Freeport Car Accident Lawyer
Few experiences shake one’s life like being involved in a car accident. The physical injuries you sustain present pain and suffering rivaled only by the anxiety over your financial situation.
When another party’s negligence causes your car accident, and you sustain injuries as a result, you deserve to recover the full extent of your damages from that negligent party.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Freeport, NY
Ways in Which Driver Error Causes Car Accidents
Driver error represents the greatest single cause of car accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The term “driver error” encompasses several types of behaviors, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving drunk or under the influence
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Tire blowout
- Reckless driving
- Improper turns
- Road rage
- Running red light
Car Accident Causes Other Than Driver Error
Outside of driver error, several other variables can factor into a car accident, including the following:
- Poorly maintained road
- Inadequate lighting
- Faulty/defective car components
- Road construction
Regardless of what caused your car accident, the legal team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will determine who is at fault and liable for your damages.
Always See a Doctor When Injured
It is possible you do not feel you were badly injured in your car accident. Your bones did not break, and your cuts and scrapes may seem relatively minor. Or perhaps you are in a great deal of pain, but you feel it will simply “go away” on its own without any treatment. You do not feel a need to see a medical professional. This could be a mistake.
The ultimate severity of injuries that result from a car accident often do not manifest immediately. Some injuries take days or weeks to develop into significantly painful conditions. The physical symptoms you now experience can develop into something much worse as time passes. A painful back twinge that is ignored could ultimately end up limiting your range of motion. A common headache could reveal itself to be a brain injury.
Always see a doctor after being injured in a car accident. Not only will this visit possibly begin treatment of your ailments before they worsen, but also it will produce documentation that will serve as significant evidence when you present damages to the insurance company or jury.
Common Injuries from a Car Accident
Car accidents can produce a wide range of injuries, ranging from minor to severe, affecting just about any part of the body. The most common injuries we see from our car accident clients include the following:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue (e.g., nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments) injuries
- Spinal injuries to the neck, and back
- Burn injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Injuries to the various joints (i.e., shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
- Any combination of the above leading to loss of range of motion or otherwise resulting in functional limitations
The cost of treating these injuries can be high, and some treatments will be ongoing, while other treatments will not even take place until well into the future.
The legal team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will obtain copies of every one of your medical patient treatment records. As indicated by the unique circumstances of your case, we will enlist the help of medical professionals and other experts who can speak to the impact of your injuries down the road, beyond the timeframe of your legal action.
Proving Negligence in Your Freeport Car Accident
Your ability to recover car accident damages will hinge on your ability to prove that another party, the defendant, was negligent and that his/her negligence caused the accident that caused your injuries.
The string of arguments begins with the concept of “Duty of Care.” This legal premise establishes that the defendant had a duty to take reasonable steps to keep you free from harm or injury. The unwritten, social contract between drivers who share a road, stipulates that when people get behind the wheel, they will conduct themselves in a manner that keeps the roads safe for other motorists.
Your Freeport car accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will prove every duty-of-care argument to establish the defendant’s liability.
Establishing Damages for Which the Defendant is Liable
When we have established the defendant’s liability, we will document the various damages you have suffered as a result of your car accident.
Some of the types of damages we might claim include the following:
- Repair/replacement to your vehicle
- Personal property in the car
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Prescription medicines and pain meds
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of earning capacity (past and future)
- Replacement services (i.e., hiring others to perform tasks you are disabled from performing.)
- Diminished quality of life
If your loved one died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident, you have the right to pursue wrongful death action. We will prosecute a case on your behalf with compassion and a total focus on winning the damages you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
As indicated by the unique circumstances of your case, we will consult with economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and medical experts to attach meaningful, accurate values to each of your damages.
Presenting Your Damages to the Insurer
You will not have to talk to anyone from any insurance company when you hire us as your car accident lawyers.
An attorney from our firm will negotiate the insurance company of the at-fault party on your behalf, working to win a settlement for the greatest money recovery possible. If the adjuster, on behalf of the at-fault insurer, fails to agree to an appropriate settlement, we may file a lawsuit against the defendant on your behalf.
Filing a Lawsuit Against the Defendant in Civil Court
If your Freeport car accident resulted in a serious injury, a lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is ready to file a lawsuit on your behalf and litigate your case in a court of law.
Keep in mind that New York’s statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have after a car accident to file legal action. Additionally, there are other time-deadlines in the prosecution of a claim and lawsuit. The sooner you embark on your quest for compensation, the more likely you are not to miss these windows if your case does not result in an insurance settlement.
While many personal injury cases settle sometime before the actual civil trial begins or at some point during the trial before a judgment is issued, it has been our experience, in more than 25 years of representing accident injury victims, that the best settlements come from preparing to win a verdict at trial. The sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible for you
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., today for your free, no-obligation consultation. Remember, we will not charge you for our services unless and until you receive compensation in your accident case. Our multilingual staff can assist you in several languages, including Greek, Kannada, Tamil, Spanish, English, and Bengali.
One of our Freeport car accident lawyers is looking forward to your call: 516-932-0400.