An automobile accident case in New Jersey that we successfully resolved demonstrates why you should hire a lawyer quickly after an impact – your injuries may not immediately be evident. This was the scenario experienced by our clients, a married couple in their 70s who were injured in a collision in Monmouth County.
The couple’s vehicle was hit by a young driver, whom we surmised was driving while distracted, in a T-bone collision – meaning they were hit on the side of their vehicle. Both of our clients were injured: the wife, who was in the passenger seat, sustained two broken ribs and immediately received treatment; the husband had some pain in his neck but did not realize the severity of the injury at the time, largely because of the immediate focus on his wife’s broken ribs.
After receiving treatment for a few weeks, his doctor finally ordered an MRI of his neck. Once they received the image, he was rushed for emergency cervical fusion surgery because the condition of his neck put him at the risk of paralysis.
The Insurance Claim
Being faced with paralysis is clearly a life-changing matter that our client had to act on. The defendant driver had a $250,000 auto policy and we settled for its full amount to cover the husband’s surgery and treatment.
Because she was treated quickly for broken ribs, the wife’s injuries were ultimately less severe than her husband’s and eventually healed. We secured an additional $30,000 for her pain and suffering, bringing the final settlement to $280,000.
What To Do Following An Automobile Accident
After an accident, follow these basic tips:
- Document as much as possible. Take pictures of your injury, the vehicles and the scene and try to recount the exact sequence of events. Speak into the “notes” section of your mobile phone, if possible, to detail any personal injury or property damage.
- Contact the police. Even if you feel your injury is minor or you don’t initially plan to pursue legal action, you will need to exchange insurance information. Filing a police report is a critical step that you should take immediately following an accident. Additionally, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident and penalties for doing may include suspension of your license and harm your driving and insurance records.
- Seek medical treatment. For the sake of your health, visit a doctor or emergency room so that the injury itself is properly treated and documented. This will also confirm the nature of the injuries if you to file a claim.
- Hire an injury lawyer. Most injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they do not collect a fee unless they secure compensation on your behalf. Hiring a lawyer from the outset, to assess your personal injury, and provide guidance to you, is one of your best strategies.
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, which leads to a high number of collisions. The Bronsnick Law Firm has litigated many driving accident claims, often to favorable outcomes, and is available to discuss your matter.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an automobile accident in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to present your injuries during insurance matters and Workers’ Compensation hearings. We’ll also prepare and file any required documents with the insurance companies and will be your voice in all court proceedings. Having an attorney will better ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
You need Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. online or call us at (973) 327-6611 for an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged. We will also travel to your home or to the hospital to meet with you. We service Roseland, Livingston, Caldwell, Wayne, West Orange, Montville, Montclair and other surrounding towns in Essex County. Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. handles all workplace injury claims on a contingency basis – we will not charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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