Automobile Accidents

What to do if you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident

Medical Treatment

If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, you should seek treatment IMMEDIATELY by going to a HOSPITAL. Often, victims of car accidents don’t seek medical treatment until more serious complications develop. The onset of pain can begin anywhere from immediately after an accident up to several days after an accident. You should make sure to tell the doctors at the hospital everything that is causing you any pain or discomfort. Follow any and all instructions the doctors give you. Insurance companies will use any non-compliance with medical treatment against you in evaluating your case. Most importantly, you have only 30 days to file a No-Fault application for medical benefits after the date of accident. Consult with your New York Personal Injury Attorney immediately for a free consultation.

Do not speak to any insurance adjusters before contacting your New York personal injury attorney

Often insurance companies seek to resolve your case before you can consult with a New York Personal Injury Attorney. Do not make any statements to any insurance adjusters, as they are seeking to diminish any possible exposure they may have. Often, injuries do not manifest completely until several years after an accident. By signing a release or statement about your accident or injuries without the consent of your New York Attorney, you may be signing away your rights and/or forever diminishing the potential value of your case.

Record Keeping

Take PHOTOGRAPHS of the accident scene (including photos of both vehicles and damages) and of any visible injuries. A picture speaks a thousand words in terms of settlement purposes and if the case proceeds to trial before a jury. Keep a personal journal of any doctors you visit, prescriptions, receipts, and any symptoms you are exhibiting. If there are any witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their names, addresses, and phone number. This will aid your New York Personal Injury Attorney in maximizing the potential value of your case.

Keep in mind there is a strict and limited time period for you to make a claim for personal injuries. Contact your new york personal injury attorney now for a free consultation!

The initial moments after an accident are critical. Often, in New York State, clients should file a No-Fault claim within thirty (30) days of their accident. No-Fault allows clients to recover a portion of their lost wages and medical expenses arising from the accident. While this process may seem daunting to clients who have just undergone a traumatic accident, our firm will provide you with the assistance you require during this difficult time.

In New York, the statute of limitations to bring a claim against responsible parties for a personal injury is typically three (3) years. However, there are cases in which the statute of limitations is much shorter, such as with cases against municipalities.    In order to determine whether you have a potential case and to preserve your rights, please contact us for a free initial consultation to determine how best to help you in the aftermath of your accident.

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