Accidents and injuries come without warning, and they affect a number of Leonia residents every year. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury or is in need of legal counsel, contact a trusted Bergen County law firm.
Accidents and Injuries in Leonia
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, 260 Bergen County residents died from accidental injuries in 2010.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi specialize in a variety of personal injury claims, including:
- Car accidents: 30,251 Bergen County residents were involved in car accidents in 2012 alone. More than 6,000 of those resulted in injury, and 30 were fatal.
- Truck accidents: There were 31 tractor-trailers involved in 26 fatal crashes in the state in 2011, resulting in 28 fatalities.
- Motorcycle accidents: New Jersey saw 90 fatal crashes that involved 97 motorcycles in 2011.
- Pedestrian accidents: 143 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in the state of New Jersey in 2011.
- Construction accidents: Almost 20% of worker fatalities occur in the construction sector, adding up to over 800 construction-related deaths nationwide per year.
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Wrongful death
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Leonia, call (201) 585-9111
Compensation After an Accident
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you identify monetary, physical, and mental losses—referred to as “damages”—suffered due to an accident. The vast majority of damages in personal injury cases are compensatory damages, intended to compensate the victim for losses, both tangible and intangible.
Types of compensatory damages include:
- Medical treatment: the cost of medical treatment stemming from the injury, including hospital treatment, ambulatory services, and any future medical costs associated with the injury
- Income: the loss of income from the accident, as well as any decreased earning potential in the future
- Property loss: the cost of personal items, including vehicles, clothing, and other property, that were damaged or lost as a result of the incident
- Pain and suffering: compensation for pain and discomfort suffered as a result of the accident, including any ongoing pain
- Emotional distress: compensation for the psychological distress of a particularly serious accident, including fear, anxiety, and loss of sleep
- Loss of enjoyment or consortium: compensation for losing the ability to enjoy day-to-day activities, recreational activities, or adverse effects on a plaintiff’s relationship to his or her spouse or children
In addition to compensatory damages, you could pursue punitive damages in cases when a defendant’s behavior was particularly egregious or reckless. Punitive damages usually apply when the defendant intended to cause harm or acted with reckless disregard for others.
There is no limit on compensatory damages in personal injury cases in New Jersey. The New Jersey Punitive Damages Act limits punitive damages to give times the amount of compensatory damages or $350,000 (whichever is greater).
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Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Legal proceedings and the law itself can be overwhelming and hard to understand. There are countless factors that can affect the outcome of your particular case, and hiring an experienced attorney is the best way to recover your losses and get the compensation you deserve.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have achieved a number of impressive victories for their clients, including:
- $101 million for a construction accident case in which a 10-story parking garage collapsed, killing four men and injuring 32 others. This marked the largest settlement of a construction accident case in U.S. history.
- $11.5 million for a hospital negligence case in which a behavioral health facility failed to adequately treat a patient and warn the family, who later murdered his wife, daughter, and stepdaughter.
- $10 million for a car accident case in which a government worker was thrown from the passenger seat of the vehicle, resulting in severe brain injury, significant disability in the use of his legs and hands, and visual impairment.
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Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have been recognized time and time again as some of the top attorneys in their field. Michael Maggiano, Christopher DiGirolamo, and Michael Lizzi are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which honors the top trial lawyers in the country for their million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements; membership is awarded to fewer than one percent of U.S. lawyers. In 2013, U.S. News named Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Personal Injury Litigation in New Jersey based on a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative ranking system.
Leonia is a borough located in Bergen County, New Jersey, with a population of just under 9,000. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, the median age is 43 years old and there are roughly three occupants per household.
Leonia was first settled by the Hackensack tribe of Native Americans, an entire millenium before Europeans settled in the area. Leonia is one of the oldest communities in New Jersey—and the United States overall—with Dutch and English farmers settling in 1668. The name “Leonia” was chosen after the Revolutionary War as a tribute to General Charles Lee.
Leonia’s close proximity to New York City brought in many academics and artists, including five Nobel Prize winners. Leonia has a long tradition of education and civic involvement, with 80% of Leonia residents obtaining college degrees in the 1930s and 97% of residents holding a library card in 1997.
Currently, the Leonia Police Department employs 17 police officers and 5 civilians, offering services in English, Spanish and Korean. Two members of the department hold national instructor certifications from the National Tactical Officers Association. The borough has a volunteer fire department and an Office of Emergency Management to coordinate police officers, fire personnel, emergency medical services, and public works in the case of a disaster. The nearest hospitals to Leonia are in Englewood, Teaneck, Hackensack, and Ridgewood.
Bergen County as a whole has a population of 925,328, according to a 2013 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the most populous county in the state. It is part of the New York City Metropolitan Area, sitting just across the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan. Bergen County takes up 233 square miles of New Jersey’s total 7,354. It is bordered on the east side by the Palisades, which drop off several hundred feet to the Hudson River.