New York traffic laws grant pedestrians certain rights and protections. As a result, you can seek compensation when a driver violates those rights and causes you or a loved one harm.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we look out for the victims of negligence and their families. Our representation comes with a no-fee promise, which ensures you have nothing to lose when you hire us. It all begins with a complimentary case review.
How to Recover Pedestrian Accident Damages
Pedestrian accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries. This can lead to months (if not years) of medical treatment—and sometimes even lifelong consequences. When such injuries occur, insurance law ISC §5102 allows you to seek compensation from the responsible driver.
Depending on the details of the damages you or your loved one suffered, you could recover compensation for some or all of the following.
Treatment of Your Injuries
Your injuries may have required on-scene emergency medical treatment or transport to the hospital. The cost of both could be part of your financial recovery, as could hospitalization and any treatment you require thereafter. This may include:
- Pain medications
- Outpatient follow-ups
- Specialist visits
- Crutches, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices you require
- Physical therapy
Future Medical Expenses
Some pedestrian accidents lead to ongoing medical conditions that require continued treatment and therapy. In order to avoid future losses due to your injuries, you will want your compensation to account for these costs, as well as your current medical bills.
When it comes to calculating these damages, our firm will account for medical bills you have already paid, outstanding bills, and the estimated cost of any future treatment you will require. You do not want to be left footing the bill for someone else’s negligence months or years down the road. We aim for your pedestrian accident injuries to cause you no further harm.
Lost Wages and Related Damages
During your recovery, you may have been unable to return to work at full capacity, if at all. As such, any income you couldn’t earn due to your injuries may be recoverable up to the point you go back to work.
This can also include benefits you missed out on and any paid time off (PTO) or vacation time you lost. However, if your injuries left you with a permanent disability or otherwise affected your long-term job prospects, you can collect damages for this as well.
If the pedestrian accident resulted in the death of your loved one, it may impact your household income. If you and your family relied on your loved one for financial support, we will consider this when valuing your wrongful death damages.
When pedestrian accidents lead to long-term disability, disfigurement, or dismemberment, they can affect your ability to enjoy your life as you used to. They may prevent you from pursuing your livelihood or the hobbies you once enjoyed, and even limit your opportunities in the future. An attorney from our firm may be able to help you recover compensation for these intangible damages in Mineola.
After a fatal pedestrian accident, your family could recover damages for the loss of your relationship with the decedent. For example, a spouse may recover for loss of companionship and consortium, while a child may recover for loss of parental guidance and support.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering after a pedestrian accident can manifest in various ways. You may experience:
- Chronic pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Nightmares or insomnia
We could factor these into your non-economic damages. Similarly, any pain and suffering your loved one experienced prior to their death may be a part of your settlement or court award.
What to Expect When You Work with Our Firm
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we put our clients first, and we do this in a number of ways.
Step-by-Step Legal Assistance
When an attorney from our firm takes over your pedestrian accident case in Mineola, you can leave all the legal responsibility to us. We will handle every necessary step, keeping you updated along the way.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Reviewing your testimony and details from the accident report
- Building your case with additional evidence we uncover in our investigation
- Establishing negligence, liability, and the value of your recoverable damages
- Representing you in all communications and negotiations
- Filing your paperwork on time to meet the appropriate deadline in CVP §214 or EPT §5-4.1
We even offer helpful tips and information for free in our online Resource Center, including a guide on what to wear to court.
A Client-Centric Payment Structure
In addition to all the responsibilities, our team also takes on all the risks in your case by working based on contingency. Working with us ensures that:
- The initial consultation is 100 percent free of charge.
- We will cover the upfront fees to get your case going.
- Our pay is tied to the outcome of your case, so you will owe nothing if we don’t win.
When we do succeed in your case, our payment comes as a predetermined percentage of your winnings, which we will outline with you before we begin.
Our Team of Skilled Attorneys Is Ready to Take Your Call
There is no reason to wait to find out if you can hold the at-fault driver responsible for your or your loved one’s pedestrian accident. Reach out to the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP now at (516) 358-6900 for a complimentary case assessment.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Mineola, call 516-358-6900