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Long Branch Personal Injury Attorneys

Personal Injury

Becoming injured, no matter the severity, can be an emotional and frightening experience that can result in life-altering injuries, disabilities, or unable to earn an income. If you become injured due to another individual’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, income loss, and pain and suffering. Two of the most common causes of personal injuries are slip and fall accidents and car crashes.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime and anywhere, either through self-recklessness or someone else’s negligence. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Slipper, wet floors, parking lots, sidewalks, or stairs.
  • Missing, inadequate, or broken lighting.
  • Missing or broken handrails and stairs.
  • Obstructions in walking areas, aisles, sidewalks, walkways and paths.
  • Cracked, uneven chipped, or missing flooring and bunched, torn, or wrinkled carpeting.
  • Cracked pavement or cement in parking lots and sidewalks, and potholes.
  • Uncleared icy or snowy parking lots and sidewalks, and patches of black ice.
  • Unmarked or poorly marked dangerous areas under repair or construction, along with tools, ladders, cords and more.

Commercial and residential property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties for the safety of others. If you sustained an injury due to the owner’s negligence in properly maintaining the site, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner for your injuries, along with medical care, and loss of income.

If you have been injured due to a property owner’s negligence, the Long Branch personal injury attorneys at Ellis Law can assure you that our skilled team will do everything we can to seek the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 732-308-0200.

What Are Some Common Slip and Fall Injuries?

There are a wide range of injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the injuries could range from mild scrapes and bruises to permanent disability, and even death. Common slip and fall injuries include:

  • Internal or external head wounds such as bruises, cuts, punctures, fractured skull or eye sockets, and broken nose.
  • Head trauma, such as concussion and traumatic brain injury.
  • Neck, back, and spinal cord, including the nerves and nervous system damage.
  • Organ bruising and damage and internal bleeding.
  • Broken, fractured, and cracked arms, legs, ankles, ribs, wrists, feet, hips, pelvis, and the skull.
  • Dislocation of shoulders, ankles, knees, wrists, elbows, or hips.
  • Crushing, laceration, punctures, pinching, and puncturing wounds, particularly of the fingers or hand.
  • Burns from hot surfaces or contact with caustic substances.
  • Soft tissue damage.
  • Minor cuts and bruises.

Regardless of the extent or your injuries or whether you are experiencing symptoms, all injuries should be evaluated by a medical professional following a slip and fall accident. Many types of injuries do not present symptoms for hours or days and could be life-threatening if not diagnosed or treated. Additionally, doctor’s reports are also a crucial element of any personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, and without one, your claim will likely be denied.

Car Accidents

As the most congested state in the country, New Jersey has its fair share of car accidents, particularly along routes in and out of New York City. Car accidents are inevitable with traffic of this magnitude on the roadways. The New Jersey Department of Transportation, reports that there are approximately 275,000 car accidents each year, 600 resulting in fatalities, leaving tens of thousands sustaining disabling or permanent injuries. The leading causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: Engaging in activities other than driving is far too common. Taking your eyes off the road even for a few seconds can have disastrous consequences, particularly during periods of congested traffic or traveling at high speeds. Do not hold your phone to talk, do not text or email, play with pets, apply makeup, or any other activity that diverts your eyes and attention away from the road.
  • Drunk or drugged driving: In addition to being unlawful, drunk or drugged driving is especially dangerous to all others on the road. Drugs and alcohol slow reaction times, impairs vision, and inhibits concentration and thought processing.
  • Drowsy driving: Driving while sleep-deprived can be just as dangerous as drunk and drugged driving. Studies have shown that exhausted drivers with less than four or five hours of continuous sleep exhibit the same behaviors as those of drunk drivers.
  • Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents, and those who ignore speed limits put themselves and all other motorists in danger of a serious collision.
  • Aggressive driving: Aggressive driving and road range are not the same, though aggressive driving can incite another driver into road rage. Aggressive drivers follow too closely, dart in and out of lanes, speed, or pass others with little room, in an opposite lane or on the road’s shoulder.
  • Road rage: Road rage is more common during periods of stopped or congested traffic situations, when a driver can become enraged by another driver’s actions or perceived actions, such as cutting them off. Enraged drivers can chase after other drivers, become violent, tailgate, cut them off, stop in front of them or force a stop, and verbally or physically abusing the other driver.
  • Pedestrians, large trucks, and motorcycles: Pedestrians disobeying signs or designated walking areas can cause serious accidents because they are harder for drivers to spot. Bicycles and motorcycles can be as well. Because they are smaller, it is often difficult for drivers to see them and when riders do not follow traffic rules or signs, pass between cars, or travel in non-bike lanes, they are increasing the risk of causing serious accidents.

At Ellis Law, our team of Long Branch personal injury attorneys know firsthand how devastating being injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence personal injuries can be. Let our compassionate attorneys fight for you and for you the compensation you deserve so you can focus on the most important task – your recovery.

Criminal Defense

If you are accused, found guilty, and convicted for a crime in New Jersey, your conviction will follow for life and have a significant negative impact on your future. Serious felonies, such as rape, murder, and aggravated robbery, have strict penalties, including mandatory prison sentence, hefty fines, and probationary periods.

Long Branch residents who break New Jersey crime laws have a constitutional right to legal counsel and be represented by a criminal lawyer, whether guilty or not. Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial to your case to ensure your legal rights are protected, along with increasing your chances reduces or dismissed charges. Common crimes include:

  • Aggravated Assault.
  • Armed robbery, burglary, robbery, and larceny.
  • Arson.
  • Assault and battery.
  • Auto Theft.
  • Child Abuse.
  • Criminal trespassing.
  • Cyber crime.
  • Death by automobile.
  • Disorderly conduct.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Drug manufacturing, distributing, and possession.
  • Drunk and drugged driving.
  • Embezzlement, fraud, counterfeiting, and forgery.
  • Endangering the welfare of a child.
  • Identity theft.
  • Illegal possession of a firearm.
  • Indecent exposure.
  • Insurance fraud.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Murder.
  • Obstruction of justice.
  • Possession and distribution of child pornography.
  • Prostitution and soliciting.
  • Racketeering.
  • Rape and sexual assault.
  • Resisting arrest.
  • Securities fraud.
  • Sex trafficking.
  • Shoplifting.
  • Stalking.
  • Vandalism.

Crimes are classified by two different categories – felony and misdemeanor. Felonies are the most serious offenses, such as murder, rape, or arson, and carry much longer prison sentences, heavier fines and, in the case of sexually based crimes, lifetime inclusion on the National Sex Offender Registry.

Felony Crimes in New Jersey

There are three distinct categories of indictable crimes – felony crimes, disorderly persons offenses, and petty disorderly offenses, which carry at least one-year sentences. Levels of crime degrees and applicable sentences are:

  • First degree: Crimes include murder, rape, armed robbery, manslaughter, drug manufacturing and distribution, and aggravated assault.
    • First-degree convictions can be punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, or 20 to 30 years to life in prison for murder, and fines up to $200,000.
  • Second degree: Crimes include sex crimes, drug-related offenses, aggravated arson, kidnapping, white collar crimes, burglary, embezzlement, and theft of over $75,000.
    • Second-degree convictions can be punishable by five to 10 years in prison, and fines up to $150,000
  • Third degree: Crimes include arson, robbery, repeat DUI, possession of a controlled or dangerous substance, and theft of $500 to $74,999.
    • Third-degree convictions can be punishable by three to five years in prison, and fines up to $15,000
  • Fourth degree: Crimes include robbery, DUI, weapons offenses, stalking, forgery, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, and vehicle offenses causing injury.
    • Fourth-degree convictions can be punishable by up to 18 months in prison, and fines up to $10,000

Presiding judges are bound to follow New Jersey’s sentencing statutes when determining and imposing post-conviction sentences. First and second-degree criminal convictions require mandatory prison terms as part of the sentence, including for first-time offenders. For all other convictions, determining prison or probation terms are at the judge’s discretion.

Misdemeanor Crimes in New Jersey

Lower-level crime offenses fall under the category of misdemeanor, and are divided as to disorderly persons offenses, local ordinance violations and traffic violations, each carrying different levels of punishment, such as:

  • Disorderly persons offenses: First-tier crimes include simple assault, shoplifting, harassment, and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and carry fines up to $1,000. Disorderly persons offenses are typically handled by the municipality where the crime occurred.
  • Local ordinance violation: Second-tier ordinance crimes include littering, public intoxication, loitering, disturbing the peace, and excessive noise, and carry punishments of fines and/or community service.
  • Traffic violations: Third-tier vehicle-related crimes include speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to obey traffic signs or signals, driving on a suspended license, and failure to yield. Traffic offenses are handled in municipal court with the judge determining conviction and associated fines.

At Ellis Law, our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys represent clients in the areas of violent crime, drug offenses, DUI/DWI charges, and property crime. If you have been charged with a crime in Long Branch, contact one of our skilled attorneys today to ensure your rights are protected throughout all legal proceedings. Call us today at 732-308-0200 to schedule a free consultation.

What Types of Defense Can Ellis Law Provide?

Adult Crimes

The United States Constitution guarantees every American the right to be represented by legal counsel. If you are charged with a crime in New Jersey, our skilled criminal defense lawyers will review your crime charges and will build a strong defensive strategy that begins with a goal of having your charges reduced or dropped, while also crafting a solid legal strategy should your case go to trial. Your best interests form the basis of every decision we make, what we advise, and the strategies we develop for all of our clients.

Depending on the circumstances of your charges, we may be able to convince the prosecutor there is not enough available evidence to prove your guilt, in which case the charges will be dropped. In other cases, we may advise you to accept a plea agreement if offered by the prosecutor. Typically, this is the best course of action if there is a substantial amount of evidence against you and there is no other defensive option than to plead guilty. Prosecutors often propose plea agreements to avoid lengthy and costly trials, however, defense attorneys can also request plea agreements if they feel that is in their client’s best interests.

Regardless of the amount of evidence in criminal cases, you have the constitutional right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and it is the sole responsibility of the prosecutor to prove your guilt at trial. We will build a strong strategy to prove your innocence or justify your actions, and it is the responsibility of our team to prove the prosecution has not presented enough evidence to prove your guilt.

Juvenile Crimes

In New Jersey, offenders under age 18 are considered juveniles under the law. The New Jersey Code of Juvenile Justice sets several distinctions between adult offenses and juvenile delinquency charges, most notably, juveniles are not placed under arrest, but rather, taken into custody. If charges are filed, the state classifies juveniles as “adjudicated delinquent” rather than convicted as adults are.

In terms of rights, juveniles are afforded the same as adult offenders, with the exception of bail. Juveniles who are placed in detention while awaiting trial are not granted release on bail, but have the following rights:

  • The state is responsible for burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt
  • The right of being innocent until proven guilty by law
  • The right to confront witnesses
  • The right to testify or not testify
  • The right to present witnesses on the accused’s behalf

Under the Code of Juvenile Justice, judicial proceedings are handled in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part. During juvenile proceedings, the presiding judges is responsible for all decisions and punishments of the court, not a jury. Juveniles whose cases involved motor vehicle offenses, municipal curfew violations, or smoking in a public place, are tried in municipal courtrooms.

Typically, records for juvenile offenders are expunged once they turn age 18, depending on the nature of the crime, and whether they have maintained a clean record since conviction.

Parents of a Long Branch juvenile charged with a crime? Contact our experienced juvenile criminal defense attorneys at Ellis Law! We will review your case and advocate for your child’s best interests. Call today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team at 732-308-0200.

Long Branch Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Attorneys at Ellis Law Represent Clients Injured in Accidents or Charged with a Crime

If you have been injured in a car or slip and fall accident, or charged with a crime, we can help. Our experienced Long Branch personal injury and criminal defense attorneys at Ellis Law will work tirelessly to represent you and achieve the best outcome possible for your case. Call us to schedule a free consultation at 732-308-0200 or contact us online and see what our team can do for you! Located in Freehold, New Jersey, we serve clients in East Brunswick, Toms River, Middletown, Jersey City, Neptune, Hudson County, Union County, and Ocean County, as well as Brooklyn and New York, New York.