Personal Injury Lawyer serving New Jersey
Don’t go up against the insurance company on your own
The accident happened in a flash, but the consequences can drag on for a long time. You might spend days or weeks in the hospital, watching the medical bills pile up, wondering if you’ll be able to work and support your family or do the things you love to do. The insurance company is hounding you, and you don’t know where to turn. That’s why you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the law and knows how the justice system works in your community.
We know what you’re going through at Shebell & Shebell, LLC. We’ve walked this road with thousands of people in similar situations, and some members of our team have even been down that road themselves. Founded in 1927, our law firm has the knowledge and skills you need to navigate your way through the legal system. We know what strategies work and we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to do the job right. Schedule your free consultation today.
What to do if you’re injured
When you’re hurt on the Jersey Shore or anywhere in the state, the actions you take in the immediate aftermath can make all the difference. Make sure the scene is safe, then follow these steps to protect your health and your legal rights:
- Report the accident as appropriate. If you’re in a motor vehicle crash or other accident that the police need to investigate, call 911 and remain at the scene until they arrive. If you were hurt on private property, tell the property owner or a representative of the property owner. Make sure you get a copy of any accident reports or incident reports for your own records, and make your injury known if minor.
- Take pictures of the scene and any visible injuries.
- Get contact information for any other involved parties and any witnesses.
- Keep your comments brief and stick to the facts of what happened. Don’t say anything about fault, and don’t apologize.
- Get medical attention immediately and list all complaints, even if minor, so that your injuries are documented. Getting checked out by a doctor is the best option for your health, and it creates a record of your injuries that you can use to support your future claim. Insurance companies love to argue that the injured person didn’t seek any medical attention, so they must not be in pain.
Then, it is very important to contact us, before you talk to the insurance company. The sooner we get involved, the more effectively we can protect your rights and let you focus on healing. You don’t want an insurance company trying to poke holes in your case before you get our advice. In addition, hiring an attorney right away allows us to start our investigation before critical evidence is lost.
We handle all types of personal injury claims
New Jersey law is clear: if someone behaved in a reckless or negligent manner and caused your accident, you can pursue financial compensation for your accident-related injuries and expenses.
We represent people hurt in car accidents on roads and highways throughout the State of New Jersey. We also represent people in big-rig truck accident cases as well. We also take pride in standing up for vulnerable people on the road, including pedestrians hit by cars as well as bicycle and motorcycle riders involved in crashes with larger vehicles. Our firm’s experience in representing injured workers dates back almost 100 years.
Property owners are responsible for the safety of people on their premises, and we hold them accountable for slip and fall accidents and in premises liability claims. Likewise, product manufacturers need to be held accountable when their products cause injury. We know how to handle product liability claims on behalf of injured consumers.
We expect medical professionals to meet high standards of care when treating injuries and illness; when they fall short of that standard, our firm holds them accountable in medical malpractice claims. We are proud to stand up for elderly and disabled New Jerseyans in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. If your family has lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence, we would be honored to help you pursue justice through a wrongful death claim.
We also represent people who are injured in the course of their employment, with the assistance of our experienced workers’ compensation team.
Whatever type of accident or injury you’re dealing with, no matter how straightforward or complicated your case might seem, talk to an attorney at our firm as soon as possible. We can explain all the legal options available to you. That way, you can make informed decisions.
Understanding the elements of a personal injury claim in New Jersey
In general, in order to recover compensation for a personal injury, you need to prove the following four elements:
- Duty of care: another person or organization had a legal responsibility to act in a safe manner.
- Breach: through action or inaction, that person or organization behaved carelessly, failing to meet that duty of care.
- Causation: because of the other party’s breach of the duty of care, you were injured.
- Damages: you sustained pain or losses as a result of the injury.
For example, motorists owe a duty of care to other road users: they must operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe and cautious manner. Driving in an unsafe manner (such as texting and driving, or driving drunk) is a breach of that duty of care, and if such an unsafe driver causes an accident, you can pursue financial compensation for the losses you sustained because of their carelessness.
Establishing these elements requires thorough investigation. That’s one of the reasons you need to contact us as soon as possible – we need to gather critical evidence before it disappears. There are also certain restrictions depending on the case with how long you have to file notice of the claim, and what type of injuries are required to pursue compensation. For example, many people in New Jersey have some limitations on their ability to file a lawsuit in motor vehicle accidents. Our experienced team of certified civil trial attorneys can speak with you during a free consultation to explain all your options. Don’t delay in calling us.
We thoroughly investigate personal injury claims.
Personal injury cases are won and lost based on evidence. That’s why we put in the effort to gather the information needed to win your case. We pore over documents and review physical evidence from the scene. We talk to witnesses and cross-reference their stories to get to the bottom of what happened. If necessary, we’ll take legal action to preserve critical evidence, such as camera footage, before it can be destroyed or erased.
Our firm has longstanding relationships with expert witnesses and investigators, such as accident reconstruction specialists and engineers, who can help us interpret the evidence and tell a compelling story. Ultimately, our job is to fill in the who and why behind your injury – who was responsible for your injuries, and how their careless action or inaction changed your life.
We pursue full compensation for personal injuries in New Jersey.
The cost of an injury goes far beyond your immediate medical treatment. It also includes the future surgeries, physical therapy, medication, and other medical costs you may incur, and the potential reduction in your ability to earn a living. It’s both the days you missed at work while recuperating from the accident and the long-term effects on your ability to work and take care of your family. It’s the prognosis for your hobbies, your relationships, and your quality of life. We will pursue compensation for everything you’ve lost, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Replacement services (e.g. childcare or yard work)
- Modifications to your home or vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Lost quality of life
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the effects on your life, your case may be worth tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars. It is common sense to think that the for-profit insurance industry will do whatever they can to minimize the amount of money you get for these damages. We are confident that the full value is far more than the insurance company’s initial offer given to you without our assistance. That’s why you need Shebell & Shebell fighting by your side to stand up to them.
A legal team you can trust to take on the insurance company
If you choose to hire Shebell & Shebell to handle your personal injury claim, we’ll do two things right away.
First, we will send a letter to the insurance company (or companies) letting them know that they can send all further communications to your lawyer. They can’t trip us up with loaded questions or intimidate us with scare tactics. Our firm will stand like a shield between you and the insurance company, protecting your rights while you focus on healing.
Second, we will launch an immediate investigation to gather the evidence needed to build a case the insurance company finds compelling. They know how the system works, and they know what it takes to convince a jury to rule in favor of an injured person. When they see the extent of our preparation, they usually offer a fair settlement. If they don’t, we are prepared to take them to trial.
This can be a tough process, but we’re in it with you every step of the way. If you’re concerned about whether you can afford legal representation, don’t be. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t owe us anything out of pocket; we only get paid if we win. The only question is whether you can afford to go it alone.
Count on our tradition of helping people hurt in accidents.
Experience matters when it comes to dealing with serious personal injury accidents. That’s why so many people turn to us when they need our help the most. Our attorneys have a long and established history in the area. We understand New Jersey’s laws. We know how to analyze accident reports. We routinely consult with experts and investigators. These are just some of the reasons why we have such a strong track record of success.
We’re here for you when you need us most. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced personal injury lawyer who puts your needs first. Our offices are conveniently located in Shrewsbury and Newark.
Talk to an attorney at Shebell & Shebell, LLC today, to find out why people have been trusting us for nearly 100 years to get them the compensation they deserve.