An injury can reduce your quality of life. You can go from being a productive member of society and provider for your family to requiring specialized round-the-clock care.
Injuries can also take a toll on your finances with expensive medical care and your inability to work.
Attorneys just how hard hit individuals and their families can be after an accident. We’re committed to fighting for the rights of injured parties.
Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable Hudson County car accident lawyer. We love to FIGHT for the injured.
Go over the details of your case with an experienced Hudson County personal injury attorney to determine whether you can make a claim for compensation.
We provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay unless you win a settlement fee.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury is an injury that occurs to any part of the body. This includes both internal and external parts of the body. However, just having a personal injury isn’t enough to be able to file a personal injury case. Your injury must have been caused as a result of the negligence of another party.
The intent of a personal injury case is to recover compensation from the at-fault party for the injuries you sustained. This compensation helps the injured party meet various expenses and financial constraints resulting from the accident.
Types of Cases Our Hudson County Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
Personal injuries can result from:
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
- Construction accidents
- Fires and burns
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents and much more.
The degree to which you are affected by an accident varies. However, talking to a Hudson County personal injury attorney can help to determine whether you are entitled to compensation and how best to approach your claim.
Your attorneys have experience representing personal injury victims in a wide variety of cases. If you’ve been injured in an accident within Jersey City, Union City, West New York, Guttenberg, Harrison, Secaucus, Hoboken, Kearny, Bayonne, Weehawken, North Berge, East Newark or the surrounding areas, get in touch with us.
- The extent to which the other person was responsible for the injuries
- The severity of the injuries resulting from the accident
- The degree of negligence
While it is difficult to determine exactly how much you will receive as compensation for your injuries, talking to a Hudson County Personal Injury Lawyer can help determine what types of damages you can claim compensation for.
We can help you seek compensation for:
- Medical bills for treating injuries resulting from the accident
- Future medical expenses for treatment or management of injuries resulting from the accident as well as complications that may develop. These include expenses related to medical devices, physical therapy, as well as, additional surgeries.
- Pain and suffering resulting from the injuries.
This may include non-physical injuries that may require therapy such as panic attacks or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Permanent injuries or handicaps.
- The expense of modifying your house or car in the event of a permanent disability. This includes modifying your vehicle or car to accommodate a wheelchair or other medical equipment.
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement.
- Lost wages. This includes the income you would have earned for the period you were unable to return to work during recovery.
- Reduced capacity to earn. You can be compensated for what you would have earned if the injuries result in disabilities that prevent you from returning to work in the same role or limit your ability to perform your tasks at work.
- Loss of the capacity to earn. You can be compensated for what you would have earned if the injuries result in permanent disabilities and therefore prevent you from returning to work or seeking other positions.
- Retraining or occupational therapy. This covers the cost of the training you will require if you are unable to return to work.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. This compensation is given if your injuries prevent you from engaging in activities you did before you were injured such as running marathons.
- Wrongful death. If your loved one died as a result of the injuries, you may seek compensation for this. This compensation covers funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses prior to death as well as future benefits and wages.
No-fault Auto Insurance in Hudson County, New Jersey
New Jersey has a no fault system when it comes to auto insurance. This means that victims of car accidents must first seek their own insurance to cover the costs of medical treatment and other losses arising from the car accident.
The biggest benefit of this system is that medical expenses are paid more quickly. You will, therefore, avoid waiting a long period for reimbursement for any out of pocket expenses related to the treatment of your injuries.
The drawback of the no-fault insurance system is that it limits your right to sue for pain and suffering.
We’ll help you understand your options and which would be the best for your case. You can depend on our experience for the best advice.
Can I Still Sue Someone for Damages After a Car Accident?
If you are involved in a car accident in Hudson County, your own insurance provider will be required to cover the resulting expenses including your medical bills, compensation for lost wages as well as other related expenses. Insurance companies, however, only pay up to the limit of the coverage of the insurance policy. Therefore, if you have a basic car accident policy, you may not receive adequate compensation to cover your expenses.
A Hudson County car accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation from the at-fault driver to cover the rest of the expenses. However, it is important to note that there are limitations to this because of New Jersey’s no-fault insurance system.
In general, victims of car accidents may pursue compensation if the injuries sustained are severe e.g. resulted in paralysis, permanent injuries, significant disfigurement or loss of a body part. Families of car accident victims may also file a lawsuit if the accident resulted in the death of their loved one.
You may also be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver if there is evidence of gross negligence or malice.
What’s The Car Accident Statute of Limitations and Damages Cap?
If you want to pursue someone for the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of a car accident that they were responsible for, it’s important to be aware of the deadlines and limitations that the law places on these types of lawsuits.
In New Jersey, the deadline for car accident lawsuits is 2 years. This period is counted from the time of the accident. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this period, you will not be able to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for your damages and losses.
There are, however, some circumstances under which the court will allow you to file your car accident lawsuits after the statute of limitations has elapsed.
New Jersey law also puts a cap on what can be awarded as damages in a car accident case. This is known as a damages cap. It, however, only applies to punitive damages. These are damages that are intended as a punishment to the at-fault party for malicious or serious wrongdoing.
Punitive damages are capped at 5 times the total value of damages or $350,000, whichever is a great value.
Talk to a Hudson County Lawyer to find out if you are eligible to pursue punitive damages. We’ll fight to protect your rights.
The Phases Our Accident Attorneys Work through
Personal injury cases progress in different ways depending on the cause of the injury and various other circumstances surrounding your case. However, they generally tend to follow the phases below:
Consultation With a Hudson Personal Injury Lawyer
This is the first and most important step to take if you want to pursue a personal injury claim. An experienced attorney will evaluate your case and tell you whether you have a valid claim or not. We offer a free consultation for personal injury victims. Our NJ Injury lawyers will give you an approximation on how much your claim is worth. We’ll also tell you the different options available for pursuing your compensation.
Filing the Lawsuit In Court
In order to seek compensation, you’ll have to file an official complaint in court. Our experienced attorneys will file the lawsuit on your behalf. This includes obtaining the required documents to support your claim, arranging them in proper order, assisting with filing in of any forms and presenting them to the right department.
This is the stage when investigations are carried out by both sides. We’ll make use of all the resources at our disposal to gather information about the circumstances of your accident. We’ll demand evidence from the defendant, conduct depositions as well as work with expert witnesses to strengthen your claim.
In some cases, a court hearing may occur. This may be at the request of the defendant or our attorneys. This may occur for any number of reasons including trying to get evidence admitted or thrown out.
Negotiations involve a lot of back and forth between the parties in an effort to reach an amount for compensation that both parties can agree upon. Negotiations often begin with our attorneys sending a demand letter stating the reasons you are seeking compensation and how much you want as compensation for your injuries. The defendant then responds with how much they are willing to pay. This back and forth communication continues until a reasonable figure is arrived at.
In many instances, a settlement is agreed upon outside the court process. Out of court settlements save on litigation costs. They also help to preserve the reputation of the defendant and ensure and may help preserve them from punitive damages in some cases. Defendants are therefore more inclined to settle their cases out of court.
In some rare cases, out of court settlements are not reached. The case then proceeds to trial. This involves both sides presenting evidence an arguing their cases before a judge and jury. Witnesses may be called upon to give their testimony.
When both sides are done presenting their cases, they each give a closing statement. The jury will then weigh both arguments and give a decision based on the evidence presented. If the jury finds in favor of the plaintiff (the injured party), you can collect compensation. If not, you can file to appeal the decision.