Steps For a Pedestrian to Take When Injured in An Accident
If you are physically able to at the scene of the accident, try to take photographs of the location of the accident as well as of the vehicle involved. Try to see if there are any videos in the vicinity which may have captured the accident. See if you can obtain the names and addresses of any witnesses.
Often, the police will obtain the relevant information at the scene of the accident. If you were injured enough to have been rushed to the hospital from the scene of the accident, an officer will visit you at the hospital to obtain your information. It’s important to be as detailed as possible when speaking to the police after an accident, as to who was at fault and also as to what injuries you suffered.
The police officer will give you an accident number and tell you that you can pick up the completed report in a few days at the precinct where the accident occurred. Your lawyer will always want to see this report. It is also important to pick up the police report when it is ready at the precinct as later it may become difficult to obtain.
You must submit a claim form to file for your no-fault benefits within thirty (30) days of the accident. On the police report you will find a code for the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you which tells you what company to file your no-fault claim form with. Most claim forms can be obtained on line.
The “no fault" law, provides that you are entitled to up to $50,000 in compensation for your medical bills and lost wages
If you have suffered what the law defines as a “serious injury” then you may sue for you non-economic damages which includes your pain and suffering. The pain and suffering award is generally the largest part of any damages.
Although you will be submitting your medical bills to the no-fault insurance company that is paying them, it is still very important for your attorney to have copies of all of your medical bills.
Once you have brought a motor vehicle pedestrian accident case, your attorney, as well as the other sides attorney, will both need to obtain all of your medical records. It is important for you to have the names and addresses of all the doctors that you have been treated by for the injuries you suffered in the accident.
We have heard from many of our clients that almost immediately after their accident they were contacted by the vehicles’ insurance company and offered a quick settlement. Beware, do not sign anything until you have at least spoken to and consulted with an experienced New York City pedestrian injury attorney.
In the first instance you do not know what your injuries are valued in a lawsuit and even more importantly you are probably still healing and do not, as of yet, know the severity or permanency of your injuries.
Once you consult with an attorney and relate the offer that was made to settle your case without a lawsuit being filed a reputable attorney will advise you to accept the offer if that is the right thing for you to do, and will advise you not to settle, but rather to start a lawsuit, if your injuries are serious enough to warrant and the settlement offer is too low.
At Jaroslawicz & Jaros we believe you should not settle for less than you are entitled to and if the insurance company won’t pay you fairly, we are prepared to take legal action on your behalf.
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for both your past and future damages, including:
All of these factors have to be taken into account and dealt with by your attorney in trying to maximize your recovery. That is why this type of personal injury litigation often requires that experts be retained to properly support the case, including possibly experts to prove liability, who would be persons with expertise in accident reconstruction, as well as doctors such as orthopedists, neurologists, radiologists, pain management and rehabilitation experts who can explain the extent and severity of the injuries to the court and jury.
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If you or a loved one was a pedestrian in a motor vehicle-related accident that has resulted in serious physical injuries and are in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros in New York.
The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.
At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.
The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. Since all New York personal injury law firms generally charge the same legal fee why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?
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