After you’ve made the decision to file a personal injury claim, one of your biggest questions will be how much money you will receive. It’s an important question to ask. After an accident, injured individuals are often unable to return to work, which can create a huge financial strain on a family. In addition to missed time from work, injured individuals are often dealing with expensive medical bills for diagnostic testing, hospital stays, routine care, copays and medication. When you’re unable to collect your full paycheck and have additional expenses coming in that you weren’t prepared for, getting the compensation you rightfully deserve is important now more than ever. Learn how this is determined below. 

What Injuries Warrant a Personal Injury Claim?

Accidents happen but not every accident or injury warrants a personal injury claim. However, the most common types of accidents/events that result in injuries for which New Jersey residents file a personal injury claim: 

If you or someone you love were injured as a result of any of the above accidents/events, an experienced personal injury lawyer from the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. will be able to let you know if you have a case. Find out what factors are considered in a personal injury case below. 

What Factors Are Considered in a Personal Injury Case?

When it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim for negligence, there are certain elements that must first be proven. These include:

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty of care
  • The plaintiff suffered damages as a direct result of the breach
  • The damages are able to be compensated for

Other types of claims, such as those arising out of the use of a defective product or being attacked by a dog, do not require proof of negligence on the part of the responsible party.   It is best to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer from the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. to better understand your rights if you have been injured as a result of a defective product or an attack by a dog or other animal.  

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the individual for the damages they suffered as a result of the accident. This involves attaching a dollar amount to the consequences of the accident. 

Below, are just a few of the different types of compensatory damages that may be considered in in a personal injury case:

  • Medical expenses. After an accident, if you have sustained injuries, it is important to seek prompt and necessary medical attention. As such, your medical bills arising out of hospital and doctor visits, diagnostic testing, surgeries, physical therapy and medication may be compensable in a personal injury claim. 
  • Current and future lost wages. After being injured in an accident, you may not be able to return to work for a period of time and in severe cases, you may be unable to return to work at all.  These economic losses may also be compensable in a personal injury claim.   
  • Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can be physical and/or emotional.  Physical pain and suffering includes any pain, discomfort and physical limitations the plaintiff has suffered and will likely continue to suffer for their lifetime as a result of the accident. Emotional pain and suffering includes compensation for the mental anguish, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, fear, embarrassment or any other emotional injury the plaintiff may have endured since the accident and that likely to be suffered going forward as a result of a wrongdoer’s actions. 

Contact A Rochelle Park Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Accident Case In New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a personal injury in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need our aggressive Hackensack NJ Accident Attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. represents clients injured because of motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls and more in Ridgewood, Mahwah, Montvale, Teaneck, Fort Lee and throughout New Jersey. Call 201-231-7847 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic Street Rochelle Park, NJ 07662.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.