Mark Law Firm Blog

Go Ahead, Be a Good Samaritan!

Posted by Jamison Mark on Feb 9, 2018 12:25:00 PM

If you witness an auto accident or other emergency situation, do you worry you might get sued if you intervene? Although this is a commonly held belief, many states, including New Jersey and New York, have what’s called “Good Samaritan laws” to protect those who provide aid at injury occurrences from legal action.

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Topics: Personal Injury

One Bite Free? Myths & Facts About New Jersey Dog Bites

Posted by Jamison Mark on Feb 1, 2018 5:15:00 PM

Dog bites, even if small or accidental, can result in serious impairments and illness. More serious animal attacks can lead to significant disability and even death. Knowing the facts about how dog bites are treated by New Jersey law can help you protect your rights and recover what you deserve if you are injured.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Should You Settle Your Personal Injury Claim Without A Lawyer?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jan 18, 2018 4:43:00 PM

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall, animal attack, or other incident, you may worry about collecting fair compensation for your injuries. If you’re hesitant about contacting a lawyer to help you with your claim, think about the ways an attorney can help you.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Use Caution When Hiring Holiday Help in New Jersey

Posted by Jamison Mark on Dec 8, 2017 3:47:00 PM

If you’re thinking about hiring some help to rake leaves, shovel snow, or hang your Christmas lights, you may wonder about your liability as a property owner. Do you know what your responsibility is if someone is injured while working on your property?

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Topics: Personal Injury, Premises Liability

The Dangers of Holiday Shopping: Who’s Liable If You’re Injured?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Nov 22, 2017 2:30:00 PM

With wintery weather and the holidays upon us, the news is full of anxiety-inducing stories about the perils of holiday shopping. From fender benders in parking lots to carjackings, assaults, fights, and even stampedes, holiday shopping can be dangerous! Struggling through winter weather with packages can also lead to slips, trips, and falls in parking lots and walkways. If you’re injured on commercial property—like a shopping mall or other retail establishment—you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Premises Liability

Using Social Media Wisely in NJ Personal Injury Claims

Posted by Jamison Mark on Sep 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

If you are pursuing claims in the New Jersey courts for personal injuries you’ve suffered as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior, you must be careful to control your presence on social media. Social media allows you to connect and interact with friends, express your creativity and feelings, solve problems, and find resources—all things you may need even more when you’re recovering from injuries.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Can I Get a DUI on My Bicycle in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 24, 2017 10:49:00 AM

As counterintuitive as it might seem, New Jersey law does not treat drinking and riding a bicycle as a DUI offense. NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-50 (2016) defines DWI and DUI offenses as being limited to persons who operate a motor vehicle.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Criminal Defense

Safety Tips to Prevent Personal Injury

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 27, 2017 12:25:00 PM

June is National Safety Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 is injury.1 Distracted driving, slipping and falling, and the misuse of prescription drugs all contribute to injuries that ultimately lead to fatality. The main cause of disability for all Americans can also be attributed to injury. The truth is many of these injuries can be prevented; using common sense and following some basic safety tips can keep you from becoming disabled or even dying due to injury.

 

Safety Tips for Distracted Driving

  • Put down the phone.2 Incidentally, earphones and headphones can be just as dangerous as physically picking up your cell phone. If you don't have a hands-free set-up in your car, put your phone in the glove compartment if you have to in order to resist temptation.
  • Put your makeup on and comb your hair either at home or when you arrive at your destination, not while driving.
  • Eat at the restaurant. If you don't have time for that, wait until you arrive at your destination to eat.
  • It's never okay to watch a video when driving. Adjusting your music volume, playlist, or radio station can also be a deadly distraction.
  • Avoid heated or overly lively debates with your passengers.
  • Set your navigation device before you take off, and don't try to read a map while driving.
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Topics: Personal Injury

What Should I Know About New Jersey Bicycle Laws?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 20, 2017 5:16:00 PM

These days, many people are making lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellness. Some are eliminating soft drinks from their diets, some are running marathons, and others are trading their car keys for bicycles. As commuting to and from work on a bicycle is becoming increasingly popular, it's important to remember the laws regarding the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists in New Jersey.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Who Pays When a Personal Injury Defendant Is a Minor?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 25, 2017 12:44:00 PM

Most personal injury lawsuits are filed against people who are at least 18 years old and considered adults. But what happens if your child is intentionally injured by another? Can you sue a kid?

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Topics: Personal Injury, Bullying