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We treat no claim as insignificant, and devote our full attention to every case, regardless of size. In every case, our goal is to secure maximum compensation for our clients.

Practice Areas

Standing Up for Injured Victims of Negligence, Civil Rights Violations and
Environmental Toxic Torts

At Williams Cedar, we are committed to providing personalized, innovative and aggressive legal counsel to all of our clients. With nearly a half billion dollars in settlements and awards, we have always striven to protect the rights of our clients whose personal, civil and consumer rights have been violated or abused, whether in motor vehicle accidents or wrongful death cases, Constitutional claims, or toxic chemical exposure matters, we devote the same level of attention, respect and expertise to every client we have the privilege to represent.

Environmental Toxic Tort

For many individuals and communities, the “downside” of our industrial and technological progress has been ever increasing exposure to hazardous toxic chemicals through drinking water, soil and the air we breathe. At Williams Cedar, we have handled matters involving all of these dangers. Examples include:

  • Contaminated Water: When a community’s drinking water or a property owner’s well has been contaminated with industrial and chemical pollutants, the result can be an increase in serious or even deadly illnesses, including cancer. We have brought cases to force polluters to pay for the damages they have caused to our clients.
  • Trichloroethylene and Other Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOCs): This family of chemicals has made its destructive presence known throughout the environment, due to the compounds’ extensive use in solvents, degreasers and other industrial applications. Despite the chemical industry’s opposition, government regulators now recognize many of them as human carcinogens.
  • Benzene Exposure: Benzene is a chemical commonly found in materials like diesel fuel, gasoline, resins, paints, plastics and rubber. It is a known carcinogen capable of causing serious health problems even at low levels. Adverse effects from chronic benzene exposure include leukemia, non-hodgkins lymphoma, hodgkins disease, multiple myeloma and other blood-related diseases.
  • PFOA and PFOS Contamination: Perfluorooctanoiac Acid (PFOA) and Perfluoroctane Sulfonate (PFOS) are part of the family of compounds known as polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs). They have been used for many years in “non-stick” and water resistant coatings, lubricants, cleaning products, and even food packaging. Historically poorly regulated by federal and state governments, they are now widely present and high persistent in the environment, and recognized as highly toxic. They have been linked to a wide range of illnesses, including thyroid disease, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, and certain cancers.
  • “Fracking”: Society’s demand for expanded sources of energy has resulted in the spread of the novel gas well drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The technology involves the high pressure injection of chemical fluids into well bores, creating cracks in deep underground
    formations in order to withdraw natural gas. The wells can extend hundreds of feet deep and go thousands of feet horizontally beneath the earth’s surface and underlying acquifers. Improper drilling and construction of the wells can result in serious environmental damage through the escape of the toxic chemicals used as “fracking fluids,” the release of dangerous natural materials such as methane, or the negligent storage of fracking waste.
    Fracking, which is extremely widespread in Northeastern Pennsylvania, has resulted in the contamination of numerous drinking water wells and other harmful effects. At Williams Cedar, we represent landowners in their claims against the oil and gas companies who pollute their property.

Domestic Heating Oil Spills

It’s a sad fact that the retail suppliers of home heating oil frequently “misdeliver” the product, and spill heating oil onto and into the property and
homes of their customers. A single spill of this type can result in the mandatory evacuation of the homeowners and their families, permanently
damage the structure, and diminish the value of the property. Lawyers at Williams Cedar have obtained significant verdicts and settlements for the
victims of oil spills, forcing the responsible parties to compensate our clients for their loss of the quiet enjoyment of their properties.

Personal Injury

Everyday, people are hurt in accidents caused by the negligence of another person. The personal injury cases we handle include: truck accidents, car
accidents, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death.

  • Truck accidents: These tend to be some of the most devastating accidents, causing the most catastrophic injuries and property damage. In many cases, injuries from truck accidents require long-term medical care.
  • Car accidents: These are among the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities in this country. Injuries can include head trauma, brain and spinal injuries, organ damage, loss of limbs, and other life-threatening conditions.
  • Slip and fall: When an individual slips and falls on another person’s property, the owner or manager is typically liable for the person’s injuries. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include uneven flooring, broken handrails, slippery surfaces, cracked sidewalks, and other inadequately maintained areas.
  • Wrongful death: If a family member suffers fatality from an injury caused by another person’s negligence, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim, which can help the family recover damages for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost earnings, and emotional trauma.
  • Defective Products: When a product is defective, because of a faulty design or inadequate warning or instructions, serious injury to the consumer can result. The law provides remedies for victims of defective products, including financial relief for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering.

Civil Rights

The Constitution of the United States and various federal and state laws establish our society’s most basic rights. When these civil rights are violated by another citizen, an employer, or a governmental official, Williams Cedar is on the side of the victim, insuring their protection, and fighting for fair compensation for the violation of rights guaranteed to all of us.

  • Title IX claims: 1972 Amendment to the federal education law, 20 U.S.C. §§1681-1688 (Title IX) is a federal statute that was created to prohibit sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX provides that “no person can be excluded from a school or be denied financial assistance based on the person’s gender.” Title IX guarantees equal participation in educational programs, including varsity sports, and prohibits gender discrimination and sexual harassment in schools.
  • Police misconduct: A police officer’s use of excessive force in the exercise of his duty violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. The Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. §1983 provides a federal remedy to victims Constitutional violations such as these and other wrongdoing, including false arrest, racial profiling, wrongful convictions, and malicious prosecution.
  • First Amendment violations: The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to free speech. A governmental actor who prevents a person’s ability to express her views on matters of public interest, or punishes someone for exercising such rights, may be sued under §1983.
  • Whistleblower: The law protects employees and others who report a violation of law or other wrongdoing by an employer, including governmental agencies. Whistleblowers are protected from termination, retaliation and intimidation. Williams Cedar has represented numerous whistleblower plaintiffs under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law, and New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

Williams Cedar proudly serves clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To set up a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced and dedicated lawyers, call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online.