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What to do After Being Injured in a Car Accident
A serious car crash can change your entire life in an instant. Because getting back on your feet physically, financially, and emotionally is often tremendously challenging, most attorneys will tell you that the sooner you initiate a personal injury claim for a car accident, the better.
Why you should take the first step sooner rather than later.
As time goes by, memories fade, and important evidence may no longer be available. Every state has their own time limits (statutes of limitations) so it's always important to begin building your case as soon as possible. As an example, in New York, the statue of limitations for car accident claims is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file within that time limit, you will not be able to recover compensation.
Understanding what you are entitled to.
In New York, insurance covers medical treatment, lost wages and additional expenses. New York State also has a ‘serious injury’ rule. This rule states that if New York State deems that your injuries are sufficiently serious enough to warrant an exemption from the no-fault rule, you are permitted to sue the party who is to blame for the accident. These types of injuries include death, bone fractures, dismemberment, permanently damaged organs, members or system, significant disfigurement, terminated pregnancy and any injury that results in an inability to perform the normal activities of daily life for a minimum of three out of six months following the accident.
Holding negligent individuals accountable.
You may not initially understand the severity of your injuries, or realize that you have a viable accident claim. In order to hold the negligent party accountable you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. Filing a lawsuit, handling medical bills, and collecting evidence is time consuming and can be complicated- but you don’t need to tackle it all on your own. We have effectively representing clients in personal injury claims for decades. We have a vast array of resources and our attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Click here to view recent results. Click here to contact us today.