Personal Injury Resources:
What Constitutes A “Serious Injury?
Any fracture qualifies under New York’s Insurance Law. Death, dismemberment, serious disfigurement, and fetal loss are also eligible. The additional categories that comprise a “serious injury” are more difficult to examine and define:
Lasting impairment of a physical organ, function, or system
Permanent restriction of use of a physical organ
Substantial restriction in the utilization of a biological function or system a medically determined non-permanent injury or impairment that prevents the injured person from performing daily activities.
What If I Don’t Have A “Serious Injury” And Am I Unable to Cross The “No-Fault Threshold”?
Even if you did not sustain a qualifying “serious injury” in a vehicle or truck accident, you are still entitled to “no-fault benefits,” sometimes known as “first party benefits.” These include:
- reimbursement for reasonable and necessary medical expenses for doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers;
- reimbursement for a percentage of your missed wages; and
- reimbursement for some additional incidental expenses.
What you cannot do if you do not have a “serious injury” is proceed the careless driver for monetary recompense for your bodily and emotional pain and suffering.
What Activities Take Place During Discovery?
The New York and Federal practice standards provide a variety of instruments that lawyers might use to investigate the other party’s claims or defenses. Among these tools are:
Demands for Document Production
Bills of Particulars Demands
Notices to Admit Depositions (also known as Exams Before Trial, or “EBTs”)
Medical Examinations that are “independent”
The tools utilized and how they are used will differ based on the issues in the case. You will be expected to assist personal injury attorneys in preparing and responding to various types of Discovery requests.
What Information Should I Gather at A Car Accident Scene?
If you are in an automobile accident, it is critical to document as much as possible. If another party is involved in the accident, obtain their name, phone number, license number, and insurance information. Make a note of the accident’s date, time, and location. If anyone witnesses the collision, try to collect their contact information and preserve any statements they make that may be useful. Take photos of the situation, if possible, to document the damage. Also, obtain a copy of the police report as well as any tickets issued as a result of the accident.
What Steps Should I Take If I Was Bitten by A Wild Animal?
If you have been bitten by a dog, go to a safe place away from the dog and get medical assistance immediately if the dog bite is serious. Infections such as tetanus and rabies must be considered depending on the severity of the dog bite. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be able to receive financial compensation. We provide free consultations for dog bite personal injury claims and will help you evaluate if you have a case.
Should I Sign Off on My Medical Claims If the Insurance Company Asks?
Do not sign any medical expense papers until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney. The insurance company may attempt to profit from a complex and frustrating situation. You may give away essential rights if you sign documentation at the direction of an insurance adjuster.
Common Reasons of Truck Accidents in Rochester?
Truck accidents are caused by the same factors that cause car accidents, including as speeding, hazardous road conditions, and impairment while driving. Truck accidents are more likely due to factors such as distracted driving or driving while fatigued, overweight cargo, which can cause tire blowouts or tipping over, and truck equipment failure such as brakes or other faults.
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