If you have suffered a serious injury, you likely have many questions that you want answered. Injuries cause several problems in life, including pain, medical bills or time off work. They also leave victims worrying about how they’ll cope with these challenges.
The uncertainty that lies in the wake of a major injury can create anxiety, and getting anIf you have suffered a serious injury, you likely have many questions that you want answered. Injuries cause several problems in life, including pain, medical bills or time off work. They also leave victims worrying about how they’ll cope with these challenges.
The uncertainty that lies in the wake of a major injury can create anxiety, and getting answers to even some of the most basic legal questions can alleviate some of this stress. Every case is different, and you will be best served by consulting a personal injury attorney who can address the specifics of your case. However, there are a few general answers we can offer that will address some of the most commonly asked questions.
1. What does personal injury mean?
A “personal injury” is a term that refers to the harm someone suffers after an accident. It is often used in the context of legal or insurance procedures to describe cases in which a person is injured due to someone else’s mistakes, or negligence. When a person takes legal action after suffering an injury to receive compensation for their suffering, they are often filing what is known as a personal injury claim.
2. How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
Some cases are more obvious than others. If someone is injured by a drunk driver, for example, it will be clear that a victim’s injuries were caused by another’s negligence. However, some injuries have multiple causes and legal considerations are more complex. A qualified, experienced personal injury attorney will investigate their client’s case to determine the strength of their claim.
3. Why do people file personal injury claims?
Injuries are extremely costly. In addition to pain and suffering, victims often face several financial consequences, such as medical bills, prescription medications, ongoing treatment, loss of income and loss of future work capacity. A personal injury claim is a tool used by victims to seek compensation for these and other damages. These claims help ensure that a victim does not have to shoulder the costs of someone else’s mistakes.
4. What are the most common types of personal injury claims?
Personal injury claims typically center around injuries stemming from incidents like vehicle crashes or slip and fall accidents, to name just a couple of examples. Dog bites, lead poisoning and other types of injuries might also fall under the category of personal injury cases.
There are several variations of personal injury claims, such as medical malpractice (errors by doctors or nurses), premises liability (slip and fall injuries caused by negligent property owners) and product liability (a defective product causes a consumer’s injury). These cases are very similar to personal injury claims, mostly because they deal with cases in which a person is injured due the negligence of others.
5. How much do I pay you for handling my case?
We earn no fee until we win your case. If your claim is successful, we will be paid through a contingency fee, meaning that we will receive a small portion of the amount you win.
6. How long do these cases take?
Every case is different and no attorney will be able to give you a clear answer without knowing all the facts surrounding your case. Personal injury cases can take anywhere from weeks to several months, or even longer depending on the circumstances. Some cases settle quickly, while others might involve a trial, in which case, it will take much longer to resolve a dispute. As many attorneys tell their clients, patience can be rewarding for someone filing a personal injury claim, though it is understandable that many people want the case to be over with as soon as possible.
7. Can I file a claim even if the incident was partially my fault?
Yes. In New Jersey, this is called modified comparative negligence, which is a rule stating that a person can receive compensation based on a proportionate scale. In other words, if you were 50 percent responsible for the incident that lead to your injury, the negligent party might still be required by the courts to compensate you for half of the costs stemming from your injury.
8. How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
There is a time limit regarding how long a victim has to file a claim after suffering their injury. It is called a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years. The statute of limitations of similar types of cases – medical practice and product liability – is also two years. Some exceptions are made for people who may not have realized the full extent of their injury at the time of an accident.
9. How much is a consultation with one of your attorneys?
A consultation with the Law Offices of James C. DeZao is free. We will meet with you to discuss and evaluate your case at no charge.
10. What should I bring to the consultation?
If you schedule a consultation with us, you should bring copies of medical bills and any other relevant documents, bills, receipts, photos or videos that might be relevant to your case. This will help us determine the strength of your claim and allow us to give you more specifics about the chances of a successful case.
We hope that this list addresses some of your most pressing questions, but we understand that you probably have several others that you need answered. This is one of the reasons we offer free consultations. After hearing the details of your case, we will be able to offer more specific answers, and you will get a clearer idea of what filing a personal injury might entail.
It is our experience that no two cases are the same. The process involved in filing a personal injury case will vary from one client to another, but the one constant we can offer is a dedication to providing you with the highest level of service. Our experienced team works closely with clients to make sure they know what to expect and what we are doing to win their case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.swers to even some of the most basic legal questions can alleviate some of this stress. Every case is different, and you will be best served by consulting a personal injury attorney who can address the specifics of your case. However, there are a few general answers we can offer that will address some of the most commonly asked questions.