How do you know you have a New Jersey personal injury case?
It can often be difficult to determine when you have a right to sue someone that has caused you harm. This is because there are so many circumstances that might give you a New Jersey personal injury claim.
Here’s a rule of thumb though: Your lawyer always knows. That’s why it is important to quickly get in touch with a skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyer if you were hurt by someone else.
This does not mean it is impossible to get an idea about what kind of claim you may have though. At Moldovan Legal, we have handled almost all major types of New Jersey personal injury claims. Our experience has helped us achieve a deep competence in these areas and this also helps us advise you better.
This article helps you understand those facts that may amount to personal injury claims. It also helps you understand what kind of compensation you may be entitled to recover.
Types of New Jersey personal injury claims
Personal injury law is a broad area of law that covers any case where you have suffered physical or economic harm. In general, you should have a claim if the defendant acted unreasonably and caused you harm. Here’s a list of common personal injury claims.
Dog bites and animal attacks
Automobile accidents, including car, motorcycle and truck accidents
Construction site accidents
Workplace/occupational injuries, including workers’ compensation claims
Product liability claims
Premises liability, including slip and fall cases
Why is it important to understand what kind of claim you may have? In many of these areas, you will need to show specific proof to establish that you are entitled to compensation.
Apart from this, there are special rules that guide legal action in these areas, that you must keep in mind. For instance, in car accident cases, New Jersey has a “Choice No-Fault” insurance systems. This system essentially means that you may only be able to recover compensation from your own insurer and not the other party.
Understand that there are many circumstances where you will have more than one claim though. For instance, assume you were in a car accident caused by someone else. At the same time, your brakes failed to serve you well, leading to injury for you. If it is discovered later that the brakes failed to work because they were defective from the start, you may be able to pursue two claims. One would be against the other party in the car accident, and the other would be against the company that manufactured the brakes.
What kind of compensation can you recover?
There is no hard and fast rule about how much your personal injury claim may be worth or what you can actually recover as compensation. These always vary from case to case.
You can generally recover economic or non-economic damages though. Economic damages will involve compensation for any harm you suffered that is measurable in money terms. This will include your medical bills, lost wages and any other out of pocket expenses you had to make due to the injury.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, seek to compensate you for loss that cannot really be quantified in money terms. This includes compensation for trauma, shock, pain and suffering.
Contact a New Jersey personal injury lawyer today
If you or your loved ones have suffered personal injury in New Jersey, you should immediately get in touch with us. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have all the skills and experienced to help you achieve a positive outcome. Call us or send us an email today.