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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.

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.

Clean Hands Save Lives

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Protect Yourself from COVID-19

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Intoxicated Injuries

by Staff Blogger | 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 demandjudd@juddshawinjurylaw.com and allow us to fight on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to Demand Justice.

You’re So Lucky Fortunate

by Staff Blogger | 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.

 

We ❤️ Random Acts of Kindness

by Staff Blogger | 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!

  1. Pay for the next person in line for their lunch, drink, or even some of their groceries
  2. Make a friend or family member breakfast in bed
  3. Donate to a charity of your choice
  4. Offer to babysit for free so friends or family can take a date night or catch a movie
  5. Spend a day volunteering at an animal shelter
  6. Give your waiter or waitress an extra tip above what you would normally for great service
  7. Do a favor without receiving anything in return
  8. Pick up litter in a busy area like a park or train station
  9. Tell your boss about one of your coworkers who’s doing a great job
  10. Share your umbrella in the rain with someone who doesn’t have one
  11. Compliment a stranger
  12. 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!

We ❤️ Referrals Month

by Staff Blogger | 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.

#WeHeartReferrals