Frequently Asked Questions
I have been seriously injured. What should I do?
For any injury, no matter how slight you think it might be, you need to have a qualified medical examination. The examination will help you get the medical assistance you need as soon as possible. Once you have done this, you should meet with an experienced lawyer to discuss options that are available to you. It is vitally important that you are properly represented as soon as possible following what happened to you. This is to ensure that your rights are protected.
Do I have a case?
The only way to know for sure whether you have a case is to meet and discuss it face to face with an attorney. An attorney knows the intricate detail of the law and can advise you on your options. Contact us today to set up your completely free, no-obligation consultation. Learn more about how we determine whether you have a case.
Why should I choose a certified civil trial attorney
A certified civil trial attorney is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in criminal and/or civil trial practice.
There are many different kinds of lawyers, and only a very few have the specialized knowledge, skills and experience to take a case to trial and to negotiate a favorable settlement. Michael Maggiano is a certified civil trial attorney, one of only 1,450 such lawyers to be certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Learn more about what a board certified civil trial attorney is in our Certified Trial Attorney FAQ.
If I meet with a lawyer, am I obligated to work with them?
You are under absolutely no obligation to work with a lawyer after meeting. At your initial consultation, the lawyer is your resource to better understand what options are available to you.
If I already have a lawyer and I am not satisfied, can I change lawyers?
You can always change lawyers at any time. Your lawyer is there to serve you and to protect your rights. If you feel that you are not being represented in the most expert manner possible, it is your right to choose a new attorney.
How much do your legal services cost? What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee has been called the poor man’s key to the courthouse. You agree to pay a percentage of the amount your attorney obtains for you in exchange for the legal representation and expertise of the attorney. This fee is paid from the proceeds of the settlement, so you do not have to pay any money out of your own pocket to get aggressive protection of your rights. If there is no recovery, there is no fee.
What can I expect from my first consultation with a lawyer?
The main purpose of our initial meeting is for us to get a chance to meet one another and for us to obtain information about you and your case. Typically your initial consultation will last an hour or two. The initial consultation is completely free and there is no obligation It is a chance for you to meet with an experienced lawyer and discuss what happened to you, hear about different options available to you, and to ask questions. Contact us today to set up your completely free, no-obligation consultation. Learn more about how we determine whether you have a case.
What should I bring to my first meeting with a lawyer?
You should bring anything and everything that has to do with what happened to you. Depending on the nature of what happened, this can include medical records and xrays, photographs, letters received, police reports, or insurance documentation. While it is important to bring everything you can think of that has to do with what happened, don’t worry about forgetting something important; the lawyer you meet with will specifically request anything he needs to fully evaluate your case.
What does it mean to settle a case?
To settle means that the case is resolved through negations without actually going to trial. An effort is made to agree upon an amount of compensation that is satisfactory. If, however, the other side refuses to settle for a satisfactory amount, the decision may be made to pursue the case in court.
What will I get for my injuries?
You are entitled to be fully compensated for your injuries. The amount necessary to compensate you fully obviously causes the most problems in arriving at a settlement figure acceptable to both sides. There is usually little argument over the compensation for the time missed from work and lost wages, doctor and hospital bills, and rehabilitation costs. You will have receipts for expenses such as these. The controversy arises when you attempt to put a dollar value on the more intangible injuries you have suffered, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of future earnings and loss of future enjoyment of life. Your lawyer will be able to advise you more specifically about the compensation potential for your specific situation.
How long does a case take?
Every case is unique. What happened to you is unique, and therefore how your case is handled is unique. Initially there will be an investigation phase in which we take statements from witnesses, photograph or videotape people or places or things, obtain medical information, work history, wage information, and more. There will be attempts at negotiations to resolve the case without going to trial. It is entirely possible that your case will settle without ever going to trial. Your lawyer will be able to advise you in more detail about what your case may entail.