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Frequently Asked Questions

About Auto Accidents, Medical Malpractice and Other Serious Injuries

After suffering a personal injury there are often questions that may arise. It is our goal to help answer some of those pressing concerns and assist you in your next step.

Below we have provided answers to some common questions that our clients ask about their options. If you have additional questions about your situation and would like to speak with an attorney directly, do not hesitate to call our office.

How do I know if I have a case?

The most prudent way to determine whether or not you have a viable case under New Jersey law is to contact our firm. With a free consultation, Mr. Lutz will personally discuss the facts of your situation and determine whether or not you have a valid claim. By doing this, you take the guess work out of the process.

What is my case worth?

The value of a valid claim requires a detailed assessment by a skilled personal injury attorney with insight, knowledge and the experience to evaluate both the liability and damages of your situation.

Many factors play a role in this analysis, including the nature of your accident and the permanency of the injuries you have sustained.

Any lawyer who promises results or makes a representation regarding the value of a case upon an initial consultation lacks credibility and respect for his/her clients.

What is New Jersey's "Statute of Limitation" for personal injury cases?

Generally, the New Jersey Statute of Limitation provides that any lawsuit for personal injuries must be filed within two years of the date of the accident in order to preserve your rights.

Different rules pertaining to the Statute of Limitation apply in professional negligence claims such as medical malpractice as well as with individuals under the age of 18.

In addition, there are time limitations when making a claim against a governmental entity. The New Jersey Tort Claims Act (Title 59) requires that a Notice of Claim be filed within 90 days of the date of the accident involving a governmental entity or its agent/employee. In some extraordinary circumstances, this 90 day period may be extended to one year.

The interpretation of the Statute of Limitation and the New Jersey Tort Claims Act are complicated and confusing areas of the law. Accordingly, it is imperative that you contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury law and understands the nuances of the New Jersey Statute of Limitation as well as the New Jersey Tort Claims Act.

You should act as soon as possible after the occurrence of an accident or what you believe to be malpractice so that your rights may be protected.

If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury in New Jersey, please contact the Law Offices of Edward C. Lutz today for a free consultation.

Will I have to appear in court?

Inasmuch as a large majority of valid meritorious claims are amicably resolved before trial, an appearance in Court is not always required.

If I am not satisfied with the representation of my current attorney, may I retain new counsel?

Absolutely. If you are not satisfied with your current attorney, you have a right to retain new counsel. If your fee arrangement with them is on a contingency fee basis, your prior attorney and I will work out an equitable fee arrangement among ourselves based on work participation which will not result in any additional fees to you.

Edward C. Lutz's Success Recognized by Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Top U.S. Trial Attorney

Edward C. Lutz, NJ Certified Trial AttorneyEdward Lutz is Certified by The Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. This designation is awarded to New Jersey civil trial lawyers who have successfully satisfied rigorous criteria established by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This criteria requires demonstrating substantial involvement in the preparation of litigated matters, completion of a specific number of hours of continuing legal education, demonstrating an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who attest to the lawyer’s character and ability and the passing of a written examination in the area of civil trial law. Only 2% of New Jersey licensed lawyers have achieved this designation. Insurance companies and their lawyers have recognized Edward Lutz as a skilled and aggressive litigator. They are well aware that if they are unwilling to negotiate in good faith to achieve a fair settlement that our firm will try a case to a jury verdict.

For over 30 years, our firm has offered individuals who have been seriously injured and their families the competent and aggressive legal representation they deserve.

National Trial Lawyers LogoEdward Lutz was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for plaintiff's civil litigation. This organization is comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers.

Edward C. Lutz, Certified Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

New Jersey personal injury attorney Edward C. Lutz has been recognized as being an accomplished trial attorney in the U.S., having been admitted as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, in recognition of obtaining million dollar plus verdicts, awards and settlements for his clients.

Representing injured clients throughout all of Northern and Central New Jersey, our firm uses experts in various fields to help determine the true value of your claim and to prove your case in court.

Edward C. Lutz, Member of New Jersey State Bar AssociationMr. Lutz was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1987 and he was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. He received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey in 1987. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Florida State Bar Association (currently inactive).

New Jersey State Bar Association for JusticeAttorney Lutz is a longstanding member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly known as the Trial Lawyers of America New Jersey), an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of New Jersey's families.

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey LogoEdward C. Lutz is a member of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ). TANJ has a longstanding history dedicated to fighting to preserve our jury system in New Jersey and ensuring that our citizens receive a fair trial.

8.9Edward Charles Lutz Edward C. Lutz is rated as “Superb” by, a website dedicated to the legal profession due to his extensive experience, professional achievements and endorsements by members of the New Jersey Bar.

If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury in New Jersey, please contact the Law Offices of Edward C. Lutz today for a free consultation.

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