Bay Ridge Car Accident Lawyer
Because of the actions of an irresponsible driver, your world can be turned upside down in an instant. A car accident can leave you with serious injuries, large and ongoing medical bills, the inability to work, and fear about how you will pay your rent and mortgage and put food on the table. You do not have to go through this ordeal alone.
A personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London will fight to hold the motorist responsible for your injuries accountable. Our skilled lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients suffering serious car accident injuries.
Do not wait too long
Perhaps you know that the statute of limitations in New York for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the accident date. It is understandable that you might want to initially focus on recovery after an accident, figuring there is plenty of time available to seek legal assistance. For practical purposes, that is not a good idea.
Insurance adjusters will contact you shortly after the crash. Never give a statement to an adjuster before obtaining legal advice, and certainly do not agree to any settlement amount. Without a lawyer, the insurance company will probably try to undervalue your claim, or even deny it completely.
Not only can a lawyer start settlement negotiations on your behalf, with the likelihood of a much better result since the insurance company knows the victim has an aggressive attorney in his or her corner, but the attorney can also launch an investigation into the circumstances of the crash as soon as possible. Sometimes, an injured party may think they were primarily at fault for an accident, but an investigation may show that another driver was liable.
Keep in mind that the time limits for filing claims are much shorter, just 90 days, if the other vehicle in the accident belonged to a government agency. If you were involved with an accident with a Port Authority bus, for example, failing to file a claim within that short timeframe could mean the loss of the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Car accident damages
In New York, compensation for car accident injuries, known as damages, may include:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
An attorney knows a reasonable settlement amount for the type of injuries endured by the client, including the long-term care needs for those disabled permanently.
Contact a Bay Ridge car accident lawyerIf a negligent or reckless driver has caused you great harm, a Bay Ridge car accident lawyer at Douglas and London can protect your rights and help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. To arrange a free consultation, call us today or use our online contact form. Our consultations are available in English or Spanish. After reviewing the circumstances of your case, we will let you know your legal options going forward. As we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win.