Serving New Jersey clients after automobile collisions
Automobile accidents happen regularly. The roads of New Jersey are complex to navigate and populated by aggressive drivers. We are all at risk of collisions when traveling along some of the most congested roads in America. Unfortunately, we are all at risk for injury when operating our vehicles. If you are in an accident, you could suffer serious injury. Though injuries vary depending on the severity of the crash, they can impact our future with physical issues and financial burdens, including mounting medical bills and lost wages. Serious injury may not rear its ugly head for years before devastating the quality of your life. When you are in an accident, you need to contact an attorney to protect your rights. If you need quality legal services from an effective attorney, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. for a consultation.
New Jersey and no-fault insurance
Fortunately, New Jersey follows a no-fault insurance system. In general, your medical bills and lost wages will be covered by personal injury protection (PIP). We pay for this coverage because it helps people get the care they need without regard to fault and without the worry of mounting medical bills and lost wages immediately after an accident. You have the right to pick your private healthcare provider to be your primary caretaker after the accident. If you choose this path, your insurance company may have the right to recover the expenses or place a lien against compensation through outside lawsuits.
Taking legal action
In some cases, you may have to take legal action. When taking legal action, you may wonder what damages are recoverable. There are two types of compensation applicable to lawsuits involving automobile accidents: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages (out-of-pocket expenses) include loss of income, medical bills, and any other financial burden on the victim’s life. The other and more complicated type of damages is non-economic damages, also known as “pain and suffering.” These damages could compensate you for the pain you experienced, the effects on your quality of life, and how your life has changed or will change because of the accident.
How long will my case take?
The time it takes to resolve an accident case varies depending on the injuries and circumstances. If parties dispute the assignment of fault, the case will take longer. The reality is that some cases can last years. However, some fortunate cases can last just a few months.
Will I go to court?
You may have to go to court. In many automobile cases, the greater the evidence in your favor, the less likely you will have to go to court. If there is a dispute about who was at fault, there is a chance you may have to attend some court proceedings, but not necessarily a trial. Some of the many factors that can impact your case include assigning negligence for the accident, your injuries, whether your injuries were preexisting or exacerbated, and whether the collision was low impact. When these issues are paramount, there is more of a chance you will have to attend court. When facing a court case or a settlement, it is best to have experienced counsel on your side.
Contact a Middlesex County personal injury law firm
The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. has been a legal resource for New Jersey clients for over 25 years. If you are facing a serious injury after an automobile accident, you have a lot to consider about your future and your legal rights. Although our medical bills and lost wages are covered by personal injury protection, we may need to consider our legal options. If you are facing a serious injury and an uncertain future, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze, Esq. for a consultation today.