Glen Oaks Car Accident Lawyers
On the eastern edge of Queens, right up next to the city line border separating Queens and Nassau counties, lies the neighborhood of Glen Oaks. Home to major thoroughfares like the Grand Central Parkway, the Cross Island Parkway, the Long Island Expressway (Interstate 495) and surface streets like Union Turnpike and Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks sees its fair share of traffic accidents. In June of 2018, four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash at Hillside Avenue and 268th Street. In October, a fatal car crash occurred when a driver hit a parked truck just blocks away at Hillside Avenue and 265th Street. One month later, a hit-and-run accident left a teen driver dead and his passenger seriously injured when they ran a stop sign at 364th Street and 79th Avenue and got broadsided in the intersection by another vehicle whose driver fled the scene and struck a parked car in the flight.
When car accident victims are seriously injured because of another driver’s speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving or other negligence, New York auto accident law allows the injury victims to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. To recover the full amount of compensation – medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering – you have to be prepared to prove every element of a negligence claim, including the other driver’s negligence, their fault in causing your injuries, and the full extent of your damages. An experienced lawyer is critical to making this happen and making sure the insurance companies come through with a full and fair settlement. The Glen Oaks car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe offer the level of skill and experience you need, mixed with the compassion and dedication you deserve, to see that you are properly taken care after a Glen Oaks car crash has caused you to suffer physical injury, emotional pain and other legal damages. Call 866-878-6774 for a no-cost, confidential consultation after a Glen Oaks car accident, and let our experienced personal injury lawyers help you get the care and compensation that is owed to you.
Did You Suffer a Serious Injury in a Glen Oaks Car Accident?
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New York auto insurance law provides no-fault benefits after a crash. These benefits pay for your medical expenses and provide partial wage replacement when you are out of work due to injuries sustained in a car accident. You don’t have to sue the negligent driver or prove that another driver was at fault to claim these benefits. However, no-fault benefits don’t fully make up for your lost income, and they don’t pay anything at all for pain and suffering, mental distress and other consequences of a car crash. To recover compensation for these damages, you must be able to prove that another driver was negligent and that they were at fault in causing the accident and your injuries. Under New York law, though, you’ll only be allowed to pursue a negligence claim against the at-fault driver if you suffered a “serious injury” as defined by the law. This means one of the following must have occurred:
- Dismemberment (loss of limb)
- Bone fracture
- Significant disfigurement, such as scarring
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment
If one of these serious injuries happened to you in a Glen Oaks car accident, the personal injury lawyers at Cohen & Jaffe may be able to help you recover the full amount of compensation allowable after a serious injury crash. Our accident attorneys have recovered millions in trial verdicts and out-of-court settlements to people like you who have suffered serious injury due to another’s negligence in Queens and Long Island. Call our office for a free consultation. We’ll evaluate your case and let you know how we can help you, and if we can’t recover any compensation for you, we won’t charge any fee.
How Does the 90/180 Day Rule Work in a Glen Oaks Serious Injury Crash?
Many car accident cases that cross the serious injury threshold do so on the basis of the last criteria mentioned above, commonly known as the 90/180 day rule. Essentially, this rule allows a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver when the injury you suffered prevents you from living your normal life for at least half of the first six months following the crash. Examples of interference with daily living may include not being able to go to work, not being able to move around normally, or being unable to handle basic personal hygiene tasks without help. Testimony from the accident victim is helpful to describe these limitations, but it is not enough. In addition, you’ll need to be able to present medical evidence from a doctor who examined you soon after the accident and can testify that the injury would cause these functional limitations. Without objective, medical evidence backing up your claims of limitations or disruptions in your life, you may not be able to succeed in meeting the serious injury threshold.
It’s important to see a doctor very soon after the crash to base this medical evidence on. Medical assessments months after the accident are often not helpful in establishing a serious injury under the 90/180 day rule. Our experienced Glen Oaks car accident attorneys can help you get in to see a doctor right away after a crash. We’ll make sure you get the right kinds of diagnostic tests and assessments that demonstrate the injury you suffered and the limitations it has imposed on you.
Call Cohen & Jaffe Injury Attorneys after a Serous Glen Oaks Car Accident
After a car crash in Glen Oaks has left you with a serious injury and mounting medical bills, call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe at 866-878-6774 for a free consultation with our experienced and successful Glen Oaks car accident attorneys.