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PCPM serves communities throughout Southern New Jersey, including the following counties

Get the Compensation You Need after Your Personal Injury

Car CrashAt Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, we take personal injury personally. Our personal injury lawyers have been recognized locally and statewide for their legal excellence in this dynamic practice area.

The lawyers at our firm will handle your personal injury needs including auto injuries, construction litigation, and premises liability with the dedication, respect, and focus you should expect from your legal representation. Our trained attorneys and staff take the time to carefully listen to your individual story, working hard to obtain settlements for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, and to help bring you closure. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases with successful outcomes for our clients.

As respected attorneys with decades of experience, we know how best to address the challenges and frustrations often encountered in litigated matters. Should you ever have a question or a concern, let us know immediately and we will take prompt steps to solve the problem as quickly as possible, and to your satisfaction. It is our objective to develop a strong professional relationship with you and to continue to be the firm of your choice should you be in need of our services in the future.

With over 50 years of combined legal experience, firm attorneys Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, and Rich Gaeckle will handle your personal injury case, fighting for full and fair compensation in every case they handle.  They have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases for clients throughout Southern New Jersey.

In addition to handling personal injury, our firm concentrates in workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. It is our hope that, when the opportunity presents itself, you will recommend us to friends, relatives, and co-workers. Please remember – choose carefully. In litigation, you don’t get a second chance.

We value your trust and confidence, and we appreciate this opportunity to represent you.

You can  find Barry Cohen on Google+ or email him at bcohen@petrocohen.com Susan Petro can also be reached on Google+ or at spetro@petrocohen.com Rich Gaeckle can be reached at rgaeckle@petrocohen.com

Automobile Accidents

Accident with InjuryWhen handling car accident claims, we make certain that our legal team correctly determines at-fault parties, handles your case quickly and efficiently, and gets you a fair and just amount of compensation for your injuries and losses. Whether you have suffered a broken bone or a catastrophic injury, we are here to help you through every step of your traffic accident case. Contact Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, or Rich Gaeckle for information about car accident claims.

Bicycle Accidents

CyclistEven when riders wear helmets, bicycle accidents often result in extremely serious injuries and long-term disabilities. In addition, many people, including authorities and attorneys, are not familiar with bicycle traffic laws. For both of these reasons, it is vital that you speak to an experienced New Jersey bicycle accident attorney after an injury while cycling. Contact Susan Petro for information about a bicycle accident claim.

Bus Accidents

Car and bus crashWhether you were injured while riding a bus or struck by a bus, you may have a New Jersey personal injury claim that will compensate you for all related damages. Bus accidents can have many causes, including distracted drivers, untrained drivers, fatigued drivers, poor bus company policies, inadequate bus stop designs, and improperly maintained buses. Talk to an accident attorney today for help with your potential bus accident case. Contact Susan Petro for information about a bus accident claim.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riderIt is a misconception that motorcycle riders are usually reckless or negligent. In truth, a large percentage of these accidents take place because larger vehicles don’t see motorcycles or don’t share the road with them. Motorcycle accidents often involve serious head, neck, back, and spine injuries. Make sure your injury claim is treated fairly and swiftly. Contact Susan Petro for information about your potential motorcycle accident claim.

Pedestrian Injuries

Woman Calling For PoliceWhen a pedestrian and a vehicle collide, the pedestrian always loses. If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, or if your loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, the driver of the vehicle may be responsible for your losses. A personal injury lawsuit can help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Susan Petro to learn about more about a possible pedestrian injury claim.

Slip and Falls

Man Slipping on a Wet FloorProperty owners, from store owners to landlords, have a legal obligation to their property reasonably safe. If you have suffered an accident and injury on someone else’s property, and you believe that accident was due to a property owner’s negligence, you could have a premises liability case. Not all slips and falls are minor. Some result in serious injuries, including fractures, neck injuries, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Contact Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, or Rich Gaeckle for information about your slip and fall claim.

Construction Site Accidents

Construction Workers on SiteWorking construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In addition to the many hazards of working with heavy equipment and partial structures, some construction companies and contractors do not provide a safe environment or safe tools to their workers. Learn more about your possible construction accident case by speaking with one of our NJ on-the-job accident attorneys. Contact Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, or Rich Gaeckle for information about a construction site accident.

Product Liability Claims

Asbestos WarningA product may be dangerous due to a design flaw or a defect. It may also be dangerous if it does not include the proper directions, instructions, or warnings. If you have been harmed by a defective or dangerous product, from an appliance to a medication to a car part, you should know that a manufacturer, developer, or retailer could be responsible for your medical bills and other damages. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about a product liability claim.

Dog Bites

Angry barking dog Irresponsible dog owners are accountable for millions of dog attacks and dog bite injuries around the country each year, and about half of the people injured in these incidents are children. If you or a family member has been injured by a dog or dangerous pet, you may be able to collect compensation from the animal’s owner or keeper. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about a dog bite injury and claim.

Claims against Public Entities

Filing a claim against a public entity, such as a local government, a government agency, or transportation authority, is much different than filing a claim against a person or company. For example, many public entities have special protections and immunities under federal and state laws, such as sovereign immunity laws. It is especially important to contact an injury attorney about your personal injury claim if you believe the at-fault party was a government organization or agency. Contact Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, or Rich Gaeckle for information about claims against public entities.

Maritime Personal Injury/Boating Accidents

Boat on the waterInjuries on watercraft in New Jersey’s lakes and rivers, as well as along New Jersey’s shore, are all too common, especially during the summer months. Many of these boating accidents are caused by reckless operators, fatigued operators, or those operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Contact Barry Cohen for information about a maritime or boating accident claim.

Traumatic Brain Injury

upset driver in front of automobile crash Head injuries result in some of the most tragic and permanent consequences of all personal injuries. Even a mild concussion can leave a person with short-term memory problems, chronic headaches, issues with concentration, and issues with personality and behavior. The most serious traumatic brain injuries may involve paralysis, severe mental disability, coma, and death. Contact Barry Cohen for information about traumatic brain injury claims.

Wrongful Death Claims

Woman with little child at the graveyard If your loved one has died in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you could collect compensation for both your economic and non-economic losses, including medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. Contact Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, or Rich Gaeckle for information about a wrongful death claim.

New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

road crash accident with extensive damage of car bodyAt Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzowe take personal injury personally. Our personal injury lawyers have been recognized locally and statewide for their legal excellence in this dynamic practice area.

The lawyers at our firm will handle your personal injury needs including auto injuriesconstruction litigation, and premises liability with the dedication, respect, and focus you should expect from your legal representation. Our trained attorneys and staff take the time to carefully listen to your individual story, working hard to obtain settlements for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, and to help bring you closure. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases with successful outcomes for our clients.

As respected attorneys with decades of experience, we know how best to address the challenges and frustrations often encountered in litigated matters. Should you ever have a question or a concern, let us know immediately and we will take prompt steps to solve the problem as quickly as possible, and to your satisfaction. It is our objective to develop a strong professional relationship with you and to continue to be the firm of your choice should you be in need of our services in the future.

With decades of combined legal experience, firm attorneys Barry Cohen and Susan Petro will handle your personal injury case, fighting for full and fair compensation in every case they handle.  They have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases for clients throughout Southern New Jersey.

In addition to handling personal injury, our firm concentrates in workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. It is our hope that, when the opportunity presents itself, you will recommend us to friends, relatives, and co-workers. Please remember – choose carefully. In litigation, you don’t get a second chance.

We value your trust and confidence, and we appreciate this opportunity to represent you.

You can also find Barry Cohen on Google+ or email him at bcohen@petrocohen.com Susan Petro can also be reached at spetro@petrocohen.com.

Learn more about one of our specialty areas


  • Car Accidents
    When handling car accident claims, we make certain that our legal team correctly determines at-fault parties, handles your case quickly and efficiently, and gets you a fair and just amount of compensation for your injuries and losses. Whether you have suffered a broken bone or a catastrophic injury, we are here to help you through every step of your traffic accident case. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about car accident claims. Learn More
  • Bicycle Accidents
    Even when riders wear helmets, bicycle accidents often result in extremely serious injuries and long-term disabilities. In addition, many people, including authorities and attorneys, are not familiar with bicycle traffic laws. For both of these reasons, it is vital that you speak to an experienced New Jersey bicycle accident attorney after an injury while cycling. Contact Susan Petro for information about a bicycle accident claim.
  • Bus Accidents
    Whether you were injured while riding a bus or struck by a bus, you may have a New Jersey personal injury claim that will compensate you for all related damages. Bus accidents can have many causes, including distracted drivers, untrained drivers, fatigued drivers, poor bus company policies, inadequate bus stop designs, and improperly maintained buses. Talk to an attorney today for help with your potential bus accident case. Contact Susan Petro for information about a bus accident claim.
  • Motorcycle Accidents
    It is a misconception that motorcycle riders are usually reckless or negligent. In truth, a large percentage of these accidents take place because larger vehicles don’t see motorcycles or don’t share the road with them. Motorcycle accidents often involve serious head, neck, back, and spine injuries. Make sure your injury claim is treated fairly and swiftly. Contact Susan Petro for information about your potential motorcycle accident claim.
  • Pedestrian Injuries
    When a pedestrian and a vehicle collide, the pedestrian always loses. If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, or if your loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, the driver of the vehicle may be responsible for your losses. A personal injury lawsuit can help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Susan Petro to learn about more about a possible pedestrian injury claim.
  • Slip and Falls
    Property owners, from store owners to landlords, have a legal obligation to their property reasonably safe. If you have suffered an accident and injury on someone else’s property, and you believe that accident was due to a property owner’s negligence, you could have a premises liability case. Not all slips and falls are minor. Some result in serious injuries, including fractures, neck injuries, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about your slip and fall claim. Learn More
  • Construction Site Accidents
    Working construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In addition to the many hazards of working with heavy equipment and partial structures, some construction companies and contractors do not provide a safe environment or safe tools to their workers. Learn more about your possible construction accident case by speaking with one of our NJ on-the-job accident attorneys. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about a construction site accident. Learn More
  • Product Liability Claims
    A product may be dangerous due to a design flaw or a defect. It may also be dangerous if it does not include the proper directions, instructions, or warnings. If you have been harmed by a defective or dangerous product, from an appliance to a medication to a car part, you should know that a manufacturer, developer, or retailer could be responsible for your medical bills and other damages. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about a product liability claim.
  • Dog Bites
    Irresponsible dog owners are accountable for millions of dog attacks and dog bite injuries around the country each year, and about half of the victims of these incidents are children. If you or a family member has been injured by a dog or dangerous pet, you may be able to collect compensation from the animal’s owner or keeper. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about a dog bite injury and claim. Learn More
  • Claims against Public Entities
    Filing a claim against a public entity, such as a local government, a government agency, or transportation authority, is much different than filing a claim against a person or company. For example, many public entities have special protections and immunities under federal and state laws, such as sovereign immunity laws. It is especially important to contact an attorney about your personal injury claim if you believe the at-fault party was a government organization or agency. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about claims against public entities. Learn More
  • Maritime Personal Injury/Boating Accidents
    Injuries on watercraft in New Jersey’s lakes and rivers, as well as along New Jersey’s shore, are all too common, especially during the summer months. Many of these boating accidents are caused by reckless operators, fatigued operators, or those operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Contact Barry Cohen for information about a maritime or boating accident claim.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
    Head injuries have some of the most tragic and permanent consequences of all personal injuries. Even a mild concussion can leave a person with short-term memory problems, chronic headaches, issues with concentration, and issues with personality and behavior. The most serious traumatic brain injuries may involve paralysis, severe mental disability, coma, and death. Contact Barry Cohen for information about traumatic brain injury claims.
  • Wrongful Death Claims
    If your loved one has died in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you could collect compensation for both your economic and non-economic losses, including medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. Contact Barry Cohen or Susan Petro for information about a wrongful death claim.

Why Work With PCPM?

  • Highest firm rating (A/V) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • 22 Consecutive years of recognition by "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • Named in every (13) "NJ Super Lawyers®" survey for Workers' Compensation and 10 for Personal Injury