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The Cape May and Cumberland County personal injury attorneys at Petro Cohen, P.C. have been recognized locally and statewide for their legal excellence in this dynamic practice area.

The personal injury 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 accident and injury legal team 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 Cape May and Cumberland County personal injury 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 need our services in the future.

What Types of Personal Injury Claims Does Petro Cohen, P.C. Handle?

The Personal Injury team at Petro Cohen, P.C. has handled a wide variety of serious personal injury cases. With years of experience and a proven track record of success, you can rest assured knowing that our Cape May and Cumberland County personal injury lawyers will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones with Proper Auto Insurance

At Petro Cohen, P.C., our knowledgeable Cape May and Cumberland County personal injury lawyers urge our clients to learn about policy coverage options and terms and to carefully consider coverage that makes the most sense for their personal scenario.

If you are buying new insurance and filling out a Coverage Selection Form or have received one in the mail at the time of insurance coverage renewal, take the time to read the Coverage Form and supporting documentation closely. New Jersey automobile insurance policies provide three separate and distinct benefits: Liability Coverage, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage. NJ policies also limit your right to bring a claim for your injuries if you have The Verbal or Lawsuit Threshold. It is important to understand your benefits as well as the limitations of your policy.

What If I Slip and Fall at a Private or Commercial Property?

Owners of properties are legally responsible for ensuring that their properties are not inherently dangerous to the community and are reasonably safe to the best of their knowledge. The premises liability attorneys at Petro Cohen, P.C. believe that if a patron suffers from injuries due to negligence on behalf of the property owner, then the owner must be held responsible for the injuries, and he or she must provide full compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.

While premises liability incidents may not be as dramatic or as noticeable as auto or airplane accidents, injuries sustained on another’s property can still result in life-threatening conditions that have long-term effects on both the injured party and his or her family.

If you or someone you know has suffered from broken bones, burns, electrical shocks, or head, spinal cord, neck, or other serious injuries following a slip and fall accident, a Cape May or Cumberland County personal injury lawyer at Petro Cohen, P.C. can inform you of your legal rights and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

What to Do If You Are Injured in an Accident

Call Police to File a Report

The first step if you suffer an injury in a car accident is to call the police. This way, they can file a report regarding the details of the crash.

Exchange Contact Information

Before leaving the scene, make sure you get the name, phone number, license plate number, insurance information, and driver’s license number of the other driver involved. It is a good idea also to get contact information from witnesses. 

Collect Evidence

If possible, get pictures of the accident scene, including damage to your car and your injuries. You also need to take photographs of the weather that day and any skid marks.

Seek Medical Care

You should also ensure that you get to a physician as soon as you can. Tell them you suffered your injury in an accident and ask for a copy of any medical reports. 

Call Your Insurance Company

Often you are required to report accidents to your insurance company. Nevertheless, you should not go into excessive detail until you have contacted a ​​Cape May or Cumberland County personal injury attorney.

How Much Time Do You Have to File an Injury Claim?

There is a deadline to file your claim in personal injury cases called the statute of limitations. New Jersey’s statute of limitations gives you two years from the date of the accident to file suit. If your claim is against a public entity, then you must provide that entity with notice within 90-days of the accident.

It is crucial that you file your lawsuit before this time frame has run out. Reach out to a Cape May or Cumberland County personal injury lawyer today for assistance filing a timely claim.

Damages Available in Personal Injury Cases

Potential damages that you can recover in a personal injury claim include both economic and non-economic damages. 

Economic damages are more objective and include:

  • Lost wages, 
  • Medical bills, and
  • Damaged or destroyed property. 

The above is not an exhaustive list. Consider hiring an injury attorney in Cape May or Cumberland County to help recover what you need for your injuries.

Non-economic damages are subjective and may involve:

  • Pain and suffering,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, or
  • Loss of consortium.

Contact a Cape May or Cumberland County personal injury attorney for further information on potential damages that you could receive.

Can Petro Cohen, P.C. Help with a Wrongful Death Claim?

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 Susan Petro, Rich Gaeckle , or Mike Veneziani  information about a wrongful death claim.

How Can a Cape May or Cumberland County Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

If you have a personal injury claim and live in Cape May or Cumberland counties, our personal injury lawyers can help and will handle your case with the dedication, respect, and focus you should expect from your legal representation. Our team of professionals will be by your side every step of the way to ensure you receive proper medical treatment and a fair settlement. Contact Petro Cohen, P.C. today at 888-675-7607 to schedule your free consultation or fill out the contact form on this page.

Trust Petro Cohen, P.C. with Your Personal Injury Case

At Petro Cohen, P.C., our injury attorneys have decades of experience handling thousands of personal injury cases with successful outcomes for our clients, fighting hard to recover fair compensation and appropriate medical care for their injuries. Petro Cohen, P.C. Managing Partner Susan Petro heads the Personal Injury Department, which includes experienced injury attorneys Rich Gaeckle and Mike Veneziani. Whether your injury resulted from a slip and fall, construction site mishap, or an accident involving an automobile, truck, motorcycle, boat, or bicycle, we can help, even if it means litigating against big corporations or public entities. Petro Cohen, P.C. has offices to serve you in Northfield, Cape May Court House, Cherry Hill, and Hamilton, NJ. To determine if you may have a potential personal injury case, schedule your free and confidential consultation with a Petro Cohen, P.C. lawyer. You can contact us through our online form or via 24/7 live chat at PetroCohen.com.

Automobile Accidents

Two cars damaged because of an accident in New Jersey.When handling car accident claims, we make certain that our New Jersey personal injury attorney correctly determines at-fault parties, handles your case quickly and efficiently, and get 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 Susan Petro, Rich Gaeckle, or Mike Veneziani for information about car accident claims.

Bicycle Accidents

A cyclist injured from an accident in New Jersey.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 personal injury lawyer after an injury while cycling. Contact Susan Petro for information about a bicycle accident claim.

Bus Accidents

Auto and bus crash on the side of a highway in New Jersey.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 accident attorney today for help with your potential bus accident case. Contact Susan Petro for information about a bus accident claim.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motor rider who is at risk of hurting himself because of reckless driving in New Jersey.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 the 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

Injured woman calling for an attorney after an accident in New Jersey.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 more about a possible pedestrian injury claim.

Slip and Falls

A person who is slipping on a wet floor in New Jersey.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 the 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 Susan Petro, Rich Gaeckle, or Mike Veneziani for information about your slip and fall claim.

Construction Site Accidents

The construction workers in New Jersey on a prone to accident area.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 Susan Petro or Rich Gaeckle for information about a construction site accident.

Product Liability Claims

A lawyer talking about asbestos warning in New Jersey.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 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 Susan Petro for information about a product liability claim.

Dog Bites

An aggressive dog in New Jersey who is biting a trainer.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 Susan Petro for information about a dog bite injury and claim.

Claims against Public Entities

People with claims against public entities in New Jersey.Filing a claim against a public entity, such as a local government, a government agency, or a 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 law firm about your personal injury claim if you believe the at-fault party was a government organization or agency. Contact Susan Petro, Rich Gaeckle, or Mike Veneziani for information about claims against public entities.

Maritime Personal Injury/Boating Accidents

A boat on the water sailing in New Jersey.Injuries on watercraft in New Jersey’s lakes and rivers, as well as along shore of New Jersey 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 Susan Petro for information about a maritime or boating accident claim.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A person with possible head injury in New Jersey.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 Susan Petro for information about traumatic brain injury claims.

Wrongful Death Claims

A woman with her little child at the graveyard in New Jersey grieving due to loss of a loved one.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 Susan Petro, Rich Gaeckle, or Mike Veneziani for information about a wrongful death claim.

 

Watch Out for These Insurance Company Tactics

Insurance companies are usually private businesses that make money when their clients pay their premiums and lose money when they pay out claims. Even workers’ compensation insurance companies have a bottom line to meet.

As such, you can expect them to either deny your claim or try to negotiate it down. And the stark reality is that insurance company adjusters are professional negotiators with experience in minimizing the value of your claim. The following is a description of only a few of them:

  • Trying to blame the accident on you, or asserting that the accident was at least partly your fault. This approach may not completely absolve the insurance company of liability, but if it is successful, it can reduce the amount of your claim even if you still “win.”
  • Misleading you on the terms of the insurance policy, especially with respect to their coverage exclusions, by taking advantage of the confusing legal jargon in the insurance policy.
  • Stalling you with numerous small delays, hoping to frustrate you into accepting a small settlement, or lull you into missing the statute of limitations deadline to file a lawsuit.
  • Monitoring your social network accounts. Social network accounts should be private and don’t accept friend requests from anyone you don’t know.

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 PC?

  • Highest firm rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by "Best Lawyers in America®" every year since 1995
  • Named in every "NJ Super Lawyers®" survey for Workers' Compensation since 2005 and 12 times for Personal Injury