While accidents are often a part of everyday life, this does not mean that you should pay for them. So-called “accidents” are often caused by negligence, otherwise known as “carelessness.” The negligent party may be legally responsible for paying for the harm they caused you.
If another party’s negligence caused you harm, our personal injury lawyers in Lynbrook can determine if you have a viable claim. If so, we can seek damages on your behalf.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Case in Lynwood?
The following deadlines could apply to your case:
- If you were injured in an accident, you could have three years from the date of the incident to file, per CVP § 214.
- If you lost a loved one, you have two years from the date of their passing to file, per EPT 5-4.1.
- If you suffered medical malpractice, you could have two years and six months to file your lawsuit, per CVP § 214-A. This deadline also depends on the date you discovered the injury.
Most personal injury cases are settled without going to trial. However, you want to keep your options open if a lawsuit becomes a necessity.
Our Personal Injury Practice Areas in Hollis
Our lawyers are equipped to tackle these cases:
If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident, we can seek compensation for your injury-related losses. In this situation, we can navigate the claims process, calculate your losses, and determine the at-fault party.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that human error is the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents. So, more likely than not, we can pursue another driver or their insurer for the cost of your damages.
Because commercial trucks are heavy and may carry dangerous materials, there are strict rules that regulate:
- The on-the-job training that drivers must participate in
- When drivers must be tested for drug or alcohol impairments
- How many hours truck drivers can work before or after taking a break
- The condition the truck must be in before embarking on a trip
If we find that a trucker violated these regulations or otherwise acted negligently, we can pursue their employer for your losses.
If you were injured at work, you may have a viable workers’ compensation claim. Our personal injury lawyers in Lynbrook can assist you with that process. We can also analyze whether you have a viable claim or lawsuit against a third party.
Defective Drug Cases
If you took a medication that resulted in health complications, you could have a case against the drug’s manufacturer. Here, we must prove that you were injured by the dangerous drug in question. We do not need to prove that the drug’s manufacturer was negligent.
Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Your elderly loved one has rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. They are entitled to safety, dignity, and respect while in a care facility. Any kind of abuse or neglect is unacceptable. We will fight to recover compensation for their injury-related losses.
Medical Malpractice Cases
We trust healthcare professionals to improve our health. When they fall short of this obligation, either due to an oversight or error, they should be held accountable.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Improper treatment
Liable parties in these cases could include doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and even hospital administrators.
Premises Liability Cases
If you were injured on another party’s property, you could file a claim or lawsuit to seek damages. All property owners have obligations to keep visitors safe. Examples of premises liability cases can include the following:
- Slip and falls
- Swimming pool injuries
- Dog bites
- Elevator accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Negligent security assaults
Are Your Personal Injuries Compensable?
You may wonder if your injuries are serious enough to warrant a claim or lawsuit. In the past, we have won compensation for clients suffering from the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- The loss of one or more limbs
Our lawyers work closely with you throughout the duration of your case. We handle all communications with the insurance company, so you can focus on your recovery.
You Could Recover These Damages
We will use your medical bills, information from your employer, and billing statements to determine the value of your case. We may also consult with economists and actuaries about what damages you can expect in the future.
Compensation in your case could account for:
You may be able to be reimbursed for past and future:
- Emergency treatment
- Assistive devices
- Rehabilitation services
- Physical therapy
You could recover other medical expenses, depending on the severity of your condition.
If the injury made you miss work, you may be able to receive compensation for your lost wages. Additionally, you may be able to receive compensation if your future earning capacity was reduced due to the accident.
Property Damage Expenses
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you could recoup compensation to fix or replace your vehicle.
Pain and Suffering
You could recover pain and suffering for the ordeal of being hurt. We will calculate your pain and suffering’s value based on your:
- Missed time from work
- Inability to live independently
- Financial losses
- Day-to-day function
Wrongful Death-Related Expenses
If you lost a loved one due to an accident in Lynbrook, you could seek damages to cover:
- Funeral expenses, including the burial plot or urn
- Loss of consortium, parental guidance, and household benefits
- End-of-life healthcare costs, like life support
- Loss of the decedent’s income
Our personal injury attorneys will gather evidence to support the cost of your losses.
Three Things You Should Know About the Claims Process
We understand that this might be your first time filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Don’t worry, though; we will answer all of your questions throughout the process. In fact, here are some concerns we can address right now:
What If You Can’t Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Not a problem. We work on a contingency-fee basis. We don’t ask for retainers or upfront fees at the beginning of our partnership. You only pay our attorney’s fees if we win your case—even then, we take payment from your settlement.
This payment plan not only addresses your financial situation but also gives your lawyer an extra incentive to win your case. Payment for their help is contingent on winning your case. Otherwise, they don’t get paid for their time and efforts.
What Is the Value of Your Case?
We will determine the value of your damages based on the facts of your situation. Personal injury cases do not come with inherent price tags. The monetary value of your losses is based on the details of your situation. This includes the length of your recovery period and the impact of your injuries on your life.
How Long Will it Take to Settle Your Case?
In some personal injury cases, we’re able to reach a settlement with a single phone call to the insurer. Other cases, however, require lengthy courtroom battles that take months. So, without understanding your case, we’re not sure how long it’ll take to settle. However, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to keep your case moving forward. You can expect regular updates, as well.
Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP for More Information
If you were injured or lost a loved one in Lynbrook, our firm is ready to manage your case. By connecting with our team today, you can explore your options at no cost. Dial (516) 358-6900 to get started.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Lynbrook, call 516-358-6900