What Are the Steps to Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit?
The aftermath of a serious NYC car accident can be a devastating, confusing time. You may have suffered serious injuries, and you may have no experience in law. That makes it feel difficult or even impossible to get the compensation you’re due for the injuries you suffered.
Because of this, you may need help with your car accident lawsuit. Luckily, an NYC car accident lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you get compensated fairly for the injuries you suffered, helping you take the right steps toward compensation.
Report Your Car Accident
When you’re hurt in an NYC car accident, your first step toward recovery is to report the accident you suffered. Getting an accident report can help you keep track of the details of your claim, and in many cases, you’re required to file a report.
But you don’t have long to file. Talk with your car accident lawyer about filing within the ten-day limit so you don’t face penalties for failing to file.
Working with the Insurance Company
You’ll also need to report your car accident to the insurance company. New York is a no-fault state, which means your insurance policy should cover the costs of your damages, regardless of fault.
But that’s not always how your claim will be handled. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, which means they may try to protect their profits by failing to pay fully for your claim. In other cases, your damages may exceed the serious injury threshold. In these cases, you may need to speak with your lawyer about suing for your car crash injuries.
Filing Your Paperwork on Time
Because of these details, you may have grounds for a lawsuit, rather than an insurance settlement. But waiting too long to file your car accident claim can mean a dismissal. You only have three years after the accident to file your claim.
Luckily, your lawyer is here to help. If you’re worried about meeting this deadline, talk to your lawyer about your next steps. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence, determine who’s at fault for your crash, and calculate your damages, both economic and non-economic.
That means you don’t have to worry about balancing your physical recovery and your lawsuit. You can focus on healing while your lawyer handles the legal side of your claim.
Connect with a Lawyer to Take Your Next Steps
When you’re hurt in a car accident, filing a claim may be your best next step. But you may not have the tools or resources to take that step confidently. If you’re not sure where to start, the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP are here to help. If you’ve been hurt in a serious accident, talk to your lawyer during a free consultation. Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete the online contact form to begin.