Queens Truck Accident Lawyer
From 2013 to 2014, the number of people injured in truck crashes actually increased. In these accidents, 110,000 people were injured and 3,903 were killed.
Accidents with 18-wheelers are inherently dangerous due to the size difference between a big truck and passenger cars and motorcycles. The fact that injuries are increasing is certainly cause for concern. If you have been in a truck accident, odds are very good that you yourself have experienced an injury as well.
Once you have visited the doctor and your emergency medical needs are cared for, it is time to call a Queens truck accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. Not only can a truck accident be devastating both physically and financially, but the case itself can be complex due to the multiple parties that could be at fault in this type of wreck. Your choice of attorney is crucial, and with our firm you will get an experienced attorney on the case throughout the entire legal process.
The Driver or the Trucking Company?
In an accident with a big truck, both the driver and the trucking company he or she works for could be responsible for the crash. A Queens truck accident lawyer from our firm can investigate your accident and establish precisely where the fault lies. It’s entirely possible that both parties are partially to blame.
For example, if the crash occurred because the semi had brakes that were not in good condition, the trucking company would be liable since they are responsible for maintaining the vehicle. However, if the driver had to brake because they were on a cell phone and not paying attention to the road, then both would be negligent and should be named in the lawsuit.
We will need to determine if the semi-truck was company-owned or owned by the driver as an independent contractor. Some drivers own their own vehicle while contracting with a larger company. In this scenario, the trucker would likely be responsible for the vehicle’s upkeep even though a trucking company is involved.
If the trucking company is the owner, however, whether they have a record of safety violations and crashes will be important, since this could establish a pattern of negligence.
Injuries Sustained in Truck Crashes
When you visit our office to speak with a Queens truck accident lawyer, be sure to inform us of any injuries you suffered in the crash. Large or small, your injuries will require medical care and lead to financial losses in the form of medical bills and expenses.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in truck crashes are as follows:
- Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Cuts and lacerations
- Whiplash and spinal damage
Your Queens truck accident lawyer will work with your doctor to determine the extent of your injuries, how they impact your quality of life, how your future will be affected, and the cost associated with treating your injuries. All of this should be factored into your end settlement.
Were You Diagnosed Properly?
If you feel different physically, mentally, or emotionally after your truck accident but have not been diagnosed with an injury, there is a chance that one of your injuries was missed in your initial medical evaluation. Visit your doctor immediately, and call our office to speak with a Queens truck accident lawyer if a delayed injury is discovered.
For example, a brain injury can go undiagnosed fairly easily and manifest later as difficulty remembering things, becoming angry quickly, or an inability to focus. If your family complains that you are behaving differently, you should listen to them and seek a proper diagnosis.
New York has a statute of limitations of three years for personal injury claims, meaning you need to file a lawsuit within that time frame in order to receive a settlement. This also means you need to have your injuries properly diagnosed as quickly as possible.
Paying for Your Medical Bills
Hiring a Queens truck accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can be the best way to ensure that your medical bills will be covered. After your truck accident, you should be given a claims number by your insurance that can be used by healthcare providers for billing purposes.
The truth is that insurance companies will often refuse to pay for procedures or surgeries that they view as not absolutely necessary, regardless of your doctor’s opinion. When this happens, we can negotiate with or fight the insurance company in court so that you can receive the medical care you need to recover to your maximum capacity.
We can negotiate on your behalf in order to convince the insurance company to agree to our terms and settle your case fairly. With our years of experience, we know how to write convincing demand letters that make it clear we are not going away and will do whatever is necessary to win your case.
As a result, insurance companies may be convinced to negotiate in earnest. Many clients hire our firm because they want a Queens truck accident lawyer that will be taken seriously by the other side.
Preparing for Court
If it becomes necessary to go to court for your 18-wheeler accident, you will want an experienced Queens truck accident lawyer on your case. Our legal team has extensive experience with these types of cases, so you can rest easy knowing your case is in good hands.
Prior to trial, we will complete all of the following in preparation:
- Conduct discovery to gather evidence that can be used to both prove negligence and demonstrate why you deserve compensation
- Work with your doctor when valuing your claim
- Speak with eyewitnesses
- Prepare you to take the stand
- And more
Speak with a Queens 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
Get help from a Queens truck accident lawyer by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462). At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, you will meet with a knowledgeable, empathetic attorney and have talented representation on your side every step of the way.
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