Tort law is a fundamental element of our legal system. This enables a victim of negligence or a harmful intentional act to obtain compensation from the party who caused the injury. The type of damages the victim is entitled to depends on the specific circumstances of the case, but in general terms, damages fall into two categories: financial losses and non-economic losses such as pain and suffering.
After a motor vehicle accident, it is important to work with a personal injury lawyer who understands the various types of compensation that are available and who can calculate the full value of each type of compensation you are eligible to receive.
Maximizing Your Compensation
At Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio L.L.C., our attorneys have years of experience representing motor vehicle accident victims in New Jersey. We know how to determine your financial needs after an injury and to place a value on your non-economic losses. We will seek maximum damages for you.
Each accident case is unique. When we represent you, we will thoroughly examine the physical, financial and emotional effects the event has had on your life. Our goal will be to obtain full compensation for all of your losses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, this could include:
- Chiropractic care or physical therapy
- Cost of medications or pain treatment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost income you would have earned had you not been injured
- Medical costs related to the accident, including future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological counseling
- Travel expenses to and from your doctor
On top of the compensation for injury, you can also receive compensation for damage done to your property. If your car was damaged due to negligence from another driver, you can make a separate claim from your personal injury claim. If the other driver has insurance, their property damage liability may cover these damages. If you retain a personal injury lawyer, consider asking them about property damage compensation as well.
No-Fault States And PIP Insurance
If you or a loved one has been injured, it is vital to seek the counsel of an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney who can help you understand the complexities of automobile insurance and claims procedures.
New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means a driver who is involved in an auto accident can collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs associated with the accident–regardless of who was at fault. If a motor vehicle accident results in damages that exceed what your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy covers, you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover additional compensation.
How Much Compensation Can You Get From a Car Accident Case?
In a car accident case, there are a number of factors that a judge will take into account when deciding how much compensation you will get if you were injured as the result of a car accident. Some of the things they consider include:
- Type of injury
- Treatment plan
- Length of therapy
- Loss of income
- Severity of the wreck
In general, you can expect to receive three times the cost of your medical bills during a settlement, but the specifics of your case may cause that amount to fluctuate in either direction.
If you’re working with an insurance company after a car wreck, let them know if you’re still going through medical treatment so that you don’t settle for less than you deserve. Also, be sure to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer who has experience getting clients the proper compensation for their pain and suffering. It’s also important to move quickly if you’ve been in an automobile accident, as you typically only have a year or two to file a lawsuit.