Proven New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
Protecting Your Legal Rights after an Accident
You’ve been hurt because of the carelessness or negligence of another person. Maybe you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, fell on someone else’s property or were hurt on the job. You have a right to seek full and fair compensation for all your losses, whether you’re unable to work, need medical care that’s not covered by insurance, or experience pain or discomfort on a regular basis. If you’ve never been a party to a personal injury lawsuit, you have a lot of questions. This page provides answers to some of your basic concerns.
When you’ve been injured in New Jersey as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, the first thing you want to do, once you’ve obtained proper medical treatment, is retain an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney. At the Lee Law Firm, LLC, with offices in Springfield, Newark and Bedminster, we have effectively represented injured people in New Jersey for more than 33 years. To schedule an appointment with a proven New Jersey personal injury lawyer, contact us by email or call our offices at 973-295-5847.
What Types Of Personal Injury Cases Does The Lee Law Firm Handle?
We handle a wide range of personal injury claims, including cases involving
- Medical malpractice — Surgical errors, failures to diagnose, misdiagnoses, birth injuries and medications mistakes
- Automobile accidents — Injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians
- Truck accidents — Driver fatigue, violation of trucking regulations, poor maintenance of big rigs, and dangerous or defective trucks or truck components
- Motorcycle accidents — Car-motorcycle accidents, single bike wrecks and roadway hazards
- Slip and fall accidents — Failure to maintain residential or commercial property, and falls on sidewalks, steps, stairways, ramps, decks and floors
- Construction site accidents — Injuries from falls, falling objects, poorly maintained equipment, dangerous or defective tools or machinery, construction site motor vehicle accidents, or negligence in hiring, training or supervising
- Dog bites — Injuries suffered in attacks by domestic animals, including dogs
- Workplace injuries — Workers’ compensation and third-party claims involving workers injured on the job
How Do I Start The Process Of Legally Protecting My Rights After a Personal Injury?
To protect your rights under the law, you want to file a personal injury complaint in the civil courts. There’s a limited amount of time to do that, so you’ll want to hire an attorney as soon as possible.
What Should I Do Immediately After a Personal Injury?
The most important thing, in the aftermath of an accident, is to get the medical care you need. If possible, you should take the time to gather as much information as possible, including contact data for anyone involved in or witnessing the accident, as well as pictures of anything relevant to the accident. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better, as your lawyer will take steps immediately to fully protect your interests.
What Types Of Losses Or Damages Can I Expect To Recover In A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
You have a right to pursue compensation for a wide range of losses, including wages or income, physical and mental pain and suffering, unreimbursed medical expenses, loss of companionship or consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life (the inability to do the ordinary things of daily life or to engage in activities that brought fulfillment, joy or meaning before the accident). You can also recover a monetary award for any property loss or damage.
How Much Can I Expect To Recover In A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The amount you recover will obviously vary, based on your actual and projected losses. Some damages can be objectively calculated, such as lost wages and income, or unreimbursed medical costs. Others, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life, are more subjective, allowing the jury more latitude in their calculation. Unlike many states, though, New Jersey does not put a cap on compensatory damages.
What Are The Common Mistakes That Can Jeopardize A Personal Injury Claim?
Perhaps the most common mistake people make after an accident is an attempt to shake it off. The aftermath of an accident (of any kind) is not the time to be brave. Be willing to acknowledge that you have been hurt. Don’t delay getting medical treatment—that can have a number of unfortunate consequences—opposing counsel may argue that your injuries were not that severe or may suggest that your injuries were caused by some separate and intervening event that occurred after the accident.
It’s also a mistake to assume that your insurance provider will take care of all your losses and be fair with you. Insurance companies are for-profit entities that seek to maximize profits by paying as little as possible to settle all claims. Never accept a settlement offer without having an attorney and letting your lawyer handle the negotiations. The insurance company will have every incentive to minimize the amount you receive (or to deny your claim altogether).
Resist the urge to talk about your accident with friends and family or to post information on social media platforms. Insurance adjustors and defense attorneys will look for anything you say to challenge or diminish your claim. Discuss your legal matters with your lawyer only.
How Much Will It Cost Me to Hire an Attorney to Handle My Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury lawyers typically charge on a contingency basis. That means they will take a percentage of any amount you receive in a settlement or verdict. You typically won’t have to pay anything up front, but you will usually be responsible for court costs and any other fees, such as court reporting or expert witness fees.
Can I Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with the Lee Law Firm Today?
Yes. We offer a free initial consultation to every prospective client. Appointments are available evenings and weekends, if necessary, and we’ll travel to your home or the hospital for a consultation. To set up a private meeting, call us at 973-295-5847 or contact us by e-mail. All major credit cards are welcome. Nosotros hablamos Español!
We take all personal injury claims on a contingency basis—we won’t charge you attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.