Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers
New Jersey personal injury lawyers help
those in the Garden State who have been hurt by the negligence
of another and require compensation. In
order to choose a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney,
first go to the page on personal injury
lawyers for general information and questions to ask during
the interview process.
When finished, return to this page for
more specifics on choosing an attorney in New Jersey.
New Jersey is 10th in population in the U. S., but
is first when it comes to population density owing much to its
status as a major industrial center. New Jersey also serves as
a gateway between the borders cities of Philadelphia and New York
City. But, New Jersey is not all industry as it leads in agricultural
income per acre and is considered a leading think-tank hosting
both Princeton and Rutgers universities.
The structure of the New Jersey courts are among the simplest
in the nation with only a few basic types including municipal
courts and the state Superior Court where most civil cases are
tried. Most personal injury cases are litigated in either the
Civil Division of the Superior Court (involving over $15,000)
or in the Special Civil Part of the Civil Division (involving
between $3,000 to $15,000). Approximately 560,000 civil cases
are litigated in these courts each year, outnumbering all criminal
cases more than 10 to 1.
New Jersey personal injury lawyers are scattered about the state
with a large concentration in the Newark and surrounding areas
within the northeast corner of the state. But, there are still
plentiful personal injury lawyers in other parts of the state
such as Camden, Atlantic City or even Lakewood. In choosing a
qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney it is important
to find one who is working in the same region as where the injury
occurred and who has had a number of success personal injury trial
results in this region.
Besides the typical questions one may ask a prospective New Jersey
personal injury lawyer, one may also inquire about how long they
have been with the state bar, what universities (hopefully local)
they have attended, and how long they have specialized in personal
injury work. Ask the New Jersey personal injury attorney about
the politics in his / her region and how the political climate
influences personal injury law for that region.
You may even wish to quiz the personal injury lawyer about case
law to see if they are up-to-date. For instance, you may wish
to ask about Prevratil v. Mohr involving a 3-way automobile accident
or Matthews v. University Loft Company, which is about product
liability involving a loft bed. If the prospective attorney is
not up-to-date on these cases, then ask them about a more high-profile
case such as Humeston v. Merck in which they should be very aware.
In this product liability case, the jury sided with New Jersey
pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck saying the manufacturer had
adequately warned consumers about the dangers of Vioxx.
Remember to ask your New Jersey personal injury lawyer many questions
as you're screening for the best representation. Take note of
the attorney's people skills and the content of their answers
to see if they have the background and experience that fit the
needs of your particular case. In order to find a qualified attorney,
you may wish to contact the New Jersey State Bar, which offers
an attorney referral service by county. Friends, neighbors and
colleagues are also viable resources in the search for quality
No matter who you choose, make sure from the beginning there
is good rapport between the two of you. The litigation process
may be a lengthy one, so open communication and positive interpersonal
feelings will make the process go that much more smoothly.