Pain and Suffering Damages in New Jersey

pain and sufferingIf you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may have suffered damages. Damages can be economic in nature, such as lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses, or they can be non-economic in nature, as in the case of pain and suffering. But what exactly is meant by pain and suffering?

What is Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering are actually two different types of non-economic damages in personal injury cases. Pain is an immediate sensory feeling. If you break a bone, you will feel immediate pain. Pain can range from mild to severe, and can even go away at times. Suffering, on the other hand, is more of a long term concept. Suffering occurs over a longer span of time after an injury, when the permanent effects of the injury set in and change someone’s life in a negative way. […]

Personal Injury FAQ

personal injury faqPersonal injury lawsuits seek to compensate wrongfully injured people who have been injured by the negligent actions of others. These claims help to compensate the injured parties for the cost of medical treatment and lost income, as well as more intangible losses, such as pain, suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life. Personal injury lawsuits also serve to deter future negligent behavior that can harm others.

Q: What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A: A personal injury lawsuit is sometimes called a tort, or a civil wrong that results in damages or injury. A personal injury claim may become available to someone after they are harmed and suffer damages due to the negligence of another person or entity. Some common personal injury claims involve:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip/trip and falls
  • Products liability/defective drug claims
  • Medical malpractice
  • Work accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Nursing home abuse

Q: What is Negligence?

A: This […]

Pedestrian Accident Claims in New Jersey

PEDESTRIAN-ACCIDENTSBecause of the vulnerability of pedestrians in pedestrian-auto accidents, the NJ Legislature has enacted laws requiring motor vehicle operators to abide by strict standards of care.  If drivers violate these standards, they may be held accountable in both the criminal and civil context.  While there are also laws that address the responsibilities of pedestrians in navigating the roadways, in this article we focus on some of the laws directed at operators of motors vehicle, and the civil rights of injured pedestrians in NJ.

N.J.S.A. 39:4-36, lays a crucial piece of groundwork for pedestrians’ rights by requiring that drivers yield to pedestrians at crosswalks at intersections, and remain stopped until a pedestrian has finished crossing.  Importantly, subsection (d) of this statute provides that “[i]n the event of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian within a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, there shall be a permissive inference […]

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