Answering Your Questions About Personal Injury Claims
At Lomurro Law, our attorneys have more than 130 years of combined experience assisting New Jersey clients with a spectrum of personal injury matters. As a knowledgeable team, we understand the many details of state and federal personal injury law. You can turn to us with your questions. To get you started, we have answered a few of our clients’ most common inquiries.
What does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
With our law firm, you will not have to pay any fees upfront. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not charge you anything unless we recover compensation for you. If you do not get anything, neither do we.
What is considered to be a personal injury?
In New Jersey, personal injury is a type of civil claim in which financial damages result from a physical or emotional injury caused by another person’s or party’s negligence.
When can I sue for personal injury?
Just because you suffered an injury does not mean that you have an actionable case. You must demonstrate that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to your injury. You must also prove that you have damages from the injury. When you speak with one of our lawyers, we can determine whether you have a claim.
Can I sue a family member?
Yes. If one of your relatives’ negligence contributed to your injury, you could sue them to recover compensation. More likely, you would sue their insurance company.
Can I sue the driver if you were a passenger?
Yes. If the driver in the accident was partially or completely at fault, you have the right to file a lawsuit against them or their car insurance provider.
Who pays for damages in a personal injury case?
Usually, the insurance provider of the at-fault party pays for your damages. For example, if you slip and fall on someone’s property, their homeowner’s insurance will probably cover your damages. In some instances, though, the person may have to pay from their own assets. Using the same example, if you slipped and fell and the homeowner’s insurance does not cover your expenses, they might have to pay out of pocket.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages are a form of compensation that a judge may award on top of other damages. The court views them as a sort of punishment against the perpetrator for their act of negligence.
How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?
The state of New Jersey has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. You must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident. If you do not, you lose the right to recover compensation through a lawsuit.
What is my case worth?
No two cases are the same. The severity of your injury and the amount of expenses you may incur because of it will play a large part in the value of your claim. Another factor is the amount of insurance or assets that the other party has. There is no accurate way to determine how much you can expect until you speak with an experienced attorney.
How long does it take to resolve a case?
Resolving a personal injury case takes much longer than you probably expect. It can sometimes take a year or more, depending on the medical treatment you require. However, you should not feel tempted to settle a case just to have it over with as soon as possible. This can lead to you accepting much less money than you deserve. Do not accept a settlement until you recover from your injuries as fully as possible, as you need a good idea of what your future needs might cost.
What Else Do You Want To Know? Ask Us In A Consultation.
After an injury, you will face countless complex legal details to understand. We can explain everything and anything that you need to know. Reach out to us at 732-482-9285 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation. Our main office is in Freehold, and we represent clients throughout New Jersey.