rate of car accidents, 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… 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. Moreover, this can result in light duty. 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… Read More

Am I Liable for Texting a Driver Who Crashes?

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Before learning whether you are responsible for texting a driver who crashes, we should first address some things. Let’s start with the facts: Twenty-five percent 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… Read More

Bike Riding Safety Tips

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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 bike riding safety tips and don’t hesitate to call us today at 856-354-0900 if… Read More

When is An Injury a Workplace Accident?

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Thirty-four percent 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 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

New Jersey’s Successor Liability By: Esq. & Andrew J. Rossetti, Esq. What is Exactly Successor Liability? Your company is looking to acquire another entity’s assets. Consequently, 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 its assets to Company B, then Company B is not liable… Read More

Bringing Title 59 Claims

Read more about the liability of Local and State Governments and evaluation of 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 immunity. Chapter 4:… Read More

Cumberland County Jury Awards $486,000.00

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   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. Hence, the verdict was rendered after three days of trial before the Honorable Michael Brooke Fisher, JSC. Louis J. DeVoto of Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. in Cherry Hill represented the plaintiff. What Happened in the Car Accident? Joanne Saduk was seriously injured on April 20, 2004 when the car she was driving was struck in the rear… Read More

$1.5 Million for Injured Motorcyclist

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   The state of New Jersey pays $1.5 million to injured motorcyclist during the trial in 2008. Bridgeton, New Jersey. May 2008 The Case of Injured Motorcyclist The State of New Jersey paid $1.5 million to a motorcyclist injured in a crash with a State Trooper on October 18, 2005. However, the settlement occurred on May 15, 2008, after three days of trial before the Honorable Martin Herman, JSC in Cumberland County. Hence, Louis J. DeVoto of Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. in Cherry Hill represented the plaintiff. Allegedly, Trooper… Read More

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

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances. 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, RD filed 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. This proved invaluable in demonstrating that this was not an… Read More

$1.3 Million Settlement for Two Navy Recruits Injured in Crash

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   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 under dispute as were the injuries. Andy Rossetti handled the case for RD. Moreover, he presented a complex accident reconstruction to the federal Judge during settlement negotiations in order to obtain this large settlement. The reconstruction was… Read More

$945,000 Recovered Against Product Manufacturer

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   Read more about this almost a million-worth settlement against the product manufacturer. What happened? Rossetti & DeVoto recovered $945,000 for woman injured by a defective workplace machine causing amputation to her thumb. Andy Rossetti handled the case. 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. 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,… Read More

$1.9 Million Recovery in Wrongful Death

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   Rossetti & DeVoto recovers $1.9 Million for wrongful death 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. DeVoto on the Case of Wrongful Death Lou DeVoto handled this case of wrongful death 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… Read More

$1,850,000 Settlement for Fractured Leg

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   The County of Monmouth agrees to pay $1.85 Million for leg injuries sustained by a 62-year-old Cliffwood Beach resident. The resident suffered an injury in a crash with a Monmouth County Senior Citizen Transport Bus. Lou DeVoto handled the case for Rossetti & DeVoto. Find out more about this settlement for a fractured leg. What occurred? The defendant negligently pulled from a stop sign. Then, the defendant drove the bus directly into the path of RD’s client. RD’s client had no ability to avoid the crushing impact. While… Read More

$750,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.   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. Read more about this medical malpractice verdict. Rossetti on the Case 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. Then, the doctor failed to identify the injury during the surgery. Her failure to protect the bowel resulted in 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 you prove the case. If you… Read More

Medical Malpractice – The Affidavit of Merit Requirement

In this article, Louis J. DeVoto discusses the affidavit of merit. Furthermore, he also talks about the affidavit of merit requirement, as the title states. 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… Read More

Practical Tips For Jury Selection

Read more about some practical tips for jury selection or Voir Dire from Louis J. DeVoto.   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…. 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. What is Exactly Successor Liability? 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…. 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. AMITRANO Rossetti 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 a result of drunk driving or DWI is the death of people. 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,… Read More

Product Liability Seminar

PRODUCT LIABILITY EARLY PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE / EMERGENT APPLICATION / INVESTIGATION / SPOLIATION April 2, 2009 Presented by: Andrew J. Rossetti, Esquire Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. PRODUCT LIABILITY – EARLY PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE EMERGENT APPLICATION / INVESTIGATION / SPOLIATION In fact, companies must take measures to ensure the products they are producing aren’t faulty. Therefore, this means checking the design, getting the goods inspected during production (visit https://www.jonble.com/during-production-inspection/ to find out more about this), spot-checking each batch made, and much more. This is because if a product is faulty then it can cause serious harm to anyone who uses it…. Read More

Mediation – The Plaintiff’s Perspective

MEDIATION – THE PLAINTIFFS PERSPECTIVE PRODUCT LIABILITY: A Road Map to Mediation or trial March 11, 2006 New Jersey Law Center New Brunswick NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar Presented by: Andrew J. Rossetti Rossetti & DeVoto P.C Preparing your client for mediation How is (s)he to dress? No body piercing, wild cloths etc. visual impressions last. Firstly, make sure they know the verdict ranges and settlement ranges. Secondly, make sure they know the costs involved in taking the case to trial. Then, stress this is a benefit to him/her, it is better than being sent into the hall… 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 Institute Cherry Hill, New Jersey November 29, 2007 I. Voir Dire in New Jersey? Despite the importance in selecting fair and unbiased jurors, that is, a winning jury, to determine the legal disputes of its citizens, New Jersey has treated this process into one of inconvenience and annoyance. In fact, as of January 22, 2007, Superior Court judges are required to employ the New Jersey Supreme Court’s “standards for jury selection.” Furthermore, the standards are taken from recommendations… Read More

Preparing and Using Demonstrative Evidence

PREPARING AND USING DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE Essential Elements of Evidence March 3, 2007 Presented by: Andrew J. Rossetti, Esquire “What the ear may hear, the eye can see.” Dehanes v. Rothman, 158 NL 90,96 (1999). I. INTRODUCTION TO DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE In fact, demonstrative exhibits and aids provide the means “[t]o clarify, to dramatize and to emphasize” critical evidence in a case. Mary Quinn Cooper, The Use of Demonstrative Exhibits At Trial, 34 TULSA L.J. 567 (1999) (quoting Celia W. Childress, Persuasive Delivery In the Courtroom 619 (1995)). While not always offered into evidence, such visual presentations usually include maps, models, charts,… Read More

Lou and Andy listed in Best Lawyers

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Lou DeVoto and Andy Rossetti have been included in the New Jersey's Best Lawyers list for Personal Injury Litigation. This is the 16th year in a row that each attorney has been listed in the elite rankings.

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