Helping Accident Victims Recover Compensation
With the soaring costs of medical treatment, if you or someone you love is seriously injured in an accident, the medical bills can quickly escalate into the tens of thousands of dollars or even well over $100,000. If your injuries prevent you from working and collecting a paycheck, that only exacerbates your financial woes. If the accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, the financial burden should not fall on you.
At Deitch & Perone, P.C., we aggressively advocate for individuals who have suffered injuries and losses in accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Dog bites
- Acts of medical malpractice
We have the experience and the resources to pursue full compensation on your behalf.
If you are injured on the job, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation and file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our office to learn more about your options for recovering the full amount you are owed.
Injured parties who bring personal injury claims in New Jersey may seek compensation for:
- All medical expenses, including immediate treatment and long-term rehabilitation
- Property loss
- Lost wages if you are unable to return to work
- Future financial losses if your injuries prevent you from returning to your same job
- Pain and suffering associated with your recovery, including the psychological impact of permanent scarring, amputation, burns or other disfigurements
- Punitive damages if the at-fault party was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when an accident occurred
- Wrongful death compensation if a car accident or premises liability accident resulted in a family member’s death
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law
Trying to recover from a major injury can be overwhelming. However, you should still be aware of your legal rights.
Whether you need to know if you have a claim or how to pursue it, Deitch & Perone, P.C., can guide you. Contact our firm in West Long Branch or Scotch Plains for a free case review.
Will My Personal Injury Claim Take Care Of My Bills?
If you secure the maximum value of your claim, it should cover the medical costs, property damage and other expenses related to the accident. However, insurance companies do not always give claimants what they deserve. Working with an experienced lawyer can help you get the compensation that covers the full extent of your bills.
What Is A Statute Of Limitations?
The statute of limitations is the time period in which you can file a personal injury lawsuit. The clock starts ticking on the date of the accident or – in some cases, such as medical malpractice – the discovery of the injury. While a lawsuit is not always necessary, preparing for the possibility is smart.
Even if your deadline is a few years away, there are multiple steps to complete before starting a lawsuit. Therefore, it is important to begin pursuing a claim as soon as possible after an accident. Starting early gives you and your lawyer time to find evidence, try to negotiate a fair settlement and prepare for trial when necessary.
How Does The Court Decide If Someone Is Liable?
Generally, courts in New Jersey determine whether someone is liable for injuries if:
- They had a duty toward the plaintiff, such as the duty to obey traffic laws or post a “wet floor” sign after mopping.
- They failed in that duty. For example, they ran a red light or did not post necessary safety signage.
- Their failure caused an accident or injury, which, in turn, damaged the plaintiff.
As a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, it is vital to have evidence that shows how the other party was negligent. An attorney can work to seek evidence such as medical records, witness testimony, crash scene reconstruction, photos and more.
What Happens If I Was Partly At Fault For The Auto Accident That Injured Me?
Even if you believe you might be partially at fault for the accident that caused your injury, you may still be able to file a personal injury claim. New Jersey follows a legal standard known as modified comparative fault, which means you must be less than 50 percent at fault in an accident to claim damages. If a court determines you are partially at fault for your accident, any compensation you are awarded will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
Fault determination plays a critical role in personal injury cases, especially car accidents. Our attorneys conduct a thorough, independent investigation to establish your level of fault.
When Will I Start Getting Financial Support?
Every case has a unique compensation situation. If an insurance company offers you compensation for your claim outside of court, you could receive a check for the full amount relatively quickly. However, if you won a lawsuit against an individual party, collecting your award may be difficult. The defendant might not have the full amount available. In this case, an attorney can help you seek ways to obtain your full payment in a timely manner.
Can I Bring A Personal Injury Claim If I’m Not A U.S. Citizen?
Your citizenship and residency status are irrelevant when filing a personal injury claim. Many undocumented individuals are afraid to sue for damages if they are injured, but you cannot be deported based on a personal injury claim alone. One caveat: When asking for damages to recover lost wages, it may be difficult to document your losses if you have not been paid lawfully for your work.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Lawyer?
Many people mistakenly believe they cannot file for damages in a personal injury lawsuit because they won’t be able to afford an attorney. Our attorneys, as with most personal injury firms, charge personal injury clients on a contingency basis. That means, if we cannot recover compensation for you, you owe us nothing. If we do recover compensation for you, your fees will be assessed as a percentage of your settlement or award.
Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Litigators
Many personal injury claims are resolved without the need to go to court. However, it is critical to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side who can negotiate with insurance providers from a position of strength. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial, which allows us to seek full value during negotiations. It is also important to know that you will pay attorney fees only if we obtain a recovery for you.
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. We will provide a straightforward assessment and answer your questions. Contact us by calling 732-287-6086 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.
Our personal injury lawyers work with clients throughout central New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Ocean County, Union County and beyond. For your convenience, we have offices in West Long Branch and Scotch Plains. If your injuries limit your mobility, we will come to you.