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Suffolk County Personal Injury Attorney
After an accident, negotiating with the insurance company and navigating the personal injury system may seem overwhelming. Too many accident victims feel this way, so they often accept the first settlement the insurance company offers, happy to receive anything at all. In most cases, unfortunately, this first offer is not nearly enough to fully cover the cost of injuries the accident victim incurred. Once the settlement offer is signed, the accident victim is also barred from going back for more. Avoid making this same mistake after an accident. Contact Silberstein, Awad & Miklos today to speak with an experienced Suffolk County personal injury attorney who can help you secure the maximum damages you deserve.
Our Practice Areas
Accidents can happen in any number of ways. Our attorneys have experience in a number of practice areas, including:
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Defective products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Train accidents
- Truck accidents
- And more
Any time you are injured in one of the above accidents due to someone else’s negligence, our skilled Suffolk County personal injury attorneys are here to help.
Damages Available in Personal Injury Claims
An accident will leave you with many injuries and other losses. Although a personal injury claim cannot undo the accident, you can recover damages that are meant to compensate you and make you whole again. The exact damages available in your claim will depend on the facts of the case. However, there are some common types of damages you may qualify for, including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Rehabilitative care, including in-home care and physical therapy
- Medication, medical devices, and modifications to a home
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life or opportunities
- Emotional distress
It is often difficult for accident victims to know exactly how much to claim after an accident. Other types of damages, including punitive damages, may also be available. A personal injury lawyer will understand the potential damages and can help you recover the maximum damages you deserve.
Timeline of a Personal Injury Claim
One of the most common questions people have after an accident is how long the personal injury process takes. The timeline of your claim will depend on the nature and severity of your injuries, whether there are questions about fault, and other factors.
- Statute of Limitations. In any case, it is essential that you file your claim promptly. The statute of limitations, or time limit, for most personal injury claims in New York is three years from the date of the accident. If you file your claim after the statute of limitations has expired, you will likely forfeit all right to compensation.
- Exceptions to Statute of Limitations. There are also exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, if you did not discover your injuries until after the accident, the date of discovery may be when the clock on the statute of limitations starts running. However, if you are filing a medical malpractice claim, you only have two years and six months to file a claim.
It is important to note that your case does not have to be finalized before the statute of limitations expires. You simply have to file your claim within that time. If you file your claim two years after the accident and it still takes more than a year to resolve, you can still receive compensation.
Settlements vs. Trials in Personal Injury Claims
Many people are hesitant to file personal injury claims, because they envision a long and bitter courtroom battle. Truthfully, the vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. A personal injury lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and once they believe they have reached a fair settlement, they will sign an agreement with the insurer. This is how the majority of personal injury cases are settled.
However, when the insurer does not act in good faith and refuses to offer a fair settlement, it may be necessary to go to trial. It is important to work with an attorney who has the required experience to take a case to trial just in case it is necessary.
Whether your case is settled or decided on by a judge or jury during trial will greatly determine how long your case takes. Attorneys can generally reach a settlement agreement with insurance companies in a matter of months. Trials, on the other hand, may take years, depending on the evidence and arguments presented.
How an Attorney can Help with Your Claim
Although you are not required to work with a personal injury lawyer when filing a claim, it is strongly recommended that you do. While working on your claim, a lawyer from Silberstein, Awad & Miklos will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation to identify the liable party
- Collect and analyze evidence
- Accurately value your claim
- Negotiate with the insurance company to secure a fair settlement
- Represent you at trial, if necessary
An attorney will do all of this and so much more when working on your claim. A lawyer will always act as your advocate, ensure your rights are upheld, and hold appropriate parties accountable for paying the damages you deserve.
Get Legal Help Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, it is essential that you seek help from one of our Suffolk County personal injury attorneys today. At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., we know how to determine which party was at fault for your accident, and we will hold them and their insurance company liable for paying the full amount of compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys and learn more about how we can help.