Have you suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by someone else? If so, you may be entitled to maximum compensation for your suffering. But when you are still recuperating from your injuries, the last thing you wanna do is deal with a difficult litigation process or filing a claim with an insurance company.
Fortunately, when you reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer at Falcon Law Firm, you may be able to recover from your injuries while your attorney handles the legal details of your case. Pursuing a personal injury claim may be your best option if you hope to get through this difficult time in your life. Contact us today at (732) 660-1200 to schedule your initial consultation.
In This Article
- What Types of Accidents Cause Personal Injuries?
- When Should You Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?
- Which Injury Laws Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claim?
- What Damages Could You Recover in Your Personal Injury Claim?
- Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
- Personal Injury Lawyers FAQ
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What Types of Accidents Cause Personal Injuries?
There are numerous types of accidents that have the potential to cause a personal injury. Under the worst circumstances, nearly any type of accident could cause catastrophic injury. With that being said, there are some types of accidents that we see more often in civil court than others. Some of these include:
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Dog bites
- Injuries caused by defective products
These are just a few of the more common types of injuries we see in the civil court system. If you have been injured in another type of accident, you may still be entitled to financial compensation. Your best option is going to be to contact a reputable personal injury attorney who can help you explore your legal options.
When Should You Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?
It is not unusual for victims of personal injuries to be hesitant to file a civil claim against the individual or entity who is at fault for causing their accident. This is, in part, because of the fact that they aren’t sure whether they have grounds for a claim.
For this reason, it can be helpful to know when you should pick up the phone and call a personal injury lawyer for help. To start, ask yourself whether someone else is responsible for causing the accident.
If another party is at fault for the injuries you sustained, they should be ordered to compensate you in civil court. In fact, the only way you can win your lawsuit is by being able to prove based on a preponderance of the evidence that another party is responsible for causing your injuries.
You should also consider how impactful your injuries have been on your life. You only have grounds for a lawsuit when your injuries have had a serious impact on your life as a whole. You can learn more about the specific damages that you could recover in your claim below.
If you are unsure whether someone else is at fault, or whether your injuries have or will have a serious impact on your life in the future, your best bet is to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out.
Which Injury Laws Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claim?
Once you have made the decision to contact an attorney, it is important to gain an understanding of the various personal injury laws that could have an impact on the outcome of your case.
Our firm represents injury victims across the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We will provide information in the sections below on how the statute of limitations in the states and their shared fault laws could affect how much you are awarded in your personal injury claim.
The Statute of Limitations
If you were injured in a serious accident in the states of New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you will need to follow that state’s specific injury laws. This includes the amount of time you have to file your claim, known as the statute of limitations. In order to pursue your claim, you will need to make sure that your lawsuit is filed before the statute of limitation has expired.
In both states, this time period is two years from the date of the accident. However, because every person’s case is different, there are specific details that could influence when the statute of limitations begins and expires for you.
For this reason, you should contact a qualified personal injury attorney to further discuss how much longer you have to get your claim filed. If your lawsuit is not filed before the statute of limitations runs out, the civil courts will have no choice but to dismiss your case. This means you will have lost your opportunity to be awarded compensation in court.
Shared Fault Laws
Another reason why accident victims are hesitant to reach out to a personal injury lawyer for help is because they believe that sharing fault for the accident prohibits them from being awarded compensation. The truth is much different however.
In the state of Pennsylvania, you can still be awarded compensation for your damages, as the state follows a modified comparative negligence system. In PA, as long as you are not more than fifty percent at fault for causing the accident, you can still be awarded compensation.
However, the amount of compensation that you all are awarded will be reduced based on your percentage of fault. Let’s say that you were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. When you file a claim against them, the court discovers that you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the accident. Because of this, the judge determines that you are ten percent at fault for the injuries used to stand. This means that the compensation that you are awarded will be reduced by ten percent.
Laws are similar in New Jersey. NJ follows a modified comparative negligence system as well. However, their system follows the fifty percent threshold as opposed to a fifty-one percent threshold. If you have concerns that you may share fault for the accident you were involved in, speak with your attorney as soon as possible to find out how your injury settlement could be affected.
If we take on your case, we will do everything possible to get you the most out of your claim.
What Damages Could You Recover in Your Personal Injury Claim?
One of the most important responsibilities your personal injury lawyer will have is calculating the value of your claim. In order to figure out how much your personal injury claim is worth, your attorney will need to examine both your economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are financial in nature. Some of the more commonly sought economic damages include:
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Healthcare costs and medical equipment
- Unexpected child care expenses
- Costs of maintaining your household
- Property damage
- Costs of increased insurance premiums
- Other financial losses
Non-economic damages do not have a set monetary value. For this reason, they are often more difficult to quantify. But they are extremely valuable and should be taken into account accordingly. Some of the non-economic damages that are commonly sought include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and love
- Lost qualify of life
- Skin scarring
- Reputational damage
It is also possible that you could be awarded punitive damages in your claim. Although they are rare, punitive damages are awarded in cases where the actions of the liable party are found to be grossly negligent or reprehensible. They are meant to punish the liable party for these actions, while sending a message to the public that such behaviors will not be tolerated by the civil court system.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
When you have suffered devastating injuries in an accident, and someone else is responsible for causing it, you may be entitled to full compensation. Get justice for all you have been through when you contact a dedicated personal injury lawyer at Falcon Law Firm for help.
If we take on your case, we will do everything possible to get you the most out of your claim. We have helped numerous injury victims across Pennsylvania and New Jersey win millions of dollars for their damages. Schedule your free, no-obligation Consultation when you fill out our online contact form. Or, give our office a call at (732) 660-1200 to get started on your case as soon as today.
Personal Injury Lawyers FAQ
It is completely normal to have numerous questions running through your mind about what to expect next. In the hopes of helping better prepare you for what’s to come, we have provided the answers to some of the top questions injury victims like you have had regarding their personal injury claims.
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