Drivers are supposed to share the road with bicyclists. However, even if drivers don’t look out for you, our bicycle accident lawyers will. If you were injured in a Lynbrook crash, our team could pursue payment for your damages.
What You Could Receive in a Bicycle Accident Case
The standard compensation for injury cases falls under three categories:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Non-economic damages
New York follows no-fault auto insurance laws, allowing drivers to seek payment for expenses through their own insurance coverage. This coverage helps with medical bills and lost wages.
No-fault insurance also applies to bicyclists – you receive payment through the coverage of the driver who hit you, up to $50,000 in expenses. Again, this covers medical bills and lost wages. However, you can only pursue non-economic damages in certain circumstances.
Just as the first act after a bike accident is to get medical attention, one of the first concerns in a bike accident case is medical compensation for:
- ER visits
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are especially common, as the New York State Department of Health affirms. These injuries could carry lifelong consequences that could qualify you for compensation.
Regardless of what injury you sustained, your medical compensation should cover past and future expenses. Talk to our bike injury attorneys if you are struggling to receive compensation for future costs after your Lynbrook crash.
You would not have missed work if you hadn’t been injured. That means you should receive reimbursement for any wages you lost while recovering.
Moreover, just as medical damages should cover future costs, compensation should account for future loss of income related to your injury.
This category of damages is meant to help with the personal repercussions of your accident, acknowledging:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of independence
- Loss of consortium
However, you must have sustained a serious injury under ISC § 5102 (d) to qualify for a lawsuit. Under New York law, serious injuries cause:
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss of a bodily organ, member, function, or system
- Permanent limitation of body organ, member, function, or system
- Impairment that interferes with daily life for at least 90 days
The insurance settlement compensation might not adequately cover your bills or suffering. In this case, you could pursue non-economic and additional damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
How We Can Support Your Bicycle Claim or Lawsuit
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, our bicycle injury lawyers care about any issue you face, big or small. Need help with transportation around Lynbrook, NY? Unsure about a settlement offer’s wording? We handle all that and more:
- Research and investigation
- Witness interviews
- Record procurement from the Lynbrook Police Department
- Accident reconstruction
- Expert consultation
- Case valuation
- Settlement negotiation
- Paperwork review
- Terminology translation
- Lawsuit filing
- Trial preparation
If talking to the other party stresses you out, we can handle communication. If you are unsure how to receive additional damages, we can determine a path. If negotiations with the insurance company have stagnated, we can restart it.
Your attorney can help at any stage of your case, whether you were just injured or have been battling for months.
What Our Clients Have to Say
You don’t have to just take our word for it. Our previous clients have spoken highly of our services, as seen on our testimonials page:
- “Not only was Rich an extreme professional, but he also kept it personal, not making me feel like a case number.” – Eric
- “[Richard Jaffe] went above and beyond to answer all my questions quickly and was easy to get a hold of.” – George
- “Very helpful with any questions about my care and referred me to really good doctors.” – Frank M.
You are not another New York bike accident statistic to us. We are even willing to come to you if you can’t make it to us. Plus, the consultation is free!
To prove our commitment to getting results, we accept payment on contingency as a part of our no-fee promise. We do not see our attorney fee until you collect your award.
We Will Explore the Existence of Other Possible Negligent Parties
While drivers cause many bicycle accidents, some are the result of different negligent parties. Our team will ensure you receive compensation from all responsible parties. We investigate to see if any of the following may have played a role:
- Property owners
Faulty bike design or errors in manufacturing and producing the bicycle could have caused your accident. For example, if a tire defect caused the crash, the tire manufacturer would be liable. Similarly, if your bike’s design had a flaw making it prone to certain accidents, we could hold the designer responsible. These situations would classify your circumstances as product liability cases.
Private and Public Property are Different Circumstances
The terrain where the accident occurred could also contribute to your case’s details. Property owners are required to maintain property to prevent harm or minimize risks to visitors. Private property owners may be held accountable for negligence.
If you were injured on public property maintained by Lynbrook or the state, you might be able to pursue them for damages. However, many governmental bodies are protected from liability. If you suspect a municipality is responsible for your injury, contact our lawyers to ensure you pursue the correct course of action.
We Don’t Forget the Statute of Limitations
CVP § 214 generally allows three years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. That said, some factors can shorten your window to file. Moreover, bringing a claim against a city may require giving earlier notice.
Ask Us Anything Now During Your Free Consultation
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900 to learn more about how our bicycle accident lawyers can support you after an injury on Lynbrook’s roads. All our attorneys return calls within 24 hours, and your case review is free; get help now.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Lynbrook, call 516-358-6900