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Personal injury is the legal definition for an injury to the body as opposed to an injury to another party's property. Personal injury can also include emotional and mental injury. The term is often used in conjunction with a lawsuit accusing that the plaintiffs injury has been caused as a result of another persons negligence.

There are two types of personal injury claims and they are, general damages personal injury claims and special damages and future loss personal injury claims.

General damages are the types of injuries that involve a demand for restitution for any emotional or physical pain and suffering that may be endured after the injury or accident has taken place.

Special damages are the types of injuries that refer to any money loss incurred as a result of the injury or accident. It also includes costs directly resulting from the injury as well as earnings that have been lost as well. Expenses typically associated with special damage claims include, damage to property, medical treatment expenses as well as loss of pay for any time spent in the hospital.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury, whether it is an auto accident, product liability, medical malpractice or exposure to a toxic substance, you need a personal injury lawyer. You should not attempt to take on an insurance company alone. They will play dirty tricks and psychological games to get out of every penny you are owed. You deserve to have a qualified personal injury lawyer by your side, fighting every step of the way, to recover everything you have lost.

In New Jersey, the burden of personal injury cases is on the plaintiff, meaning that not only do you have to prove your injury, but you also have to prove that another party was negligent, and that this negligence led directly to your accident or injury. This can be very difficult, if not impossible, without professional legal counsel.

Personal injury attorneys also handle cases in which a spouse, domestic partner, child or other loved one has suffered loss of income and/or loss of consortium after a death. These cases, called wrongful death cases, can be very difficult to prove. Again, an attorney can evaluate your case and decide whether or not you have an actionable claim against a third party, a company, or another negligent individual.

If you cannot afford an attorney, most will take your case on contingency. This means that you pay no retainer or other fees up front, but pay only when the attorney has won your case. Additionally, your attorney can pay court and other costs and be reimbursed later. Your attorney can also help you find health care professionals who will wait to receive their payment.

Once you've found a suitable personal injury attorney, make sure they are members of the New Jersey Bar Association and the American Bar Association. You can request an initial consultation to review your case with an attorney, and if you decide that you want to move forward you will sign an agreement. Read the agreement thoroughly and make sure you understand everything in it. Even if you are in a hospital room or bedridden at home, many attorneys will come and see you.

There are many components that determine the length of a lawsuit. Severity of the injury, compensation and the willingness of the defense to settle for full compensation are some of the factors that can prolong a personal injury case. A personal injury case can take as long as several years before an agreement is made.

Don't try to go at it alone. The law is complicated and the insurance company will not help you figure it out. Only a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney can help you do that, and can fight to ensure that you receive the proper compensation to which you are entitled.


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