Jacoby & Meyers, LLP – Newark Office Location
550 Broad Street suite 608
Newark NJ 07102
Newark Personal Injury Lawyers
Getting hurt because of someone’s negligence is always unexpected, frustrating, and downright scary. One moment you are going about your business; the next, you are in an emergency room. Mounting medical bills, inability to work, pain, and discomfort can be overwhelming.
When an accident happens, you rarely think about compensation immediately. However, if you can prove another party’s negligence and build a strong case, you could pursue damages. Getting legal assistance is the key to getting the money you deserve.
A team of experienced Newark personal injury lawyers from Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has helped hundreds of New Jersey victims obtain fair compensation.
Why Choose Jacoby & Meyers, LLP
Choosing the right attorney for your personal injury case is integral to your damage recovery process. The legal team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has years of experience with personal injury cases in New Jersey, New York, and New England.
Over the past years, we have recovered millions in compensation for personal injury claims, from car accidents to medical malpractice.
Some of them include:
- $5,700,000 – Runaway school bus accident
- $5,000,000 – Multiple vehicle collision
- 2,533,000 – Car accident due to double-parked vehicle
The key to Jacoby & Meyers, LLP’s success is decades of local experience, a unique approach to each client, and comprehensive legal techniques to achieve a fair outcome. While no result can be guaranteed, contact us today to see how we can help you.
By choosing to work with one of our legal professionals, you can benefit from a variety of services, including:
- Identifying the at-fault party – Knowing who is at fault is key to filing the right claim and obtaining full compensation.
- Collecting evidence – You need hefty evidence to prove your right to compensation. An attorney can help you collect it.
- Proving negligence – Negligence is the driving force behind any personal injury lawsuit. Proving it is mandatory but rarely easy.
- Filing documents – Personal injury cases involve a lot of paperwork. An attorney works to ensure it is filled out and filed on time.
- Conducting negotiations – The majority of personal injury cases settle out of court but only if you can conduct effective negotiations. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we pride ourselves on achieving sizable settlements during negotiations with insurance companies.
- Going to court – Sometimes negotiations cannot achieve the desired results. That is when an experienced attorney can take the case to court and win it there.
- Valuable advice and support – When you are focusing on healing your injuries, it is tough to think about legal actions and easy to make mistakes. That is why an attorney’s support is vital to help you maintain peace of mind and prevent unfortunate errors.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we are always here to help. Our Newark office is conveniently located on Broad Street, just off the McCarter highway and across the street from Harriet Tubman Park. If you are not ready to travel to our office, we can arrange a meeting via video conference.
Call us for your free consultation today.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
If you can collect sufficient evidence and prove the at-fault party’s negligence, you can try to recover:
- Economic damages – All injury-related expenses, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, etc.
- Non–economic damages – Emotional anguish, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of quality of life.
- Wrongful death damages – Damages related to the death of a loved one, including burial expenses, loss of inheritance, loss of emotional support, medical expenses (before death), and more.
- Punitive damages – In rare cases, the judge may assign punitive damages. It usually happens if the at-fault party’s behavior was outrageously negligent.
The size of your compensation depends on:
Quality of Evidence
To build a strong personal injury case, you need to prove that you have the right to specific compensation. To do that, you must provide high-quality evidence to back the figure you are asking for.
Evidence in a personal injury case can vary from medical bills to personal journals. An attorney knows what evidence can help your case and which evidence is useless.
Without an attorney’s assistance, it is easy to miss necessary evidence, fail to collect it on time, or present the wrong documents to the insurance company or the judge.
The Extent of Your Injuries
The extent of your injuries plays a significant role in determining the size of your compensation. People who sustain serious injuries, such as a TBI (traumatic brain injury) or a spinal cord injury, usually require long-term treatment. The at-fault party needs to cover the related expenses.
If your injury is severe, it will likely cause you to miss work. In such a case, you can collect lost wages or compensation for the loss of earning capacity.
If your injuries are not severe and do not require long-term treatment, your compensation is likely to be smaller.
“I had an amazing experience with Jacoby & Meyers, LLP. I would highly recommend them for anyone needing a law firm.” -Paul T.
Pain and Suffering
To prove pain and suffering, you would have to demonstrate how your injuries affect your everyday life. You may also need to hire an expert witness who can testify to the extent of your emotional anguish.
If you can prove pain and suffering, the size of your compensation is likely to increase dramatically. Most insurance companies and judges use the multiplier method to calculate non-economic damages.
This method involves multiplying economic damages by a certain number.
In a personal injury case, it may seem that the evidence speaks for itself. In reality, it is rarely enough. You must present this evidence correctly, find expert witnesses, prepare all the necessary paperwork, and negotiate the final settlement figure.
That is where a personal injury attorney’s experience is crucial to obtaining fair compensation. An experienced lawyer knows exactly what to say and do to maximize your settlement.
Their knowledge of how local insurance companies and judges usually behave can make a priceless contribution to the integrity of your case.
Personal Injury Cases in Newark
Tens of thousands of car accidents occur in New Jersey every year. They result in over 40,000 injuries annually.
The most dangerous intersections in Newark are:
- Broad Street and Market Street
- Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard
Since hundreds of accidents happen annually, the government decided to place cameras on these intersections. Besides reducing the number of crashes, these cameras make it easier for victims to find and sue at-fault parties.
Regarding workplace accidents, around four out of 100 full-time New Jersey workers suffer injuries and seek workers’ compensation. Many end up getting less money than they deserve simply due to a lack of legal assistance.
Statute of Limitations
Whether you sustained an injury in a car accident, construction site, or work, you have a personal injury case. New Jersey laws limit the years you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Newark, it is two years.
The clock starts running on the incident date or when you discovered (or should have reasonably discovered) your injuries.
In most cases, when the period mentioned in the statute is over, the judge dismisses the case immediately. That is why it is important to file a lawsuit on time.
The statute of limitations contains exceptions. Even if the two years, consult an attorney to determine where you stand.
Besides following the statute of limitations, there are many reasons why you should not delay legal action.
- Evidence can disappear or fade over time, making it harder to prove your case.
- Eyewitnesses can forget important details or move out of the state (or the country).
- The at-fault party can move out of the state or the country, making it hard to serve them.
You need to consider consulting an attorney if you do not have the time or resources to take legal action right after the accident. A personal injury lawyer takes over all case-related tasks and formalities so you can focus on treating your injuries.
Accidents and Injuries That Lead to Personal Injury Lawsuits
A personal injury that warrants a lawsuit is an injury sustained due to someone else’s negligent behavior.
Examples of accidents that lead to legal action include:
- Traffic accidents (car crashes, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents)
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse/neglect
When these accidents occur, one person or company is usually responsible for the injuries another one sustained. Proving this responsibility and the at-fault party’s negligent actions is crucial to obtaining compensation.
Remember that at-fault parties and their insurance companies usually hire lawyers or already have the sufficient legal experience to try and counter your arguments. Without a personal injury attorney in your corner, it is easy to lose a seemingly strong case.
The most common injuries that people sustain in accidents that warrant personal injury claims include:
- Brain injuries (e.g., TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal organ damage
These injuries can have different degrees of intensity and cause various consequences. The available compensation depends on how well you can prove the extent of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life.
Negotiations With the Insurance Company
While some personal injury cases end up in court, many settle during negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company. These negotiations can take a long time. They are often complex, time-consuming, and stressful.
If you do not have legal experience and sufficient knowledge, going up against the insurance company is likely to end in a low settlement or no settlement.
Insurance adjusters have years of experience minimizing payouts, pressuring victims into accepting smaller amounts, and drawing out negotiations until the statute of limitations is up. Without a personal injury attorney’s assistance, it is nearly impossible to get fair compensation.
The key benefits of delegating negotiations to a personal injury attorney include:
- Experience countering common arguments presented by insurance companies.
- Knowledge of all legal nuances, which keeps them from making unfortunate errors.
- No emotional involvement in your case, which makes it impossible to cave under pressure.
- Experience working with all local insurance companies and their representatives.
You are in a delicate emotional state when you are trying to recover from serious injuries. This makes it easy for insurance companies to use tactics and pressure you into accepting a low settlement.
An attorney helps ensure this does not happen and argues to maximize your payout.
What to Do After an Accident
After you sustain injuries in an accident, every step is essential. To build a strong case, you must start collecting evidence as soon as possible. Many people do not have an opportunity to get the evidence right after the accident because they are disoriented or busy tending to their injuries.
If you are one of them, do not worry. It is still possible to collect this vital evidence by delegating these actions to an attorney. A personal injury lawyer knows what to get from the scene of the accident, how to obtain a police report, and where to find eyewitnesses.
When you contact an attorney, you can continue collecting evidence (medical bills, doctor’s reports, journal entries) according to their instructions.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Newark Today
The key to obtaining fair compensation in a personal injury case is robust legal experience. Working with a reliable personal injury attorney in Newark improves your chances of sizable damage recovery.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we have years of experience helping injured people get the money they deserve. Even if you are not sure you need a lawyer, you can still take advantage of our free consultation to make up your mind by calling us at (973) 643-2707 or you can contact us online.