What Constitutes A Personal Injury?

July 7, 2022
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain

A personal injury occurs when you suffer harm because of someone else’s negligent actions. You have the option to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other losses. Common types of personal injury cases include car accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents and product liability.

How Long Should I Wait to File a Claim?

If you wish to pursue compensation for a personal injury, it’s important to file a claim as soon as possible. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is two years. Once that deadline has passed, you’re no longer eligible to receive compensation.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Every personal injury case is different. There are several factors that can affect the value of your case, such as the severity of your injuries and cost of your medical bills. An experienced personal injury can thoroughly assess your claim and estimate how much it’s worth.

What Is a Contingency Fee? 

Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. What this means is that they only get paid if they win your case. In the event that you don’t win your case, you won’t owe your personal injury lawyer in Hackensack, NJ any money.

Should I Get Medical Attention Even If I Don’t Feel Hurt?

Yes. Not all injuries present symptoms right away, especially if there is adrenaline running through your body. You may feel fine initially after an accident, but experience symptoms days or weeks later. If you delay medical care, you can put your health in jeopardy and make the insurance company question the validity of your claim.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

After an accident, the negligent party’s insurance company may contact you to ask you questions about your case. It’s best to say as little as possible to the insurance company. Even if they seem sympathetic to your situation, they care about the bottom line first and may try to devalue your claim. Let your lawyer handle communication with the insurance company.

Schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Hackensack, NJ today.