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Personal Injury Lawyer NJ Mall at Short Hills-Short on Security

Personal Injury Lawyer NJ Mall at Short Hills Short on Security

Personal Injury Lawyer NJ-Mall at Short Hills: Shooting Victim Photo

A few years ago, the Short Hills Mall apparently stopped paying off-duty Essex County Sheriff’s officers to patrol its parking lots, presumably to cut its operating expenses and increase its profits. Meanwhile, State statistics were allegedly showing a significant spike in Essex County carjackings.  

If so, this recipe for disaster dealt a devastating blow to a young Hoboken couple three months ago, when carjackers shot thirty year old Dustin Friedland in the head and left him for dead while his wife Jaime watched in horror.

The four carjackers have since been arrested to face felony murder charges, a small consolation for Mrs. Friedland.  She’s forever lost her beloved husband, a successful patent attorney and project engineer for a family-owned enterprise called Epic Mechanical.

Mrs. Friedland recently filed suit  in the Superior Court of New Jersey against the Short Hills Mall and their protection services company for allegedly failing to provide adequate security, as well as for allegedly failing to appreciate the fact that the large box-shaped vehicles typically used by first aid personnel would not be able to pass beneath the low-hanging parking deck in the parking garage and reach the area where Friedland and his wife had been accosted.

When interviewed about the case by the Newark Star-Ledger, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, whose officers had been dismissed from off-duty service at the mall, was caustic in his criticisms:

“I think that if there had been a highly visible, well-trained police officer there being vigilant, …it prevents a lot of stuff.  It doesn’t allow for murderous thugs to sit and lie in wait and to case the place for days.” 

Also included as a defendant in Friedland’s lawsuit is the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, which allegedly took an excessive period of time to respond to Mrs. Friedland’s 911 pleas for help.

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Personal Injury Lawyer NJ 166 Million Dollar Record Verdict Reduced

Personal Injury Lawyer NJ 166 Million Dollar Record Verdict Reduced

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Three months ago on December 13, 2013, a jury in Essex County New Jersey returned a record personal injury verdict in the total amount of more than one hundred sixty six million ($166,000,000) dollars in favor of a four year old boy who had been badly beaten by his criminally abuse father because New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) had failed to act on repeated pleas and warnings from the boy’s maternal grandmother, Neomi Escobar.

The beatings rendered the poor little boy blind, unable to talk or walk, subject to constant seizures, and dependent on a feeding tube and round-the-clock care to give him the nutrition he needs and to keep him from suffocating.  Post-trial interviews put jurors in tears as they tried to grapple with the terribly emotional tragedy while performing their sworn legal function to render justice.  They had returned verdicts in the amount of one hundred five million ($105,000,000) dollars for the boy’s future medical expenses, fifty eight million ($58,000,000) dollars for his pain and suffering, about two million ($2,000,000) dollars  for caretaker services, and one point four million ($1,400,000) dollars for future lost wages, and put all the blame on DYFS for the tragedy.

However, attorneys for DYFS filed a challenge to the verdicts, and this past Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Honorable James Rothschild Jr., who presided over the trial, decided that the facts and law required some changes to the jury’s verdicts.  Specifically, the Court reduced the verdict for future medical expenses from $105 million dollars to $75.9 million dollars.  In addition, he laid twenty-five (25%) percent of the blame for the tragedy at the feet of the boy’s now incarcerated father, effectively reducing the obligation of DYFS to seventy-five (75%) percent.  Together this modification of medical expenses and reassignment of blame has resulted in a reduction of DYFS responsibility from $166 million dollars to $102 million dollars.

No word at this writing whether either side plans to challenge the trial court’s decision in the Appellate Division.

If you or your loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another, contact Personal Injury Lawyer NJ Patrick Amoresano for a free consultation at 201-704-2280.  

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Board Certified New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

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Civil Trial Attorney Certifications are issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court to lawyers who’ve submitted the details of their careers – trials skills, experience, and special education – to the scrutiny of expert Board members specially selected by the New Jersey Supreme Court to insure high standards  of civil trial practice in the State of New Jersey.  In addition, all applicants must pass a written examination, identify others lawyers who’ve opposed them in Court, and Judges before whom they’ve appeared, to attest to their professional reputation, integrity, and skills.

The Certification Program helps consumers identify lawyers who’ve demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law. Certification aids attorneys by in making their special credentials known to prospective clients and other attorneys.  Certification also encourages lawyers to maintain and improve their levels of competence through continuing education, training, and best practices in their respective areas of law, including Civil Trial Law, Criminal Trial Law, Matrimonial Law, Workers Compensation Law, and Municipal Court Law. 

Less than three (3%)  percent of all attorneys in New Jersey are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, and certifications last for just five years, after which the lawyer must renew his application for continued certification.

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So if your searching for a first-rate New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney, you’d be well advised to chose one with a consistent history of Board Certification.  Patrick X. Amoresano has been doing justice for injured New Jersey clients for more than three decades.  The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued him his first Certification as a Civil Trial Attorney in 1990, and has repeatedly renewed that certification every five to seven years.  In addition, Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most-respected attorney rating organization in the nation, has seen fit to award Mr. Amoresano with its highest honor – AV Preeminent – the pinnacle of legal ability and ethical standards.

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