If you were hurt and your vehicle was damaged in a rear-end collision, you could qualify to legally compel the at-fault driver to compensate you for the costs of the accident. Your post-accident expenses can include your medical bills, vehicle damage, pain and suffering, and loss of income.
The rear-end collisions lawyers in our office can help you by working to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence and financial liability. When you choose our firm to represent you, we will compile evidence that supports your case, determine the value of your lawsuit, and negotiate with the at-fault driver or their insurance provider for the compensation you qualify to recover.
Supporting Injured Clients is Our Priority
If another driver’s negligence injured you in a Long Beach, New York accident, you are entitled to pursue a monetary recovery. If a rear-end collision resulted in the wrongful death of someone you love, we extend our sincere condolences. Our client support team is ready and able to help you by seeking compensation while you and your family cope with your sudden loss.
Our team offers support by:
- Keeping you updated throughout your case
- Identifying the at-fault party and their liability
- Handling all case-related communication
- Obtaining, organizing, and submitting evidence
- Establishing the monetary value of your case
- Fighting to win the best possible outcome on your behalf
A team member will meet you wherever you are on Long Island or in the New York metropolitan area. We will also make sure to identify and comply with the statute of limitations in your case to safeguard your right to file a lawsuit.
Time to File Your Lawsuit is Limited
In Long Beach, the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit is determined by the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations, in turn, is determined by the outcome of the accident as follows:
- New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214 limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit if you were hurt in the collision.
- New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1 limits the amount of time you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit if a family member was fatally injured in the collision.
We pay close attention to these filing deadlines. We also want to ensure that your case receives the careful attention and detailed valuation it deserves. Our goal is to reach an appropriate settlement or verdict to plan for your family’s financial future. To achieve this, our team will work hard to build your case. We will prove your recoverable damages by hiring the expert witness or witnesses that the unique circumstances of your case call for, which may include one or more of the following
- Medical experts
- Lifecare planners
- Vocational rehabilitation specialists
Assessing Your Range of Recoverable Damages
The economic and non-economic damages of an accident can cause short- and long-term financial hardships. After a rear-end collision in Long Beach, you might qualify for two types of recoverable damages.
- Economic damages include medical bills, income loss, future health care expenses, and required medications or assistive medical devices. It might also include the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
- Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and inconvenience. It might also include compensation for lasting or permanent impairments and mental and emotional harm.
Calculating each of these damage types can be overwhelming on your own. While you focus on recovering from your physical injuries, a rear-end collisions lawyer from our firm will focus on accurately valuing your lawsuit. As needed, we will request bills and treatment records from every facility and physician where you were treated as well as employment records and vehicle repair or replacement values.
Documenting Your Rear-End Collision Injuries
Whenever two cars collide, the occupants of both vehicles are at risk of serious injury. Whiplash is an often-reported injury following a rear-end collision, according to the Mayo Clinic research. It can leave you with short-term injuries, including neck pain, chronic headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and depression. A car accident might also result in injuries such as:
- More extensive traumatic brain injury (“T.B.I.”)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Because post-accident medical care might involve treatment by many different physicians and facilities, it can be hard to keep up with the various referrals, bills, and records. Our team makes sure all current and future accident-related medical expenses are addressed and accounted for when assessing the value of your case.
Compiling Evidence in Your Case File
Your case file is key to proving the cause and consequences of the accident, as well as the value of your lawsuit. In addition to compliance with the statute of limitations, early involvement in your case means our team has time to build a strong case file on your behalf.
This includes canvassing the area for witnesses and securing dash-cam, residential, or commercial surveillance videos that captured the accident. Additional items that can strengthen your case file, if available, include:
- Medical records and bills
- Proof of lost income
- The police accident report
- Injury and accident scene photos
- Witness statements
Once we uncover the evidence to prove how a collision occurred, the at-fault party’s representative might agree to a settlement rather than going to court. Our team’s goal is to organize and present proof of the at-fault driver’s liability and negotiate a favorable monetary settlement that lets you avoid trial, provided the settlement offer is for an appropriate amount that will properly compensate you for your injuries, all you’ve been through.
Our Firm Fights for Your Financial Recovery
If a negligent driver rear-ended you or someone you love in Long Beach, a rear-end collisions lawyer at our firm can help you build a solid case for financial compensation. Our team will advocate for you when you are ready to hold the at-fault driver responsible for your property damage, medical, and related expenses.
Our multilingual staff can assist clients in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.
Contact the personal injury team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to get help fighting for your rights. Call (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation today.