Your injury blindsided you. You had a plan when someone’s careless actions knocked you off course. Their choices may have even forever altered your life’s trajectory. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C., we want to help you back on track. No personal injury claim can replace what you’ve lost, but it can make it easier to recover from your experiences.
How a Personal Injury Suit Helps You
You may not realize what personal injury even is until you need help after an accident. This area of law covers a variety of accident types but is largely focused on negligence — another person’s thoughtless actions. When someone’s oversight leads to an accident, the victim (you) has a right to hold that person responsible.
That responsibility means the liable party can be pursued to pay for:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Hospital stays
- Prescription medication
- Equipment like wheelchairs and braces
- Chiropractic care
- Psychological therapy
- Wages lost due to injury recovery
- Diminished earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
If the list seems long, that’s on purpose. Personal injury claims are designed to cover any expenses related to the injury. That can include initial costs as well as ones that develop later, like permanent changes to your lifestyle.
How to Prove Someone Was Negligent
The process for determining negligence is to evaluate an individual’s actions against what a reasonable person would have done. That standard dictates whether someone acted in a way that was outside of the norm.
For instance, a reasonable person would react to a redlight by stopping. Therefore, someone who runs a red light is unreasonable. If running that light caused injuries, the person can be held responsible for not behaving as they should have.
Liability gets more complicated when multiple parties are involved, insurance companies put up a fight, and your own integrity is attacked. Your personal injury attorney can flex their muscles in these situations, sifting through the difficulties to pursue your case.
We support your case by:
- Determining who to hold liable
- Compiling medical records
- Interviewing witnesses
- Consulting experts
- Obtaining police reports
- Evaluating what your case is worth
- Keeping you informed
- Negotiating with other parties
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Representing you in court
A personal injury attorney should make your claim easier, not harder. They can do this by cutting through extraneous information, calling the other parties’ bluffs, and keeping you in the loop.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Garfield, call (201) 585-9111
Accident Practice Areas
Some specific accidents comprise their own areas of personal injury practice. These could be:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Premises liability
- Medical malpractice
If you experienced an injury in any of these scenarios, a Garfield personal injury lawyer can take a look at your case.
Motor Vehicle and Truck Accidents
Perhaps the most well-known form of personal injury; roadway accidents can lead to severe injuries. Even a low speed, rear-end crash with no visible vehicle damage can cause harm. Seeking legal advice following a motor vehicle or truck accident can help you learn about your options.
You could have grounds for a claim from any of the following accidents:
- Drunk driving
- Texting and driving
- Rideshare accidents
- Failure to yield
- Rear-end accidents
If you experienced these (or another accident) on the road, call (201) 585-9111 now.
This form of personal injury holds property owners responsible for failing to maintain their property. Falling under this category are:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Faulty equipment and products
- Lack of security
- Dog bites
If you suffered a fall, illness, assault, or bite because a property owner did not do their utmost to mitigate risks, you are a victim of personal injury.
While all forms of negligence are destructive, medical errors can be especially violating because healthcare should help heal, not harm. You may have been the victim of medical malpractice if you experienced:
- Medication errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Failure to diagnose
- Birth injuries
- Infections or complications
If you were not treated with appropriate skill and care by a doctor, nurse, or healthcare facility, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. could help.
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Injury Practice Areas
Some specific injuries are grounds for personal injury claims, particularly when they relate to the brain or spine. However, broken bones, whiplash, and soft tissue injuries can all qualify you for compensation in some cases. After all, you would not have experienced even minor injuries if it weren’t for someone else’s negligence.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When the head is jolted, shaken, or struck, it can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most commonly caused by falls and motor vehicle accidents, a TBI can impact victims for anywhere from a few days to the rest of their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Forms of TBI include:
- Penetrating injuries
- Vegetative states
- Wrongful death
While these fall under premises liability, dog bites are often treated as their own practice area because of their frequency, damage, and long-term consequences. In addition to broken bones, bruises, and penetrating injuries, dog bites carry the risk of infections and disfiguring injuries.
Personal injury does not just cover wounds. Infections and secondary complications qualify as well. Whether caused by a dog bite or other act of negligence, you can file a claim.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations refers to the window of time you have to file your personal injury claim. In New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the accident under New Jersey Revised Statutes §2A:14-2. This allows you and your lawyer time to understand the scope of your injuries and determine the appropriate value of your case. However, do not delay in getting started.
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Learn How to Pursue Your Case
Your Garfield personal injury lawyer from Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. can act as your advisor and support as you go through the process of returning to a new normal. Filing a personal injury claim may not change what happened, but it can impact where you go next. Call us today to learn more at (201) 585-9111.