Nobody asks for it. Not a single person wakes up in the morning and decides: “I think I will get in a car accident today!” But unfortunately it happens. And when it does happen, chances are that your life will be changed forever.
Making a bad situation worse, the rest of the world will not stop moving forward simply because you are injured. Whether you have suffered spinal injuries or a broken bone, your rent or mortgage payment will still be due on the first of the month. The cable, telephone, gas and electric companies do not care that you haven’t been able to work.
Brooklyn Car Accident Attorney
When you are involved in a car accident here in New York City you may be able to make three different types of claims:
- Property Damage
- Injuries or Pain and Suffering
New York City No Fault Attorney
The most important thing to deal with up front is your claim for no-fault benefits. Here in New York, no-fault is essentially health insurance for people who are injured in car accidents. This means that your medical bills related to the car accident will be paid through no fault. You are also entitled to get repaid for time lost from work as well as out-of-pocket expenses for transportation and prescriptions.
In order to qualify for no-fault benefits you must file an application within 30 days of the accident. Once filed, the benefits are available to you regardless of how the accident happened or who is at fault. Our office handles the filing of this application and helps process any additional claims for lost wages while making sure your medical bills are placed in line for payment.
Brooklyn Property Damage Lawyer
Equally as important in the immediate aftermath of an accident is the claim for property damage. For many people their vehicle is their lifeline. You may bring your claim for property damage against the vehicle that caused the accident, or with your own insurance company (if you have collision coverage). You may also be entitled to a rental vehicle as well as payment of your towing and storage bills following the accident.
New York Serious Injury Attorney
The final claim is for pain and suffering. Here in New York you must prove that you have sustained a serious injury before you can recover any money for a car accident. This is because our legislature provided no-fault benefits which theoretically pay all of your medical bills, lost wages an out-of-pocket expenses.
As you might imagine, the theory behind the no-fault law and the reality of how it plays out in your life don’t always match. For this reason you need representation who can help you establish your claim for injuries with strong medical proof and documentary evidence.