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Personal injury law, referred to as “tort” law allows injured people the opportunity to seek financial compensation when someone else’s caress actions, wrongful conduct, negligent actions, or intentional actions cause harm. There is a wide range of situations that could give rise to a valid personal injury claim, however, it is important to recognize that the presence of an injury does not necessarily constitute legal liability.
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For more than 25 years, the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have been providing high-quality legal representation to injury victims throughout the state of New Jersey. We have achieved MULTIMILLION DOLLAR settlements and verdicts in a wide variety of cases, including auto accidents, catastrophic injuries, and medical malpractice. Best of all, we charge NO UPFRONT FEE and only collect a reasonable percentage of your recovery. If we’re not able to make a recovery, we won’t charge you a single cent. This is our NO WIN, NO FEE promise.
New Jersey Code section 2A:14-2: the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury.
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Personal Injury Law in New Jersey
If you have been the victim of a car accident in New Jersey, you must file your injury claim against your own insurance policy, unless you can prove that you have suffered a serious injury, according to the state’s “no-fault” system. Typically, the only way to get around this is if the injuries involve significant scarring or disfigurement, loss of limb, displaced fractures, the loss of a fetus, or some other type of permanent, life-altering injury. Under these conditions, if your medical bills exceed the state’s minimum requirement for bringing legal action against the negligent driver who caused the accident, you may still be able to file a personal injury claim to recoup costs. The complexities surrounding no-fault claims can make it especially important to seek legal advice on how to properly approach the situation.
“Shared fault” applies to most other types of personal injury cases. According to this legal concept, a claimant may have his or her compensation amount reduced if he or she was partially at fault for the injury incident. The “modified comparative negligence rule” comes into play in such cases. This rule simply states that the amount of compensation a partially liable claimant receives will be reduced by an amount that reflects their percentage of fault. For example, if a claimant’s damages amount to $10,000, but the jury determines that he or she was 25 percent at fault for the accident, then the actual award given will be $7,500.
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What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in New Jersey?
If a victim does not file a claim within the two-year window of time that is allotted after suffering an injury, then he or she will surrender the right to the pursuance of compensation. It is highly advised that you consult with a qualifying attorney as soon as possible, especially since the deadline for your particular case may even be less than two years, depending on the circumstances. If you do not act in time, you will lose out on vital financial coverage, guaranteed.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when the wrongful actions of one party result in another’s harm or injuries. In most cases, the responsible party’s insurance company will pay for the losses the injured person incurred, such as his or her medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other economic losses.
While there are a plethora of situations that could give rise to a personal injury case, the most common include the following.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Regrettably, each year, millions of people across the nation are affected by traffic accidents. According to a data sheet published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, there were 36,560 traffic accident fatalities in the United States. In the same year, the total number of injuries totaled an astounding 2.7 million.
Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, including whiplash and traumatic head injuries. When a person is injured in a vehicle accident caused by another’s negligence, the injured victim may be entitled to monetary compensation for their damages.
In the State of New Jersey, those injured in a car accident must first obtain compensation from their own insurance coverage, known as Personal Injury Protection, or PIP. PIP is a no-fault coverage and will help cover medical costs associated with the accident.
Medical malpractice cases can arise from licensed medical professionals and caregivers who neglect their duty to treat their patient’s medical conditions to the best of their ability. Every licensed healthcare provider owes this duty to their patients and every patient has a right to expect this level of professional care. When medical care providers fail to abide by their duty of care and are grossly negligent or reckless when treating a patient and this results in the patient’s injury, their reckless actions can make them susceptible to a medical malpractice claim.
Slip and Fall Accident Cases
Slip and fall accident cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability. Property owners and those who rent their property have a legal obligation to maintain their premises reasonably free from potential hazards to prevent the injury of people who enter their premises. In spite of this, many property owners fail to meet their legal obligations and dangerous conditions can arise in their property.
A person can suffer a slip and fall accident as a result of flooring changes, torn carpeting, cluttered walkways, deteriorated sidewalks, insufficient lighting, wet or recently waxed floors, and narrow walkways. In the event of a slip and fall accident, taking pictures of the scene at the time of the accident can help corroborate one’s version of events. It can also be helpful to retain the contact information or witnesses or obtain a copy of video surveillance.
Personal injuries can also occur when performing work-related duties. Personal injuries that result while at work can involve slip and fall accidents, hazardous materials, and more. While it may not be possible to file a personal injury claim against an employer, it may be possible to obtain workers’ compensation to cover necessary medical expenses, a loss of wages, and even disability.
Compensation can also be recovered when the injuries sustained were caused as a result of third-party negligence. For instance, if the injuries were caused as a result of a defective ladder, the company that manufactured the ladder may be held accountable. Similarly, if the accident was caused as a result of a harmful substance, such as weed killer, the company that sells the product may be held responsible for the workers’ injuries.
Product Defects/ Product Liability Cases
Whenever a product is purchased and the consumer uses it as it was intended, the consumer has the right to expect the product’s safety. When the product causes a consumer’s injuries as a result of a defect or malfunction, a personal injury claim can be filed against the product manufacturer. Aside from manufacturing companies, other parties that can be held responsible include the product designer or seller.
Dog Bite Injury Cases
In the State of New Jersey, dog owners are held strictly responsible when their pet attacks and bites a person regardless of whether the owner had knowledge of the dog’s aggressive behavior or vicious tendencies. Generally, a personal injury claim can be filed if the accident took place while the victim was in a public place or legally in a private location, including the dog owner’s home.
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Life Altering Injuries That Are Common in Serious Accidents
When a client has been catastrophically injured, they generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
Spinal Cord Injury: These types of injuries can be the result of anything from a physician’s malpractice to a truck driver’s error in judgment on the highway. For example, fractured vertebrae sustained while working on a dangerous job site can cut into the spinal cord resulting in permanent damage. In some cases, the victim will experience numbness or a complete loss of feeling or sensation below the site of the damage.
Quadriplegia: occurs when a victim loses physical ability in their arms and legs, whereas paraplegia occurs when a victim maintains the use of their arms but loses physical ability in their legs. While some suffer from incomplete paralysis, others sustain permanent and complete damage.
Traumatic Brain Injury Whether someone’s head strikes the pavement in a slip and fall accident or is hit by a distracted driver while using a cross walk, severe head injuries are often associated with serious accidents. These injuries can result in life-changing memory issues, struggles with communication, wild mood swings, and loss of physical and mental abilities.
Amputation Some industrial accidents result in such severe damage to a body part that the only medical recourse is amputation. An amputation can be complete where the appendage is totally severed or it may be partial where some soft tissue remains at the site of the trauma. When a severed limb or finger is not preserved and reattached right away, amputation may be the only option.
Burn Injury A burn injury is considered catastrophic when the damage is permanent and affects a significant portion of the body. Not only will victims of burn injuries suffer through expensive and painful medical procedures but they also may lose feeling and physical ability in the damaged part of their body. The emotional trauma suffered by burn victims as a result of disfigurement is also significant.
Eye Injury An eye injury can result in impaired vision, loss of sight in one eye, or complete blindness. These are not minor debilitations but lifelong ones that can adversely affect one’s ability to carry out daily tasks. Treatment and rehabilitation can be both extensive and expensive and require services from a variety of medical experts, including ophthalmologists.
Bone Fracture Generally, bone fractures result from high force impact or stress. Treatment often involves CT and MRI scans, surgery, the use of splints and casts, and rehabilitation. Since the healing process can take several months, victims may have to depend on disability benefits for a significant period of time while they are unable to work.
Why Get Help From Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C.?
If you or a loved one are considering filing a personal injury claim, it’s crucial that you hire a seasoned legal professional to help fight for the restitution you’re entitled to. You need someone who has extensive experience working with insurance companies, negotiating settlements, and presenting evidence in court to ensure your case receives a reasonable payout. In addition, lawsuits are stressful and time-consuming. Your attorney will take care of everything that is required so you can put your energy and focus into making a full recovery.
NJ Personal Injury Attorneys Providing Exceptional Legal Assistance
The legal team at the Princeton-based personal injury law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is composed of reliable lawyers who handle a wide variety of personal injury cases, including auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injury, traumatic brain injury, construction accidents, product liability, and much more. If you were injured in Hamilton, South Brunswick, West Windsor, Lawrence Township, or elsewhere in the state, please contact our New Jersey personal injury attorneys at (609) 429-5854 for more information on the services we provide.
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