If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Islip, you may be entitled to compensation. An injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can fight for compensation on your behalf and protect your best interests.
We offer free consultations. We are available 24/7 to assist you. In fact, you get your lawyer’s cell phone number when you enlist our help.
The Monetary Value of a Pedestrian Injury Claim
Before you go through all the trouble of dealing with insurance companies and fighting a court battle, you might be wondering if the money you will eventually receive will be worth the trouble.
The Amount of Compensation You Can Get
If someone promises you a certain amount of money in your case before talking with you and investigating the situation, they are not telling you the whole story. At the Law Office of Cohen and Jaffe, LLP, we talk to each client and perform a thorough investigation before we calculate the potential range of settlement.
Many of the factors that will determine how much compensation you get will be outside of your control. For example, suppose the defendant only carries the minimum required amount of liability insurance and does not have substantial assets. In that case, you might end up with less financial recovery than you would from a well-insured defendant with additional resources.
Types of Recoverable Damages
The types of money damages you can pursue will depend on the facts of your case. A person who experienced severe burns on his face and other visible areas of the body might get compensation for disfigurement. At the same time, someone without extensive scars might not qualify for that type of compensation.
Some of the common types of money damages in pedestrian accident cases include:
Most people miss out on paychecks or the opportunity to earn income after a pedestrian accident with significant injuries. You can claim each dollar you have lost since being injured.
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), you can typically recover your medical treatment cost in a negligence claim, as long as those amounts were reasonable. Whatever interventions you need can be considered for inclusion in this category, beginning at the scene of the accident and taking you through full recovery. The medical treatment must be directly related to your injuries.
Pain and Suffering
You could qualify for other types of compensation, depending on your situation. Money damages for the physical pain you suffered as a result of your injuries can be compensable.
How We Can Help after Your Pedestrian Accident
After sustaining a severe injury in a pedestrian accident, the last thing you should have to do is fight a multibillion-dollar insurance company. Those corporations can make you feel as if you did something wrong when in reality, you were the victim.
We Talk to Insurers On Your Behalf
Insurers tend to follow the principle that the best defense is a good offense. In other words, when defending their negligent insured, the insurance company will often become very aggressive and try to bully the injured person into accepting a lowball offer.
We Handle Negotiations for You
You do not have to deal with the high-pressure tactics of the claims adjuster. An Islip injury lawyer with experience handling pedestrian accidents can fight your battles for you.
We can negotiate directly with the insurance carrier and try to reach a fair settlement on your behalf. If the insurer refuses to pay a reasonable amount for your injuries, we can file a lawsuit seeking the amount of compensation you deserve (when appropriate).
We Do Not Charge Upfront Legal Fees On Cases
Pedestrian accidents tend to come with significant injuries. When a car hits a person who is on foot, the injuries are often fatal. People who survive pedestrian injuries frequently find that their lives will not be going back to their previous concept of normal.
It could be months before you are able to return to work, if ever. Your living expenses continue even when you are not bringing home a paycheck. On top of those costs, you have an ever-increasing stack of medical bills.
At the Law Office of Cohen and Jaffe, LLP, we understand what you are experiencing and do not want to cause you financial stress during your time of need. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency-fee-basis. This fee arrangement allows you to get the benefit of our law firm working for you without having to pay us until the case settles or the court awards you money.
Who Can You Sue In a Pedestrian Accident?
Whoever caused the accident that harmed you is a potential defendant in a pedestrian injury claim. Often, multiple factors combine to cause a collision. In those situations, we might be able to sue multiple people.
Let’s say that the owner of a store improperly blocked off the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to step onto the street. A drunk driver did not react in time to avoid hitting a person due to the driver’s alcohol impairment. In this scenario, the injured pedestrian might be able to sue both the store owner and the drunk driver.
You Can Lose the Right to Compensation if You Wait Too Long
The negligent person who hurt you could get off scot-free if you do not take action before the state’s deadline for negligence cases imposed by CVP §214. If you do not file a lawsuit in time, you will have to accept whatever the insurance company offers you. This might leave you paying thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Call Our Lawyers Today
An injury lawyer from our firm can handle your injury claim while you rest and focus on rebuilding your life. Call the Law Office of Cohen and Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900 for a free consultation. Remember, you pay us nothing upfront for our legal assistance.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Islip, call 516-358-6900