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Sean E. Quinn

Sean Quinn’s Answers

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  • I need a serious injury trial lawyer in nj

    I was in a car accident

    Sean’s Answer

    You came to the right place. There are many excellent personal injury attorneys that handle cases in South Jersey listed on Avvo. Avvo does not permit any lawyers to solicit your business. My advice is to start your search by reviewing the lawyers with a 10.0 rating on Avvo. Read their biographies, results, reviews, and endorsements. I would then recommend googling those lawyers to see what is said on other sites, including social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. You should also check to determine if the attorney is well-regarded by his or her peers. Check to see if the lawyer has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomsen Reuters, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, etc. Once you are done with your research, I would recommend contacting the lawyer to set up a free consultation. Most, if not all, personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. Meet with the lawyer that will be handling your case. That meeting will give you a good feel as to whether you are making a wise decision. Choose wisely and good luck.

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  • Is this a good case?

    I was rear-ended by a drunk driver, required surgery, but am limited tort.

    Sean’s Answer

    Yes, you have a good case. Assuming the driver was convicted for DUI or plead guilty for purposes of participating in an ADR program, your tort status will be converted from Limited to Full Tort. A convicted drunk driver cannot assert Limited Tort as a defense in a civil action. I would urge you to contact and retain a top-rated personal injury lawyer to handle your case. Look for attorneys that have 10.0 ratings here on Avvo and a strong track record of success. I wish you nothing but the best in your recoveries and search for the right attorney.

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  • Do I need a car accident attorney? I was involved in a crash by car that failed to stop on red light. My car was totaled.

    Based on police report and witness statement I’m not at-fault. The full responsibility is on another party. My insurance company is preparing to pay me for the lost car, but this amount is much less that I’ve paid for it (it was a new 2014 Audi Q5...

    Sean’s Answer

    You are only entitled to be fair market value of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Most insurance companies will give you CCC ValueScope for showing similar vehicles in your area with similar amounts that could be purchased to "replace" your vehicle. Hopefully, you have gap insurance to cover any potential loss on any vehicle payoff. If you are injured, I suggest you not only get medical treatment but also talk to an experienced lawyer. Search Avvo for a local attorney that has a 10.0 rating. You will want someone that has the experience and reputation to get the job done.

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  • I was working for USPS, not even moving, and I was hit by a drunk driver, do I need a lawyer?

    I was knocked out and have a concussion that has kept me from work for 2 months

    Sean’s Answer

    You have two potential claims to pursue: (1) workers compensation and (2) third party claims.

    It sounds as if you already have the workers compensation claim open since you've been out of work for 2 months - so you may not need a lawyer to handle that portion...yet. I say yet because there will eventually come a time when the USPS wants you off of workers compensation and back to work, and that may not be consistent with what your doctors are saying and how you are feeling. Additionally, since you are a USPS employee, you are subject to federal workers compensation and not traditional Pennsylvania workers compensation. You may also be entitled to a permanency award even after you return to work. Federal workers compensation is a highly specialized area and I refer those cases to an attorney in the Philadelphia area that limits his practice to federal workers compensation.

    The third party claim is a claim that you could bring against the driver that hit your work truck. There may also be other potential targets if this individual was served alcohol at a bar or restaurant. When a bar serves a person that is visibly intoxicated, they can potentially expose themselves to civil liability under dram shop or liquor liability laws. You definitely need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate this area, and the earlier the better.

    Lastly, make sure you are getting the right medical treatment. Head injuries are serious and you need to make sure that you are with top notch brain injury specialists. Early intervention is critical in the treatment of head injuries.

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  • My daughter fell in Maryland in a restaurant parking lot and broke her ankle steel rod and 6 screws I'm in New Jersey

    is there anything that could be done

    Sean’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your daughter's fall and injuries. Injuries to the ankle are often very painful and have a long recovery period. Make sure you get her with a good medical team to ensure that she is getting top notch care.

    With respect to your question though, it will be difficult for any attorney to give you an answer without knowing more about the accident. What caused the fall? Did she slip or trip on something? Was it caused by ice or snow? If so, how long had the snow or ice been there?

    There are many factors that go into an attorney's analysis of whether a claim can be legitimately pursued. Your daughter has very serious injuries so I would urge you to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There are many great lawyers here on Avvo.

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  • My 30 year old autistic son was struck by a car while crossing the street on his way home from work. My son has major injuries

    My son has a broken shoulder , broken leg in two places , he has a torn ACL on the other leg , all of his front teeth are gone, they are trying to save his left eye that's losing vision, he also has blood build up and swelling in his head. There w...

    Sean’s Answer

    Trust your instincts and dig a little deeper. Don't give up just because the police report may be adverse. Police reports often get things wrong.

    I would urge you to retain a top notch personal injury lawyer immediately. The sooner you retain a lawyer the sooner he/she can start their investigation, and early intervention is extremely critical in cases like this. The lawyer will want to identify and preserve all critical evidence, including:

    (1) securing any witness statements;
    (2) examining the property / physical damage;
    (3) hiring an necessary experts to assess the crash dynamics and perform a reconstruction; and
    (4) securing any video footage showing the crash from any traffic cameras or local business surveillance cameras.

    Your son's injuries are obviously significant. It is worth the time and effort to get answers.


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  • Are we able to sue in Pennsylvania and if so what could should be expected?

    My wife, 3yr old and myself were in an accident on 11/1/14. We came to a complete stop at a stop sign when another driver was driving down the intersecting street attempting to make a right turn onto the street which we were stopped on. They were ...

    Sean’s Answer

    You have a case that is worth investigating, and I would urge you to contact a top-notch personal injury lawyer right away. There are many things that a lawyer can assist you with - from the processing of the insurance paperwork for the property damage and medical expense coverage, handling all communications with the responsible driver's insurance company, obtaining the police report, getting any necessary witness statements, and, most importantly, ensuring that you and your family are getting the best possible medical care.

    Take a look at the different attorney profiles here on Avvo - there are many great personal injury lawyers listed. Avvo's guidelines do not permit attorneys to solicit your business or make recommendations on who or whom you should contact so I would instead urge you to look for an attorney with: (1) a great Avvo rating, (2) a record of success, and (3) the respect of his / her fellow lawyers (endorsements and awards).

    Best of luck to you and your family.

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  • I fell at work and was hospitalized. I work in construction. My employer is based in New York, but the construction site was

    was in NJ. Can I sue for workers compensation? Thank you.

    Sean’s Answer

    Yes, you have a viable workers compensation claim since you were injured on the job. Workers compensation would be responsible for the payment of your medical expenses and wage benefits. Keep in mind though that the wage benefits are only a portion of your average weekly wages.

    You may also have a potential third party case against other contractors that were working at the job site. This will largely be dependent on the specific circumstances surrounding your accident.

    As an attorney that handles regularly handles construction and industrial accident cases throughout NJ and PA, I can tell you that you are best off consulting counsel immediately. Contact a lawyer with extensive experience handling construction accident cases. He / she should be able to identify all potential target defendants, and get you set up with an experienced workers compensation lawyer in the process. Best of luck.

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  • I fell from a 4 story building at work. I had my helmet on. I went through an opening on the commercial roof I was working.

    I was told to untangle a hose from a compressor. We were working on the roof re-doing the entire floor by demolishing the floor, then pouring new concrete. There were a number of openings which were unprotected. I went through one of those open...

    Sean’s Answer

    Thanks for posting your inquiry. A significant portion of my practice is dedicated to handling construction and industrial accident cases in NJ and PA, and this is a pretty common question that we get as many workers are in similar situations when injured on a job site.

    The short answer to your question is yes. Yes, you have the right to make a claim for your injuries and losses. The fact that you were working on a visa and paid "off the books" would not serve to preclude you from making a claim. Those factors could result in limiting the types of damages that you could seek (ie. wage loss), but would not serve to bar you from bringing a lawsuit.

    I would urge you to speak to an experienced construction accident lawyer. Your situation is complicated and will require the assistance of an attorney that has a good understanding of OSHA regulations and work site safety issues. A good lawyer will help you identify the potentially responsible parties, and explain to you the interplay of NJ workers compensation laws and third party lawsuits that may be brought against contractors and consultants other than the employer.

    Feel free to post additional questions or ask for clarification. Happy to help.

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  • Should I wait until I get the first offer to decide to get a lawyer.

    I was a passenger in the car, the driver hits a pole. The claim is with Allstate. My fitbia was smashed at the plateau the fibula was also broken. Surgically repaired with a plate and 7 screws. It's been 8 weeks and the doctors still won't let me ...

    Sean’s Answer

    Highly recommend that you hire a lawyer immediately. Representing yourself is a very bad idea. First, you need to understand who you are dealing with here. You are dealing with Allstate. Allstate is a notoriously bad insurance carrier - one of the worst carriers to negotiate with - even for us lawyers. They are stingy and don't care about protecting their insureds. Second, if you want full value for your injuries, you case needs to be prepared in such a manner to get full value. This means getting the proper experts and reports. It means telling your story in a compelling manner. You need a lawyer to do this. Do yourself a favor and talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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