Astoria Car Accident Lawyer

There were a lot of things you took for granted before another driver’s actions resulted in serious injuries from a car crash. You were able to engage in normal activities, such as biking or running, able to work for a living, and pay your bills on time. You were able to care for your loved ones. But all that has changed because an irresponsible driver took all of that away from you, and you do not know if you will ever be the same. The road to recovery has been long and hard, and all your bills are piling up.

An Astoria personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London can hold those responsible for your injuries liable and help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. The overwhelming majority of cases are settled, but we will go to trial when necessary.

Car accident injuries

Many people recover from their car accident injuries relatively quickly and go back to their regular lives. For some car accident victims, however, the effects of the injuries are long-term or permanent. Serious car accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Head trauma
  • Internal organ damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Loss of vision
  • Spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis

New York statute of limitations

In New York, a person injured in a car accident must file a personal injury lawsuit within three years. There are exceptions to this time period, however. If the vehicle involved in the accident is owned by a government agency, such as a city bus or a municipal garbage truck, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is much shorter– just 90 days from the incident. After filing the claim, there is a limit of one year plus 90 days in which to bring a lawsuit.

Unfortunately, some car accident victims succumb to their injuries. In these situations, the personal representative of the estate has two years from the death date in which to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Car accident damages

In the legal world, compensation for injuries is known as damages. In New York, damages for car accident injuries may include:

  • Medical bills, current and future
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of income if unable to work
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lower quality of life

In a wrongful death case, damages may include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses relating to the accident
  • Loss of income for financial dependents
  • Loss of support and services

New York does not put a cap on the amount of damages an injured party may receive.

Contact Astoria car accident lawyers

When you are the victim of serious injuries caused by a reckless or negligent driver, a car accident attorney at Douglas and London can help. Call or text us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Over the past two decades, our experienced attorneys have recovered more than $4 billion for clients in settlements and verdicts. We are with you every step of the way. We work on a contingency basis, so there is never a fee unless we win.