Personal Injury FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Law Office of Donald W. Bedell about personal injury law in New Jersey:

How much am I entitled to in damages? The amount of compensation you could receive depends on the level of economic and noneconomic harm you suffered due to the defendant's negligence. Some types of damages, such as lost wages and hospital bills, are easy to quantify because there is a dollar figure already attached. Others, like pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life, are harder to prove, but it is still possible to recover damages. New Jersey law does not put caps on noneconomic damages.

How do I prove my case in court? In a personal injury claim, the plaintiff must prove their case by a "preponderance of the evidence." In plain English, this means that it is more likely than not that your version of events is how your injuries occurred. This is a significantly lower standard than proof "beyond a reasonable doubt," the level of proof required in criminal court.

Why can't I pursue my claim on my own? We strongly advise against people representing themselves in court. Personal injury claims tend to be highly technical, and there are many steps you need to fulfill or risk getting your case dismissed. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will save you substantial money in the long run by greatly increasing your chances of a successful verdict or settlement and eliminating the risk of a serious mistake.

If you would like to learn more about personal injury law, we offer free initial consultation with our attorney, Donald W. Bedell Jr. To schedule your appointment, please call 732-965-3246 or 866-625-9523, or visit our Contact page. We are located in Brick, New Jersey and Toms River, New Jersey.