If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident, you require urgent medical care. What you may not realize, while overwhelmed by physical pain and emotional trauma, is that you also require a consultation with an experienced car accident attorney. If you live in New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, or Staten Island), Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, or Rockland, the Kohan Law Group can help protect your interests.
Why You Need Our Help
As you suffer in pain, medical and other accident-related costs begin to mount and you are unable to work due to your injury, you and your family will continue to suffer a financial, as well as a physical, blow. Contact us for a free consultation. Our accomplished car accident attorneys know precisely how to approach your case and what steps to take to win you the compensation you deserve.
While you focus on trying to live your life as best as possible while dealing with all the pain and suffering, we will handle all legal and logistical matters, including:
- All communications with opposing parties, attorneys, and insurance adjusters
- Investigating the site of the accident and any available surveillance footage
- Examining police reports and medical records
- Interviewing witnesses
- Consulting with experts in pertinent fields whose testimony may be beneficial
- Artfully and impactfully presenting your claim to insurance adjusters, defendants, the court, and/or alternative dispute resolution mediators and arbitrators
Above all, we will prepare to win you the compensation you deserve. We have the well-honed negotiation and litigation skills to obtain appropriate damages, and the determination to fight until we do. More than that, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees or expenses unless we obtain compensation for you.
Reasons for Car Accidents
As quickly as new safety features are implemented to protect us from car accident injuries, risk factors seem to increase. All the seatbelts, steering and braking assistive devices do not seem to counterbalance the increasing traffic or the influx of impaired, distracted, and reckless drivers on our roads.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the following are the most common reasons for car accidents:
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, eating, reaching)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Driving while sleepy or fatigued
- Reckless driving and turning, weaving between lanes, tailgating
Car accidents also occur due to third-party errors, such as unrepaired potholes or pitted road surfaces caused by poor roadway maintenance or defective automotive equipment resulting from poor design, manufacturing, or assembly. Random occurrences such as a violent storm, an animal that strays into the road, or a medical event of another driver can also cause car accidents with injuries.
Our car accident attorneys are also able to sue car manufacturers for defective products or state/city/county governments for negligence, when appropriate.
How does a car accident lawsuit sync with New York’s no-fault insurance?
You may wonder how we can sue the driver who injured you if New York is a no-fault insurance state. The explanation is that no-fault insurance is personal injury coverage in the form of medical treatment costs; it does not pay for auto body repairs or non-economic (intangible) damages, like pain and suffering. In New York State, your own car insurance policy covers:
- Medical and health-related costs (e.g. rehabilitation, ER and ambulance bills)
- 80 percent of lost income
In other words, to receive compensation for a damaged car or for the impact of your injury, you have to make a claim against and/or sue the responsible party for damages.
What factors affect the severity of car accident injuries?
A great deal depends on where you were in the car when the accident occurred, the angle of impact (e.g. rear-end, head-on, or sideswipe), the weather, the speed of the vehicles involved, your age and state of health, and whether you were wearing a seatbelt. No matter what the situation is, Kohan Law Group is on your side and will fight to get you maximum compensation.
Car Accidents Can Result in Almost Any Type of Serious Injury
The serious injury you suffer in a car accident may alter your life in numerous ways. Even if you recover from your physical injuries, you may be emotionally or physically scarred. Injuries due to car accidents can include:
- Bone fractures
- Loss of limbs, appendages, or teeth
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (such as herniation and bulging)/paralysis
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Scarring or other disfigurements
- Neuromuscular damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Whether or not you are permanently disabled, your injury will likely necessitate pushing a reset button on your life. Our dedicated car accident attorneys have the tools to estimate the resources you and your family are entitled to going forward, and the proven strategies to obtain them.
Even If You Bear a Portion of Blame, We Can Still Win Damages
New York State law relies on a principle known as pure comparative negligence, which means that our car accident attorneys can fight to win you compensation for your injury even if you are partly, even majorly, responsible for the crash in which you were hurt.
The way it works is this: the jury will determine the percentage of blame each party bears for the accident. If you are the injured party, and the verdict goes your way, the court will award you damages, but the percentage of your fault will be deducted. So, if the jury awards you $100,000 and finds you to be 10 percent to blame for the crash, you will receive a total of $90,000.
We Will Fight Aggressively to Obtain Damages for You and Your Loved Ones
Whatever type of injury you have suffered in the car accident, you are legally entitled to compensation. Depending on the nature of your injury and its expected duration, we will fight to take back what you have lost in terms of both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Property damage
- Alterations to make your home accessible
- Replacement services (e.g. house cleaning)
- Long-term nursing care
- Other care-related costs, such as medical transportation
- Psychological counseling
Non-economic (intangible) damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Permanent scarring or other disfigurements
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have lost a family member or loved one in an accident, our car accident attorneys will make a claim against and/or sue the responsible party for wrongful death. Though we know we can never fully repair the wrong, we will fight vigorously to get you justice and bring you funds for final medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost financial and emotional support.
Contact Our Experienced Team of Car Accident Attorneys Today
At Kohan Law Group, we make our commanding presence known — whether through agile negotiations or during a courtroom battle. Get in touch with us now for the strongest legal advocacy and the best possible results.
Kohan Law Group represents car accident victims throughout Nassau County including Manhasset and Hempstead as well as clients in New York City including Queens and Brooklyn.