A personal injury can have a long-term or even lifelong effect on your life. You deal with the effects of a personal injury every day. It limits what you can do, where you can do, the type of work you choose to do. It prevents you from doing the things you once enjoyed. It saddles you with medical bills and therapy costs, which you struggle to pay. When you are dealing with a personal injury – let’s face it – you are dealing with a lot.
The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at KaplunMarx, are here not only to lend you a helping hand, but to also help ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses and to make sure that the person or entity that caused your injuries is held fully accountable. A personal injury lawsuit is not just about the money. It is about holding negligent parties and wrongdoers accountable for their actions (or lack thereof) and to deter such negligence in the future.
What Can KaplunMarx Do For You?
When you choose KaplunMarx to handle your personal injury case, you get:
- Attorneys with significant experience and a successful track record of exclusively handling personal injury cases.
- Superior legal representation and a high quality of customer service.
- No out-of-pocket costs. We work on a contingency fee basis. So, you don’t pay anything unless we get compensation for you.
- A free initial consultation where we provide you with a comprehensive case evaluation.
- Assist with every aspect of your injury claim from conducting independent investigations, compiling evidence, filing the lawsuit, participating in negotiations with the insurance company to taking the case to trial, if necessary.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured
There are several steps you would be well advised to take if you have been injured. First and foremost, file an official report. For example, if you have been injured in a traffic accident, file a police report. It would also be a good idea to obtain a copy for your records. Identify the other people involved in the incident including anyone who might have witnessed it. Seek prompt medical attention, treatment and care.
If you are in pain or if you suspect that you have been injured, go to an emergency department or the hospital. Delays in getting the right medical care can put your injury claim in jeopardy. Getting prompt medical attention also helps ensure that your injuries and the treatment you received for your injuries are well documented. Making sure you get proper medical treatment also helps put you on the road to a quick and full recovery.
It is also important that you gather as much evidence as possible from the scene of the injury. Take as much photos as you can from different angles. If you have been in a car accident, take photos of the damage to vehicles, the position of the vehicles, the surrounding area, etc. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, take photos of the dangerous condition that caused the incident. Your attorney might be able to obtain other pieces of evidence such as surveillance tape that caught the accident, which could prove invaluable.
It is best to refrain from speaking to the other person’s insurance representative about how the accident occurred or about your injuries. Don’t allow them to take a recorded statement from you as this could and probably would be used against you. Preserve all receipts and invoices relating to expenses incurred as a result of your injury. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in New Jersey who can help protect your rights and secure maximum compensation for your losses.
Mistakes to Avoid
There are several potential missteps in a personal injury case that could jeopardize or even kill your claim. Here are some of the common mistakes that could ruin your New Jersey personal injury claim.
Rushing into a settlement. It is often not a good idea to accept the first settlement the insurance company offers you. This is a tactic insurance companies employ to make your claim go away quickly and cheaply. However, this could hurt you seriously. Taking an early settlement leaves you with no way to seek compensation for expenses you may incur later such as physical therapy costs, surgeries or cost of expensive medications and equipment. You do not have a full picture of what your complete damages may be until a certain amount of time has passed. So it is in your best interest to consult your attorney before you accept any such settlement and sign your rights away.
Posting on social media. If you are in the middle of a claim process, stay away from social media. What you post on Facebook or Instagram could come back to bite you. Your social media pages are not as secure as you think. Insurance companies and defense lawyers are looking at these sites to see what dirt they can dig up on you. They could practically pull out anything from your social media pages to invalidate your injury claim. We advise our clients to stay away from social media or even deactivate their accounts until their claim is settled.
Not getting medical attention. When you don’t get necessary medical attention after your accident and your injuries get worse, an insurance company or jury is likely to be less sympathetic because it might seem like you were responsible for making your injuries worse. This is why we advise our clients to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care and follow the doctor’s orders regarding future treatment.
Ignoring statute of limitations. Like all states, New Jersey requires that personal injury lawsuits be filed within a certain time frame. Generally speaking, plaintiffs must file these lawsuits within two years of the injury occurring. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. Ignoring this time limit could mean that you cannot file your lawsuit or seek damages for your losses.
The experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at KaplunMarx can help you avoid these missteps and secure maximum compensation for all the injuries, damages and losses you have suffered. Call us at (610) 660-7780 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.