Protect Your Vital Legal Interests after an Injury Accident
Over 146,000 people are killed in accidents in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds of thousands more people are injured each year in accidents. Many of these accidents occur because of the negligence of some other party. If you have been injured in this type of accident, you should have a basic understanding of your legal interests, including the importance of engaging a personal injury attorney. You must protect your vital legal interests after an injury accident.
Justice and Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
On many levels, obtaining a full sense of justice after someone injures you in an accident can seem impossible. An accident that causes personal injuries truly can be a life-altering event.
Justice following an accident usually comes in the form of financial compensation for injuries, damages, and losses. Possible financial recovery in a personal injury case is largely dependent upon the facts surrounding an accident together with the nature of injuries and other losses you suffer. A personal injury attorney, such as one from the legal team at Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo L.L.P., has an understanding of these common parameters. Our attorneys strive to seek compensation on behalf of clients for losses that include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Property damage or loss
- Permanent disability
A tenacious personal injury attorney will work hard to ensure that a client like you is able to obtain comprehensive financial recovery. This includes not only an appropriate amount of money for your existing or current losses but also for those you reasonably can be expected to encounter going forward into the future.
Following an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may need medical care and treatment for an extended period of time. For example, you may need physical and occupational therapy. You may endure pain indefinitely. You may not be able to return to work for some time. In fact, you may be precluded from ever returning to the job you enjoyed before an accident because of some sort of physical disability. All of these are prime examples of the types of losses you may face in the future that warrant financial compensation.
New Jersey law does permit the award of what is known as punitive damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Punitive damages represent additional compensation awarded to you if a determination is made in a lawsuit that the conduct of the party responsible for the accident was deemed particularly reckless or egregious.
In New Jersey, there are limitations on the number of punitive damages that can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. As a general rule, an award of punitive damages can be up to five times the amount of compensatory damages awarded in a lawsuit or $350,000, whichever is greater.
Taking on an Insurance Company After an Accident
Some people delay obtaining the services of a personal injury lawyer following an accident. They believe that they can pursue an insurance claim on their own. They think they can save money by avoiding attorney fees during the claim settlement process.
The stark reality is that insurance companies are in business for one primary purpose. Large insurance companies are in operation to make money for their shareholders. They increase their bottom lines by limiting the amount of money paid out in claims like your own.
Another reality is that time and again, an injured person ends up with more money in a claim settlement when an attorney is retained than is the case without representation. This is true even when lawyer fees are taken into consideration. In other words, an injured person ends up financially better off in most cases by taking a proactive approach to retaining legal counsel.
Retain an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
The first step in engaging the professional services of a skilled, experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney, like a member of the legal team at Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo L.L.P., is to schedule an initial consultation. An initial consultation permits you to obtain an evaluation of your case from one of our personal injury attorneys.
In addition, you have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your case, the insurance claims settlement process, or a personal injury lawsuit. There is no charge for an initial consultation with an attorney from Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo L.L.P., so give us a call today at (732) 247-3600. Our law firm has offices in New Brunswick and Somerville.