Pedestrians are often a victim of accidents on Jamaica roads and sidewalks. A pedestrian accident lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can stand by you if you were injured by a car, bicycle, truck, or construction vehicle. We provide support for your legal case through every step of the process.
Why Pursue a Pedestrian Accident Case?
Put simply, if someone caused you pain, they can be held responsible for your expenses. On top of repaying what you already paid for your injuries, the liable party can be responsible for compensating physical and emotional pain, changes to your life, and impact on your relationships.
Some of the damages you could receive through a claim or lawsuit are:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
To help you get the compensation you deserve, we evaluate how your injuries affect your ability to work, both in the short term and throughout your life. The impact on your personal life matters too; loss of consortium damages compensate you for loss of spousal intimacy because of the accident. Any way your pedestrian accident upended your life can be grounds for damages.
You can Receive Damages for a Lost Loved One
When traffic accidents happen, pedestrians are more likely to be killed — 1.5 times more likely than vehicle occupants according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Moreover, pedestrian fatalities result from bicycle crashes, construction site accidents, or poor walkway maintenance.
Losing a loved one to any of these scenarios could entitle you to compensation for:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
You’ll notice that many of these damages are the same as for personal injury. However, lost income is determined by the lost financial support the person would have provided to you. Loss of consortium damages refers to the loss of intimacy with that person.
Any injury case can be challenging, but a wrongful death case can be especially difficult to handle on your own. We can manage the whole process for you.
Tools We Use to Calculate and Pursue Damages
An injury attorney can build your pedestrian accident case by identifying liable parties, gathering evidence, and calculating an estimate for damages. We accomplish this with the help of:
- Police reports
- Witness testimony
- Photo evidence
- Phone records
- Background research
- Medical records
- Doctor consultations
- Expert analysis
- Accident reconstruction
- Paperwork review
Our lawyers can research past infractions by the negligent party, project your losses over your lifetime, and ensure you don’t accept a settlement offer that is too low or sacrifices your rights. And this is just a fraction of what a legal team can offer to support your claim or lawsuit.
Why Pursue Your Pedestrian Accident Case with Us?
When choosing an injury attorney, you want someone who not only offers legal acumen but also cares about your situation. We care about:
- Your pain — Attorney Richard Jaffe has EMT training and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist certification and can understand your medical condition.
- Your wallet — You receive a free consultation and pay no fee until your case is resolved.
- Your daily life — We provide help with scheduling appointments and obtaining transportation.
- Your peace of mind — Your calls are answered within 24 hours, and Richard Jaffe’s cell phone number is provided.
- Your compensation — We will go to court, if necessary, to get your damages.
After being injured on Jamaica’s streets, you can receive personalized attention from a pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm. We listen to your story and fight for the compensation that suits your needs.
Our History of Success
Insurance companies do not always want to pay fair compensation for injury claims. We know that from experience. One case of ours involved an 81-year-old who walked with a cane. While crossing the street, he was struck by a car turning left, and the insurance company would not offer a settlement. We took the case all the way to court and secured a confidential, six-figure settlement.
We also secured settlements up to the policy limits of the negligent party’s insurance coverage for a jogger struck in a parking lot and someone who sustained a traumatic brain injury while crossing the street. Your actual settlement amount will depend on your exact injuries and losses. However, these examples show that we not only stand up for our clients in the face of opposition but also get results.
What are Your Rights After a Pedestrian Accident?
New York law protects pedestrian rights. As outlined by the New York Department of Transportation (DOT), drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and look when pulling out of driveways, side roads, alleys, or parking garages. Yet, some insurance companies and negligent parties will try to avoid responsibility by claiming you should have yielded instead of the vehicle or bike.
We want to help protect you from this possibility. Call us if you experience:
- Victim blaming
- Lowball offers
- Partial claim denial
- Full claim denial
- Pressure or intimidation
- Confusion about your rights
Negligence involves a breach in a driver’s duty of care, causing injury. The law requires drivers to exercise due care, and failure to do so makes them liable (VAT §1146). Whatever form this lack of care takes, if you were left injured, you have a right to pursue damages.
We Explore All Liable Parties
Your accident may have been caused by a variety of factors. It may not have involved another vehicle at all. Regardless, you have the right to seek compensation from any negligent party, including:
- Construction companies
- Cities, counties, or states
We investigate any possibility for liability and protect your right to reimbursement for expenses and compensation for your losses.
Don’t Delay in Asking Our Attorneys for Help
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP wants to hear from you if you were injured in Jamaica. One of our pedestrian accident lawyers can assign a value to your case and inform you of your options. Our case review is free, so call now.