If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident, our lawyers serving Huntington can fight for damages on your behalf. The party responsible for your accident could be held financially accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You may be able to seek justice through an insurance claim or lawsuit. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is ready to advocate on your behalf. Time to act may be limited, so we encourage you to consider your legal options today.
How Can One of Our Car Accident Lawyers Serving Huntington Help You?
During your free case review, you can learn firsthand what a lawyer from our firm can do for you. We can pursue compensation on your behalf by:
- Recording your account of the accident
- Recording witness accounts
- Collecting evidence to support your testimony
- Discussing your prognosis with your doctor
- Protecting your legal rights
- Filing your claim or lawsuit
Our law firm handles car accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, so:
- We get paid from your settlement.
- You don’t pay anything up front to retain our help or start your free case review.
- You don’t pay our attorney’s fees if your case fails.
We limit your financial risk when you partner with us. It costs you nothing but a few moments of your time to explore your options and work with our team.
You Could Seek Compensation for Your Non-Fatal Injuries
If you suffered harm in a car accident, compensable losses in your case could include:
You could recover compensation for the costs of diagnosing and treating your injuries. Reimbursement could also account for:
- Imaging scans
- Rehabilitative care
- Referrals to a specialist
You could seek other types of medical-related expenses, depending on the nature of your condition.
Compensation in your case could account for lost:
- Employee benefits, like 401k contributions
- Future earning ability
- Advancement opportunities
- Hourly wages
We will use your employment records to determine the harm to your earning power on your life. If your injuries left you permanently unable to work, we can account for the hardship of living with a disability in your case’s value.
Non-Economic Damages, Like Pain and Suffering
Unlike the damages we listed above, your non-economic damages do not have standard monetary values. We will use various aspects of your situation to calculate their value. Non-economic damages in your case could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
This is not intended to serve as a complete list of damages. We know every situation is unique. So, you could recover damages for other items not listed here.
You Could Seek Damages if You Lost a Loved One
If you lost a loved one because of a car accident in Huntington, your lawyer can pursue compensation for the following damages:
Your Loved One’s Income
You may have multiple family members who relied on the deceased’s income as financial support. Those who no longer have such support could be entitled to replacement compensation. You may be one of the individuals.
Your Loved One’s Role in Your Life
A person is far more than the money they earn. You may be entitled to compensation for the guidance the deceased provided as a parent and the comfort they provided as a spouse.
Your Loved One’s Funeral Expenses
Funeral expenses may cost thousands of dollars. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains that costs related to your loved one’s funeral and burial may include those for:
- Embalming services
- A casket or other accommodations
- Transportation of remains
- Grave liners and vaults
Other wrongful death-related losses may include pain and suffering and the medical costs incurred before your loved one’s passing. Our team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP will assign values to all of your injury-related expenses.
How Long do You Have to Seek Damages?
For a personal injury case:
- You generally have three years to file your lawsuit, per CVP § 214.
- This date begins from the date of your accident, when you discovered your injuries, or when you reached the age of majority.
For a wrongful death lawsuit:
- You typically have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, per EPT 5-4.1.
- The deadline begins from the date of your loved one’s passing.
- Only certain parties can initiate this type of action.
You could have less time to file your lawsuit if you were injured by a government entity or employee.
The Three Important Things to Know About the Legal Process
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP has over 100 years of combined legal experience. Our time serving injured claimants, as well as our own observations, compelled us to provide this short question-and-answer section. Take at the following:
How Long will it Take to Settle Your Case?
First things first, there’s no guarantee that we’ll settle your case, and even if we do, there’s no telling how long it will take. We’re confident in our abilities to seek damages. So, we want to take our time collecting evidence, building your case, and interviewing witnesses.
It could take weeks or months to settle your case. We’ll keep it moving forward.
How Much Can You get for a Car Accident or Wrongful Death Case?
The value of your case depends on a lot of things specific to your situation, like the nature of your condition and the details of your loved one’s passing. We will evaluate your case based on:
- The evidence we find
- The cost of your damages
- The impact of the accident on your life
What Percentage of Your Settlement will Our Team Take?
We will calculate our contingency fees based on the amount of work that goes into your case. So, we can’t really answer this question without speaking to you first.
However, you will understand our terms of payment at the beginning of your case. You will not get surprise invoices in the mail or unexpected fees. We are transparent in all aspects of your representation, including how we get paid.
The Following May Serve as the Basis of Your Case
Depending on who or what caused your accident, these elements could serve as the foundation of your injury or wrongful death case:
If another party acted recklessly or carelessly, causing your car accident in Huntington, we must prove that they were negligent. This process involves showing:
- The other party had an obligation to act with reasonable prudence.
- The other party did not fulfill this obligation.
- You were injured in a car accident.
- As a result, you suffered losses.
Negligent parties in your case could include other road users, government entities, and more. We can prove the four above elements using the information in your case.
The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that strict liability applies to manufacturers of defective products. So, if your accident was caused by a dangerous or defective part, you could have a case against the product’s manufacturer. Here, you don’t prove negligence. You only need to prove that you were harmed by a defective product.
Your lawyer will consult engineers, field experts, and accident reconstruction specialists to learn whether mechanical malfunction resulted in your losses.
If another party purposefully injured you, not only could they face criminal charges, but you could sue them for compensation. The courts may even decide to award you punitive damages. This would reflect the egregious nature of your accident and the other party’s intentions.
Car Accidents Happen Often in Suffolk County
Huntington lies within the limits of Suffolk County. Per the most recent U.S. Census, Suffolk County has a population of about 1.4 million people. As you can imagine, with a population this dense, motor vehicle accidents are inevitable.
The most recent data from the New York State Department of Health notes that Suffolk County sees about:
- Two traffic-related deaths per week
- More than $86 million in charges from accident-related hospitalizations
- 240 emergency department visits per week due to traffic accidents
While car accidents in Suffolk County are not uncommon, it does not bar you from seeking damages if another party’s actions harmed you or a loved one.
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Today for a Free Consultation
You may be facing a trying time in your life, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Our car accident team in Huntington can manage everything involved in your claim or lawsuit. Understanding your legal options begins with a simple phone call.
Dial (516) 358-6900 to connect with one of our team members.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Huntington, call 516-358-6900