Serious injury can have a life-long impact on your health and quality of life. One day you may be going about your business (going to work, grocery shopping, etc.) and the next you could be flat on your back facing months of recovery time and wondering how you’re going to provide for your family.
One thing to consider is whether or not you can file a personal injury lawsuit to hold the liable parties who caused your accident responsible for their negligence. When you’re getting ready to file a personal injury lawsuit, you will likely have numerous questions swirling through your head. Here are just a few things you need to know.
Don’t forget about New Jersey’s statute of limitations. Each state has their own deadline for filing personal injury claims. The State of New Jersey gives residents two years. One of the reasons for this is because claimants could develop latent injuries associated with the event. Therefore, oftentimes, you may want to wait a while before filing the lawsuit with the courts. However, you should contact a qualified personal injury lawyer right away so evidence can be preserved. The longer you wait, however, the more difficult of a time you may have connecting the dots between your injuries and the incident in question.
Document everything. Your first order of business should be seeking medical assistance and getting on the road to recovery. Keep notes about all conversations with doctors. Your medical history will provide your lawyer with a starting point for documenting the extent of your injuries.
Don’t talk to anyone but your lawyer. It’s not unusual to be contacted by the insurance company representing the defendant. They will act extremely sympathetic and make you feel like your well-being is their priority. Surely, they may be caring people, but their focus is on their employer’s bottom line – not your health and welfare. They may offer you a settlement deal in exchange for not pursuing your lawsuit. Do not speak with anyone from any insurance company. Refrain from sharing any details with your own insurance carrier. Instead, allow a skilled lawyer to speak on your behalf.
Don’t feel guilty about pursuing your lawsuit; you have a right to be compensated for your losses. One of the things that commonly prevents people from taking action is that they feel guilty or greedy for pursuing a lawsuit. You didn’t ask to get into that car accident or fall down in that parking lot. You do, however, have considerable medical bills to pay because of someone else’s negligence. You deserve financial compensation and the ability to obtain justice in your case.
Feeling overwhelmed? There is no need for stress; we can help. Contact the experienced, knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney at our firm, call or fill out our online contact form.