Suing a Friend or Family Member for Fall in NJ
Uploaded on: May 11, 2023
Duration: 4.24 Min

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Disputes with loved ones are always unpleasant, leading many of us so often to just forgive and forget. But when a friend or family member’s carelessness causes you to suffer injuries from a slip and fall accident, the stakes are raised. No amount of apologies will pay your medical bills, cover lost wages, or stop your pain and suffering. 

This is when pursuing legal action becomes necessary. With the help of a qualified personal injury attorney, you can achieve the compensation you deserve while avoiding much of the discomfort that comes with filing a claim against a friend or loved one.  

The vast majority of slip and fall accidents involving a friend or family member occur in and around the friend’s or family member’s home. If your accident falls into this category, you may be able to recover under that party’s homeowner’s insurance policy. Homeowner’s insurance policies cover most types of accidents. When you make an insurance claim, you must notify the insurance company of three things: First, that an accident occurred on their policyholder’s premises. Second, you are accusing their policyholder of being at-fault for the accident, and third, the insurance company is responsible for compensating you for your losses.

If the insurance adjuster rules against you or makes a low-ball offer, you may want to pursue a lawsuit.

Filing a lawsuit involves submitting to a court of law formal legal paperwork accusing someone of being at fault for causing your accident and requesting that they be ordered to compensate you for your losses. A judge or jury then decides whether whomever you sued is liable and, if so, how much they must compensate you. 

Lawsuits are much more complicated and time-consuming than insurance claims. Fortunately, a qualified personal injury attorney can:

  • handle the investigatory work,
  • prepare and submit legal filings,
  • build a persuasive argument for court,
  • serve as an expert negotiator to get you the compensation you deserve, and
  • be a buffer between you and your friend or family member. 

While your case may be initiated by making an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit, the odds are that your case will end by reaching a settlement, which can happen at any point in time. A settlement is an agreement between the parties to a dispute to end their case early by coming to an agreement, which can happen at any time in the process. Traditionally, the accused party agrees to compensate the claimant, who in exchange agrees to forever drop the claim. 

Taking legal action against a friend or loved one is never an easy decision and it can be uncomfortable as well. But when your only alternative is to suffer under the weight of unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and life-altering injuries, your well-being may require it. When you’re ready to take the first step on the road to justice, look no further than Rosenblum Law. Our reputation as a premier personal injury law firm has been earned through decades of experience successfully advocating for our injured clients. So, although disputes with people close to us are always difficult, taking legal action doesn’t have to be.

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