Car accidents can leave you with unpaid medical bills, lost earnings, and ongoing pain from your injuries. In an effort to pursue compensation for these damages as quickly as possible, you might be tempted to forgo hiring a lawyer. This is rarely a good idea. While you have the right to settle a car accident without a lawyer, without legal representation you run the risk of settling for substantially less than what you deserve and are entitled to receive. A settlement without legal representation may mean having to pay future damages out of pocket or suffering from chronic physical injuries without being adequately compensated.
A Lawyer Can Deal with the At-Fault Party for You
There were over 66,000 car accidents in New York City in 2014, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, you might be wondering how you will recover fair and just money damages for your physical injuries, unpaid medical bills, and lost earnings. One way is to make a claim for compensation.
After your accident, you may be contacted by a representative from the at-fault party’s insurance company seeking a quick resolution of your claim. You should be careful about discussing your claim without a lawyer representing you. You may believe that you are accepting a fair resolution of your claim without knowing the full extent or true value of your injuries and other economic damages. On the other hand, if you consult with the qualified and experienced personal injury attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates before you agree to accept a settlement offer, we can advise you if you are acting in your best interests instead of the best interests of the insurance company or at-fault party.
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You Need to Know the Damages at Stake for Compensation
If you were seriously injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to begin a personal injury lawsuit. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are several kinds of compensation that you may be entitled to. However, in personal injury and wrongful death cases, most damages fall under two categories. These two types are economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover whatever monetary losses you sustained from the accident or your injuries. They may include:
- Lost wages for when you could not work due to your injuries
- Future loss of income or pension benefits
- Unpaid medical costs for treatment, medicines, surgeries, and any other medical care
- Funeral costs if your loved one passed away due to the accident and you had to pay for the funeral services
- Any other out of pocket expenses you incurred
Non-economic damages cover physical or mental harm you experienced as a result of your accident or injuries. They may include:
- Pain and suffering, which include physical pain and emotional anguish
- Reduced quality of life if your injuries interfere with your ability to socialize and engage in your favorite activities
- Loss of consortium if you lost a loved one and can no longer turn to them for guidance, support, affection, and so forth
Advice to Follow if You Were Involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, the steps you take afterward can have a significant impact on the strength of your claim. Follow this advice if possible:
- Call the police
- Request that a police or incident report be completed
- Obtain the names and contact information of all witnesses
- Receive medical attention immediately
- Follow all medical instructions
- Do not give any statements to the at-fault party’s representatives
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident and vehicle damage
- Do not post any photographs or statements about the accident on social media
- Contact a lawyer as soon as possible
After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, you will need to focus on your medical treatment and recovery. Besides your physical injuries, you may be dealing with questions about how you are going to resume your daily routine, pay your bills, and return to work. When you retain our services, we will take care of investigating and building a strong case for you so that you can focus on getting better. We will not resolve your claim until we have a clear picture of the full extent of your injuries, financial damages, and the effect of those injuries in the future. Without an attorney, you would be at a disadvantage in making this evaluation. With the Dansker & Aspromonte Associates team by your side, we will fight for you so that you can be confident you are receiving the financial compensation you deserve.
Our Legal Consultation Is Free
If you want to know your rights following a motor vehicle accident, contact the lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys are standing by to hear from you. Contact us at (212) 732-2929. Since 1988, we have been fighting for injury victims just like you.
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There Are Time Limits for Filing a Claim After a Motor Vehicle Accident
In order to receive all of the benefits and financial compensation that you are entitled to following a motor vehicle accident, you must ensure that your claim is filed by a certain deadline. If you fail to file your claim by this deadline, you may be forever barred from receiving the benefits and compensation you deserve. Don’t delay. If we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We only receive a legal fee unless you receive compensation. Call us today at (212) 732-2929.