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We approach each personal injury case individually, with specialized knowledge and unique capabilities. We employ top outside experts to assist us in evaluating key evidence.
IN LEGAL TERMS, a personal injury is the physical or emotional harm caused by an individual or an organization, which results in pain and suffering. In other words, a victim suffers harm because of someone else. When the negligence of another person causes you harm, you have a right to fight for justice.
To navigate the waters of personal injury law, reference the following definitions of the most common legal terms:
Personal Injury Basics
COMPLAINT – a legal document that starts the lawsuit and identifies the plaintiff, defendant, and the facts of a case.
NEGLIGENCE – careless behavior leading to an injury, which can be in terms of action or a failure to act.
PLAINTIFF – the person who has suffered an injury and is taking legal action, also known as a claimant.
DAMAGES – losses due to injury, which include pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical bills, lost wages, life care costs, and other economic damages.
DEFENDANT – the individual, group, or business that is sued for causing the injury.
A lawsuit begins with the filing of key documents. Our firm will clearly explain the process of filing a “complaint,” which is the paperwork to start your personal injury lawsuit. The complaint summarizes the case and the plaintiff’s request for damages. The defendant will be served with the lawsuit, and will file a document that answers the complaint.
We have extensive experience…and significant success…in handling personal injury trials. Unlike many other firms, we will bring a client’s case to trial if the defendant’s settlement offer is not what we and our client believe to be sufficient. If the case proceeds to trial, a jury will be asked to decide if the defendant is legally responsible for your injury. A jury trial will include: jury selection, opening statements, direct testimony, witness cross-examination, closing arguments, jury deliberation, and the verdict.
Our attorney consultations are entirely free. During a personalized consultation with one of our attorneys, you can share the details of how the injury occurred. An experienced personal injury lawyer will listen to your situation and discuss possible claims against an individual, business or multiple defendants. You will learn if and how our firm can meet the needs of your claim. We will also discuss theories of liability, how we intend to prove the case, and the damages we expect to recover.
During the litigation process, various motions may be filed by either the defendant or the plaintiff. A motion is essentially a legal request, which asks the court to rule on a specific subject.
Personal Injury Litigation Process
A qualified lawyer can negotiate with an insurance company or individual to secure proper compensation for personal injuries. These negotiations are often done when your medical treatment is complete – or you have stabilized — and all of your medical records and bills are available for review. If negotiations do not lead to a settlement, a personal injury lawsuit is then filed with the court.
The plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit share information on the facts of the case during a process called discovery. In this phase, the legal claims on both sides are investigated, documents are requested, and witnesses are asked to make sworn statements called depositions. Experts are also hired, serve expert reports, and are deposed.
Initial Court Filings
Personal injury lawsuits are often settled before trial. A legal settlement means both the injured individual and the defendant in the case reach an agreement on compensation. To prepare for a settlement offer, you and your attorney can discuss the financial compensation you would be willing to accept in order to avoid a trial. While we advise our clients of what we believe to be a fair settlement number, the ultimate choice on whether to settle rests with the personal injury client
The Discovery Process
Our firm will take you through personal injury litigation process. Though filing a personal injury lawsuit in New Jersey can be a complex process, we’re dedicated to helping you through each step.
Following the trial, either the defendant or the plaintiff can appeal the court’s decision.
Personal Injury Trials
Personal Injury FAQ
After receiving immediate medical care, you will want to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is important to contact an attorney who has specialized knowledge in successfully resolving personal injury lawsuits. Remember, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim following an accident.
What should I do if I suffer a personal injury?
Do I need to hire a lawyer for my NJ personal injury case?
How much is my New Jersey personal injury case worth?
A number of factors affect the amount of compensation you can seek for your injury, including: the type of injuries suffered and their severity, what aspect of the injuries are permanent, how the accident occurred, who the negligent parties are, and any associated insurance limits.
The value of a case is also defined by what happens after the accident: medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning potential, negative lifestyle effects, and pain and suffering. Our firm can provide an estimate of the claim’s value after reviewing the facts of the case, medical records, any insurance coverage limitations, and if you had a role in the accident.
The time required to reach a resolution depends on a number of factors, such as: the court’s docket for other cases, available judges, the complexity of the case, and whether the case goes to trial or is settled. In New Jersey the amount of time your personal injury lawsuit will take may also be dependent on which county the lawsuit is filed, and how many judges have been allocated to that county.
Do I have a valid personal injury claim?
Personal injury claims can be complicated and time-consuming. A knowledgeable attorney, with a high success rate in resolving cases for the most favorable compensation, can advise you on the detailed process of filing a claim or a lawsuit. Working in partnership with you, we will handle the investigations, negotiations, litigation, and settlement procedures. Our firm is committed to delivering personalized, proactive service for your New Jersey personal injury case. We will only settle a case if you receive the compensation you deserve.
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman offers free, personalized consultations to assess if you have a valid claim and to explain your legal rights. Our expertise extends across most every area of personal injury law, so we can help if you have been hurt in a motor vehicle, workplace, slip and fall, or other type of accident. We fight for recoverable, traumatic, and catastrophic injury victims.
To help us determine if you have a claim, you should share important information with us, such as prior injuries or previous claims you may have pursued. All information provided during the initial consultation remains confidential. It is also helpful for our attorneys to review documents related to the injury, such as medical records, witness statements, or police reports.
Our firm has the resources to investigate the accident further. If someone caused your injury, that person is negligent. If an injury is due to a defective product or some other negligent act, a company or owner can be held liable. Even if it is determined that you are partially responsible for an accident that caused the harm, you can still seek compensation from others who share in this responsibility.
How long will my New Jersey personal injury case take?
We are serious about helping our clients, and our experienced personal injury attorneys are available for a free consultation. Call us today at 973-228-9898 if you would like to speak with an attorney.
With justice on our side, we stand ready to assist you.
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, based in Essex County, New Jersey is among the most prominent trial law firms in New Jersey, its attorneys having won hundreds of millions of dollars for its clients.
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