You’re driving along the Northway. The weather is clear and the traffic is light. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a car comes barreling across the median and into your lane of travel. The vehicles collide…
Thankfully, you’re alive. The EMTs bring you to CVPH where you are diagnosed with multiple leg fractures and some other minor injuries.
A few days later, you’re home and the phone rings. It’s the insurance company for the car’s owner – who wasn’t the driver. They are sorry to tell you that the driver himself has no insurance but the “good news” is that they will pay you a small amount from the owners’ insurance policy.
What will you do now?
Thankfully, this woman called us soon after. We were able to research the insurance policies for everyone involved, including our own client. Although no amount of money could take away the terror of what happened to her, we settled her claims for a fair amount.
There are many types of incidents which give rise to a personal injury claim. The most common types of cases include:
- Car accidents
- Truck collisions
- Trip, slip and falls
- Pedestrian accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Tourist accidents
- Sexual abuse
- Property accidents
However it happens, if another party causes you injury, you have a claim for compensation. This compensation should make up for all of your injury-related expenses such as medical expenses and lost wages. It must also compensate you for the experience of being hurt.
What Makes a Personal Injury Lawyer Different From Other Lawyers?
Working with a Plattsburgh personal injury lawyer is going to be a very different experience than working with a lawyer who does family law, disability appeals or real estate.
First of all, personal injury lawyers must have deep knowledge of special areas of the law concerning liens and subrogation rights, working with expert witnesses and civil trial practice. We must have a working knowledge of a variety of areas of medicine to deal with the injuries our clients suffer – orthopedics, neurology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation- the list goes on.
A personal injury law practice will be focused solely on building and resolving injury claims. There is no time or energy to do anything else! We must collect records, track down witnesses, conduct focus groups and perform a thousand other tasks that are particular to injury cases.
When we’re not working directly on client files, injury lawyers spend a great deal of time collaborating with other injury lawyers – learning new skills and developing their understanding of the law.
It takes quite a bit of focus and dedication to sustain a law practice with the goal of making injured peoples’ lives better. Be careful that you don’t get caught working with a lawyer who is dividing his or her time between your injury case and drafting wills or doing divorces!
What Does It Take To Have a Winning Injury Claim?
While at one extreme, some injuries can occur due to a person’s intentional acts, and at the other extreme, for no reason at all, a winning personal injury claim will probably result from someone’s careless – or negligent – choices. This can involve anything from a vehicle collision to a hazard that a property owner failed to address. While a person might not have had any ill will, they could still be held civilly responsible if their careless choices resulted in another person’s injuries.
Whether or not an injury results in a personal injury claim depends on whether you can prove that the other party was negligent. Negligence occurs when a person owes a duty of care to someone else but violates that duty. These are the proverbial “rules of the road” and they apply in a variety of circumstances.
Injury claims can involve a variety of accidents with varying duties and levels of care that are owed. While there is no question that a motorist involved in a crash had a duty to follow the actual rules of the road and operate their vehicle reasonably safely, the duty that a property owner owes to a person injured on their land is often not as clear. A Plattsburgh personal injury attorney could help you determine if your injuries resulted from an act of negligence.
It’s our job as your legal team to develop the evidence which proves to an insurance adjuster or civil jury that the person who harmed you was negligent and that his or her negligence caused you a physical injury.
What Is Compensation For An Injury?
Anyone suffering from a severe injury could face serious financial hardships following an accident. The most obvious example is medical expenses. Even minor injuries could require a trip to the doctor’s office or an emergency room, and those trips are often costly. Serious injuries could require more than just immediate medical attention. Long-term or permanent injuries could require years of follow-up visits, physical therapy, and other treatments. You may be eligible to recover compensation for damages with the help of Drew Palcsik, a skilled personal injury attorney in Plattsburgh.
The costs related to a personal injury claim go beyond just medical care. For many, an injury means the inability to return to work for an extended period of time. Missing work could mean missing out on paychecks. This financial instability could upend the life of an injury victim or their family.
A successful injury claim could help in this situation as well. In an injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation for lost wages following an accident. If the injury is so severe it limits your ability to earn the same wages in the future as you did prior to the injury, the courts could make the responsible party make up for the difference.
In most cases, though, the most important element of damages are the human harms and losses that a person suffers as a result of being injured. Pain, discomfort, embarrassment, shame – each of these experiences can, if properly framed by your lawyer, become an element of damages and, if so, the jury (or insurance company adjuster) has an obligation to make you whole with money damages.
A skilled personal injury lawyer will want to spend time with you at home and in your natural surrounds, so he or she can learn about who you are and what life was like before and after the injury. The better we understand you, the better job we can do presenting your claims and getting you compensated.
Reach Out to a Plattsburgh Personal Injury Attorney Today
Due to the type of accident and the severity of injuries, each personal injury case is unique. You need an experienced attorney who understands the laws in New York and can handle your specific needs. The right legal counsel could make the difference for you in maximizing your financial recovery. Speak to a Plattsburgh personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and legal options. Call Drew today!