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Liability: Who Pays Damages?

Establishing Liability in a Car Accident

Firmly establishing liability for your car accident will determine who pays for damages. In large part, it will also decide the percentage of awards or damages that we can recover in your case. In the State of New York, the rule of "pure comparative negligence" is adhered to. According to this law, the damages our firm can attain for you will be determined by the amount of responsibility you had, if any, in the accident.

For example, if you are found to be 40% at fault, you can only receive 60% of the damages given in the case. This is one of several reasons why it is vital to retain a proven Nassau County personal injury attorney to represent you.

Why is liability so key to compensation?

Insurance companies frequently work to deny that their client had liability in an accident. In some cases, an insurer will attempt to deflect the blame onto you. Fortunately, our lead counsel served for years as defense counsel in personal injury cases for many prestigious insurance companies. We know the tactics that are often used by insurance firms to deny your claim or attempt to get you to settle for an amount that is substantially less than your claim is worth. For over 20 years, we have concentrated on personal injury law.

As members of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, other attorneys turn to us for assistance in courtroom and other legal situations. Our knowledge of personal injury litigation plus our dedication to personalized service provide you with the opportunity to receive the maximum compensation in your case.

Even when another person was driving the car, the car's owner is usually responsible for accidents that occurred with their vehicle. If the owner gave permission for their car to be driven, they are still legally liable for accidents and injuries. When an accident occurred in a vehicle that was driven for work-related purposes, an employer may be held responsible for all or a portion of the results of an injury.

This comes from the idea that the accident would not have occurred if the driver was not using the vehicle for an employment connected purpose. Thus, establishing liability is vital in a personal injury claims and litigation. We are dedicated to proving and persuasively presenting liability in car accident cases throughout Long Island. Without such representation, your chance to recover fair compensation is greatly diminished.

Contact the Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli

Have you experienced serious injuries due to a car accident in Long Island? Broken bones, loss of vision, severe burn injuries, amputation, blunt force trauma, hearing loss and other serious injuries frequently result from car accidents. We work to see that an insurer pays all of your medical costs plus related expenses.

As well, we seek lost wages that are brought about by an inability to work due to your injuries. Our state follows the "no fault" system in which your insurer will commonly pay your costs. This system is not adequate for those who have suffered severe or catastrophic injuries from a car accident. In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit is a must to being awarded full damages for your pain and suffering.

Most cases involving grave injuries or a wrongful death demand negotiations in order to reach a favorable conclusion. Our knowledge of how insurance companies view and resolve injury cases can prove essential to success in your case. Our most important actions will revolve around proving who is liable in your accident.

To assist you in getting started, we offer a free case evaluation. From this first meeting and throughout your case, you will be represented by a committed attorney, not a paralegal or other office staff. An attorney from our firm can review your situation to establish grounds for a personal injury claim. We can also help you to understand the road ahead and what our Long Island personal injury attorney can do to help you and your family.

Contact our firm today and learn how an experienced attorney can prove liability in your car accident case.

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