Hackensack Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, it is important to choose experienced and qualified accident lawyers to help you on the road to recovery. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., focus their practice on personal injuries and are:
- Familiar with all aspects of personal injury law
- Experienced in proving negligence and maximizing compensation
- Determined to go the extra mile in pursuing the benefits you deserve
We hope you will contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., to speak with one of our Hackensack personal injury lawyers today. We have the legal advice, expertise, and resources to help prove your case and take many of the burdens of a personal injury accident off of your shoulders. Call our law firm today for your free case review.
What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do For My Case?
Injury attorneys help accident victims recover compensation for their injuries. They represent you in negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If negotiations are not successful, your personal injury lawyer represents you in court at trial. Additionally, experienced accident lawyers, like ours at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., do the following:
- Personally handle your case and address your questions
- Calculate and document all of your losses
- Ensure that all court documents, insurance claims, and other paperwork are filed correctly
- Gathering any crucial pieces of evidence
- Interviewing necessary witnesses
- Represent your interests during negotiations with insurance companies
- Field prospective settlement offers while acting in your best interests
Call The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., today for a no-obligation consultation. We speak both English and Spanish. Let our experienced Hackensack personal injury attorneys work for you.
Personal Injury Cases We Represent
Most accidents resulting in injuries happen when someone acts negligently. In order to prove negligence, the victim must prove the defendant owed them a duty of care. The defendant must then breach this duty of care, and this breach causes the victim’s injuries. The following are common types of personal injury cases where negligence is often established:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Premises liability
- Dog bites
In New Jersey, there is a time period, or statute of limitations, to file a personal injury suit and work accident cases. Otherwise, the claim is barred. Therefore, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer in Hackensack at a reputable law firm as soon as possible to preserve a claim.
How Much is My Injury Claim Worth?
Damages are compensation for both the financial and non-financial losses or suffering sustained due to a personal injury. Common types of damages in injury claims include:
- Medical bills for any hospital stay, prescriptions, or doctor’s care
- Cost of future medical expenses for physical therapy or long-term care
- Household expenses, bills
- Property damages
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earnings or potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium for family members
- Loss of companionship for family members
Our personal injury attorneys in Hackensack fight for maximum compensation for victims of injuries and their loved ones. Our law firm offers legal representation in Hackensack, Teaneck, Union City, Bergen County, and throughout New Jersey.
Can I File a Claim if I Was Partially at Fault for My Accident?
Many accidents are not black and white when it comes to fault or causation. Rather than only one party taking all of the blame, fault is allocated across multiple parties – sometimes, even the injured party. In New Jersey, a modified comparative negligence rule presides over these types of cases. This rule gives you the right to still recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for your accident or injury. Your partial fault, however, could reduce your financial award.
The comparative negligence law states that a plaintiff will forfeit a percentage of his or her financial recovery in proportion to his or her degree of fault for the accident. If the plaintiff was 20% at fault, for example, he or she would surrender 20% of a settlement or verdict award won. However, in New Jersey, if you bear more than 50% of fault for an accident, you cannot recover anything from the other party. This is the modified part of the law, as in a pure comparative negligence state, a plaintiff can be any percentage to blame and still receive some compensation.
In the event of a car accident, whether you were partially at fault will not interfere with your ability to recover. New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, meaning you will receive compensation from your own auto insurance provider regardless of who was at fault for your accident. If you caused the collision, your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will still cover your medical bills. Your fault will matter, however, if you wish to bring a third-party lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In this case, your own comparative negligence can reduce your recovery award.
Time Limit to File an Injury Claim in New Jersey
A statute of limitations is a law in place in New Jersey that restricts how long an injured party has to file a claim. All personal injury claims have statutes of limitations. Their purpose is to ensure prompt claims filing by a plaintiff – ideally, while key evidence is still available. Barring limited exceptions, missing the statute of limitations on a personal injury claim will prevent you from recovering financial compensation from a defendant. The courts in New Jersey almost always refuse to hear cases brought past their statutes of limitations.
According to New Jersey Revised Statutes Section 2A:14-2, all legal actions for injuries caused by negligence or wrongful acts must be brought within at least two years of the date of the cause of action. You will have no more than two years from the date of your accident to bring a claim against a defendant in New Jersey, in most cases. If you are filing a claim on behalf of a deceased loved one, you will have two years from his or her date of death.
Minors under the age of 18 may have longer than two years to file their claims. In general, they have until two years past their 18th birthdays to file. In the event the injured party is an infant with a birth injury, the victim will have until his or her 13th birthday to file a claim in New Jersey. A victim could have less time to file, however, if the claim involves the government.
Making a claim against the government in New Jersey requires an injured party to come forward sooner than two years. You will have just 90 days from the date of the incident to file according to the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. The statute of limitations for a claim against the federal, not state, government may differ. It is important to speak to an attorney as quickly as you can to file within your deadline.
Contact our Hackensack Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation
A personal injury lawyer can help you determine the value of your injury claim. You should always consult with a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company about any sort of settlement. To protect your legal rights and take the next steps in your case, call The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C or submit our online contact form for a free consultation. Our attorneys serve Hackensack and the entire state of New Jersey with personal injury legal services and help recoup financial recovery for victims of negligence. With more than 90+ years of combined experience, our Hackensack personal injury lawyers have the expertise and knowledge required to help navigate you and your loved one’s through these difficult times. Our law firm offers free case evaluations to discuss the unique circumstances of your case.