The law firm of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi has represented clients in Palisades Park and throughout Bergen County since opening its doors in 1974. In those 40 years, our personal injury lawyers have collected more than $300 million for the injured in New Jersey, both in and out of court.
If you or a loved one has been injured in Palisades Park as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today. We are committed to investigating your case thoroughly, determining who was at fault, and holding the negligent party accountable. As certified civil trial attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that we have the skills and experience to take your case all the way through trial, should that be necessary. We have the resources, experience, and legal expertise to stand up to corporations, insurance adjusters, and opposing attorneys alike. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to start exploring your options today. No legal fees are due until we win your case, and your initial consultation is free and confidential.
Personal Injury Cases in Palisades Park
New Jersey residents are affected by negligence almost daily. Whether it’s a reckless driver barreling through an intersection, a store manager who fails to mop up a dangerous spill, or a construction supervisor who doesn’t provide the right safety equipment, negligent actions hurt people each and every day.
Bergen County saw more than 31,000 car accidents in 2013, resulting in 5,700 injuries and 32 deaths. Many of these accidents were caused by some type of driver negligence, whether it was speeding, driving under the influence, or failing to account for weather conditions. Nationwide, nearly 4,000 people were killed and another 104,000 were injured in commercial truck accidents in 2012, representing a troubling increase from the year before. As technology continues to improve and our lives become more tied to mobile devices, distracted driving will continue to plague American roadways, presenting a very real danger for other drivers on the road.
Many personal injury cases are tied to unsafe building conditions or lack of maintenance, which results in serious falls. While slip-and-fall accidents may seem minor, they represent a very real danger for New Jersey residents in retail stores and other buildings. Slips and falls contribute to more than 17,000 deaths and 3 million injuries every year, adding up to more than $30 billion in medical bills. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for Americans age 65 and older, and more than 2.4 million older Americans were hospitalized by falls in 2012.
Our personal injury firm is equipped to handle all types of personal injury cases, such as:
- Car accidents, including rear-end collisions, hit-and-run accidents, drunk driving accidents, high-speed collisions, head-on collisions, rollover accidents, tire blowouts, uninsured motorist accidents, municipal vehicle accidents, weather-related accidents, recreational vehicle accidents, snowplow accidents, accidents caused by distracted drivers, and accidents caused by reckless drivers
- Motorcycle accidents, including failure to yield, lane splitting, speeding, driving under the influence, and accidents caused by road hazards
- Trucking accidents
- Premises liability/unsafe building conditions, including slip-and-fall accidents, unsafe buildings, recreational accidents, inadequate security, food poisoning, dog bites, recreational/sports injuries, asbestos-related illness, and liquor law liability
- Swimming pool accidents
Assault by security guards or bouncers, including unlawful detention and false arrest
Compensation in Personal Injury Lawsuits
If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
All personal injury cases revolve around the idea of negligence. In legal terms, “negligence” means the failure to use reasonable care in doing something. For a driver, this could mean swerving between lanes while trying to change the radio station. For a manager at a retail store, this could mean seeing a dangerous spill on the floor and not doing anything about it. Essentially, you must ask the question “If presented with the same circumstances, would a reasonable person have acted the same way?” If the answer is no, the other party could be negligent.
A successful personal injury case requires proving three things:
- You were injured. This encompasses both physical injuries and emotional injuries, such as ongoing anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder.
- The injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. This is where the discussion of negligence comes into play. It is not enough to prove that you were injured; you must prove that someone acted negligently, leading to your injury.
- The defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of your injuries. In certain situations, like driving on the interstate, there were probably a number of things going on at the time of the accident. You must prove that the other person’s conduct—not anything else going on—was the cause of your injuries.
Personal injury lawsuits deal with “damages,” the legal term for financial compensation for an injury. Damages in a New Jersey personal injury case are divided into two categories: compensatory and punitive damages.
The vast majority of personal injury cases involve compensatory damages, which are awarded to compensate the injured person for losses caused by the negligent party. Compensatory damages in a personal injury case could include:
- Current and future medical treatment: includes hospitalization costs, ongoing treatment expenses, rehabilitation costs, and any expected future medical expenses
- Lost wages: compensation for wages lost while out of work due to the accident, as well as decreased earning capacity in the future if the injuries will continue to affect the victim
- Property damage: compensation for damage to the victim’s car, clothing, or other personal effects as a result of the accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life: covers loss of enjoyment of day-to-day activities, recreation, hobbies, and exercise
- Pain and suffering: the physical and emotional pain caused by the incident, including the pain of the physical injuries and ongoing emotional trauma
- Emotional distress: the psychological effects of an injury, such as anxiety, sleep loss, or fear (typically awarded in severe accidents)
- Wrongful death: compensation for the family or estate of someone killed by a negligent person
There is no cap on compensatory damages in the state of New Jersey. In other words, you are eligible to recover the full amount of damages, so long as you can prove the monetary value of your losses. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you put a value on intangible losses, such as pain and suffering or emotional distress, so you can receive full compensation in a lawsuit.
Punitive damages are awarded more rarely than compensatory damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the negligent party for particularly egregious behavior, such as causing an accident on purpose. As such, they are only awarded in certain cases with unusual circumstances.
About Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are proud to represent the injured in Palisades Park and throughout New Jersey. Since opening our doors in 1974, we have been committed to the highest standards of excellence in personal injury litigation. Our million-dollar and multi-million-dollar settlements have earned us inclusion in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which fewer than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers are members. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi was named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms list of 2013, and Michael Maggiano and Christopher DiGirolamo have received the highest possible ratings as car accident attorneys by the AVVO Lawyer Ratings service.
With more than 80 years’ worth of combined trial experience, we are prepared to investigate your claim and fight to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in Palisades Park due to someone else’s negligence, contact us to discuss your legal options. Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi at (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.