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Personal Injury

Personal injury is an area of law that deals with what happens when someone is hurt through the action — or inaction — of another person. A personal injury lawsuit involves filing a claim against the responsible party (defendant) in order to recover financial compensation for medical costs, loss of income, property loss, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium

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Personal injury cases can arise in nearly any place and at any time. If you have been injured, it is important to seek experienced legal counsel from a personal injury lawyer in NJ. At Epstein Ostrove, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys provide you with a free consultation. Contact us today to learn about your rights.

The personal injury attorneys at Epstein Ostrove will thoroughly evaluate your personal injury claim regarding the physical, emotional, mental, and financial impacts that an injury has had on your life. You may even be entitled to punitive damages.

Many people don’t realize that getting the compensation you deserve depends on the quality of the personal injury attorney that you hire. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Epstein Ostrove will develop and submit the evidence for your personal injury case. That means hiring the right experts and exploring all the areas of your life which have been damaged by the wrongful acts of the at fault party.

Time Restrictions

New Jersey, like all states, has time restrictions which govern how much time you have to file a lawsuit. This is called the “Statute of Limitations”. Generally, for Personal Injury claims, which include medical malpractice claims, an injured person has 2 years from the time they are aware of the injury to file a claim. If you don’t meet these time periods your claim can be lost forever.

It is critical to seek counsel from the trained personal injury attorneys at Epstein Ostrove because there are often additional earlier notice requirements which can serve as traps put in place to prevent you from the justice and compensation you deserve. For example, if the individual or medical professional, or entity who caused your injury is a “public entity” or employee of a “public entity” New Jersey law requires you to place the “Public Entity” on notice of the potential claim in as little as 90 days. Often times it’s not obvious that you were injured by a public entity or an employee of a public entity. For example often medical professionals working at private hospitals are actually employees of the State of New Jersey. While this type of distinction can be hard for a non-attorney to identify, that is why we ask that you consult with the personal injury attorneys at Epstein Ostrove as early as possible so we can help you preserve your right for the compensation you deserve.

Lowe v. Zarghami, 158 N.J. 606 (1999)

Personal injury covers a vast array of claims. However, some of the most common and those which we have handled successfully include:

Vehicle accidents Unfortunately, people often overlook the enormous responsibly one has when operating a motor vehicle. Others on the road become complacent or even down right reckless. Texting while driving, driving after consuming alcohol or simply being distracted, are far too common scenarios and result in millions of crashes every year. If you have suffered injuries because of an auto accident, you may qualify for monetary damages. .

Slip and fall accidents, and other premises liability cases From slipping on a wet store floor or being injured because a commercial property owner could not be bothered to remove snow and ice from a sidewalk. A slip and fall accident can cause broken bones and other serious injuries. Property owners have the legal obligation to keep their property safe. If you’ve been injured due to their failure to meet that requirement, Epstein Ostrove can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Going it alone on a slip and fall case is something we do not recommend. The law governing these cases can be used by an insurance company to make you believe that you don’t have a right to compensation, when you do. An example of this is if you are caused to fall due to snow and ice not being cleared. Often an insurance company will argue that your fall occurred while the storm was ongoing and so they are not responsible. They may tell you New Jersey’s “Ongoing Storm Rule” protects them. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Epstein Ostrove are familiar with these arguments and have effectively fought and won compensation for our clients by knowing the “Ongoing Storm Rule” is not absolute. We can show why the facts of your case are different. The important lesson is no two cases are the same. Schedule a free consultation with Epstein Ostrove so we can begin to analyze the facts of your case and begin on the path of obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Product liability claims, product recalls Product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to consumers to produce and distribute products that are safe. If you have been injured by a product, our experienced product liability lawyers can help identify whether the manufacturer has taken the steps to ensure that their product is safe and dependable. Defective products can range from cars, to medical devices, to children’s toys, to everyday household items. These defective products can cause harm, which leads to thousands of serious, and in some cases life threatening, injuries to consumers each year.

Dog bites and animal attacks Owning a dog comes with the responsibility to make sure they do not injure others. New Jersey takes this obligation so seriously, that if you are bitten by another’s dog, New Jersey law holds them absolutely liable, or at fault. You do not need to prove anything other than that you were bitten while not doing anything to antagonize the animal.

Medical Malpractice

A woman with a neck injury contacting someone after getting into an accident

Very few things can feel worse than having been injured by a medical professional who you put your trust in, to care for you at a vulnerable time. Often life-threatening, life altering consequences can follow a failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, improper treatment method, errors during surgery, prescribing the wrong medications, birth injury, and more.

We have the skill and experience to assess and develop these often complex cases. The attorneys at Epstein Ostrove can identify the issues which may make your case difficult and we will identify and hire the best experts to explain what the medical professional in your case did wrong.

The skilled personal injury attorneys at Epstein Ostrove will fight to get you the maximum compensation for

    • Pain and suffering
    • Current and future medical bills
    • Lost wages
    • Reduced earning capacity
    • Disability
    • Disfigurement

Contact Epstein Ostrove today to discuss any questions and to determine the best course of legal action for your personal injury case.

“I’d urge anyone having a major legal matter to contact Epstein Ostrove for legal services; especially one that involves personal injury. They represent[ed] me in a litigation, and I’m grateful with the outcome.”

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