Lower Back Injuries in the Workplace

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Lower Back Injuries in the Workplace

Lower back injuries can be the be the result of any number of work-related activities. Bending over to pick up a heavyiStock_000009703092_Small object, shoveling or sweeping materials, or hopping in and out of a work vehicle from an elevated cab to name just a few. Of all the work-related injuries that result in workers’ compensation claims, lower back injuries are the most common. If you are suffering from lower back pain as a result of an accident or event at work, or as a result of a repetitive motion that your job requires you to do, give our firm a call. We are experienced New Jersey lower back injury workers’ compensation attorneys and would like nothing more that to see that you are compensated for your suffering. The following are three common types of lower-back related pain caused by work related injuries.

According to http://www.spine-health.com, there are several classifications of lower back pain; Axial low back pain, Lumbar sciatica pain, and Low back radiant pain.

– Axial Lower Back Pain
The most common type of lower back pain is Axial lower back pain. This is the type of pain that is confined to one spot in the lower back and does not travel to other areas of the body. This type of pain can be constant and effect all aspects of your daily life including activities as simple as standing up or walking from one location to another. Axial lower back pain is usually relieved by resting and is acute meaning that it will go away completely in a few weeks if treated properly and allowed time to heal without aggravation. Other times Axial lower back pain can be a precursor to more serious and chronic back pain. Most times however treatment will include complete rest for a period of time usually around 6-12 weeks and ice/heat treatments.

– Lumbar Radiculopathy
Lumbar Radiculopathy or commonly called “Sciatica”, is also a very common form of back pain. It normally occurs as result of the compression of Sciatic nerve. This is a radiant pain meaning you could feel the pain in your lower back, but also think that something else is wrong with your legs as the pain radiates down your buttocks and thighs. One way to suspect that you have a compression of your sciatic nerve is if the pain start in your lower back and only travels down one leg and not the other. Constantly hopping on and off equipment or jumping down off heights for months or years while on the job has been known to cause chronic sciatica pain.

– Referred Lower Back Pain
Finally low back pain with referred pain produces a dull, achy pain that radiates throughout the lower back, groin and legs and makes even sitting or lying down uncomfortable or sometimes unbearable. Unlike Sciatica, radiant back pain is not caused by nerve compression and effects more than one side of the body.

Back injuries can cause permanent or temporary disability and as a result you may have to endure the pain and suffering of surgery and a physical rehabilitation program that could last months or years. You need to get the evaluation of experienced doctors who have seen how serious your particular back injury can be and how it could effect your ability to continue to do your job. Company doctors may or may not have your best interests in mind when evaluating you as they work for your employer or your employer’s insurance company. Their objectives could actually be contrary to yours as they seek to minimize the diagnosis of your claim as well as minimize the financial liability of for the company. You need to get our objective second opinion before filing or settling a workers’ compensation claim.

At The Morano Law Firm LLC, we have clients that have suffered all types of back injuries and have successfully maximized their New Jersey worker’s compensation claims. We know workers compensation benefits law like the back of our hand and we’ll fight the insurance companies tooth and nail on your behalf to make sure you get the just, fair compensation you deserve. Give us a call today for a free no cost, no obligation consultation. Give us a call at 201-598-5019 for a free consultation and discuss your case today.

Cleaning Up that Pesky Criminal Record – Are You Eligible for a New Jersey Expungement?

Many of you probably heard the news in early December that actor/past Calvin Klein model, Mark Wahlberg, askedcrbackground-300x200 the state of Massachusetts for a pardon for his 1988 assault conviction. The more technical term for the pardon he was asking is called is an “expungement” of criminal records. When he was 16, Wahlberg tried to steal alcohol from a man outside a convenience store near his family’s home. He hit a man at the store with a stick and punched another man as he ran from the police. When he was caught, the police found a small amount of marijuana in his back pocket; Wahlberg says he was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics at the time. In short, he was convicted as an adult even though he was 16 with: criminal contempt, assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery by a dangerous weapon and possession of a Class D controlled substance. He spent 45 days in jail as opposed to his initial 2-year sentence. Now 43 years old, he feels that his life and career have turned around for the better and is asking for a pardon. So how does this affect you? Well for most, who are not celebrity figures, millionaires etc. and do not have the luxury of having a secured job regardless of an approved expungement, a record of an arrest or conviction can haunt you or someone you know forever. Applications for schools, jobs, and military service often ask if an applicant has a criminal record. But what is the solution? Well it just so happens that many can actually solve this problem because they may be eligible to clear (expunge) their New Jersey criminal record.

So how do you know if you’re eligible? The answer to this depends on the type and number of criminal records you have. The type of records means whether a conviction was for an indictable offense (generally an offense punishable by 6 months of jail time or more), for a disorderly persons offense (generally an offense punishable by less than six months of jail) , or for a violation of a municipal ordinance. Sometimes if you have just one indictable offense, you may be able to expunge that record as long as he or she has not been convicted of more than two disorderly offenses in New Jersey or any other state. Most of the time, motor vehicle convictions such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot be expunged. This is the case because these convictions are not criminal convictions but rather violations of the motor vehicle code. For more information on what can and can’t be expunged, please give the Morano Law Firm a call at 201-598-5019.

 

Traffic Tickets? Hurt in a Car Accident? Lindsay Lohan’s Super Commercial Bowl Reminds You That You Need a NJ Attorney that Can Handle Both!

One of the best Super Bowl Commercials of 2015 was by Esurance, in which“Sorta Mom” Lindsay Lohan commits several traffic violations and is involved in a car accident. She may not have our contact information – but if you are reading this you do! Car accidents and traffic tickets often go hand in hand and that is why you need a lawyer that handles both. When it rains, it pours so, if you have been involved in a car accident and/or have received tickets please give The Morano Law Firm a call at 201-598-5019 today for the firm that handles both! As traffic attorneys we will keep you out of trouble if you’ve got tickets and as personal injury lawyers we will get you compensated for your loss.

So, you’ve got to go to New Jersey traffic Court or Municipal Court for a minor brush with the law? I can be your New Jersey speeding ticket lawyer. Although the entire state operates under the same laws, I know the importance of properly maneuvering through the subtle differences between New Jersey’s 500+ courts. I will work to do everything I can to keep your record clean, your license clean and make sure you get the minimum fine and penalties for your offense. Stay at 0 points and keep those insurance premiums down.  You will have your day in court!
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident you only have a short period of time to take action or your case may be forfeited forever. We have experience representing individuals who have been seriously injured due to the failure of other drivers to use proper care. We will aggressively litigate on your behalf. If you have been injured in a car accident and hire our firm we will take your case on contingency. That means if you don’t get paid – we don’t get paid!

Call The Morano Law Firm, LLC today at 201-598-5019 or email us at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com.

Personal Injury Cases: Car Accidents during the Winter

As January begins and a colder stage of winter is at our doorstep, let us make sure that we take the proper 9precautions in ensuring safety on the roads. Easier said than done, I know. People, road conditions and the weather can prove to be unpredictable (icy pavement, snow, bad brakes, bad tires, driving too fast, making a rushed turn ect), but we want you to know that you are not alone in the case that an accident does occur.

Personal Injury law allows us to aid in the protection of you and your property if injury or damage is done due to conscious or unconscious acts. Automobile accidents are a common area where personal injury actions take place. If you have a “negligence” claim, or in short, the belief that the other individual failed to do something (obey a light, obey a stop sign, drive at the recommended speed ect) to avoid causing the accident, you have a case.

Now lets say the roles are reversed. You caused the accident, but you reasonably believe that it was not entirely your fault. Who pays for damages? Well we have a response for that too. In the case of such an accident, sure you may be negligent in regards to the accident (you were driving too fast, not paying attention on the road ect), but if the jury finds that you were only liable (responsible) for lets say 70% of the injury (arbitrary number) then you’re only liable for paying 70% of the damages. In short, $10,000 in overall damages means you pay $7,000, a substantially less amount.

Different scenario; you are hit by a delivery driver. Who pays for the damages, the delivery driver or the employer of the delivery driver? Well under the law both may be held liable. The employer bares a responsibility for his employees and damages that occur under his or her watch. So if the delivery driver gets into an accident with you while on duty, you may have a case in your hand.

Now there are many scenarios with personal injury cases, but one thing is certain and that is that you are not alone in handling these situations. At the Morano Law Firm we take great pride in providing genuine care and service for our clients. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to medical care, property damage repairs and of course a cash settlement. We handle many of these types of cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you get paid.  If you have any concerns or questions, regarding a case or other inquiries feel free to call Mr. Morano at 201-598-5019 or send us a message on our “Contacts” section on the top right of the home page. We are eager to hear from you.

Experienced New Jersey Workers Compensation Attorneys Can Help – Short Answers to Big Questions on Your Case!

You need an New Jersey Workers Comp lawyer because the insurance company involved is interested in resolving your claim as cheaply as possible and is not concerned about your best interests. Without an aggressive attorney you are likely to not get benefits or get less than you actually deserve.

Don’t be afraid to call us at 201-598-5019 and ask questions right now. Here are a few things to be concerned about:iStock_000009703092_Small

  1. How can I get an advance from the Workers Comp Insurance Company?
  2. How can my weekly checks be increased? – The maximum weekly benefits are guided by statute, but, its important to understand you are getting everything you deserve.
  3. How can I change doctors or get a second opinion? – First we ask nicely, then we file motions with the Court.
  4. Should I be worried about being fired? – Retaliation by employers on employees for workers’ comp claims is protected by the law.1
  5. Should I see a chiropractor/acupuncturist/massage therapist ? – You should start with any and all treatment approved by the workers’ comp insurance company because it is covered 100%.
  6. How much can I get for my lump sum settlement? – It varies dramatically based on your injury and your rate. Click on this chart for starters. (ever wonder if your big toe is worth more than your other toes? – FYI – it does)

Want longer and more detailed answers? Call 201-598-5019 or  email coreymorano@gmail.com today! If you have a workers compensation claim, we have the experience and knowledge to represent injured workers.

The Graves Act: Avoiding the Pitfalls of New Jersey’s Criminal Gun Laws

A New Jersey criminal gun charge can lead to mandatory jail in many cases. Hiring a New Jersey gun defense attorney is an important step when facing an indictable criminal gun charge. Most people have heard of the Plaxico Burress case in which he was sentenced for two years in prison due to mandatory minimums even though the only person that got hurt was himself. Avoiding major jail sentencing for a criminal gun charge start with an understand of New Jersey’s Graves Act.

New Jersey is known nationwide for having some of the strongest laws pertaining to gun regulation. While the goal of these efforts is to combat iStock_000014208743_Smallcriminal violence, it is not uncommon for the unsuspecting citizen to become tangled in the legal snares of our state’s gun control measures. Cases like that of Idyriss Thomas, the Glassboro resident who was arrested last October for shooting a rubber duck with an airsoft gun in his own backyard, reveal that well-intentioned people in New Jersey may not be familiar with our state’s firearm policies until it is too late. The Graves Act is a key component of New Jersey gun control efforts and understanding its significance is important for avoiding trouble with the law.

In 1981, the Graves Act was established by the former Mayor of Paterson and New Jersey State Senator, Frank X. Graves Jr. The original law required a minimum prison term of 3 years for anyone convicted committing a crime with a firearm. In 2008, the New Jersey Legislature succeeded in significantly expanding the Graves Act to cover a much wider scope. The current law imposes the minimum prison term for a longer list of offenses such as possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a defaced firearm, or possession of a firearm while committing a drug distribution offense. According to NJ Statute 2C:39-5, BB guns and airsoft guns are considered to be firearms. Although they may be easy to purchase online by anyone over the age of 18 and without requiring any firearm permit, owning one without the proper documentation can lead to a multitude of serious consequences. Under the Graves Act, simply getting caught with a BB gun can spell legal disaster for any person who believes that they are carrying around a toy when in reality this action can lead to being charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Because possession itself is considered to be a crime, the Graves Act applies and you can be slammed with 3-5 years in prison, with a minimum of 3 of those years requiring parole ineligibility, and leave with a felony record.

Seemingly harmless activities can sometimes carry with them strict penalties. This is especially true if the laws regulating these actions are complex and extensive, as is the case with New Jersey firearm laws. If you find yourself facing a potentially difficult legal situation and would like to have the backing of a highly experienced and successful law firm, call New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Corey Morano at 201-598-5019 or email coreymorano@gmail.com. It’s not too late to avoid the pitfalls of our legal system and a free consultation with expert lawyer Corey Morano can help you get your life back on track. Give us a call today, you will be glad you did. We have defended client with Bergen County Gun charges, Passaic County Gun charges, Essex County gun charges, Hudson County gun charges and criminal gun charges in Courts all over Northern New Jersey.

How New Jersey Court Delays Can Effect Criminal Court Matters

New Jersey Court delays can effect your criminal court matter. With The Morano Law Firm you can have an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who understands the timing and procedures of the County Criminal Court where your case is being heard. According to NorthJersey.Com and recent articles in the The Record, divorce cases in Bergen County will face a murky and uncertain future when emergency measures to address a shortage of judges take effect next month, judges and lawyers say.

Bergen County Assignment Judge Peter E. Doyne’s extraordinary order banning civil trials of more than two weeks, and his likely shifting of some judges to the criminal division, prompted predictions about an array of consequences.

  • Complex divorce cases involving wealthy couples will be put on indefinite hold.
  • The persistent backlog of divorce cases will grow.
  • Custody battles requiring the lengthy testimony of psychological experts will face lengthy delays.
  • Retired judges may be enlisted by increasing numbers of litigants as paid arbitrators to settle cases outside court.

If you are being investigated for a crime, contact The Morano Law Firm, LLC immediately at 201-598-5019. Do not speak to anyone- especially government actors- about your case until you speak to attorney Corey P. Morano, Esq.. Even if you are not under arrest, anything you say can be used against you.

Especially with these recent New Jersey Judicial backups, in some cases, The Morano Law Firm, LLC can assist clients in stopping a new 1J1A4685case in its tracks. You will benefit by having Bergen County Criminal Defense Lawyer Corey Morano there to help defend your rights every step of the way.

If your case is being considered for filing by the prosecutor’s office, we can assist, in some cases, by using early intervention on your behalf to stop the charges from being filed. It is never too early to contact The Morano Law Firm, LLC. We can help before you are indicted, before the grand jury and before it’s too late. If your case has already been filed, it is not too late to hire a competent and aggressive attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Bergen County courts, Passaic County courts, Hudson County courts, Essex County courts, Morris County courts, Union County courts and every court in all of New Jersey. We will be there with you, advocating on your behalf throughout the legal process.

No two cases are alike. We will spend the time to understand the facts and nuances in your case to assist you with the strongest defense. Whether this is your first charge or if you have prior convictions on your record, we are here to help you get the best results possible in your criminal case, juvenile, or juvenile dependency case.

At The Morano Law Firm, LLC, our priority is getting you results. With a decade of experience representing clients in New Jersey Criminal courts charged with crimes, we have the knowledge and skill to thoroughly evaluate your case and explore possible legal defenses and strategies that can be used to defend you against allegations. At the same time, we pride ourselves on treating clients with professionalism, courtesy and compassion. What’s more, we will provide you with the guidance you need to defend against your pending criminal charges in Superior Court.

Bergen County criminal defense and juvenile crime attorney Corey Morano has earned a reputation as an outstanding advocate for clients with knowledge and experience that gets results. Corey Morano has spent a decade in each of the Northern New Jersey County Courts trying cases.

Don’t have your case lost in the shuffle. Our prices are affordable and we make your case our top priority.

If you are wondering why your case is taking so long to be heard; if you need to advise of an aggressive New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney call Corey Morano of The Morano Law Firm at 201-598-5019 or email coreymorano@gmail.com for a free consultation today. Take a few minutes and contact me…you can peace of mind now.

The Difference Between Jail and Prison in New Jersey – Understanding an Important Sentencing Distinction

Understanding the difference between Jail and Prison is important when approaching your New Jersey criminal charge. As New Jersey crimcriminal attorneys, we are asked this often. The terms “jail” and “prison” frequently pop up in conversation and are used interchangeably. While it is common to confuse the two terms, jail and prison actually refer to separate institutions. The differences are important to understand because they carry a lot of weight for those who find themselves facing a conviction in a New Jersey courtroom.

Jail is without a doubt the less severe option. Jails are operated by the county sheriff’s department and are reserved for those who are awaiting trial or those who have been sentenced for a short amount of time. In New Jersey, this time period is 364 days or less. Serving time in jail is generally considered to be preferable to prison because the conditions are not as dangerous.

Prisons are intended to detain people who have committed more serious crimes. Those who have been convicted for a year or longer in New Jersey are sent here. Prisons can either be managed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections or the federal government. These higher government departments maintain sentencing records that are generally easier to access by the general public. The Offender Search feature on the NJ Department of Corrections website and the Inmate Finder feature on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website are two such examples. Because prisons are associated with more serious criminal activity, having an easily accessed prison record can be more harmful to job prospects.

In New Jersey, state prison can be avoided with a plea deal known as 364 days in County Jail as a condition of probation. This sentence is more desirable to people who have committed crimes that do not necessarily warrant being sent to state prison. Generally speaking, with 364 as a condition of probation, at sentencing, the Judge has the ability to sentence the defendant anywhere from 1 to 364 days in the County Prison with probation or a non-custodial sentence with probation only.

If you have any questions on the topic and would like to find out more information, contact The Morano Law Firm at 201-598-5019 or send an email to newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.

 

Do I Need a New Jersey Special Civil Part Lawyer for my Litigation?

New Jersey Special Civil Part Lawyer cases are different then cases filed in the regular civil division as they move much quicker. The Special Civil Part handles small claims (up to $3,000), tenancy matters, and claims for monetary relief up to $15,000. Cases in the Special Civil Part are typically tried by a judge without a jury. There are approximately 600,000 cases filed in the Special Civil Part each year.

 

There are some basic elements to cases in Special Civil part. It is important to act quickly as Special Civil part lawsuits iStock_000001321767_Smallcan turn into judgments very fast.

  • You must send an ANSWER to the court within 35 days from the date the summons was sent to you. That date is shown on page 2 of the summons you received. You must pay $15 to file your Answer.
  • If you have evidence showing that you do not owe the amount claimed, such as receipts, attach copies of those papers to every copy of your Answer. Keep copies of all the original documents and bring them to the trial.
  • You must send a copy of the Answer to the plaintiff by certified and regular mail if the plaintiff does not have a lawyer. If the plaintiff has a lawyer, you must send a copy of the Answer to that lawyer by regular mail.
  • Each person being sued must file his or her own Answer.
  • An Answer on behalf of a CORPORATION, LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION or LIMITED PARTNER in a limited partnership must be filed by an attorney if the amount sought in the case is more than $3,000.

Click here to learn more about New Jersey’s Special Part

If you are being sued in special civil court or are considering pursuing an action against another party in special civil court, please do not hesitate to call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.

New Jersey Invasion of Privacy Laws (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-9) – What You Need To Know

A New Jersey Invasion of Privacy Lawyer will tell you that every now and then most of us forget that a stranger’s personal matters can 13be highly sensitive. We are all affected by curiosity and New Jersey Invasion of Privacy laws, making it likely that most of us will snoop into someone else’s business from time to time. It’s easy for people to overstep certain legal boundaries however, and disregarding an individual’s right to privacy can have serious consequences. The recent court case New Jersey v. Dharun Ravi, where a Rutgers University student spied on his roommate during a sexual encounter, reveals the potential severity of the issue. Understanding New Jersey Laws regarding invasion of privacy can help prevent a simple mistake from escalating into a criminal trial.

The legal definition of Invasion of Privacy can be found in New Jersey’s Code of Criminal Justice. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-9, you can be found guilty of a violation if you observe another person without that person’s consent under circumstances in which he or she would not assume to be observed. If you suspect that someone “may expose intimate parts or may engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact” in a private setting, chances are you are not permitted to continue watching. The crime becomes more serious if you decide to “photograph, film, videotape, record, or otherwise reproduce” the event. Unless you had provided prior notice to the person of your intent to observe or record them, you could be charged with invading that person’s privacy. Of course, the law allows for certain exceptions (specifically regarding law enforcement officers, retail fitting rooms, and those acting with a lawful purpose). In cases similar to that of Dharun Ravi’s however, the law can be unforgiving. Fines of up to $30,000 can imposed, not including any other charges which might be brought up depending on the circumstances.

New Jersey’s Invasion of Privacy statute (2C:14-9) can be severe, which is unfortunate because many people won’t even realize they are committing a violation until it is too late. The topic itself is highly complicated, making it challenging for defendants to make the best possible case for themselves if accused. If you have any questions about the subject or want to ensure that your side of the story is heard in court, do not hesitate to contact us now for quality legal representation. Contact The Morano Law Firm at 201-598-5019 or send an email to newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation and to speak to an New Jersey Invasion of Privacy Attorney today!