NYC Serious Injury Attorneys Helping Victims Get Financial Compensation
The state of New York, known as ‘The Big Apple,’ is a bustling metropolis full of good intending citizens, but with busy, hurried lives. People have all kinds of schedules, different goals, and multiple directives in this state full of opportunity.
Through the course of it all, there are incidents here or there that result in accidents. As unfortunate as it is, that is just how life in a big city can be.
As a personal injury law firm, we can tell you that these accidents bring with them victims of injury, and many times serious injury. People find themselves the victims of crimes, auto accidents, work-related accidents, and any other number of unfortunate events that may leave them seriously injured, impaired, disabled, or worse.
When serious injuries occur, they usually bring with them a host of outrageous medical expenses, on top of emotional traumas and mental pressures. Unfortunately, these injuries often occur as a result of someone else’s negligence, and there is a need to hold them responsible.
In the aftermath of a serious negligence related injury, you need a New York lawyer with extensive experience in personal injury law. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, have a proven track record of success in personal injury law and are well versed in the tragedy caused by a serious injury.
What type of injuries are considered serious in the court of law?
The state of New York has passed some legislation to help define a serious injury as well as help curb some of the frivolous lawsuits stemming from minor accidents that were clogging up the court system. This has become known as New York’s serious injury threshold law, and it mainly applies to those injuries sustained in auto accidents.
There are seven categories, and a serious injury must only satisfy one categorical definition. However, if your injury was not sustained in an auto accident, then it should have caused substantial impairment, dismemberment, or loss of extremity to be considered serious.
What are some examples of a serious injury?
A serious injury is any injury that may have a severe and long-term impact on your daily activities. This may include any injury which results in a physical disability including, but not limited to, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
If you think you have suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another party, you should seek legal counsel immediately. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to offer you some guidance and tell you what your options are.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, are well versed in all aspects of personal injury law and can handle your legal matters so that you can concentrate on recovering and adjusting.
What kind of damages can be covered in a personal injury suit involving serious injury?
Every case is different and treated on an individual basis. The type of damages covered and amounts awarded for each will depend on the nature of your injuries, their severity, and the circumstances surrounding your case. As a rule of thumb, most serious injury claims may seek damages for pain, suffering, and trauma.
Additionally, they may seek damages for medical expenses, which are usually extensive, as well as lost wages and loss of earning capacity. If there was damage to personal property, such as in a car accident, then damages for those repairs may also be awarded.
What are the elements of a serious personal injury claim in NY?
To win a personal injury claim, you basically must prove two elements in the state of New York. Those elements include liability and damages. You must prove that the fault lies on another party and that your serious injury occurred as a direct result of their negligence.
Since the state of New York is a comparative negligent state, that means that the jury will assign fault to each party involved. They may decide that you are not at fault at all or that you are 10% liable for the accident. Your liability in the accident will reduce the damages awarded by that percentage.
You will also need to prove the extent of the damages you suffered as a result of your injury. This can be done with medical records, photograph documentation, and the help of expert witnesses. For instance, if your injury causes a disability that will prevent you from working in the future, that needs to be taken into consideration.
What if I am contacted after an accident by the other person’s insurance company?
If this happens, you should decline to speak with them until after seeking legal counsel. They usually either try to settle the case for far less than it is worth or they may ask for a recorded statement that can be used to significantly reduce the damages you may be awarded.
It is always best to speak with an experienced New York personal injury attorney first and to have your attorney present when speaking with an insurance company, or just let your attorney handle them altogether.
Call a Serious Injury Law Firm Today!
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC brings to the table a track record of success unlike other law firms in the state of New York and will fight to get the best outcome for your case.
We do all the hard work, while you focus on recovering. To speak with an experienced attorney, call us at (877) 675-4529 or submit a consultation request form. We look forward to learning more about your case and helping you recover from your injuries.