When you meet with your Woodbridge personal injury attorney, you discuss many subjects. We want you to tell us about how your accident happened, the injuries you sustained, and how you are coping each day. Our experienced NJ lawyers want to hear about the expenses you incurred because of the accident and the money you lost because you could not work. We also answer your questions about the process for filing a personal injury claim, attorney’s fees, and recovering compensation for your losses.
There are certain things that you might not think are important to tell our Woodbridge attorneys during your initial consultation. However, some of this information can have a substantial impact on your personal injury case and your ability to recover full compensation for your damages, injuries, and losses.
Six Things We Want You to Tell Us Now
If any of the situations below apply to you, we want you to tell us as early in your case as possible.
- Treatment for Prior Injuries or Accidents
The fact that you were injured or were involved in a prior accident does not mean you cannot receive compensation for the current claim. However, the insurance company for the other party may try to use this information to deny your claim or undervalue your claim. It is better to tell your attorney so that he can face the argument head-on instead of being blindsided by the other side.
- Divorce or Separation
If you are separated or in the middle of a divorce action, tell your lawyer in Woodbridge NJ. Your spouse could claim a portion of your settlement or be called as a witness. An angry spouse may not be who you want in court testifying for the other side.
- Unreported Income
A substantial portion of your settlement could be reimbursement for lost income. If you have unreported income, you could receive less money for your claim. You need to discuss issues related to unreported income with your attorney as early as possible in the claims process.
- Bankruptcy Case
A pending bankruptcy case can impact your personal injury claim. Some funds may not be exempt from bankruptcy proceedings. If you decide you need to file bankruptcy before your claim is settled, tell your injury lawyer before filing.
- Criminal History
A criminal record does not prevent you from filing a personal injury lawsuit nor recovering money for a personal injury claim. However, a criminal record could impact your claim if the case goes to trial. As with prior accidents, it is best to tell your attorney now, so he does not hear about it for the first time during the trial.
- Medicaid or Medicare Coverage
If your Medicaid or Medicare coverage pays any medical expenses related to the accident, the agency could place a lien on your settlement proceeds. You want to address this matter early in your case instead of receiving notice after the case is closed that you owe thousands of dollars to the government.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured in an accident, you need a team of legal professionals on your side to fight for your legal rights. Our Woodbridge personal injury law firm handles a large variety of cases involving injuries.
For a free consultation with an attorney, contact Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C at (908) 561-5577. We are here to help you when you need the support and guidance of a compassionate, experienced NJ lawyer.
Did you know?
Fatalities in car crashes are tragic and often unnecessary. Driver error is often the main contributing factor in many fatal accidents. At the end of 2017, two people lost their lives and six people were injured in a multiple-car crash on Route 440 in Edison Township. The seven-car accident took place on SR 440 near Woodbridge Avenue. While the crash was being investigated and cleared, several lanes were closed causing slowdowns on the New Jersey Turnpike and SR 287 and 440.
According to the most recent data available, there were seven fatal car crashes in Woodbridge during 2014 that took the lives of eight people. Five of the seven car crashes took place during the fall months from September through December. Three of the accidents occurred on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, resulting in four of the fatalities. The other locations of fatal accidents in Woodbridge included:
- State Route 440
- New Dover Road between Harrow Drive and Walnut Lane
- State Route 27 (Dow Avenue and Lincoln Highway)
- I-95 (just before Port Reading Avenue)