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Fact Sheet About Personal Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports recent data showing that approximately 28 million Americans suffered nonfatal personal injuries in the past year. Further statistics have been compiled regarding the nature and frequency of specific types, including the following:

  • Approximately 31 million emergency room visits occur due to unintentional injuries every year.
  • Unintentional injuries and accidents are the fourth most common cause of death in the United States.
  • The leading cause of accidental injuries for every age group except young adults (15-24) is unintentional falling.
  • Of those injuries, approximately 130,000 were fatal, either on impact or due to proper care not being administered in time.

With a population of 276,000 and counting, Atlantic County unfortunately sees its share of accidents and injuries. If someone is injured due to the recklessness or negligent conduct of another person, they may have the right to seek compensation.

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Personal Injury Incidents

The experienced attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. understand not only the particularities of New Jersey personal injury law, but the human cost when someone is injured or disabled. Not all injuries are physical.

Common Types of Personal Injury

In a county as populous as Atlantic County, certain types of personal injury tend to recur more often than others. Some of the most common accident-related and unintentional injuries seen by medical personnel include:

Broken bones

In theory, some breaks are “minor”, but the more serious can require extensive re-setting and reconstruction.

Spinal injuries

An injury to the spinal cord can be life-changing; it may require not only surgery and physical therapy, but also outside expenses such as home renovation and engaging home care personnel.


While mild or first-degree burns may not require much in the way of treatment, severe or third-degree burns can require extensive skin and tissue reconstruction. There can also be a significant psychological toll.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

TBIs are almost always caused by trauma from forces damaging the brain. They are common in accidents where blunt force is a factor, such as automobile accidents and falls.

Soft tissue injuries

These are primarily tendon and ligament injuries, encountered in accidents of a somewhat lower impact velocity. However, this does not mean they cannot be severe, possibly requiring corrective surgery and physical therapy, coupled with a long period of healing.

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The experienced attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. understand not only the particularities of New Jersey personal injury law, but the human cost when someone is injured or disabled. Not all injuries are physical.

If you have suffered an accident, and you believe it was caused by the reckless or negligent conduct of someone else, we may be able to assist. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. at 888-818-2562 to set up a free initial consultation.

Investigating Personal Injuries Requires Resources

While the American Trial Lawyers’ Association estimates that nearly 93% of personal injury lawsuits settle before trial, it is still imperative that you and your attorney be prepared for you to be compensated fully. There is specific evidence required in order to prevail on a negligence claim, with support evidence to back them up.

You must be able to show, first, that the person you are suing had a duty of care toward you – in other words, that they had a responsibility to not harm you. This is most often shown by establishing the relationship, if any, between you and the defendant. For example, a motorist has a duty of care toward pedestrians in that they must not exceed the posted speed limits or drive anywhere outside their specified lane. Many times, these relationships are set forth within the law itself; for example, a doctor generally has a duty of care toward their patients. Statutes frequently list the rules of the road that drivers must follow.


Once a duty has been established, you must be able to show that it was breached, and that the breach was a direct cause of your injuries. You must also be able to show damages; that is, that any injury was not merely transitory. Bruises are transitory; broken bones are not, given they may require weeks of healing. Witnesses and records will be vital in proving this; if you have supporting evidence to show that the defendant’s conduct was in breach and it caused your injuries, you will have established a major cornerstone of your case.

You may need to speak with many people to have the evidence you need to establish a case: doctors, coworkers, passers-by at the scene of an accident, a landlord, or others, depending on the nature of your case and your injuries. Records are also critical; medical records are important, but items like pay stubs and reports on conditions at the site may also yield valuable information. Investigating and preparing a personal injury case can be a long and difficult matter, but if done correctly, can result in full compensation. It may seem insurmountable, but with the right assistance, you may prevail.


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