February 3rd, 2021|
When you think of a fatal injury, you probably think it could never happen to you or someone that you love. There are no promises in life, and bad things can happen. Therefore, you should educate yourself on the risks of fatal injuries that everyday life poses.
Losing a limb is a major loss and potentially a fatal injury. When you lose part of your body, you are never going to be able to continue life as it once was. Things are forever changed; you will endure countless surgeries, rehabilitation, and treatment in order to recover.
You may be unable to work or go back to the same career you once had. There are a multitude of ways in which you could amputate one of your limbs. Make sure you educate yourself on how to prevent something like this from happening.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)
On our blog, we have discussed numerous times how dangerous and life threatening a TBI is. We have also given information regarding diagnosis and prevention. A person who acquires a TBI will no longer be who they once were. Life changes in an instant, something like this requires a lifetime of rehabilitation, of both the body and the mind.
Most of the time burns are not fatal; this is what we would call a first-degree burn. There is also something called second- and third-degree burns, which are extremely painful and sometimes even fatal. Burns can cause a multitude of issues aside from just pain (ex. infection, muscle loss, and so much more).
LOSS OF VISION/SIGHT
Although this may not directly prove to be a fatal injury, it will change your way of life forever and can put you at risk of other life-threatening injuries and accidents. In an instant, everything can change. This type of injury can occur if you are exposed to harsh chemicals or lasers. It can also happen if a person experiences blunt force trauma, which in turn can cause loss of vision permanently.
There are so many ways to suffer a fatal injury. Take the extra step and learn how to better protect yourself and your loved ones. This world is a beautiful place, but it is also a dangerous one. BE SAFE!
January 14th, 2021|
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a scary phrase that has many definitions for each person affected. There are so many reasons and scenarios that can cause a person to suffer from this disorder. A person who has PTSD has gone through a traumatic experience that they are now having trouble coping with. It can feel isolating and can be a truly terrifying experience long after your accident or traumatic event has ended.
Years ago, PTSD was commonly referred to as “shell shock” and “combat fatigue.” With the technology and science that we have these days, we have come to realize that PTSD does not just affect veterans and people who have been in combat. It happens to everyday people like yourself who have been through something traumatic and life changing, whether that be a car accident, a bad fall, abuse, a death, or any other instance in which a person can develop PTSD.
We are going to share with you the signs and symptoms to look out for, if you think you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD.
It is important to note that symptoms are not always immediate. In some cases, it can take months or even years for the symptoms to start showing. Like previously mentioned, this diagnosis is known to be that of a war veteran. The truth is this disease can live within anyone regardless of their occupation, who they are, or where they come from. PTSD has no boundaries.
- Detachment from people and emotions
This is one of the biggest tell-tale signs of PTSD. This symptom occurs when the person is no longer able or willing to connect with other people on an emotional level or any level at all. It’s a self-preservation technique that helps them ward off any unwanted anxiety or stress that comes from the outside world.
- Intrusive thoughts (dreams or vivid flashbacks)
This is very common in people diagnosed with PTSD. Most of the time you cannot stop these intrusive thoughts and vivid memories. You instantly relive aspects of your traumatic experience over and over again in your brain. This is taxing on your body and mind. It can feel as if you are right back where you were when the accident or traumatic event happened. This is scary, but coping mechanisms and tools can be taught to help curb this unwanted symptom
- Strong negative reactions to loud noises or being startled.
When you hear a loud noise out of nowhere, your normal reaction may be to jump. After we get scared, we move on with our day and continue as if it didn’t happen. This is not the case when you have PTSD. A loud noise or a tap on the shoulder could trigger you and cause you to have increased anxiety and a very bad reaction. Be aware of your surroundings and let people know the best way to approach you.
- Difficulty sleeping
Sleep is key to a healthy mind and body. When you have PTSD, your brain is working much harder than your average Joe. You need those crucial hours of sleep, but it is hard to get sleep on a schedule when your intrusive thoughts and vivid memories come rushing in. There will be a change in sleeping patterns for people struggling with PTSD.
- Loss of interest
PTSD can cause loss of interest in anything you loved prior to your accident. It takes away many of your simple pleasures. Even getting out of bed and walking downstairs can be difficult.
People with PTSD are neither weak nor dangerous. The myths associated with PTSD can build up stigma, which in turn prevents people from being helped. It is so important to learn the facts from the myths when it comes to mental illness and PTSD specifically.
January 8th, 2021|
You step outside your door, it’s 7 a.m. and you are headed out for a day’s work. You feel the crisp winter air brush against your face. There is no denying it: It’s freezing!
It’s that time of year again, where starting your car 30 minutes before you leave for work is a MUST. As much as most of us would like to jet off to Florida for the winter, we can’t, and this is our home.
Winter is a beautiful season but with it comes dangers, especially when we are talking about road conditions.
Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for what can sometimes be brutal driving conditions.
FILL YOUR GAS TANK AHEAD OF TIME
There are so many dangerous situations that could occur during winter weather. Things could happen during your drive that would require your car to stay running for long periods of time. How can you drive or even start your car without gas? You can’t!
Of course, we all sometimes are running low, and that is okay in normal circumstances. However, when you are driving during bad weather conditions, you should always have a full tank of gas. A short 30 minute trip could turn into a disaster at any point if you run out of gas! Make sure you top off your gas tank before leaving your vicinity.
JUMPER CABLES & ICE SCRAPER: MUST-HAVE WINTER ESSENTIALS
With winter comes freezing temperatures. This can cause car troubles, especially when starting it up in the morning. To be even more precautious, make sure before the winter season rolls in, to replace your car battery and keep track of how long it has been in use. You don’t want to be stuck on the road stranded because your battery is dead and you have no jumper cables!
Visibility is key, and without visibility, you cannot operate a vehicle properly. Before heading out, use your ice scraper to brush any snow or ice off of all your windows. Do not drive if you cannot see, so scrape, scrape, scrape! Remember to always clean ice and snow off your car, it’s the law!
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
We know that life can sometimes get busy and cause you to move at a fast pace. It’s easy to get impatient and want to get where you have to go faster. Keep in mind that during the winter, there are many more dangers that lie ahead of you on the road. Drive slower than you normally would, as doing so gives you more time to slow down and come to a stop easier than if you were driving at a fast speed. Your car is not going to operate the same way it would in normal weather conditions, so give the person in front of you some room and slow down!
SKIDDING, IT HAPPENS
It is hard to avoid skidding when you are driving in ice and snow. But there is a way to safely drive your car, so it does not end up spinning out of control. Make sure you are not slamming on your brakes. Brake gently, and if your wheels begin to lock up, ease off of the brakes and don’t panic.
These are just SOME of the ways to protect yourself during winter driving conditions. Keep yourself and those around you safe by following these steps to a safer and happier winter season!
December 30th, 2020|
And just like that Christmas has come to an end. New Year’s approaches quickly and we all know with New Year’s comes celebrations, and with celebrations come gatherings.
Gatherings can no longer be like they once were. Times are changing, and just as we shared some helpful tips and tricks for celebrating Christmas safely, we are now going to share some tips and tricks on how to celebrate New Year’s safely in the middle of a pandemic where nothing is the same as it once was.
New Year’s is a time for celebration of course, but things will just have to be a bit more laid back and relaxed for this year.
Here are some of the suggestions we have for celebrations during these times…
- Make a NYE Zoom meeting. Invite all of your family and friends. This gives you the opportunity to be with the ones you love on a special night. You can all ring in the New Year together while also protecting yourself from germs that could potentially infect you and make you sick. Social distancing and opting to stay in is your best bet against this virus.
- Invite one family member, S.O., or friend that you know is COVID-19 negative. Ask them to quarantine the weekend with you! Cook a delicious meal, stay away from large crowds, and enjoy your one-person company. An awesome night in with board games, old movies, and of course watching the ball drop…. Maybe even having a few glasses of champagne in celebration! Remember, don’t overdo it with booze!
- If you are planning on celebrating with a few close friends, make sure to keep your company to a minimum and make sure to practice safe social distancing. Don’t overdo it this year, your health is more important than a night out on the town!
- Make sure if you are cooking or preparing food, to sanitize and keep your preparation area clean and free of contamination. In these times, it is easy to contaminate a surface or food item with germs.
Enjoy your New Year’s celebrations this year…a little differently. No matter what you do, remember to protect yourself and your family. Take these precautions and tips with you in your travels and celebrations to stay safe!
November 20th, 2020|
Peloton is a well-known brand, one of the biggest in the stationary bike industry. You may have one in your own home, and if that’s the case, it’s time to start checking your pedals. Peloton has issued a recall covering over 27,000 bikes it sold between July 2013 and May 2016.
The issue at hand is their PR70P Clip-In pedals. There are over 100 consumers that are now reporting incidents of the pedals breaking during the operation of this stationary bike, and a whopping 16 cases have resulted in leg injury.
Peloton is now recommending that all affected consumers immediately stop using their bikes until they have received and changed their replacement pedals.
How to Spot PR70P Clip-In Pedals
Peloton has created a list of guidelines to follow in order to help consumers figure out if they have the faulty pedal machine:
- They are the original pedals (i.e., have not been replaced) that came on any bike sold between July 2013 and May 2016;
- They have the Peloton logo and the word “PELOTON” molded into the petal body; and
- They include an orange Peloton logo and white lettering that reads “PELOTON” on top of the cleat binding
Peloton has told the public that these parts need to be replaced before continuing to use their bike.
There are certain criteria that your bike must have in order to be part of the recall. If your pedal does not have the orange Peloton logo on the cleat binding, it is not part of the recall.
Peloton has made the recall known to their consumers by sending emails to buyers as well as sending a popup alert through the bike touch screen. Peloton also released a photo of the bikes with a recall in order to help with identification.
What Steps Should You Take If Your Pedals Have Been Recalled?
Peloton has recommended that anyone with PR70P pedals stop using their bike until they have changed its pedals. You can begin this process by completing and filling out the new pedal order form or calling Peloton’s support team so they will send you a free pair of replacement pedals.
Peloton has taken the extra step by offering consumers a personal video that walks customers through the new pedal installation process and has also made announcements that their support team will provide phone support for anyone who is struggling or finding it difficult to install the new pedals. If you need more information regarding Pelotons recall, please visit their website.
Defective Products and the Consumer
Peloton is one of the most well-known names in the home exercise industry, so their steps to fix this recall and defective products does not make up for the oversight that is clearly going on in this situation. Consumers buy this home exercise equipment expecting it to be safe (the bike itself sells for over $2,000).
Breakage during use is not acceptable. An organization that puts defective products on the market should be liable for all the mishaps and dangerous situations consumers suffer when using it. When buying an exercise bike, most consumers think of this as a lifetime purchase—something that will last forever and a great investment, so when the product falls short of that expectation, it affects everything.
Make sure to stay safe when using your Peloton bike and be sure to check all your parts and stay up to date on any recent recalls that may come up in the future.
October 22nd, 2020|
When you are seriously injured, it can turn your life upside down. Injuries like broken bones, severe lacerations, concussions, and severe sprains or strains can happen in an instant and put you out of commission for weeks or even months.
There are even more severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. These have the potential to affect you for the rest of your life.
Below, we discuss some of the ways a serious injury can disrupt your life.
A Serious Injury Can Hurt You Financially
A serious injury can result in significant expenses, and even if you have good insurance, things can come up unexpectedly. In addition, if you’re seriously hurt, it’s likely that you won’t be able to work for a significant period of time, potentially resulting in the loss of substantial income.
A Serious Injury Can Negatively Impact Your Career
As a working professional, you know how important it is for you to be on top of your game and to involve yourself in as much as possible at work. While your colleagues may understand that your injury is not your fault, missing weeks or months of work can affect your level of involvement, and you may miss out on opportunities that you could have taken had you not been injured. There is the possibility that you may never return to work as the same person you once were. Therefore, this can change the trajectory of your life for years to come.
A Serious Injury Can Keep You from Doing the Simple Things in Life That You Once Enjoyed
Many people who are seriously injured develop temporary or permanent physical limitations that keep them from doing the things they enjoyed before their injury. For example, if you were a physically active person prior to breaking a bone, it’s likely that you’ll be unable to be as active as you were for several months after your injury. If you sustain a complete spinal cord injury (resulting in paralysis below the site of the injury), it’s possible that you’ll never be able to do the things you did before your injury ever again. Your life is forever changed by one defining moment in your life.
Significant Compensation is Possible
Common damages that accident victims seek include medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and lost quality of life. It is very important to remember, it can be difficult for accident victims to recover the full value of their claims without the assistance of an attorney, so if you’ve suffered an injury in an accident that you think was the result of someone’s negligence, you should contact an attorney immediately.
October 9th, 2020|
Halloween is that one time of year where both children and adults dress up and get ready to face everything “spooky” that roams at night. While it is a time filled with late nights, candy, and maybe even a few sips from the local witches’ cauldron, it can also present injuries and dangerous situations at every turn.
Emergency rooms fill to the brim with patients from all walks of life on Halloween. While most are there for minor scrapes and bruises, some come with life-threatening injuries. Automobile accidents, especially those with pedestrians, peak at Halloween. Therefore, if you wish to avoid becoming just another statistic, you should always familiarize yourself with the injuries more common on Halloween – that way you can better prepare on how to avoid them.
Costumes can come with sharp objects, like swords. They may be props and made of plastic, but if they are used inappropriately or jabbed into someone’s eye, they can cause irreversible damage. Make sure your child knows how to properly and safely use his or her prop. If they cannot be trusted with such responsibility, then remove it from their costume completely.
Costumes for younger children should always be flame retardant, but if you purchased them online, they could be sold by a vendor that does not comply with the requirement. Therefore, remember to always purchase locally and check the package to ensure your child’s costume has flame retardant materials.
Neighbors that like to use real candles in their Jack-o-Lanterns pose a serious safety risk to children. This is especially important if they have loose components of their costume that can catch fire, like a long sleeve or veil.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The top accidents seen on Halloween are car accidents. With children running in the streets going door to door and adults leaving local Halloween parties, there are more people on the road at dusk that night than usual.
Parents need to protect their young children by supervising them during their trick-or-treating. For teens, designate areas where your teen can go, and make sure they are wearing glow sticks or a reflective material on their costumes so that they are seen by motorists. You can purchase these on Amazon or any local department store.
Drivers need to pay close attention to the road on a daily basis, but on Halloween, it is so important to be extra cautious– especially in neighborhoods that have an influx of trick or treaters. Driving well below the speed limit, checking between cars, and avoiding all distractions is your number one priority.
Trip, Slip, and Falls
This time of the year can be especially wet. Streets will be slick, and sidewalks may have mud or leaves that can cause surfaces to be slippery. Children may be wearing costumes that are a tripping hazard or shoes that they are not used to walking in, let alone running from door to door in. Combine all these factors into a single night and you have a recipe for disaster!
To prevent these types of injuries, make sure your costume and your child’s costume is free of tripping hazards, and wear appropriate shoes for long evenings of trick-or-treating outside. When you are not inside your house, remove any potential slip or trip hazards, so that you do not cause any accidents.
Injured on Halloween? Find an Attorney
Whether you were in a rear-end collision, tripped on a neighbor’s driveway, or you were burned by someone’s improper use of live flames for display, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries on Halloween.
It is imperative that you seek medical attention for your injuries first. Then, contact an attorney in the area.
August 26th, 2020|
COVID-19 has brought many hardships and difficult times to our country. If there is one silver lining, it is the fact that there are not as many drivers on the road. This caused a major decline in fatal car accidents in New Jersey.
As businesses shut their doors and travel was restricted, the roads became abandoned. People were now remaining inside their houses and refraining from driving, so you can imagine why these car accident fatalities were going down.
Traffic deaths in New Jersey for April fell to the lowest they have ever been in more than 50 years. Even though COVID-19 has brought disaster and heartache, we can at least be thankful for the dramatic decrease in fatalities. Last month, 26 people died in car accidents across the state, the fewest in that month since at least 1968, according to New Jersey State Police data.
That Was Then, This Is Now: New Jersey Car Accidents Before and After COVID-19
New Jersey roadways have always maintained a consistent pattern. This is before the COVID-19 guidelines and at-home order was put into place. New Jersey State Police data reported that car-related fatalities in March 2020 were very similar to the fatality reports from March 2019, and only three less than the average numbers from 2015-2018.
April 2020 is when things changed dramatically. Governor Murphy enforced travel restrictions as the coronavirus pandemic grew. This in turn caused a drop in the number of cars on the roadway. New Jersey State Police recorded nearly a 35% drop in fatal car accidents from April 2020 compared to April 2019. The year of COVID-19 also marked the lowest car crash death total for April since 1968.
Will New Jersey Death Tolls Continue to Drop During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
While state police tell us that car accident fatalities are down 9% in 2020 compared to 2019, they warn us all that driver behavior is still resulting in fatal car accidents. Given the reduction in New Jersey traffic by nearly 62%, there is a widespread concern that the rate of decline in traffic-related fatalities is not corresponding with the decrease in traffic.
A possible reason for the disparity between reduced traffic fatalities and fewer cars on the road is that drivers view open roads as opportunities to engage in high-risk behaviors while driving. This is always a possibility.
As New Jersey travel restrictions ease after the coronavirus shutdown, drivers will need to be extra cautious to engage in safe driving practices. Being cooped up for so long in your residence and not having driven for a long while may cause you to be a bit rusty behind the wheel.
Make sure to brush up on your driving skills and always be prepared if an accident or difficult situation were to occur. While New Jersey drivers have benefited from reduced traffic and traffic-related fatalities during the coronavirus pandemic, driving still presents innate dangers. For drivers taking on the roads, there is always a need for mindfulness about traffic conditions, roadway hazards, and your own behavior behind the wheel.
Be safe, wash your hands, and be mindful on the road.
August 5th, 2020|
Whether you are riding a bike, a motorcycle, or doing any sort of activity that involves high speed and has the potential for injury, a helmet is a must have! Although you don’t wear helmets while driving in your car, there are ways to prevent a TBI even in the most mundane of situations.
TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, are a serious matter that can cause lasting damage on the human body.
In addition to being a leading cause of death, TBIs can dramatically diminish quality of life for patients who survive.
The high incidence of TBIs in the U.S. presents a major public health problem since patients with these injuries often end up seeking medical care later, sometimes long after the injury, with complaints of ongoing symptoms. This is a recipe for disaster.
TBI in the United States
- An estimated 2.8 million people sustain a TBI annually.1
- Of those 2.8 million people, 50,000 die.
- 282,000 are hospitalized, and 2.5 million, nearly 90%, are treated and released from an emergency department.
- TBI is a contributing factor to nearly a third (30%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
- Every day, 153 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI.
- Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions.
- Direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.
- Buckle Up EVERY RIDE – Wear a seat belt every time you get in your car – or ride – in any type of motor vehicle. Make it a habit!
- NEVER drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Wear a helmet, or appropriate headgear, when you or your children: Ride a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter, or use an all-terrain vehicle; Play a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing; Use in-line skates or ride a skateboard; Bat and run bases in baseball or softball; Ride a horse; or ski or snowboard.
Prevent Older Adult Falls
Talk to your doctor to evaluate your risk for falling, and talk with them about specific things you can do to reduce your risk for a fall.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications to see if any might make you dizzy or sleepy. This should include prescription medicines, over-the counter medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
Have your eyes checked at least once a year, and be sure to update your eyeglasses if needed.
Do strength and balance exercises to make your legs stronger and improve your balance.
Make Your Home Safer
Make living and play areas safer for children. Install window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows. Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around. Make sure your child’s playground has soft material under it, such as hardwood mulch or sand.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Report to Congress on mild traumatic brain injury in the United States: steps to prevent a serious public health problem. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to Demand Judd and get the compensation you deserve.