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Attorney Lawrence Minasian Argues Before the New Jersey Supreme Court

Lawrence D Minasian
Lawrence D, Minasian, Esq
This week, New Jersey-based personal injury attorney Lawrence Minasian of Greenberg Minasian, LLC, argued before the NJ Supreme Court on a case involving the immunities afforded to public entities and police officers in performing their duties to render aid to car accident victims. This issue is extremely relevant due to the increased scrutiny first responders and law enforcement officials are presently facing across the country.

Under current law, police officers may have immunity under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act for the good faith exercise of discretionary duties. However, police officers do not have immunity for negligent performance of ministerial duties such as rendering aid after a car accident. Mr. Minasian argued that police officers are duty-bound to help car accident victims. In this case, the victim was left by police officers on a dark, rainy bridge in the middle of the night while he waited for a ride. Twenty minutes later, he was struck and killed by another car as he attempted to get off the bridge. The outcome of Minasian’s case will settle the law in the State of New Jersey on how car accident victims are treated at crash sites by police in the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Minasian is highly experienced in the field of Title 59 litigation. He has been practicing in this area since 1994. Most notably, Mr. Minasian and his partner Mr. William Greenberg, obtained a record-breaking $17 million verdict against NJ Transit bus operations in 2014 (Baker v. NJ Transit), which is another Title 59 entity. Throughout his career, Minasian has represented hundreds of plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including wrongful death, motor vehicle, premises liability, worker’s compensation, social security disability and medical malpractice claims.

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Greenberg Minasian Settles on Behalf of Injured Bus Accident Client for $1.25 Million

A man who suffered a traumatic brain injury when the bus he was riding in collided with a car was paid a $1.25 million settlement in his Hudson County suit, Boutin v. Montoya, on October 30th.

Clinton Boutin of New York was riding in a Yep Tours bus on 12th Street in Jersey City on July 6, 2017, when the bus collided with a Honda Accord, then struck a lamppost. The accident occurred when a car attempted to make a left turn from the right lane, said Boutin’s lawyer, Lawrence Minasian of Greenberg Minasian in West Orange.

Yep Tours is a low-cost carrier that offers service between New York’s Chinatown and the Chinatown section in Philadelphia, said Minasian.

Boutin, 47, a financial analyst, claimed he sustained a closed-head injury, herniation with cervical radiculopathy at C5-C6, and multiple bulging discs, as well as tears in the right shoulder joint. Boutin suffers headaches, fatigue, slow mental processing, difficulty concentrating, and impaired verbal skills and visual memory following the accident, said Minasian.

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Greenberg Minasian Settles Injury Case Against Trampoline Park for $1.25 Million

A lawsuit filed by a man who broke both his legs at a trampoline park, Vogt v. Rebounderz of Edison, settled for $1.25 million on Aug. 25.

The settlement resolves plaintiff Emil Vogt’s claims against Rebounderz Franchise Development and its owner, Yeglinksi Enterprises, filed in Middlesex County Superior Court.

According to to a statement from Vogt’s lawyer, Lawrence Minasian of Greenberg Minasian in West Orange: “Emil was injured in the area known as the Foam Pit, which consists of two side-by-side trampoline lanes with a pit of foam landing area. As Emil jumped from the trampoline attempting to vault into the pit, both of his feet became caught in the opening between the springs. When the trampoline launched him into the air, his feet became stuck, which snapped both of his legs in half.”

Robert Ballou of Garvey Ballou in Toms River, who represents Rebounderz, and James Murphy of Garrity Graham Murphy Garofalo & Flinn in East Hanover, who represents Yeglinski, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Vogt alleged that, as he jumped toward the edge of the trampoline, his feet became caught in between the springs of the trampoline, and that he snapped his legs when vaulting upward, fracturing his right and left tibias and fibulas, and his right medial malleolus, which resulted in six surgeries to his legs. He has been unable to return to his job as a truck driver, according to Minasian.

Minasian said that the American Society for Testing and Materials standards govern trampoline manufacturers and states that, at recreational facilities, trampoline springs must be covered and never exposed. “Plaintiff alleged that both [defendants] were on notice of this problem and produced videos of the exposed springs. [Rebounderz] covered the springs with skirting that was attached via Velcro, and stated that when the Velcro detaches exposing the springs, it is the franchisee’s … responsibility to monitor the trampolines for exposed springs, and immediately address the issue by reattaching the Velcro. Plaintiff pursued a design defect products liability claim against [Rebounderz] and a negligent operations claim against [Yeglinksi Enterprises].”

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New Jersey Leads the Fight Against Distracted Driving

In 2013, the New Jersey Legislature passed what many are calling “the toughest hands-free cell phone law in the nation.” On July 1, 2014, the new bill ( P.L. 2003, c.310 ) went into effect, amending New Jersey’s Cell Phone Law ( N.J.S.A. 39:4-97.3 ), which results in enhanced penalties for operating a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.

The new graduated fines for cell phone use while driving are nearly on par with DUI penalties and at least one provision is the same as a DUI charge. Here are the new laws that you need to be aware of:

  • Handheld cell phone use is prohibited. Hands-free devices are permissible.
  • Any texting or smart phone activity (such as playing video games) while driving is prohibited.
  • Drivers 21 and under with only a learner’s permit may not use any electronic device, including hands-free cell phone devices and even iPods

Penalties for violators are as follows:

  • $200 – $400 for a first offense
  • $400 – $600 for a second offense
  • Up to $800 for third and subsequent offenses including 3 points against license along with a possible 90-day license suspension

These new penalties now go hand-in-hand with New Jersey’s Kulesh, Kubert’s, and Bolis Law ( N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5 ).

This bill, which was amended two years ago, states that a driver could be charged with vehicular homicide if a death occurs due to a driver’s distracted cell phone use. Penalties would include a fine of up to $150,000 and prison time, similar to DUI manslaughter punishments.

One item the recent legislative session did not bring to the floor was the possible consequences of texting and driving while drunk. Statistically, the two activities combined make an extremely dangerous situation for both the driver and others on the road. Regardless if this measure is taken up in the future or not, New Jersey still remains a leader in protecting passengers and drivers on state roadways.

If you have any questions regarding the new NJ distracted driving laws that went into effect, contact our office at 973-325-7711.

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William Greenberg Named to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers List

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William S. Greenberg, Esq.
WEST ORANGE, NJ — Attorney William Greenberg of Greenberg Minasian, LLC, has been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer® for 2019. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced ratings service comprised of attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The New Jersey Super Lawyers list is reserved for those who exhibit excellence in practice and only 5% of attorneys in New Jersey receive this distinction.

“I’m honored to be selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers list for New Jersey,” said William Greenberg, attorney and partner at Greenberg Minasian, LLC. “Super Lawyers one of the most respected ratings organizations in the legal field. I am even more honored that my peers and colleagues think highly enough of me to nominate me,” Greenberg added.

Super Lawyers 2019 NJUsing a patented, multi-phase process, selected attorneys are compiled into a comprehensive list that can be used as a resource for individuals and organizations seeking legal counsel. Super Lawyers® is a part of Thomson Reuters.

For more information, visit https://gmattorneys.net.

About William Greenberg

William S. Greenberg of Greenberg Minasian, LLC practices primarily in the field of civil litigation. He began as a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney in a general practice firm where he sharpened his skills as a trial attorney. He has since expanded into a wide range of civil litigation areas including personal injuries, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, insurance coverage cases and legal and professional malpractice.

In addition to Super Lawyers, Mr. Greenberg has been recognized and received numerous awards in the area of personal injury law, including the National Litigator Awards Top 1% (2014), Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2014), Top 50 Verdicts (2014), Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2015), NJ Law Journal Personal Injury Hall of Fame (2015) and Top 100 Settlements (2017).

For more information, visit https://gmattorneys.net/attorneys/william-s-greenberg/

Greenberg Minasian Attorneys Receive Personal Injury Settlement Awards

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Greenberg Minasian, LLC a New Jersey-based personal injury law firm, has announced that two of its founding members, William S. Greenberg and Lawrence D. Minasian, have been recently named to Top Verdict’s 2017 Top 100 and Top 50 Settlement Awards, respectively. The awards recognize United States law firms and attorneys who have obtained the highest jury verdicts, settlements, court or arbitration awards in the nation or an individual state, in a particular area of law.

“We’re honored to be a part of Top Verdict’s lists,” said William Greenberg, attorney and partner for Greenberg Minasian, LLC. “The recognition of both Larry and me is a testament to our firm’s commitment to ensuring our clients are fairly and adequately compensated for their injuries,” he added.

Top Verdict’s lists are generated based on extensive research and sources that include court records, electronic submissions by attorneys and major legal publications. The awards for Greenberg Minasian in 2017 include the following:

Top 50 Settlement
Amount: $990,000.00
Attorney: Lawrence D. Minasian
Case Type: Workplace/Construction Accident
State: New Jersey

Top 100 Settlement
Amount: $800,000.00
Attorney: Lawrence D. Minasian
Case Type: Premises Liability/Slip and Fall
State: New Jersey

Top 100 Settlement
Amount: $700,000.00
Attorney: William S. Greenberg
Case Type: Auto Accident
State: New Jersey

Top 100 Settlement
Award Amount: $650,000.00
Attorney: William S. Greenberg
Case Type: Medical Malpractice
State: New Jersey

The above settlements are part of a growing list of successful cases for the firm, which has earned a reputation for high value settlements and verdicts for its clients, including a $17 million verdict in 2014 (Baker v. New Jersey Transit).

For additional information, visit https://topverdict.com.

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Attorney William Greenberg Lectures at New Jersey Association for Justice Seminar

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William S. Greenberg, Esq.
Earlier this year, the New Jersey Association for Justice held its Winter Seminar in Somerset, NJ where William Greenberg of Greenberg Minasian LLC gave a presentation on Deposing the Defendant Driver in an Auto Case. The 45-minute presentation at the March 1st event highlighted one of the most important phases in auto-related litigation.

A defendant’s deposition is critical for a variety of reasons, and Mr. Greenberg was able to review the most important points that are essential to a successful personal injury case stemming from a motor vehicle collision.

Other guest speakers covered additional deposition and preparedness-related topics, including: premises and defense liability as well as other auto-related issues.

For more information about upcoming Seminars, visit the New Jersey Association for Justice Website.

Greenberg Minasian, LLC Announce $990,000 Personal Injury Settlement

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Greenberg Minasian, LLC, a personal injury law firm located in Essex County, New Jersey, has announced a settlement case of $990,000 stemming from catastrophic injuries sustained by its client at a construction jobsite.

The accident, which occurred in early 2012, resulted in the client’s inability to return to work, as well as the inability to continue multiple outdoor activities that were previously enjoyed.

“We’re pleased by the resolution of this case,” said Larry Minasian, attorney and partner at Greenberg Minasian, LLC.

“Our client suffered serious injuries, which resulted in a diminished quality of life and a substantial reduction in income. The proceeds from this case will help compensate for those losses,” he added.

On the day of the accident, the client lost his footing on an unstable work ramp, causing him to fall backwards, striking his head and neck. The impact resulted in significant injuries that required multiple surgeries, including a cervical fusion. The fall also resulted in neural motor and sensory issues of the wrists.

The settlement is yet another another successful outcome for the firm, which has earned a reputation for high value settlements and verdicts for its clients, including a $17 million verdict in 2014 (Baker v. New Jersey Transit).

Based in West Orange, Greenberg Minasian represents clients who have been seriously injured as the result of negligence by others. The firm handles cases in West Orange, Jersey City, Newark, Essex County and all surrounding areas.

For more information, visit http://gmattorneys.net.

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Charter Bus Driver In Deadly Queens Crash Had Previous Conviction

The charter bus driver involved in this past Monday’s fatal bus crash in Queens should have been prohibited from driving buses in New York due to a previous Operating Under the Influence (OUI) conviction in Connecticut.

Raymond Mong was charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in a 2015 incident. He, along with 2 others, were tragically killed this past Monday when his speeding tour bus plowed into an MTA bus.

Anyone convicted of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injuries is barred in New York from driving a bus for five years.

Questions also have been raised as to how Mong was able to remain employed as a bus driver when he was previously required by the courts to use a breathalizer device to start his private car.

The investigation to the Queens crash is still ongoing and results of a toxicology test on Mong have yet to be released.

SOURCES:
NY DAILY NEWS
NY TIMES

Recent Railway Accidents Cited as Need for Sleep Apnea Testing

By AnnDenn (Self-photographed) [Public Domain]
Earlier this week, several congressional officials in both New Jersey and New York asked the US Department of Transportation to reconsider its decision to discontinue testing of train and truck operators for sleep apnea.

The proposed reinstatement stems from recent fatal crashes at the Hoboken Terminal and the Metro-North in the Bronx where both engineers were later diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. The condition causes drowsiness and fatigue during the day, which can result in loss of concentration and accidents by those operating heavy machinery.

In their letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the senators called the proposed screening rule “a modest, common-sense approach to combating fatigue on our roads and rails.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been screening pilots for sleep apnea since 2015 and with their call for a reinstatement in testing, congressional officials are seeking to avoid any additional tragic railway incidents in the future.

Read the full story here.