If you were injured, your first question could be "how can I get a settlement for my injury?" The process can vary, based upon the type of case. Here are some simple answers to assist you.
I was in a car accident, do I need a lawyer?
In the State of New York, the no-fault law requires you to recover compensation from your own insurance company, unless you meet the "serious injury" threshold. What is considered a serious injury? The law states that these injuries include death, dismemberment, disfigurement, fractures, the death of a fetus, permanent disabling injuries to an organ, function of the body or body system, or any injury which makes it impossible for the victim to perform their usual daily activities for not less than 90 days.
This criteria can make the situation fairly complex for an injured person. You may not know exactly how long it will take you to recover completely. One person could recover more quickly than another, or an injury could have a longer term impact that only becomes evident after a few weeks. It could not be more important that you have an attorney assisting you with your claim. In many cases, those without an attorney could have a claim denied, or a settlement offer that is much lower than it should be. It is advised, particularly in cases of serious injury, that you get an attorney at once.
How much will I get in a settlement?
The amount of the settlement will vary, and is based upon a valuation of the damages. These include both the actual costs you have incurred in medical bills, lost income, property damage, and estimated future costs if you need ongoing care or treatment, as well as pain and suffering or other damages in cases that meet the threshold for a serious injury. You can have your case valued by a qualified attorney so you know what to expect with regard to value, as well as how long it is predicted to have the settlement paid to you.
Contact the The Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli for more information about getting compensation after an injury.