Injured in a Car Accident

Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated on Sunday, Mar 24, 2024

If you or someone you know suffered an injury in a car accident there are two important things you need to be aware of:

  • You are entitled to receive No Fault benefits: and
  • You may have the right to also bring a suit to recover from your pain and suffering.

No Fault benefits:

You are entitled to receive these benefits whether the accident was your fault or the other driver’s fault. That is why it is called “No Fault”. These benefits will pay for the ambulance, if one was called, the Hospital bill, if you went to the emergency room or were admitted to the hospital, for your subsequent doctor visits, medication, diagnostic testing and physical therapy as well as some of your lost wages.

However, you MUST send in your claim form to the insurance company for your No-Fault benefits within thirty days (30) days of the accident or you may lose your benefits.

Suing for pain and suffering:

To sue to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, then, “fault”, or what lawyers call “liability” must be established, and you must also have suffered what the law defines as a “serious physical injury”.

For example, if you were a pedestrian struck by a car, was the accident the car’s fault? Were you crossing with the light? Were you crossing at the crosswalk? Was it a child who ran into the street between two (2) cars?

If the accident involves two (2) vehicles, whose fault was the collision? Which car had the right of way? What color was the light?

Since there are many types of car accidents and too many different possibilities as to how accidents can occur to try and discuss them all in this article, the important point to remember is that you can only be compensated if you can prove that the other vehicle was either entirely, or at least partially, at fault for the accident.

In New York, even if the Court or jury finds that the accident was partially your fault, then fault would be allocated on a percentage basis and you are still entitled to be compensated for your injuries, based on that percentage that was not your fault. It is not all or nothing.

After the issue of “liability” is decided then you need to be aware that in New York, before you can sue to be compensated for your pain and suffering, you must also have suffered what is called a “serious physical injury”, as that term is defined by the law of New York. This law was passed in an effort to eliminate what are called “whiplash” cases with relatively minor injuries.

Other issues you should be aware of are:

There are different rules that apply to drivers and passengers as to who may be sued to recover for their injuries. The passenger can sue both cars involved, as they cannot be considered to have been at fault for the accident.

What insurance coverage will there be in your case to pay for your injuries? How many insurance policies are there? Do you have Underinsurance? Is there an Umbrella policy?

Because even a simple car accident can raise so many issues it is important to hire an attorney as quickly as possible. The reason it is important to act quickly is that in today’s world often there are videos that filmed the accident that may be helpful to your case. Witnesses need to be identified and interviewed. The accident scene needs to be inspected and skid marks photographed. The cars may need to be inspected and photographed to document their damage. Police reports need to be obtained. Unfortunately, videos get erased and witnesses may be hard to find. The sooner an investigation is begun the more likelihood it will be to be helpful. If the accident is serious enough accident reconstruction experts may also be needed to explain whose fault the accident was based on the evidence.

Now you can see why it is important to hire a personal injury attorney with the experience you need to handle your case and to prove both “liability” and the “damages”.

You need an attorney who can obtain your past and present medical records, and hire the right doctors and experts to come to Court to testify for you and explain your injury to the jury if your case goes to trial. Medical reports need to be obtained that explain your injuries and also what the future holds for you: What will your health be like in the future as a result of your injury and what medical care will you need for the rest of your life?

If you will be unable to work in the future as a result of the injury, then, an economist may be needed to come to Court to explain your past, as well as your future, projected loss of earnings.

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