Personal Injury Blog


How Can a Scene Inspection Help Your Case?

Suppose you sustained injuries in an accident because of another party’s negligence or intentional actions. In this scenario, you should discuss your situation with a New Jersey personal injury attorney to deal with your claim, which includes working with different specialists to investigate the scene of the accident.

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What to Do If You Crash a Rental Car

If you are like most people, renting a car is something that you don’t do on a regular basis. But when you rent a car, you may have an increased risk of getting into a crash because you may be unfamiliar with the place where you’re driving and the rental car.

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Amazon Routinely Denies Liability for Truck Crashes Involving Its Drivers

As part of Amazon’s plan to dominate the e-commerce industry, it has developed a massive logistics operation to transport more products to customers’ homes as quickly as possible.

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How Do You Treat a Trauma Injury?

Traumatic or trauma injuries refer to physical and psychological injuries that can be minor to life changing. These can cause minor symptoms to long-term complications that may require costly long-term or even lifelong rehabilitation and medical treatment, depending on the severity and exact nature of the injury.

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Who is At Fault in a Fatal Uber Accident?

Losing a loved one in an Uber accident can be devastating for anyone. But you should know that you can get compensated for the loss of your loved one through a wrongful death claim.

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What to Do After an Accident From a Defective Road

Defective roadways are more common than people think and can result in severe crashes and injuries.

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What Information Should Be Exchanged After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can be confusing and scary for many people. While it is perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed, you must try to remain calm and remember to exchange information with the other driver involved in the crash.

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Who is At Fault in a Fatal Uber Accident?

Losing a loved one in an Uber accident can be devastating for anyone. But you should know that you can get compensated for the loss of your loved one through a wrongful death claim.

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Can I Sue the Truck Driver's Trucking Company for My Injuries?

Because of the massive size of the big rigs out there, truck accidents are some of the deadliest on our roadways, and the losses you experience as a result can be immense.

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What to Do After an Accident From a Defective Roadway

Defective roadways are more common than people think and can result in severe crashes and injuries. You may be overwhelmed and stressed after getting injured in a defective road accident and may be unsure of what you should do.

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Car Accidents Due to Dealership Negligence

When you buy a new car or take your vehicle to the dealer for service, you expect to take home a vehicle that is safe to drive.

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Who is Responsible for a Road Defect Accident?

Most people assume other drivers are responsible for causing car crashes, and this is true in most cases. However, some accidents can happen at no fault of any driver.

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Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Required to Have Insurance?

Yes. Drivers of Lyft and Uber must have auto insurance to cover injuries when they cause a traffic crash.

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New Jersey Brain Injury Resources to Know About

The consequences of a brain injury are highly unpredictable and can impact who you are and how you feel, act, and think in an instant.

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Car Accidents with Permit Drivers in NJ

Receiving your learner’s permit is an incredibly exciting experience. To help ensure the safety of young and new drivers in New Jersey, they need to go through a multi-stage process called the graduated licensing program (GDL).

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What Are the Common Causes of Winter Accidents?

Winter brings the kind of weather that, all too often, leads to an uptick in dangerous accidents, like traffic crashes of all kinds and slip and fall accidents.

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Attorney Scott Leonard Recertified as an NJ Civil Trial Attorney

Leonard Legal Group’s Scott G. Leonard has done it again. He was recently recertified as a New Jersey civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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Scott Leonard Sworn in as Secretary of the Morris County Bar Association

On January 20, 2023, attorney Scott Leonard of the Leonard Legal Group was sworn in as Secretary of the Morris County Bar Association.

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Is Uber or the Uber driver responsible if I am injured in a rideshare accident?

Many accidents these days involve rideshare vehicles. An Uber driver might have hit you while you were driving or walking, or you might have been a passenger in the Uber when the accident happened.

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Who is Responsible for Accidents on Slippery Snow or Ice on Commercial Properties?

All property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties clear of snow, ice, and other potentially hazardous conditions that may injure a pedestrian, visitor, or customer.

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Can a Passenger Be Responsible for Causing an Accident?

Yes, passengers can be held liable for causing a car accident. While most claims stemming from car accidents are usually brought against drivers, there may be cases where drivers may seek compensation for damages from passengers who caused the car crash.

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Scott Leonard of Leonard Legal Group Named to Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers List in 2022

Leonard Legal Group is delighted to announce that Attorney Scott G. Leonard has been named to the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyer list for 2022.

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Scott Leonard of Leonard Legal Group Celebrates His 25th Year as a Top-Rated New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Scott G. Leonard of New Jersey personal injury law firm Leonard Legal Group is celebrating his 25th year of championing justice for victims of accidents who have suffered losses due to another’s negligence.

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Do I File a Lawsuit Against The Driver or The Company in a Rideshare Accident?

Whether you have the option of suing the driver or the rideshare company in a crash involving a rideshare driver will depend on the specific circumstances of your situation.

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Why Are Truck Accidents Different from Other Types of Accidents?

A semi-tractor with an unloaded trailer can weigh up to 35,000 pounds, while the average weight of a passenger car is 4,100 pounds.

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What Makes The Rules of The Road Different for Rideshare Drivers?

Millions of people use rideshare apps, such as Uber and Lyft, every day.

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What Are The Most Common Factors in Collisions Between Commercial Trucks and Automobiles?

Crashes between commercial trucks and automobiles often lead to devastating property damage, catastrophic injuries, or worse, loss of life.

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What are the Physical Symptoms Associated with a Brain Injury?

The symptoms of a brain injury may not present until a few hours or days after the trauma occurs.

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Who is Liable if I am Injured in a Rideshare Accident?

Rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber offer a convenient alternative to taking a taxi.

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Can I Receive Compensation If I am Partially at Fault for The Accident in NJ?

The short answer is yes. You can receive compensation for an accident even if you were partially at fault for it.

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Is There a Difference Between Adult and Childhood Severe Brain Injury?

A severe brain injury is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States.

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Who is At Fault for a Multi-Vehicle Accident on a NJ Highway?

Also referred to as a “chain reaction” accident, a multi-vehicle pile-up often causes a highway or service road to be shut down for an extended period.

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Fatal NJ Crash Into 2nd Floor Bedroom Brings Charges

A passenger died and a sleeping woman was severely injured when a truck going 100 mph crashed into her home at 2 a.m. Feb. 6.

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Pickup Trucks and Accidents

John Nunn, a 27-year-old man of Washington, was driving his pickup truck early Sunday morning, approximately 2:30 am on February 6, 2022, on Route 57, when he tried to pass two other cars and lost control of his truck.

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Who is Liable For an Accident Involving Multiple Cars?

Car crashes are usually scary, but crashes involving multiple cars can be especially terrifying.

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Signs of Brain Injuries in a Child After an Accident

Car accidents and other unexpected incidents that cause injuries can be jarring both emotionally and physically, and when a brain injury has occurred, also mentally.

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Why New Jersey Roads are Dangerous During the Winter Months

The roads during the winter months in the Northeast of the United States can be dangerous, and winter conditions lead to many car accidents and related injuries.

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What Are The Lasting Effects of Sexual Abuse on Victims?

Studies over the past decades have revealed that a wide variety of psychological, physical, and interpersonal issues are more common among sexual abuse survivors than among people who haven’t been sexually abused.

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Chartwell Manor Sex Abuse Claims

On the outside, the fancy preparatory school Chartwell Manor, styled after posh British boarding schools, looked like a safe haven for reform and healing for troubled children.

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Slip & fall in an Ongoing Storm

With winter approaching, a recent court case highlights the challenges in getting compensation for slip and fall injuries which are more common during adverse weather.

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident on Private Property

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. When they happen on private property and due to the negligence of the property owner or manager, our New Jersey premises liability attorney helps you hold them accountable.

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Newark Educators Accused of Sexual Assault Decades Ago

Our New Jersey civil litigation attorney explains how victims of sexual abuse as children in schools are speaking out and holding those at fault accountable.

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Can I File a Third-Party Lawsuit Along with a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

After you sustain an injury on the job in New Jersey, your main source of compensation for medical bills and lost income is your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.

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Is "Right of Way" a Viable Defense in an Auto Accident Case?

Most people don’t know that, yes, violating right-of-way rules may be a viable defense in auto accident cases.

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What Damages Can I Recover for a Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death claim arises when a person dies due to another person’s wrongful conduct.

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Leonard Legal Representing Actress Following Surgical Errors

37-year-old actress and Bridgewater local Christina Castellanos filed a lawsuit against Dr. Andrea Strauss and the Hunterdon Healthcare System in April 2020, claiming that Strauss had utilized dirty needles during her breast reduction surgery in 2018.

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Updated New Jersey Laws Would Provide More Rights to Sexual Assault Survivors

In early March 2021, the New Jersey Assembly passed a package of bills that would expand the rights of sexual assault survivors and their access to case information.

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Have You Experienced an Injury on the NJ Mass Transit System?

According to statistics issued by the American Transportation Association, traveling via mass transit is up to ten times safer per mile than traveling via regular automobile.

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What to Do if You Crash a Rental Car

Being involved in a car accident is often an unpleasant experience for all parties involved. It is likely even more unpleasant if you have been in a car crash with a rental car.

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Sexual Abuse Claims against Priests Can Have Complications

Around the world in recent years, there have been many victims who have come forward with allegations that their sexual abusers were well-respected priests of Catholic churches.

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Should I Just Take What the Insurance Company is Offering or Do I Need a Lawyer?

Serious car and truck accidents can lead to equally serious injuries, including bone fractures, traumatic head injuries, internal organ damage, spinal cord injuries, and soft tissue injuries.

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Can I Sue the Person Who Sexually Assaulted Me?

Unwanted sexual acts and assaults leave serious physical, psychological, and emotional wounds that can impact victims for many years to come.

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What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

One of the most common questions that personal injury lawyer Scott Leonard hears is, “how much is my case worth”.

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Should I Wait to File a PI Claim in NJ?

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident, and you have suffered a severe injury, you may consider taking legal action.

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What to Do if You’re Hit by an Uninsured Motorist?

Being in a car accident can be scary, but it’s comforting to know that auto insurance coverage will likely pay the tab for medical care and vehicle damage.

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What Is Classified as Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence, carelessness, or intentional act of another person.

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Could Drones Help Your Personal Injury Case?

When it comes to a personal injury case, information is a valuable asset that can help outline what happened to cause the accident. Attorneys often perform research in order to collect information to reconstruct the events that led to an accident. This might include reviewing the official accident report that the police on the scene

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What Constitutes Wrongful Death?

Few things are more difficult in life than losing a loved one or family member. However, the grieving process becomes even more difficult when the loved one dies in an accident that is brought on by another person’s negligence, such as in a drunk driving accident. Although money can never compensate for the permanent loss Read more

Are Self-Driving Trucks Safe for Public Roads?

Although self-driving trucks and tractor-trailers may not be hitting the road large-scale any time soon, they are currently being tested. These vehicles, which will operate in a way that is similar to driverless cars, may cause serious disruption to the trucking industry. This is because once the technology is perfected, it will not require drivers Read more

Fire Hazards and Injuries Caused by Amazon Products

Amazon and its popular private-label line AmazonBasics have come under fire in recent years for faulty products that are a danger to those who purchase them. Many of these reportedly dangerous products include USB cords, phone chargers, batteries, surge protectors, and microwaves, to name a few. According to an analysis of AmazonBasics products dating back Read more

Deadline to File Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim with the Bankruptcy Court Rapidly Approaching

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. With that protection comes a deadline to file sexual abuse claims with the Bankruptcy Court. The deadline, is November 16, 2020, and is fast approaching, and victims are encouraged to file their claim now. Simply put, failure to file before theRead more

What is the Difference Between Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse?

Sexual assault and sexual abuse can have serious lifelong consequences that are legally compensable. Victims of these offenses can suffer from feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and shame – sometimes for the remainder of their lives. Many victims of sexual assault and abuse suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for many years into the future andRead more

Are You Questioning the Offer Your Insurance Company Gave You?

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and have taken the matter up with the insurance company involved, you may question whether the settlement offer they have made actually covers you for the full range of damages you’ve suffered. And that is a legitimate question. The fact is that itRead more

What Is Forced Arbitration and How Does It Affect You?

Most people understand that arbitration is a process to resolve disputes. Two sides state their case to an arbitrator or an arbitrator panel. The arbitrator’s primary duty is to consider the facts and arguments from both sides and make a decision on the matter. In some cases, both parties enter into the arbitration voluntarily. ByRead more

Reasons Why You Could Lose a Personal Injury Case

If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in an accident, you are facing a lot of uncertainty. Obtaining compensation that covers your damages in their entirety, however, is critical to your ability to follow the path toward recovery. While there can be a wide variety of pitfalls along the way, an experienced New Jersey personalRead more

Leonard Legal Group Helps Connect Families During Covid-19

Donation of Video Conferencing Devices to Sunrise of Randolph Senior Living Helps More Loved Ones Connect, More Often MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY — September 25, 2020.  Video conferencing with families and friends have become a way of life for many during COVID-19, but for those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the simple actRead more

How is the Passenger in a Car Accident Compensated?

Being involved in a car accident is terrifying regardless of where in the car you are sitting. Frequently, personal injury claims are filed by the person who is driving the car that was involved in an accident. That said, the passengers of the car might also be entitled to compensation for damages that were causedRead more

Numerous Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Churches and Boy Scouts

Here in New Jersey, many child sex abuse victims have filed injury lawsuits against different organizations responsible for allowing sex abuse against children. The rules for filing a child sexual abuse lawsuit in New Jersey are changing in favor of survivors of child sexual abuse. In February 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill intoRead more

Nursing Home Neglect Related to COVID-19 Exposure and Treatment

Long-term care facilities in the State of New Jersey, including nursing homes, account for a significant number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. The virus presents serious hazards, not only for nursing home residents (who are especially vulnerable because of their ages and health conditions), but also for nursing home staff members and employees who careRead more

Scott Leonard of Leonard Legal Group Named 2020 Super Lawyer

Leonard Receives the Super Lawyer Designation Again in 2020   MORRISTOWN, NJ, August 24, 2020 – Leonard Legal Group is pleased to announce that attorney Scott G. Leonard has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2020.  Based on a proven track record of success and demonstrated excellence in handing personal injury cases, LeonardRead more

Will there be Personal Injury Lawsuits Related to COVID-19?

The spread of COVID-19 has left many businesses closed, and others concerned about what it means to stay open in the times of a pandemic. One question that has started to come up more and more often is the possibility of personal injury lawsuits that are related to COVID-19. Those who suspect that they contractedRead more

Boy Scout Sex Abuse Claim Filing Deadline in November 2020

Reports of sexual abuse that occurred within the Boy Scouts of America organization has made headlines in recent months, and the organization has recently declared bankruptcy. With regard to sexual abuse claims, the judge of the bankruptcy court has recently established the date of November 16, 2020, as the new “bar deadline.” Therefore, November 16,Read more

What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?

After an accidental injury, the law gives you the right to hold negligent parties liable for your medical bills and other losses. However, what happens if someone does not survive an accident or a violent incident? The law does not allow deceased parties to bring legal claims, but this does not mean that the liableRead more

Even Light Rain Can Increase Accidents

Most drivers know that adverse weather conditions can make driving hazardous. But it may come as a surprise to learn that even light rainfall can significantly increase your risk of a fatal car accident, according to a recent study released in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Taking certain precautions when driving in wetRead more

Summer Is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers

Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the unofficial start to the summer season. It also marks the beginning of the most dangerous time for teen drivers. Referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days”, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is a time when the number of fatal accidents involving a teenage driver increases. Teens andRead more

Can a Pedestrian be at Fault in a Car-Pedestrian Accident?

Even though pedestrians usually have the right-of-way, they can still be considered at fault for an accident We have probably all heard the saying the pedestrian always has the right of way. And while this is a great saying to follow as drivers in order to protect pedestrians, it is not necessarily true from aRead more

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

While motorcycle fatalities in the United States are down 5.6 percent in 2017 versus 2016 according to preliminary estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), motorcyclists are still more likely to die in crashes compared to passenger car occupants. Riding a motorcycle presents unique safety hazards that bring an increased risk of injury. HazardsRead more

The Most Dangerous Times to be on a Motorcycle

What motorcyclists need to know about dangerous times and riding conditions to ride more safely Anyone driving on the roads of New Jersey knows how dangerous certain traffic conditions can be, but for riders on a motorcycle some conditions make being on the road even more dangerous. And unfortunately, the dangers associated with being involvedRead more

Truck Driver Safety During COVID-19

A truck driver’s lifestyle is never the easiest. Life on the road can be extremely taxing to begin with, but the ramifications of the COVID-19 shutdowns make things far more complicated and precarious for truck drivers. The fact is that truckers haul the foods, medications, personal protective equipment, and cleaning supplies that keep us goingRead more

What Will Happen to My Personal Injury Claim During the COVID-19 Lockdown?

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. The fact is, however, that the lockdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has left normal activities of everyday life in a holding pattern, and this includes legal claims. This does not mean, however, that you should putRead more

Our Response to COVID-19

Dear Valued Clients and Friends: I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and gradually adapting to the new normal of these unprecedented times facing our country. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is distressing for all, and we are most mindful of our injured clients and nursing home residents who are extremely vulnerableRead more

Accidents Increase with Daylight Savings Time

If you already dread moving your clocks ahead an hour every spring, there is another reason to dislike Daylight Savings Time: the increase in car accidents. Reports show a jump in the number of fatal car accidents in the days following the shift to Daylight Savings Time. Although it is only one hour, the shiftRead more

Child Sexual Abuse is Rampant in New Jersey

For years, horrific stories of child sexual abuse have been associated mostly with church organizations. But sexual abuse can happen in many different types of associations. Far too often we hear about child that were sexually abused by their teachers, coaches, religious leaders, police and other people in a position of trust. The New YorkRead more

Take Photos After an Accident

An accident scene can be chaotic and confusing. Worse still, it is frightening for someone whose life has just been endangered in an auto accident. It is difficult to know what to do after an accident happens. Your first priority should always be the safety of everyone involved. If your vehicle can be moved, pullRead more

Boy Scouts Claiming Financial Hardship Following Recent Lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America organization recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Delaware, claiming financial hardship. Some people believe that the bankruptcy is less about financial problems, however, and more focused on halting the barrage of lawsuits filed against the Scouts in recent months. The Recent Flood of Lawsuits The BoyRead more

Why do Vehicle Ejections Happen?

The most serious auto accident injuries are usually caused when the victim is ejected from a vehicle. It is important for drivers and passengers to understand the causes of vehicle ejections so they can reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a car accident. Below are some of the most common reasonsRead more

Claims of Child Sexual Abuse Resurface Against Boy Scouts of America

Recent changes in legislation that extend the statute of limitations for filing civil claims of sexual abuse bring renewed attention to claims of child sexual abuse against the Boys Scouts of America. While accusations of sexual abuse within the organization date back to 1944, a recent investigation into the organization’s files may uncover additional claims.Read more

Distracted Driving and First Responders

We all know that distracted driving puts others at risk, causing an increasing number of motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and accidents with motorcycles. But what is less known is that distracted driving is also a major cause of injuries to first responders. A survey conducted by the National Safety Council and the Emergency ResponderRead more

Is Drowsy Driving As Dangerous As Drunk Driving?

New studies show drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence If you have ever caught yourself feeling tired while sitting behind the wheel of your car, you’re not alone. Approximately 60% of adults in the U.S. report having driven while drowsy, and approximately 1 in 3 people have even fallen asleepRead more

Tractor Trailer Accidents Require a Skilled Injury Attorney

If it seems that the roadways in the Garden State are crowded with tractor trailers, it is not your imagination. There were more than 2.7 million tractor trailers registered in the United States in 2016, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Unlike motor vehicle accidents,Read more

Who Pays the Medical Bills After an Auto Accident in New Jersey?

You’ve been in a car accident. You sustained injuries. You assume – since the accident wasn’t your fault – that the other driver’s insurance company will cover your medical bills. Not in New Jersey. New Jersey’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance The state of New Jersey requires insurance companies to provide Personal Injury Protection (PIP)Read more

Can PTSD Occur After An Accident?

Motor vehicle accidents among the leading causes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Anyone who has ever been involved in a car accident knows the emotional damages can be just as bad, or even worse than the physical damages sustained. It is common to experience psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, fear, and stress after beingRead more

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Common Causes of Truck Accidents It’s not surprising that truck accidents are among the deadliest on our roadways. The massive size and weight differential between semi-trucks and our own vehicles play an important and obvious role in this fact. Truck accidents, nevertheless, happen, and they are often caused by truck driver error and by truckingRead more

What Does No-Fault Insurance Mean?

What does No-Fault Insurance Mean in NJ? New Jersey is one of the few states that implement no-fault car insurance laws. The idea of no-fault insurance is often confusing because it doesn’t actually mean that fault plays no role in the claim process. Better understanding of how no-fault insurance works in New Jersey will helpRead more

New Jersey Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

New Jersey Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers April is National Distracted Driving Month and police officers in New Jersey are cracking down on distracted drivers. The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic and Safety reports that New Jersey is one of only four states nationally to receive dedicated federal grant funding to combat distracted driving.Read more

Scott G. Leonard Named a Top 100 Trial Attorney in New Jersey by the National Trial Lawyers

The Leonard Legal Group is pleased to announce that, for the sixth year, attorney Scott G. Leonard has been named one of New Jersey’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Each year, the National Trial Lawyers issues a list of premier trial lawyers from across the country. Attorneys receiving this designation must exhibit leadership, a strong reputation,Read more

Attorney Scott G. Leonard Named New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Attorney Scott G. Leonard, founder of the Leonard Legal Group in Morristown, was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2019 for the twelfth consecutive year. Based on a proven track record of success and demonstrated excellence in representing injured victims, Attorney Leonard was selected by his peers for inclusion in thisRead more

New Jersey Governor Signs Legislation to Extend Time Limits for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation to significantly extend the statute of limitations for filing civil claims of sexual abuse, effective December 1, 2019. The legislation – known as S477 — allows childhood sexual abuse victims more time to file and also establishes a two-year window for victims to file lawsuits in casesRead more

We Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable

We Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving caused 3,166 deaths nationwide in 2017 alone. Anything that takes a driver’s attention from the task of driving – talking on the phone, texting, adjusting the stereo or navigation system – is considered distracted driving. At the Leonard LegalRead more

What to do if You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Abused By a Member of The Church

What to do if You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Abused By a Member of The Church If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a member of the church in New Jersey, there are steps you are encouraged to take to bring the abusers to justice. The civil litigationRead more

What Are the Invisible Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What Are the Invisible Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury? Approximately 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. Traumatic brain injuries may occur with a blow to the head or when an object penetrates the skull, if brain’s ability to function is interrupted. Traumatic brain injuries may occur in motor vehicle accidents, slipsRead more

What Are My Legal Rights as a Pedestrian if I Am Struck by a Car?

What Are My Legal Rights as a Pedestrian if I Am Struck by a Car? Accidents involving pedestrians often result in serious, sometimes deadly, injuries. Many drivers try to shift blame to the pedestrian, arguing that the pedestrian darted in front of the vehicle or was not paying attention while walking. However, if you wereRead more

The Lasting Effects of Sexual Abuse

The Lasting Effects of Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse leaves lasting scars on its victims. When sexual abuse is perpetrated against a child, the effects can be particularly devastating. Victims of sexual abuse may experience emotional, physical, and psychological issues that can be difficult to overcome. Sexual abuse victims can seek justice against their abusers underRead more

New Jersey Passes Bill to Extend Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations

Under NJ law the statute of limitations have been extended to file Sex abuse claims New Jersey lawmakers recently passed a bill that extends the state’s statute of limitations for sex abuse. The legislation, known as AB 3648, passed through both the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly and was sent to New Jersey GovernorRead more

Catholic Church Clergy Abuse

Catholic Church Clergy Abuse: What Rights Do Victims Have in New Jersey? A place of worship, such as a Catholic church, should be a safe environment for all worshippers. Sadly, recent revelations have showed that thousands of individuals have been abused by Catholic clergy members and employees. The abuse may go back several decades inRead more

Can Uber’s new VoIP feature distract your Uber driver?

Can Uber’s New VoIP Feature Distract Your Uber Driver? In the fall of 2018, Uber announced that it was rolling out a new way for drivers and their passengers to communicate through the app. The new feature utilizes voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP for short. Uber’s VoIP service allows drivers and passengers to useRead more

Are taxis safer than Uber/Lyft?

Is Hailing a Cab Safer than Hiring Uber or Lyft? More and more people are turning to their smartphones to hire an Uber or Lyft driver instead of looking around for a cab to flag down. However, though Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity in recent years, negative headlines have impacted both companies. DriversRead more

Can a truck accident cause PTSD?

Can a Truck Accident Cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? When post-traumatic stress disorder comes up in conversation, many assume that it primarily applies to those who have served in combat overseas. However, did you know that there are many events that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD? The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “aRead more

Can I Sue for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in New Jersey?

Experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys advocate for victims with traumatic brain injuries to obtain the maximum compensation they deserve There is no personal injury quite as severe or devastating as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Suffering from a TBI can have significant impacts on a person’s quality of life and daily living and canRead more

New School Bus Seatbelt Legislation Aimed At Protecting Students Signed Into Law

New Jersey children riding to school on a bus will now be a little safer because of new three-point seat belt legislation recently signed into law Across the nation, millions of children rely on school buses to take them to school and back home each day. According to the American School Bus Council, 25 millionRead more

Drivers charged with reckless driving offenses in New Jersey could face tough consequences

Most drivers do not intend to be involved in a car accident, but some drivers actions are so reckless in nature they should have known their actions were likely to lead to an automobile accident. Reckless driving is serious because it can lead to accidents causing serious personal injury and death, and thus a chargeRead more

Multi Vehicle Accident Involving New Jersey Transit Bus Injuries 5 People

Recent multi vehicle, chain reaction accident involving transit bus leaves at least 5 bus passengers injured Any time we board a bus as a passenger, we are entrusting our safety to the driver of the bus. And while most of the time we do in fact arrive safely at our destination, there is still aRead more

Do you have to pay taxes on a personal injury settlement?

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on a Personal Injury Settlement? A personal injury lawsuit is a stressful experience for injured victims. Not only must they focus on regaining their health after suffering an injury through no fault of their own, but they must also wait on the wheels of justice to turn before theyRead more

Should I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim or a Personal Injury Claim?

Should I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim or a Personal Injury Claim? If you have been injured, you are probably wondering what your legal rights are. Are you able to pursue a legal claim? How do you file one? Are there different types of injury claims you may pursue? If you have been injured onRead more

Emotional Signs & Symptoms of a TBI

The Emotional Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States, 153 people die every day from injuries that involve traumatic brain injuries. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are cited in approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths in the United States. Millions of traumatic brain injuries occur every year. Whereas some individualsRead more

Aphasia: A Troubling Experience After a Brain Injury

Aphasia: A Troubling Experience After a Brain Injury Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in the country. In fact, brain injuries lead to nearly one-third of all injury deaths, and each day, 153 Americans die because of injuries that involve brain injuries. Other long-term effects of brainRead more

Know what goes into filing a wrongful death lawsuit

What is Required in a New Jersey Wrongful Death Lawsuit? In New Jersey, wrongful death lawsuits may be filed when the negligence of a third party causes a victim’s death. Wrongful death claims may be appropriate in motor vehicle accident claims, medical malpractice claims, or in civil claims that stem from a criminal act, suchRead more

Are parents personally liable if their teenager gets in an accident?

Are Parents Personally Liable if Their Teenager Gets in an Accident? As teenagers begins driving, parents worry about their safety and their ability to make good decisions while behind the wheel. Texting and driving, speeding, and failing to appreciate dangerous road conditions are all factors that have been attributed to teenage motor vehicle accidents. InRead more

Main Causes of Boating Accidents

What are the Main Causes of Boating Accidents? Summer is in full swing, and many New Jersey residents enjoy outings on the lakes and beaches that span the state. However, a day on the water should not be taken lightly, as accidents may happen in an instant and lead to tragic consequences. Following are aRead more

Compensation in Truck Accident

What Type of Compensation Can I Get if I Was Injured in a Truck Accident? Every year, thousands of innocent individuals are injured in truck accidents. Drugs, fatigue, and speeding are commonly cited causes of truck accidents. It is no secret that many truck drivers must drive several hours every single day to make deliveriesRead more

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries: Facts and Figures Traumatic brain injuries most commonly occur when someone suffers a hard blow or other violent movement to the head. Traumatic brain injuries can also occur if an object pierces the skull. Depending on the nature of the traumatic brain injury, the affected individual may recover in a few weeksRead more

Who is Liable for Crashes That Occur in a Borrowed Vehicle?

Who is Liable for Crashes that Occur in a Borrowed Vehicle? At some point, we have all either borrowed a car or allowed someone else to borrow ours. In most instances, nothing goes wrong. However, in other cases, an accident occurs while someone is driving another person’s vehicle. Who is liable for damages in thisRead more

Deadliest Counties for Car Accidents in NJ

The Deadliest Counties for Traffic Accidents in New Jersey 2017 reported the highest number of traffic accidents in New Jersey in the past decade, a disturbing new report shows. The New Jersey State Police tallied 603 fatal accidents in 2017. From these accidents, 636 fatalities were reported. 2017 saw close to 6 percent more deathsRead more

How do you prove fault in a slip and fall accident?

How Do You Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident? Slips and falls are among the most common personal injury claims filed in New Jersey. In a slip and fall claim, an injured victim alleges that he was harmed on someone else’s property because of a dangerous condition that should have been remedied (or,Read more

Drug overdoses

The Number One Killer of People Under 50 Years of Age is Drug Overdose A new study has discovered that the primary cause of death for Americans under the age of 50 is a disturbing one—drug overdoses. In fact, more Americans are suffering from fatal overdoses now than at any other time in recent history.Read more

How Are Brain Injuries Diagnosed?

How are Traumatic Brain Injuries Diagnosed? According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. In this group, 52,000 will die and 275,000 are hospitalized. Approximately 1.365 million are treated and sent home from medical facilities. How do you know if you haveRead more

Drugged Driving Deaths Exceed Alcohol

Drugged Driving Deaths Exceed Those Caused by Alcohol-Related Crashes For years, the dangers of drinking and driving have been ingrained into our minds. We are encouraged to designate a sober driver, to take a cab or an Uber, and to alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water. Now, a study shows that drunk drivers mayRead more

Traffic Fatalities Rise in 2017

Traffic Accident Fatalities Continued to Rise in 2017 The National Safety Council has estimated that car accident fatalities decreased just a tiny bit in 2017—by one percent. Approximately 40,100 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. In 2016, approximately 40,327 individuals died in traffic accidents. Though there has been a slight decline in motorRead more

Are Nursing Homes Prescribing Unnecessary Medications?

A medication called Nuedexta is providing its manufacturers with hundreds of millions of dollars every year. The small red pill has been marketed toward elderly, frail nursing home patients. It is used to treat a pseudobulbar effect (PBA). Those impacted by this disorder may suddenly burst into laughter or tears—and they are unable to stopRead more

April is distracted driving month

April is Distracted Driving Month Distracted driving is a scary problem in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 660,000 drivers use some type of electronic device while they drive during the day. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured by distracted driving and 3,477 were killed. That’s nearly 10Read more

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month Brain injuries are among the most devastating injuries individuals may suffer. Although many individuals are able to successfully recover from their brain injuries, some injuries are so serious that long-term care is necessary. Those who suffer brain injuries may no longer be able to complete daily tasks, such asRead more

Bad Weather Increases Accident Risk

Bad Weather? Take Caution While Driving Every year, more than one million motor vehicle accidents are caused by bad weather. It is estimated that 6,000 people are killed and close to 450,000 individuals are injured in weather-related accidents. Wet roads The vast majority of weather-related accidents are caused by wet pavement. Close to one millionRead more

Veteran Abuse

Are Our Veterans at Increased Risk of Nursing Home Abuse? In the United States, our veterans are to thank for the rights and privileges the rest of us Americans enjoy on a daily basis. Sadly, rather than receiving healthcare of the highest quality, these individuals often receive subpar treatment at overcrowded veterans administration hospitals andRead more

How Long Does it Take to Settle an Injury Case?

How Long Does It Take to Settle a New Jersey Injury Case? Those injured in personal injury claims often have one primary question: How long is this going to take? As with many legal questions, the answer is: it depends. Personal injury claims include motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, work-related injuries, and even criminalRead more

Recent Lawsuits Highlight The Problematic Nature Of Rideshare Companies Such As Uber And Lyft

Recent Lawsuits Highlight the Problematic Nature of Rideshare Companies Such as Uber and Lyft Popular rideshare companies are under fire from drivers, passengers and government Public transportation and mass transit options have long been a subject of consternation particularly in urban areas where millions of individuals rely on buses, trains and subways daily for bothRead more

Don’t Post Anything About Your Accident on Social Media

Don’t Post Anything About Your Accident On Social Media Seemingly innocent posts can adversely impact your personal injury claim Social media is in engrained in nearly every aspect of our lives today both personally and professionally. Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, just to name a few, are as much a part ofRead more

NJ Safe Care Cam Program

New Jersey Broadens the Safe Care Cam Program, Allowing Family Members to Check on Elderly Loved Ones Selecting a nursing home or home health aide for an elderly loved one is a decision that causes stress and grief for thousands of New Jersey residents every year. To offer these individuals peace of mind, state officialsRead more

Scott G. Leonard Top 100 Trial Lawyer in NJ

Scott G. Leonard Named a Top 100 Trial Attorney in New Jersey by the National Trial Lawyers   Leonard Legal Group is pleased to announce that, for the fifth consecutive year, attorney Scott G. Leonard has been named one of New Jersey’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.   The National Trial Lawyers recently released its listRead more

Understanding New Jersey Uber, Lyft and Other Ride Sharing Laws

New Laws in New Jersey Provide Additional Protections for Consumers of Ride Sharing Companies such as Uber and Lyft What these new laws mean for passengers and why there’s still room for improvement Public transportation options such as buses, trains and subways have long been a staple in metropolitan areas. As more and more peopleRead more

Sports Safety

Understanding the Importance of Sports Safety for In-School and Recreational Activities Sports injuries can lead to long-term physical and mental adverse effects Sports are an integral part of many people’s lives from childhood all the way through adulthood. Unfortunately, there are many inherent dangers associated with contact sports such as football, lacrosse, hockey and soccer.Read more

Avoiding roadway hazards

Tips for Avoiding Roadway Hazards There are a variety of road hazards that are present all year long—potholes, for example. However, there are also hazards that are more prevalent in the warmer months. Children playing in the street, road resurfacing and other repairs, bicyclists, joggers, motorcycles—the roads are certainly busy during the beautiful spring and summerRead more

Morristown Attorney Scott G. Leonard Elected to Morris Museum Board of Trustees

Morristown Attorney Scott G. Leonard Elected to Morris Museum Board of Trustees Board Certified civil trial lawyer committed to preserving the arts in New Jersey MORRISTOWN, NJ – Attorney Scott G. Leonard, of the Leonard Legal Group in Morristown, NJ, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Morris Museum. Mr. Leonard isRead more

100 deadliest days

Teenage Drivers Face Increased Risk of Accidents During the  Summer Memorial Day Weekend, the period known as the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers began. Since teenagers are out of school with lots of free time, they are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents during this time. One department of transportation officialRead more

Worst Roads for Trucks & Driving in New Jersey

The Worst Roads for Trucks in New Jersey When we think of the worst traffic areas in the country, most of us would think that Los Angeles or New York City are probably home to the most confusing traffic patterns and congested roadways. However, there are a number of deadly roads right here in NewRead more

New Jersey Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys

        Providing reliable legal guidance and compassion when you need it most The decision to place a loved one in a skilled nursing home or assisted living facility is rarely an easy one and often comes with significant emotional and financial stress for all involved. You rely on and trust that theseRead more

Victim of Former Owl City Musician Speaks Out

VICTIM OF FORMER OWL CITY MUSICIAN FOUND GUILTY OF LEWDNESS WITH MINOR SPEAKS OUT MORRISTOWN, N.J., August 1, 2017 – The victim of a former Owl City musician who recently pleaded guilty to lewdness with a child is speaking out and trying to move on. Daniel Jorgensen, 32, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree lewdness with a childRead more

Things We’re Thankful for Every July 4 th

On July 4th , 1776, the Declaration of Independence was finalized, and it laid the foundations for the birth of the United States of America. We’re all here because of this country, and we owe a lot to the events of 1776, which shaped who we are as a country and as individuals more thanRead more

Making Safety Top of Mind: June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month as designated by The National Safety Council, but staying safe should always be top of mind! Whether at work or play, your safety should be held in the highest regard, although that’s not always the case. At times, we can become complacent about safety issues, which makes June the perfectRead more


Disturbing Trend: 2016 A Record Year for Pedestrian Deaths Is distracted walking to blame for the sudden spike in pedestrian fatalities? The benefits of walking have long been extolled by various public health organizations for decades. As a result, more and more people are choosing to walk to their destination rather than driving. Even thoseRead more

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month   Share the Road campaign reminds all drivers to follow the rules of the road and be alert for motorcyclists   Riding a motorcycle is a popular pastime for thousands of individuals. However, motorcyclists are at an increased risk for serious injury and even death in the event ofRead more

Scott Leonard named Super Lawyer for 2017

New Jersey Attorney Scott G. Leonard Named Super Lawyer for 2017   Personal injury attorney named to prestigious list for tenth consecutive year MORRISTOWN, NJ – Attorney Scott G. Leonard of Leonard Legal Group has once again been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer. This is Leonard’s tenth consecutive year on the list. Leonard beganRead more

Metal on Metal Hip Recalls Linked to Blood Poisoning

Metal on Metal Hip Recalls Linked to Blood Poisoning and Other Serious Side Effects   As more and more patients suffer severe complications, lawsuits stemming from defective hip replacement implants continue to increase   Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures that thousands of patients undergo each year. Patients turn to hipRead more

Half a Million Open Heart Surgery Patients at Risk

Over Half a Million Open Heart Surgery Patients at Risk of Deadly Infection A contaminated medical device commonly used during open heart surgery puts over half a million patients at risk for a deadly bacterial infection. At least 28 cases have already been identified in the United States and numerous infections have also been reportedRead more

Heavy Snow Increases Motor Vehicle Accidents

As snow and ice piled up throughout New Jersey, motorists had to take necessary precautions While the winter season of 2016-2017 appeared to be relatively mild overall, the past two months have proven that it only takes one or two solid blizzards to drastically impact travel conditions. Most recently, winter storm Stella brought more than twoRead more

Dangers of Ice and Snow Lead to Hazards Across the Northeast

From motor vehicle collisions to an increase in slip and fall accidents, winter weather and negligence make for a deadly combination Winter weather is nothing new for New Jersey and other parts of the Northeast. However, each time a major storm threatens, the same warnings are issued reminding citizens of the potential dangers associated withRead more

What to Do if Involved in a Train Accident in NJ

Riding Mass Transit is Not Without Risk: What to Do if You Have Been Involved a Train Accident   In September, a New Jersey Transit commuter train raced into the Hoboken terminal at double the speed limit and crashed, killing one woman and injuring over 100 people. At the close of the year, a womanRead more

New Jersey Trial Attorney Scott Leonard of Leonard Legal Group Celebrates Another Major Milestone of Success

New Jersey Trial Attorney Scott Leonard of Leonard Legal Group Celebrates Another Major Milestone of Success Attorney Leonard inducted into one of the most prestigious legal organizations in the nation, the American Board of Trial Advocates. MORRISTOWN, NJ—Leonard Legal Group announces today that its founder and one of the most respected personal injury attorneys inRead more

Legal Options for Injured Passengers

Passenger Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents Road trips, holiday travel, and commutes to and from work every day. Running errands, heading to doctor’s appointments, and picking up the kids at school. As a society, we heavily depend on our vehicles in our daily lives. Unfortunately, this means that we are also involved in thousands ofRead more

What Do Pain and Suffering Damages Include?

What are Pain and Suffering Damages? In addition to actual damages, or damages for which there is a concrete amount, many victims of car accidents and other personal injury claims are entitled to pain and suffering. But what is pain and suffering? Pain and suffering varies from case to case, as each claim is unique.Read more

Pokemon Go (car accidents)

Before You “Catch ‘Em All,” Take Note of These Safety Tips Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. In fact, it has been released in over 30 countries, including the United States. To play, users “catch” Pokémon in their surrounding environments by viewing different locations through their smartphone cameras. A Pokémon may pop upRead more

Product liability – Ikea dresser recall

IKEA Facing Product Liability Suit After Dressers Kill Several Children Recently, Swedish home goods company IKEA has come under fire for several infant deaths allegedly caused by its dressers tipping over. Six children have been crushed to death after the chests fell on top of them. In response, IKEA has issued a voluntary recall ofRead more

Bicycle Safety

Children’s Bicycle Helmet Safety a Critical Issue in New Jersey In New Jersey, anyone under the age of 17 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or skateboard. Many parents are more than well aware of the challenges of getting their child to actually wear their helmet when they are out of their parent’sRead more

Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Scott G. Leonard of Leonard Legal Group, LLC Named Super Lawyer for Ninth Consecutive Year

Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Scott G. Leonard of Leonard Legal Group, LLC Named Super Lawyer for Ninth Consecutive Year Leading New Jersey personal injury attorney recognized as Super Lawyer for 2016 MORRISTOWN, NJ – New Jersey personal injury attorney Scott G. Leonard of the Leonard Legal Group, LLC has again been named a SuperRead more

New Jersey Talc Injury Attorneys

New Jersey Talc Injury Attorneys Taking legal action against Johnson & Johnson for injury caused by talcum powder Talcum powders, like Johnson’s Baby Powder, have been touted as safe products for intimate human use for decades. Unfortunately, talc manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has known of a potentially life-threatening link between talcum powders and reproductive systemRead more