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Man comforts woman after accidentAccidents happen every day. Luckily, most of these accidents result in minor scrapes and bruising, and we often forget them as soon as they happen.

However, for some victims, these personal injury accidents lead to catastrophic injuries, debilitating pain, and astronomical medical bills that affect not only the victim but their family as well.

If you were injured in such a Newark personal injury accident, seek legal help during this difficult time.

At Console & Associates P.C., our Newark personal injury lawyers want to offer you this legal help, answer your questions, and fight for the damages and justice you deserve.

Common Newark Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury is a broad field of law that includes various types of injuries.

However, in Newark, some of the more common personal injury claims often include:

The Cost of Medical Bills for Newark Accidents

Personal Injury Accident VictimAll in all, injuries—fatal and non-fatal, unintentional and otherwise, mild to severe—cost the United States $671 billion in combined medical and work loss costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s WISQARS database also maintains more detailed data on the total and average medical costs for many types of accidental injuries.

  • For hospitalizations arising from dog bites and other types of animal bites and stings, the CDC reports a total medical bill cost of $562,007,000 and an average cost per victim of $18,138.
  • Workers, visitors to commercial properties, and other victims who were hospitalized following a machinery accident rang up $386,810,000 in total medical expenses and $24,911 in average medical costs.
  • Workers, visitors to commercial properties, and other victims hospitalized after being involved in accidents in which they were struck by an object accrued $2,834,662,000 in total medical costs and $31,596 in average medical costs.
  • Hospitalizations that resulted from unintentional falls rang up a total cost of $38,630,889,000 and an average of $38,925.
  • Bicyclists and other types of pedal cyclists hurt in motor vehicle crashes ended up with $1,684,353,000 in total medical costs and an average medical cost of $52,806.
  • For motor vehicle occupants hospitalized due to injuries sustained in traffic accidents, the total cost of medical bills was $9,674,460,000, and the average cost was $54,197.
  • Motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents and subsequently hospitalized accrued a total medical cost of $2,549,390,000 and an average medical cost of $55,192.
  • Traffic injuries to pedestrians that resulted in hospitalization caused $2,140,325,000 in total medical bills nationwide and an average medical expense of $60,873.

“Generally, the higher your medical bills, the more compensation you are entitled to.”
Keep in mind that CDC WISQARS data reports are based on 2010 figures. The cost of healthcare services, prescription drug prices, and other medical expenses have only gone up since then. In fact, total national health expenditures in the United States climbed by more than 145 percent from 2010 ($2,590,000,000,000) to 2019 ($3,795,000,000,000), according to Health System Tracker, a project created by Peterson Center on Healthcare Kaiser Family Foundation.

It gets even worse. More than three-quarters of a car accident victim’s medical costs arise during the 18 months after the collision, the CDC reported—the same timeframe when you’re most likely to have missed time at work and suffered the financial blow caused by property damage.

Certain injuries can be particularly expensive to treat.

  • Brain injuries: The lifetime costs of treatment for a brain injury ranges from $85,000 to $3 million, according to Northwestern University (as of 2015).
  • Spinal cord injuries: The costs of living with a spinal cord injury—both medical bills and costs of living directly related to the injury—ranges from $347,484 to $1,064,716 depending on the type of injury, according to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Subsequent yearly costs range from $42,206 to $184,891.
  • Trauma: For serious traumatic injuries or multiple traumatic injuries that require more extensive treatment, you may be sent to a trauma unit. The average one-year cost for trauma care per patient was $75,210 in 2010, according to researchers.

Generally, the higher your medical bills, the more compensation you are entitled to in a Newark personal injury claim for medical costs. The extent and expense of the medical care you receive also serve to show how serious your injuries are.

How Common Are Newark Accidents?

Newark Car Accident Statistics

In recent years, more than 20 traffic fatalities have occurred annually within the city limits of Newark, NJ. The New Jersey State Police reported that 28 of the 44 traffic fatalities in Essex County in 2020 occurred in Newark, as did 23 of the 36 traffic deaths in 2019 and 22 of the 45 fatalities in 2018.

New Jersey Slip and Fall Statistics

Fall injuries are surprisingly common, both in Newark and throughout NJ, and they can be a lot more serious than people give them credit for. In 2017, 77,545 hospital visits resulted from falls, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. In 17,499 of these cases, the victim suffered injuries severe enough to require admission to the hospital. The injuries of 441 New Jersey fall victims proved fatal.

Work Injury Rates in New Jersey

NJ workplaces see more than 70,000 injuries per year, according to the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data resource. Although the number of work injuries is trending down, from 82,500 in 2010 to 71,700 in 2017 (the last year for which data is available), far too many New Jersey workers aren’t making it home in one piece.

A tragic number of NJ workers don’t make it home at all. Statewide, 2 out of every 100,000 workers suffered a fatal occupational injury, the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data resource reported. Considering that the workforce in NJ is more than 4.33 million strong, we’re talking about dozens of Garden State workers losing their lives on the job each year, and dozens of grieving families.

How Do You Prove an Individual Is Liable for a Newark Personal Injury Claim?

Generally, to hold another individual liable for a personal injury claim, you need to prove that your injury resulted from either intentional actions, negligence, or strict liability. Most personal injury claims involve negligence.

If you bring a personal injury claim based on negligence, you do not need to show that the liable party intended to hurt you. Rather, you would need to show that they failed to use reasonable care and injured you as a result of their actions.

To prove negligence, you would need to confirm:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care.
  • The liable party breached this duty of care.
  • As a result of this breach, you were injured and suffered damages.

It seems easy, but proving liability in a personal injury claim is complicated and requires detailed evidence. That is why if you were hurt because of another person’s actions, you should contact Console & Associates P.C. promptly. Our lawyers can quickly get to work investigating the accident, figuring out what happened and who was at fault, and going after all those liable for your injuries.

How Much Is a Newark Personal Injury Claim Worth?

How much is my Newark Claim Worth

In New Jersey, if you can prove you were injured in an accident because of another person’s actions, you may seek economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.

Economic damages are actual and verifiable losses that a victim suffers because of the accident.

These damages include:

  • Medical bills, including your past, present, and future medical costs (such as hospital stays, ambulance services, surgeries, and doctor visits)
  • Lost wages including past, present, and future lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • At-home nursing care
  • Replacement services such as cleaning services and child care services
  • Rehabilitative care such as physical therapy or occupational therapy
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

Non-economic damages are subjective losses that are not easy to quantify.

They include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of a limb
  • Loss of reputation
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and activities

Punitive damages are only awarded in situations where the court wants to punish the defendant for egregious and wanton actions. Unlike the other damages, which compensate the victim, punitive damages try to deter the defendant from committing these reckless actions again. Consequently, courts rarely award them.

In a wrongful death claim, if a person passed away because of the wrongful actions of another, their family may pursue compensation, which includes funeral and burial expenses.

How Much Time Do I Have to Bring a Personal Injury Claim in Newark?

The statute of limitations limits how much time you have to file a personal injury claim. In New Jersey, most personal injury lawsuits have a statute of limitations that gives you two years from the accident’s date to bring a claim. If you do not bring a claim within this deadline, you generally can’t recover compensation for your injuries.

However, numerous exceptions apply to this rule, so speak with one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible to help ensure that your claim is filed within the allotted time.

If the Insurance Company Is Calling Following a Newark Personal Injury Accident, Should I Talk to Them?

6 Insurance Claim Pitfalls That Diminish the Value of Your ClaimMany people assume that the insurance company wants to help them following a personal injury accident. This may not be the case. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. By paying you out less than they should or denying your claim altogether, they could help accomplish their mission. Insurance adjusters may try any tactic they can to get you to admit fault for the accident.

For these reasons, exercise caution when the insurance company calls you following a personal injury accident.

At most, tell them basic information about the accident. Avoid giving any personal opinions about what happened or discussing the extent of your injuries. Additionally, let the adjuster know that your attorneys will handle all future conversations.

Refer your insurance company to us. We could help ensure that your case is treated fairly and that you do not say anything that can harm your claim.

 

What Factors Affect the Value of a Newark Personal Injury Claim

Unfortunately, because each personal injury case is different, no attorney can tell you exactly how much money you can receive following your accident. Many factors can affect the value of your claim.

Some of these factors include:

  • The severity of your injuries (for instance, if it involved a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury)
  • The types of medical treatments that are necessary and how long the treatments will last
  • Whether you can work following the accident
  • Whether your injuries are permanent
  • The credibility of the witnesses and evidence presented
  • Whether you sought medical help following your accident and followed the doctor’s treatment plans
  • Whether you required replacement services following your accident
  • Whether you had to miss out on important life moments following your accident
  • Whether you can perform daily activities following the accident

When you work with Console & Associates P.C., our attorneys will go over all of these factors, decide which ones may affect your case, prepare the strongest possible case, and go after maximum compensation.

6 Steps to Take After an Injury Accident

The actions you take following a Newark personal injury accident are not only crucial to your health and safety but can also protect your legal rights.

That is why. if you are in a personal injury accident, you should:

    1. Call 911: Following a personal injury accident, you need to contact 911. Not only can EMS get you the medical help you need, but the police can also begin investigating the accident and writing up their findings in their police report. If you decide to pursue a legal claim, this report can provide you with valuable evidence about the accident and what happened.
    2. Get medical help: Even if you believe that your injuries appear minor, you still need to get examined by a doctor. Medical professionals can verify whether you have any serious hidden injuries and provide you the treatments you need. They can also note your injuries in their medical report, which your lawyer can use to help prove damages.
    3. Gather evidence: If it is safe, try to take as many pictures and videos of the accident scene as you can. Include photos of your visible injuries, any vehicles involved in the accident, any road hazards or skid marks, and any dangerous conditions. In addition, try to jot down what happened, the accident’s location and time, and details about the individuals in the accident.
    4. Get information from those involved: For instance, if a car accident hurt you, get the name of the other drivers, their contact information, insurance information, and driver’s license number.
    5. Talk to witnesses: If any individual at the accident scene saw what happened, make sure to get their name and number. Their statements can confirm what happened and who was at fault.
    6. Contact a Newark personal injury accident attorney: Personal injury cases are incredibly complex. That is why you should not wait too long to contact a Newark personal injury accident lawyer following your accident. These attorneys can promptly get to work investigating your accident and fighting for the compensation you need.

What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For Your Case?

Personal Injury LawyerPersonal injury cases are complicated and require extensive, detailed evidence and a thorough understanding of New Jersey laws. However, when you work with the legal team of Console & Associates P.C., you do not have to go through this process alone.

Our attorneys can:

  • Answer questions: We can discuss your case in detail, answer any concerns and questions you have, and go over your legal options.
  • Investigate the accident: No matter whether you were in a car accident or a slip and fall incident, our lawyers can investigate, gather critical evidence, and interview relevant witnesses that can help show what happened.
  • Handle negotiations: We can take over all the discussions and negotiations with the defense or the insurance company, helping to ensure that your claim is handled with fairness and respect.
  • Bring in the experts: Our legal team can bring in accident reconstructionists, economists, doctors, and even engineers who can help recreate the accident and prove your damages.
  • Take your case to trial, if necessary: If the other side won’t negotiate, we can take your case to trial and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a personal injury accident in Newark, do not wait any longer. Contact Console & Associates P.C. today at (862) 229-1137 and let our lawyers fight for the justice you deserve.

What Are The Elements of a Newark Personal Injury Claim?

Even if you have an injury, you may not have the right to bring a claim against someone unless you have all the elements necessary to do so. Winning a personal injury lawsuit takes proving four main elements, with exceptions for claims that use strict liability laws. Finding out whether you have the right elements for a claim may take a consultation with an attorney.

    1. Duty to exercise reasonable care. Everyone has a legal duty to exercise enough care not to cause injuries to others. Certain parties, however, such as drivers, doctors and property owners, have unique duties of care based on the law or the standards in their industries. The defendant must have owed you a duty of care before your accident.
    2. Breach of duty. A breach of duty can refer to an act of negligence, recklessness or intent to harm that fails to fulfill the defendant’s duties of care to the plaintiff. The defendant must have breached a duty of care toward you for you to have grounds for a claim.
    3. Causation. You or your lawyer must have evidence of a causal link between the defendant’s act of negligence and your injuries or damages. If someone else caused your injuries, or you caused your own injuries, the defendant may not owe you any compensation.
    4. Damages. The defendant’s breach of duty of care must have created your damages, injuries or losses. You must show proof of your compensable damages to a judge or jury, such as pay stubs, receipts, medical bills, mechanic’s estimates and testimony from family members.

During a personal injury case in Newark, the burden of proof will land on your side of the claim, not the defendant’s. It is up to you, the plaintiff, to prove the defendant’s fault for your injuries and liability for your damages. Hiring an attorney from our law firm could make it easier to prove your case and obtain fair compensation from the at-fault party.

What Compensation Can I Recover After a Newark Injury Accident?

If you have all the necessary elements for a claim and your lawyer succeeds in proving your case against the defendant, you and your family could receive compensation for your losses in the form of an insurance settlement or jury verdict. An award won for a personal injury in New Jersey could cover many damages, including both the economic and noneconomic losses you and your family suffered.

  • “The potential value of your claim depends on the extent of your damages.”
    Medical bills.
    The defendant may owe you for your past and future medical expenses, including any surgeries, treatments, therapies, medical supplies or medications you may need.
  • Lost wages. You may be eligible for lost wage recovery: compensation for your missed shifts at work due to your personal injury. If you cannot return to your previous job due to a disability, lost wages benefits may cover you for life.
  • Property damages. If you had to repair a piece of property after an accident, such as your vehicle after a car crash, the defendant may have to reimburse you for the money you spent on repairs or replacement.
  • Pain and suffering. New Jersey law allows you to seek restitution for your intangible losses as well, including physical discomfort, pain, emotional anguish, trauma, lost quality of life and loss of consortium.

The potential value of your Newark personal injury claim depends on the extent of your damages. Serious cases involving permanent injuries, disabilities or disfigurement, for example, may be eligible for greater compensation than minor injury claims. The power of your attorney could also make an important difference. The right lawyer can argue for fair recovery for your damages, as well as go to court against a defendant, if necessary, for maximum compensation.

Console and Associates, P.C. (Newark, NJ office)

494 Broad Street, #208B
Newark, NJ 07102

You’ll find our Broad Street office a slightly north and west of Gateway Center, where Broad Street and Bridge Street meet.

Our location near the University Heights neighborhood puts us just blocks away from familiar landmarks, including:

  • The New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University Office of Admissions
  • Newark Museum
  • The Newark Library
  • Saint Michael’s Medical Center

This office is in walking distance from Broad Street Station, and Newark Penn Station, as well as five NJ Transit bus stops frequented by more than 20 bus routes.

Visitors coming by car can use:

  • The Garden State Parkway
  • The New Jersey Turnpike
  • I-280 East
  • Raymond Boulevard
  • Routes 24 and 78
  • Routes 1 and 9

About Console & Associates P.C.

Richard P. Console Jr.

Newark injury accident attorney, Richard P. Console Jr.

Console & Associates P.C. has more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims and fighting for victims’ rights. And, with an office location right here in Newark, you won’t have to go far to get the help you need.

Since our founding, we have made it a point to not only care about our client’s emotional, financial, and physical wellbeing, we have also fought continuously to get our clients the best medical care for their injuries and the compensation they deserved.

Over the years, we have collected over $100 million in jury verdicts and settlements* for our clients, including:

  • $859,000 for a neck injury accident
  • $750,000 for a truck accident
  • $635,000 for a hit and run accident
  • $585,000 for a car accident
  • $825,000 for a worksite accident
  • $475,000 for a slip and fall accident
  • $450,000 for a pedestrian accident
  • $450,000 for intestinal trauma

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

While we cannot guarantee a result in every case, we work hard to get our clients the best settlements or judgments available. Contact Console & Associates P.C. today to see if we can help you.

Contact Us Today

No Fee PromiseIf you have an injury or are mourning the loss of a loved one after any type of accident in Newark, New Jersey, please contact our attorneys at Console & Associates PC for a free case review. We can provide a legal overview of your case at no cost or obligation. Our attorneys have years of experience in personal injury law. Find out how we may be able to help you today. Contact us online or call (862) 229-1137 to reach our local Newark office for a free consultation.

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