Since you're here, we assume that you're considering contacting a New Jersey personal injury lawyer about a potential claim. If that's true, there are a few things you should know about our Firm:
- We offer free, no obligation case reviews. If you think you have a personal injury claim, you have nothing to lose by speaking to us about your case, and much to gain.
- We work on a contingency fee basis. If you retain us to handle your claim you pay us nothing out of pocket.
- Time is of the essence. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 2 years.
Not ready to talk to one of our attorneys? No problem. We invite you to keep reading to gain a better understanding of what it means to have a personal injury claim in New Jersey.
Personal Injury Lawyers in New Jersey
Personal injury law is a broad area of the law that allows injured parties to seek compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. Personal injury lawsuits are civil claims, which means that the defendant can be found liable, resulting in financial responsibility for the plaintiff’s losses. Civil lawsuits do not result in jail time or any criminal penalties, but rather are a way for injured plaintiffs to obtain financial compensation for the harms caused by the defendant.
Sometimes personal injury claims arise from accidents and a defendant’s negligence, while other personal injury cases can arise from a defendant’s intentional wrongdoing. If you were injured as a result of another party’s careless behavior or intentional bad act, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers can help with your case.
Common Forms of Personal Injury in NJ
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we serve clients with a wide variety of personal injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Car accidents;
- Bus accidents;
- Large truck crashes;
- Jitney accidents;
- Taxi and Uber collisions;
- Train accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Product liability claims;
- Dangerous drugs;
- Defective medical devices;
- Defective auto claims;
- Food poisoning and food-borne illness;
- Medical malpractice or medical negligence;
- Workplace injuries;
- Construction accident injuries;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Premises liability lawsuits;
- Dog bite claims;
- Toxic exposure lawsuits; and
- Nursing home abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, you can experience harm at many places in New Jersey. If that harm was caused by someone’s negligent or intentional act, you may have a personal injury claim.
Types of Injuries Resulting in Personal Injury Lawsuits
There are many different types of personal injuries, and each case has its own nuances. In general, we regularly assist clients who are seeking compensation for some of the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Burn injuries;
- Broken bones and fractures;
- Organ damage;
- Cancer and other injuries resulting from delayed diagnosis or toxic exposure; and
- Psychological injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our personal injury attorneys advocate for you to receive compensation for financial and emotional damages related to your injury. These damages might include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Do I Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim?
You likely have a valid personal injury claim if you suffered serious injuries due to someone’s negligence or intentional action. Your personal injury claim for negligence must meet these legal standards:
- Someone owed you a duty of care, or a responsibility to act safely;
- Someone breached that duty by acting in a way that could harm others;
- Their breach of duty injured you; and
- Your injuries are worth damages, or compensation.
Your injuries must be somewhat substantial to make a personal injury lawsuit worthwhile. Scratches or bruises that heal quickly and don’t require medical treatment aren’t worth a lawsuit. However, if you experienced painful injuries that required expensive medical treatment, you may have a valid personal injury claim.
If you’re not sure whether your injuries qualify, contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers for a consultation, and we’ll help you figure things out.
Statute of Limitations for Bringing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
How much time do you have to file a personal injury claim in New Jersey? Every claim comes with a statute of limitations, which is the amount of time an injured party has to file a claim. If the injured party does not file a claim within the statutory period, then the claim becomes “time-barred” and the party cannot obtain compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Under New Jersey law (N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2A:14-2), the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years. This means that you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim for compensation.
How Long Will My New Jersey Personal Injury Case Take?
We can’t give a reliable estimate on the length of your case until we hear the details. Generally, cases that settle take much less time than those that go to court. Our personal injury lawyers are able to successfully settle the majority of our cases, getting you money faster and sparing you the added emotional stress of a trial.
However, it’s important that you hire personal injury attorneys with trial experience like we have at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. When an insurance company knows that your attorney won’t hesitate to take a case to trial, they are apt to offer a larger settlement. Hiring experienced, skilled personal injury lawyers can save you time and earn you more money.
Types of Damages in a New Jersey Personal Injury Case
If you file a personal injury claim, what type of damages can you expect to receive? In general, a plaintiff in a personal injury case may be able to obtain two different kinds of compensatory damages, both of which are designed to compensate the plaintiff for losses caused by the defendant. Those damages can include compensation for hospital bills and lost wages from work, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble have a record of success when it comes to verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases. For example:
- $28,000,000 verdict in a wrongful birth case in which an unborn newborn suffered from a catastrophic defect;
- $6,000,000 settlement for a patient fall at a rehabilitation facility;
- $6,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death claim where the deceased was struck and killed by a freight train;
- $3,000,000 for a family whose toddler was struck by a car; and
- $1,750,000 verdict for a plaintiff with a spinal cord injury.
We have obtained dozens of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in numerous types of personal injury cases and can discuss your options with you today for seeking compensation.
How Do You Find the Best New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case?
You may see dozens of personal injury ads on billboards and tv, but how do you distinguish a good lawyer from an undesirable one? We encourage you to take your time to research any personal injury lawyer you’re considering hiring. The following steps will help you make an informed decision on a potential personal injury attorney:
- Ask friends and family for recommendations;
- Ask an attorney who practices in a different area—like divorce or criminal law—for a recommendation;
- Look up reviews on sites like Google and Avvo; and
- Read client testimonials and case results on attorney websites.
After you’ve narrowed down your list through these steps, you should contact a potential personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Use that meeting to get to know the lawyer. Ask the personal injury attorney questions, get their opinion on your claim, and decide whether they would be a good fit to work with you.
You should never feel pressured to hire someone, and you should only proceed with filing a lawsuit when you’re comfortable with your legal representation.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
A personal injury attorney can help to prove the elements of your case and to provide experienced counsel through the complicated process of filing a claim. An advocate at our firm can negotiate with the defendant in order to seek a reasonable settlement, getting you money even sooner for your losses. If the other side will not agree to a reasonable settlement, we will take your case to trial and do everything in our power to ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Our history of success shows that we are willing to fight for each of our clients. For instance, here are some testimonials from previous clients:
Patrick T., a client who moved to O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble after having difficulties with his personal injury claim, said the following:
“I sought compensation because I needed to support my wife and four kids. A local lawyer said that my case was too complicated for her so she recommended Scott Parsons at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane, & Noble. Scott recognized that I had a good case and proceeded with a suit against the insurance company. The insurance company didn’t want to admit fault but Scott was relentless. When the case went to trial, I was pretty scared to go on the stand because so much was at stake, but Scott was very reassuring and calmed me down. It took a lot of skill and hard work to convince the judge that it was the truck driver’s fault but Scott remained conscientious.”
Marie G., another client who moved to O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble after having difficulties with her personal injury claim, said the following:
“You quickly put my mind to rest by explaining everything to me, and answering all my questions. The outcome of this lawsuit is nothing less than a miracle because of the many obstacles we faced. I know that your professionalism, knowledge, dedication, and patience is what got us through.”Marie
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
New Jersey’s largest wrongful birth verdict: failure to disclose an unborn infant’s catastrophic genetic defect.
This involved a rear-end collision to a 40-year-old woman’s vehicle as she was making her way driving on the Garden State Parkway.