Gloucester County Personal Injury Attorney
A serious injury can change your life forever. If you were hurt in an accident where another person was at fault, of if a loved one passed away after being injured, you and your family could be entitled to significant compensation. Compensation can help you cover your medical bills, make up lost income, pay for services you might need to purchase because of your injuries, accommodate funeral expenses, and more.
But while you’re going through the process of grieving and adjusting, you shouldn’t have to tackle the legal system on your own. Let Lombardo Law handle the legal work, so that you can focus on yourself and your family during this difficult time. Attorney Joseph Lombardo has more than 20 years of experience representing residents of Gloucester County, and handles a wide variety of claims including but not limited to:
- Auto Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Slip and Fall
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Wrongful Death
To arrange a completely free and confidential case evaluation, call Joseph Lombardo today at (609) 445-4300.
Establishing Liability: Proving Negligence in Personal Injury Cases
Many personal injury and wrongful death cases hinge on the concept of negligence. In a legal context, negligence involves four basic components:
- The defendant had an established duty to the plaintiff.
- Examples — Motorists have a duty to obey road rules for the safety of other drivers. Property owners have a duty to keep their premises free of hazards that could hurt people, like dead trees or malfunctioning electric wires. Doctors and medical professionals have a duty to provide care for their patients.
- The defendant failed to exercise the normal precautions that any other reasonable person would expect and exercise under the same circumstances. This failure is called “breach of duty.”
- Examples — Doctors are expected to sterilize surgical tools. Manufacturers are expected to test products for consumer safety, or else to post clear, unambiguous warnings on products whose health risks could not be eliminated.
- The defendant’s breach of duty resulted in serious injury or wrongful death to the plaintiff. This is called “proximate cause.”
- Examples — A maintenance man fails to repair faulty wiring, leading to an innocent person being electrocuted. A patient dies because one of his vital organs is punctured after a careless surgeon forgets to remove a surgical tool from the patient’s abdominal cavity, a medical malpractice phenomenon known as unintended retention of foreign objects (URFO).
- There is evidence of an injury resulting from the defendant’s conduct.
- Examples — A factory worker loses a finger to a malfunctioning industrial machine. An amusement park visitor has multiple bone fractures after falling from a ride with a broken safety harness.
If it can be proven that your otherwise avoidable injuries were the direct result of the defendant’s actions (or lack thereof), that defendant could be held liable for compensating you.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing a Lawsuit in Gloucester County?
If you’ve been injured or if a loved one passed away, it’s extremely important that you act rapidly before you lose your chance to act at all. New Jersey sets a very strict time limit on how long plaintiffs have to file a legal claim, known as the “statute of limitations.” The New Jersey statute of limitations on both personal injury and wrongful death claims is two years, beginning from the date of the death or injury. In all but a few limited circumstances, you will lose the ability to pursue your claim if the statute expires.
While two years may sound like more than enough time if your incident was recent, it is always prudent to start talking with an attorney sooner rather than later. This will allow the maximum amount of time for a thorough, comprehensive investigation into your accident, which may include sorting through medical records, analyzing lab results, and consulting with industry experts.
Even if you aren’t sure whether you have a case, it is always worthwhile to speak with an experienced attorney who can help evaluate your situation and explore some of your legal options. Lombardo Law offers free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose by reaching out.
To set up your free and private legal consultation, call Gloucester County personal injury lawyer Joseph Lombardo at (609) 445-4300 right away. Our phone lines are staffed around the clock, every day of the week.