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Someone else’s mistake shouldn’t wreck your life

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After a serious accident, you may be struggling to pay for the treatment you need while missing work due to your injuries. The physical and emotional challenges of your recovery can quickly turn into financial problems as the bills keep piling up. If someone else was at fault for your accident, you shouldn’t be the one paying the price. A seasoned personal injury lawyer from Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman can help you understand your legal rights.

Our trusted team of personal injury attorneys has won hundreds of millions of dollars for accident victims across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With former insurance defense attorneys on our team, we have the experience and insight into how insurance companies pay as little as possible in claims. We use that experience to level the playing field. Our firm has the resources to invest in medical experts, technical experts, engineers, legal research, high-tech animations and models, pre-trial and trial preparation expenses, and anything else we feel is necessary to fight for the best result in your case. We will negotiate aggressively for a maximum settlement, and we will be ready to go to trial if necessary.

To learn how we can make a difference for you, contact us now for a free consultation. Se habla español.

When do you need a personal injury lawyer?

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Not every accident will result in a personal injury claim. However, if you were injured and someone else is at fault, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Common examples of accidents that can result in personal injury claims include car crashes and falls due to a dangerous property condition.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can conduct an independent investigation of your accident ─ separate from the insurance company ─ to preserve evidence supporting your case. A skilled attorney can also work with a variety of experts to show how the accident happened, who was at fault, and how your injuries will impact you in the future. Ultimately, your attorney’s job is to fight for the full payment you need and the justice you deserve. Your job should be to focus on your recovery.

From our clients

I would recommend Richard Isolde to my family and friends, and he was accommodating in handling our case. He was always available by text, phone calls, and email. Most significantly, he helped us get what we deserved. Richard Isolde is always there for his clients and does whatever he can to get the job done.

FD

Richard Isolde worked very hard on my case, making the impossible possible.
He was able to get the full amount up to the policy limit and then get punitive damages in addition. I understand that is a rare accomplishment. I am grateful for that and I congratulate him. Your firm was recommended to me by a friend and I will pay it forward by recommending him as well as PRA.

ML

I used Mr. (SQ) Lee for a personal injury matter and could not have been any more pleased with his services. He understood my injury and helped me every step of the way. He was courteous and kind and I always felt better after speaking with him. His assistant, Sherrill, was also wonderful and together they made a great team! I would absolutely recommend them, and the firm, to anyone.

BF

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Our experienced personal injury lawyers will document the full extent of the damages you have suffered, demanding maximum payment for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future treatment and long-term care needs
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity for the future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Our Victories

$200+ Million

Recovered for Clients

33

Personal Injury Practice Areas

29

Attorney Average Years in Practice

With former insurance defense attorneys on our team, we have the experience and insight into how insurance companies pay as little as possible in claims. We use that experience to level the playing field. 

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Personal Injury FAQs

Our personal injury attorneys are always available to answer questions about your case. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.

Do I have a case?

Many people who contact us are not sure if they need a lawyer for their claim. The answer is: It depends. You will need to be able to show that someone else’s negligent actions or inactions caused your injury. You will also need to be able to demonstrate the damages you suffered. At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we can review the details of your accident for free and advise you on whether you have a case. Contact us today to get started.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

The value of your personal injury case will depend on several factors. First, you need to have a clear understanding of the extent of your injuries. You want to know your future treatment needs, any long-term care requirements, and how your injuries will affect your life. The last thing you want to do is rush into a settlement that only covers your immediate expenses and losses, only to realize a year or two later that the damages are much more extensive than you thought.   

Another factor that will affect your case value is the insurance coverages available to you. For example, if your damages exceed the policy limits of the at-fault driver in a car accident case, you may need to explore additional options for compensation, such as your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Your role in the accident will also affect the value of your case. If you are found to be partially at fault, your compensation could be reduced under New Jersey’s modified comparative fault rule.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

New Jersey and Pennsylvania both have statutes of limitations on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In both states, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If you wait too long to take legal action, you lose your right to compensation.

Two years may seem like a long time, especially when you are so busy just trying to get the treatment you need. Still, you should get legal representation as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected and that you do not miss any important deadlines. Small mistakes early on can end up costing you down the line.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

What should I say if an insurance adjuster contacts me?

Insurance adjusters have ways of getting accident victims to make statements that can later be used against them. The best thing to do if an insurance adjuster contacts you is to take down their name and contact information and say you will get back to them. Do not discuss your accident or answer any questions about how you are feeling. Instead, leave all communication to your attorney.

What if I am partly at fault for my accident?

It is common for two parties to share some responsibility for an accident. Most of the time, though, one party is more at fault than the other. In New Jersey, we follow what’s known as a modified comparative fault rule in personal injury claims. This means that as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault, you can still recover compensation from the other at-fault party. However, your payment would be reduced based on your percentage of fault.

For example, say you suffered $100,000 in damages in a car accident but were found to be 10 percent at fault. Your compensation would be reduced by 10 percent, or $10,000.

Insurance companies will use this rule to try to reduce their payouts by pushing blame onto you. It is crucial to have a seasoned personal injury attorney on your side who can build a strong case demonstrating who bears the brunt of the responsibility.

What can I do to protect my rights after an accident?

You may feel like life is spinning out of control after an accident leaves you with a serious injury. However, there are some steps you can take to help yourself and your claim for compensation.

  • Save the names and contact information for everyone involved, as well as any witnesses.
  • If an official report was filed, such as a police accident report or an incident report on private property, ask for a copy.
  • Save any photos or videos you took at the scene of your injury. Take photos of your injuries if they are visible.
  • See a doctor immediately, and follow your treatment plan.
  • Save all paperwork, receipts, invoices, and other documentation related to the accident and your injuries.
  • Stay off social media. Even seemingly unrelated posts and photos can hurt your case.
  • Do not give a written or recorded statement to the insurance company.
  • Talk to a trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Will my personal injury case go to trial?

Most personal injury claims can be settled without going to trial. However, it is important to have an attorney who will be prepared to take your case to court if necessary. The cost and risk of litigation is a big factor for insurance companies as they weigh settlement. If an insurance company thinks your attorney is not willing to go to trial, you are at a disadvantage.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we have extensive experience both in personal injury settlement negotiations and at trial. We have the network of experts and the resources to invest in the type of high-tech trial presentations that move juries to find in our favor. Our attorneys will be prepared to fight for the best possible outcome in your case, no matter what.

What are my rights after a loved one dies in an accident?

If your loved one was killed in an accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Although no amount of money can make up for what you’ve lost, a wrongful death claim can help your family recover financially and demand accountability. To learn more about your right to pursue a wrongful death claim, contact our firm today.

Common types of personal injury claims

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When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you need to ask if the attorney has handled a case like yours before. Some of the common types of personal injury claims our firm handles include:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Premises liability claims
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Dangerous and defective product claims

Common injuries caused by accidents

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Our firm has helped people who are coping with a wide range of debilitating injuries, including:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Whiplash and neck injuries
  • Head and facial injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Burns and disfigurement

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