ACCIDENTS AND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS IN NEW JERSEY
Our New Jersey Accident Lawyers are ready to help you recover full monetary compensation for personal injuries and property damage that you have sustained after a traffic accident. If your accident caused by the negligent or careless actions of another and you sustained an injury, you may be entitled to receive full compensation for your injuries and other damages under New Jersey Accident Law.
How To Essure That You Receive Full Compensation For Your Accident Claim
Our aggressive New Jersey Accident Lawyers have the proven experience to successfully represent clients who have been injured in a variety of accidents including motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, defective product accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Thus, if you’ve been hurt in a New Jersey accident, it is imperative that you contact our law firm today to protect your legal right to receive full compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Accident Cases in New Jersey
Q: What is negligence?
A: Someone can be considered negligent if they use less than reasonable care to protect others from harm. A typical negligence case involves four elements:
- An individual owed a duty of care to the injured person;
- That individual breached that duty of care, or failed to act with reasonable care;
- The breach caused injury; and
- Someone was actually injured by the breach.
A duty of care that one individual owes another usually depends on the facts and circumstances of the injury. But in most cases, everyone is responsible for acting with reasonable care to prevent harm or injuries to others. Personal injury cases deal with injuries and other damages that are caused by the negligence or carelessness of another.
Q: If I am injured in an accident, should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
A: Not every injury requires the use of a lawyer, particularly if the injury is minor and you feel comfortable dealing with an insurance company on your own. But if your injuries and pain last for more than a few days, or if you’ve suffered a serious injury that has rendered you unable to work and you’re racking up medical expenses, it might be advantageous to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. When injured individuals try to handle their case on their own, many times insurance companies will take advantage of them and convince them to settle their case for less than what it is worth. When you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to take on your accident case, they will investigate and evaluate your claim, and with your best interests in mind, try to negotiate with the insurance companies and other lawyers involved. They also will typically make every effort to ensure you recover to the fullest extent possible.
Q: Should I file a personal injury claim or lawsuit?
A: If you are injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you might have medical bills, and maybe you can’t work because of your injuries. Perhaps you are in constant pain, and you are facing a long road to recovery. In these instances, it might make sense to hold the individuals who caused your accident responsible for your injuries and consider pursuing a claim or legal action. It is important to note that when it comes to car accidents, New Jersey operates under what is called a No-Fault insurance system which means that when you are in a motor vehicle accident, you must submit your claim to your own insurance company. However, if your injuries are particularly serious or your medical expenses exceed a certain threshold, you may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver.
Q: How long do I have to file a lawsuit in New Jersey?
A: In New Jersey, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for personal injury damages. The Statute of Limitations, or the law that sets the deadline for filing a personal injury suit states that you must file your case within two years of the date of your accident or injury. However, in some instances, if the at-fault party is a governmental entity, the time limit for filing a notice of a claim can be as short as ninety days. If you fail to file your case within the proper time limit, you risk losing your rights to compensation. That’s why, if you are injured in an accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced New Jersey Accident Lawyer right away to ensure that you meet all of the appropriate deadlines.
Q: How much is my accident claim worth?
A: Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question. The amount of money that you could be entitled to receive will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. Oftentimes, how much you recover will depend on the types and extent of your injuries. This is why you should consult and experienced New Jersey Accident Attorney from our law firm. We will thoroughly evaluate your claim in order to provide you with an idea of what your case may be worth and/or whether your case qualifies under New Jersey law.
Q: What kinds of damages might I be entitled to recover?
A: Again, this will depend on the type of case and the injuries or other damages that you’ve sustained. Most personal injury clients have suffered from some sort of injury that requires medical treatment. Accordingly, they are usually entitled to compensation for their medical expenses. Other damages might include past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In some cases where a defendant’s actions are particularly egregious, you might also be entitled to punitive damages which can be up to five times the amount of compensatory damages you receive.
Q: What should I do if I’ve been injured in an accident?
A: If you’ve sustained injuries in an accident, you should seek medical treatment right away. Be sure to keep track of all of your medical records and expenses related to the injury. After you’ve sought care, you may want to seriously consider contacting an experienced New Jersey Accident Lawyer. It is important that you do not sign anything or provide any statements to insurance companies or others unless or until you are represented by a lawyer. Doing so may jeopardize your rights to a full recovery for your injuries and other damages.
Q: If my loved one died in an accident, can I still file a lawsuit?
A: Yes. This type of loss is known as wrongful death. Parents, children, spouses, siblings, and grandparents can bring a wrongful death claim against those responsible for your loved one’s death. Typically, a decedent’s family is entitled to damages that include monetary compensation for lost financial support, funeral and burial expenses, and even for loss of affection, companionship, love, and care.
Q: Can I still seek compensation if I was partially at fault for my injuries?
A: The answer to this question will depend on the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred. In New Jersey, fault is determined under a modified comparative fault scheme. What this means is that an individual cannot recover damages if their own negligence is greater than that of the individual or entity against whom recovery is sought. For example, if you are found to be 51% at fault for your car accident, you cannot recover any damages. However, if you are, say, 20% at fault, the amount you can recover will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
Q: How much will it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
A: In most personal injury cases, you can hire a lawyer on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you usually will not have to pay any money up front and your lawyer will not be paid unless or until your case reaches a successful settlement or you win at trial. If you win, your lawyer will then be paid a percentage of your monetary recovery which is typically around 33% of the total. Contingency fee arrangements allow access to the courts and the justice system to individuals who might not necessarily have the means to hire a lawyer. Moreover, they act as an incentive for lawyers to work hard and do their best to obtain the best possible results in your case since their payment depends upon a successful settlement or win at trial.
Q: How long will my case take?
A: How long it takes to settle your claim will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. Some cases may only take weeks or months, while others might take years. If the issues are particularly complex, if there are numerous records or documents to review, or if your case ends up going to trial, it may take longer to complete.
The Types of Accident Claims We Aggressively Represent
At Parker Waichman LLP, our lawyers have many years of experience handling personal injuries that stem from an accident that was caused by the negligence of another. No matter whether you were injured in a car accident, truck accident, workplace accident or otherwise, we are here to help you. If you have any questions regarding your particular personal injury case, be sure to contact us today.
The following is a list of the areas of practice our firm has successfully represented injury victims throughout the state of New Jersey:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Accidents involving motor vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, large trucks, and motorcycles, happen all too often in the State of New Jersey. Many individuals who are in these crashes sustain serious injuries, some of which are fatal. The New Jersey State Police reported that in New Jersey in 2016, there were 571 fatal motor vehicle accidents that caused more than six hundred deaths. Nationwide, traffic-related fatalities tend to be a leading cause of death.
In many instances, motor vehicle accidents are the result of another driver’s negligence. Whether the driver was texting while driving or otherwise distracted, speeding, driving aggressively, or was drunk, if your accident happened due to the negligent or careless actions of another, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our experienced New Jersey Accident Lawyers, have extensive experience handling truck accident cases, motorcycle accident cases, car accident cases and all other types of motor vehicle accident cases. We are dedicated to obtaining the best possible result in your accident case.
When many people hear about traffic accidents or even personal injury accidents for that matter, they oftentimes think of a motor vehicle accident between two cars or trucks. But what many individuals forget is that motorists are not the only ones on the road. In higher density areas like New Jersey, pedestrians are frequently present in high traffic areas. With pedestrians crossing streets and roadways via crosswalks or jaywalking across the street, and sometimes, even if they are just walking down the sidewalk when traffic is present, accidents can happen and pedestrians are at an inherent disadvantage when they do occur.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that in 2016, approximately six thousand pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. These deaths accounted for sixteen percent of all traffic fatalities. Pedestrian accidents happen for a number of different reasons, but typically, they are the result of a negligent or careless motorist. For example, pedestrians get struck by motor vehicles when distracted drivers are not paying attention to those crossing the street when they are turning a corner, or maybe when the driver fails to yield to a pedestrian who has stepped foot in a crosswalk. Regardless of the negligent actions that resulted in an accident, the injuries can be severe and even fatal.
Our compassionate and skilled New Jersey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers have the experience and the skills necessary to successfully represent you and your family in your complex pedestrian accident in New Jersey.
Construction Accidents & Labor Law in New Jersey
Construction sites are inherently dangerous workplaces. Workers are oftentimes required to perform their duties on ladders or scaffolds, to operate heavy machinery, and to handle power tools. Many employers and contractors try to make sure that construction sites are safe for their workers, but even with proper safety procedures and protocols in place, accidents still happen. Due to the nature of the work, construction accident injuries can be particularly serious and even fatal. This is not surprising given that the majority of construction-related accidents are due to falls, electrocutions, burns, and getting caught in or between equipment or struck by an object.
State and federal laws typically require construction sites to meet certain safety standards. Workers must usually receive proper training and must wear appropriate gear. Whether your injury was the result of inadequate safety precautions, or due to some other negligence, you might be entitled to compensation.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyers have represented clients in some of the most complex construction accident cases, and we can help you with yours today.
Accidents Involving Dangerous or Defective Products (Product Liability in New Jersey)
Under product liability law, manufacturers can be held liable for any injuries or other damages caused by their products. Defective medical devices are usually the basis of many product liability claims. For instance, if a medical device used for a hip replacement is not tested thoroughly, or if it tends to malfunction or fail prematurely, and people are injured as a result, the manufacturer of that hip replacement device can be responsible for their defective product. Similarly, manufacturers can also be liable for consumer products such as powders or over the counter medications that are thought to cause cancer in the individuals who use the products.
When it comes to product liability, products are usually found to either have a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or the manufacturer fails to provide adequate warnings about the risks associated with the product.
Our New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, have substantial experience dealing with the rules and regulations that are intended to protect and compensate consumers, and our clients, who have been injured by defective products.
Premises Liability in New Jersey
Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that deals with injuries that occur on the property of another. When most people hear the phrase premises liability, they think about slip or trip and fall accidents, but actually, premises liability encompasses a whole host of personal injury accidents including dog bites, accidents that occur due to inadequate lighting or lack of proper security, burn or flood accidents, swimming pool accidents, escalator or elevator accidents, toxic fume or chemical injuries, amusement park accidents, and accidents due to inadequate maintenance of the premises.
In New Jersey, property owners and/or occupiers have a duty to make sure that their premises are safe and free from unsafe conditions. If a property owner fails to adhere to this duty, as might be the case if they fail to address a dangerous condition on their property even if they know about it, and an individual is injured as a result of that condition, then the owner can be liable for damages. Regardless of whether your premises liability accident was the result of a slippery floor, icy sidewalk, broken staircase or railing, or malfunctioning elevator or amusement park ride, you might be entitled to compensation. At Parker Waichman LLP, our New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers have helped numerous clients who have sustained injuries in a variety of premises liability accidents obtain the compensation they need and deserve. Contact us today to discuss your case and find out what we can do for you.
Filing a New Jersey Accident Lawsuit
If you’ve been in an accident in New Jersey that you believe was caused by the negligent or careless actions of another, you might be entitled to compensation. When you find your medical bills are piling up and/or you’re unable to work due to your injuries, the last thing you want to do is worry about making ends meet when you should be focusing on recovering. By filing a lawsuit, you can take the steps that are necessary for obtaining the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact our experienced New Jersey Accident Lawyers today by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to ensure that your legal rights to compensation are preserved and protected.
Why Choose Our New Jersey Accident Lawyers?
At Parker Waichman LLP, our knowledgeable and dedicated legal team has built a reputation for achieving favorable and significant results for our clients. In fact, over the years we have recovered damages totaling more than one billion dollars for our personal injury and wrongful death claimants. Through determination, hard work, and effective advocacy, our lawyers do their best to obtain the best possible results in every case.
Colleagues, judges, and our clients have consistently recognized us for our dedication, diligence and courtroom successes.
Parker Waichman LLP has received a number of accolades, awards, and honors that include:
- Recognition as “Preeminent Lawyers” by the AV Peer Review Rating
- An AVVO rating of 9.8 out of a perfect 10
- Lawdragon’s highest ranking of “5 Dragons” based on peer review
- A listing in Extensive Peer Review’s Best Lawyers Publication
This list of accolades and awards is by no means exhaustive, and while these recognitions are important, our clients and the work we do for them are our main focus, and we are always working to obtain favorable results in every case. No matter the circumstances of your accident or injury, you can rest easy knowing that the experienced lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP will do their best to achieve the best possible outcome in your case and will always make your best interests their priority.
Call 1-800-YOURLAWYER For Your Free Accident Consultation Today
At Parker Waichman LLP, our knowledgeable Accident Lawyers in New Jersey are dedicated to our clients who have been injured in accidents caused by others. Our lawyers provide quality service and effective legal advocacy, and they strive to obtain the best possible results in every case. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligent or careless actions, be sure to contact our law firm today by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or fill out our contact form online and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.