Queens Car Accident Lawyers
Injured in a Car Accident? We Can Help You Fight for Fair Compensation
A car crash can completely change your life in the blink of an eye. When someone else isn’t paying attention or is driving dangerously, there is often little you can do to avoid a collision. Sadly, such accidents tend to result in serious, life-altering injuries. The cost of these injuries, both in terms of financial expenses and physical and emotional harm, can be exorbitant.
After a car accident leaves you injured, you need an attorney who understands how to navigate the personal injury system and recover the rightful compensation you are owed. At Davidoff Law, we know what it takes to fight back against negligent drivers and liable insurance companies—and our long record of success proves that we know how to get results. If you were involved in a car accident in Queens, turn to our firm today to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
Understanding New York’s No-Fault Insurance Laws
The state of New York is what is known as a “no-fault insurance state.” Generally speaking, what this means is that anyone injured in a motor vehicle collision, regardless of fault, can collect compensation for their damages by filing a claim with their own insurance provider through their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
In New York, no-fault insurance benefits include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost income/wages
- Transportation costs to medical appointments
Ostensibly, the purpose of no-fault insurance is to allow insured individuals to receive compensation relatively quickly without having to go through the litigation process. However, in reality, the process of filing for no-fault benefits after an accident is often tedious, complex, and confusing. Insurance companies can use any mistakes made by claimants to deny coverage. It’s important that you work with an attorney after the accident in order to ensure that you do not make any unintentional errors on your claim that could ultimately end up costing you your right to recovery.
When Can You Go Outside the No-Fault System?
Because the no-fault insurance system only allows claimants to recover certain benefits—and, notably, it doesn’t not provide coverage for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering—there may be some instances in which car accident victims wish to step outside the no-fault system and file a claim directly against the at-fault party’s insurance provider. This is possible under certain circumstances.
Generally speaking, the only way to go outside of New York’s no-fault insurance system and file a claim against the at-fault driver is to prove that your injuries are “serious.”
The law specifically qualifies injuries as “serious” if the injury:
- Is a bone fracture
- Causes significant disfigurement
- Results in permanent disability/functional limitations
- Results in significant functional limitations
- Causes substantial and total disability for at least 90 days
If your injuries do not meet the threshold of a “serious injury” as defined by New York law, you are not permitted to file a claim against the person or party that caused the accident. However, if your injuries do qualify, you can seek compensation via a third-party injury claim or by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
How Davidoff Law Can Help
In the wake of a serious car accident, your focus should be on getting the right medical treatment, resting, and recovering from your injuries—not on dealing with the legal implications of the accident. At Davidoff Law, our Queens car accident lawyers can handle all of the various legal matters involved in seeking the fair financial compensation you are owed. Whether you need to file for PIP coverage through the no-fault insurance system, or you have sustained a serious injury that necessitates stepping outside of this system, having one of our experienced attorneys on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
With years of experience and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we are well-equipped to help you navigate the legal process after a devastating car accident. Remember, the statute of limitations on car accident claims in New York is three years (with some very rare exceptions); the sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can begin building your case and seeking the compensation you deserve.
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Settlement for a wrongful death resulting from a motor vehicle accident.
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75-year-old woman crossing the street when struck by a school bus, sustaining a fractured skull with associated traumatic brain injury.
MVA - Rear End Collision $1.6 Million
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Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Lower Back Injury $1,350,000
37-year-old woman, a homemaker, sustained a serious injury while driving her child from school. Among other injuries, she suffered an injury to her lower back, requiring surgery involving a discectomy with fusion.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting from Rear-End Collision $1,250,000
A 42-year-old construction worker was involved in rear-end collision in the Bronx. Among other injuries, he suffered neck, shoulder and back injuries, requiring multiple surgeries. The case has been resolved at the time of trial.
Pedestrian Accident While Crossing the Street $1,250,000
A 71-year-old woman, a secretary, was crossing the street when she was hit by a car. She sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured leg, requiring several surgeries. The case has been resolved during the discovery stage.
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A 71-year-old retired female involved in a rear-end collision. She sustained traumatic injuries to both shoulders and neck which necessitated disc fusion.
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Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Parked Car $1,000,000
The Highest Verdict in the State of New York obtained in a Summary Jury Trial. A 68-year-old male was loading groceries inside his parked vehicle when another vehicle collided with his car. Subsequently, the claimant required two procedures to repair his disabled left shoulder.
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