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Keith E. Donovan

Managing Partner

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What Compensation Can I Get if I am Hit While Walking or on a Bike or Golf Cart?

In 2021, more pedestrians and cyclists were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. than in any previous year, with 7,342 pedestrian deaths. The injuries that you might sustain if you are hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, cyclist, or golf cart user can be catastrophic and life-changing. Many victims face physical and emotional trauma, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Some families are faced with the loss of their loved one. The law protects innocent victims of road accidents and makes at fault drivers legally and financially liable. More ›

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents. Who is at Fault?

In the first 10 months of 2022, 18 motorcyclists died in accidents on Delaware roads. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which has recorded details of fatal accidents in the U.S. since 1975, reported more motorcycle fatalities in 2020 in the U.S. than in any other year since FARS began with 5,579 motorcyclist deaths. More ›

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Does Delaware have Laws about Dog Bites or Dangerous Dogs?

Delaware has detailed laws about proper restraint of a dog, an owner’s liability for dog attacks, and dangerous dogs. This article focuses on the statewide regulations, however, there may also be local, county, and municipal rules to consider in your area. It is important for dog owners to understand their responsibilities and potential liabilities as dog owners. It is also important for people who have been injured in a dog attack to understand their rights as a victim, and how the law can help them to obtain justice and compensation for their injuries. More ›

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Serious Injuries FAQs

Serious or catastrophic injuries have long-lasting and life-changing consequences for victims. If you or your loved one has suffered a serious or catastrophic injury, you may have questions about what is next. More ›

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Do I Have to Report a Boating Accident in Delaware?

Boating accidents are unfortunately common in Delaware, particularly in the summer season when visitors come from across the state and the country to enjoy our waterways. In 2021, there were 17 reported boating accidents in Delaware, involving 28 vessels, 5 injuries, and 2 fatalities. More ›

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You’ve Been Hit By a Car While Walking or Riding - What Should You Do?

Delaware is one of the deadliest states in the country for pedestrians, according to a recent study of federal data. It ranks as the fifth most dangerous state for pedestrians, and statistics show that the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have nearly doubled in Delaware in the past decade. In the summer months, we have even more people on our roads as locals and visitors enjoy our beautiful state and weather, and many are biking, walking, running, or in golf carts on Delaware roads. Unfortunately, some of these people are involved in accidents with cars or other vehicles which can lead to serious injury and property damage. More ›

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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit: FAQs

If you or your family were stationed at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1953 and December 1987, you may be entitled to out-of-pocket health care costs and compensation for your pain and suffering. Click here for a free case evaluation More ›

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Catastrophic Car Accident FAQs

Posted In Car Accidents

Severe - or catastrophic - injuries are those that have life-changing and long-term consequences. Car accidents produce many types of these, including injuries to the head, spinal cord, internal organs, and extremities. Along with physical injuries, car accidents can produce severe psychological injuries as well, which are often just as debilitating. More ›

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What Damages Should You Get After a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcycle accidents can result in serious, life-altering injuries and property damage. Injured motorcyclists or their passengers may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries and losses from their own insurance company, from the at-fault driver or their insurer, or from another at-fault party. But sometimes injured motorcyclists are forced to negotiate with their own insurer or other parties, or even bring a legal claim, to ensure that they are fully compensated for all of their eligible losses.  More ›

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7 Steps to Take After a Boating or Jet Ski Accident

The U.S. Coast Guard reported 5,265 recreational boating accidents in the U.S. in 2020. As a result of these accidents, 3,191 people were injured, approximately $62.5 million in property damage was caused, and 767 people died.  More ›

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10 Things To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

If you are involved in an accident with a motorcycle, either as a motorcyclist, a passenger or the driver or another vehicle, there are certain things you should know to keep yourself and others safe, to comply with the law, and to safeguard your rights.  More ›

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What is Products Liability?

In very simple terms, product liability holds a person or company legally and financially liable for harm that is caused when their product is defective. In the U.S. in 2020, nearly 11 million people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries resulting from consumer products, with young children suffering some of the highest injury rates. More ›

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You Have Been Hurt in a Trucking Accident. What’s Next? Do You Need a Lawyer?

Trucking accidents can be catastrophic events. These accidents involve heavy vehicles that are typically hauling even heavier cargo loads. Although any road accident has the potential to cause serious injury, when large trucks traveling at highway speeds collide, jackknife, or overturn, there is an even greater potential for horrific, sometimes fatal, injuries to the occupants of other vehicles on the road. More ›

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What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

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A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action brought by the survivors of someone who died as the result of a wrongful act of another person. This type of lawsuit is a civil action brought by one person (or persons,) known as the plaintiff, against another person (or persons,) known as the defendant. It is not a criminal action, however, in Delaware, it is possible to bring a civil action for a wrongful death even if the state has brought criminal charges in relation to that death. The civil action and the criminal action will be handled in different courts. More ›

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You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident. Now What?

Posted In Car Accidents

It is a sad fact of life that people are injured in car accidents every day on Delaware roads. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that the number of fatalities on U.S. roads increased at a record pace in 2021. Estimates project that 31,720 people died in accidents on U.S. roadways in the first 9 months of 2021 alone. More ›

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Keith E. Donovan is the Managing Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee of Morris James. As Managing Partner, Keith develops sound business strategies and policies for the firm …
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