If you or a loved one was hurt in a slip and fall accident, car accident, or by a dog bite or attack, you could be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault party. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can assign financial liability to the at-fault party. You may also be able to request financial compensation for your injuries and the expenses and losses that stem from those injuries.
To prove the at-fault party bears financial responsibility for your injuries, you and your lawyer must prove the following legal elements of your compensation claim. Because personal injury claims are based on negligence, you must prove:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- The at-fault party breached its duty
- Their breach led to your injuries
- Your injuries have a financial consequence
Review the cause of your injuries with a lawyer to determine your right to financial recovery. When you are ready to get the compensation you deserve, a Queens personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is ready to help.
Contact a member of our personal injury team today by calling (516) 358-6900.
Determine Your Range of Recoverable Damages
When you are injured because of negligence on the part of another person, they are responsible for paying the medical bills that stem from your injuries. The at-fault party is also responsible for the cost of the other expenses related to your injuries, as well. Your total recoverable damages are a combination of:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Current lost income
- Future lost income
- Property damage
- Property replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
Review the total of your accident-related expenses with your lawyer (who can help make sure no eligible expenses or losses are overlooked and that your claim is not undervalued or underpaid). When our team represents you in your pursuit of financial recovery, we make sure your claim is accurately evaluated and that it complies with the relevant statute of limitations.
Comply With New York’s Statute of Limitations
Like yours, every personal injury claim has a time limit imposed on it. Because you were injured in Queens, your personal injury claim is governed by the statute of limitations in the state of New York. According to the New York CVP § Section 214, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit.
If you do not file your lawsuit on time, you will not be able to file it at all. At this point, the at-fault party can no longer be compelled to compensate you for the financial impact of the accident. When that happens, the full financial burden is left to you and your family.
You can avoid running out of time to file your lawsuit by consulting a member of our personal injury team right away. When you are ready to seek the compensation you are entitled to, we can aid you.
A Queens personal injury lawyer can help you identify the right party to pursue, negotiate a favorable settlement, and file your claim on time. Contact the personal injury team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP by calling (516) 358-6900 to find out how we can ensure that the filing of your lawsuit complies with the state’s timeline.
Build a Comprehensive Personal Injury Case File
If you or a loved one slipped and fell on a neighbor’s icy stairs or a retailer’s slippery floors, your injuries were caused by negligence. Negligence can also cause a car accident, medical mishap, or dog bite.
When you seek financial compensation from the person or entity responsible for your injuries, you have to prove that they caused your injuries. You will also have to prove that your injuries have a financial consequence—and that the at-fault party should be responsible for them.
To do this, our team will build a personal injury case file that contains the:
- Police, crash, or incident reports
- Date, time, and location of the accident
- Medical records, reports, and bills
- Pictures of your injuries
- Pictures of your damaged property
- Statements from witnesses
- Employment records and family history
Your case file will support your compensation claim and will help prove the cause, effect, and cost of your injuries. Our team members will help you obtain the information your case file requires. We will ensure your case file is accurate and complete.
Our Team Can Negotiate for the Financial Settlement You Deserve
If you are entitled to financial recovery from a personal injury lawsuit, you can settle your case without going to court. When you agree to a financial settlement, you accept a specified amount of money, relieve the at-fault party of any further financial responsibility, and your case is closed.
Because accepting a financial settlement is permanent, you should work closely with your lawyer to ensure your claim is accurately valued before finalizing. If you discover additional financial damage related to your injuries later, you will not be able to compel additional payment from the at-fault party.
When our team negotiates a financial settlement for you, we make sure you do not inadvertently accept a speedy offer, one that is too small, or one that does not fully cover the costs of the accident. Our goal is to ensure you are not left paying any out-of-pocket expenses for an accident you did not cause.
Your Queens Personal Injury Lawyer Is Your Advocate
If you or someone you love was injured in a negligence-based accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and their related expenses and financial losses. Our team can show you how to file a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party. Contact the personal injury team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP by calling (516) 358-6900 today.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Queens, call 516-358-6900