At the Luzzi Law Firm, we pride ourselves on the compassionate, personalized service we bring to each case. Explore our practice areas below for more on how we can be your advocate.
Truck & Bus Crashes
Truck and bus crashes can be catastrophic when they happen. It does not take much for a 50,000-pound vehicle to leave behind a wake of serious injuries after a crash.
Truck crashes are a frequent sight on turnpikes, expressways, and parkways in New Jersey. The sheer bulk of a commercial truck can make a crash that much more likely to cause critical and life-threatening injuries. Statistics show that it is rarely the driver of the truck who suffers the serious injury, but rather the occupants of other vehicles involved.
Common Types of Truck Crashes:
- Jackknifing: When a truck brakes hard and fast, it may cause the trailer to skid, swing out, and form a 90-degree angle with the truck.
- Blind Spots: The blind spots of a car make it hard to see passing vehicles; the size of a truck makes it even harder.
- Wide Turns: When a truck driver swings too far to one side to make a turn, it can collide with cars, squeezing them between the sidewalk and truck or other obstacles.
- Lost Loads: Improperly loaded or secured cargo can fall out, leading to vehicle crashes.
- Underride: When a truck suddenly stops, smaller vehicles can become lodged under the trailer; this type of crash is among the most life-threatening.
When you’re hurt in any vehicle crash, including a truck crash, you may be eligible to file a claim for your injuries caused by a negligent truck driver or trucking company. Let Stephanie Luzzi, our expert injury attorney, fight on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve.
A bus crash is not the same as a car crash. Bus crashes are complicated and school buses, tourist buses, private transportation companies and New Jersey Transit are all governed by different rules and regulations. If you are involved in a bus crash, the first thing to do is seek immediate medical attention. After seeking medical care, call an injury lawyer immediately to guide you on your next steps. Bus companies notify their insurance companies with a team of lawyers behind them as soon as the crash happens. You will need a lawyer to ensure that crucial evidence related to the crash is being protected.
Some Causes of Bus Crashes:
- Driver Error or Fatigue
- Mechanical Issue or Poor Maintenance
- Environmental and Road Conditions
- Negligent Hiring of Poor Drivers
- Inadequate Training
If you’ve been injured in a bus crash, you deserve to be advocated for. The Luzzi Law Firm will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Because of the nature and design of the vehicle and the exposure of the rider, motorcycle crashes often lead to serious injury, possibly more serious than those of a driver behind the wheel of a car. Many drivers are quick to blame a motorcyclist for a crash, claiming speed or weaving in and out of traffic as an excuse. Whatever the case or cause of the crash maybe, you’re going to need a trusted attorney on your side.
Understanding Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle crashes present a few unique issues when it comes to medical bills and property damage. Most motorcycle policies in New Jersey do not include medical payment coverage. Therefore, after a motorcycle crash with another driver, medical costs need to be brought to that driver’s insurance company. Additionally, most motorcycles have after-market modifications, which means a skilled assessment of property damage must be done to determine the real value of the motorcycle, rather than its book value.
The Luzzi Law Firm has the resources available to properly assess your case involving a motorcycle crash and advocate on your behalf. Stephanie Luzzi is prepared to help and prepared to fight.
Car crashes can occur when you least expect them. Not every accident is the same. You may walk away with just a few bruises or you may suffer from injuries that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If someone else is at fault for your injuries, you deserve justice.
Understanding Car Crash Claims
- Medical Bills – New Jersey has a “no-fault” law. This means that your car insurance company is responsible for your medical bills even if you were not at fault. Sometimes, a person will have previously selected to have their health insurance as the primary payor when they purchased their insurance. An injury lawyer can guide you through the process and help make sure you are not stuck with giant medical bills.
- Injuries – An injury lawyer will be able to tell you whether or not you can bring a claim against an at-fault driver for your injuries. It is important to look at your insurance policy to see if you purchased insurance that limits your right to sue. Sometimes, a person will select the “limited tort option” or “verbal threshold” when they purchase their insurance. When this happens, an injured person will have to prove that their injuries rise to a certain level in order to bring a claim from pain and suffering. An injury lawyer will be able to look at your insurance policy, investigate the crash, analyze your injuries, and make sure that you are in the best position to bring a claim.
Stephanie Luzzi will be able to work with an injury victim to prove this liability and ensure that all damages are documented and presented on the victim’s behalf.
While no one is prepared for the emotional and financial toll a car crash can cause, you can choose the best attorney to assist you through this process. We examine all aspects of your case to determine the best plan of action. Work with Stephanie Luzzi and have confidence that you’ll receive the compensation you deserve and be back on the road as soon and as safely as possible.
Most contractors that work in construction understand the dangers of their worksite and take proper precautions by wearing safety equipment and refrain from taking unnecessary risks. Even with these precautions, construction workers can still end up suffering injuries on the construction site. Determining who is responsible for a construction accident can be a complicated matter, especially when a site involves property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and other entities.
Common Construction Site Accidents
There are a number of ways for even the most safety-conscious workers to suffer serious injuries on construction sites:
- Scaffolding falls
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Electric shocks
- Chemical spills
- Crane accidents
- Falling materials
It’s most important to remember that even if you’re working in a more dangerous environment, like construction, you do not lose your right to justice should you get hurt. For most trades, daily duties involve physical labor, and the toll of injuries from an accident could be life-changing and affect your work future. Medical costs and lost wages are serious, and you deserve the best possible outcome. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident and want to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options, contact Stephanie Luzzi.
Nursing Home Neglect
Placing a loved one in a nursing home when they’re unable to care for themselves is often a difficult decision for an individual and their family. Research and work are put into finding a suitable home with the care your loved one needs, and that facility is trusted with the responsibility of a life. While there are many fine nursing homes that hold themselves to the highest standards, others may fail to provide proper and adequate care. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of nursing home neglect. There are thousands of long-term care facilities in the United States, serving millions of residents and their families. Neglect is a consistent and growing problem.
Examples of Nursing Home Negligence:
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Emotional abuse
- Medication errors
- Failure to prevent infection and its spread (see below for more info on COVID-19)
- Failure to monitor or restrain residents, resulting in injury
COVID-19 has spread through nursing homes at a faster rate than the general community, where residents are unfortunately placed at a disadvantage from the start due to age, underlying health conditions, and close living quarters. Nursing home negligence in the form of inadequate staff, improper training, and lack of a proper COVID-19 contingency plan can further put residents at risk. Nursing homes have a responsibility to protect residents from infection and its spread, which has never been so important, amid a pandemic.
Regardless of the form nursing home negligence takes, action needs to be taken. You deserve an attorney who is an advocate for you and your family. Stephanie Luzzi works tirelessly for victims of nursing home neglect and ensuring a safer future and well-being for your loved one.
The most basic expectation as an individual is that property owners keep their property well-maintained and safe. If that’s not the case, and you’re injured on someone else’s property, they can be held liable for your injuries. Did you know New Jersey laws place the greatest responsibility on property owners of commercial property multi-family homes? Premises liability acts as an umbrella for different types of personal injury claims. These could include:
- Slip and fall cases
- Animal bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Elevator & escalator accidents
- Snow & ice accidents
If you’ve suffered an injury on someone else’s property, you may need additional legal requirements aside from the injury itself to prove that the property owner’s negligence led to the incident, including warning of a dangerous condition and whether it can be proven that the property owner was aware of the danger to others. Proving premises liability stemming from negligence takes proper resources and experience. In a case of unmarked wet floors, it may seem easy to identify the fault of the property owner. While premises liability claims tend to be more complicated than that, The Luzzi Law Firm has the resources available to properly assess your injury on someone else’s property and if it falls under premises liability, advocate for and fight for compensation on your behalf.
Sexual assault crimes are among the most serious transgressions we work with. The unfortunate reality of sexual assault is that many victims do not report their assault because they either 1.) don’t think that what happened to them “counts” as an assault in the eyes of the law, or 2.) no one will believe them. Sexual assault is defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient, even if the victim cannot consent. It is never the victim’s fault if they are sexually assaulted.
We understand the traumatic nature of sexual assault and its long-term effects on the victim. We also know discussing sexual assault is uncomfortable and can often bring up traumatic memories. When it comes to these crimes, you need a dedicated and compassionate attorney working to expose the offender and bring them to justice. Stephanie Luzzi is here to be your advocate.
Assault & Battery
While assault and battery are often used interchangeably, they are separate types of personal injury charges. Assault is defined as an attempt or threat to injure another person, while battery occurs when there is actually contact with another person. A personal injury attorney knows what elements are necessary to properly prove an assault and battery case and how to bring claims against the offender and other people or entities that may be at fault. The Luzzi Law Firm can help victims of an assault and/or battery receive the compensation they deserve.
The law imposes a duty on public establishments to maintain the property in reasonably safe condition. Negligent security is commonly understood as a failure to protect individuals in a public place from violence. If you are the victim of a criminal attack while on someone else’s property, you may have a negligent security case.
Examples of Negligent Security
These are just a few examples of negligent security:
- Bar Fight
- Excessive force used by overly aggressive security personnel
- Failure to provide proper alarm system
- Stabbings on subways, trains, and other transportation
- Attacks in parking garages or apartment buildings
- Sexual assaults in condominiums or hotels
- Injuries sustained at concerts or malls
A significant factor in negligent security cases is how much effort the property owner or operator put into protecting their property. This can include:
- Security cameras
- Security guards or other safety staff
- Accessible exits and emergency exits
- Trained staff to deal with security issues
- Adequate lighting and signs that reduce the risk of a crime being committed
The owner or operator of a property is generally responsible for the safety of its patrons, so most negligent security lawsuits are filed against property owners, not attackers. Essentially, a third party, usually not directly involved in an incident, is held responsible, rather than the perpetrator of the crime.
The Luzzi Law Firm has experience in determining if you were the victim of negligent security. If you’ve been attacked or injured in a public space and believe this could have been prevented with proper security measures, contact Stephanie Luzzi with your case.
On-the-job injuries are common. Injuries on the job can result in days away from work, lost wages, high medical costs, and sometimes, permanent disability. If you are injured on the job, the Luzzi Law Firm can help you navigate your workers’ compensation claim. There are many questions that you may need to be answered like “Who pays for the medical bills?”, “Do I have to notify my employer?”, and “Will I get paid for the time I am out of work?”
Common Workplace Injuries
- Slip and fall
- Repetitive stress and overexertion
- Vehicle accidents
- Falling from heights
- Machinery malfunctions
Injured workers are entitled to benefits under New Jersey workers’ compensation laws, but a claim must be processed timely and properly. As a personal injury attorney, Stephanie Luzzi can assist in this process.
Eligible Benefits Under Workers’ Compensation
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages/temporary disability
- Permanent disability benefits
- Death benefits
There may be situations in which another entity is at fault for a workplace injury. These third-party claims can be made outside of workers’ compensation.
We understand how stressful it is when you’re unable to work for a length of time, and we also know how complicated the workers’ compensation system can be. The Luzzi Law Firm can guide you through the process following a workplace injury. When your work future is uncertain, you need an advocate to fight for compensation of medical costs and lost wages that you deserve; that advocate is Stephanie Luzzi.
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