Are You Paying for Someone Else's Mistake?

Consult a personal injury attorney in Montclair, NJ near Newark, NJ

If someone else's bad decisions led to your injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A personal injury attorney from Joseph A. Fortunato Law Offices can explore the facts surrounding your case and offer legal advice about how best to move forward.

You didn't cause the accident, so why are you paying for it? Schedule a consultation with a compassionate personal injury attorney in Montclair, New Jersey today. We service clients from Newark, West Orange, and surrounding areas.

Negligence is no excuse

Negligence is no excuse

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is looking for a way to shirk their responsibilities. And when they find it, they become negligent-sometimes criminally so.

Examples of negligence include:

  • Drunk or reckless driving: A driver operates a vehicle while intoxicated or careless, causing a preventable accident.
  • Unmaintained property: Someone fails to make repairs or prevent predictable damage, such as a loose handrail leading to a fall.
  • Unrestrained animals: Because a dog owner fails to keep their animal secured, the animal attacks.

It's time to restore a sense of personal responsibility to the Montclair, NJ area. Fight negligence with Joseph A. Fortunato Law Offices by calling 973-744-5958 now.

Negligence is defined as someone who does not act in a reasonable manner

What Expenses Can a Responsible Party be Liable for?
In most cases, under New Jersey personal injury statues, the responsible party may be held liable for your medical bills, ongoing medical care in the case of serious injuries as well as time you lose from work because of your injuries. It is also important to understand New Jersey has what is known as "shared fault" statues. What this means is that if you are partially responsible for the accident which caused your injury, any award could be reduced by the percentage you are found responsible for. An example of this would be if you were in a car accident with a drunk driver but you were texting when you were struck, you may be found 40 percent responsible.

Are There Time Limits for Filing a Civil Suit?
New Jersey, like most other states, has statutes of limitations that must be followed. Victims of an accident where someone else was at fault must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date they were injured. Any cases which are filed after this time will likely not be heard in court.
Can I Just Work With an Insurance Company?
Naturally you could work with the insurance company of the person who was responsible for your injury. However, it is important to keep in mind they are not interested in what is in your best interests. Insurance companies must answer to shareholders and as such, their goal will be to settle your claim for as little as possible.