Rockville Centre Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury cases result from many types of accidents, but there is one thread connecting them all. Another party, whether an individual, company, government agency or other entity, is primarily responsible for the incident. If you were hurt due to another party’s negligence, seeking out a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible may make all the difference.
The Rockville Centre personal injury lawyers of Douglas and London will fight for your rights and work with you every step of the way to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. While most cases are settled, we will go to trial, when necessary.
The better the documentation, the easier to prove a personal injury case. Good documentation includes taking photos or videos of the accident scene and all injuries as soon as possible. If the victim is too badly injured to document the scene, a friend or relative should do so right away. File a police report, and get contact information for any witnesses. Police might obtain surveillance video from nearby commercial or other properties that might document the accident itself.
Seek immediate medical attention
Not all serious injuries are apparent immediately. Even if you do not appear badly hurt initially, seeking prompt medical attention is crucial. Failure to do so might mean the insurer of the at-fault party will claim the injuries are not that serious –or perhaps they occurred under different circumstances.
Follow the advice of the doctor or other healthcare provider. Not following doctor’s orders, or following some of them but not others, can also harm your injury claim. Keep receipts for all treatments, prescription and over-the-counter medication, and anything to do with your claim’s medical and other expenses.
Consult an attorney before agreeing to a settlement
After an accident, the insurance company for the at-fault party will usually contact the victim to make a settlement offer. While the insurance adjuster’s offer might initially sound generous, do not agree to a settlement without consulting an attorney. It is in the insurance company’s interest to settle for as little as possible, and once a settlement is made, it is not re-negotiable.
A personal injury lawyer knows the amount of a fair settlement for their client, who often does not realize the true cost of their long-term recovery based on their prognosis. The lawyer negotiates with the insurance company to arrive at a fair settlement offer, always working aggressively in the client’s interests.
New York statute of limitations
In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case is three years from the date of the accident. However, if any form of government entity is responsible for the injury, the statute of limitations is a mere 90 days.
If the person succumbs to their injuries, the personal representative of their estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the death date.
Contact Rockville Centre personal injury lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously hurt because of another party’s negligence, the services of an experienced personal injury attorney at Douglas and London could be an essential element in helping you get your life back on track. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us 24/7. There is no fee unless we win.