New Jersey Brain Injury Attorneys

Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018    

When you, or a loved one, are in a serious car accident, and suffer a traumatic brain injury (or TBI), the impact of this injury can devastate your life, both in the short term and long term. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a “TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” Further, it cites that the “leading causes of TBI’s include falls among older adults, being struck by or against an object, assaults, and motor vehicle crashes.”

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ), whose mission is to “support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury and raise public awareness through education and prevention,” is one of many organizations throughout the state committed to driving safety. Per its website, “Our goal is to educate people about the dangers of distracted driving and to remind every driver to put the phone down, keep their eyes and minds on the road and just drive!” It proudly supports the #justdrive initiative, and advises the public about the dangers of the three types of distracted driving and how to avoid them:

  • Visual -> keep your eyes on the road
  • Manual -> Keep your phone out of reach
  • Cognitive -> Avoid phone calls, even hands-free. Stay focused on the road

Todd J. Leonard has been a proud longtime member of the BIANJ. Mr. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has devoted his entire legal career to helping his clients who have sustained serious head injuries.

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 25 years of experience handling all types of serious personal injury accidents, including traumatic brain injuries. Our experienced New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident and hold the parties responsible for all your injuries and losses. Moreover, our firm has vast experience consulting with neurosurgeons, neurologists, rehabilitation centers, psychologists, occupational and speech therapists regarding our clients’ traumatic brain injuries.

Contact Our Team of Experienced New Jersey Brain Injury Lawyers
Our team of experienced New Jersey Accident Attorneys can offer the advice you can trust and need during this difficult time. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to contact us now.

The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have years of experience successfully handling all types of serious accidents, and have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey.  We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.


May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month for New Jersey

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018    

Each year, as the weather warms up, motorcycle riders are out in much greater numbers. With their increased activity, so too are the increased obligations of cars, trucks and motorcyclists alike to be extra wary of each other. As May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in New Jersey and across the country, it’s important to remind motorists to be aware of their surroundings and to share the road with motorcyclists. This includes checking your blind spots, mirrors and using turn signals whenever changing lanes and when passing.

Sadly, the common causes of motorcycle crashes continue to occur; those include:

  • Being impaired by alcohol; in 2015, 27% of the motorcycle riders who died in motor vehicle crashes were drunk
  • Speeding
  • Lack of motorcycle training. Indeed, according to the National Highway & Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), “…driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skills and knowledge. Although motorcycle-licensing regulations vary, all States require a motorcycle license endorsement to supplement your automobile driver’s license. To receive the proper endorsement in most states, you’ll need to pass written and on-cycle skills tests administered by your State’s licensing agency.”

Motorcycle crashes often occur when the motorcyclist is in the automobile or truck driver’s “blind spot” and do not see them until it is too late. Another dangerous practice is “lane splitting,” which refers to a motorcyclist riding between lanes of traffic, in order to pass slower-moving cars and trucks.

Lastly, the injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are typically more severe than when driving a car or truck, and sadly, have a higher fatality rate. Indeed, in 2016, there were 69 fatalities involving motorcycle crashes, up from 51 fatalities in 2015. Additionally, the resultant medical bills can be significantly higher than other types of accident cases.

The experienced New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm will conduct a complete and thorough evaluation of the accident by obtaining all police reports, photographs from the accident scene, and hire accident reconstruction experts, if necessary, to determine who was at fault.

Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys have over 25 years of experience handling serious injury claims for thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and has devoted his entire career to fighting for his clients’ rights. Our firm passionately represents our clients who have been injured, or lost a loved one in a fatal accident, and treats them like family. We will work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to contact us now to protect your legal rights.

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If you or a family member have been injured, or lost a loved one, in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, it is important to know your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation at (973) 920-7900. There is never a fee unless you win. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has four convenient locations, including in Morris County, New Jersey – Denville (our main office), and Morristown, as well as offices in Newark and Woodbridge. Put our experience and proven results to work for you now.


Todd J. Leonard Law Firm – 2018 Platinum Sponsor; 200 Club of Morris County

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018    

Todd J. Leonard Law Firm – 2018 Platinum Sponsor; 200 Club of Morris County

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm is proud to once again announce its Platinum Sponsorship of the 200 Club of Morris County, New Jersey. Todd J. Leonard, is also a Board Member and Trustee of The 200 Club Morris County. Founded in 1971, the 200 Club is an organization that honors and supports Morris County’s finest: including Police Officers, Fire Fighters, First Aid Squad members, and the New Jersey State Police, and their families. In its original charter, The 200 Club wrote, as its Purpose, “To help provide for the widows and dependents of policemen, firemen and first aid squad members in Morris County and New Jersey State Police, who lose their lives in the line of duty.” The 200 Club continues this tradition of supporting the survivors of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Each year, The 200 Club recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated meritorious service or valor while in the line of duty. Once again, the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ was the site for this year’s festivities, held April 26, 2018. Awards were announced by both Morris County Sherriff, James Gannon, and new President William Lockwood.

Lastly, The 200 Club continues its annual Scholarship fund, which began in 1982, and has selected 20 high school seniors to receive a $5,000 scholarship. These students demonstrated academic achievement in their studies, while also performing local community service. They will all be recognized on May 15, 2018, at the 200 Club’s annual Scholarship Awards ceremony in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. The scholarship is open to children with a parent actively serving with or retired from a Morris County police department, fire department, ambulance squad, the New Jersey State Police, paramedics with a Morris County-based hospital, or other eligible branches.

Our Morris County personal injury law firm feels strongly that we owe a huge debt of gratitude for their outstanding commitment to the communities they serve. Congratulations to this year’s heroes for their tremendous service, courage, and valor!


New Jersey Mass Tort and Defective Device Attorneys

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018    

New Jersey Mass Tort and Defective Device Attorneys

If you have been seriously injured, or sadly, lost a loved one due to a defective medical device, or dangerous pharmaceutical drug, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Despite all the medical advances, certain drugs and medical devices have caused harm and fatalities to members of the public.

Indeed, a recent jury in Bergen County, New Jersey, awarded a woman $68 million for her product liability claim involving a pelvic mesh implant. Typically, surgical mesh implants are used to hold organs and/or tissue in their proper place, such as pelvic or vaginal wall reconstruction to treat organ prolapse (the organ falls/drops out of its normal position) in women. There have been thousands of these lawsuits against the manufacturer of these pelvic mesh devices.

Another high profile defective product – hernia mesh device – Ethicon Physiomesh – has been involved in many hernia mesh implant lawsuits. People who had been surgically implanted with this particular mesh had unusually high rates of corrective surgery.

A different type of civil lawsuit involving dangerous drugs or devices are called “mass tort” claims, whereby multiple individuals are injured by the same common product, whether it be a harmful drug, device or other defective product, in which the plaintiffs claim the defendant was negligent. Mass tort claims often turn into class action lawsuits. An example of a mass tort claim involves mesothelioma; an incurable disease and a serious form of cancer that develops in vital organs of the body, such as the lungs and heart. The most common way of contracting this disease is through exposure to asbestos. Many companies have seen lawsuits filed against them for exposing their employees to asbestos.

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If you or a family member have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one, due to a defective medical device, dangerous drug or other defective product, it is important to protect your rights. Whether the harm was caused by a manufacturing defect or a failure by the manufacturer to warn of possible side effects, our New Jersey product liability lawyers can fight to obtain compensation for your injuries. At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, we have extensive experience protecting clients injured by dangerous products.

Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and has devoted his entire career to fighting for his clients’ rights. Our firm passionately represents our clients who have been injured, and our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys are dedicated to doing their best in helping their clients, and will always stay in close communication with you.

Talk to an experienced New Jersey product liability attorney now at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm. Call (973) 920-7900 today!


“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” – New Jersey’s Distracted Driving Law

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018    

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year’s “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign began on April Fool’s Day; however, distracted driving is no joke. Law enforcement’s increased presence on holding drivers accountable for texting while driving, or using hand-held cell phones is being noticed, as local and state police are pulling over drivers who commit these distracted driving offenses that take their focus away from their primary responsibility: paying attention to safely operating their vehicle.

The focus of this annual campaign is to enforce violations of the New Jersey Cell Phone Statute N.J.S.A. 39:4-97.3, which provides:

“(a) The use of a wireless telephone or electronic communication device by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway shall be unlawful except when the telephone is hands-free wireless telephone or the electronic communication device is used hands-free…” The penalties are considerable:

-First offense: $200 to $400

-Second offense: $400 to $600

-Third and subsequent violations: $600 to $800, three points, and possible 90-day license suspension

Significantly, the State of New Jersey 2018 Highway Safety Plan notes “…driver inattention remains the most significant cause of fatal and incapacitating crashes.” Indeed, the NJ Department of Law & Public Safety’s website notes that “…because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people lost their lives in 2015 due to distracted driving, with an estimated 660,000 drivers using their electronic devices while driving each day. PLEASE NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE!

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If you or a family member have been injured in an accident, or lost a loved one, due to the actions of a distracted driver, it is important to contact our team of experienced New Jersey Accident lawyers. Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and has devoted his entire career to fighting for his clients’ rights. Our firm passionately represents our clients who have been injured, and our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys are dedicated to doing their best in helping their clients, and will always stay in close communication with you.

Talk to an experienced New Jersey car accident attorney now at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm. Call (973) 920-7900 today!


Todd J. Leonard Selected to the 2018 Super Lawyers® List for New Jersey

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018    


 
The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm is proud to announce that Founding Partner Todd J. Leonard has once again been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, which was published on March 19, 2018. This marks the seventh time Mr. Leonard has achieved this recognition, as he was previously honored by this accolade in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Each year, Super Lawyers® Magazine only chooses up to 5% of attorneys in each state to be included in its listing. Attorney Todd Leonard’s accomplishment of being continually selected year after year clearly demonstrates his excellence in personal injury litigation.

Per the Super Lawyers® website, it states “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

Todd founded his New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm after being privileged working alongside his late father, Alvin R. Leonard, Esq., a legendary New Jersey personal injury trial lawyer. Todd’s late father represented his seriously injured clients for over 47 years, and Todd proudly continues this legacy of excellence. Todd was also instrumental in founding The Alvin R. Leonard Foundation, in honor of his late father, whose mission is to help individuals and families battling pancreatic cancer.

Todd has dedicated his entire legal career, which has spanned more than 29 years in representing thousands of clients in all types of serious personal injury cases. Todd is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ) and holds a lifetime membership of the Multi-Million and Million Dollars Advocates Forum. Between 2013 and 2017, Todd J. Leonard was chosen by the National Trial Lawyers to be on the list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Civil Litigation, and is a member of the New Jersey Committee on Safety and Health (NJ COSH), an organization comprised of lawyers, doctors and unions, “working together to protect the rights of injured workers.”

Todd feels it is vitally important to be involved in the community, and supports numerous organizations, including the Denville PAL Boys Basketball and Girls Softball teams, Parsippany PAL Basketball, Denville and Roxbury soccer teams, the American Cancer Society, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Roxbury Social Services, and Roxbury, the NJ Food Pantry, and many more. For over 20 years, Todd has been a basketball coach for the Morris County’s Special Olympics program. He was also honored to be selected as the Volunteer of the Year for 2005 from the Arc of New Jersey, as well as from the Arc of Morris County. He also proudly supports the entire law enforcement community and first responders. He is a Platinum Sponsor, Member and Trustee of The 200 Club of Morris County, and donates regularly to the Mendham Twp., Roxbury and Denville Police Benevolent Associations.

Get a Free Case Evaluation from Todd J. Leonard and Our Team of Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers
The New Jersey Accident Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm handle all types of serious accidents and wrongful death lawsuits, including car accidents, traumatic brain injuries, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and workers’ compensation claims, and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark. 

The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A detailed description of the Super Lawyers selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html, which details the Super Lawyers Selection Process. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Morris County Special Olympics Basketball Team Coached by Todd J. Leonard

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018    

Founding Partner, Todd J. Leonard, Esq., of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, has been coaching the Special Olympics Basketball program for Morris County for over 20 years, which is run through the Arc of Morris County, New Jersey (“McArp”). The Special Olympics North Sectional Basketball Tournament was held this past weekend (March 10 – March 11, 2018) at St. Elizabeth’s and Fairleigh Dickinson University campuses, and five McArp teams competed (White, Green, Gold, Red and Blue teams). There were over 140 athletes from various Northern New Jersey counties, including Bergen County, Morris County, Warren County, Essex County, and Hudson County.

EXCITING NEWS! McArp’s Gold team won the Gold Medal, and is advancing to the State of New Jersey Special Olympics Tournament, which will be held on March 24 – March 25, 2018 in Wildwood, New Jersey. Todd coached various teams at this past weekend’s Sectional Tournament. Additionally, Henry Enright, the Director of Business Development at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, has been coaching McArp’s Special Olympics Basketball for over eight years, and also assisted in coaching this season.

Todd has always been proud of these amazing athletes’ outstanding play, sportsmanship and teamwork. Todd welcomes anyone interested in joining the McArp Special Olympics program to contact him to learn more about helping out or joining this wonderful program.
 


TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IN NEW JERSEY

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018    

March is national Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults.” Often concussions become better over time, however, occasionally they can result in permanent injuries.

There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries, including slip and fall accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, or getting struck in the head while working. Traumatic brain injuries (or TBI) can cause death or disabling lifelong injuries, which can be devastating to both the injured and their family.

Todd J. Leonard is a proud member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ), whose mission is to “support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury and raise public awareness through education and prevention.” Mr. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has devoted his entire legal career to helping his clients who have sustained serious head injuries.

The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 25 years of experience handling all types of serious personal injury accidents, including traumatic brain injuries. Our New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident and hold the parties responsible for all your injuries and losses. Moreover, our firm has vast experience consulting with neurosurgeons, neurologists, rehabilitation centers, psychologists, occupational and speech therapists regarding our clients’ traumatic brain injuries.

Contact Our Team of Experienced New Jersey Brain Injury Lawyers
Our team of experienced New Jersey Accident Attorneys can offer the advice you can trust and need during this difficult time. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to contact us now.

The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have years of experience successfully handling all types of serious accidents, and have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark. 


NEW JERSEY UBER/LYFT ACCIDENT LAWYERS

Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018    

NEW JERSEY UBER/LYFT ACCIDENT LAWYERS

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, in New Jersey must adhere to certain standards to operate in the Garden State. With the advent of the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act (A-3695/S-2179),” which became effective May 1, 2017, uniform regulations were enacted. According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), the Act “establishes safety and insurance requirements for TNCs that conduct business in New Jersey in order to protect drivers as well as the riding public.”

Additionally, the MVC’s website notes: “A TNC operating in the State of New Jersey is required to apply to the MVC for a permit to operate. Effective 12/11/17, the MVC will open its permit period and will begin accepting permit applications pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:5H-4(e).”

The 2017 Act required these ride-sharing companies to carry $1.5 million of liability coverage and $1.5 million uninsured/underinsured coverage when a passenger is in the vehicle (it was previously set at $1 million of coverage for both categories).

Sadly, many passengers and Uber/Lyft drivers have been seriously injured in auto accidents, or worse, a loved one is killed in an accident involving a ride-sharing vehicle.

Contact Our Team of Experienced New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers

When you or a loved one are seriously injured in a New Jersey Uber/Lyft-related accident, you should seek immediate medical care for your injuries.

It is also important to seek guidance from our experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys, who can answer all your questions and protect your rights soon after the accident. At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of car accident cases, including trucking accidents, livery vehicle accidents, and Uber/Lyft accidents.

The New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have over 25 years experience successfully handling all types of serious car accidents, and have represented thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. 

We will thoroughly investigate your accident and hold all of the parties responsible, including any ride-sharing companies, such as Uber/Lyft. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit, so it is important to contact us now.

We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark. 


WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS IN NEW JERSEY

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018    

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult challenges anyone can ever go through. It can become even more painful when a loved one loses their life in an accident due to another’s negligence. Our experienced New Jersey wrongful death lawyers have been privileged to represent clients who have lost loved ones due to fatal accidents, including car accidents, drunk driving accidents, traumatic brain injuries, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and fires. Our firm realizes the tremendous grief families endure after the loss of a loved one, and may not know where to turn.

When you hire our New Jersey Fatal Accident Lawyers, we will thoroughly investigate all the potential causes of the fatality, including reviewing all relevant data, reports, witness statements, and police investigative materials. If necessary, we will hire an accident reconstructionist and other experts to establish liability against the responsible parties. We will also evaluate all of your financial losses, including wages and other services.

Pursuing a wrongful death claim in New Jersey can be emotional by its very nature, however, our compassionate attorneys will ensure your rights are protected and will get you the justice you deserve.

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If you have lost a family member in a New Jersey fatal accident, it is important to know your rights. The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 25 years of experience and Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Our team of New Jersey Accident Lawyers are devoted to helping our clients protect their rights.

There are strict time limitations to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Call our office at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, Woodbridge, and Newark.

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Denville
3010 Route 10 West
Denville, NJ 07834
(973) 920-7900
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Morristown
5 Maple Ave., #2
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 842-0935
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Newark
1 Gateway Center, #2600
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 755-1977
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Woodbridge
81 Main St, 6th Floor, Suite #640
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
(862) 244-9801
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Being injured in an accident can have serious and lifelong consequences. The New Jersey Personal Injury lawyers of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm can help you fight for maximum compensation for your injuries and losses from the responsible parties. Contact us today at (973) 920-7900 to learn more about how our team of experienced New Jersey Accident attorneys can help you through these challenging times.