Serious injuries are not the only outcome of an accident. You may be in emotional pain and struggle to sleep and/or carry out your everyday tasks. Costly medical bills and lost wages from time off from work disrupt your recovery. If someone else was responsible for your injuries, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable for physical, emotional, and financial damages.
The Rothenberg Law Firm has handled personal injury claims for over fifty years. We’ve recovered billions of dollars for clients in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Our legal team treats the attorney-client relationship with respect and compassion. We provide experienced legal advice and protect your rights throughout the legal process.
It’s absolutely free to contact our office and speak with a personal injury attorney. Call The Rothenberg Law Firm at 1-800-624-8888 to schedule a free initial consultation. Discover how we can help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney
There are a lot of factors to consider before you hire a personal injury attorney. It is essential to look beyond flashy commercials, websites, or billboards and determine whether an attorney can win your case. Many are probably willing to work with you. However, that does not mean they are the right choice.
Consider the following factors when choosing an attorney:
- Relevant experience. Hiring an attorney experienced in personal injury law should be a top priority. Ideally, they have been successful with cases that are similar to yours. For example, if you have a medical malpractice case, ask if they have been successful in this field of personal injury.
- Fees. It is in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney to handle your case on a contingency basis. That means there are no upfront legal fees. Instead, the lawyer gets paid from an agreed-upon percentage when you win. This means you never get stuck with a bill for attorney’s fees if your case is unsuccessful.
- Communication. Your personal injury case is important, and you deserve legal counsel who will treat it that way. Hiring an attorney with solid communication skills will ensure that you always receive updates on the status of your case.
- Resources. Personal injury cases can last a long time, especially if the defendant’s insurance company will not agree to a reasonable settlement and it has to go to trial. Therefore, ensure that your attorney has the resources to handle the case from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions that many people have regarding a personal injury claim:
A personal injury accident refers to injuries caused by another party’s intentional, negligent, or reckless actions. Under personal injury law, someone injured can file a claim or lawsuit for fair compensation for injuries.
Personal injury law is a part of tort law, which covers conduct that results in injury, harm, or loss. If someone hurts you, they are liable for damages. A personal injury attorney can help you recover what you are owed.
There are many different types of personal injury lawsuits. Some of our trial lawyers’ practice areas
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents are very common. These types of accidents are often a result of another driver’s negligence. If you were involved in an auto accident, you may have suffered serious injuries that require long-term medical care, lost wages and more. An insurance company will try to offer you the least amount for your claim. An auto accident claim brought by a personal injury attorney will help you recover maximum compensation.
- Medical Malpractice: Mistakes in medical records and errors in medical treatment are preventable. We go to the doctor to get better, not worse. And yet, medical malpractice often leads to serious injury or death. Money can never replace your health, but medical negligence requires fair compensation.
- Slip and Fall Accidents:
We have all slipped on wet floors or icy sidewalks. Or maybe you have fallen in a poorly lit movie theater? When you or a loved one is injured by a slip or fall, it’s possible to bring a premises liability case against the property owner. It is not your fault you slipped and fell because of dangerous conditions or hidden hazards.
- Premises Liability Accidents: Injuries can be caused by hazardous or unsafe conditions on someone else’s property. However, slip and fall accidents are not the only type of premises liability claim. Assaults due to inadequate security or objects falling on people are other common examples.
- Construction Accidents:
Few industries are as dangerous as construction. Many things can go wrong on a construction site leading to serious or deadly worker injury. Worker’s compensation is not your only option in securing benefits after a devastating incident in the workplace.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of death in the US. Living with a spinal cord injury or TBI requires constant medical care. These catastrophic injuries generally result in permanent disability and are the basis for many personal injury lawsuits.
- Birth Injuries are avoidable. The resulting damage, however, is permanent. When your baby suffers a traumatic birth injury due to negligent hospitals or medical professionals, you need an experienced birth injury lawyer on your side.
- Dangerous Drugs: Millions of Americans rely on prescription and over-the-counter medications for their health and wellness. However, drug manufacturers have put people’s lives at risk by failing to warn them about potential dangers and side-effects. If you have developed an injury or illness due to a prescription drug, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Nursing Home Abuse:
A national survey of nursing home staff revealed that 36% of residents experience at least one act of physical abuse of a resident. This is unacceptable. Families trust nursing homes and assisted care facilities to care for our grandparents. Sadly, employees often inflict harm to vulnerable residents.
- Product Liability: A minor defect might cause an inconvenience, but a major product defect can be devastating.
If you are injured while using a defective product, it’s possible to sue for damages. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are often held to state product liability laws. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate specific deadlines for a filing product liability claim.
- Workplace Accidents: Have you been injured on the job? Serious injuries, including amputations, paralysis and traumatic brain injury are painful, expensive, and leave you unable to work. Although worker’s compensation grants certain benefits, you may be able to bring a third party claim against the party responsible for your injuries.
Unfortunately, someone’s negligence can also lead to a family member passing away. When this happens, we can also file a wrongful death action to collect damages on their behalf. No amount of money can bring back your loved one, but we will help to make sure you get the financial compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.
You may wonder whether your injuries are serious enough to pursue legal action. Under the law, you can seek damages when you suffer a loss that is due to someone else’s negligence. To file a personal injury claim, two key elements are required:
- A breach of legal duty between the wrong-doer (the defendant) and the injured person (the plaintiff) and
- Damages that occur because of that breach.
In other words, you can file a personal injury claim when someone else's actions lead to an injury. When both elements take place, a ”tort” occurs. Each situation is different so it's important to discuss the details of your potential case with an attorney. Our team of lawyers has the technical know-how to answer any questions you may have.
Once a personal injury has occurred, the defendant is liable to make good for the damage done. “Damages” are what is owed to you to compensate you for your loss.
It’s not always necessary to go to trial or to file an injury lawsuit. Your personal injury attorney may be able to agree on damages in a personal injury settlement. However, regardless of the extent of your injuries, you need an attorney on your side to make sure that the monetary damages offered to you by the defendant’s insurance company will fully cover your losses.
Damages you may be entitled to are for pain and suffering, lost past wages, loss of future wages, past medical care, future medical care and expenses and more. Therefore, if you were injured, are unable to work, or require ongoing medical care you should pursue a personal injury accident case.
Beyond the damages above known as compensatory damages, sometimes, a defendant’s actions are so malicious or careless that you may be awarded punitive damages. These damages are paid in addition to actual damages in your personal injury case. They are not compensation for your losses. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant and help prevent others from doing the same.
We understand that unplanned injuries and deaths overwhelm families. Family members carry the burden of arranging medical care and managing medical expenses. We know money cannot fix or replace what you lost, but legal action can help with closure and help you manage the increased expenses that occur when dealing with an injury after an accident. Furthermore, family members can receive damages for funeral and burial costs if a loved one passes away.
If you decide to pursue a personal injury case, we will ask you to provide us with any documentation you have on the accident. These documents will help us determine damages owed. We will need photos, videos, statements, insurance documents, police reports, and any other information on your injuries or the accident scene. We of course will help you try to obtain the documents you need and will work with you every step of the legal process. You and your loved ones do not have to shoulder the cost of another’s actions. It’s important you hire an experienced attorney with a great track record of winning the compensation you deserve.
Before we can assess how much in damages you may be owed, it is important to determine liability. Liability for a personal injury accident is caused by negligence, intentional acts or falls under the category of “strict liability.”
- Negligence - Let’s say someone does not stop at a red light and proceeds through an intersection and hits your car. This is an example of a negligent act. Negligence happens when someone fails to take appropriate action and you are harmed as a result.
- Intentional Act - Some individuals intend to hurt others. Intentional harm is when someone not only wants to hurt you, but does so on purpose. A person grabbing a baseball bat and hitting you with it is considered an intentional act.
- Strict Liability does not depend on neglect or intent to harm. It is a unique theory that claims a person is liable for their actions even when the outcome is unintentional. This means that people and businesses have to pay for damages even if they are not at fault. For example:
- Product liability is a common example of when strict liability may apply. Product manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe when used as directed. If you’re injured while using a product, you need to prove the product was defective through no fault of your own.
- Dog bites are another example of injuries that may fall under strict liability. Often, dog bites fall under a blend of strict liability and negligence. Many states have laws that hold dog owners strictly liable if their dog bites someone without provocation. If a dog has already been deemed dangerous, the owner is legally responsible for damages the dog caused.
Great legal representation can take the guesswork out of complicated legal practices. If you have any questions about who is at fault in your accident, call The Rothenberg Law Firm at 1-800-624-8888 for a free case evaluation today.
You might think your personal injury case isn’t worth pursuing. However, damages are determined by a variety of factors. These factors help us determine what the liable party should have to pay.
Our lawyers are highly skilled in assessing damages. We work with you, your medical team, and other experts to determine your losses. The circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injuries, among other things affect the value of your case. We present our findings to a jury or during settlement negotiations with insurance companies and the defendant.
You will receive an honest assessment of your claim. We estimate the potential damages throughout your case and update you as things change. How much you can recover in damages includes the value of:
- Medical bills - damages may include the past, present, and future costs related to the accident including hospital stays, doctor appointments, medical equipment, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, and more.
- Lost wages - often, injury victims are unable to work for some time after their injury. You may need to miss work often. Taking time off for doctor appointments and medical treatments can quickly chip away at your income. We calculate lost wages using documentation of the days you missed, your regular rate of pay, and a statement from your employer.
- Loss of earning capacity - sometimes injuries are so severe that you cannot continue working as you did before. You may need to retrain in a new industry, or have become disabled. You can receive financial compensation for what you would have earned if the accident didn’t happen. There are situations in which our firm would hire an economist or vocational expert to determine the amount of lost future income your injuries may have caused.
- Loss of consortium - relationships are greatly impacted by injuries and loss of income. Rising medical bills and a complete change in lifestyle can make it hard for loved ones to be there for each other. If you or a spouse were injured to such an extent that one of you can’t possibly carry on a complete relationship with the other (or they were killed), you can be compensated for loss of companionship.
- Punitive Damages - if there was a clear disregard for human life in your personal injury accident, you may be awarded punitive damages to make an example of the defendant.
- Wrongful death - These claims can be filed by survivors of individual(s) killed by someone else’s negligence or misconduct. Courts can award compensation for lost love, support, and income of the deceased family member.
- Pain and suffering - anxiety, difficulty sleeping, depression, severe mental trauma or PTSD are unfortunate effects of a personal injury accident. Comprehensive and accurate records from your therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist can help in estimating damages.
While you might be unsure as to how to navigate the legal process, our attorneys will handle everything for you. After evaluating your injuries and all of the evidence surrounding your case, we can paint a full picture of what happened in your personal injury accident. The personal injury trial lawyers at our office have a great track record of getting you the compensation you deserve.
*Your initial consultation with a personal injury attorney is always FREE!
After an injury accident, you may not know what to do. You might have limited time and money. Like most people, one of the first questions you’ll have is whether or not you really need an attorney. You may want to try and settle with the liable party by yourself. However, being injured is stressful enough. Not only that, but the person or party that injured you will have a team of insurance company lawyers working against you to make sure you receive the least amount of money for your injuries as possible. Our attorneys help you manage that stress by handling all aspects of your personal injury claim and we will work hard to make sure the defendant’s insurance company will pay you the amount of money you deserve.
There is limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit due to statutes of limitations. Once this deadline passes, you lose your right to recover damages through a lawsuit. New York generally has a three-year limit, while New Jersey and Pennsylvania generally have a two-year statute of limitation. Medical malpractice often has separate deadlines, so it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as you can.
Nobody is required to have a personal injury attorney. Yet your peace of mind shouldn’t be interrupted by lowball offers or intimidating insurance companies. Keep in mind that if you handle your own personal injury claim, insurance companies or the defendant might offer you a small amount of money just to get you to go away.
There is no substitute for experience. The Rothenberg Law Firm has over fifty years of experience dealing with insurance adjusters, evaluating claims, and going up against major corporations to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Most personal injury claims are resolved through insurance claims and the amount of damages vary based on the type of accident. An insurance company may refuse to offer fair compensation for your specific injury and we, therefore, become your spokesperson and advocate to the insurance companies and are ready to go to trial if we cannot reach a fair settlement.
Our lawyers will deal with insurance companies and difficult insurance adjusters. We will diligently gather all the necessary evidence to prove the other party is at fault. We will defend your rights and fight for fair compensation that will cover all medical and financial damages.
Our trial lawyers will fight until the end to ensure the negligent party is held accountable for their actions. All you need to focus on is your medical treatment and getting better.
Best of all, there are no upfront fees in working with an injury lawyer. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything unless we win your case. This allows you to continue focusing on your recovery while our attorneys pursue fair compensation on your behalf.
At The Rothenberg Law Firm, we offer a free case evaluation for injury victims. This gives you a chance to discuss what happened in your personal injury accident with a skilled attorney. You need answers and are entitled to know your available legal options at no cost. There is no obligation to pursue a case if you choose not to.
Many personal injury attorneys like those at The Rothenberg Law Firm do not charge any fees upfront. Instead, we work on what is known as a contingency fee basis. This grants you free access to attorneys who can help you through the legal process. We only take attorney’s fees if we are successful in recovering money for you.
It might feel intimidating to go up against a large insurance company or major corporation alone. The Rothenberg Law Firm has the size and experience needed to level the playing field against those who might consider you as a mere nuisance. With experienced legal counsel on your side, you can rest easy knowing your rights are protected.
Get a Free Consultation from a Personal Injury Law Firm
If you are the victim of a personal injury accident, there are several things you can do to help yourself. First and foremost, make sure that you seek proper medical attention. Next, follow up with the proper authorities and your own insurance company. Remember to record everything that you can about your injuries and the accident scene. Make sure to contact an attorney right away even before speaking to your own insurance company! Depending on the circumstances, you may find that your own insurance company will become adversarial.
You must cooperate with the police, any medical professionals, and your own insurance company. Finally, be careful about discussing your case with anyone else before contacting a personal injury attorney. If you believe your personal injury accident was caused by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions, call The Rothenberg Law Firm at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an online questionnaire for a free case evaluation.
The initial consultation for your personal injury claim is always free of charge. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis.
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$11,500,000 For traumatic brain injury in construction accident.
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$2,800,000 Death due to overdose of anesthesia.
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Why Choose The Rothenberg Law Firm for your Personal Injury Lawyer?
Now that you are clear on the benefits of having a personal injury lawyer, you may wonder why you should choose The Rothenberg Law Firm?
We are a family of lawyers and legal support professionals, all dedicated to accomplishing the same mission. When a client hires us, they get a legal team that is committed to our mission: maximizing our client’s recovery, repairing shattered lives, going to trial when needed, and winning a client’s loyalty.
Serious injury cases are not just business for us—they’re personal. When we take on a new client, we adopt them as part of our family, and we fight for them in every way possible.
For over fifty years, our experienced attorneys have won numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts, settlements, and awards for accident victims. We tilt the playing field for clients who are at a distinct disadvantage going up against wealthy corporations and insurance companies.
We are more than simple legal counselors to our clients. We provide real solutions in their darkest hours. We devote our time to meet their needs and are passionate advocates in trial. We go the distance for our clients when liable parties do not offer full and fair compensation for the damages they caused.
Our office carefully selects cases with a vision to try them. All of our work is prosecuting a case to the fullest extent of the law in order to maximize damages for our clients. We build a case to ensure juries and judges can accept and understand what truly happened. We do very well and our track record shows it.
At the end of the day, we want clients who will enthusiastically recommend us to others without hesitation. That has been our motivating force in capturing BILLIONS of dollars for clients. It is also the reason we aspire to be one of the best personal injury firms in the country.