Jackson Heights Car Accident Lawyer
The car accident itself lasted seconds. Repercussions from the crash may affect you and your family for months, years, or even the rest of your lives. While you struggle to recover and obtain some semblance of normality, your medical bills are skyrocketing, and your other bills are piling up as well because you’re not working, due to your injury. If the accident occurred because of another driver’s recklessness or negligence, help is available.
A Jackson Heights personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered more than $4 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
What to do after a car accident
If you are badly hurt, there is often little you can do after an accident. However, if able, use your phone to video or photograph the scene– record your injuries, damage to vehicles, road conditions, skid marks, or any other evidence relating to the crash. Get the insurance and contact information of the driver and the witness contact information.
Always seek medical treatment after a car accident, even if you do not think you were seriously injured. Not all injuries are apparent right after a collision when adrenalin levels are high.
What not to do after a car accident
Avoid posting any information regarding the accident on social media. Insurance companies will examine this and may use it against you, perhaps alleging your injuries are not as serious as you claim or that you were at fault for the crash.
Do not give a statement to the insurance company before consulting an attorney. They want to pay as little as possible in claims– that is how they earn their money. An experienced lawyer knows a fair settlement amount for the type of injuries the client received and the long-term prognosis.
New York statute of limitations
Every state imposes a limit on the filing of a personal injury lawsuit, and in New York, that statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. If a person succumbs to their injuries, the personal representative of the estate has two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Even though it may take time to recover from your injuries, do not wait to obtain legal counsel. The sooner an attorney can start investigating the circumstances of the collision, the better.
Car accident damages
In New York, damages, or compensation, for car accidents may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
New York is unusual in that it is one of the few states with no cap on damages for personal injury.
Contact our team of Jackson Heights car accident lawyers
If you were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident resulting from another driver’s negligence, you need the services of an experienced car accident attorney at Douglas and London. Call or text us 24/7 or contact us via our online form to arrange a free consultation. While most cases are settled, we will go to trial when necessary. We work on contingency, so there is never a fee unless we win.