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An accident can change your life in just a moment. The injuries sustained may cause medical bills to pile up, and you may not be able to return to work again to pay for them. After a severe accident, you may not even be able to return to the same type of work ever again. At this critical time, the insurance company is not your friend. They may offer a settlement, but it will likely not be enough to fully cover the cost of your injuries. An experienced Queens, NY personal injury attorney from Silberstein, Awad & Miklos can help you recover the maximum damages you deserve. Request a free consultation with us today.
Accidents can happen in any number of ways, but there are some that are more common than others. Our attorneys at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos have experience with various types of personal injury claims including but not limited to:
While New York is a no-fault auto insurance state, there are still times you may have to file a claim directly against a negligent driver. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Truck accident claims are not the same as car accident claims. Trucks are larger, the injuries sustained are typically more serious in nature, and a claim may involve multiple liable parties.
Motorcyclists do not have a great deal of protection when they are on the road. When they are involved in a crash, the injuries sustained are some of the most serious.
Motorists and their passengers are not the only people who get hurt on the road. Drivers do not always watch for pedestrians, and when they crash into them, it is always the pedestrian that sustains the worst injuries.
All property owners in Queens are expected to keep their property in a safe condition. When they fail to do this and someone becomes injured in a slip and fall or other type of accident, they can hold the property owner liable.
Consumers use products every day expecting them to be safe. When products such as vehicle brake systems, kitchen appliances, and medication are unsafe, they can cause very serious injuries.
Patients visit doctors when they need treatment for an illness or injury. When a healthcare professional’s negligence results in further harm, the patient can hold them liable through a medical malpractice claim.
Staff members who abuse or neglect nursing home residents cause immense harm. Residents and their loved ones can hold the negligent parties liable when this occurs.
Accidents are sometimes so severe that victims do not survive them. In these cases, loved ones can hold negligent parties liable through a wrongful death claim and recover damages for their losses, as well as those incurred by the deceased’s estate.
These are just a few of the most common types of personal injury claims. If you have been in an accident that was caused by the carelessness of another person, it is important to speak to a Queens NY personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Common Injuries After an Accident
Accidents result in very serious injuries that are extremely painful and very costly to treat. Under New York law, victims can recover damages in a personal injury claim to offset the cost of treatment. Some of the most common injuries accident victims sustain include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Deep cuts and secondary infections
- Broken bones
- Injuries to internal organs
- Birth injuries
- And more
It is critical to fully understand the extent of your injuries before filing a claim. It is also important to recognize that injuries cost you financially not only now, but in the future as well. A personal injury claim can include these costs, even those you have not yet incurred.
Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim
Unfortunately, simply stating that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries is not enough when filing a personal injury claim. You must also prove your claim. The four elements of proof in a personal injury claim are as follows:
- Duty of care: You must show that the defendant owed you a duty of care. Another driver may have owed you a duty of care to keep you safe, but a doctor in a restaurant may not owe you a duty of care if you cannot prove there was a doctor-patient relationship.
- Breach of duty: You must prove the defendant breached their duty of care by acting negligently or carelessly. You do not have to prove the defendant intentionally hurt you.
- Causation: An act of negligence is not enough to file a personal injury claim. You must also prove the link between the negligent act and your injuries.
- Damages: Personal injury claims are meant to compensate you for any losses sustained during the accident. As such, if you did not sustain injuries or other types of harm, there is nothing to compensate for, so there is no personal injury claim.
Proving all four of these elements in a claim is not easy, particularly when you are trying to recover from serious injuries at the same time. An experienced Queens personal injury attorney from Silberstein, Awad & Miklos can help you prove each element and take care of every detail of your claim while you focus on getting better.
Get Legal Help Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident and needs to file a claim against a negligent party, our experienced attorneys are here to assist you. At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., our attorneys have the necessary experience to prove liability and the other elements of your claim. We will also negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and help you secure the full and fair settlement you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.