Personal Injury and Negligence Cases

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At Hanlon Niemann, we are proud of our comprehensive approach to handling negligence cases, particularly automobile and personal injury. We possess the experience, knowledge, innovation and financial resources required to effectively handle all types of negligence and accident cases through trial, if necessary. Our team, lead by certified civil trial attorney Christopher J. Hanlon, is highly experienced in the investigation, development and prosecution of motor vehicle accident cases.

We treat every case as if it is going to trial. A complete investigation and case work up is done by our team from the beginning, enabling us to make a knowledgeable and complete settlement demand, detailing all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. We detail your medical claim, as well as the physical, economic and emotional impact that the accident has had on you and your family members. As a result of this comprehensive team approach, cases can achieve a valuable settlement.

We are extremely proud of the results we have obtained for our clients and we look forward to sharing those results with you.

There is an automobile accident every 10 seconds of every day in America, over 6 million every year. Every 13 minutes there is a death caused by a motor vehicle accident. These car accidents cause over 40,000 deaths and 3 million injuries each year. Because New Jersey's highways are so heavily traveled, a disproportionate number of these accidents occur in our state. Medical bills, lost wages, physical incapacity, rehabilitation and future healthcare may seem insurmountable obstacles, especially when confronted with dealing with the other driver's insurance company.

The legal system is complex and confusing. While you are still receiving initial treatment for your injuries in a hospital emergency room, the parties at fault have already notified their insurance company of the accident. The insurance companies are Goliath. You are David. Hanlon Niemann will be your slingshot.

Without the assistance of an experienced attorney, there are many mistakes that can be made during the initial stages of a personal injury claim that can be detrimental to your case. Insurance companies are big business. They do not have your best interests in mind. They are not your friend. The insurance adjuster's sole objective is to settle your claim for as little as possible.

Hanlon Niemann is a quality personal injury law firm because we focus on our client. We pursue our clients' interests aggressively, fairly and ethically. Insurance companies and the lawyers who represent them respect our experience and reputation; they know that we are fully prepared to go to trial if we must in order to protect our client's interests. That respect translates to real value and successful results to our clients.

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Wrongful Death Claims and Lawsuits in New Jersey

In New Jersey, when a loved one dies because of the carelessness of another, the survivors may be entitled to damages.

In New Jersey, the verdict or judgment of the court trying the case includes, but may not be limited to, damages for the following:

  1. Sorrow, mental anguish, pain and suffering which may include society, companionship, comfort, guidance, and advice of the decedent;
  2. Compensation for reasonably expected loss of (i) income of the decedent and (ii) services, protection, care and assistance provided by the decedent;
  3. Expenses for the care, treatment and hospitalization of the decedent incident to the injury resulting in death;
  4. Reasonable funeral expenses; and
  5. Punitive damages may be recovered in New Jersey for willful or wanton conduct, or such recklessness that demonstrates a conscious disregard for the safety of others.

Car Accidents and Personal Injury Cases in New Jersey

How to choose the right attorney for your case.

It's so frustrating.

With all of the car accident websites and yellow page advertisements placed by lawyers and law firms, you would think it would be a lot easier than it is to get good, useful information about automobile accident claims. (Information a little more educated than the typical "justice for the injured” or “aggressive in your face plaintiff’s attorneys”; and "call me because I’m good looking”).

You can send a confidential message to Christopher J. Hanlon right now or call Toll Free: (855) 376-5291 to talk about your accident or other personal injury case.

How about some straightforward information on how to find the best lawyer for your case? There are some simple steps you can take to get beyond the lawyer advertising.

Personal injury cases are aggressively defended by the insurance industry. Their resources to fight a case are almost endless. Insurance companies do not settle cases fairly and fully until you demonstrate to them that you have the resources and the attorney who is going to beat them in court. Results matter.

Call our senior partner, Christopher J. Hanlon, Toll Free: (855) 376-5291 or e-mail him at chanlon@hnwlaw.com to discuss your case and/or to set up an appointment. Mr. Hanlon has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a certified civil trial attorney, which means he has achieved the highest standard of professional excellence expected of a qualified trial attorney.  He was named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2008 and will share with you, in person, his results in personal injury cases.

A Lot of Lawyer Advertising is Actually Insulting

Sadly, most lawyer advertising in personal injury law does little more than shout "we are aggressive" or "we care for you" or "free consultation." (By the way, what's so special about a free consultation in a personal injury case -- EVERYONE DOES THAT!)

The day you were injured you entered the world of a hostile opponent(s).

Insurance companies are fighting hard against injured people and their attorneys. Some of them write letters to claimants to discourage them from seeking legal representation. They have waged a war in the media and their propaganda has had a real and measurable effect on juries and their verdicts. The success that the insurance companies have had in tainting the minds of jurors has empowered them to postpone, avoid or refuse to offer fair settlements early and until you prove to them that you are ready, willing and able to go to trial.

In many cases today, attempting to negotiate with the insurance company before filing suit may not be a worthwhile endeavor.

Insurance companies use pre-suit negotiation to find out as much about you, your lawyer and your doctor as they can. Often, we believe many lawyers waste precious time attempting to negotiate with the insurance company before filing suit. If we accept your accident case it is because we believe it is meritorious and you deserve a trial by jury.

Often there are legitimate reasons for postponing the filing of suit, but there is no excuse to wait until the last moment to see if the insurance company will settle your case.

Unfortunately, we have also seen lawyers not licensed in New Jersey attempt to represent people with claims in New Jersey. When the claims do not settle, they often panic to find an attorney to file the case on time. We believe that clients are ill-served by hiring attorneys who are not licensed in New Jersey when the suit must be filed in New Jersey.

Once the lawsuit is filed, both sides engage in the legal process called discovery. Each party is allowed to investigate what it is the other side is going to say at trial. The defendant will be permitted access to your medical and work history, including your income records. You must give a deposition under oath and you may be required to submit to a medical examination by a physician of the defendant's choosing.

The defendant is also subject to discovery. He or she will answer written and oral questions about his or her own background and he or she will have to give sworn testimony about the incident at issue.

You can send a confidential message to Christopher J. Hanlon right now or call Toll Free: (855) 376-5291, about a wrongful death claim or lawsuit because of a death related accident.

Call our senior partner, Christopher J. Hanlon, Toll Free: (855) 376-5291 or e-mail him at chanlon@hnwlaw.com to discuss your case and/or to set up an appointment. Mr. Hanlon has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a certified civil trial attorney, which means he has achieved the highest standard of professional excellence expected of a qualified trial attorney.

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