Q&A With a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer
After sustaining an injury in a car accident, it can be difficult to think about pursuing legal action. With the many physical, emotional, and financial concerns victims and their loved ones face, it can be downright daunting. At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys understand what victims are going through, which is why we make it a priority to alleviate all their concerns.
Aside from handling all aspects of your legal matter, we strive to provide you with the information you need to better understand and protect your rights. After reading the below FAQ, we encourage you to give us a call as soon as possible after an accident to speak personally with a lawyer from our team.
What are my rights if another driver caused my accident and injury?
Under personal injury law, you have the right to pursue legal action against the party responsible for causing your accident and injury. This action will take the form of a lawsuit, which essentially states that because another’s negligence or wrongful act more likely than not caused you harm, you wish to recover compensation for your damages.
How much is my claim worth?
This is a common question we hear, but not a very easy one to answer. All cases are unique, and the value of your claim will depend on the facts and circumstances involved. Generally, we help our clients pursue the maximum compensation possible for all damages resulting from their accident.
Should I settle with the insurance company?
In a word: NO. Insurance companies are in business to collect money, not pay out claimants. As a result, they work vigorously to pay victims as little as possible. Often, they will attempt to contact an injured victim and try to settle for very little as quickly as they can. By having legal representation, your lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf and work toward securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Do I really need a lawyer for a car accident claim?
There is no law requiring you to have a lawyer when filing a personal injury claim after a car accident. However, what you get from working with experienced attorneys can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Why risk being unfairly compensated and not having recourse to fix it? When you hire a personal injury lawyer from our team, you pay nothing upfront. We work on contingent fees that are only collected if we win your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
How is a settlement reached?
A settlement is reached when the defendant agrees to pay an amount to the plaintiff in order to drop the case. Typically, this is case for most personal injury cases – usually a settlement will be reached before a lawsuit is even filed. There are several factors that are considered when determining a settlement amount, including the severity of the injury, pain and suffering, and medical costs.
How long do I have to file a claim after a car accident?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is two years from the date of the incident. The statute of limitations for children, however, are extended to the two years within the child’s 18th birthday. If you fail to file a claim within that time frame, you could be giving up your chance to have your case heard.
Have more questions? Call a New Jersey car accident attorney from Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law for a FREE consultation.
Do I need an attorney if I've already been offered a settlement?
The offer you received from the insurance company is almost certainly less than what you are entitled to, by a significant margin. Insurance companies, just like any other business, are structured to maximize their own profits, and in addition to offering a minimal amount in any settlement, they will also commonly employ aggressive tactics against claimants like you to discourage requests for full compensation. We can not only advise you of what your case is really worth, but also provide skilled representation to help you recover damages.
How much is my case worth?
Each personal injury case is unique, and your attorney will consult with you in detail to help you determine the full value of your claim. In any fair settlement, you should expect to receive enough money to cover all your medical bills, from emergency treatment at the scene of the accident to rehabilitative care to help you fully recover. Claims of this nature should also cover the amount of income you will lose due to the injury from missing work or inability to perform on your job, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
A variety of factors will play into how long it takes to get your insurance settlement, from the availability of evidence to support your claim to how cooperative the insurance company is and how effectively you can prepare your case. At our firm, our legal team takes every case seriously and we will do everything possible to achieve a successful resolution for you. We will also keep you informed throughout the entire process about what you may be up against and how long you can expect your case to take.