Video – Workers Compensation Attorneys Trenton and Bensalem

Work related injuries have always and will always occur. An injured worker may often have one of two (or both) avenues to financial compensation depending on the cause and location of the injury: a workers compensation claim and/or a personal injury claim. It is important to note that the two are not mutually exclusive, and while you usually can not sue your own employer if you are injured while working, injury victims are allowed to file personal injury claims against other negligent third parties.

There are however significant differences between the two types of injury claims, namely the requirements to secure compensation, and the type and amount of compensation that can be secured.

Since 1972 our attorneys at  Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, have worked handling workers’ compensation claims that involve third party personal injury claims across Mercer County New Jersey and Bucks Count Pennsylvania as well as surrounding communities. Our firm works to guide you through the legal process using our experience and skill while keeping you informed every step of the way. Our firm goal has always been to help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us online or by phone at (609) 528-2596 in New Jersey or (215) 337-4915 in Pennsylvania.

No Fault Necessary in a Mercer County Workers’ Compensation Case

Any employee injured on the job is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, with some very limited exceptions. Workers’ compensation does not require specific fault or negligence. You do not have the obligation to prove that your employer or your co-workers did anything wrong in order for you to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Even if your own negligence caused your injury, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Fault is necessary in a Personal Injury Case Bucks County Personal Injury Attorneys

In all personal injury cases fault is a necessary and critical element.  In the absence of clear fault due to recklessness or negligence there can be no personal injury restitution.  In short, you must be injured, and that injury must be proven to be due to the negligence of another party for any successful personal injury claim.

Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Requirements

Though they very similar there are several significant legal differences between workers compensation and personal injury claims.

The most important difference between personal injury and worker’s compensation is that personal injury claims are based on fault and workers’ compensation cases are not.

Bucks County Attorney Discusses Workers Compensation

If you got injured on the job it doesn’t matter whose fault it was, call us we will be able to get your recovery if you’ve been injured on the job.  Time can borrow your ability to recover you don’t have to worry about bringing a workers compensation claim; your boss can’t fire you, can’t punish you.

We have a Labor Department that will protect you from anything that your employer might try to do by way of retaliation. We know your rights beyond workers compensation you have limited rights against your employer but you have much greater rights if there’s another party involved that caused your injury, we’ll take care of you, you’re an American worker we serve people.

Contact Our Lawrence Worker’ Compensation & Personal Injury Attorneys Today

The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson has, since 1972, helped many clients across Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton, Lawrence, and the greater Mercer County area as well as Bucks County Pennsylvania and surrounding communities, to recover compensation from all kinds of work related and personal injuries.

Over the course of 40+ years we have built a reputation as tenacious and skilled litigators who don’t accept settlements that are not everything our clients deserve. Our personal injury team is lead by a New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney who has also been selected for inclusion in the NJ Super Lawyers list as it relates to personal injury law, a truly elite distinction. Please contact us online or by phone at (609) 528-2596 in New Jersey or (215) 337-4915 in Pennsylvania for a free and confidential discussion about your case.

4 shot, Child Injured by Dirt Bike in Trenton Assault

Mercer County Gun Charges / Injury Claim as Child FleesA group of individuals gathered on Union Street in Trenton and turned it into a scene of gunfire that left 4 people shot and one child injured after being struck by an assailant fleeing on a dirt bike.  Though the crime rate in Trenton has has had a downward trend for the past 18 years, and that trend is expected to continue through 2018, Trenton has been the scene of several shootings in the recent past. This latest incident could leave the accused facing several criminal charges and even involve a personal injury claim for the child who was struck in an attempt to get away from danger by fleeing suspect(s).

The skilled lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have served our clients in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, New Brunswick, all over Mercer County and North Philadelphia in both types of cases, Personal Injury and Criminal. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the criminal act of another, the law recognizes not only criminal penalties but allows one to seek civil action to receive compensation for your injuries whether they be physical or emotional. Our dependable lawyers have significant experience handling personal injury claims for clients across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

If you or someone you know has been arrested on weapons charges, drug charges, domestic violence, or any other criminal offence, Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is the law firm with the experience you need in your corner.

Mercer County Gun Charges / Injury Claim as Child Flees

According to police four people were wounded and a child was struck by a dirt bike during a shooting in Trenton on Saturday night.  The injuries ranged from minor to serous with alt least one of the shooting victims in critical condition.

Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn reported that a group had gathered at the end of Union Street at about 8:30 when several dirt bikes and at least one ATV approached and began shooting.  It is possible that at least some in the group returned fire.

A woman and two men, none of whom were identified, were hit by gunfire and transported for treatment at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.  A fourth victim managed to travel several blocks before collapsing.  He was also transported to Capital and is listed in critical condition.

As the group of perpetrators fled, one of them struck a 7-year old boy, who was attempting to flee the violence, with a dirt bike causing significant injuries to the child.  Though the investigation is ongoing Varn reported that the authorities have already recovered two dirt bikes and a handgun.

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From a legal standpoint there are several possible charges waiting for these assailants when they are caught.  Weapons charges, from illegally discharging a firearm in a public place to possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose will almost surely be among them. Furthermore there were several vehicle violations including reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. However the most serious charges they could be facing would be the several counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment.

The family of the 7-year old who was struck by the dirt bike would also be within their rights to pursue a personal injury claim and restitution against the driver of the bike that struck him. Restitution is the money a judge orders the offender to pay to the victims to compensate them for expenses related to the crime.  Restitution can be ordered in both adult and juvenile cases as part of the offender’s sentence.  It is important to note that an order of restitution does not preclude a victim from seeking a separate civil personal injury claim based on the same facts and events. It is for this reason one should consult a qualified and experienced attorney before agreeing to any settlement or restitution.

Contact The NJ & PA Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneys At KCR for Assistance

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a criminal offense or suffered injury as a result of a crime or negligence, experienced and skilled counsel is critical. Having a qualified attorney to fight for you can make all the difference as it relates to your life and your freedom.  The attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson look forward to speaking to you about your unique circumstance and helping to guide you through a potentially difficult time. Contact us online or via phone in New Jersey at (609) 528-2596  or in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915.

What Should I Do if I Am Arrested in Mercer County NJ?

What Should I Do if I Am ArrestedMost would agree that being arrested for a crime can be a very frightening and confusing experience. According to data from the state’s Unified Crime System there were 46,365 adult driving under the influence arrests recorded last year in Pennsylvania. It is safe to believe that none of those people planned to be taken into custody.

Knowing your rights can give you some sense of comfort. Whether you are arrested for theft, traffic violations, weapons charges, drug charges, domestic violence, assault or property crimes, being taken into custody anywhere Mercer County or Bucks County is a serious situation.

Whether you are under arrest or only detained in connection with the investigation of a crime, the officer will usually inform you of the reason for your arrest or detention; however, sometimes officers do not. In addition they may not tell you that you have a right to speak to an attorney and that anything you say to the officer can and will be used against you in any future court proceedings. It is recommended that you contact a skilled and experienced Bucks County or Mercer County attorney immediately.

In certain situations, police have a right to approach and question you. When you are approached by a law enforcement officer, you should consider yourself under arrest when you are no longer free to walk away from him or her. It is not necessary that the officer tell you that you are under arrest for you to be under arrest, nor is an arrest warrant needed to arrest you.

When the police have you in custody, they often want to question you concerning your involvement in the crime that they are investigating. It is critical to remember that you do not have to answer any questions. If you choose to answer the officer’s questions, you have remember that anything you tell the police officer will be put in their report and that your statement may be used against you if you are charged with the crime. Do not be afraid to tell the police that you want to speak to your attorney before answering any questions. Even if you are not guilty and want to fully cooperate so that you will be cleared of all charges, you will be better off contacting an attorney first and letting him or her do the talking for you. Having someone who knows the law can assure that you are not hurt by what could be a confusing and intimidating situation.

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After you tell the police that you would like to speak to your attorney, they should give you an opportunity to call your attorney. If you are not in a financial position to retain counsel on your own, you have a right to have an attorney appointed to represent you.  If this is the case you should tell the officer that you cannot afford an attorney and that you want an attorney appointed before you speak to him. However, only the Court can appoint you an attorney and courts only meet during business hours Monday through Friday.

Once you have requested an attorney the officer should not ask you any other questions, nor should you make any statements to the officer until your attorney has arrived.

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You have a constitutional right to represent yourself in court, although there are few circumstances where this becomes a advisable or opportunistic option. The large majority of Judges and lawyers, if accused of a crime, will even hire other lawyers to defend them. Should you decide to answers questions, whether with or without an attorney, always tell the truth. Lying can get you in more trouble. Also, do not try to bargain with the police.  If the police promise to take it easy on you if you cooperate and answer their questions remember that the police do not have the authority to make deals; only the district attorney has that authority. If you want to understand your options, insist that a district attorney be present as negotiating with anyone else will simply not be an honest negotiation. Again, your attorney should be the one to negotiate on your behalf, even with the DA, and if you are offered a deal, the deal should be submitted to you in writing.

Remember, you are entitled to your rights as designed under the US Constitution at all times. Pressure and confusion can make it difficult to explain yourself, and lack of knowledge of these rights can cause problems in your case that did not necessarily need to arise if you had waiting to review with counsel. Call your attorney before doing anything else, even before you calling a bail bondsman. An attorney can aid you in answering the officer’s questions and can also help you get out of jail if necessary.

Contact the Trenton NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers At KCR For Assistance

You need good legal representation if you’ve been arrested for a criminal offense in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.  Your best chance of avoiding serious criminal penalties is to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you and fight your criminal charges.

The compassionate criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson look forward to speaking with you about your case and guiding you through this difficult process. We want to hear your story so we can understand where you’re coming from and what you need us to do for you. Call us today at (609) 528-2596 in New Jersey or (215) 337-4915 in Pennsylvania or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

Bensalem PA Man Allegedly Posed as Utility Worker, Stole Cash and Jewelry from Evesham Home

A Bensalem PA man was arrested after allegedly posing as a utility worker and stealing cash and jewelry from a residence in Evesham, Pennsylvania.

Police said that the suspect gained access to the victim’s home on North Locust Avenue by pretending to be a utility worker. He reportedly told the homeowner that the house was having water problems and that the problems needed to be investigated immediately.

After entering the house, the suspect allegedly stole more than $500 in cash, as well as several items of jewelry.

According to authorities, the 31-year-old suspect committed the theft in November 2012. He was only recently identified as a suspect in the case because it investigators were using “advanced technology and investigative skills.” The investigators eventually placed the suspect at the scene of the theft.

The suspect was tracked down at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington, Delaware, where he is currently serving a prison term.

The suspect now faces charges in Pennsylvania for third degree burglary and third degree theft.

According to police, the suspect has a history of criminal activity in Pennsylvania. He was previously sentenced to three years of probation after pleaded guilty to being involved in a home-improvement scam which targeted elderly homeowners.

For additional information, check out the article entitled “Bucks County Man Charged with Evesham Distraction Theft.”

Hopewell NJ Man Arrested, Accused of Using Bad Checks to Pay for Cab Rides

Police in Hopewell NJ arrested a local man who allegedly used fake checks to pay for multiple taxicab rides.

The 63-year-old suspect is accused of first giving a bad check to a cab driver in early November. The driver reportedly picked up the suspect in Montgomery Township and then took him to Hopewell. According to authorities, the driver dropped off the suspect at the suspect’s residence North Greenwood Avenue.

A few weeks later, the suspect allegedly passed off another bad check to pay for a cab ride. This time, the suspect reportedly took a taxi from Doylestown PA to his Hopewell residence. According to police, the cab driver sensed that the check might not be good. However, the suspect allegedly ran inside his house and later refused to answer the door when the driver inquired about payment.

The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with multiple counts of theft of services.

If the suspect is convicted on either count, he could incur significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-8, the penalties for theft of any kind of transportation service can include prison time. Additionally, the suspect could be ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

To learn more about this case, check out the article entitled “Hopewell Man Charged with Using Fake Checks to Pay for Cab Rides.”