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Different Types of Damages in a New Jersey Car Accident Claim

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Contact NJ car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. if you have been in a serious crash. You may be entitled to win financial compensation for your varying losses. We can fight on your behalf to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable. Call (609) 240-0040 to learn more about our services and your legal rights and options in a free consultation.

Car accidents are among the most traumatic and potentially fatal incidents on the road today. Once the dust has settled and the survivors attempt to return to their everyday lives, the trauma and loss of even a minor accident can cause long-lasting challenges. If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a New Jersey car crash, the financial and emotional losses can quickly become overwhelming. Fortunately, the civil justice system allows accident survivors to recover significant compensation if another party was negligent and caused the collision.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover after a New Jersey Car Crash?

Every injury case is unique and the type of damages you may be able to recover after an accident will depend on the physical, emotional, and financial losses you have suffered. These damages are categorized as either economic or non-economic losses.

Economic damages are awarded for the financial losses a car accident victim may have suffered, including:

  • Vehicle repair costs
  • Medical bills
  • Lost current and future wages
  • Cost of rehabilitative care
  • Surgical procedures
  • Funeral and burial costs

Non-economic damages refer to emotional and psychological losses, such as:

  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Humiliation

Determining the final settlement will also depend on the age of the client, the extent of the physical and emotional injuries, and the expected future losses.

What are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages may be awarded if the at-fault party is found to have acted with actual intent or malice. For example, a driver may intentionally rear-end another vehicle or choose to use his or her cell phone while driving with complete disregard of the safety of others. Punitive damages are awarded when compensation for actual damages is not adequate and are a way of punishing the at-fault party with additional payments owed to the accident victim.

When Should I Contact a NJ Car Accident Damages Attorney?

If you or a loved one has suffered physical, emotional, and financial losses due to another’s negligent actions or wrongdoing, you deserve to get fair and just compensation to help you on your road to recovery. The costs of medical care, lost wages, and permanent disability can quickly add up and become overwhelming debt if you do not hold the responsible party accountable. Contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the financial settlement you need.

Do not wait to take legal action after a car or motorcycle accident in New Jersey as the time period in which you may legally file a personal injury claim in the state is within two years of the date of the crash. Call us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your options and how we can help. We have extensive experience and years of success at obtaining rightful compensation for our clients.

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty five years.

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