If you think you are injured, do not assume that you will recover without treatment. Sometimes, injuries do not show up themselves immediately and can worsen if ignored.
I’ve Been Injured in an Accident: What Do I Need to Know?
1. How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
Under New York law, all individuals and companies have a duty to take reasonable care to avoid foreseeable physical injury to others. This duty applies in almost every conceivable circumstance. If you have been injured because of the negligence of others, you likely have a personal injury case. Call us and we will determine whether you have a case. We will immediately investigate and document your claim before the negligent parties and their insurance companies attempt to weaken or destroy your case.
2. How can I help prove my personal injury claim?
Of course, the best way to prove your personal injury claim is to retain the services of a skilled NYC personal injury attorney as soon as possible. After an accident happens, time is of the essence. The negligent parties and their insurance companies will make every effort to weaken or destroy your claim. They are not your friends.
Here’s how you can help to preserve your personal injury claim after your accident:
- Take photos of the accident scene at the time of the accident or soon afterwards.
- File a police report and/or an incident/accident report.
- Make sure you get contact information from any witnesses who may have seen the accident happen as well as those involved in the accident. You can do this at the time of accident or even soon thereafter. Please see our Accident Help Guide for additional information
All of these things can help preserve and strengthen your case, especially if you put them into the hands of one of the top-rated personal injury attorneys in New York, Michael S, Lamonsoff, and his firm.
3. How are my medical expenses covered after I have been injured?
If you are injured and have insurance, it may cover some or all of your medical expenses. For anything that is not covered, our law firm, with its huge network of doctors to whom we refer injured clients, will help.
If you are injured at a premises, oftentimes the building’s owner will carry “MedPay” insurance. This insurance will pay for your medical expenses regardless of who is at fault.
If you are in a car accident, the New York State has passed the No Fault laws that will cover your medical expenses.Learn More
If you do not have insurance or you have limited insurance, an alternate arrangement can be made in which the physician will deliver all necessary treatment. This becomes part of your claim for an additional money award in your lawsuit. Do not let the fear of medical expenses prohibit you from seeking legal action. We will ensure that our firm with its huge network of doctors will get you the best medical care available. We will recover the highest personal injury award possible for you and in addition, have the negligent party that cause your injury pay for your medical expenses
4. If I was working at the time of my accident, who pays for my medical expenses?
In the State of New York, in most cases, if you are injured while working, Workers’ Compensation will cover all of your medical expenses whether you are “on or off the books.” Please see our Workers’ Compensation page or give us a call today at 212-962-1020.
At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys understand the complicated interplay between a personal injury action and a Workers’ Compensation claim. We will ensure that you obtain the maximum recovery possible for both your personal injury action and your Workers’ Compensation claim.
7. What types of damages can I recover in a personal injury case?
Following a personal injury accident, there are several types of compensation to which you may be entitled, including but not limited to:
- Past & Future Pain & Suffering
- Past & Future Medical Bills & Expenses
- Past & Future Lost Wages
This list is not exhaustive as you may be entitled to more. Our team of attorneys have years of experience in obtaining the highest awards possible for our clients and fighting for the compensation that you deserve. Call the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff for a free consultation in order to discuss the compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your personal injury case.
8. After I have been injured in an accident should I talk to an insurance company?
No. The best thing to do is to politely refer any representative from an insurance company to your attorney immediately. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t have your best interests at heart. Often, they will tape record you and try to get you to take the blame for your accident, which can hurt your case in the future. We have decades of experience in dealing with insurance carriers and the tricks they play. We are wise to them! Let us stop them in their tracks!
9. Why Choose the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff?
Personal injury lawsuits are hotly contested by the defendants’ insurance companies. These companies tend to be powerful, national and multinational companies with unlimited resources. They use their power to fight personal injury lawsuits and try to minimize paying injured victims their rightful compensation. In addition, they use the overburdened court system to delay and limit justice to accident victims and control the process.
That’s why you need the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff. We will speedily and aggressively push your case towards trial and take control of the process from the at-fault party’s insurance company. At trial, the insurance companies lose the power to determine your just compensation to a jury of their peers… people like you and I who will be more sympathetic to your injuries.
While most lawsuits settle before trial, the insurance companies know that the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff and his team of his battle-tested attorneys will either obtain the highest possible settlement for their clients or will aggressively litigate and push your case to trial so that you are awarded a money verdict from a jury. The insurance companies are terrified of losing their control of the process to a jury. The highest settlement awards are had when an insurance company fears this loss of control. We produce that fear.
More Than Half A Billion In Verdicts & Settlements
Nothing is more important than results. We measure ourselves by what we are able to achieve for our clients. Our mission is to put money into your pocket. Our attorneys have won more than $500 million in settlements and trial verdicts for injured victims. Our team of personal injury attorneys in NYC will not stop fighting until you and your family get every penny you rightfully deserve.
$16,000,000 verdict against the New York City Department of Education for a young girl who was sexually abused by her teacher over a two-year period.
$12,157,000 to clients who were victims of a train derailment.
$9,000,000 verdict against the City of New York for a pastor of a church, who was falsely arrested after being racially profiled.
$6,500,000 settlement awarded to a union construction worker who fell from an unsecured ladder.
$5,500,000 verdict awarded to a construction worker who was injured when a wood bracing collapsed while he was exiting a ditch.
$4,000,000+ for family members of victims of the fatal American Flight 587 airline disaster.
$3,710,000 awarded to the victims of the 2012 Empire State Building shootings, innocent bystanders struck by stray bullets from NYC Police Officers.
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Immediate Actions to Take After an Accident
Try to make sure that you remember the conditions that led to your accident as this will help your case.
If you are injured on someone else’s property, file an accident report with the owner or managing agent as soon as possible so that contemporaneous documentation of your accident exists.
This is the most important thing you could do! Take photos of what caused your injury.
Try and obtain contact information of any witnesses and make sure you can get in touch with anybody who witnessed your accident. Witnesses can be important in proving how your accident occurred and that a dangerous condition had been present prior to your accident.
After your Accident
As soon as possible to notify us of your accident so we can start the process of investigating your claim.
Especially aches and pains that may arise in the days following the accident and be sure to go to the doctor and attend all appointments. Many injuries may not be immediately obvious to a victim until some time has passed.
There are many kinds of scams that target accident victims, to learn more about these and what to watch out for, view our Accident Help Guide
Were you the victim of a personal injury accident? Here's why it is critical you call our office:
- Those who are responsible for the injuries of others are almost always quick to deny responsibility and even blame you for your accident and injuries.
- Insurance companies are not on your side. They will do anything to deny or drive down the value of your claim.
- There might be several liable parties. You will not know unless there’s a thorough investigation into your personal injury claim.
- There’s a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. You risk losing out on valuable money by hesitating or waiting too long to assert your rights.
- It is hard to know what your case is worth, and you certainly don’t want to leave that calculation up to insurers.