After a five-day trial in Hudson County, Mintz & Geftic’s Bryan H. Mintz, obtained a jury verdict against New Jersey PATH for work-related injuries suffered by his client. The NJ PATH worker tripped and fell while carrying a bridgeplate, which is used to bridge the gap between the train platform and the train. 

Mintz & Geftic’s client suffered serious injuries from this work accident. The injuries included herniated discs in his back requiring a four-level decompression surgery and he later endured another surgery for a post-surgical infection. The client also underwent months of physical therapy.

Since New Jersey’s workers’ compensation laws do not apply to employees of common carriers like NJ PATH, the case was filed under a federal statute known as the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA.  FELA is a federal law that protects and compensates railroad workers injured on the job if the worker can prove that the injury was caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the railroad.

During the trial, through expert testimony and lay witnesses, Mr. Mintz argued that NJ PATH neglected to provide proper training, did not provide a safe workplace, and that they failed to conduct proper inspections. The jury found that NJ PATH was 70% responsible for the fall and the related injuries that were sustained.   

Shortly after the liability verdict and before the trial on damages was set to begin, Mr. Mintz negotiated a settlement on behalf of his client. NJ PATH agreed to pay a significant lien for the injured worker's medical bills and an additional $420,000 for pain and suffering, resulting in a total settlement of $754,000.    

Through his hard work and drive, Mintz & Geftic’s client is now back at work.

 

 

 

 

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We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at work and suffered work-related injured call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one received serious injuries in a truck accident, car accident, construction accident, train or railroad accident or were injured as a pedestrian, call us today at 908-352-2323. If you prefer contacting our accident injury lawyers via email, please click here.

Our car and truck accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our New Jersey accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injury, back injury, burn injury, broken bones and traumatic brain injury. 

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation. 

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

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Blizzard of 2017?

Who else here thought Spring had already started? I was wearing shorts at the park a couple of weeks ago thinking that we had made it through another winter. Well, maybe we all spoke too soon.

At last check, forecasts are pointing towards a major storm hitting New Jersey early next week. Will this be the Blizzard of 2017? 

Remember the Blizzard of '93?

For those thinking it's too late in the year for a blizzard, history indicates otherwise. The Blizzard of 1993 has been labeled the Storm of the Century and dumped 32 inches of snow on Elizabeth, New Jersey. When did that storm occur? March 11th and 12th of 1993. Are we in for the Storm of this Century? Or will we clear out the grocery stores this weekend only to windup with an inch or two? 

Top Winter Driving Myths

It’s a good time to separate facts from fiction when it comes to winter driving. If the Blizzard of 2017 does hit next week, please stay safe and let our great road crews do their work.

While taking it slow and putting down the cellphone will obviously help drivers avoid motor-vehicle accidents regardless of the road conditions, there are many myths out there when it comes to icy/snowy conditions. 

Myth #1: Most serious icy road crashes are caused by careless drivers.

Studies indicate that most serious weather-related car car accidents result from drivers who were NOT operating their vehicles in a careless manner. In most cases, they are driving normally at reasonable speeds when they suddenly encounter ice and crash.

 

Myth #2: I'm a good driver, and I have the skill and experience to drive highway speeds in ice and snow conditions.

On the contrary, a common factor in many of the most serious and fatal auto crashes is overconfidence in one's abilities and/or equipment.

 

Myth #3: Winter tires, 4WD, AWD, stability control, ABS and/or traction control allow for safe travel on icy roads at highway speeds.

"The reality is that there is no technology, no tire nor any vehicle type that allows SAFE travel on any type of icy road (snow, sleet or freezing rain) at speeds greater than 45mph. Not traction control, electronic stability control, 4WD, AWD, antilock brakes or the most expensive brand-new snow tires."

 

Myth #4: Everyone should buy winter tires - that would prevent most icy road accidents.

See Previous myth

 

Myth #5: The worst icy road dangers are during big winter storms.


"The road ice hazard isn't the minor fender-benders or slide-offs common during snowstorms. The real danger is the serious, highway-speed crashes during light icing events that take drivers by surprise.  Most accidents in snowstorms happen at the onset of the storm or on its fringes, where accumulations are lower."

 

Myth #6: Salt, sand and plow truck crews are there to make roads safe for high-speed travel during snow and ice conditions, 100% of the time.

New Jersey's road crews work extremely hard plowing and salting the roads to keep them passable.  However, they can only treat so many roads at a time and sometimes keeping up during a storm just isn't possible.  Regardless, even roads that are treated aren't usually in ideal condition or safe for traveling at highway speeds.

 

Myth #7: Icy roads are a bigger threat in colder climates where ice and snow is common.
"The fatality and death rates per mile and per hour of winter precipitation events are actually higher in regions that only see a handful of snow and ice events each year."

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident Lawyers

Our New Jersey accident lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

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 sources:

iceroadsafety.com

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 18:06

New Jersey "Transportation Armageddon"

Hello fellow New Jersey drivers. Just a few quick questions for you.

  1. How would adding 72,000 commuters PER DAY to New Jersey's highways affect you? 

  2. Have you ever sat in traffic in New Jersey trying to get to the Lincoln Tunnel?

  3. What would increasing that Lincoln Tunnel traffic by an additional 25 MILES into New Jersey mean to you?

 

I'm guessing some of your possible answers were:

Question 1

How the bleep do you think it would affect me? 

How expensive is a helicopter and how long before I can learn to fly one? 

How's the job market and home prices in Montana these days?

Question 2

What the bleep do you bleeping think?!

What a dumb #*!@$ question!

Question 3

Well, if I leave by 4am every morning, I can probably make it into the city by lunchtime. 

If not Montana, maybe Kansas is a good place to move to. There's not much traffic in Kansas, right? 

New Jersey Accident Lawyers - "Travel Armageddon"

As one of New Jersey's premier auto accident law firms, we at Mintz & Geftic like to keep our readers up to date on important events affecting our roadways and transportation. Whether it's about Labor Day traffic on the Garden State Parkway with Tropical Storm Hermine heading our way or what to do when you get serious injuries in a car crash; if it affects New Jersey drivers, we want you to know about it.

With that said, how many of you are familar with the Gateway Project? For those that haven't, the Gateway Project would build two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York, allowing the current 106-year old tunnels to be taken out of service to have flood damage from Hurricane Sandy repaired.

A group called Common Good is concerned that a red tape delay in the Gateway project would force one of those old tunnels to be closed for repairs before the new tunnels are built. If this happens, we might be writing a blog from Topeka in the near future.

We strongly suggest checking out this video from the Common Good and created by Alex Marino, a former writer for "The Daily Show".

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Our accident lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury lawyers serve clients involved in bus accidents, truck accidents, rear-end accidents and pedestrian accidents.

Mintz & Geftic's accident lawyers represent clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

 

sources: 

NJ.com - Larry Higgs - http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/08/video_warns_of_transit_apocalypse_if_new_tunnels_arent_fast-tracked.html 

Common Good - Alex Marino video - www.commongood.org

 

 

 

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Editor's Note: If you are driving right now, thank you for clicking on our article but please put off reading it until later. While it might further illustrate our message, we wouldn't want anyone getting in an accident while reading about distracted driving.

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The 4th of July weekend is here. Independence Day means family barbecues, parades, times with friends, enjoying the beaches of the Jersey Shore or maybe all of the above for some New Jersey residents.

Of course, as New Jersey's top law firm for the seriously injured, we at Mintz & Geftic tend to look at the other things that also come along with the 4th of July; blowing things up, dangerous driving, drinking in the hot sun and maybe all of the above for some people in this case as well.

10 Dangerous Facts About the Fourth of July 

(Warning: the following list might be considered a buzzkill. Cue the Debbie Downer sound.)

  1. 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the 4th of July.
  2. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms during the calendar year of 2013.
  3. When it comes to fireworks-related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers. Giants' fans know this all to well.
  4. The type of fireworks causing the most injuries are firecrackers, accounting for 20% of all fireworks-related injuries. Believe it or not, sparklers are a close second with 19%.
  5. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  6. Maybe not as surprising, men make up 74% of the people suffering from fireworks-related injuries on the 4th of July.
  7. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,900 reported fires, including 1200 structural fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires, culminating in 8 deaths, 40 injuries, and $32 million in property damage
  8.  The National Safety Council estimates indicate 466 people may be killed and an additional 53,600 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend.
  9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been tracking car crash statistics for over 25 years, and they show that, on average, 51% of all fatal automobile accidents on the 4th of July are related to alcohol. This is more than any other holiday.
  10. An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.

 

We had to finish with at least one fun fact to reward anyone that made it through that "cheerful" list.  

All of us at Mintz & Geftic wish you and your families a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

 

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=126

http://www.medicalbag.com/grey-matter/fourth-of-july-injuries/article/472651/

https://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Research-and-Statistics/Injury-Statistics/Fuel-Lighters-and-Fireworks/2013FireworksReport.pdf

 

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Cheap gas prices and a reasonably robust economic climate are among the reasons that the 2016 Memorial Day weekend is shaping up as one of the busiest—and most dangerous—holidays in recent years. (Brad Tuttle, money.com)

As we begin this exciting Memorial Day weekend, many of us are looking forward to barbecues, pool parties or maybe even some time at the beach. For those of you planning to hit the New Jersey Turnpike , Garden State Parkway or other New Jersey roadways on this holiday weekend, there are some important things that drivers need to be aware of.

As New Jersey's car accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic know all too well that holiday weekends tend to bring about some of the most hazardous conditions we ever see on the roads. Unfortunately, reports are indicating that this Memorial Day Weekend will be no exception.

Whether it's car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents or pedestrian accidents, drivers need to be alert this Memorial Day weekend to help keep their families safe.

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Here's some interesting items we've come across regarding motor vehicle accidents on Memorial Day weekend. Please take note of these and remember to put down the cellphone!

1. A new report by the National Safety Council estimates that 439 Americans will be killed on the road this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2009 and about 100 more than in 2014. (The final number for 2015 is not yet known.) Another 50,500 will be seriously injured, the report predicts.

2. The new report estimated that 104 of the 439 traffic fatalities could be avoided if everyone wore their seat belt.

3. AAA estimates that about 91 percent of New Jersey travelers expect to make their way by car, for a total of about 872,000 people, up 2 percent from last year. Nationally, 38 million will travel by automobile (dailyrecord.com).

4. Booze is a big factor; 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur over Memorial Day are alcohol-related (yahoo.com).

5. Texting behind the wheel is the behavior most likely to induce road rage from fellow motorists, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Expedia. Tailgaters and left-lane hogs tied for second place in terms of aggravating people on the roads (time.com).

Elizabeth, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:03

Seat Back Failure

Elizabeth, New Jersey's premier personal injury lawyers providing assistance for victims of seat back failure.

Seat back failure is a serious defect in many vehicles that causes numerous injuries and fatalities every single year, often times to children. Seat back failure occurs when a car is rear-ended and the defective front seat breaks at the hinge, sending the occupant backwards into the seat behind them with great force and no restraint.

Rear-end collisions may be caused by distracted driving or texting while driving. Seat back failure can make these types of accidents far more dangerous. At Mintz & Geftic, our seat back failure attorneys have a proven track record of fighting for our clients who have been victims of motor vehicle accidents.

 

seat back failure accidents

Auto safety experts are demanding action on what they call a serious safety defect.

In early 2016, a Texas jury awarded more than a $124.5 million verdict against one automaker for a problem that car companies admit would only cost a couple of dollars to fix (CBS News). New Jersey drivers, especially those that are parents of young children, need to be aware of the serious danger that seat back failure presents.

The types of cases that our motor vehicle accident lawyers handle include:

Brain Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI); Bicycle Accidents; Bus Accidents; Drunk Driving Accidents; Distracted Driving; Garden State Parkway Accidents; Head-On Collisions; Seat Back Failure Accidents; Intersection Accidents; Seat Back Failure Accidents; Motorcycle Accidents; New Jersey Turnpike Accidents; Rear-End Collisions; Rollover Accidents; Spinal Cord Injuries;Uninsured/Underinsured Accidents; and Wrongful Death Accidents.

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Seat Back Failure lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Seat Back Failure lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident or has been a victim of seat back failure, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey car accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 19:44

Are Your Kids Really Safe in the Back Seat?

There have been a number of changes to safety recommendations over the years when it comes to children riding in cars, but one key message has remained constant. That constant message has been that the safest place for kids to sit is in the back seat. However, recent investigations and lawsuits have brought to light seat back failure, a major safety issue that is leaving parents everywhere feeling unnerved. In fact, one such lawsuit ended this week when a Texas jury ordered Volkswagen’s Audi unit to pay $124.5 million to an 11-year old boy who was left brain-damaged in a 2012 accident (per CBS News).

Seat back failure is a serious defect in many vehicles that causes numerous injuries and fatalities every single year, often times to children. Seat back failure occurs when a car is rear-ended and the defective front seat breaks at the hinge, sending the occupant backwards into the seat behind them with great force and no restraint. The crash test video below from 2010 illustrates this danger.

 

As scary as the thought of seat back failure occurring may be, many might assume that a vehicle having defective or poorly designed seats is a rare occurrence. However, the regulation in place for vehicle seats, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 207, has been widely criticized since its inception decades ago. In fact, the standard for seat back strength has been set so low that auto safety advocates have indicated that seats in some cars are no better than garden or beach chairs.

One other common misconception is that seat back failure could only occur during high-speed collisions. In reality, even low or moderate-speed collisions can lead to seat back failure with deadly results. In one case, a 5-year old girl in Kentucky was killed when her family’s vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck traveling an estimated 24 mph. The young girl’s heart ruptured after the front passenger seat collapsed backward. Unfortunately, while just one story like this is too many, there is a long list of similar tragedies that have occurred as a result of seat back failure

In upcoming blogs, we will continue to dig deeper into this topic. We will explore who else might be at risk from seat back failure, look into which automakers have been involved in related lawsuits and discuss some precautions that parents can take to help minimize the risk of injury.

 

 

New Jersey and New York Seat Back Failure Attorneys

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

 

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This is the third blog in our series on lower back pain typically caused by slip and falls, construction accidents, work accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, and other crashes that occur regularly on the highways of New Jersey. In the first blog, we discussed the different types of lower back injuries like herniated discs, bulging discs, and back fractures, and in the second blog we discussed the common diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and nerve studies or EMGs.

Here, we will tell you about the types of treatments that victims of these accidents often undergo to help find relief. The initial recommendation is usually rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Often times, the lower back pain people suffer from as a result of accidents involve muscle spasms that should heal up within a few weeks.  However, in the first week or so, it is difficult to decipher the extent of the injury and whether it is something that will heal up with rest or a condition that will linger. 

Chiropractic treatment may be used to provide pain relief and is regularly a first line treatment. Physical therapy is sometimes used to strengthen the surrounding muscles and help with mobility. After this conservative treatment, some patients undergo a series of epidural steroid injections.

For individuals with herniated discs who cannot obtain relief with the above treatments, surgery may be an option.  Surgery is the last line of treatment and is usually considered in cases in which a patient has incapacitating pain or weakness.  Surgery is usually an option when:

  • Conservative measures do not work
  • Back pain radiates to the legs and buttocks
  • Pain is constant and interferes with the quality of someone’s life
  • Neurological deficits like weakness or numbness in the legs
  • Difficulty standing or walking

There are some emergent situations with disc herniation that requiring emergent back surgery, such as: severe weakness in both legs; bowel or bladder dysfunction; and loss of sensation in the groin area.  These symptoms may be a sign of cauda equina syndrome (see image below), which occurs when something is compressing on the spinal nerve roots. Without immediate surgery to address cauda equina syndrome, a person can suffer from permanent incontinence and/or paralysis.

Mintz Geftic cauda equina syndrome attorneys

Like most personal injuries, when it comes to lower back pain, obtaining immediate medical attention is crucial so that the appropriate diagnosis may be made. In an upcoming blog, we will address the different treatments that patients typically receive for lower back pain. At Mintz & Geftic, our lawyers and support staff do our best to make sure our clients not only receive excellent guidance on legal issues, but that they also see the best doctors in our area to help them recover from their injuries.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers  serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

 

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In our last blog, we discussed the various types of lower back injuries that are typically caused by car accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, and work accidents. We discussed conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs, and pars fractures, all of which cause lower back pain. Diagnostic tests are helpful tools used to determine the specific cause of the lower back pain. However, arriving at an accurate clinical diagnosis requires that any diagnostic test be correlated with the patient's back pain symptoms and physical exam.

The most common diagnostic tests include:

  • X-Ray: This test provides information on the bones in the spine. An x-ray is often used to check for spinal instability (such as spondylolisthesis), tumors and fractures.
  • CT Scan: This test is a very detailed x-ray that includes cross section images. CT scans provide details about the bones in the spine. They may also be used to check for specific conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. CT scans tend to be less accurate for spinal disorders than MRI scans.
  • MRI Scan: An MRI scan is particularly useful to assess certain conditions by providing detail of the intervertebral disc and nerve roots (which may be irritated or pinched). MRI scans are useful to rule out spinal infections or tumors.
  • Nerve studies (electromyography, or EMG): This test measures the electrical impulses produced by the nerves and the responses of your muscles. This test can confirm nerve compression caused by herniated disks or narrowing of your spinal canal (spinal stenosis).
  • Bone Scan: In rare cases, your doctor may use a bone scan to look for bone tumors or compression fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Like most personal injuries, when it comes to lower back pain, obtaining immediate medical attention is crucial so that the appropriate diagnosis may be made. In an upcoming blog, we will address the different treatments that patients typically receive for lower back pain. At Mintz & Geftic, our lawyers and support staff do our best to make sure our clients not only receive excellent guidance on legal issues, but that they also see the best doctors in our area to help them recover from their injuries.

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers  serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

 

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