Cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.
Insurance companies, even your own company, do not always act in your best interest. They are in business to make money. If you have been injured and are now suffering complications from that injury the insurance company will try to deny their responsibility and try to minimize the amount they will pay for your medical care. That’s what they are paid to do. Often that means they will offer nothing or far less than you are entitled to receive, depriving you of compensation to which you are entitled. Your own insurance company may not be paying for what you are entitled to under the policy you have with them. We will aggressively represent your interests and make sure you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled. We understand what you are going through and know how to help. Call our office to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case; there is no cost to you unless we recover on your behalf. READ MORE
Chapter 7, Chapter 13, & Debt Consolidation
Bankruptcy is not the end of the world, especially when you have the right team working on your behalf. People often mistakenly view bankruptcy as a failure – we like to look at it as a fresh start. Filing for bankruptcy does not have to be scary, especially when you remember that it's designed to help you take responsibility and improve your life going forward. We make sure to take the time to get to know you and your situation so we can provide the best advice and devise a plan of action that meets your unique needs.
Our knowledgeable bankruptcy attorneys can help give you a second chance, whether that is through Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or debt consolidation.
Drinkwater & Goldstein, LLP will help you get through the stressful process of applying for bankruptcy and put you on the road to financial recovery. READ MORE
Bicycle/pedestrian accidents occur as a result of failure of motorists to pay proper attention to the roadway. Alcohol use, cell phone usage, texting, not paying attention, speeding, poor highway maintenance or improperly maintained or designed vehicles are just a few of the reasons accidents happen. Unfortunately the impact can be devastating to you and your family if you are unable to work and earn a living. We understand the hardships that you are facing and will make sure the insurance companies honor their obligations. READ MORE
Personal injuries arising from being struck while walking or bicycling
Personal injuries arising from dog bites
We love animals too. Our law firm gives it’s time free of charge to New Jersey Aid for Animals, Inc., a charitable organization which prosecutes animal abuse and rescues, fosters, and adopts animals in distress. However, we also understand that animal owners have a responsibility to prevent their animals from injuring others. In New Jersey as in other states, when a dog (or other animal) bites someone, the owner of the dog will be held liable for the injury, absent some provocation exceptions. READ MORE
In New Jersey homeowners have the obligation to warn their visitors of open and obvious dangers on their property which they are aware or should be aware. Often, due to familiarity and the passage of time, they forget, or it has become just a part of their everyday routine. They do not remember that not everyone is as familiar with the property. If you were not warned of such a condition and suffered injury the homeowner could be liable. READ MORE
Personal injuries occurring while in another's home or on another's property
Hospitals and medical professionals are often understaffed and pressed to treat more patients with less care putting the patients at risk. Unfortunately this often leads to serious mistakes, neglect and sometimes death. Patients may fall victim to misdiagnosis, be administered the wrong medication, suffer surgical errors or have complications with anesthesia. Unfortunately the impact of this neglect can be devastating to the injured and their family. READ MORE
Personal injuries arising from surgery, anesthesia, birth, etc.
Traffic violations, shoplifting, harassment, etc.
Have you ever been pulled over and issued a ticket by a police officer? With all of the vehicles on the road in New Jersey, it is a frequent occurrence for many people. After receiving a ticket, many drivers find themselves confused regarding the consequences of receiving a traffic violation. Many drivers understand the reason for why they received a careless driving ticket but worry themselves about what to do after being cited by a police officer. Once a ticket is issued, DO NOT IGNORE IT! While it may be tempting to cast it aside and forget about the consequences, it is required that tickets be addressed in a timely fashion and with the appropriate municipal court. If traffic tickets are ignored, drivers can end up with a: warrant for their arrest, suspended license or more significant court costs later down the road. READ MORE
Our parents were there for us when we were young, but sometimes, we, out of necessity, must place them in the hands of trusted caregivers, at a time when they are most vulnerable. Sometimes those caregivers let us down. Unfortunately nursing homes are sometimes understaffed and their employees are overworked and inattentive to the patients' needs. This negligence often leads to bedsores, infections or worse. Patients may also be victims to physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse. Sadly the victims are often afraid or unable to speak out about the abuses being inflicted. READ MORE
Personal injuries arising from elder abuse or negligence in an institutional setting
When we use a product as it was designed and intended we expect it to perform as represented by the manufacturer, distributor, or dealer. But, when the manufacturer cuts corners or the distributor makes changes to the product without the manufacturer’s consent, or fails to warn the public, the risk associated with the use of that product can change greatly. Often severe injuries are the result. READ MORE
Personal injuries arising from defective products
Personal injuries resulting in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and/or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic progressive neurological condition that affects skin, muscles, joints, and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured limb, such as a broken leg. However, many cases of RSD involve only a minor, seemingly inconsequential injury, such as a contusion or can even result from a medical procedure. RSD or CRPS can even migrate from the initial area of injury to one not injured. Common symptoms of CRPS can include constant intractable and excruciating pain, skin sensitivity and a constant burning sensation, skin discoloration, hair loss, partial or total disability, and can lead depression. If you have been injured in an accident or medical event and are now experiencing the symptoms of CRPS or RSD or Causalgia we can help. READ MORE
Personal injuries arising from slipping, tripping, sliding, and/or falling
As a child, we are taught by our parents how to walk and to pay attention to where we are walking. As adults, we do this automatically. Often slip and fall accidents are caused by the negligence of others. While homeowners are only required to make you aware of dangerous conditions that are not open and obvious, commercial establishments have the duty to “make safe.” The laws of New Jersey impose a different duty upon commercial establishments because they are inviting you into their store to buy their products or services for profit. Very often, displays are designed to take your attention away from walking to focus on the products or services they have for sale. Commercial property owners have an obligation to maintain their properties to a certain standards of safety, which include clear and unobstructed walkways and safe entryways and exits from the store, to name a few. READ MORE
Accidents involving commercial vehicles like trucks, tractor trailers, semis, or buses, for example, are different than actions involving your standard pedestrian vehicle. Often, due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicle, the impact upon a crash is much more significant. Consequently, the injuries sustained are often devastating. Death is, unfortunately, very common. Due to the increased severity of trucking accidents, personal injury laws regarding commercial accidents are not identical to those for accidents involving pedestrian vehicles. In a commercial accident, generally, the tort threshold does not apply. Therefore, you may be entitled to pursue an action regardless of the severity of your injuries. READ MORE
Estate planning is the process through which individuals anticipate and make arrangements for the management and disposition of their estates during their lifetimes and after death. Estate planning allows for the orderly settlement of one’s estate and ensures that the deceased’s intentions for the disposition of his or her estate are effectuated. Estate planning documents provide protection and security to surviving spouses and descendants when a beloved spouse or parent passes away, and help direct medical and financial matters when a loved one may not be able to do so for themselves due to physical or mental limitations. READ MORE
It is never to soon to begin planning for the future. No one likes uncertainty. Take control, for yourself and for your loved ones.
Personal injuries occurring while at work or while performing tasks within the course and scope of your job responsibilities
When injured on the job, New Jersey generally requires the employer to provide workers compensation coverage for medical treatment and disability. As such New Jersey does restrict an employee’s ability to sue an employer for most workplace accidents. Sometimes the injury is due to the negligence of a contractor or supplier other than your employer. Therefore you need an experienced Work Injury lawyer to help guide you through the often murky waters of employment law. In either case, we can help by making a workplace compensation claim. READ MORE
Death as a result of an accident, medical error, or another's negligence
Our firm has represented the families who have lost a loved one and recovered both for the loss to the family and the pain and suffering experienced by the lost loved one before the untimely death. We understand the emotional toll and the financial damages of such a loss. This tragedy at times places families in financial peril when a wage earning spouse is lost. We take great pride and responsibility in representing our clients and will fight for their right to be fully compensated for their tragic loss. READ MORE