If you were involved in a truck accident in Hempstead, NY, a truck accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Accident-related expenses, such as medical bills and lost wages, may be available to you through an insurance settlement or court-awarded offer. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can handle your case from start to finish.
Your insurance company (or that of the other party) might offer you an unfair settlement. We can help you determine what fair compensation would look like in your case, depending on the extent of your injuries and how they affect your life. You do not have to struggle to seek compensation on your own after an accident in Hempstead.
You can hire a lawyer to handle your truck accident case while you focus on recovering from your injuries and spending time with your family.
How a Hempstead Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You After an Accident
A lawyer from our firm can help you in several ways, beginning with an investigation into who caused your truck accident. We can also advise you on how to protect your legal rights. For instance, you should try to refrain from discussing your accident in-depth with the insurance adjuster.
The questions they might ask could result in you being held liable for the accident, even though you may not have caused it. Aside from coaching you on what should and shouldn’t be disclosed to the insurer, our lawyers will also help you with the following:
Identifying Who the Liable Parties Are
Truck accident cases are much more complex than those involving passenger vehicles. There could be one or more underlying factors that contributed to the accident. For instance, let’s say the truck driver hit you because they were driving too fast for roadway conditions.
In this type of situation, the following parties could all potentially be held accountable for your accident:
- The driver, because they were speeding
- The trucking company, if the brakes went bad as a result of the vehicle being poorly maintained
- The manufacturer of the brakes, if the brakes were defective at the time they were sold
Unfortunately, all of this won’t be obvious to you right after an accident, but truck accident attorneys can conduct investigations of their own. It is important for you to identify who all the liable parties are in your truck accident case so that you know who it is our truck accident lawyer can pursue for financial compensation.
Assisting With the Insurance Claims and/or Lawsuit Process
Once you know who is responsible for causing your truck accident, you and an attorney from our firm can decide what your legal options are. Whether it is filing an insurance claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit, our attorney is going to help you understand the potential outcomes you can reach by taking both courses of action.
It is worth noting that trucking companies are often required to carry higher insurance limits than the average driver. This is because the risk of severe damage and injury may be higher in the event of an accident.
Therefore, you may be able to recover whatever it is you may be due from the trucking company’s insurer. In addition, if the company’s insurance policy can’t provide you with the full amount you are due, we can always discuss filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Fighting for a Fair Outcome
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, it is our duty to preserve your rights as a truck accident victim and use them to seek a fair outcome in your case. Whether we are required to go back and forth with the insurance company or fight your case out in court, our lawyers are prepared to defend you and your right to compensation.
There Is a Time Limit to Taking Legal Action
New York State has set a time limit for you to take legal action, according to CVP §214. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. While the statute of limitations does vary by case type, those looking to sue for personal injuries generally have three years from the date of their accident, or their injuries became known to file their lawsuit.
While that might seem like a sufficient amount of time, these types of cases take time to build. A lawyer from our firm can get to work on your case right away to ensure the statute of limitations doesn’t expire.
Types of Damages You May Be Entitled to Collect
When you decide to pursue another party for financial relief, you may be awarded certain damages, depending on whether you can prove it was the truck driver or any other party’s negligent behavior that caused the accident.
Some of the damages that may be awarded to you include:
Pain and Suffering
This refers to the physical and mental pain you experience as a result of the accident. If you suffered a serious or debilitating injury, such as a head injury or internal injury, then you might seek more damages for pain and suffering than someone whose injuries are less serious.
If your injuries prevented you from working, you may be able to collect compensation for lost wages. If so, a lawyer can calculate how much you should be awarded for the wages you were unable to earn (and are unable to earn in the future if you suffer a temporary or permanent disability).
If you weren’t liable for causing the accident, then you shouldn’t be held accountable for paying for medical treatment, therapy, surgery, medication, or any other medical-related costs you incurred as a result of your accident.
The Attorneys at The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Are Ready to Protect Your Rights
If you would like to find out if you have a case against a truck driver or even a trucking company that warrants compensation, you can contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at (516) 358-6900. Our team of lawyers has more than 100 years of combined legal experience and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in the past.
If you are suffering medical bills, lost wages, or other damages after a truck accident in Hempstead, we can help you understand your rights and fight for a fair outcome. Contact our firm today.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Hempstead, call 516-358-6900