Injury Settlement in NJ
During an initial consultation, clients often ask what their accident or injury case is worth. Inevitably, our attorneys at Shamy & Shamy, L.L.C. do not have a precise amount for the personal injury settlement in NJ because it takes time and extensive casework to evaluate damages.
Factors that influence a NJ settlement
Each personal injury case is unique. What we can tell you about are factors that influence the injury settlement amounts:
- Severity of Injury. Severity of injury relates directly to damages. Severe or catastrophic injuries result in long-lasting or permanent disability, often affecting whole bodily systems. Such injuries greatly incapacitate people, reducing their ability to hold a job and in certain cases, even to function in life. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe burns
- Loss of hearing
- Multiple fractures
- Organ damage
- Herniated or ruptured discs
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Medical expenses. Numerous surgeries, extensive hospitalization, physical therapy, and rehabilitation create mounting medical expenses that often add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Medical prognosis. The prognosis is the doctor’s evaluation as to a full recovery, to what degree disability is permanent, and often whether the patient’s lifespan is likely to be shortened due to the injury.
- Age of the claimant. The very young and the elderly usually do not have other people relying on them for financial support. Therefore, the adverse effect of their injury may not harm the whole family the way an injured young parent no longer capable of providing income would. However, juries often award young children high settlements based on their innocence and the long-term care needed. Elderly may receive high settlements based on their vulnerability to injury and their late stage in life.
- Income loss. When your ability to produce future income is drastically lowered by a severe injury, more compensation can be awarded to compensate for the loss.
- Extent of liability. New Jersey recognizes a form of comparative negligence where the injured party’s award of damages may be reduced by the percentage of their negligence that caused the injury.
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