If you were in an accident and have decided to seek compensation for your injuries, it’s imperative to know the basics of personal injury law. Understanding how the process works will make it easier for you and your attorney to get favorable results in your case. Here are answers to common questions surrounding personal injury claims.
4 Common Personal Injury Claim Questions
What is a personal injury?
Personal injury is physical or mental damage sustained due to another party’s negligence or intentional conduct. This type of case can either be formalized through civil court proceedings or be resolved without filing any lawsuit via an informal settlement. The statute of limitations in New York grants a claimant up to three years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit.
What proof will I need to file a claim?
If you sustained an injury, visit the emergency room, or see your doctor right away. Request copies of your medical records and incurred expenses. If possible, gather evidence that another party was responsible for your accident. This includes taking pictures of the scene of the accident, talking to potential witnesses, preserving any physical evidence, and furnishing a copy of a police report. Prepare to submit them to a personal injury lawyer who will help you file your claim.
How long does the process take?
The time frame varies with every injury case. You must take into account settlements, insurance company processing, liability issues, circumstances surrounding the accident, and gathering of proof. To estimate, quick cases last six months up to a year. Longer ones can last up to three years.
What compensation does the claimant receive?
The compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries, the circumstances of your case, and your insurance coverage. Your personal injury attorney should give you an estimate of your compensation after thoroughly going through the details of your case. You may be entitled to receive compensation for past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages, repair of damaged property, emotional distress, and other incurred costs.
If you were hurt because of another’s negligence, Ozman Law Offices in Walden, NY, can help you seek compensation for damages and injuries. With their dedicated and determined lawyers, they provide exceptional representation for clients involved in personal injury, DWI, traffic violation, criminal, divorce, and custody cases. To request an appointment, call (845) 778-7777. Visit their website to read more about their personal injury experience.