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Our Personal Injury Attorneys
NJ PI attorneys fighting for the future of clients injured by neglect
At Shebell & Shebell, we are committed to helping people. Our goal is to obtain full and complete compensation for people injured
by negligence. We handle all aspects of injury law, including medical, hospital, and nursing negligence, trucking, car, motorcycle,
and bicycle crashes, slip/trip and falls, products liability, negligent security, and civil rights violations.
We care about your future. We work to improve the lives of people in our community by bringing public awareness to dangerous products, medical practices, and other unsafe conditions that have caused injury to people. Our firm’s history of fighting for
our community and for individuals like you dates back three generations to 1927.
We fight for people injured by:
Our approach to your case
Listening - In order to understand our clients’ needs in a personal injury case, we LISTEN. Many lawyers talk about their accomplishments and themselves. We listen, first and foremost. How can an attorney understand how another person feels and
what they are experiencing unless they listen to and appreciate a person’s true story? Listening allows us to understand you, and
also allows us to obtain detailed facts of your potential case, and whether we can be of assistance in the first place.
Understanding - Once we have listened to you, we are able to give you our insight into whether or not your circumstances meet required legal standards, and can evaluate whether we can help. Many times, we are unable during a first or even second meeting
to determine whether or not you have a valid case against another person or entity. Part of the process of evaluating a case involves investigating all aspects of what you tell us.
Acting - We believe that the most effective way to represent you in your injury case is to prepare you and your case for a possible
trial from the very beginning. We do that by developing unique strategies, often involving the use of “focus groups” to brainstorm
the most effective means possible to arrive at a just result for each client. Our approach to pursuing the case is then tailor-made for each client’s needs. If the corporation or insurance company refuses to accept accountability and provide full and fair compensation for the harm they have caused, we will proceed with litigation. Before trial, Tom Shebell is known to spend time at his clients’ homes, to get a better understanding of what it’s like for the injured person to live in his or her home environment.
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Shebell & Shebell has been a legal resource to the people of New Jersey for over 90 years. Our firm is committed to the future of
our clients. As personal injury attorneys, we have seen it all. We have taken a personalized and zealous approach to our clients’
needs to comfort them in their time of uncertainty and provide effective legal services the produces results.
At Shebell & Shebell, we are committed to helping people. Our goal is to obtain full
and complete compensation for people injured by negligence. We handle all aspects of injury law, including medical, hospital,
and nursing negligence, trucking, car, motorcycle, and bicycle crashes, slip/trip and falls, products liability, negligent security, and civil rights violations.
We care about your future. We work
to improve the lives of people in our community by bringing public awareness
to dangerous products, medical practices, and other unsafe conditions that have
caused injury to people. Our firm’s history of fighting for our community and for individuals like you dates back three generations to 1927.
Our approach to your case
Listening - In order to understand our clients’ needs in a personal injury case, we LISTEN. Many lawyers talk about their accomplishments and themselves. We listen, first and foremost. How can an attorney understand how another person feels and what they are experiencing unless they listen to and appreciate a person’s true story? Listening allows us to understand you, and also allows us to obtain detailed facts of your potential case, and whether we can be of assistance in the first place.
Understanding - Once we have listened to you, we are able to give you our insight into whether or not your circumstances meet required legal standards, and can evaluate whether we can help. Many times, we are unable during a first or even second meeting to determine whether or not you have a valid case against another person or entity. Part of the process of evaluating a case involves investigating all aspects of what you tell us.
Acting - We believe that the most effective way to represent you in your injury case is to prepare you and your case for a possible trial from the very beginning. We do that
by developing unique strategies, often involving the use of “focus groups” to brainstorm the most effective means possible to arrive at a just result for each client.
Our approach to pursuing the case is then tailor-made for each client’s needs. If the corporation or insurance company refuses to accept accountability and provide full and fair compensation for the harm they have caused, we will proceed with litigation. Before trial, Tom Shebell is known to
spend time at his clients’ homes, to get a better understanding of what it’s like for
the injured person to live in his or her home environment.
Contact our experienced Monmouth County PI attorneys Shebell & Shebell has been a legal resource to the people of New Jersey for over 90 years. Our firm is committed to the future of our clients. As personal injury attorneys, we have seen it all. We have taken a personalized and zealous approach to our clients’ needs to comfort them in their time of uncertainty and provide effective legal services the produces results. For a consultation with one of our significantly experienced attorneys.
Being injured in a motor vehicle accident can be devastating. These injuries can be very serious and lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. With your livelihood on the line, it is important to consider your legal options. Do not sit idly by if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another party. You may be entitled to a range of damages to help compensate you for the effects on your life. If you need a law firm with significant experience working with clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, contact Shebell & Shebell. For over 90 years, our firm has been there for clients when they needed us most. For decades,
we have fought zealously for the rights of people injured through no fault of their own. For a consultation with an effective legal team.
Our firm handles a wide range of motor vehicle accidents, including:
Our commitment to clients
Shebell & Shebell is dedicated to the future of our clients. The people who pass through our door are not just numbers. They are humans that deserve a shoulder to lean on in their time of need. Our attorneys are compassionate professionals. Not only do we have a depth of experience rarely matched, our hearts go out to those that are injured by negligence. We are fighters.
We do not stop until our clients receive the compensation they are entitled to by law.
At Shebell & Shebell, you have a legal team on your side, ready to help you on your road to recovery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Data collected by the Center in 2013 alone showed that roughly 2.5 million older Americans are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries. That same study showed that more than 15,000 people over the age
of 65 died as a result of falls, over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of fall injuries, and most are due to head injuries or broken hips.
There are many different potential causes that can make someone to slip, trip, misstep, and fall. If you suffered a slip and fall injury, we will examine the facts of your case to determine whether there is a legitimate claim against the property owner, maintenance company, snow removal company, or property management company to attempt to compensate you for your injuries. In many instances, we will retain the services of a licensed professional engineer to determine whether the company complied with applicable safety standards, such as ANSI, ASTM, or the ADA regulations. If you are one of the many injured in a slip and fall resulting from someone’s negligence, you are not alone. Contact Shebell & Shebell to discuss your legal matter.
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Slip, trip, and misstep hazards can occur virtually anywhere people walk, pass, or travel. Places such as malls, supermarkets, or department stores may have slippery floors. Restaurants, ranging from fast food to fine-dining establishments, may not maintain their property by failing to provide adequate lighting, allowing a slip or trip hazard to go undetected. Apartment complexes, condominium association complexes, or underground garages may not be lit properly, may not repair holes or trip hazards, or fail to warn people of potential hazards.
Premises liability and slip & falls
Property owners, management companies, and landlords are required to inspect and maintain their property and keep it free from dangers or hazards. Failure to do so can result in liability if an injury occurs. A defective condition that causes someone to slip, trip, misstep, and fall can lead to liability on the part of the property owner. Despite well-established codes and standards that spell out the rules that are meant to keep us safe, some property or business owners cut corners to try to save themselves money. This mentality puts all of us at risk of injury. Premises liability is an important part of injury law. If you can prove that the responsible party knew or should have reasonably known about a hazard and did nothing to correct the issue, it is important to fight for fair compensation.
Common examples of premises liability
that we see are listed below. If you have been injured as a result of a dangerous or defective condition of a property, please contact us for a free consultation.
If a slip, trip, misstep and fall injury occurs in your workplace, a workers’ compensation claim may also be filed. A worker may also be able to file a claim for damages against other parties whose carelessness or neglect may have caused the injury.
Unfortunately, construction workers are nearly three times more likely to be needlessly injured on the job than the average American worker. Construction work may be particularly dangerous for a number of reasons. Workers operate heavy, complex machinery in unforgiving conditions. Often, projects are rushed to meet deadlines and budgets. Workers from many different companies with different foremen work in tight quarters at the same time. Despite state and federal laws that require strict safety requirements for construction sites that are designed to protect workers from injury, these laws are often ignored by general and sub-contractors, resulting in devastating injury or death for innocent workers and passersby.
If you are injured in an avoidable construction accident, you have the right to hold the responsible parties accountable for damages. You can trust your case to the leading New Jersey trial lawyers at Shebell & Shebell. We are committed to obtaining complete compensation for our clients.
Some common incidents that occur at construction sites include the following:
Common Causes of Construction Accidents: The Fatal Four
Known in the construction industry as the “Fatal Four,” these major safety hazards occur far too frequently:
These four hazards are also responsible for countless workplace injuries each year.
Other common dangers that are needlessly faced by construction workers include:
OSHA and Other Safety Codes
Several laws and regulations govern construction site safety. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations,
New Jersey state, and municipal safety and building codes are designed to protect people. Violations of these codes can result in costly penalties to site owners, including possible incarceration.
Although there may be many workers on a construction site, including plumbers, painters, electricians and subcontractors, a general or prime contractor is responsible for coordinating all the workers on site and ensuring a safe environment that complies with OSHA and other regulations. Accepted safety standards require general contractors to take a proactive approach to prevent accidents in the workplace.
These safety rules include:
how they relate to one another.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Workers injured in construction site accidents are entitled to compensatory damages, which include both economic
and noneconomic damages. This means
that injured workers can collect damages
for current and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, permanent disability, pain, suffering, loss
of enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma. In New Jersey, there is no monetary cap on compensatory damages, allowing injured people full compensation for their injuries. In addition, punitive damages may be available in cases of willful misconduct or outrageous conduct. Punitive damages are designed to punish the responsible party for their conduct.
Third-parties who can be held liable for construction accidents include:
An injured worker is also entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from the worker’s employer. Workers’ Compensation benefits cover only medical treatments cost, lost wages, and possibly an award of permanent or partial disability. If you are a construction worker collecting workers’ compensation payments, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against a third-party, such as a general contractor or another subcontractor, for their role in causing your injuries.
At Shebell & Shebell, we are dog lovers. Tom Shebell and his family have owned and hunted with dogs since he was a young boy. Dogs teach children about love, compassion, and responsibility.
In New Jersey, owning a dog requires that owners prevent their dog from biting anyone. 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year and almost a million of these bites cause injuries that require medical care in an emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the dog bite injuries that receive medical treatment are suffered by children.
Homeowners’ insurance and renters’ insurance companies charge higher rates for the coverage of people who own dogs. These companies are aware that in many states, like New Jersey, the law holds a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries caused by dog bites, meaning that the insurance company must pay for all dog bite injuries regardless of whether the owner knew the dog was going to bite you.
Juries who hear dog bite cases are told that they must hold the dog owner responsible but are never told that the insurance exists. Lawyers are not permitted to mention the word insurance during a trial. This allows insurance company attorneys to promote the lie that an otherwise innocent dog owner is being held directly responsible for what may be the completely unpredictable actions of a beloved family pet, when the reality is that an insurance company has likely refused to take responsibility by paying on claims for bites despite having charged higher premiums to the homeowner for the dog bite coverage.
Insurance companies who refuse to pay
It’s unfair to both the insured dog owner
and the injured person when an insurance company fails to take responsibility for injuries it has agreed to cover. No one should have to go to an emergency room,
be hospitalized, or receive severe emotional and physical scarring from being bitten by a dog. We have represented people who have suffered significant scarring, nerve damage, broken bones, and emotional harm from a dog bite. None of us would choose to be faced with the decision to make a claim against the insurance company of another person and take the witness stand before a jury to discuss those injuries with complete strangers if it was at all avoidable.
Public entity liability involves many types
of claims, including claims made against police departments, State and municipal government employers and employees,
and school districts. Types of State and municipal claims include:
• Excessive force by the police
• Improper pursuit by the police
• Dangerous conditions on public property,
including parks, government workplaces,
• Poorly maintained or designed roads
• Negligence of a municipal employers
• Discrimination by a government official
You have the right to be represented by an attorney. In New Jersey, legislation known as the Tort Claims Act, also known as Title 59, lays out the specific law that an injured claimant must carefully follow when suing
a public entity. A claim against Public Entity is an intricate area of the law that only an experienced lawyer can guide you through.
First, if you have been injured and you think that a public entity is possibly at fault, you must notify the public entity, in writing,
by certified mail, within not later than 90 days of the incident. Generally, if you do not comply with the 90-day notice requirement,
your claim will be barred forever. The Tort Claims Act also spells out what information must be included in the 90-day notice letter.
The Tort Claims Act is a complex web of laws with many exceptions. In addition to the 90 day notice requirement, the statute of limitations against public entities can be different in certain circumstances. For example, if you are injured as a result of the negligence Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, you have to file notice, and you must then file a lawsuit within one year
of the date of your injury.
If you are unable to settle with the public entity within six months of the notice, you are then entitled to file a lawsuit. The Tort Claims Act also limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after giving notice, which is generally two-years from the date of the incident that gives rise to the claim.
At Shebell & Shebell, we are well-versed in public entity law and the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complicated procedures prescribed by the Act.
The Tort Claims Act grants broad immunities to government employees for their actions. Each immunity that is listed within the statute has specific situations in which it can be applied. In some instance, our attorneys will challenge the public entities ability to assert their claim of immunity. We analyze in detail every
claim to determine if a viable cause of
In some situations you may not be permitted to make a claim against the government unless an employee acted willfully or outside the scope of their discretionary powers. In some situations if we cannot prove that the employee acted willfully, or with gross negligence, the public entity may not be held liable for their actions. Despite this limitation, public employees may not act in complete disregard for the rights of others. If a public employee’s action constitutes a crime, fraud, malice or willful misconduct, you may still have a viable claim.
Additionally, a claimant must show that he or she has suffered a permanent injury that has impacted that person’s usual and customary activities to a significant degree.
If You Have Been Injured, We Can Help
The skilled public entity liability lawyers at Shebell & Shebell will gather and preserve all evidence to support your claim. If the firm determines that we can pursue the case, we will prepare and file the necessary documentation, in accord with the requirements of the Tort Claims Act.
We can advocate on your behalf in all proceedings, and give you trusted legal advice at every step along the way. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a public entity, call or contact us online today.
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The manufacturers, designers, and sellers of products have an obligation to sell a product that is reasonably fit, suitable or safe for its intended purpose. A product that does not meet this standard is defective. Products may be defective for a number of reasons, including a design defect, a manufacturer’s defect, and a failure to warn of a danger. It is important to consider legal action if you or a loved one is injured by a product. Shebell & Shebell is an experienced law firm ready to fight for your rights and future. If a product you bought has injured you and you believe it was caused by negligence, contact our firm.
Products may be defective because the designer did not account for safety during the design and testing phase. This is called a design defect case. To succeed in such a case, an injured person must prove the existence of a feasible, safer alternative design that does not impair the use of the product.
Products may be defective because they do not meet the manufacturer’s design specifications or were not made of the same quality as other products that came off the same assembly line. A manufacturer defect case involves a product that did not follow the explicit directions of the designer and caused a customer harm.
Failure to warn
Products may also be defective because of
a failure to warn people of dangers in the use of the product. Some products have dangerous characteristics. In those cases,
the manufacturer or seller must provide adequate, easily understandable warnings and instructions about how to best avoid the danger.
Product liability laws in New Jersey
New Jersey’s product liability laws protect people injured by defective products by making the manufacturer or seller strictly liable for personal injuries. The law presumes that the manufacturer or seller had knowledge of the defect at the time of sale. However, the injured person must prove that the defect existed when the product was in the hands of the seller.
Assessing your NJ product liability case
When we first consider taking on a product defect case, we ask ourselves some basic and fundamental questions when we examine whether or not to undertake a products liability case.
• Would a Failure Mode Effects Analysis
(FMEA) performed by a company’s safety
and design engineers have led the
manufacturer to a safer design?
• Did the manufacturer consider a safety
(1) Eliminate the hazard, if possible;
(2) guard against the hazard, if the hazard
cannot be eliminated, and;
(3) if guards are not possible without
impairing the use of the product, then the
manufacturer must adequately warn
about the dangers.
If the manufacturer provided a guard, was it effective, or could an employer or user easily remove or modify?
Working with a range of experts
to prove your case
New Jersey law generally requires expert testimony, if the type of engineering analysis needed to prove a defect is beyond the understanding of the ordinary juror. In most cases, an expert witness must state a conclusion about the defect before a jury can even hear the case.
Before we take a case, we will collaborate with our network of engineers to assess the defectiveness of a product. Most importantly, we always want to understand why the product is defective. In the event we obtain expert conclusions that a product is dangerous and defective, we will file a lawsuit with the intention that the case will eventually be tried in front of a jury. Often, manufacturers refuse to settle product liability cases. If they do, it is under confidential terms.
Examples of defective products
Cars and machines break and malfunction. Defective drugs cause unthinkable harm. Chemicals burn and poison victims, causing devastating injuries and tragic deaths to families and children. When negligence runs rampant, products for the home and for work can cause terrible injuries and even death. Sometimes a freak accident happens because a manufacturer put profits over safety.
Many industries have been taken to court repeatedly for seriously injuring the American public with defective and toxic products. Lawsuits often have the effect of bringing public attention to serious health dangers. Juries have the awesome power to hold a corporation accountable, and force manufacturers to either make products safer or to remove dangerous products from the marketplace altogether.
According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries every year. Nearly 80 percent of spinal cord injury victims are men, with an average age of around 37. However, recent studies show that more women are experiencing spinal injuries, and the average age is increasing as more and more elderly people are injured in falls. Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or total disability, which can be either temporary or permanent. Treating a spinal cord injury can cost millions of dollars over the course of a patient’s lifetime. However, with the right treatment, victims are able to manage symptoms and go on to lead fulfilling lives.
Although we cannot restore all that you have lost, we can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, home improvements to accommodate your injury and more.
At Shebell & Shebell, we have been representing injured clients since 1927.
We treat all of our clients as individuals.
We firmly believe that we can make a difference in your quality of life.
Facts about spinal cord injuries
The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue protected by the spine. It relays messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When a traumatic injury bruises the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay messages, the affected area may become numb or lose its ability to function.
This inhibits the ability of the brain to communicate with the body. As a result, patients often suffer paralysis.
Paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury can involve all four limbs (called quadriplegia) or just the lower half of the body (called paraplegia). Spinal cord injuries can be complete (a victim loses all sensory and motor function below the point of injury)
or incomplete (a victim retains some feeling in the affected area and partial movement).
The closer a spinal cord injury occurs to the head, the more likely it is that a larger area of the body will be affected.
In addition to quadriplegia and paraplegia, other common types of spinal cord injuries include:
Anterior cord syndrome: loss of motor function and sensation when the pathways regulated by the anterior areas of the spinal cord are damaged.
Central cord syndrome: when a victim suffers trauma to the center of the cervical spinal cord. This can disrupt the signals sent by the brain to the body, affecting movement.
Spinal contusions: inflammation and bleeding that occurs when the spinal cord is bruised but remains intact.
Victims of spinal cord injuries tend to have shorter lifespans than the average person. Other health problems that can result include bladder and bowel complications, inability to regulate blood pressure and body temperature, chronic pain, and increased vulnerability to respiratory problems.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries
Pursuing a personal injury claim can make adjusting to your spinal cord injury much more bearable. In many cases, spinal cord injury is caused by the negligence of
another person, such as a truck driver, the manufacturer of a defective product, or a property owner that has neglected his or her premises, resulting in hazardous conditions. If someone is responsible for your spinal cord injury, you may have a legal claim.
Some common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
Motor vehicle collisions: As the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, approximately 50 percent of all new spinal cord injuries are caused by auto accidents.
Falls: falls on slippery or poorly maintained surfaces, and falls from great heights are the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries. 23 percent of all spinal cord injuries result from falls.Violent assaults: 14 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by Physical violence.Sports injuries:
9 percent of spinal cord injuries occur as a result of rough contact during recreational activities.Public transportation accidents: including trains, light rails, planes, and buses.Workplace and construction site injuries Medical errors by negligent healthcare providers
We can help ease your burden by securing compensation If you or someone you love
is the victim of a spinal cord injury, the experienced New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help. Spinal cord injuries require the highest quality medical care. You should not have
to deal with claim delays or denials. We
can also help secure compensation for lost wages. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, after a spinal cord injury, only 12 percent of workers will remain employed. The personal injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell will fight for full compensation for your lost wages, both past and future. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness to our clients.