How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend while Social Distancing

How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend while Social Distancing

by Staff Blogger | May 19th, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend has long been a staple at the Jersey Shore for many to enjoy time with family, time with friends, great food, and the kickoff to summer. We have all grown accustomed to enjoying the holiday weekend at the beach, enjoying parties, and going out to bars, without worrying about potentially contracting COVID-19. However, in this “Coronavirus era,” it’s become abundantly clear that we won’t be able to celebrate and enjoy the weekend the way that we have long been accustomed to. Fortunately, we’re not quite as isolated as we were two months ago when COVID-19 was reaching its peak. With the curve flattening and our communities learning how to adjust and live life, while remaining socially distant, we have a few options to help you still have a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

New Jersey beaches are slowly beginning to open up for the summer, allowing the locals to enjoy the beaches while still abiding by the social distancing restrictions. For Jersey Shore towns like Manasquan, Seaside Heights, and Spring Lake, there are multi-phase plans in place to keep beach-goers at a safe distance from others. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we’ve compiled a list of some great ways to responsibly celebrate MDW with whoever you’re quarantined with, whether that’s family or friends.

Go to the Beach

Many beaches are operating under varying social distancing orders and limitations; however, in many cases, beaches are open or will be open for Memorial Day weekend. If you don’t live near the beach, it’s best to stay away in order to limit the number of people that are at the beaches. Many towns aren’t allowing those who aren’t local residents to go to beaches anyway. If you live at one of the shore towns like Asbury Park, Manasquan, or Belmar, be sure to do some research to determine what the specific guidelines are in that town and determine if the beach is an option for you this MDW.

Have a Video Party

If you’re feeling especially alone, link up with whomever you normally celebrate the weekend with and engage in a video call with them. Great conversation is an excellent way to stay sane and safe during this age of isolation.

Have a Cookout

While we all need to follow social distancing, we are still able to go outside with those we’re quarantined with. One of the many great ways to enjoy the beautiful summer weather is to have a cookout; grill up some burgers and hot dogs while having a cold drink and enjoying the company of those you love most.

Go Camping

Another great way to enjoy the great outdoors during this “Coronavirus era” is by taking a camping trip. Camping is a spectacular way to follow social distancing orders, stay isolated from strangers, all while getting out of the house. With many private campgrounds now allowed to operate, more and more opportunities arise that allow us all to get out of the house for a few days.

Gather Around a Fire

If you don’t live near any campgrounds or aren’t able to get away for the weekend, gather around a controlled fire in your backyard with your closest friends and family members. You can even grab a few drinks and enjoy some tasteful food, all while engaging in some good conversation with close friends and family. And by the way, don’t forget the marshmallows!

Play Pick Up Sports

If you’re isolated with enough people and have the necessary space and equipment, you can organize a pick-up game of basketball, wiffleball, football, or even a game that you made up! Nothing says summer like running around the yard with your friends and family.

From all of us at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend! We hope you all are still able to enjoy the weekend as much as we have in past years. These are strange and unprecedented times that require us to be more cautious than ever, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy ourselves. However, if you do get injured while enjoying these activities, or other activities, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can get you the compensation you deserve.

We are always available 24/7 at 732-888-8888 or at demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com, because it’s always a good time to Demand Justice. Demand Judd.

Common Outdoor Injuries and How To Avoid Them

by Staff Blogger | May 12th, 2020

With summer right around the corner, we can expect an increase in outdoor activity and injuries related to them. As COVID-19 restrictions soften and people grow tired of staying inside, people will inevitably be searching for innovative ways to get some fresh air and exercise while social distancing.

Unfortunately, the more time people spend outdoors enjoying various activities, the more people are going to get injured as a result of these activities. It’s important that as we start to spend more of our time outside, we are very careful and stay as safe as we possibly can. Here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we’ve compiled some of the most common outdoor activities people suffer injuries from and tips on how to avoid them.

Bicycle Injuries

A great way to stay active while keeping your distance from others is to go for bike rides. Find your favorite bike path or simply go for a ride around the neighborhood. However, cycling can be very dangerous. Bicycle injuries can come as a result of collisions with automobiles and other cyclists, hitting potholes, and simply by losing your balance.

The best way to avoid serious injury from these falls is by wearing a helmet. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of a head injury by 85%. With May being Bike Safety Month, there’s no better time to stress just how important it is to always wear a helmet and keep an eye out for oncoming traffic and other cyclists.

Playground Injuries

Playgrounds, while fun, can be very dangerous places for children to play. When taking your children to play on the playground, be sure to warn them about the dangers of falling, stepping on loose nails, and tripping on broken equipment. If there are hard surfaces such as concrete near the playground, be sure to keep an eye on your children and keep them away from it as much as you can.

Before allowing your children to play on the playground, be sure either to give them gloves to wear or have them sanitize before and after coming in contact with the playground. Be sure to have your children follow the CDC’s recommendation by having them wear a mask, wash their hands often, and avoid touching their faces. Lastly, be sure to apply sunscreen regularly if you plan to be outdoors for a while.

Swimming Injuries

With many beaches opening soon for the summer, families opening pools, and the weather improving enough to swim in the ocean, lakes, and rivers, swimming can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise. When jumping into bodies of water, never dive head first if the water is shallow. If the water is dark and you can’t see how deep it is, it’s best to be safe and jump in feet first or, if possible, walk in. If children are swimming, make sure at least one person is responsible for keeping an eye on them at all times.

Trampoline Injuries

While a blast, trampolines are notoriously dangerous. The average orthopedic surgeon sees one to three patients per week with trampoline injuries. The majority of trampoline injuries are sprains, bumps, bruises and fractures. The best way to minimize these trampoline injuries are with safety nets. Before using a trampoline, make sure it’s well maintained with no damage to its support bars or mat.

Hiking Injuries

Hiking is a great way to exercise while enjoying the outdoors and staying a safe distance from others. However, with the amount of time spent hiking and the amount of distance covered, the chances of injury go up with every step taken. When hiking, be sure to wear appropriate shoes or boots and carry the necessary equipment. Also be sure to watch where you step so as to avoid twisting an ankle or injuring yourself on the uneven ground.

Sports Injuries

If you’re social distancing with enough people, it’s okay to play sports like basketball, tennis and soccer, as long as no strangers are participating. Like all sports, it’s important to understand the seemingly endless ways in which injuries can occur. Always determine that the surface you’re playing on is in good condition. Additionally, wear the proper shoes for each sport. It would not only be silly, but also dangerous, to try and play basketball wearing soccer cleats.

Running Injuries

Going for a run around the neighborhood or on a path is a great way to get a lot of exercise and fresh air while social distancing. You won’t need to be near many other people, especially if you’re running alone. If you do need to run past others, you fortunately can see them ahead of time and pass from a safe distance, at most spending just a second or two within a few feet of them.

Always wear running shoes and avoid small obstacles, such as potholes, to protect yourself from twisting your ankle. Additionally, keep your eyes open and, if running with headphones, keep the volume low so you can be aware of any incoming vehicles.

From all of us at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we wish you a very safe and enjoyable summer! Some exercise and fresh air are what we all need after being cooped up in our homes for the past couple months. Go out and enjoy it! Just be sure to follow CDC social distancing guidelines and take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and loved one’s safe during summer activities.

If something unexpected or unavoidable does happen and you are injured, do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin building your case. Call us at 732-888-8888 or email us at demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com to Demand Judd and get the compensation you deserve.

What Happens if an Employer Does Not Report an Accident?

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2020

One of the most important things to do when you’ve been injured at work is to make sure the accident is reported. Many people don’t report accidents right away, which can lead to problems further down the line. The reason many people don’t report accidents is because there wasn’t any noticeable bodily harm or serious enough injuries to require immediate medical attention.

Even if your injury doesn’t appear to be very serious, it’s crucial you report your accident as soon as possible. If you haven’t reported your injury, your employer may deny you medical treatment and benefits for missed time from work. Always report your accident as soon as possible in order to avoid having to deal with these issues.

In addition to your employer denying you medical treatment and out of work benefits, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier will question why your employer didn’t report the accident as soon as the accident happened. Your private health insurance carrier also will not pay for treatment for work-related injuries. Also, if the accident isn’t filed immediately, your employer may deny the accident happened or claim that it took place outside of work. Many employers even impose 24-hour deadlines for reporting accidents, resulting in being suspended without pay or reprimanded if you miss the deadline.

In the event that you are injured from a mundane task, such as lifting heavy objects, but the injury doesn’t seem serious at the time, it’s still important that the accident is reported as soon as possible. The natural conclusion for many in this situation is to tough it out, not mentioning it to a supervisor unless it gets serious. However, waiting to talk to a supervisor about even the most minor of injuries is exactly where many people get into trouble.

Imagine the strain in your back from lifting a heavy box suddenly starts becoming more serious a few days or weeks later and you didn’t report your injury to your employer. In many cases, it’s not only too late to report the accident, but you may be without pay and without work while you recover from your injury, all while paying for medical treatment out of your own pocket.

Proper Reporting Procedure

Workers’ compensation claims are “no fault” claims, meaning any negligence that resulted in your work accident injury has no effect on your ability to receive the necessary compensation in order to recover from and continue supporting yourself during your injuries. The state of New Jersey and the federal government also have protections in place to protect you from any potential retaliation from the employer that you file a claim with.

If you have been injured, reporting the accident to your employer will only speed up the process of getting the medical treatment and compensation you need. In reporting your accident, your employer should fill out a detailed injury report with you to get you the help you need.

If your employer doesn’t ask you for further information or fill out any paperwork, take notice as this may be an indicator that they don’t intend to report the injury. With how expensive medical bills can easily become, you want to have all of the support you can possibly get.

What to Do if Your Employer Refuses to File Your Workers’ Comp Claim

It’s important to be aware that it’s up to your employer to report your accident to the Department of Labor. Because you can’t report your own injury yourself, you need to be committed to making sure your employer reports the accident. If they haven’t reported the accident and don’t plan on it, it’s important to take action immediately.

It may be your employers’ responsibility to file a workers’ compensation claim, but it’s up to you to ensure he or she does so. If your employer hasn’t filed your workers’ compensation form, reach out to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, who will help you through the process of filing the correct forms (typically form WC-14). Due to the complexity of these situations, it’s important to also reach out to an injury attorney who will make sure that you’re covered.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits You’re Entitled to if You’re Injured in New Jersey

  • Medical treatment provided by your employer
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Monetary award based on the degree of permanent injury

If you’re late reporting an accident, you should still follow the recommendations listed. Injured workers are allowed up to 90 days to report an accident in New Jersey. Although many employers have much shorter deadlines, you still may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits eventually. That being said, when an accident is not properly reported, you will face additional obstacles throughout the process.

Injured on the Job? Demand Justice Today.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, it’s important that you contact a New Jersey injury lawyer. Demand justice for your injuries and contact our team of workers’ compensation and injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law at 732-888-8888 or at demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com.

Our No Fee Guarantee means we only get paid if you get paid, so you don’t have to worry about consultation or retainer fees and can focus on what’s most important—your health.

A Guide to Damages in a New Jersey Personal Injury Case

by Staff Blogger | April 21st, 2020

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another individual, you may seek to receive monetary compensation in the form of damages. Your New Jersey personal injury lawyer will discuss your case with you in order to get you the compensation you deserve. We understand no amount of money can take away the pain and suffering, as well as the emotional trauma, that so many people experience after an accident. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between compensatory and punitive damages.

Compensatory vs. Punitive Damages in New Jersey

Compensatory damages compensate you for a variety of things, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical bills
  • Property damages
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Loss of consortium/companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Compensatory damages are not capped because they are in place to compensate you for your financial losses. Conversely, punitive damages are in place to punish whoever is responsible for your injuries. Punitive damages are capped at a fixed amount because a defendant’s behavior is egregious to the extent that the judge or jury wants to make an example of the defendant and deter further bad behavior.

Punitive Damage Caps in New Jersey

Based on Section 2A:15-5:14 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes, the caps on punitive damages may not exceed $350,000 or five times the amount of any compensatory damages, whichever is the greater amount. A judge must determine punitive damages that are justified under the circumstances and are reasonable.

This means that, under New Jersey law, if you’re awarded $100,000 in compensatory damages, the punitive award cannot exceed $500,000. The judge has a duty to reduce the punitive damages award to a number that fits within these requirements if the jury awards you an amount that exceeds them.

However, in cases where the defendant is convicted of a crime in connection with the injuries, damage caps are not applied.

What is the Purpose of Damage Caps?

Policy makers believe large damage caps can have a negative impact on the economy as a whole. Damage caps reduce liability of service providers in lawsuits that could otherwise lead to strongly hurting insurance companies. In hurting the insurance companies, costs of insurance would inevitably rise drastically, increasing how much is paid by patients on services per year. Damage caps prevent the system from negatively affecting our economy, allowing the system to function in a positive way.

If you have been injured and have questions on the damage caps you may experience in New Jersey, do not hesitate to call us at 732-888-8888 and speak to a member of our experienced team. We will go over what these caps may mean for your case and how to best move forward.