An injury can turn your entire life upside-down. It’s particularly distressing when someone’s negligence or intentional action causes the injury. You likely have significant medical costs, and if you miss work, the financial strain may feel insurmountable. You may feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn or who you can trust.
That’s where the attorneys here at TonaLaw can help. We place our clients at the center of our representation. With the Babylon personal injury lawyers from our office, you’ll be working with a team that treats their clients with the utmost respect and compassion. Our attorneys handle every stage of the case, starting with initial negotiations and going through trial in-house, and are not afraid to fight insurance companies for the best results for our clients. Find out about the TonaLaw difference by speaking with a Babylon personal injury lawyer from our office today.
What Types of Cases Do Bablyon Personal Injury Attorneys Handle?
Our office handles a wide array of New York personal injury claims. Some common personal injury claims we handle include the following:
- Car accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Bicycle accidents,
- Bus accidents,
- Construction accidents, and
- Animal attacks.
This list is not exhaustive. Call a Babylon personal injury lawyer from our office for a case evaluation to help determine if you have a claim we can help you handle.
Compensation Available in a New York Personal Injury Claim
If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence or intentional act, the responsible party may be required to compensate you for your injuries. New York law has several types of damages available to injured parties. These include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Determining Economic Damages
Economic damages are relatively easy to calculate because they generally have a fixed dollar amount. Economic damages may include:
- Medical bills;
- Prescription costs;
- Expenses related to physical therapy and rehabilitation;
- Property damage repairs;
- Lost wages from missing work due to your injury; and
- Future lost wages if you need more time off to recover.
If you want to pursue a claim for damages, you should keep all receipts and documents related to your injuries, property damage, and treatment.
Non-economic damages compensate you for the subjective losses you sustained due to your accident or injury. They can be difficult to quantify because they don’t have an exact dollar amount attached to them. They include the following:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Insurance companies use various methods to calculate non-economic damages, but those methods don’t necessarily account for each person’s experience. You should speak with a personal injury attorney to help calculate your potential non-economic damages, especially before accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company.
You should note that non-economic damages are limited in New York car accidents. Non-economic damages are only available if you were seriously injured. A serious injury under New York law includes:
- Loss of a fetus;
- A fracture;
- Permanent loss of an organ, body part, or another function; or
- A long-term injury that limits your ability to participate in your life.
Even if an injury isn’t on this list, it may still be considered serious. A Babylon personal injury attorney can assess your injury and help you determine your rights to non-economic damages.
You may also be eligible for punitive damages if you can prove that the responsible party’s behavior was particularly egregious. This may include when a responsible party completely disregards the safety or health of others or if they act with an evil or malicious motive. Punitive damages are intended to punish the party for their bad behavior rather than compensate the victim for their injuries.
A punitive damage claim is much more difficult to prove than other damages. Additionally, responsible parties rarely agree to pay punitive damages as a part of a settlement. Speak with a Babylon personal injury attorney at TonaLaw to determine your eligibility for punitive damages.
New York Personal Injury Claim Deadlines
Most claims in New York have a statute of limitation, or deadline, by which you must file your case in court. If you miss this deadline, you may not be able to pursue your case or obtain compensation. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in New York is three years from the accident date. You have less time and some pre-filing requirements to file your case in court if it involves a government agency or a medical professional.
Three years may seem like a long time. However, as time passes, evidence can be lost, and witnesses can forget. Do not delaycontacting a Babylon personal injury attorney. By calling TonaLaw, you can ensure that your case is handled within the requisite time so you don’t lose your rights to compensation.
How Can a Babylon Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Hiring a lawyer is not required for a personal injury claim. However, New York personal injury claims can be complicated. Fighting an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit requires a thorough understanding of New York’s laws and procedures. That’s why most people are better served when they turn to a personal injury attorney.
A Babylon personal injury lawyer, such as those at TonaLaw, can do the following for a client:
- Investigate the case,
- Collect and examine all evidence,
- Contact witnesses,
- Calculate damages,
- Negotiate with insurance companies, and
- Fight the case in court.
An attorney can deal with your case so that you can focus on what’s most important: your health and recovery.
Contact Our Babylon Personal Injury Law Firm For Expert Representation
You may think that every personal injury attorney is the same. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When you’re trying to recover from an injury, and your medical bills are mounting, you need an attorney you can trust. You need someone who will shoulder the burden of the legal process so you can focus on your recovery. Most importantly, you need someone who will go to battle on your behalf against insurance companies who will try to pressure you into accepting a settlement less than you deserve.
When you work with a Babylon personal injury attorney at TonaLaw, you can rest assured that you’ll have one of the top personal injury advocates in Long Island. Our attorneys regularly face off with insurance companies and big defense law firms to fight for injured Long Islanders. Our firm’s attorneys have over 30 years of litigation experience, so we are well-versed in New York personal injury law. Plus, we are never afraid to go to court on behalf of our clients. Call today to have a free consultation.