The roads of New York can be treacherous. Some of the most congested in the country, the roads that crisscross Westchester and Bronx County are filled with numerous hazards and aggressive drivers rushing to get from one location to another. When accidents occur in the best situations, the car will take most of the damage, leaving passengers free of injuries. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some accidents lead to serious injuries with devastating results. Serious injuries can burden a person with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and a shattered quality of life. Some people can suffer from injuries that can stay dormant for years before impacting their lives. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you need to consider your legal options. You may have a valid personal injury lawsuit. In New York, you may be compensated for personal injuries if the injury is “serious” and was caused by the negligence of another party.
No-fault insurance covers you after an accident
New York is a “no-fault” insurance state. We pay insurance in case we are in an accident. “No-fault” insurance covers your medical bills and lost wages with no regard for who was at fault for the accident through a policy called personal injury protection (PIP). You have the right to pick your private health care carrier to be your primary caregiver, responsible for your medical treatment. If you are in an accident, you can feel comforted by the fact that you are covered to seek the medical attention you need.
If you are injured because of the negligence of another driver, you may be able to take legal action. In a car accident case, you must prove the negligence of the other party. There are many examples of negligence that would offer you the legal means to successfully bring a lawsuit. Some examples include:
What compensation could I win in a lawsuit?
If you are seriously injured in a car accident and it was the fault of the other driver, you may be able to recover damages based on a serious injury. There are two categories of damages; economic and non-economic. Economic damages include property damage, wage loss, and unpaid medical bills, just to name a few. Economic loss will usually be a factor in a personal injury lawsuit. The more complicated matter is non-economic damages. “Pain and suffering” can impact a case. You may be awarded monetary compensation for how the accident impacted your life, including how the experience affected you, bearings on your quality of life, and how your daily life will change because of the accident.
Contact a White Plains law firm to assist you through your legal matter
The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish handles personal injury cases resulting from car accidents. Unfortunately, car accidents can be severe and affect your life for years to come. It is important to consult with an attorney to review your case and see if you have a valid personal injury case. If you do, our firm will passionately represent your interests and work tirelessly to see that your law matter is concluded in the best way possible.