A serious accident can impact your entire life and may leave you with symptoms from which you never completely recover. Money cannot put things completely right, but it is the most readily accessible mechanism in the legal world to help a person severely injured because of the reckless or deliberate acts of another party.
Compensation received by a plaintiff for monetary expenses related to a personal injury case is known as economic damages. However, non-economic damages in Burlington County injury cases can also be major considerations. These may incorporate a variety of different mental and emotional damages, all of which an experienced attorney could fight to win compensation for on behalf of an injured victim. Contact a skilled injury lawyer today.
By design, economic damages are fairly easy to measure. They may include medical bills, loss of employment, loss of property, and loss of past and future earnings—essentially, any loss that can be objectively examined and quantified.
Non-economic damages are more subjective and usually deal with pain and suffering. They may include:
The spouse or partner of a plaintiff may also file for loss of consortium—more simply, “loss of comfort and companionship”—resulting from their loved one’s injury.
Many states place a cap on the number of damages for pain and suffering a plaintiff may receive, but that is not the case in the Garden State. The only cap on such damages in Burlington County relates to punitive damages, which are a separate matter meant to punish the defendant.
Awarding of punitive damages is relatively rare, but as per New Jersey Statute 2A:15-5.14, they are capped at five times the amount of compensatory damages or $350,000, whichever is more.
While much depends on individual circumstances, a judge—or jury, depending on the circumstances—may take into consideration various additional factors as well when determining the amount of non-economic damages to grant the plaintiff. These include the long-term repercussions of the injury, the effect on the victim’s quality of life, and mental or emotional anguish.
Not all accidents are entirely the fault of the defendants. Like the rest of New Jersey, Burlington County follows a modified comparative fault system, which means a party can recover damages from an accident only if found to be less than 50 percent at fault themselves.
If the injured party in some way contributed to the accident, any damage award is reduced by their percentage of fault. If the party is responsible for more than 50 percent of the accident, they cannot recover any damages at all.
For example, say a person was badly injured after being hit by a car, but that person was crossing against the light when the accident occurred. A jury or judge may find the victim 40 percent at fault, which means they could recover up to 60 percent of available damages.
Nothing but time and patience can restore a severely injured person to full health. Quality rehabilitation and therapy can help them achieve the best quality of life possible, but often at a steep financial cost.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury through no fault of your own, a Burlington County personal injury lawyer could fight hard to get you compensation for all the damage you have suffered already and may have to deal with moving forward. Schedule a consultation today, and see what non-economic damages in your Burlington County injury case may be available to you.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
Thank you so much Grungo and Colarulo for helping me with my case. Special thanks to Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team. Erica Domingo and her team was very nice and helped me tremendously throughout my case like more than one year and half. They gave me the right advice and guided me through every step of my case. They gave me prompt and clear responses to all my questions. In addition, Erica and her team provided me with all the what if scenarios so that I can have a clear vison of the steps ahead.
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My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
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First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
Thank you for everything. I honestly felt like you treated my son like he was your own son, for that I am grateful. I would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks for being so awesome to both of us.
It was a pleasure working with Bill. He constantly kept me informed. I would recommend Bill and his firm to anybody I know. They’ll be in good hands.
I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.