If you get injured in an accident, that check from the insurance company might look quite paltry compared to all of the expenses that you have recently incurred. If you believe that someone else caused your accident, then you should seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can help you fight for fair and reasonable compensation that reimburses you for all kinds of costs stemming from this accident.
What Type of Compensation Can I Sue For?
When you sue for damages after an accident, you can receive compensation that covers all sorts of expenses. Fair compensation should help you cover:
Medical expenses: Even if you have good insurance, medical bills can easily begin to pile up after an accident. Why should you have to pay all of these bills when an accident was someone else’s fault? Your compensation should help you cover the cost of any doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications. If you will need future care and physical therapy, that should also be considered when fair compensation is calculated.
Lost wages: An accident can keep you out of work for a while. Those missed paychecks can begin to cause financial trouble for your family, so it just makes sense that your compensation should cover those lost wages as well.
Loss of earning potential: If you are going to have lasting problems due to your injuries, that could affect your ability to work. Whether you will no longer be able to work in the same industry or you need to cut back how long you work each week, that reduction in your future earnings needs to be addressed.
Property damage: If any of your property was damaged in an accident, your compensation should help cover it. Whether your car is damaged from a collision or your smartphone was destroyed in a pedestrian accident, your compensation should help cover replacement or repair costs.
Can I Sue for Pain and Suffering?
You can also sue for damages that help make up for your past and future pain and suffering. An accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if it disables or disfigures you. Your mental health cannot be ignored when compensation is calculated.
How Long Do I Have to Pursue Compensation?
In New York, you have three years to begin pursuing legal action after an accident. If you wait too long, you lose your chance to sue for damages.
Can I Still Receive Compensation If I Am Partially At Fault?
Yes, New York uses a comparative negligence system when awarding compensation. So you can sue and win even if you are deemed to be partially at fault for the accident. If you win $200,000, but it is determined that you were 30% responsible for the accident, then your awards are reduced by 30% to $140,000.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are ready to learn more about your legal options and the compensation that you may be entitled to, contact Zlotolow & Associates. We can schedule a consultation for you and talk to you about the potential value of your case.