Over 30 Years of Personal Injury Experience in New Jersey
Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Union County and All of Northern and Western New Jersey
Injured in New Jersey? I Can Help You Efficiently Recover the Settlement You Deserve.
Whenever someone suffers a serious personal injury, his or her entire life is thrown off course and out of balance. Over time, you can regain a sense of stability. But unfortunately — to speak plainly — the medical bills or loss of a livelihood may be just too much to handle alone.
You have a right to fair compensation. Without a lawyer, though, it can be frustrating – or impossible - to get the insurance company to write the check.
I'm attorney Francis M. Smith, and I have more than 30 years of experience negotiating fair, efficient recoveries for my clients. If you were injured and deserve compensation, I can help. For a free consultation, call 908-233-5800 or contact me online. I represent injured clients from counties that include Sussex County, Union County, Morris County and Hunterdon County.
- Injuries of all kinds , including spine, neck and back injuries
- Motor vehicle and roadway accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall/dangerous property accidents
- Ankle and knee injuries
- Dog bites
- Accidents involving commercial vehicles
- Construction accidents
Effective, Civil Negotiation With Insurance Companies
Knowing how to negotiate with the insurance companies is the key to the majority of cases. If your lawyer does not understand how insurance companies operate, then he or she may take an overly adversarial approach or even under-evaluate a case.
This is where my experience can make a big difference for you and the amount of the recovery we achieve in your case. During my more than 30 years of experience representing clients involved in personal injury and accident litigation, I spent nine years working as in-house counsel for two different insurance companies.
Because of this experience, I know insurance companies. I know how to peacefully negotiate a fair resolution of your claim or lawsuit based on medical documentation and the law applicable to your case. I know what materials claims representatives need to justify proper compensation, and I can provide them.
My "civil" approach has yielded outstanding results: I have recovered more than $38,000,000 for my clients since 1996.
Why Trials Are a Bad Idea (80 Percent of the Time)
Some studies show that 97 to 98 percent of all personal injury cases settle out of court, without trial. Of those that go to trial, 80 percent of all injured plaintiffs either receive less than what the insurance company originally offered or they receive no compensation at all.
Don't gamble with those odds. In my practice, I feel that if a case goes to trial, I have failed the client. I always try to negotiate a fair settlement first. I am a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator with the skills to successfully and consistently negotiate fair, reasonable settlements.
Sometimes, due to irreconcilable views of a claim, a trial really is absolutely necessary - but usually a trial is forced by an insurance company's irrational interpretation of the facts, the law or both. It is my job to minimize any misunderstandings on the part of the insurance company by thoroughly documenting your case.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Serving Sussex County and All of Northern and Western New Jersey
To schedule a free consultation, call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online. I will charge you no attorney fees unless I recover a settlement for you.
It is a rare attorney that is willing to jump in the car and drive across the state to meet with you. But I know that many injured people are now without a vehicle, or the ability to drive. A prescription drug may prevent you from driving. I have a reputation for responding to clients who need me, wherever in New Jersey they are. Call me about your case and I will meet with you wherever it is necessary.
*Note: Always bear in mind: results vary from case to case, depending on injuries sustained and the law applicable to your case.