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Our New Jersey car accident attorneys can do so much more for you than you realize.
A crash can change your life in ways you could never have imagined. You’re so tired of living in pain every day. People talk about the “road to recovery,” but what they don’t realize is how long it takes to make even a little bit of progress. Every baby step you have taken has been the result of your agonizing, energy-draining hard work.
Then there are the medical bills that pile up at the worst possible time: when you’re out of work and already wondering how your family will make ends meet.
It may seem like everything is falling apart – and the most frustrating part is that you didn’t do anything wrong.
We know that life after an accident can be overwhelming, but we are here to help you get through this, to make the best possible recovery, and to overcome this financial hardship. We want to help you get your life back on track.
You just need a little help.
Richard P. Console, Jr. opened his firm to serve one purpose: to help the victims of accidents and injuries at a time when they most need assistance. That guiding principle helped him create a personal injury law firm with a remarkable record of success.
Attorney Michael E. Ellery knows how insurance adjusters and defense attorneys think – because he started out his career in these roles. Today, he exclusively represents injured people as an integral part of our firm.
Lindsay Sewekow plays a crucial role in the early pre-litigation stage of our clients’ cases, and provides critical legal research support. Ms. Sewekow, of Medford Lakes, NJ, is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California.
Our client came to a legal stop at a stoplight in Burlington County when another driver, who wasn’t paying attention, rear-ended his vehicle. The impact was so powerful that our client bent his steering wheel when he was thrown into it. Our client received treatment at the hospital, but he’ll have the injuries he sustained for the rest of his life. The injuries to his neck were so severe that he required surgery and years of therapy. Despite the best efforts of the doctors treating him, our client could not return to full-time work. With mounting medical bills, a totaled car, and an uncertain future, he reached out to Console and Associates.
We filed a personal injury claim on his behalf for both his injuries and for his future lost income since the accident kept him from returning to his job as a carpenter. Using his medical records and testimony from employment experts, we recovered $585,000 from the insurance company of the at-fault driver.
Our client led an active, fulfilling life prior to her accident. Despite being 81, she still had plenty of energy to watch her grandchildren and help her children whenever they needed it. One day, she got into a friend’s car for a drive. Her friend lost control of the vehicle, jumping the curb and hitting a tree. The crash caused serious damage to her chest and she died due to her injuries.
Her unexpected loss took a toll on her family. We couldn’t bring this loving grandmother back to her family, but we could help them deal with the financial burden of their unexpected loss. We were able to recover $340,000 for her estate that helped cover medical bills, funeral costs, and other expenses.
Our client, a doting grandmother, used to spend her afternoons babysitting her grandchildren. On day, she got in the car with her grand kids and her husband took them out on a drive. Another driver made a careless left-hand turn in front of their vehicle. Our client’s husband tried to swerve to avoid them, but couldn’t prevent the collision.
Our client had surgery and underwent months of painful and expensive recovery. Despite this, some of her injuries were permanent and she has to find a way to manage the pain and discomfort every day for the rest of her life. She found herself unable to do things she used to love, like gardening, cleaning, or even picking up her grandchildren. She let us file a personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance. The total settlement of $225,000 helped our client and her family cope with the physical and financial repercussions of the accident.
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances
What does it mean to have a lawyer handling your NJ car crash claim? It means having an advocate, a guide through the complicated legal process, someone in your corner who won’t back down until you’ve gotten the settlement you deserve.
Hiring a lawyer can mean that you get 3.5 times more money for your claim than you could filing on your own. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney like Console and Associates means you will have a team of caring, knowledgeable lawyers behind you.
Too many accident victims are convinced that they can’t afford an experienced personal injury attorney. Money is often tight after an accident, and the prospect of paying attorney fees is daunting. Fortunately, there are no-win, no-fee lawyers like Console and Associates who will represent you without ever asking you to pay out of pocket for legal services.
Can you really get legal help for motor vehicle accident lawsuit without having to pay up front?
Yes, you absolutely can. Our attorneys handle every personal injury matter on a contingency basis. That means you only pay a percentage of what your lawyer is able to get for you.
Nothing up front. No outrageous hourly rates. No costs to talk to an attorney. Ever.
Even without the attorney fees, the costs of pursuing litigation can be high. If you had to pay for these expenses yourself, you could end up shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in filing fees, fees for expert witnesses’ services, and other costs. But we’re determined not to let anything stand in the way of you getting justice. We’ll cover these upfront costs so that your chances of winning your lawsuit don’t depend on your financial resources. If we don’t win money for you, then you’ll never have to worry about paying us back.
There are millions of car accidents in the United States every year, but your accident isn’t just a statistic – and we’ll never treat it like one.
Your case matters. You want – and deserve – to have someone on your side who understands what you’re going through and can support you if you are starting to feel discouraged.
The reason our attorneys handle personal injury claims exclusively is that we want to help people when they need help the most. We know that your case is more than just a claim number. You’re a real person and you’re dealing with real issues: damage to your vehicle‚ physical pain, financial challenges and emotional trauma. We help people in situations like yours every day, so we know the struggles you are facing (and, more importantly, what we can do to make your life easier).
But don’t think that we’re so used to seeing the aftermath of car accidents that we’ve become indifferent to the pain you’re going through. We know from experience what it’s like to be in a serious accident, and we make it a point to treat every client the way we would want to be treated. Your accident is unique, and so is the way it has affected your life. When you become part of our client family, you can expect sincere, compassionate help and personal attention from every member of your legal team, from start to finish.
There’s often a lot of confusion after an accident.
You may have many unanswered questions.
The last thing you need to worry about is a complicated legal case.
That’s why Console and Associates is here. We’ll fight for you so that you can focus on what’s most important to you right now – getting better. Our New Jersey car accident lawyers will listen to your questions‚ provide the answers‚ and deliver you the outcome that you deserve.
Below you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about motor vehicle accidents. When we say we’ll answer your questions, we mean it. You won’t get confusing legal jargon from our NJ car accident attorneys. Instead, you’ll get reliable answers explained in ways that make sense – and are actually helpful. We’re here to make this whole difficult situation easier, from the day you first reach out to us to the day your case is closed for good. If you have any questions, please call us.
You may have a case if someone else, like a careless driver, caused your accident and you suffered injuries. You might be entitled to compensation regardless of whether you were a passenger or a driver, or even if you were walking or riding a bicycle or a motorcycle.
To pursue a case, you will need to show that you were injured. In some accidents, it’s clear right away that there have been catastrophic injuries. Victims of these car accident injuries need urgent medical attention. They should certainly speak to a New Jersey car accident attorney once they are up to it or, have a family member find a lawyer for them.
Some of the most serious injuries you could sustain in a crash include traumatic brain injuries, amputation, paralysis, broken bones, internal bleeding, and herniated discs.
In other cases, a victim might have thought he or she was fine when the crash first occurred. Your injuries might not seem that severe at first, but even life-changing injuries can be easy to overlook in the immediate aftermath of a collision. It can take hours, days, or even weeks for the severity of an injury to become clear. It’s important not to wait too long to start seeking medical treatment after an accident. If you do begin to feel pain or any other symptoms that suggest that something isn’t right, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
The claims process can be more complex than you might realize. The facts of your unique situation are important. Talk to a car accident attorney privately to find out for sure whether or not you have a case – the sooner, the better.
When an accident has cost you so much, you want to know how much money you can expect from your claim.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple settlement calculator where you can plug in a few numbers and come up with a dollar amount. How much your car accident case is worth depends on a number of factors, some of which you have no control over. There are factors like how much medical care you needed, how much insurance coverage is available, how much income you lost because of your injuries, and many, many more.
So, how do you find out how much your unique case is worth? You take it to an experienced NJ car accident lawyer. The only way to reliably determine how much compensation you deserve is to have a professional who knows the legal process inside and out take a look at all of the details of your situation.
One thing is for sure – having the right lawyer on your side means you’ll get as much money as you possibly can for your claim. Find out how much more money a car accident attorney in NJ could get you.
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You can have an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer handling every aspect of your claim without paying so much as a dollar out of pocket for legal fees. And if we don’t win, you pay nothing – ever. Remember, our No Fee Promise means that you can get your claim started at no cost.
Answers to the most basic car accident questions can help you understand a little more about what to expect.
But there’s only one way to get real, trustworthy legal advice about your individual case: have a confidential, no-cost conversation with an auto accident lawyer in NJ.
If you’re injured in a car accident and not sure what to do next, help is always just a phone call away!
In the hectic moments after a crash, there’s so much confusion.
You may not know what you’re supposed to do in this situation – most people don’t – and it’s easy to make a mistake.
Some of the biggest mistakes after an accident include underestimating your injuries, failing to call the police, and waiting too long to take action.
It’s hard to accept that your collision was really this serious.
You may try to “tough it out” and avoid involving the police, insurance companies, or an attorney because you want to believe that the pain will go away on its own.
You might apologize for the accident even when it isn’t your fault. And, when you have to deal with an insurance company, you might offer more information then you should, sign away your rights without meaning to, or agree to a settlement that’s less than you deserve.
It is never too early to speak with a car accident injury lawyer. In fact, it’s a good idea to call one as soon as possible so you can avoid missing a crucial deadline. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is two years, but in some cases, the limit is as soon as 90 days.
You should speak with an attorney after having a doctor look at your injuries. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the more effective they’ll be at building a successful claim. Don’t wait until you receive a settlement offer from the insurance company to start talking to a New Jersey car accident lawyer.
The best way to avoid making mistakes after a car accident is to get help early on. Report the crash to the police, even if you hope it isn’t that serious. See a doctor just to be sure. As soon as it becomes clear that you are hurt, get a lawyer involved so that you no longer have to worry about the insurance company, the paperwork, or anything else related to your claim.
If you’ve ever wondered what no-fault law means, why you have to pay for personal injury protection, or what happens when there’s not enough insurance coverage, you’re in good company. Many drivers who get behind the wheel every day in NJ don’t know this important information until after a collision has happened.
State laws govern how New Jersey auto insurance policies work, what requirements are necessary to pursue a claim, and what kind of crashes you should report to the police. These laws are often confusing, but our experienced car accident attorneys can make it clearer what the law says about your accident.
You’ve probably heard that New Jersey is a no-fault state. But if you’ve never been in an accident before, you might not know what this law means for you.
No-fault insurance means simply that your own insurance company is the one responsible for paying any medical bills related to an accident. Your insurance company pays no matter who caused the collision. The no-fault law is the reason any auto insurance policy sold in New Jersey includes a type of coverage called personal injury protection, or PIP.
When you purchased an auto insurance policy, you chose a PIP coverage limit – hoping, of course, that you’d never need to use those benefits. Now that you do, it’s important to know which expenses your insurance company will cover and which ones are your responsibility – and that’s easier said than done.
Fortunately, we work with your auto insurance and medical insurance companies to make sure your bills are being paid correctly. That’s one less thing you have to worry about.
The state of New Jersey requires every vehicle on the road to have a current auto insurance policy, according to the Motor Vehicle Commission.
Between the at-fault driver’s insurance policy and your own, there’s coverage to get your car fixed or replaced, get the medical treatment you need and get compensated for the pain you’ve been through. Of course, things can be more complicated if your accident was a hit and run or if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance.
Even in less complex circumstances, getting the insurance money you’re entitled to isn’t easy. You’ll need to figure out what coverage is available, gather evidence to support your claim that you deserve money and negotiate a settlement or win a trial. Without an experienced New Jersey car accident attorney fighting for you, you’re unlikely to get the full amount of money for your claim.
If the other insurance company blames you for the accident but you disagree, you need to take action fast. It’s not unusual for an insurance company to avoid paying a claim – or try to avoid it, at least – by disputing fault, even if the facts show that their policyholder caused the collision. A lawyer can help you determine who’s really at fault and gather the evidence necessary to prove it.
Even if you can’t convince the insurer to accept all of the blame for the crash, you might still be able to get the money you deserve. State laws allow for claims involving comparative negligence, or situations in which both parties share some fault, according to the official State of New Jersey website.
If you believe you were in the right, don’t let an insurance adjuster take advantage of you. The insurance company – even your own insurance company – isn’t on your side. Find out for sure who is responsible by having a car accident lawyer in NJ investigate the collision for you. We can use our network of experts in fields like accident reconstruction to find out what really happened the day of your crash.
Was anyone hurt, even a little bit, in your accident? Did any car involved sustain more than a few hundred dollars worth of damage?
If so, your accident should legally be reported to the police – no matter what the at-fault driver might say.
Hopefully, you thought to call the police when the collision happened. But many accident victims don’t, especially if they think their injuries are only minor or the damage won’t cost too much to repair.
If you didn’t call the police at the time of the accident, it might not be too late – yet. You can call the police and file an accident report after the fact. Make sure you don’t wait any longer, though. At this point, any delay in documenting the accident or your injuries or in getting legal help can threaten your claim.
When you call the police after an accident, the official report can be valuable in supporting your claim. It can sometimes take a few days for New Jersey car accident reports to become available, but once yours is, you should be able to get a copy of it for a small fee.
Many police departments in NJ allow victims to get copies of their car accident report online, so there’s no additional hassle of having to go to the police station to pick up the report.
Not all accidents are straightforward incidents between one vehicle and another. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate even the most complicated car accidents.
When the person responsible for your injuries is a friend or family member, you might feel uncomfortable with the idea of filing a claim against their insurance company. Don’t. Your friend pays for insurance so that when they cause an accident, everyone gets the care they need. Your personal injury claim is against their insurance policy, not them. As your friend, they want you to get better. A Personal Injury Claim Shouldn’t Ruin Your Friendship.
Yet each of these situations is different when it comes to the law and to insurance coverage. Your auto insurance has to cover you if you were a pedestrian at the time of the crash, but not if you were on a motorcycle. If you were riding a bicycle, you must have been following traffic safety laws, just as you would when driving a car.
The bottom line is that, however your accident occurred, figuring out all of the factors at play is complicated. Having an attorney on your side helps simplify your life and your claim, so that you have less to worry about and more time to focus on what’s important – getting better.
What can you expect when it comes to an auto accident settlement? While the value of your claim depends on many factors, one of the most important concepts to understand is damages.
Damages refers to all of the harms or losses you have suffered. Some of the damages your NJ car accident attorney will seek compensation for include:
Your damages can be economic – things with a clear numerical cost, like hospital bills and loss of wages – or they can be non-economic, like pain and suffering. All of these losses are real, and they matter regardless of whether or not there’s an economic price tag associated with them. Your team of NJ car accident lawyers will fight to get you every dollar available to you given the circumstances of your claim.
*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our car accident lawyers have more than 50 years of legal experience between them, so we’ve got plenty of knowledge to draw from when we investigate your accident and start preparing your claim. We use that experience to develop a tailored legal strategy that makes the most of your case.
We’ll evaluate your case right away because we know you can’t afford to wait to get help. Call for your free consultation.
When you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you have two options:
You didn’t deserve this pain. You shouldn’t have to compromise your quality of life or pay thousands of dollars because another driver made a reckless mistake. And you have every right to fight back.
While no one can change what happened, we will pursue every avenue to get you the compensation – and the justice – you deserve. We will fight tirelessly to get maximum results for your car accident claim or lawsuit. If that means negotiating aggressively or fighting for your rights in court, don’t worry – we’re ready.
It might not feel like it right now, but everything will be okay. We’re here to make sure of it.
A cookie-cutter legal strategy just isn’t good enough for your case. Your case is unique. Shouldn’t your lawyer treat it that way?
Don’t settle for a NJ auto accident attorney who sees you as a statistic and your case as just a claim number. Insist on putting your car accident claim in the hands of attorneys who provide the individualized attention you deserve.
Throughout the process, you’ll have dedicated members of our experienced legal team handling your case and answering your questions. They’ll know you by name – not by a number – and they’ll keep in touch regularly throughout your case to update you on its status and find out what you need.
You’ll have a direct line of communication to the attorneys and paralegals working on your case, so you’ll never have to wait long for the answers you need. If you ever have a problem, we’re here for you – even if it means searching for a doctor to treat you or setting up any transportation or translator services you need to make it to your appointment.
Where in the Garden State do car crashes happen? Everywhere, unfortunately – from the back roads of small rural towns to the busy urban streets of the state’s biggest cities. And we’ve handled them all.
But some of the biggest, most dramatic, and most devastating crashes on NJ roads happen on major highways. In particular, they happen on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, consistently ranked the deadliest highways in the state.
Every year, close to 2,000 people (and sometimes more – hundreds more) get hurt in motor vehicle accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike, the State Police reported. The highway also saw 21 deaths in 2016.
The statistics are scary, but they’re nothing compared to the real stories of what victims of car accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike go through. Like you, they saw their lives change in an instant because of someone else’s dangerous actions – and getting life back on track wasn’t easy.
In recent years, more than 2,000 – some years, more than 3,000 – people have suffered injuries in car accidents annually on the Garden State Parkway. Affording to NJ.com, 32 people in 29 accidents lost their lives in 2016, making it one of the deadliest years on record.
During our 20+ years of representing car accident victims across New Jersey and beyond, we’ve handled many claims involving accidents that took place on the Garden State Parkway. We know how severe the injuries sustained in collisions on major highways can be, and we’ll do whatever it takes to help you make the best recovery possible.