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Clifton, NJ 07011
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THE MAKE WHOLE DOCTRINE

When individuals are physically harmed as the result of the negligence of others, the “make whole doctrine” seeks to place the damaged parties back into the position they would have been in before the injury caused by another. Both economic (out-of-pocket) and non-economic (loss of physical and mental well-being) losses are restored through monetary compensation. The term “general damages” refers to non-economic losses such as “pain and suffering.” The valuation of such loss is left largely to the jury’s discretion. “Special damages” are those awarded for compensable harms such as medical expenses and lost wages. These can easily be quantified with the help of bills, pay stubs, and the like. Plaintiffs should give a full accounting of their losses.

Even though it's probably the last thing you want to do while dealing with an injury, it's important to take certain steps immediately after an injury. Taking detailed notes of the incident and injuries can strengthen your case. These notes can also be helpful when discussing your legal options with an attorney. For this or any other legal issue, please call the Law Offices of Silverman & Roedel at (973) 772-6411. We are tough advocates who are committed to getting the best possible outcome for you. We are located at 1187 Main St., Suite 2C. Se habla Español.

HINT: “Nominal damages” is the term used to describe a damage award issued by a court when a legal wrong has occurred, but where there was no actual financial loss as a result of that legal wrong.

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