Frequently Asked Questions


What should I do after an accident?
The most important consideration after an accident is the welfare of those involved. The most important thing is for injured parties to receive medical attention. Police should be called to the scene of the accident if there are serious injuries or significant damages. The police report is an important document that lawyers use to help build a successful case. After everyone has received the proper attention, calling an Accident Attorney is suggest for the protection of your rights.

What if I believe I’m at fault?
Automobile accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. It is sometimes difficult, if not impossible, for victims to remember exactly how  an accident occurred. This is especially true for those who are hurt or emotionally distraught. The best way to handle this is not  admit guilt or suggest that you were in any way responsible until your have received the proper medical attention and legal advise.  The Law Offices of Bennett A Robbins will interview witnesses and work with police and accident reconstruction experts to determine who is at fault in the accident. We provide legal counsel throughout the process and make certain your rights are upheld.

Should I hire an Auto Accident lawyer? 
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, a skilled auto accident / personal injury attorney can help you receive a the right settlement from your insurance company and/or the guilty party’s insurance company. The costs of auto accidents are high, both physically and emotionally, but insurance companies work to protect their profits by keeping their payouts low. It’s important to contact an attorney so you are able to receive the maximum possible compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What About Compensation? 
At the Law Offices of Bennett A. Robbin, we know what it takes to obtain the maximum possible compensation including money for medical bills, lost wages, loss of property, and other damages. While insurance companies have often been known to take advantage of individuals by offering them a lower amount than what their claim is actually worth. We negotiate with the insurance companies to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.


What is a Personal Injury?
Personal injury require someone be injured. The injury can either by physical or even emotional. The goal of personal injury actions is to place the blame for the injury on the responsible party and require them to compensate the injured person for the sustained losses.

Not all injured plaintiffs are entitled to recover damages for injuries sustained.  In addition to the injury, the plaintiff must establish – through evidence – that the defendant is legally liable for the injuries. This requires proof in terms of factual causation and legal causation. Whether legal causation is established will depend on the facts and circumstances of the accident. The defendant can be held liable as a result of either the actions he or she took, or the actions he or she had failed to take.

Some personal injury actions revolve around intentional conduct, such as an individual intentionally harming another, or by conduct which has likelihood of harm.  Other personal injury actions are based on negligence:  With negligence, an individual is liable for the injuries caused by his or her own actions, or inaction; and, other types of personal injury actions are based on strict liability, a no-fault system where liability may attach regardless of the fault of the various parties, including the plaintiff.

What types of Personal Injuries are there?
Personal injury law can involve a variety of claims, theories and principles. Some of the more common types of personal injury actions include:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Animal bites
  • Automobile and truck Accidents
  • Aviation and railroad accidents
  • Property damage
  • Slip and fallactions
  • Premises liability
  • Wrongful death
  • and others

What should I expect a personal injury attorney to do for me? 
A Personal Injury Attorney will review your case, explain your rights, and outline the legal damages you should be able to recover. Your attorney will protect your rights, serve as your voice, and fight for you. At the Law Offices of Bennett A. Robbins, we will advise you of what to expect during the financial l recovery processes, and tell you how to best take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally, during this period.

Why should I hire an attorney for my personal injury case? 
Because you will  have a better chance of winning and receiving the maximum settlement, if you hire an experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney. Studies have shown that Lawyers average settlements have much higher compensation than those who try to settle casews for themselves!  At the Law Offices of Bennett A. Robbins, we will  lead you through the correct legal process, help you get through the insurance industry maze of confusion, and answer any questions you have concerning your legal rights or about the law itself.

How much do you charge to be my  personal injury lawyer? 
A great misconceptions about personal injury attorneys is that they are very expensive.  This is not true.  The Law Offices opf Bennett A. Robins, LLC works on a contingency basis for personal i jury cases: This means, very simply, if we do not win a verdict a monetary verdict or settlement for you, you pay nothing!

What is a Wrongful Death action?
Wrongful death actions may be brought by the dependents or beneficiaries of a deceased individual against the party whose action or inaction caused the death of their loved one.

What is a slip and fall action?
A slip and fall action is a type of personal injury lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who has been injured by a slip and fall, usually on the defendant’s property. The plaintiff in slip and fall cases must usually show that the owner of the property had notice or knowledge of the condition, and failed to clean it up and rectify it within a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, if the plaintiff has knowingly encountered a hazard, then he or she may have trouble holding the defendant liable.

If a dog bites me, do I have a case?
In general, the answer to this question is yes. he owner of a dog (or any animal) may be held liable for injuries the animal inflicts on others. However, ta animal bite lawsuit differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction depending on the legal theory of recovery. Some jurisdictions require the plaintiff to show the animal owner knew, or should have known, that the animal was inclined to attack or bite.

Can a person recover damages for injuries sustained on someone else’s property?
An owners of property has a duty to protect the public from injury that may occur upon their property. The injured person may be able to recover money for those injuries if it can be proven that the property owner failed to meet that duty. A plaintiff must understand that the nature and extent of the property owner’s duty will vary depending upon the facts of the situation and the jurisdiction in question.

How long will it take to settle my injury accident claim? 
That depends on the severity of your injuries as well as the length of time takes you to recover or reach maximum improvement. In order to receive the fairest settlement, it’s important for you to know the extent of your injuries, as well as their long-term impact. For some injuries, it can be months or even years before there’s a final prognosis.  Waiting for that prognosis allows your attorney to better estimate not just your past and current losses, but your future losses as well.


If you believe you are due compensation due to work related injuries, and can answer yes to some of the following questions, you should contact an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney.

  • Are the injuries permanent?
  • Were there pre-existing disabilities?
  • Do the injuries present functional loss?
  • Was the injured worker in the course and scope of his or her employment?
  • Has the injured worker sustained the type of injuries necessary to prevail in a claim?
  • Was the injured worker an employee, was there an employer-employee relationship?
  • Is the injured worker entitled to any other Compensation benefits under New Jersey law


How do I know if I am eligible for SSD benefits?  
if you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions then you may be eligible.

  • Do you have a severe physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working?
  • Do you have a disability that prohibits you from working in any capacity – not just in the job you held previously?
  • Has your disability lasted – or is it expected to last – for at least one year?
  • Is the disability life threatening?

The claims process is done in the following manner:

  • The disabled person makes an initial claim. (These claims are usually denied unless the person is suffering from a serious and observable disability.)
  • Most persons will need to file a ‘Request for Reconsideration of Benefits’ which, again, is subject to routine denial.
  • If there is a second denial, the Claimant must Request A Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
  • If the Claimant is unsuccessful at the Hearing, appeals to the Appeals Council and/or Federal Court is available.

If your claim is denied at any level, you should seek the advice of an experienced Social Security Benefits Attorney.


Who Needs A Will?

  • Everyone who is eighteen (18) years of age or older should have a Will. Wills are not just for the rich. A Will ensures your personal belongings and assets go your family or the exact beneficiaries you designate.  Do not leave things to chance, when it comes to your family.

is a Will important?

  • Absolutely!  A Will is an important legal declaration of the way you want your property distributed. Those without wills can leave their heirs with unnecessary burdens and deep financial insecurity.  Having a Will in a part of insuring that  your wishes for your loved ones are fulfilled and that your loved ones are legally protected.

What are the benefits of having a Will?

  • Protection for your assets and your loved ones.  A will m akes certain it is your decision as to whom, when, and in what amounts your assets are distributed. You select your Executor or Personal Representative, the person who will be responsible for the disposition of your estate. You may avoid a forced sale of your property, or costly and tedious applications to courts for disposition of your property.

What is a Power of Attorney?

  • A Power of Attorney is a document that a competent adult individual (the “principal”) appoints another competent adult individual (the  attorney-in-fact) to act on the principal’s behalf.  Basically, an attorney-in-fact can perform any legal function or task which the principal has a legal right to do himself/herself.