While many injuries are an unavoidable part of the human experience, some aren’t. Some occur due to another person’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional acts. If you’ve suffered an injury through no fault of your own, you may recover monetary compensation. At Reinartz Law Firm, our experienced Hackensack personal injury lawyers are here to help injured parties and their families pursue the financial recovery they deserve after such an injury.
Due to Hackensack’s proximity to New York City, substantial amounts of traffic travel Interstate 80, Route 4, and Route 503. About 30,000 car accidents take place in the Hackensack area every year.
Personal injury risks abound in other ways, too, including slip and fall accidents, medical negligence, and pedestrian accidents. Call our personal injury attorneys regardless of how someone hurt you and let's see how we can help you recover the compensation you need to pay for your injury.
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About the Reinartz Law Firm
We are a top-rated personal injury law firm serving clients in and around Bergen County, Hackensack, New Jersey, and New York. Our personal injury attorneys aggressively pursue compensation for injured parties who suffer damages resulting from the negligence of others.
Personal injury clients turn to us because we are:
- Accountable: We act with integrity even when it’s not noticed or convenient.
- Efficient: We are organized and embrace new technology and systems to streamline our processes.
- Detail-oriented: We know that small details can make a significant difference, so we ensure every detail of every case is put under the microscope.
- Compassionate: We provide understanding without judgment, creating mutual respect, connection, and understanding with our clients.
- Optimistic: We see opportunities and remain focused on the positive even when faced with adversity.
Our Hackensack personal injury lawyers have proven case results of obtaining full and fair compensation for our clients. They have also won many awards and recognitions, including those from Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell, and SuperLawyers.
What is a Personal Injury?
Personal injuries can happen to anyone. As the name implies, they are physical injuries. Still, they are unique because they occur due to someone else’s conduct and generally are preventable. Personal injuries arise from the negligence, carelessness, or intentional acts of another person or party. Because of this, the person or party who caused the injury is usually liable for the injured person’s damages.
Personal injuries can arise from the following types of accidents or situations:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Scooter or bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Brain Injuries
- Dog bites or attacks
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Slip and falls
- Other premise liability incidents
- Sports or recreation accidents
- Intentional acts of violence or abuse
The most common personal injuries include:
- Back injuries, for example, those caused by lifting heavy or awkward objects
- Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) caused by traffic accidents or violence
- Whiplash from a car accident or slip and fall
- Hand/wrist injuries from repetitive use, causing carpal tunnel syndrome
- Head injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, physical assault, or sports and recreational accidents
- Leg injuries arising from sports, cycling accidents, or slips, trips, and falls
- Eye injuries, including foreign bodies in the eye, chemical splashes at work, those from sports, or intentional physical assault
- Arm injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, sports, recreation, or falls
The Benefits of Hiring Our Hackensack Personal Injury Attorneys
Our personal injury attorneys offer free initial consults.
When you hire a reputable Hackensack personal injury lawyer from our firm, you can expect that they’ll add the following advantages to your case:
No Upfront Legal Expenses
One benefit of hiring a Hackensack personal injury lawyer is that they can front the money necessary for your claim. If you don’t hire one, you’ll need to pay these costs yourself or skip the services you can’t afford. Most personal injury attorneys have the financial ability to pay these costs upfront and wait to get reimbursed until after your case settles.
Depending on the specific details of your case, we can cover:
- Discovery expenses such as document reviews and the cost of obtaining medical records
- Payments for expert testimony
- Accident reconstruction services
- Travel for depositions
- Deposition expenses
- Court document filing fees
Our personal injury lawyers have the legal education and experience necessary to negotiate claims and litigate them in civil court if necessary. Often, our negotiation skills can garner maximum compensation for an injured individual without going to trial. Their experience helps us anticipate and defend their client against the insurance company's tactics to pay as little as possible to those who suffered an injury.
Claims without sufficient evidence will fail. Our personal injury lawyers know what evidence will prove the elements of negligence in your case. We can help you gather and preserve this valuable evidence.
Uncovering All Possible Sources of Compensation
Multiple insurance policies can cover some personal injuries. However, locating these policies presents enormous challenges without the proper legal knowledge and experience. Our Hackensack personal injury lawyers will know where to look to uncover all potential sources of compensation that might apply to your claim. Other liable insurance policies can increase your settlement or court award.
Holding All Liable Parties Accountable
You can hold more than one person or party liable or legally responsible for your damages and injuries. Personal injury lawyers maximize compensation in many ways, including identifying all potentially liable parties. The more parties held liable for their actions, the more money you might collect for your injuries.
Increased Claim Value
If you experienced a personal injury and an attorney agrees to represent your claim, you likely have a valid legal case. Injured individuals who have legal representation are taken seriously by insurance adjusters. They know that the chances of getting you to settle for a lowball offer are slim when you receive advice and representation from a lawyer.
Suppose you decide to meet with a personal injury lawyer. In that case, they can provide you with the estimated value of your case. Awareness of its value can help determine if pursuing the claim with professional legal help will be worth the cost of attorney’s fees.
Most personal injury victims receive more money if they have legal representation than those who don’t. Insurance adjusters typically increase their settlement offers when an attorney becomes involved. In addition, they want to avoid having their insured party involved in a personal injury lawsuit, which can damage their reputation.
Providing a More Neutral View
After an injury accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s only natural for you to experience a range of emotions, such as frustration, hurt, anxiety, or anger. However, can you still be rational enough to make good decisions? For some injured people, the answer is no.
An experienced Hackensack personal injury lawyer can bring an objective or neutral view of your accident to your claim. Lawyers aren't typically swayed by personal opinions or feelings when considering and representing the facts in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
If your feelings might get in the way of making decisions that will help your claim or you don’t think you can act in a manner that supports your claim, a lawyer can help.
Relieving You of Communication with the Insurance Adjuster
Once an attorney represents you, the insurer and adjuster can no longer communicate with you without going through them first. However, they still have the right to get information from you and ask questions, but they must communicate through your Hackensack personal injury attorney. If they wish to speak directly with you, your lawyer must approve it and be present.
Not speaking with an adjuster can take the pressure off many claimants and protect you from saying something that can hurt your claim.
Filing Your Lawsuit on Time
If you decide to represent yourself, one of the most crucial things you need to understand is the statute of limitations. Each state has a statute of limitations or deadline for personal injury victims to file lawsuits. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is four years from the injury date.
It’s up to each injured person or their attorney to know when this deadline is. The state or insurance company is not going to tell or remind them. Under some circumstances, there are variations of this law that apply. For instance, if the person injured is a minor or the at-fault party is part of the government.
If you miss this deadline, your right to pursue injury compensation through civil law no longer exists. Our personal injury attorneys know which statute of limitations applies to their client's case. We take every necessary step to avoid risking this statutory deadline.
Hackensack Personal Injury FAQs
How Do I Know if I Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim?
The best way to determine if you have a valid personal injury claim and can seek compensation for your damages is to meet with our seasoned Hackensack personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys can review your accident and injuries to determine what happened and who you can hold liable. We can pursue the financial recovery you deserve if you have a valid claim. If you don't, they can lay out your next best steps.
What Damages Can I Receive in a Personal Injury Claim?
Damages are a financial expression of the pain, harm, losses, and inconveniences suffered by the victim of a personal injury. Although money will not undo all the harm the at-fault party caused you, it's the best way to compensate you for what has happened. Every personal injury claim is different depending on the type and severity of the injury, how the injury occurred, and who is responsible.
In general, most personal injury claims involve the following types of economic or special damages:
- Current and future medical bills and expenses such as prescriptions, emergency medical care, doctor and specialist appointments, rehabilitation expenses, and medical equipment
- Current and future lost wages and income
- Property damages
They also typically include compensation for several of these non-economic or general damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
Your Hackensack personal injury lawyer can help you take stock of all the damages arising from your personal injury. They can advise you regarding what your claim is worth and help negotiate a full and fair settlement based on that value. If your claim doesn't settle, the attorneys at the Reinartz Law Firm are experienced trial lawyers. We can prepare your case to go to court and seek a court award on your behalf based on your damages.
Call the Experienced Hackensack Personal Injury Attorneys at the Reinartz Law Firm Today
The good news is that we're on your side at The Reinartz Law Firm. The insurance companies representing at-fault parties have experienced representation, and you should, too. We've helped many residents of Hackensack and neighboring municipalities get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
We invite you to a free initial consultation to discuss your case and start your personal injury claim. You only have a limited time to pursue a claim, so contact the Reinartz Law Firm today at (201) 778-4878 or online.
"Richard Reinartz represented my husband and I in a personal injury case. He was very professional and did an excellent job. Richard made it very easy to communicate with him via email, phone, texts. His assistants are extremely helpful yet Richard even answers the phone himself when he could! .He is obviously well respected by the insurance companies and other attorneys. We feel very fortunate to have had him on our side."