Ridgewood Personal Injury Lawyers
Serious and life-threatening injuries can happen anywhere– even in Queens Community District 5. When you or a loved one have suffered harm, through little to no fault of your own, a personal injury lawyer can help. Douglas and London Ridgewood personal injury lawyerswill collect evidence, investigate, and build a substantial case on your behalf, without charging a single cent upfront. We work on a contingency basis only, meaning that you pay us nothing unless we recover compensation and put money into your pocket! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from contacting a legal representative for a free consultation.
Personal Injury Compensatory Damages
New Yorkers can sue for economic damages. Economic or compensatory damages are designed to reimburse you for tangible, financial losses. You may be eligible to collect repayment for medical bill payments, lost paychecks from taking time off work to recover, home modifications like stair ramps or special bathtubs to accommodate a recent disability, or out-of-pocket prescription and rehabilitation costs. It helps to have an experienced personal injury attorney who can justify your expenses as perfectly reasonable and secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Can I Sue For Pain and Suffering in New York?
New York also allows injured victims to collect non-economic damages like “pain and suffering,” with no limitations placed on how much a person can collect. While “pain and suffering” are often linked together in one phrase, there are two separate damages included – the physical pain suffered, as well as the mental suffering.
Money cannot replace everything. What price tag does one place on physical pain, the death of a loved one, or the loss of enjoyment in life? The answer is not easy, but the courts make a good faith attempt to arrive at a reasonable dollar amount. One approach is to use a formula that multiplies the actual damages times by 1-5x. The more severe or debilitating the injury is, the higher the multiplier. So, for instance, if you became permanently disabled in a wheelchair following a car accident and had $500,000 in medical bills, the courts may multiply by 5 to come up with “pain and suffering” damages of $2.5 million.
Another approach involves a “per diem” method that multiplies your daily work earnings by the number of days you spent in pain from the accident. This type of calculation is more likely for injuries from which a person recovers fully, rather than life-long disabilities. So, for example, if you were a nurse making $350 a day involved in a car accident that required five months of recovery, you could expect $52,500 for “pain and suffering.”
What Damages Are Awarded for Wrongful Death?
If you are a family member grieving the loss of a loved one, you may be able to file a survival cause of action and a wrongful death lawsuit to demand justice. A survival cause of action pays the decedent’s estate for wrongs committed against them – the cost of medical bills, the pain and suffering, and punitive damages leveled at the defendant for gross negligence or misconduct. A wrongful death lawsuit compensates a spouse, dependent children, or rightful heirs for losses of companionship, guidance, financial support, and household services, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Where to Find Ridgewood Personal Injury Lawyers
The law office of Douglas and London is located 36 minutes away, just over the Williamsburg Bridge. Ridgewood personal injury lawyersare available to take your call, any time 24/7. An exploration of your full set of legal options begins with a free consultation. You can trust in our decades’ worth of personal injury victories and our award-winning dedication to our clients.