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I’ve Been Injured In An Accident – What Happens Next?

When you are injured in a New Jersey accident, it can be an overwhelming experience. You may be wondering what you should do–not only do you have to deal with the pain of your injuries, but you now have to worry about the sudden costs associated with your care or about the work you will miss as you go through the recovery process. If your injuries were caused by another person or party, you can receive compensation for your harm by filing a New Jersey personal injury claim.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a New Jersey accident, reach out to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sarofiem & Antoun, LLC today to hear how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

New Jersey Accidents

There are many types of New Jersey accidents that can result in personal injuries. Some of the most common injury-causing incidents include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents (and other premise liability accidents)
  • Work Accidents
  • Defective Product Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Truck and Bus accidents

When you suffer injuries in any one of these types of accidents, it is important to remember that there are options to get recovery for your losses, including filing a personal injury claim.

So, What Should I Do After an Accident?

If you are involved in an accident of any kind in New Jersey, it is important to know how to respond and what to do next. There are a few things you will want to do right after the accident, such as:

  • Get Medical Attention: If you are severely injured, one of the first things you should do is seek medical help for your injuries. Even if your injuries feel minor, it can be important to visit with a doctor to make sure there is nothing more serious going on. This can also be a good way to document your exact injuries and how you felt right after the accident.
  • Document the Accident: Another thing to do after an accident, if you can do so safely, is to document the scene of the accident and your injuries. You can use your phone to take pictures or video of the accident and your injuries. Contact the police and make a police report. If there is anyone around you that witnessed the accident, get their information and account of what happened.
  • Get the Details of the Person or Party Responsible: No matter the type of accident that caused your injury, you will want to get the details of the person or party responsible for the accident. This can mean getting another driver’s name and insurance information, or even finding out who owns a property or who made a product.
  • Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney: You will also want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can help you with conducting an investigation to support your claim, and help you through the entire personal injury claim process.

Bringing a Successful New Jersey Personal Injury Claim

When you are injured in an accident caused by another person or party, you can bring a personal injury claim to get compensation for your injuries. When bringing your claim, you will have to show that another person or party was responsible for your injuries in order for your claim to be successful. There are three ways you can show liability in a personal injury case:

  • Intentional Torts: An intentional tort is when someone acts intentionally, or on purpose, to harm another person. Common intentional torts include assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Negligence: Negligence is another theory of liability, and often the most common theory of liability, used in personal injury cases. In general, negligence means that a person has a duty not to take actions that can cause harm to other people. If that person does do something that causes harm to another, that person is liable for the harm they caused.

Negligence requires showing that a person had a duty of care (which can be as simple as the duty not to hurt others), that the duty was breached, and that caused harm to another person. For example, if driver A runs a stoplight and hits another car, injuring driver B, driver A can be found negligent for running the stop sign, which caused the accident, which caused driver B’s injuries. Driver A would thus be liable to driver B for any injuries, even if the crash was an accident.

  • Products Liability: When a faulty product causes harm to a user, the manufacturer or seller of the product can be held “strictly liable” for the injuries. This means the manufacturer or seller is liable to the injured person even if there is no proof of other negligence or intentional bad acts. Products shouldn’t hurt people, and if they do the manufacturer or seller can be held responsible.

Personal Injury Damages

The purpose of bringing a personal injury claim against the person or party responsible for your injuries is to obtain financial compensation for the harm and losses your injuries caused in your life. Many times accident injuries require expensive hospital visits, costly medical care, and lengthy recovery times. This can cause you to miss out on work and other activities.

You can be awarded legal damages, or financial compensation, for:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy and recovery care expenses
  • Wages lost due to your inability to work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Any other damages available under New Jersey law

Talk to an Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been hurt in an accident caused by another person, product, or party, you may have a personal injury claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney can help you bring your claim so you can get the compensation you deserve.

At Sarofiem & Antoun, LLC we understand that unexpected injuries suffered in an accident can seriously disrupt your life. We can be by your side to help you with every step of your personal injury claim and work hard to help maximize your compensation. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in any type of accident, call us at (201) 792-3333. We offer a free case consultation for injured victims and their families and are available at any time by phone or text to discuss the details of your case and answer any questions you may have about filing a personal injury claim.

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