Personal Injury FAQs
Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, and Atlantic County, NJ
Do I really need a lawyer to pursue my case?
You can try to pursue an insurance claim or personal injury case on your own, but it’s unlikely that you will be able to obtain maximum successful results. In negotiations with an insurance company, you will deal with highly skilled adjusters and powerful attorneys. Without legal experience, you may find yourself at a loss for recovering fair financial compensation. The goal of insurance company adjusters and attorneys is to deny your claim or, at the very least, to pay you the minimum amount they can get away with.
When your claim cannot be fairly settled through the at-fault party’s insurance company, a personal injury lawsuit may become necessary. Therefore, it is imperative that you have a qualified personal injury attorney to see you through the process. Insurance companies know that when you’ve been seriously injured, you are vulnerable and stressed about not only your medical issues but also your financial concerns. So, they may try to exploit your fears. The insurance adjuster’s specific job is to protect their company and attempt to pay you nothing or as little as possible. The insurance company isn’t concerned about you, no matter how nice their adjuster appears. If you should attempt to handle an insurance claim yourself, you may be not only a personal injury victim but also a naïve victim of an insurance company’s unfair strategies. Moreover, although you may be stressed about how you are going to pay your bills, if you accept an insurance company’s lowball offer, it may adversely affect your overall right to just compensation.
If I think my injuries were minor, should I still see a doctor?
When you’ve been injured, the shock of an accident may not immediately allow you to feel the full extent of your damages. Some injuries and damages caused by the accident may not be obvious for weeks or even months. Any level of injury should be evaluated by a medical professional. When you’ve suffered an accident-related injury, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is critical for your own safety and well-being, as well as for building a personal injury case. For instance, you may have internal injuries, nerve damage, or cognitive impairment that aren’t yet apparent. In any case, if you’ve been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, medical documentation is essential for building a winning personal injury claim.
What should I bring with me to my first meeting with attorney Vincent Glorisi?
If you have medical records documenting your injuries and diagnosis, related expenses and bills, receipts, and/or police reports, you should bring these items. If you do not have these documents for our first meeting, we can help you can compile them. If there are witnesses to your accident or injuries, and if you have that information, bring their names and contact information.
What should I expect during the free consultation and case review with Vincent R. Glorisi?
As uncomfortable as it may be, it’s important that you explain in detail everything that happened. Attorney Vincent Glorisi will ask you the details of how you were injured and the circumstances that led to the accident. He will also want to know about any medical treatment you received, the extent of your injuries, and any anticipated health needs you will require in the future, if you know these things. You will need to inform Vincent R. Glorisi about your medical and employment history, as well as any lost wages caused by your injuries.
When should my personal injury claim be filed?
There are many guidelines and exceptions for when a claim or lawsuit should be filed. Usually, there is a two-year statute of limitations, but there may be ways around those timelines. For instance, because sometimes it takes weeks, months, or even years for injuries to manifest, the statute of limitations might not begin until the discovery of medical complications. When injuries are caused by a government agency, the time to file is more limited. To learn more about the timeframes involved in your accident claim, it’s essential that your personal injury attorney evaluate your case and advise you.
How do I know how much my case is worth?
Until all medical and evidence documentation are reviewed, along with documenting who is at fault and calculating things like loss of earnings, need for future medical care and expenses, and more, the value of your case cannot be determined. When you meet with NJ personal injury attorney Vincent Glorisi, he can evaluate your case and estimate what it may be worth.
How much are attorney fees in personal injury cases?
We handle personal injury cases on contingency. The simplest way to explain this is that we do not get paid until we win a successful monetary settlement for you. When we agree to work together, a pre-set percentage fee from the settlement will be agreed upon. If we don’t win your NJ personal injury case, you owe us nothing. Until we win your case, you will pay nothing.
Will I be treated with respect by the Law Office of Vincent R. Glorisi?
Understanding your trauma caused by your accident and injuries, attorney Vincent Glorisi and his staff will always treat you with respect and compassion. Phone calls will be answered, emails will be promptly responded to, and you will be consistently updated about the progress of your personal injury or medical malpractice case.
What other benefits will I receive when I hire the Law Office of Vincent R. Glorisi?
Besides helping you understand the insurance claims process and collateral sources of payment that may be available to you, we will patiently educate you about the entire process, including what’s involved in a personal injury lawsuit in New Jersey.
How long will my personal injury case take?
If you’ve been injured because of the carelessness and recklessness of another, bills may be mounting and you may be unable to return to work. So, time is of the essence. It’s important to have a skilled personal injury attorney who can win a monetary settlement as quickly as possible. However, the time it takes to pursue a personal injury case in NJ will be affected by how serious your injuries are and how much future care you will require, as well as potential long-term needs. If your injuries are relatively minor, a typical personal injury case might take no more than six months. However, if you have major injuries and the insurance company wants to dispute fault and deny reasonable financial recovery, your personal injury case can take many months to years.
What am I entitled to in a personal injury action?
To begin, what’s most critical is coverage for your medical expenses. An inability to pay for your medical coverage may cause providers not to continue your care. In such a case, lack of proper medical care may put your life in jeopardy. At the very least, it may impair your quality of life and ability to get better physically. If your injuries require long-term care and physical, occupational, cognitive, and/or psychological treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for those expenses as well. If your injuries have prevented you from returning to work, you may be entitled to loss of income in the past, present, and future. Any out-of-pocket expenses can also potentially be recoverable in a personal injury claim. You may also be entitled to monetary damages for your pain, suffering, and emotional trauma.
What if I don’t know who is the right medical practitioner to see to accurately evaluate my injuries? Can you refer me to a competent doctor?
As an experienced personal injury law firm, we are familiar with and have relationships with qualified local physicians who can objectively and accurately evaluate your medical issues. When you need to see a specialist, sometimes it takes several weeks and months to get an appointment. However, because of our reputation with the medical community, we can assist you in being seen quickly and getting the medical care you need.
I already have bills piling up since my accident, and I can’t afford more bills. How much is your representation going to cost me?
If we take on your case, you will pay nothing upfront. The consultation and case review are free, and we don’t get paid until we win a financial settlement for you. Additionally, while your case is progressing, your physician and attorney should communicate regularly about what medical expenses are reasonable and customary so at the time of settlement they are covered.
What if the idea of going to court intimidates me? Are there ways around testifying in court?
Yes. Under certain circumstances, an insurance company or other defendants may want to avoid the cost and time of going to court. In many cases, your personal injury lawsuit can be resolved through mediation or arbitration when all parties agree to a fair settlement. In fact, most NJ personal injury cases do settle without the necessity of a trial. Even when a case has proceeded to trial, often the defendant will decide to settle before completion, especially when they see that they are going to be found culpable. Although New Jersey personal injury attorney Vincent R. Glorisi always prepares a case for trial in case it goes that far, he is also ready to secure the best possible monetary settlement through a negotiated settlement. And if your case does reach trial, you can count on Vincent Glorisi because he has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney.
Contact an Experienced Old Bridge Personal Injury Attorney Today
To pursue maximum monetary compensation in your New Jersey personal injury case, call the Law Office of Vincent R. Glorisi today at 732.251.3333 and schedule a free case evaluation and consultation. Our phones are answered 24/7 and calls are returned promptly.
What if your injuries prevent you from visiting our Old Bridge office for your free consultation? That’s never a problem. Attorney Vincent Glorisi is happy to meet you at your home or in the hospital.