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Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions – Our Law Firm Can Help

Smith & Doran, P.C. is well-known throughout New Jersey for successfully representing car accident victims, consumers of dangerous and faulty products, injured workers, victims of poorly maintained properties, and many more personal injury claimsAt the Law Offices of Smith & Doran, we understand the stakes involved with your injury claim, and we are ready to provide personal and effective legal representation.  We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication.  The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way.

In the unfortunate event that you or someone you love is hurt because of the carelessness or fault of another person, it is important to know some basic information about recovering compensation for your damages. We provide answers to these frequently asked questions to get you started, and invite you to contact our office to learn more about our services.

Do I have a personal injury claim in New Jersey?

There are three basic requirements for a successful personal injury claim:

  1. The responsible party was negligent, reckless, or committing an illegal or wrongful act.
  2. The negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing caused your personal injury.
  3. Your injury resulted in harm, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

It is important to gather and document as much information as possible after an accident to substantiate claims against insurance companies and at-fault parties. This includes taking photos of the accident scene, writing down witness contact information, retaining copies of police reports, and recording your property damages, physical injuries, mental anguish, and any medical treatment that you receive after the accident.

How can a Morris County Car Accident Attorney help me to navigate the claim process?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the advice and representation of an experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your damages, including medical expenses and time off from work. Having a lawyer can also greatly ease the stress of dealing with insurance companies and at-fault parties.

Even interacting with your own insurance company can be challenging after an accident. That’s because your insurer’s goal is to pay you as little as possible in order to make a profit on your policy. At a minimum, an attorney can determine the value of your insurance claim so you receive the benefits you are entitled to.

How is a personal injury claim involving a car accident different than a truck accident claim?

In most cases, a personal injury claim arising from an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle is more complex than a straightforward car accident claim, not only because the injuries resulting from a collision with a large truck are often severe, but also because commercial vehicles are regulated by state and federal laws, which come into play when a claim is brought against a truck driver or trucking company.

What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim arises when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or recklessness of another person or entity. The representative of the deceased person’s estate may bring an action against the responsible party to recover damages the surviving heirs have sustained as a result of the loss, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future wages, and loss of love and companionship.

Contact a Morristown Personal Injury Attorney

Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.  This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind.  It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.

If you or a loved one has been injured by another party’s negligence or careless action, contact us online or through our Morristown, NJ offices at 973-261-6254 to schedule a cost-free consultation.  All our personal injury cases are taken on contingency, and if you are unable to come to our offices we will be happy to visit you wherever you are.

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Verdicts and Settlements


Recovery for a six year old girl who suffered serious neurologic injury, as well as the loss of her parents and siblings, when the family's car was crushed by a garbage truck which had jumped a median strip partly as a result of a faulty braking system.


Settlement obtained for a sixty-seven year old man who fell down a flight of stairs as a result of an inadequate handrail, suffering quadriplegia.


Award obtained for a Sussex County man who suffered cervical injuries requiring two surgeries as a result of two separate car accidents.


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The Law Offices of Smith & Doran, P.C.

Washington Street, Suite 302

Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Phone: 973-261-6254

Fax: 973-292-9168