March 31st, 2020|
As Judd Shaw Injury Law wraps up its monthly theme, March’s “Don’t be lucky, be fortunate,” we focus this blog on emphasizing feeling fortunate and hopeful during a situation that looks gloomy. The common expression “every cloud has a silver lining” means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspects.
With all the tragic things that are happening in the world as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic, now might seem like an unusual time to be feeling fortunate. Yet staying positive is a core ingredient in the recipe of success with coping during a crisis.
Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days and to be grateful for the time together during in-home confinement.
Not that long ago, so many of us were rushed in a flurry of routine tasks and general busyness. For some of us, it’s not that often that we have time to gather around for family dinners, reconnect with loved ones, connect in more meaningful ways, and are pressed to enjoy simple experiences and activities together. We are finding new ways to connect with ourselves and loved ones. We’re realizing how important community is and doubling-down on investing in it. We’re deepening our appreciation for the people – the teachers, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, garbage collectors, first responders, and more – who are the foundation of society.
Our pets are getting more attention and love. We check in on family and friends a little more than when we were rushed for time. Generosity and community-mindedness is spiking. Pollution is down. We are leveraging technology to let us keep creating and connecting. We are learning new hobbies. And just perhaps for the first time, we are realizing the world can come together and share the same fight and concern.
For New Jersey, we are reading and hearing about many selfless individuals and organizations within our communities that are dedicating their time and efforts to help others. “Knights in Shining Armor” throughout Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Burlington, Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties, including other jurisdictions, are doing what they can, big and small, to support others in this difficult time.
For example, the owners of Federico’s Pizzeria in Belmar New Jersey have taken out a $50,000 line of credit to keep their employees on the payroll for the foreseeable future, leading to those in the community to donate to the pizzeria. Many of those who wanted to help out even paid for food to be sent to hospital staff, police, firefighters, and EMS squads. In Eatontown, first responders put on a small parade for a boy who, due to social distancing, couldn’t celebrate his birthday the way most 5 year olds get to.
Bell Works is donating 500 meals per day to first responders in Holmdel. People and organizations throughout New Jersey have been coming together to support others in a number of ways since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Seeing our communities support those within them has been a beautiful silver lining to this crisis.
Above all, this experience can remind us and teach our children a valuable life skill: resilience.
March 24th, 2020|
As we mentioned in our last blog, washing hands is a crucial way to stop the spread of COVID-19, as well as many other viruses. The CDC says “Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.” Aside from social distancing, washing our hands frequently is probably the best way that we can stop COVID-19 from spreading to others, and even from catching it ourselves. There’s never a bad time to take a minute and wash your hands, however, these are some of the most important times to stop what you’re doing and wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
If soap and water aren’t available to you, make sure you at least use hand sanitizer. However, it’s important to be aware of some of hand sanitizer’s shortcomings in comparison to soap and water. While very effective, hand sanitizer doesn’t get rid of all types of germs and may not work well if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
During a time with such rapid spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that we’re all aware of how essential it is that we wash our hands as often as possible. WASHING HANDS SAVE LIVES!
Don’t be lucky you didn’t get sick, be fortunate that you’re healthy – that means taking precautions to avoid getting sick.
March 17th, 2020|
As a result of the national emergency created by the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s never been so important to take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, there’s no telling who has it and doesn’t even know they may be carrying the virus. COVID-19 is highly contagious before those infected show any signs of symptoms, meaning it’s imperative to avoid as many people as possible.
Wash Hands Frequently
Keep your hands as clean as possible by washing them periodically with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, after interacting with others, and consistently throughout the day.
Practice Social Distancing
Stay at least 6 feet away from others as much as possible, in particular anyone who might be coughing or sneezing.
Stay Home as Much as Possible
By staying home unless absolutely necessary, we can minimize the possibility that we contract the virus, or if we’ve contracted it, that we spread it to other people. If you’re able, work from home. Only leave the house when you absolutely need to, such as to buy groceries and other necessities.
Avoid Touching Your Face
If your hands have come in contact with the virus, whether you know it or not, it’s best not to touch your face so that you can avoid allowing the virus to enter your body, making you sick.
Seek Medical Care Early
If you start to feel sick, make sure you go see a doctor as soon as possible. Call ahead so they know you’re coming and you can spend as little time in a waiting room as possible. Hopefully if you’re sick, it’s not with COVID-19, but if the doctor thinks you may have it, they’ll be able to direct you to the proper health care facility, allowing you to take care of it as soon as possible, minimizing who you spread the virus to and how bad it gets.
Presently, New Jersey has the 6th most cases in the United States, while our neighbor, New York, has the most cases in the country. With cases in New Jersey recently having reached the hundreds, it’s important that we take this seriously and do our part by staying clean, safe, and isolated from others. Coronavirus has become a threat throughout New Jersey, however, it’s a significantly larger threat in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.
The most important thing right now is patience and due diligence. If we are smart about when we leave the house and how much we interact with others, hopefully those in charge are able to get this taken care of as soon as possible. Aside from being careful for ourselves and loved ones, we simply need to be patient. These are unusual times, but fortunately professionals are working around the clock to get it taken care of so we can all return to normalcy as soon as possible.
March 10th, 2020|
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and a few parades along the Jersey Shore having already taken place, there’s no doubt a lot of drinking is going on throughout New Jersey this time of year.
With the holiday fast approaching and the quickly improving weather, many people are full of excitement. Unfortunately, injuries go hand in hand with the amount of drinking being done at events such as the parades in Belmar, Seaside, Asbury Park, and elsewhere. People should be able to celebrate and enjoy this time of year, but the injury risk needs to be taken into consideration. We thought it would be worthwhile to include some injury statistics to keep in mind while celebrating St. Paddy’s Day.
- 88% of people who broke a bone say it could have been avoided if they’d been sober. While it’s obviously safer not to drink at all, we realize that’s not realistic for everyone. However, in order to avoid injury, it’s smart to be careful about how much you drink and to stay coherent enough that unwanted incidents can be avoided.
- 23% of people don’t remember the reasons behind fights they got into while drunk, while 15% say there was “no specific reason” for their fights. Clearly, when people get too drunk, they get into fights unnecessarily. Much like with broken bones, these fight-related injuries can be avoided by being careful not to drink too much.
- The average drinker has had two drinking-related injuries. In most cases, these injuries happen at around the age of 22, however, there are spikes at the ages of 25 and 35 as well. Clearly, no matter who you are, you are likely to suffer an injury due to drinking.
- The three most common drinks linked to alcohol-related injuries are beer (58%), vodka (47%), and whiskey (27%). While liquor typically gets the reputation for getting people too drunk, beer has been the most common theme when it comes to alcohol-related injuries. So whatever you’re drinking, do so responsibly and be aware of your surroundings.
- The majority of alcohol-related injuries are fortunately just bruises, scratches, and cuts. However, broken bones come right behind those three as the fourth most common alcohol-related injury.
Stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day! Drink responsibly and look out for each other as you celebrate the holiday and enjoy the Spring weather. If you or someone you know does get injured, reach out to us at 732-888-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org and allow us to fight on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to Demand Justice.
March 3rd, 2020|
Did you know there is a difference between being lucky and fortunate? At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we don’t rely on luck—our legal team strategizes at all stages to set our clients up for the best possible outcome. We believe our clients are fortunate to have excellent counsel and a strong legal team in their corner.
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up and the “luck of the Irish,” we’re focusing this blog on the difference between luck and fortune. Whenever we win big at the casino, we have luck to thank. Many of us are lucky to be born into loving families and good genes. Luck plays a part in playing the lottery, having your flight take off on time without delays, enjoying perfect weather during pre-planned vacation, and other times when things are beyond your control and happen by chance.
However, there is no such thing as luck in the courtroom. Winning a case, getting the money you deserve, and securing the justice you deserve have nothing to do with luck or chance. Our dedicated attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that our clients are set up for success. While someone may say to us, “Good luck at trial,” we think to ourselves, “We don’t need luck on our side.”
It’s easy to say someone got lucky or was in the right place at the right time in order to become successful, but the reality is that luck played no part of the outcome. Our attorneys work very hard to put themselves in a position where they have the opportunity for fortunate outcomes. Rather than rely on luck, make sure you hire an attorney qualified in the area of personal injury with an emphasis on the type of accident involved.
If you or someone you know is injured, don’t hesitate to contact us at 732-888-8888. When you choose Judd Shaw Injury Law, you won’t need luck. Our legal team will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. So, get lucky fortunate. Demand Justice, Demand Judd.
February 25th, 2020|
The month of February has been all about our love for our clients and for referrals. We’ve talked a lot about We ❤️ Referrals month and how much we appreciate the best form of flattery—the trust placed in us to represent our clients’ family and friends. We’ve also talked about Valentine’s Day & National Donor Day, discussing how important it is to care for our peers by registering as organ donors. Similarly, we wrote about American ❤️ Month and the importance of loving ourselves through taking care of our health and, most importantly, our hearts. With our last blog for the Month of Love, we want to touch on much simpler forms of love.
With this being the last week of February, we felt that we should explore random acts of kindness (RAOK) that we can use to spread the love to both the people close to us and complete strangers that we come across every day. At Judd Shaw Injury Law, we love random acts of kindness due to the endless ways to make others simply smile.
With February coming to a close, it’s important to keep the love alive. If you need any ideas for how to spread a few random acts of kindness, look no further! We’ve listed a few possibilities, some large and some small, below! Pick some of your favorites or use them to inspire other ideas and start spreading some love for the rest of February and beyond! Oh—be sure to post on Instagram with our hashtag #juddshawinjurylaw so we can repost your awesome RAOK!
- Pay for the next person in line for their lunch, drink, or even some of their groceries
- Make a friend or family member breakfast in bed
- Donate to a charity of your choice
- Offer to babysit for free so friends or family can take a date night or catch a movie
- Spend a day volunteering at an animal shelter
- Give your waiter or waitress an extra tip above what you would normally for great service
- Do a favor without receiving anything in return
- Pick up litter in a busy area like a park or train station
- Tell your boss about one of your coworkers who’s doing a great job
- Share your umbrella in the rain with someone who doesn’t have one
- Compliment a stranger
- Let a driver merge onto a busy road
We support RAOKs and encourage all to spread the love and make someone smile—you’ll smile too as a result. We definitely love results!
February 18th, 2020|
In late 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February as American Heart Month, making February 1964 the first nationally recognized American Heart Month in United States History. The declaration intended to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Raising awareness increases public education of risk factors for cardiovascular disease as well as how best to combat and treat this disease. Advancements in medicine are improving prevention and treatment options.
The best chance of avoiding cardiovascular disease remains awareness and avoidance of risk factors, including but not limited to: obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
It’s important to be aware of which risk factors pertain to us. Millions of people have high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, be sure to see your doctor regularly and take whatever medication is prescribed to you in order to keep it under control. The majority of risk factors are fortunately things we can oftentimes make great strides towards dealing with on our own. With high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity, we can make great improvements to our bodies through eating healthy and getting some physical activity in throughout the week. In addition to eating well and exercising, there are a few other important ways for us to prevent heart disease, such as managing any conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol and avoiding smoking cigarettes. If you’re already a smoker, try to scale it back, and eventually quit completely.
If you’re unsure if you’re at risk of cardiovascular disease, then go see your doctor. Be aware of the risk factors your doctor believes pertain to you and take steps to minimize their impact on your body through healthy lifestyle habits. Try to maintain a consistent exercise plan and a healthy and well-balanced diet.
At Judd Shaw Injury Law, our team is dedicated to helping others. Our dedicated #WeHeart month seeks, in part, to keep the awareness alive and well so you can live well too!
February 4th, 2020|
February, the “month of love,” is the American Heart Month and celebrates Valentine’s Day. Do you feel the love?
Judd Shaw Injury Law is off to a great start this year, and we have so much to appreciate! To join in on the love, we’ve designated February as our “We Heart Referrals” month.
We feel passionate about our fight against insurance companies, and we’re honored to represent our clients. From injured parties hurt by the negligence of another, workers hurt on the job, and medical providers wrongly denied PIP reimbursements, we fight hard to collect against the insurance giants. We’ve never represented insurance companies like Geico, Allstate, NJM, State Farm, Nationwide, Progressive, and so many others. We put our hearts into our Injury Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and NJ/NY PIP No-Fault Arbitration practice groups.
We ❤️ our clients, and their demand for justice becomes our pursuit for justice. A relationship of trust is so important. That’s why a referral from a friend or family member is the greatest compliment we can receive. It means that not only are we doing our job, but our clients trust us to represent their friends or loved ones.
We would be proud to represent your referral. We will treat your family like our family. If you or someone you know has been hurt, do not hesitate to Demand Justice. Demanding Judd is the first step to fighting for the compensation you deserve. We’re ready to put our hearts and fight into the people you love.
January 28th, 2020|
Pedestrians are, unfortunately, highly susceptible to injury and death from motor vehicle accidents. In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, where people are constantly driving or walking around and seemingly always in a rush, we are always at risk of being in an accident.
People tend to forget that they can be involved in a motor vehicle accident regardless of whether or not they are actually in a motor vehicle. As pedestrians, we are at a heightened risk because there’s nothing to protect us. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a crash-related pedestrian death in the United States every 1.5 hours. In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, with almost 129,000 pedestrians being treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015.
Due to the nature of being a pedestrian, there’s often not much we can do ahead of time to avoid an accident. However, it’s very important to be knowledgeable about what the top causes of pedestrian accidents are so that we can be aware of our surroundings and ready to avoid an accident if need be.
Careless driving is a catch-all term that consists of all inattentive driving, such as speeding, running red lights, not looking before turning, and generally just not taking the care to be fully aware of surroundings, including nearby vehicles and pedestrians.
Distracted Driving & Walking
In a world dominated by smartphones, drivers and pedestrians alike are often distracted as they are getting to where they need to go. As pedestrians, it’s best not to use our phones while walking, especially in busy areas, but in particular we must avoid using them while crossing the street.
In addition, listening to loud music, especially with headphones on, can be extremely distracting. We are incredibly unalert when we’re texting and listening to music, which makes it increasingly dangerous to walk in busy areas and cross the street. As for drivers, it’s even more irresponsible to use the phone while driving because we aren’t as in control of our vehicles as we are of our bodies, not to mention the damage that can be done by cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Many of us are tired due to our daily lives leading us to become drowsy drivers when we’re going places, especially when driving to and from work. It’s important to get a full night’s sleep in order to be the most alert driver possible.
Impaired Drivers & Pedestrians
It’s no secret that we become less responsive and alert when we are drunk as opposed to when we are sober. That’s why we must never drive drunk. While walking is safer than driving drunk, there are still even safer ways to get around when you’re under the influence. Try to always use an Uber or Lyft, bus, taxi, or get a ride from a sober friend if you’ve been drinking.
Poorly Lit Crosswalks & Lack of Sidewalks
Unfortunately, not all crosswalks and streets are well lit, making it difficult to see pedestrians when they’re crossing the street. As drivers, we must be careful when driving on poorly lit roads and aware of the possibility that someone may be crossing the street, requiring us to slow down or stop. Additionally, in certain areas where there are no sidewalks, we need to keep an eye out for people walking along the road.
If you are driving past someone walking on the side of the road, be sure to slow down and leave a few feet between the pedestrian and your car. If there’s another car preventing you from giving space between yourself and the pedestrian, then slow down, stop if you need to, and wait until it’s safe to pass the pedestrian.
Tips to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident
- When possible, always stay on designated sidewalks and crosswalks
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing when walking at night or in dark areas
- Avoid walking in busy areas after drinking alcohol
- Always look both ways before crossing the street and keep an eye on any cars that might be in the area
- Never assume a driver has seen you
Unfortunately, no matter what precautions we take to avoid them, some accidents simply can’t be avoided. Human error is the cause of most accidents, and we can’t control the actions of others. Accidents can be very traumatic and expensive. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact us today at 732-888-8888 or by emailing demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw and allow us to fight on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to Demand Justice.
January 21st, 2020|
It’s important to be familiar with how workers’ compensation functions in New Jersey. Workers’ compensation benefits are very important to those who need their weekly paychecks to pay bills, afford groceries, and settle any other expenses that might present themselves. The benefits of workers’ compensation are also necessary for someone who needs immediate financial relief after suffering a work injury.
Work injuries are a major risk in many lines of work, which makes it important to be familiar with the steps you need to take if you suffer a work injury. There are a number of different ways workers’ compensation works depending on the extent of your injuries. For example, if your work injury keeps you out of work for a few weeks or months, the benefits you receive will be different from someone whose work injury has prevented him or her from working for an extended period of time.
Temporary Disability Benefits
If your work injury prevents you from working for at least seven days, you’re entitled to receive temporary disability benefits. In the state of New Jersey, workers’ compensation benefits allow you to receive 70% of your average weekly wages. In addition to receiving 70% of weekly wages, there is a minimum and maximum benefit that can be received. The minimum and maximum benefit changes every year, but in 2019 the minimum was $246 and the maximum was $921 per week. If you suffer a work injury, you are eligible to receive temporary disability benefits until you’re able to return to work, have received benefits for 400 weeks, or have reached maximum medical improvement.
Permanent Total Disability Benefits
Upon reaching maximum medical improvement (meaning you are unlikely to get any better, even with further treatment), you will need to be evaluated to determine if you have a lasting disability and to what extent. If you’re permanently and totally disabled, you will continue to receive benefits for 450 weeks, after which you must go through further evaluation to determine whether or not you’re still unable to earn at your pre-injury level. If you’re still unable to earn at your previous level, you will continue to receive benefits while still disabled, with the amount of your benefits being reduced in proportion to any wages that you are able to earn.
Severe injuries, such as the loss of both eyes, hands, arms, feet, or legs are automatically considered to result in permanent and total disability.
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
In the event that your work injury or illness has left you with a lasting medical condition or impairment, but you are able to work in some capacity, you may be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits. If eligible, the amount you receive will depend on your pre-injury wages as well as the extent of your impairment and the affected part of your body. In New Jersey, there is a schedule of disabilities which lists the maximum benefits for impairments to certain body parts. To find New Jersey’s current schedule of disabilities, visit New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development website.
In New Jersey you may be eligible for other types of workers’ compensation benefits, such as medical benefits, death benefits, and funeral expenses. Workers’ compensation pays for any necessary medical treatment related to a work injury, as long as treatment is authorized. When it comes to death benefits, if an employee dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, the surviving spouse, minor children, and other dependents will be entitled to compensation. New Jersey Workers’ comp also pays the family of a deceased employee up to $3,500 in funeral or burial costs.
Limitations of Workers’ Comp Benefits
Unfortunately, workers’ comp benefits don’t cover the entirety of your lost wages. Despite this, workers’ compensation benefits are extremely helpful to those who need compensation quickly without filing a lawsuit and proving that your employer was at fault for causing the injury, which can take a lot of time and isn’t an option for those who can’t afford to wait, the downside being that you lose out on some of your wages. That being said, you may be able to sue outside of the workers’ comp system in certain situations and receive more for the injuries you’ve suffered.
At Judd Shaw Injury Law, you come first. If you’ve suffered an injury at work and need representation in your workers’ comp case, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to fight on your behalf and get you the compensation that you need and deserve.