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Bronx Personal Injury Attorneys
Accidents happen every day in the Bronx, and they are usually preventable. Most accidents are caused by the negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing of another person. After an accident, victims are left with physical, financial, and emotional challenges for months, or even years. Sometimes, victims never make a full recovery. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another person, request a free consultation with an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney from Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. today.
All personal injury law focuses on helping accident victims recover compensation for their injuries. However, personal injury is a broad term that refers to many different types of claims. Our experienced attorneys are well versed in many different areas of personal injury law, including but not limited to:
Any time someone is injured through the fault of someone else, they should speak to a Bronx personal injury attorney who can help them through the claims process.
Damages Available in Personal Injury Claims
No one can determine how much compensation a person will receive from their personal injury claim without first fully reviewing the facts of the case. New York law allows accident victims to claim both economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages have an actual dollar value and include losses such as medical expenses and lost income.
- Non-economic damages do not have an actual dollar value, so they are more difficult to calculate. Pain and suffering, for instance, is a common type of non-economic loss.
An experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer will understand the full amount of damages available in any accident case. Your attorney will also know to include not only the current losses in the claim but future losses as well. This ensures that you will never be left paying out-of-pocket for the financial costs associated with your case.
Comparative Negligence in New York
Accident cases sometimes involve two or more negligent parties. When this is the case, anyone who contributed to the accident can be held liable for paying compensation.
New York is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that anyone can claim compensation for injuries caused by another person’s negligence, even if they were mostly to blame for the accident. If one of the parties is found negligent, they are assigned a percentage of fault. Any compensation they are awarded is then reduced by that same percentage.
For example, a pedestrian may cross a street using a crosswalk while texting on their phone. A driver may hit them and claim the pedestrian was also negligent because they were not paying attention to the road. In this instance, it is possible that the pedestrian would be assigned a percentage of fault. If the pedestrian’s percentage of fault is determined to be ten percent, any compensation they are entitled to would be reduced by ten percent.
The Personal Injury Claims Process
The personal injury claims process is often intimidating and complex for those that have never been through it. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the process and reassure you that there is help available.
At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, a personal injury lawyer will first determine if you have a case during a free consultation. If you do, we will then file your case and take care of the necessary paperwork.
We will then collect other important types of evidence, including medical records, police reports, witness statements, and more.
Once a personal injury lawyer has built a strong case for you, they will then enter into negotiations with the negligent party or their insurance company. Most personal injury cases are settled during this time. If the insurance company offers a fair settlement and you accept it, the case will not go to trial and you will not have to appear in court. You should never accept an insurance settlement before speaking to a lawyer, however. An attorney can advise on whether the settlement offer is fair and if you should accept it.
If the negligent party or their insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement offer, your lawyer may then advise you to take the case to trial. Although there is no guarantee on how much a judge or jury will award in your case, going to trial is sometimes the only way to recover the fair compensation you deserve.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
You are not required to work with a personal injury attorney when filing a claim. However, it is strongly recommended that you do. The personal injury process is complicated. If you go through it alone, you could make one small mistake that could negatively impact your claim. You may also not claim all the compensation you deserve—if you learn later that you need more in damages, you cannot go back and claim more.
While you focus on your recovery, a personal injury lawyer will work tirelessly on your behalf to collect evidence, collaborate with experts, and gather your medical records. A lawyer will build a strong case to ensure you receive the full amount of damages you deserve while also ensuring you do not miss any deadlines that could hurt your case.
Get Legal Help Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident caused by a negligent party, our Bronx personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to help with your case. At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., we know what evidence to collect to prove your case and will take care of all the legwork while you focus on getting better. Our attorneys are also skilled negotiators that will hold the at-fault party or their insurance company accountable for paying the maximum damages you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.