Levittown Whiplash Accident Lawyer
A Levittown whiplash accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will seek compensation on your behalf as allowed under New York law if you have a whiplash diagnosis following a Long Island car accident. Whiplash is a fairly common injury in rear-end car accidents and sometimes occurs in other traffic accidents, as well.
Let a member of our Nassau County traffic accident team review your case for free today. We will determine if you qualify to seek compensation in a fault-based claim and determine if another driver is likely liable in your case.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. now at (516) 932-0400 to get started.
Whiplash Sometimes Causes Chronic Pain and Requires Ongoing Treatment
Some people may consider whiplash to be a relatively benign condition that causes pain but fades in a few weeks. However, in many cases, this is not what happens. Some people experience ongoing pain and limited ability to participate in work, recreation, and other activities for several months or even on a chronic basis. It also prevents people from driving and makes it difficult to sleep.
Treatment for whiplash that does not go away on its own over the course of a couple of weeks includes:
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises.
- Chiropractic care
- Medications including prescription pain relief, muscle relaxers, and more.
The impairment caused by the pain from whiplash plus side effects of these medications and the need to see a doctor or therapist regularly often prevents those who have chronic neck pain after a Levittown car accident from returning to work quickly. If you have a whiplash diagnosis that renders you physically disabled following your Long Island car accident, you will be able to return to work only when your symptoms go away, and your doctor clears you to return.
The severity of your injuries and your time away from work could play a key role in whether you qualify to file a liability claim or personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused your accident. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 to discuss your whiplash diagnosis, symptoms, and legal rights
Building a Fault-Based Claim for Your Levittown Car Accident Case
Under New York Insurance Law § 5102(d), you will be able to file a fault-based case outside seeking damages beyond the benefits of the state’s no-fault car accident laws if you sustained a “serious injury,” defined as follows:
“Serious injury” means a personal injury which results in death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; a fracture; loss of a fetus; permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member; significant limitation of use of a body function or system; or a 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 ninety days during the one hundred eighty days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
As a practical matter, if you have a whiplash diagnosis or suffer another neck injury, a common circumstance that should successfully support a claim is showing that your injury resulted in a medically supported disability that caused you to miss at least 90 days of work in the first six months following your accident.
As stated above, there are additional criteria that allow accident victims to seek damages beyond the benefits provided under the no-fault rules. Our team will determine if you meet any of these qualifications during your free case review. We also have multilingual staff who speak Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada, who will speak with you about your case. Every member of our team is a passionate advocate for the injured, and we will fight for the recovery you deserve after a Levittown car accident injury.
Our team will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify all liable parties
- Communicate with all involved parties for you
- Gather evidence to support your car accident case
- Determine a value for your case
Proving your case will require us to produce strong evidence to show you qualify to take legal action, prove negligence and liability, and show the value of your losses. This often includes expert witnesses such as medical experts, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists.
Our team will meet face to face with you to work on your case in an area that is convenient for you, either on Long Island or elsewhere in our service area in the New York metropolitan area. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for your free case evaluation.
Recoverable Damages in Legal Action Following a Levittown Car Accident
When we seek compensation through a liability auto insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit after a Levittown car accident case, we will pursue a payout that optimally compensates you for the injuries and losses you experienced. This includes the following types of damages:
- Medical treatment and related costs for current and future care.
- Prescription medication costs.
- Out-of-pocket costs related to your accident.
- Lost wages and reduced earning ability related to your injury.
- Repair or replacement of your damaged car.
- Rental car costs.
- Other property damages.
- Pain and suffering losses.
- Other non-economic damages.
We Will Get Started on Your Case Quickly After You Call
There is a strict time limit on filing a personal injury lawsuit following a car accident in Nassau County under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214. Claims and lawsuits involve other time-restrictions as well. However, these deadlines are not the only reason why we like to go to work on these cases as soon as possible after the accident occurs.
Evidence in these cases often disappears quickly. Evidence from the scene is gone as fast as the tow trucks take the vehicles away, in some cases. Witnesses and even victims forget details that are important to the case, and videos are regularly recorded over even if a video of the accident exists. When we know about your case earlier, one of our Levittown whiplash accident lawyers will go to work sooner, and the case could be stronger. The sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible.
Speak With a Member of Our Car Accident Team Serving Levittown
If you have a whiplash diagnosis following a Levittown, New York, car accident, our team will discuss your injuries and determine your options during a complimentary evaluation of your case. New York law sometimes allows accident victims to go beyond the basic benefits of the no-fault system and pursue fault-based claims. If you qualify, a Levittown whiplash accident lawyer will handle this process for you.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400. A member of our team who understands New York car accident laws and how they affect your case will talk to you about your accident and injuries to determine your legal options for seeking compensation.