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Insurance companies have one goal, which is to convince you, as the injured party, to accept the smallest settlement offer possible after you have sustained injuries or property damage in a car accident. Because of the intense profit motivation insurance adjusters are faced with, the advice of an experienced Essex County personal injury lawyer can be critical in ensuring that the compensation award you receive accounts for the entire package of monetary damages to which you are legally entitled. Once an accident victim accepts a settlement award, they no longer have the legal right to pursue additional compensation—and any settlement or award an injured person receives must compensate that person for pain and suffering, past lost wages, future lost wages or earning potential and current and future medical expenses.
Many injured parties do not know that in the State of New Jersey, there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims (meaning that you lose your legal right to compensation if you do not act within that two-year period), but that there are also exceptions to that rule. For example, there are certain situations in which you must file a written notice of claim within 90 days in order to protect your rights. This makes it important not to delay in scheduling your free case evaluation with the experienced car accident lawyers at Birkhold & Maider, LLC.
Consulting an experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Essex County at Birkhold & Maider for a free case evaluation can help you better understand the legal process for recovering compensation from the insurance company or in court, and we will also do everything we can to make the process as stress-free as possible while you recover from your injuries.
New Jersey follows a no-fault insurance law when it comes to car accident claims, which means that if you are ever involved in an auto accident, your own insurance company is the one responsible for paying any medical bills related to the accident, regardless of which driver actually caused the collision. Coverage for medical expenses resulting from a car accident is paid through a provision called personal injury protection, or PIP coverage. Despite this seemingly simple rule, a number of complications can arise depending upon the circumstances of the car accident at hand. For example, consider:
At Birkhold & Maider, LLC, our experienced Essex County car accident lawyers can assist in determining all available PIP coverage, as well as the applicable PIP coverage limits, in your case to ensure you are properly compensated for your expenses.
While establishing the applicable PIP coverage is an important step, in many cases involving serious car accident injuries, it is really only the first step in ensuring you receive fair compensation. You may also encounter a situation in which you are involved in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. It is important to know your rights in these situations, which may include a claim against your own insurance company, the host vehicle’s insurance company or even against the State of New Jersey.
If you were driving for work-related purposes, you may also be entitled to bring a workers’ compensation claim in addition to any right to compensation you may have with respect to the at-fault driver.
At Birkhold & Maider, LLC, our experienced Essex County car accident lawyers have collectively amassed decades’ worth of experience in getting injured clients the compensation they deserve following a car accident regardless of the complexities that a case may present.
Whether you have attempted to negotiate with the insurance companies after your car accident or not, it is important to reach out to an experienced car accident lawyer to review your case and evaluate whether the insurance company is dealing fairly in your case. At Birkhold & Maider, LLC, our team of veteran Essex County, NJ car accident lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you receive appropriate medical treatment, have your medical bills paid and are fairly compensated for your pain and suffering. Based in Nutley, NJ, our team will vigorously fight to protect your rights as you recover from your injuries.
To learn more about our firm, we invite you to review our practice areas, attorney information, or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Please also feel free to call Birkhold & Maider directly at 973-947-4670 or stop by our office at 189 Franklin Avenue, Suite 1, Nutley, NJ 07110 during business hours.
Under New Jersey law, you can pursue a claim for additional compensation (outside of your own insurance policy) after a car accident from the at-fault driver if you have sustained “serious injuries”. Broken bones, injuries reasonably anticipated to be permanent, loss of limbs and the loss of an unborn child are some examples of injuries that qualify as “serious” under the law. Wrongful death also qualifies the family of the victim. The serious injury threshold is meant to provide you with a way to get additional compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering and future losses—but only if your injuries are sufficiently severe.
It depends upon the complexities of your specific case and the severity of your injuries. The greater the severity and the more complex your case, the longer it may take. For example, claims against a manufacturer of a faulty car component can take much longer, as can cases involving multiple vehicles and potentially shared responsibility. In some cases, we may even have to resort to a trial or arbitration to recover fair compensation.
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