Brooklyn Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
After surviving an auto wreck while on foot, your recovery is certain to incur a substantial amount in medical expenses and other losses. Find out how to get full compensation by working with a Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer.
If you suffered a serious injury as a pedestrian after getting hit by a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver or responsible party. To find out how strong your case is and what it could be worth, speak with a Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer.
Protect Your Rights After a Pedestrian Accident
You only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit before reaching the statute of limitations. In New York, this is three years from the date of the accident. This might seem like a large amount of time, but the longer you wait, the more the evidence will fade, making it important to hire a Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. If you pass this deadline, you could lose your right to seek compensation.
The party who hit you is likely to open an insurance claim. Once they do, the insurance company may contact you and ask questions. It is best to have them speak with us instead because anything you say can be used against you. Even if you were completely blameless, they’ll use anything they can to push blame onto you, including using your words out of context against you.
Negligence and Pedestrian-Car Crashes
Under New York’s comparative negligence laws, if you are found to be partially at-fault, the amount of money you receive will be reduced by your percentage of negligence. For example, if you crossed the road in the middle of the street instead of at a crosswalk, the other party might claim that you were responsible for the accident. We need to gather evidence to counter their claims.
Calculating the Value of Your Injury Claim
Determining what your injury claim is worth takes time. It is important not to settle your case before we can evaluate all the ways that your injuries have impacted your lifestyle and how they are likely to do so in the future. Your doctor plays an important role in this process by determining if you are going to recover and how long that process will take.
We will work with your doctor to determine the level of care you will need going forward and what the cost will be. Factoring all of these elements into your demand for compensation will ensure that you aren’t stuck paying future medical bills out of pocket. Once all of your medical costs—both current and future—are calculated, we will uncover and assess the value of your other accident-related expenses and losses, including all of the following items:
- Lost wages, income, and earning potential
- Transportation expenses and caregiver costs
- Medication and mobility equipment
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Damage done to your marriage and personal relationships
Your Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer can also request punitive damages. If the negligent party should be punished for malicious and egregiously negligent actions, you may receive this additional financial award.
Settling a Pedestrian Accident Claim
After hitting you in a crosswalk, on a sidewalk, or anywhere else, the driver may want to settle the case through negotiations and avoid going to court. The more evidence we have proving his or her negligence, the more likely this will be.
We can negotiate on your behalf and get you the largest settlement available for your claim. If the negligent driver’s insurance is willing to pay for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and not just medical bills, you may want to take the offer. We will review it and let you know if it is fair. If it will be possible to get more in court, we will advise you accordingly.
It will ultimately be your decision whether to accept or proceed to trial. Just remember that once you settle the case, you can’t go back and ask for more money.
Speak with a Brooklyn Pedestrian-Car Accident Lawyer
To learn more about your legal options, find out what your claim is worth, or ask questions about the legal process, schedule a free consultation. When you work with Greenstein & Milbauer, a partner will always be involved in your case, ensuring that you receive experienced representation from start to finish.
To discuss your case with a Brooklyn pedestrian accident lawyer, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page. Don’t be a victim twice; instead, let us help you keep the insurance company honest.