Accidents cause injuries both seen and unseen, physical and emotional. Both are valid and deserve recognition. Through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages from the at-fault party or another liable party tied to the accident for losses you incurred as a result of these injuries.
A personal injury lawyer at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., wants to help you build your case. If you live in Westbury, NY, we offer to review the case for free during a no-obligation, courteous, patient, and comprehensive consultation with one of our team members. We will answer your questions, address your concerns, and explain your legal options for pursuing compensation.
In This Article
- We Will Explain Your Recoverable Damages in Your Personal Injury Case
- Our Personal Injury Team Will Handle Every Aspect of Your Personal Injury Case
- We Will Help You Establish Liability in Your Personal Injury Case
- What Kind of Cases Do Our Westbury Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?
- Consult Our Law Firm to Hire a Westbury Personal Injury Lawyer Today
We Will Explain Your Recoverable Damages in Your Personal Injury Case
One thing many of our clients are interested in is how much money they might be entitled to pursue. However, there is no general answer to this question, as personal injury damages are specific to each individual, meaning compensation is based on your specific financial and non-financial losses.
By tailoring damages to each person, we are able to address specific concerns in your case. Our approach is nuanced, paying attention to the big and small challenges you are facing in the wake of your accident.
When you become our client, we will begin reviewing your case to tally up your damages and calculate their value. To determine the value of the case, we will first identify which of your damages are economic or non-economic. Some damages may need to be assigned values, which we will explain fully in direct consultation with you, tailored to your unique circumstances.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Case in Westbury, NY?
Injured parties have the potential to recover various economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages may be calculated first since they already have a monetary value and can be proven with receipts, bills, tax forms, and other financial documents. These damages include:
- Costs for emergency transport
- Costs for medical treatment and care
- Costs for projected future medical care
- Costs for prescription medications
- Costs for rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Costs for assistive and mobility devices
- Costs for home and vehicle modifications
- Lost wages and benefits
- The projected loss of income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury, you could face up to $1.14 million in first-year expenses, followed by almost $200,000 in yearly costs after that, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). Those estimates don’t include wage losses. Whatever your injury, we focus on getting you both past and future medical compensation.
Non-economic damages refer to your physical and emotional losses, which need to be assigned a monetary value when calculating your damages. They may include:
- Pain and suffering generally
- Emotional distress, specifically, as may be documented by a mental health professional that provided treatment
- Impaired enjoyment of life, such as the inability or reduced ability to perform pre-accident activities
- Permanent disability, including vision and hearing loss
- Scarring or other physical disfigurements, such as burn marks
- Diminished quality of life, as a result of all the above forms of harm
To return to our spinal cord injury example, you may have been an avid soccer player pre-accident, as well as being a deeply independent person. Your injury has now taken away something you love and kept you from maintaining the independence that mattered to you. We will assign a value to these losses to fight for what you deserve.
Potential Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
If your loved one died from their injuries, please accept our sincere condolences. We are ready and able to fight for the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
We will review your case to see if you qualify to pursue a wrongful death action. With this type of case, you may be able to pursue additional damages regarding your loved one’s passing, such as:
- Final medical expenses they incurred before their death
- Funeral service expenses, including expenses to cover their burial or cremation
- Loss of financial support if they contributed to the family net worth
- Loss of companionship or parental guidance
- Loss of consortium (i.e., the special losses suffered when one loses a spouse)
Honoring the last wishes of your loved one can provide closure to this tragedy, yet funeral expenses alone can be thousands of dollars, with the average casket starting at $2,000 and going up to $10,000, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
You shouldn’t have to shoulder these financial burdens while you’re already dealing with emotional ones. Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., today for a free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-932-0400
Our Personal Injury Team Will Handle Every Aspect of Your Personal Injury Case
When you choose a personal injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., to represent you in Westbury, our legal team will:
Protect Your Legal Rights
Knowing your rights can prevent insurance companies and negligent parties from getting away with offering you less. You have the right to ask for help, take time to consider your options, and review the paperwork before signing it. The injury lawyers at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., will enforce your right to pursue compensation. We will put our experience and knowledge of personal injury law to work and fight for the outcome you deserve.
Answer Your Questions and Provide Updates
We are committed to proactive communication. We will provide regular updates on your case, working as quickly as possible to obtain a positive resolution for you. We are never further away than a phone call, text, or email.
Documenting Your Case
A well-documented case can help you strengthen your argument for receiving compensation for your damages. We will examine every facet of the case to establish liability. We will document your injury case thoroughly to help ensure a favorable result. Meanwhile, we will regularly explain the phrasing and meaning of all paperwork, so that you understand your own documentation.
Build a Compelling Case
The complexities of New York personal injury law require us to put our in-depth knowledge and more than 25 years of experience to work on your case. We use these tools to build the strongest possible case on your behalf. Our compassion and commitment to your well-being push us to fight for the compensation you need.
Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
The settlement or verdict we will fight for will help pay for the harm you’ve suffered. Our team will fight to obtain the best possible outcome in your injury case.
To see how else we can help with your case, contact us today
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We Will Help You Establish Liability in Your Personal Injury Case
Since personal injury places the responsibility on the injured party to make a case for damages, we will need to establish liability and prove fault to build your claim. Proving liability requires that we show the following:
- Duty of care: The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- Breach of duty: The defendant was negligent (i.e., breached their duty).
- Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused your accident and injuries.
- Damages: You suffered damages because of the accident.
In building a case argument, we might discover that there are multiple liable parties involved in your accident. If so, we will help you build cases against each liable party if doing so is a viable option for pursuing compensation.
How We Identify Negligent and Liable Parties
Not only are multiple liable parties possible, but the person who was directly negligent may not be the party who is held accountable. We determine who is the proper liable party.
For instance, if you were struck by a commercial truck driver, the company that owns the truck and employs the driver can be held liable for the driver’s negligence. Likewise, a grocery store employee’s failure to clean up a spill may have caused your slip and fall case, but the store itself could be liable.
By digging into the details of your case, we will identify everyone involved and their level of liability. Leave the investigation to us.
How We Support Your Case Argument for Liability
To prove liability, we document your case thoroughly and support it with evidence that may include:
- Accident reports
- Photos or video footage
- Witness testimony
- Medical records
- Expert opinion and testimony
- Accident reconstruction
- Phone or social media records
- Previous complaints or cases
- Timeline of events
For example, if you were injured by a driver who was posting on Instagram instead of paying attention to the road, we will research their social media posts at the time of the accident. In a dog bite case, we will look into past reports of the animal’s aggression to illustrate a pattern of behavior. We explore any resources possible to shed light on liability.
To document your damages, we will obtain opinions and, if necessary, testimony from subject matter experts, including:
- Medical professionals
- Vocational rehabilitation specialists
- Lifecare planners
- Accident reconstruction experts
Some forms of personal injury are particularly reliant on expert testimony, such as medical malpractice. Doctors in specialized fields feel safer hiding behind jargon, but we consult with experts of our own to highlight negligence and emphasize why you deserve damages. Yet, regardless, all forms of personal injury benefit from having authority on your side.
Because no two personal injury cases are the same, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., provides personalized legal representation for every client.
What Kind of Cases Do Our Westbury Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?
Our law firm handles the following types of personal injury cases:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we pursue justice for our clients. Our job is to hold the at-fault party accountable and obtain compensation for your damages.
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Consult Our Law Firm to Hire a Westbury Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our injury lawyers are passionate advocates for the injured. Many of our staff members are multilingual, allowing us to assist you in English, Greek, Spanish, Tamil, Kannada, or Bengali.
You have a limited time to pursue legal action for a personal injury. Contact us as soon as possible so we can get to work on building a strong case and fighting for the compensation you deserve. Call us today for your free case evaluation.