When you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident, you have the right to recover compensation for your losses and become “whole”. The most common types of accidents include automobile collisions, workplace accidents, slip and falls or trip and falls, doctor or hospital negligence, construction accidents, product defects, and industrial diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
However, understanding complex personal injury laws and dealing with insurance adjusters can be a monumental undertaking. In fact, without the assistance of an experienced attorney, you may not obtain the justice that you deserve. At the Law Offices of Kristina C. Ivtindzioski, we have the experience, the passion, and the drive to fight for and achieve an equitable result for you.
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, rest assured, you are not alone. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were a reported 283,115 accidents on all combined roadways throughout the entire State of New Jersey in 2013. Of those crashes, 60,705 caused injuries to the drivers and/or passengers that were involved in the collision. Sadly, 506 of those automobile accidents resulted in tragic fatalities.
Cellphone use while operating an automobile has proven to be a serious problem which impacts the safety of our roadways. In 2013, hand-held cellphone use accounted for 1,780 total collisions, 782 of which resulted in injuries, and 4 of which resulted in death. Hands-free cell phone use, which most assume is a safe way to talk on the telephone and operate a vehicle, is, indeed, distracted driving which equally causes motor vehicle accidents. In that same year, there were 1,853 automobile crashes that were related to hands-free cell phone use. Of those collisions, 688 resulted in injuries and 2 resulted in fatalities.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
As patrons of stores, restaurants, and other public places, we expect the floors or grounds to be kept free and clear of hazardous conditions. In fact, New Jersey law demands that business establishments exercise reasonable care to ensure that its premises are maintained in a reasonably safe condition for its customers. If the property’s owner knew or should have known there was a danger and failed to remedy the hazard within a reasonable amount of time, they are legally responsible for any injury resulting from that hazard. In other words, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries caused by a business owner’s failure to reasonably upkeep its premises when it knew or should have known of the dangerous condition.
“Slip” or “trip” and falls are extremely common and can cause serious and even life-altering injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (“CDC”), approximately 2.3 million people were treated in the emergency room in 2010 as a result of a fall down accidents. Of those patients, 662,000 were admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Construction sites have proven to be some of the most dangerous workplaces in the United States and notorious for serious accidents. In fact, more construction workers are injured or killed as a result of workplace accidents that any other industry in this country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 566 construction workers out of every 100,000 were killed on the job in 2013. In 2012, that number was 48% higher, reporting 977 construction workplace deaths out of 100,000. Even innocent pedestrians are all too often injured when passing by a construction zone due to the negligent or careless handling of construction equipment, chemicals, or tools. Similarly, an innocent passerby can also suffer injury if they trip and fall on abandoned debris or get struck by falling objects.
The following is a list of common causes of construction-related injuries or deaths, including:
- Falls from scaffolds, platforms, or rooftops
- Falling objects
- Mishandling of machinery or equipment
- Improperly secured floors
- Burns and electrocution
- Inadequate security
- Exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals
- Inadequate safety training
- Improper use of safety equipment