Rochester Car Accident Attorneys
Pursuing Fair Compensation for Monroe County Car Accident Injury Victims
The New York State Department of Health reported that between 2012 and 2014, motor vehicle accidents were the fourth leading cause of injuries leading to death for Monroe County residents. Between these years, car accidents led to 4 deaths, 32 hospitalizations, and 440 emergency department treatments every month for Monroe County residents. With car accident injuries come serious expenses relating to medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, and much more.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a car accident in Rochester, NY or the Monroe County area, the car accident lawyers at Nobles & DeCarolis are here to fight for you! Get a free consultation today.
On This Page:
- New York's No Fault Laws
- Car Accident Damages You May Recover
- Wrongful Death Car Accident Claims
- How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help?
- New York Car Accident Statute of Limitations
- When to Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident
When considering whether or not to file a lawsuit for your car accident injuries, it’s important to consider the fact that New York is a no-fault state. This means that if you’re involved in a car accident, even if it was someone else’s fault, your first claim should go to your own insurance company. Damages from a minor accident should be covered by your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) plan. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you suffer severe injuries, as defined by state law, you may have grounds to take legal action against the at-fault party.
Qualifying Injuries Under New York Law
The qualifying injuries that allow you to step outside of New York’s no fault laws are:
- Bone fractures
- Permanent limitation of use of a body organ or member
- Significant disfigurement
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Full disability for at least 90 days
If you do meet the requirements to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver, you may be able to recover compensation for any of the following damages (both economic and non-economic):
- Medical expenses
- Damage to personal property
- Lost wages from missed work
- Pain and suffering
In the event that you have lost a loved one in a tragic car accident, we may be able to recover compensation for the following on your behalf:
- Funeral costs
- Burial costs
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of emotional support
While no amount of compensation can replace your lost loved one, it can help alleviate some of the financial strain you and your family experience in the wake of their loss.
Our compassionate and experienced car accident lawyers in Rochester offer free consultations to prospective clients. If you have been in an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out today.
In some cases it may be tempting to try to handle your car accident injury claim on your own. However, this is often not in your own best interests. Whether your claim is against the insurance company or against another driver, in most situations the defendant will have their own lawyer representing them. By taking steps to hire a lawyer after your car accident you level the playing field and help ensure that your best interests are kept in mind when a settlement is being negotiated, or in the event that your case ends up in court.
Another law to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to file a car accident claim is the statute of limitations. This law determines how long after an accident a victim is allowed to file a personal injury claim. In New York, the statute of limitations for these types of claims is 3 years for injury victims and 2 years for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you wait too long to file your claim, you may lose the right to file a claim at all.
If you need help determining when to get an attorney for a car accident ask yourself these questions:
- Have I been seriously injured?
- Am I confident in my own abilities to navigate the legal system, file paperwork on time and potentially argue my case in front of a judge or jury?
- Will my injuries prevent me from putting in the effort and energy that my case will require of me?
If you feel that your best interests would be served by hiring a Rochester car accident lawyer to represent you, then that’s exactly what you should do!
The car accident lawyers at Nobles & DeCarolis fight for those injured and the families of those killed in car accidents in Rochester and Upstate New York. Time is of the essence; contact us as soon as you are ready to get started with your car accident lawsuit.
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