Car Accident FAQ
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
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
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.
Damages resulting from a car accident may include:
- Medical bills and future medical costs
- Lost earnings and future work wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment / quality of life
- Loss of companionship / consortium
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.