Accident & Injury FAQ
If you're looking for helpful information regarding accident and injury claims in Nassau County,
Suffolk County or anywhere in Long Island, we welcome you to review the information that is included on this site. We also invite you to call an
injury attorney at our law offices to discuss your particular case. We have included some common questions and answers below, for your convenience:
What is negligence?
The basic definition of negligence is an act or inaction that constitutes a failure to provide proper care under the circumstances, when this then results in another's injury. A driver of a car, for example, has an obligation to obey traffic laws and to drive in such a manner as to look out for the safety of others. If a driver is distracted and does not pulls out of a parking space without looking behind his or her vehicle, and thus strikes a pedestrian, that driver could be held legally accountable for the pedestrian's injuries.
What is my claim worth?
Every case is different, and therefore the value of your claim will vary depending on a number of key factors. The extent of injury sustained is a primary issue to consider, as this will influence the amount of medical expenses you will have to deal with, the amount of time you may miss from work and any lasting physical, financial and psychological repercussions you may face in the future. To determine the value of your case, your Long Island injury attorney at our firm will take care to thoroughly investigate the matter from every angle. We may involve expert witnesses in medicine, economics and other fields to assess the value of your claim and prove this in negotiation or in court. For more detailed information about what your case may be worth, we welcome you to call our offices.
Do I need an attorney?
Deciding whether to hire an attorney to handle your personal injury claim is a personal choice you must make for yourself. There are a number of important issues to consider, however, that may make involving a lawyer the right choice for you. These are legal matters, and they have the potential to be complex. If the insurance company tries to deny your claim or offers you an unfairly low settlement, you may need someone on your side to fight back and seek fair compensation. If your case must go to trial to be resolved, you will need an aggressive and knowledgeable advocate for your rights. In all, your lawyer can handle every aspect of your case in order to seek justice and maximum compensation for your injuries.
How is medical malpractice linked to birth injuries?
Not all birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice, but there are certain circumstances where a nurse, obstetrician, doctor or other medical professional may make a mistake or act negligently, causing injury to mother or baby. A delayed cesarean section, medication error, improper use of forceps or vacuum or mistake in the administration of an epidural may cause a serious birth injury to occur.
What should I do after a car accident?
There are a few steps you should take after a Long Island car accident:
- Remain at the scene
- Report the accident by calling 911
- Exchange insurance and driver information with the other party or parties involved
- Get the information of any witnesses present
- If possible, take pictures at the scene
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights and options
I was injured by a defective product. Do I have grounds for a case against the manufacturer?
If a defective or dangerous product caused your injuries, you may have grounds for a product liability case against the manufacturer. To be successful, you will need to prove that the product was defective, that you were injured, and that the defect was the proximate cause of your injuries. An experienced lawyer can help you with this, utilizing the necessary resources to build a compelling case on your behalf.
If insurance is not paying enough what can I do?
This is a common problem that a lot of accident victims deal with. Insurance companies are looking out for their best interests and protecting themselves essentially. This means that many valid claims are denied or a low settlement is given. This is one of the main reasons it is important to work with an attorney so that they are able to review the settlement offered by an insurance company and determine if it is substantial enough. Personal injuries can lead to high costs and when the insurance of the liable party is not enough, the victims can be left dealing with further harm.
Taking legal action may be necessary and this can be against the insurance provider themselves. It may be the company of an employer or car insurance of a driver that hit you. When they fail to give a satisfactory settlement the case can be taken to trial where the court may order that more be awarded. Insurance companies often want to avoid court and sometimes even the threat of it can be enough for them to change their stance. Furthermore, third parties may be pursued in some cases. This may be in an instance where workers compensation is not enough and someone else was also responsible. It may be a fellow employer or a company that manufactured a faulty product.
What is considered a workplace injury?
Workplace injuries must be those that are directly connected to the line or work or an accident that took place. They may be suffered in a moment when something falls on an employee or can be the result of long term wear and tear, such as the exposure to a dangerous substance or repetitive body motion. These injuries may prevent a worker from being able to continue in the field or may only hinder them momentarily.