Personal Injury Law in New Jersey
New Jersey personal injury attorneys, across the state, tell us they wish for a time machine. Yes, that sounds odd. However, it makes sense – their thoughts are to put injured people back in time before their injuries occurred.
Unfortunately, time machines only work in the movies and on television. However, personal injury lawyers can move their clients back in time financially, so they don’t suffer financial losses from an injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the state of New Jersey, this article will help you. We’ll discuss:
- The kinds of cases that New Jersey personal injury lawyers handle.
- What you need to prove in a personal injury case.
- Why you should call a lawyer immediately.
- How to find a New Jersey personal injury attorney.
Would a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney Handle My Case?
If you were injured in New Jersey, a NJ personal injury lawyer would likely handle your type of case. PI attorneys offer free consultations so you can find out for sure without paying any fee.
Often injuries arise from accidents involving motor vehicles, defective products, medical malpractice, or on the job. Injuries may also occur in amusement parks, construction zones, and mass accidents.
Motor Vehicles – These vehicles often collide with other vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians: ATV, RV, car, motorcycle, truck, cruise ship, boat, ferry, golf cart.
Defective Products – These products have caused injuries: Cars, tools, appliances, power tools, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, saws, machines, medications, kitchen tools, equipment, and chemicals.
Medical Malpractice – These are common medical malpractice injuries: Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, failure to treat, birth injuries, wrongful death, inappropriate surgery, adverse medication reactions, and mistakes in surgery.
Job Injuries -Even though workers injured on the job should be covered by Workman’s Compensation benefits, workers may need assistance getting their benefits or filing a lawsuit if injured by a defective or mislabeled product.
Common Injuries – Food-borne illnesses, birth injuries, brain injuries, adverse drug reactions, scars, fractures, lacerations, broken bones, nursing home abuse injuries, burns, bruises, Mesothelioma (i.e. cancer), slip and falls injuries, dog bites, and wrongful death.
How Do I Prove My New Jersey Personal Injury Case?
Usually, personal injury cases are based on a negligence claim. To prove negligence and be awarded compensation for your injuries, you must show:
- First, the defendant owed you a duty and didn’t act as a reasonably prudent person in that particular situation would act. The duty was not fulfilled.
- Second, the defendant’s unreasonable action or inaction caused your injury.
- Third, you need to show that you suffered legal damages because of those injuries.
Why Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer Immediately?
- As soon as you make the call to a personal injury attorney, you’ll have professionals on your side to collect evidence and give you advice.
- Evidence is easily lost and is better preserved as close to the time of the accident as possible.
- Insurance companies will pounce on you; and, regardless of what you have seen on TV, insurance companies are not your friends.
In addition, if you allow the statute of limitations to pass, your case will be forever barred.
Here are some example New Jersey statute of limitations for personal injury cases:
- Medical Malpractice is 2years (N.J. Stat. В§ 2A-14-2(a)).
- Personal Injury is 2 years (N.J. Stat. В§ 2A-14-2(a)).
- Wrongful Death is 2 years (N.J. Stat. В§ 2A:31-3).
- Property Damage is6 years (N.J. Stat. В§ 2A:14-1).
How Do I Find a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney?
To find a New Jersey personal injury lawyer, search our site, www.attorneys.org, or ask the bar association or a loved one for a referral.