Being involved in a New York City car accident can be a traumatic and life-changing experience. New York City car accident victims suffer various injuries, including spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and back and neck problems. Accident victims can recover compensation when another person's negligence or recklessness caused their injuries. If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in a New York City car accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side.
Attorney Michael J. Redenburg is dedicated to advocating for his clients to obtain the compensation they deserve to focus on their recovery and get their life back. Car accident victims shouldn't have to pay for another person's negligence, and attorney Michael J. Redenburg uses his decades of experience to hold at-fault parties accountable. Contact him today to schedule your free initial consultation.
The Benefits of Working with An Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are unpredictable and can cause devastating injuries in a matter of seconds. If you've been seriously injured in a New York car accident, you may be wondering what you should do first. Being involved in an accident can be a huge shock, and, understandably, car accident victims are often unsure of what to do next. When car accident victims are seriously injured, they often require significant medical treatments that can be expensive. At the same time, they may not be able to return to work because they're recovering from their injuries.
Trying to navigate the process of filing an insurance claim can be overwhelming for seriously injured accident victims. When you work with an experienced attorney, you can rest assured that your interests will be protected. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg will walk you through the steps you need to take to recover compensation and answer any questions that you have. He is well-versed in handling New York City car accidents and understands all the issues that frequent and come up in cases, such as:
- New York's no-fault insurance law
- General liability insurance
- Joint and several liability
- Excess sources of insurance
- Underinsured and uninsured motorist benefits
Obtaining Compensation from an Insurance Company
Many accident victims obtain compensation by filing an insurance claim. New York is one of several “no-fault” insurance states. When people are involved in car accidents, their own insurance company will typically reimburse them for damages regardless of who was at fault for the car accident. When drivers register with New York to drive, they must prove that they have purchased minimum amounts of auto insurance. No-fault insurance coverage is referred to as personal injury protection (PIP) and drivers must carry at least $50,000 of coverage.
Insurance companies often begin contacting car accident victims immediately after the accident. Insurance adjusters will contact victims and ask them to make a recorded statement about what happened during the car accident. Speaking to an experienced car accident attorney before you provide the insurance company with a statement can help you protect your right to compensation.
Insurance companies are notorious for offering car accident victims settlements that are far too low or denying their claims outright. While attorney Michael J. Redenburg negotiates with the insurance company, you can focus on recovering from your injuries. He will hold the insurance company accountable. Should the insurance company act in bad faith, he will hold them accountable by filing a claim against them.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a New York Car Accident
In some cases, a driver's insurance policy will not cover the full extent of his or her damages. When car accident victims become severely injured, they may have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the full amount of damage caused by the car accident. When accident victims file a no-fault insurance claim, they can obtain compensation without proving who caused the car accident.
However, in a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant's intentional act, negligence, or recklessness caused the car accident that resulted in his or her injuries. Proving causation is one of the most important aspects of a personal injury lawsuit. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and gather evidence that shows that the defendant caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries.
He will also help you determine the full extent of your injuries. For most victims, submitting a personal injury lawsuit is the one opportunity to recover compensation for their damages. When victims cannot return to work due to their injuries, recovering the full amount of past and future lost wages and medical expenses is important.
Compensation Available in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Successful plaintiffs can recover economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are expenses related to the plaintiff's easily quantifiable injuries, such as:
- Ambulance cost
- Necessary X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests
- Rehabilitation centers
- Dental costs
- Necessary prescription medication
- Mental health treatment
- Lost wages
- Transportation costs to and from medical appointments
- Any other reasonable and necessary expenses
Successful plaintiffs are also entitled to non-economic damages for the pain and suffering they endured from their injuries. In some cases, judges will award additional punitive damages when the defendant has acted egregiously, and the judge wants to send a warning to other drivers who could engage in similar willful and wanton behavior.
Contact a New York City Car Accident Lawyer
Working with a skilled personal injury lawyer is the best step you can take to securing compensation after a New York City car accident. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg maintains a low volume of cases to provide his clients with the attention and focus they deserve. He has a proven track record of using his decades of experience to protect his clients' rights and secure compensation for them. Contact him today to schedule a consultation.