Have you been injured in an auto accident in Queens? If so, and you are currently seeking legal guidance regarding your recent car accident, you have come to the right place. Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. has the experience needed to help you through the often times difficult and overwhelming process of recovering for your losses.
For those injured in a motor vehicle accident, the pain and suffering is often compounded by confusion over a lack of information regarding how to get reimbursed for medical bills, loss of earnings and for other damages suffered. If an individual suffers serious injuries as a result of an accident, it may be necessary to file a personal injury claim and/or pursue legal action to recover the compensation to which he or she is entitled. In Queens, a personal injury claim and/or lawsuit should be filed against the responsible parties for economic damages such as medical bills (which No-Fault did not cover) and non-economic damages including pain and suffering.
Queens motorists involved in accidents who suffer serious injuries may be able to sue for economic as well as non-economic damages such as the pain and suffering (that is attributable to their injuries). Under New York State law, a serious injury can be defined as any of the following:
- Dismemberment - Loss of limb(s);
- Significant disfigurement/scarring - The injury must be significant enough to cause a reasonable person to view the result as ‘unattractive, objectionable or as the subject of pity or scorn’;
- Fracture of a bone or a part of a bone;
- Loss of a fetus;
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system;
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member - The use of the organ or member causes persistent or chronic pain that has a limiting effect;
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system - The injury must cause the organ, member, function or system to no longer operate, operate in a limited capacity or operate only with pain;
- The ‘90/180 Day Rule’ - Defined as an impairment of a non-permanent nature that prevents the victim from conducting daily activities for at least 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Queens car accident and are seeking legal counsel, please call at 800-966-4999 for immediate consideration to your matter.