In 2009, there were almost 315,000 motor vehicle accidents throughout the state of New York. In New York City, over 260 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents, and another 72,000 were injured. While these numbers are staggering, it does not mean that every accident will lead to a personal injury lawsuit.
If you are the victim of another person’s negligence or carelessness, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim; for personal injury cases seeking damages for pain and suffering to be successful, there must be three elements present: injury, liability and coverage.
A personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether the three elements are present and whether you should pursue your personal injury claim.
Were you injured? Did the accident cause your injury? An attorney can help you file a claim with the insurance company so you can receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages under New York’s no-fault insurance law. But that compensation is often not enough to cover the cost of permanent injuries or disabilities and pain and suffering. That’s where a personal injury lawsuit against another party comes in.
Who caused the accident? Who is responsible for paying damages? Were you injured because of the negligence of another? If you can determine that a third party was responsible for your accident, and you received a permanent disability or pain and suffering as a result, then you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
At Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, P.C., we are experienced in determining who caused an accident and who is responsible for paying damages.
Even once you have determined that your injuries resulted in a loss and they were caused due to the negligence of another, the question remains whether the other party had insurance. An attorney can help you determine if there is coverage available to actually pay for your damages.