Our New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers Explain
After you have been injured in a car accident, or a motorcycle accident, or from any other type of accident, it's normal to start wondering what your case is worth. First off, it's important to understand that no attorney can give you an exact figure from a phone consultation, or even on the first meeting.
There are a number of factors that go into determining the value of a personal injury claim, including:
- The extent of your injuries (very important)
- The extent of any property damage (as in an automobile collision)
- Your ability to return to work (this is where lost income is calculated)
- The extent of your emotional pain and physical suffering
These are the key factors that will go into determining the value of your claim. Naturally, if you were in a small fender bender that caused minor whiplash injuries and minor property damage to your vehicle, then your claim would be less than a case where a motorcycle rider was struck on his bike and sustained severe spinal cord injuries leading to complete paralysis. Another example would be in a case where a young infant suffered from severe oxygen deprivation at birth, and when such birth injuries are the fault of the obstetrician, then the parents have the right to file a lawsuit against the legally liable party. In a case where the child suffers from extreme mental retardation, they will need full time, round-the-clock care for the rest of their lives. It's reasonable to expect that a claim of this nature or even a wrongful death claim would be quite substantial.
Let Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law Get You Back On Track
Judging by the extent of your injuries, and the anticipated medical bills, surgical costs and loss of past and future income, New Jersey personal injury attorney Brandon J. Broderick can give you a ballpark figure as to what your case is worth. Still, there is no way of predicting the exact outcome of a personal injury claim because some of them could be successfully won through negotiations, whereby others might wind up in court. Regardless of the extent of your injuries, it's critical that you speak with an attorney about them sooner than later. Personal injury claims have a statute of limitations and if you fail to file a claim in time, you lose your right to file a lawsuit permanently.
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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.