If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt due to another individual or company’s negligence, you should not try to fight deep-pocketed insurers on your own. The insurance company’s goal is to pay you as little as possible after an accident. And they will fight fiercely to protect their profits ─ at the expense of your health.
Scott Zlotolow and his dedicated team of Bronx personal injury lawyers have been successfully advocating for the rights of accident victims and their families for more than 20 years. Our seasoned legal team aggressively pursues full and fair compensation for:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost income, including any reduction in your earning capacity
- Property damage, such as repairs or replacement for your vehicle
- Pain and suffering damages
- Funeral and burial expenses in cases involving wrongful death
Don’t let the insurance company and its lawyers deny your claim or pressure you into accepting less than what you deserve. Contact our Bronx personal injury lawyers for a free consultation about your accident claim now. We will protect your rights under New York personal injury law and fight for the justice you deserve.
When Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
Under New York personal injury law, accident victims should be compensated if their injuries are caused by a person’s or entity’s:
- Negligence (careless disregard for risk to another)
- Recklessness (utter disregard for whether intentional acts put others at risk)
- Intent to cause harm
In other cases, the law recognizes a defendant’s “strict liability,” such as in cases of manufacturing unsafe consumer products or in abnormally dangerous activities, like exposing individuals to toxic substances.
In to prove that you deserve compensation for significant injuries suffered in an accident, you will need experienced legal assistance. Insurance coverage, such as auto liability or business liability insurance, is meant to pay for accident claims. However, these for-profit insurance companies will do everything in their power to keep payouts low.
At Zlotolow & Associates, we are aggressive negotiators and skilled litigators. Our Bronx personal injury lawyer will build a strong case for compensation by:
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your accident and injuries
- Identifying all parties legally responsible (liable) for your accident and injuries
- Fully documenting your costs, losses, pain and suffering
- Fighting insurers for all of the compensation you are entitled to receive
Our objective as your personal injury attorneys will be to ensure you do not face a financial burden because of your accident. You should never be left with debt due to someone else’s mistake.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation discussion of your legal options for pursuing justice in a personal injury claim.
What Is Your Personal Injury Claim Worth?
It is not possible to say exactly what your claim is worth right from the start. However, our Bronx personal injury attorneys will work to calculate all of your past, present, and projected costs associated with the accident.
Among the costs and losses for which we may seek “damages,” or compensation, in a personal injury claim, the primary compensable loss is typically due to medical costs. This may include:
- Ambulance and/or emergency room treatment
- Medication (prescribed and over-the-counter)
- Rehabilitative counseling (physical, vocational, occupational)
- Psychological counseling
When injuries lead to disability or long-term recovery, we work with experts who create life care plans, which detail projections of medical and personal care needs and costs for those with catastrophic injuries.
Further, we do not overlook the accident-related medical needs of close family members. Witnessing a loved one’s death, catastrophic injury, or lingering disability and decline can cause emotional shock, depression, or other psychological harm. The costs of counseling to help cope with a loved one’s injuries or death are part of a proper personal injury or wrongful death claim.
The next largest losses are typically in income during recovery or because injures result in disability and a diminished earning capacity. We work with financial consultants to develop a full accounting of income losses due to unrealized earnings, which may include lost salary or wages, the value of lost fringe benefits, and unrealized income increases from longevity raises, promotion, or other career advancement.
To help calculate your losses, we will work with you and/or family members to keep a journal about your recovery, including progress and setbacks, and the impact your injuries have on your daily life. Maintaining a record of your physical and emotional journey after an accident will demonstrate your pain and suffering.
Statutes of Limitations on New York Personal Injury Claims
The State of New York imposes deadlines on personal injury claims through statutes of limitations, after which a claim may not be pursued. Because these cases are typically complex and time-consuming to develop, it is best to meet with a knowledgeable Bronx personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a serious accident.
Insurance companies have various obstruction and delay tactics they can deploy in hopes of pushing a case up against the statute of limitations.
Additional factors may affect the ability to pursue a claim for you for better or worse, but N.Y. statutes of limitations generally include deadlines for:
- Personal injury — 3 years
- Claims against a local government, public authority, or public benefit corporation — 1 year and 90 days
- Medical, dental, or podiatric malpractice — 2 years and 6 months
- Property damage — 3 years
- Injury from rape or other sexual offense — 5 years
Regardless of when your accident occurred, there’s no need to let your questions about the potential for a claim go unanswered. Contact Zlotolow & Associates now to schedule an initial legal consultation that is absolutely free of cost and further obligation.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
Our personal injury attorneys in the Bronx handle a wide range of cases, including:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
- Premises Liability Claims
- Product Liability Claims
- Medical Malpractice
- Dangerous Medications
- Defective Medical Devices
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Wrongful Death
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys in The Bronx Today
At Zlotolow & Associates, our team will fight fiercely to stop insurance companies from taking advantage and short-changing you after an accident. Contact our dedicated personal injury law firm now to learn how we can help with your claim.
Our attorneys will seek the maximum compensation available with the goal of full financial recovery from the unjust harm you have suffered. Call or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today. In addition to helping clients with their personal injury cases in the Bronx, we also service Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York City, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, and Suffolk.