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When you are suffering injuries as the result of a catastrophic accident, it is a long road ahead with unknown obstacles. The stark reality is that your recovery depends on the time spent healing and the expenses of medical treatment and rehabilitative equipment. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may or may not ever be able to return to enjoying your life as you once knew it or the wages you earned at your job. The responsible party’s insurance company will be quick to offer a settlement that will minimize your injuries. The initial monetary compensation offering may not be enough to cover all of your needs.
If you or a loved one has serious accident injuries, the sooner you speak to an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer, the quicker you can begin your journey to recovery. At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., our New Jersey personal injury attorneys’ singular purpose is to help our clients get the compensation they deserve.
How Will I Know If I Have a Legit Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases are based on the legal principle of negligence. If your injury was caused by the negligent action or inaction of another person or party, you might have a valid personal injury claim. There are four elements of negligence that must be present for you to recover compensation:
- Duty. You must prove the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. For example, all drivers have a duty to drive with reasonable care and obey traffic laws.
- Breach of duty. Next, you must show the at-fault party breached their duty of care. Sticking with the driving example, if a driver didn’t obey the speed limit or failed to stop at a red light, they likely breached their duty of care.
- The breach caused your injury. You must show the at-fault party’s breach caused your injury or was a contributing factor. Usually, that means your attorney will work to prove that, without the at-fault party’s action or inaction, your injury wouldn’t have occurred.
- Actual damages. The injury must have resulted in actual damages. It’s possible that someone else caused your injury, but if it wasn’t treated, healed on its own, and no expenses were incurred, you incurred no actual damages.
Your lawyer will be able to analyze the strength of your personal injury case and help you determine whether you want to file an injury lawsuit. Contact us today!
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After Being Injured in New Jersey?
Under the New Jersey statute of limitations, you have two years to file a lawsuit after being injured in New Jersey. The law applies to all types of personal injury cases, but there may be individual exceptions based on circumstances. If you fail to file the paperwork within the allotted time, the opposing party will likely file a motion to dismiss the case.
The amount of compensation a plaintiff is entitled to is unique to each personal injury case. There are two types of damages that are commonly awarded: economic damages and noneconomic damages. The severity of your injuries and the circumstances surrounding your accident will be important factors in determining the value of your claim.
What Damages Can I Be Awarded After an Injury?
Economic damages are awarded to cover the actual expenses incurred because of the injury, such as:
- Emergency medical expenses,
- Doctor visits,
- Physical therapy,
- Lost wages,
- Damage or lost property, and
It’s important to keep an accurate record of all expenses related to your accident. The sum of these current and estimated costs will partially determine how much compensation you can seek when you file an injury lawsuit.
These damages are more difficult to quantify because they aren’t determined by the numbers on a bill or invoice. Noneconomic damages are designed to compensate you for the psychological, mental, and emotional damage caused by the accident and your injuries. These may include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Post-traumatic stress,
- Mental anguish,
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Loss of consortium.
The severity of your injuries and the circumstances surrounding the accident will influence how much you can receive in noneconomic damages. Because the losses associated with noneconomic damages can be difficult to assign a dollar value to, it’s important to speak with an attorney who will know how to evaluate these damages.
What Are My Options If Someone Dies Before an Injury Lawsuit?
Unfortunately, sometimes a party to a lawsuit will die before the case is resolved. There are two distinct situations to address here. In one situation, the negligent party dies before the lawsuit can be filed. In the other situation, it’s the victim who has died before a lawsuit can be filed.
When the Negligent Party Dies
If you were in an accident that caused damage or serious injury, but the responsible party passed away, you may still file a claim. In the case of a vehicle accident, New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means you would first need to file a claim with your own insurance. In some situations, you may need to file a lawsuit. An attorney can explain your options and file a claim against the decedent’s estate if appropriate.
When the Victim Dies
If someone you love died because of someone else’s negligence, you might be able to file a cause of action for wrongful death. This is a type of personal injury claim that is available to certain family members. Or, you may be able to file a survival action. This type of lawsuit seeks the same compensation that would have been paid to the victim had they survived.
Personal Injury Claims Are Time Sensitive and Complex
If your injuries are the result of someone’s negligent actions, inaction, or intentionally harmful behavior, you may have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost and future wages, rehabilitative equipment, physical therapy, property damage, and pain and suffering. Personal injury claims may seem straightforward, but the process is not simple.
You will need to gather accident reports, emergency room documentation, your physical and mental health medical records, history of wages, and projections for future earnings to prepare for filing a claim within two years of the accident; two years and six months for medical malpractice in New York. There are some exceptions for this two-year time limit that may apply. It is difficult to prepare the records, get medical expert testimony and negotiate on your own behalf.
When you work with Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., you will work with attorneys who have more than two decades of experience successfully helping clients with the daunting process of filing personal injury claims for injuries involving:
- Car, truck, or motorcycle wrecks;
- Public transportation crashes;
- Dog bites;
- Dangerous products;
- Construction site accidents;
- Toxic exposure on the job;
- Equipment failure;
- Surgical errors;
- Physician misdiagnosis and
- Birth injuries.
We have offices in New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey to serve you better.
How Can I Afford a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer?
The team at Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., understands how hard it can be to manage the financial impact of your injuries. That’s why you don’t pay us unless we recover compensation for you. Because we take cases on a contingency basis, we make sure that we don’t waste your valuable time and resources. If we think you have a valid case, we will help you aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
Are You Injured? Call Us Today!
Call Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., for a free consultation to learn how our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys may be able to assist you. In New York, please call 212-256-9255. If you are in New Jersey, you may call 201-699-5070. If you prefer, please send us an email to initiate a free consultation. We are here for you 24/7.