Seeking legal help after your pedestrian accident allows you to explore options for compensation to pay for bills and lost income. What’s more, through your insurance claim or lawsuit, a pedestrian accident lawyer on our team can also help keep Westbury roads and sidewalks safer for bystanders. We hold negligent drivers and other parties accountable for your injuries.
Your Damages Are Based on What You Experienced in the Accident
When we review your pedestrian accident case, we ask questions to understand how your life has changed since your injuries. This isn’t just to understand your case — we also determine what kind of compensation you could be eligible to receive to alleviate your struggles. Some questions we ask are:
- What medical bills have you already paid?
- What income did you lose while recovering?
- What medical expenses are you likely to face in the future?
- How has the injury impacted your ability to work long-term?
- How has it changed your spousal or family relationships?
- What is the impact on your mental health?
These questions translate into damages, such as:
- Bill reimbursement
- Lost wages
- Funds for future care
- Projected losses over a lifetime
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
Our Team can Investigate to Help You Prove Your Damages
You may not know the answer to all of those questions. That’s okay. Our team investigates your case to fill in the blanks, not only gaining a better understanding of the damages you need but also building a case for those damages through evidence.
One aspect of calculating your damages may be expert consultation; doctors can inform us of your prognosis, while actuaries and economists can provide insight into how your injury will impact your long-term financial health. One of our pedestrian accident lawyers can find experts in Westbury and elsewhere for your case, utilizing the knowledge of others to bolster your chances for compensation.
Our Experience Can Help Your Case Too
Our team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP has over 100 years of combined experience that we bring to valuing and pursuing your pedestrian injury case. While the amount of damages you receive depends on your needs, we have a track record of success in receiving compensation for our clients.
One recent example is a pedestrian traumatic brain injury case in which the insurance company originally refused to offer a fair settlement. We pursued the case to the point of having a trial date. Then the company agreed to offer a six-figure settlement. We will apply the same commitment to pursuing compensation to your case.
Our Fee Is Based on Your Case’s Outcome
To ensure you know that we will prioritize your case and provide you personalized attention, we have a no-fee promise. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we won’t be paid until your case is resolved. Our work involves other promises of who we are and what we do, including that we will provide:
- Transparency: We keep you updated on your case’s progress.
- Accessibility: You interact directly with your attorney.
- Convenience: If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.
- Support: We help you with the day-to-day of your case.
- Protection: We stand up to bullying insurance companies and lawyers.
- Investigation: We gather photos, witness statements, and other evidence.
- Clarity: Legal terminology and implications are explained to you.
- Commitment: We will pursue your case all the way to trial.
Your personal injury lawyer becomes a part of your life for weeks or even years. You want to know the team you’ve chosen will remain focused on achieving the best possible outcome for your case. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, part of maintaining that focus is knowing that we get paid only when you do.
Types of Pedestrian Accident Cases We Handle
Keeping walkways safe for people means identifying negligent behaviors from drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and even construction companies. As a result, don’t hesitate to contact us if you suspect any of the following played a role in your accident:
- Drunk or distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Improper turns
- Failure to yield
- Poor sidewalk maintenance
- Poor parking lot maintenance
- Construction site negligence
Sadly, these negligent behaviors sometimes cause fatalities. In fact, pedestrian accidents are far more fatal than other motor vehicle accidents, with deaths 1.5 times more likely to occur per trip for pedestrians than passenger vehicle occupants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We can help you file a wrongful death case if you lost a loved one to their injuries.
Our team handles any negligence-caused injuries that affect pedestrians, from breaking a leg on an uneven sidewalk to wrongful death due to a drunk driver. In all of these cases, we provide our no-fee promise, as well as offer a free consultation.
Your Deadline to File Is Based on the Statute of Limitations in New York
Some people mistakenly believe they only need to call in a lawyer once there is no other option. However, just as you shouldn’t delay in consulting medical help until a situation becomes life-threatening, you shouldn’t neglect speaking to legal help until you are already being intimidated or rejected.
One reason why we recommend seeking legal help soon is related to the statute of limitations. In New York, you have:
- Three years to file a personal injury lawsuit (CVP §214)
- Two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit (EPT §5-4.1)
You may have an even shorter timeline to file notice to a municipality if your case concerns a government entity.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to File
You shouldn’t wait until those deadlines are looming to receive advice. We can spend the time before a deadline researching your case and negotiating a settlement out of court, potentially avoiding the need for a lawsuit. We can also determine the best time to file and ensure your paperwork is filed correctly.
Furthermore, some aspects of your case can shorten the length of time you have to file. For instance, filing against a municipality has a notably shorter time window. Don’t delay in contacting our team to get started.
Receive Your Free Pedestrian Accident Consultation with One of Our Skilled Attorneys Today
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today to learn how one of our pedestrian accident lawyers can help you. If you can’t find transportation from your Westbury home, we can come to you. Don’t let fear, frustration, or logistics prevent you from getting help.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-358-6900