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David M Fried

David M Fried

also known as David Fried

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Defective and Dangerous Products, Medical Malpractice

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About Me

David Fried is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, and focuses his
practice on liability claims of those injured in auto accidents, falls,
from medical malpractice, in aviation and construction accidents, and as
victims of lead poisoning. David has extensive experience representing
workers injured because proper safety equipment was not provided on the
job site, and also handles a significant amount of medical negligence
claims surrounding brachial plexus injuries sustained at birth.


 


David has worked extensively with construction experts to establish
clear theories of negligence and responsibility at construction sites
where employees of Sub Contractors suffer severe injuries due to the
lack of adequate safety equipment or safe working conditions. Many of
these cases have involved carpenters and ironworkers who fell from
heights where they were not furnished with adequate fall protection.
David has been successful in proving the responsibility of the General
Contractor, Prime Contractor, Safety Coordinator or other person or
entity required to provide safety supervision of the Sub Contractor’s
employees, despite the hotly contested claims of liability of the
injured worker and his employer. David has resolved several construction
site accident cases in excess of $500,000, including one for $900,000
for the death of an ironworker, another for $1.325 million for a
construction worker whose scissor lift toppled and did not have an
anti-tip device. He resolved another case for $1.37 million involving an
electrical system blast that killed one worker and injured another. In
that case, through extensive pre-suit investigation, David was able to
prove the blast occurred due to arcing because a steel rod had been left
in an electrical box, and through discovery, it was proved which
defendants were responsible for this condition. David has also been
successful in proving the responsibility of governmental entities that
failed to properly supervise the work of trench workers employed by
contractors on municipal projects.


 


David has also handled several medical malpractice
birth injury
cases involving brachial plexus injuries. He won a 1
million dollar verdict from a Middlesex County jury on behalf of a 6 and
a half year old boy with a right arm brachial plexus injury where the
delivery involved a shoulder dystocia (stuck shoulder during delivery).
David established that the delivering obstetrician utilized excessive
downward traction on the baby's head at the time one of the shoulders
became stuck at delivery, and caused a permanent injury to the boy's
brachial plexus nerves which control arm and hand function.


 


David has also handled and been successful in many other medical
malpractice cases involving anesthesia, surgery, failure to
diagnose cancer
, improper medication, and failure to provide
informed consent.


 


David has also argued two cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
In one, involving a woman who was exposed to an improperly discarded
needle while cleaning a physician’s office, and therefore had a fear
that she may have contracted HIV/AIDS, David made landmark law when he
persuaded the Court to rule that a person has the right to pursue a
claim for the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS without proof that there was
actual exposure to the disease, as long as there is proof that
reasonable potential for exposure occurred, necessitating ongoing
testing. In another Supreme Court case, David was able to prevail in an
argument that parents had the right to pursue a claim on behalf of the
Estate of their deceased adopted child, even though the death due to medical
malpractice
occurred before the adoption was able to be completed.
David later won a liability trial in that case.


 


In the Spring of 2005, David Fried settled a case surrounding an
aviation accident which involved the negligent repair of an airplane’s
engines, causing a malfunction and the plane to crash. As a result of
his injuries suffered in the crash, our client was paralyzed from the
mid-chest down. David obtained a 7 million dollar settlement on behalf
of this client. For more information on this case, please click here.


 


Mr. Fried also heads the firm's lead poisoning section. He has
handled many of cases involving children eating lead-based paint that
causes brain damage, which shows up several years after the lead
exposure.


 


A graduate of Rutgers University, (B.A. 1978; J.D. 1981), Mr. Fried
is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He serves
as one of two statewide delegates on the Legislative Committee of the
New Jersey State Bar.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Personal Injury: 34%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 33%
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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Contact Info

Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte

26 Journal Square
Jersey City, NJ, 07306-4102

Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte

165 Highway 35
Red Bank, NJ, 07701-1007

Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte

7300 Bergenline Ave.
North Bergen, NJ, 07047-5437

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive198105/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2005
Top Listed in New Jersey in Product Liability LitigationBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Top Listed in New Jersey in Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Board Certified Civil Trial AttorneySupreme Court of New JerseyN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBlume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte1981 - 2010

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey State Bar Association, Civil Trial SectionLegislative Coordinator1999 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaBoard of Governors1991 - 1998
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaBoard of Governors1991 - Present
Essex County Arbitrators ProgramArbitrator1990 - Present
Middlesex County Arbitration ProgramArbitrator1988 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyMember1981 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)MemberN/A
Middlesex County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Essex County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Middlesex County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Medical Malpractice Failure to Timely Treat Hemorrhaging$2.3 Million Settlement
Construction Accident Ironworker Falls from Second Story$1,400,000 Settlement
Motor Vehicle Accident Pedestrian Knockdown$1,650,000 Settlement

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of Law LawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Rutgers UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978