How Comparative Negligence Laws Can Affect Compensation

Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

22 Apr. 2013

According to New Jersey Statute 2A:15-5.1, compensation and damages can only be awarded, in personal injury cases, based on the standard of "comparative negligence". This means the total damages you will be able to recover will be determined by subtracting the percentage of negligence the jury attributes to your actions. For example, if you have been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident and the jury finds that you were 20% responsible for the accident, as you made a turn against the light, you will only be eligible to recover 80% of the compensation you originally sought from the negligent, drunk driver.

It is due to this particular law that we advise you to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries during an accident in or around, the Bergen County area. When you contact Brandon J. Broderick Attorney at Law, we will work diligently to investigate the cause of the accident, determine the parties liable for the accident, file a claim on your behalf to pursue compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, property damage and any other damages. Our knowledge, expertise, past successes and the vast network of experts we have cultivated over the years, will be used to help support your claim and assist in pursuing the maximum possible compensation.

Without an aggressive attorney on your side, you are leaving your right to compensation in the hands of an insurance company, you are now relying on them to determine your exact degree of negligence. We do not believe that this aspect of your case should be left to the insurance company. In fact, we believe that if you have been seriously injured in an accident, you deserve to receive the compensation necessary to fully cover the injuries and damages you sustained, as well as the non-economic damages which reflect the personal and emotional damages suffered.

Contact a Bergen County personal injury lawyerat our firm today so we can help you take measures to defend your rights and protect your interests.

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