Car accidents happen frequently in the Watertown, NY, area and often have serious and damaging consequences. Accident victims in the Watertown area are not alone — millions of people are injured each year in the United States and tens of thousands are killed. While some Watertown car accidents may be unavoidable, far too many occur as the result of reckless or negligent driving, poorly marked highway construction hazards, or other instances of negligence. When car accidents happen because of someone else’s fault, there may be grounds for legal action.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New York motor vehicle accident, including a car accident in the Watertown area, you need an experienced car accident lawyer who knows NY laws and the New York court system. You need someone who can help you get the money you deserve.
Contact the New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, today for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or (315) 782-3547 — or you can submit our online form.
Every one of our car accident attorneys has over 25 years of legal experience, and we have built a strong record of successful verdicts and settlements, which we will use as we work to help you get the benefits you deserve.
New York Car Accident Laws
New York law is very specific regarding car accident injury claims, and you may be eligible to file for compensation under two categories:
- No-fault insurance benefits
- Personal injury lawsuit
No-fault insurance benefits generally extend to anyone injured in a car accident, except the driver of a motorcycle if a cycle is also involved in the collision. No-fault benefits can offer compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Mileage reimbursement for transportation to and from all medical providers
- Reimbursement for private health insurance premiums that are paid by the injured person
- Death benefits in the event of a fatality
However, there are some injuries that are of such a severe nature that no-fault benefits aren’t sufficient. Under New York law, certain serious injuries make the victim or family eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. CONDITIONS FOR A SERIOUS INJURY MUST INCLUDE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Significant disfigurement;
- Loss of a fetus;
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system;
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system;
- A medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less that 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
Contact NY Car Accident Attorneys
At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, our automobile accident lawyers work with noted accident reconstruction and economic experts to prepare a detailed and accurate depiction of what happened – and who was to blame. We work hard to secure the most compensation for your injuries and we will advise you whether we feel your interests are best served in the courtroom or across the negotiating table. Experience counts – and we have the successful track record and commitment to obtain compensation for your case.
If you believe you may have a case or have questions about your rights to pursue legal action, contact us for a free telephone consultation. We will review your situation and advise you of your legal options. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton. Contact the New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates at 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or (315) 782-3547. Or, you can use our online contact form.