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Frequently Asked Questions About Catastrophic Injuries Answered by Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic and debilitating injury at the hands of another person’s negligence, getting the right legal counsel is almost as important as getting the right medical care. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. we have been representing the needs of New Jersey families who have been traumatized by catastrophic injury for the past three decades. As a result, we fully understand and appreciate the seriousness of your situation, and will utilize every resource available to aid your search for justice.
If there is a way to secure compensation for your injuries, our team of New Jersey personal injury lawyers will find it and make it happen.
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A: We would be doing you a grave disservice if we fixed a number to any case sight unseen. However, there are some general points with which we can agree upon when it comes to catastrophic injuries.
Without a doubt, because of the sheer magnitude of such wounds and their critical nature, the amount of medical attention needed to recover or to simply survive, is significant. That means money. All of which could be recovered in a personal injury suit or claim. Additionally, catastrophic injuries tend to stem from a series of gross miscalculations or negligent actions by the at-fault party. If so, the court may award punitive damages to punish those responsible. In total, you could potentially be looking at thousands if not millions of dollars in settlement awards. But as stated earlier, there are no guarantees and it is nearly impossible to accurately estimate without reviewing the case first.
A: Catastrophic injuries are challenging for many firms and any attorney who claims otherwise should be regarded as highly dubious. Before retaining counsel you should make sure the firm or attorney in question has extensive experience in traumatic injury cases. What is their track record? What kind of injuries have they dealt with – was it exclusively brain and spinal cord damage or have they tackled severe burns before? Who are their expert witnesses and what kind of resources do they have on hand? And ultimately, you’ll want to deal with a firm that clearly has the financial stability to be in it for the long haul. Traumatic injury cases can take time to resolve, so will your attorney stick with you to the end?
A: Yes. In general, all personal injury cases face a "statute of limitations." Essentially, this means you cannot file a suit or a claim after a certain period of time. The idea is to prevent frivolous and potentially cruel lawsuits from plaguing the courts and defendants. As a result, it is up to the plaintiff, to file in a timely fashion. In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years. After two years, your claim will be considered null and void. However, there are exceptions to the rule which your attorney can determine if your situation qualifies.
A: The reasons an individual ends up with life-altering damage to their body are as varied as the wounds themselves. Unfortunately, some situations occur more often than others. In our experience, vehicular accidents and driver negligence tends to be the number one cause for traumatic injury, but it is hardly the only reason:
- Auto accident
- Work place accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Sport accidents
- Construction accidents
A: While you may have a very clear idea of whether or not your catastrophic injuries are worthy of legal action, until you speak with a qualified NJ personal injury attorney, you’ll still be guessing. Attorneys are trained to spot the hallmarks of a potential case and can quickly assess the grounds you plan to file upon. If there is any question, an attorney will be able to answer it with relative ease. And while catastrophic injuries often leave little room for doubt, until you consult with a lawyer, it is impossible to be entirely sure.
For more information or to schedule a comprehensive case evaluation, contact the the NJ catastrophic injury lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. today at (609) 240-0040.
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