Lawrence personal injury attorneys are personal injury experts who understand the difficulties and devastation that often arise when serious injuries are suffered as a result of someone else’s fault. No personal injury cases are the same because no accidents and no injuries are the same. Our attorneys know that injuries affect plaintiffs and their families in different ways and they also know that if you have suffered personal injuries caused by someone else, you deserve to be compensated.
Common types of personal injury cases
Our attorneys represent clients who have suffered injuries do to someone’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct. Common types of personal injury cases that our attorneys handle are listed below.
- Automobile accidents
- ATV accidents
- Slip or trip and falls
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog attacks
- Pool accidents
- Train accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Pharmaceutical injuries
- Medical device injuries
- Firearm injuries
- Defective products
- Construction accidents and other work place injuries
Placing a value on a personal injury claim
Clients frequently ask what their personal injury claim is worth and there is no magic number, but factors that affect the value of a personal injury claim include:
- The extent of injuries sustained. Typically, greater injuries have a higher dollar value.
- Past, ongoing, and anticipated future medical treatment and bills will be considered.
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity due to injuries.
- Property damage is often involved in personal injury cases and may be recoverable.
- Pain and suffering may be recoverable, especially when injuries are significant and debilitating.
- Comparative negligence will affect the value. If the plaintiff is attributed a portion of negligence, his or her settlement or award will be reduced by that portion of negligence.
Emotional distress as a witness
In some rare circumstances, New Jersey law allows emotional distress compensation for someone who witnessed an accident and injuries. In these cases, a person may bring an emotional distress claim when he or she has suffered harm due to witnessing an intimate family member suffer serious injuries.
Personal injury resulting in death
When injuries result in death caused by someone else’s fault, two causes of action that may be brought, depending on the circumstances of the case, are wrongful death claims and survival actions.
Wrongful death claim
Close family members are sometimes able to recover for losses they have sustained due to losing their loved one in a wrongful death claim. Their losses may include, but are not limited to loss of financial support the deceased would have provided had he or she lived, loss of the value of services provided by the deceased, and loss of companionship and guidance.
Survival actions may be available in more limited circumstances and are meant to recover injuries and damages suffered by the decedent prior to his or her death. This action is typically appropriate in cases where the deceased survived long enough after the accident to have sustained losses such as lost earnings, disability and impairment, and pain and suffering.
If you or a family member has sustained personal injuries caused by someone else’s fault, contact a Lawrenceville personal injury attorney at The Law Of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to discuss your case.