Frequently Asked Questions: Personal Injuries

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If you've suffered injuries or damages of any extent due to the negligence of another person, then you may have already searched online for "personal injury attorney near me". There's an endless amount of options advertised online, though none really concentrate on answering the most common questions. We aim to fulfill this same goal right on this page.

However, after fighting on behalf of injury victims in the State of New Jersey for decades, our injury attorneys have also come across many common questions that victims often ask. On this page, we cover what some of those are as well as go into some detail on the answers.

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If the information provided below seems too general, or if you find that it does not apply to your injury case, that is because every single claim is different. If you'd like to receive more information about your individual circumstances at no cost, simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call to have our legal experts review your case in a free legal consultation.

After you've learned more, you are at no obligation to work with our team, while also being dully informed to make the right decision for yourself and for your loved ones.

Injury Lawsuit FAQs

These are just some of the most commons and frequently asked questions that our team receives. A lot of relevant questions have also been answered throughout our site, though if you have a specific one you cannot find an answer to, reach out to our team for additional help.

Why is my injury claim taking so long to be resolved?

If the trauma and injuries you suffered were so significant and evident that they led to a claim, you may ask yourself - "Why is it taking so long for me to receive compensation?"

As unfortunate as it is for victims to remain without a much needed (and deserved) financial award after filing a claim, the fact of the matter is that these legal proceedings can take a substantial amount of time to play out. At the end of the day, what your representing attorney is doing is engaging in a negotiation with the insurance company who is liable for paying for your damages.

As with all negotiations, there will be offers and counter-offers. Additionally, before the negotiations begin, your lawyer may spend a significant amount of time building your case to give you the best chances of not only winning but receiving the maximum compensation. Once the case is sent to the insurance provider, they will then perform their own research and respond with an offer.

Throughout this process, other factors may arise which can help your case. Your attorney would communicate these to the 'other side'; this may help your total award at the end but could add days or weeks on to the entire process.

Most claims result in a settlement, though if no agreement can be reached, then the lawsuit will be officially filed and both parties will have to argue in court. All insurance companies will avoid going to trial as best they can, given the resources that it takes from their behalf; an experienced personal injury attorney will use this to their advantage when bargaining on your behalf.

How long is a personal injury lawsuit?

In the previous questions, we briefly discussed the negotiation step in an injury claim, as well as the fact that it may result in a lawsuit and court proceedings.

To put it simply, PI claims are "like fingerprints." This is to say, no two are exactly alike. For this reason, some claims may resolve very quickly, such as in days or weeks. Comparatively, the most intricate claims, including the ones that are argued in court, can take months of years.

Dozens of witnesses could be required to testify and endless amounts of evidence can be presented by both sides to prove their argument. Once a ruling has been made, finalizing the amount of compensation to be awarded to the plaintiff can also prolong the entire process.

Who pays a personal injury settlement?

A great majority of injury claims are ultimately paid out by an insurance provider.

In a car wreck, it is usually the insurance policy of the at-fault party that pays for the victim's damages. In a slip and fall, it is the property owner's liability insurance that is likely to come into play when compensating victims for their injuries. In medical malpractice cases, the doctor's practicing insurance is where a monetary award is taken from.

We will continue updating this post with additional FAQs, so make sure to check back often for updated information.

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