When severe injuries occur because of a car accident, the price of treatment can be extremely costly. Emergency medical treatment, hospitalizations, surgeries, and sometimes extensive follow up care all come at a steep price.
People who consider filing a personal injury claim after an accident often wonder “How much is my claim worth?” Unfortunately, it’s not possible to predict the exact amount your claim will be worth, or even whether your claim will be successful.
Personal injury lawsuits are filed against persons or entities who have exhibited negligence and as a result a person was injured, killed or suffered damages to their property. In personal injury claims, compensation is often awarded to pay for damages such as medical bills, missed time from work, and physical rehabilitation.
It’s important to remember that punitive damages are only awarded in extreme situations when an especially immoral, reckless or deceitful act was committed. Some common examples include theft, battery and fraud.
Most personal injury lawsuits in New York revolve around a concept known as “negligence.” Negligence can be defined as “the failure to act in a reasonable way to protect others from harm, or performing an unreasonable act that endangers, injure, kills or destroys the property of another person.”
Although it may seem unusual or unfair that your own insurance must cover damages from an accident that was caused by another person, the no-fault system was designed to avoid drawn-out litigations and to assure drivers that insurance would pay for the damages of anyone injured in a transportation accident, no matter who is at fault.
There are few moments more stressful than being pulled over by a police officer and asked to take a breath or blood test. But is it appropriate for the police officer to make that request? The short answer is yes.
New York state law categorizes drunk driving into three offenses, depending upon the percentage of alcohol in your blood, or Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Your BAC can be estimated in a breath sample or determined from a blood sample.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions almost always include the revocation or suspension of your drivers’ license. Without the ability to drive, functioning in the modern world can become a logistical nightmare.