Suffolk County Car Accident Lawyer
Serving Smithtown, Commack, Kings Park, St. James, Happauge, and East Northport
We represent clients who have been injured in car, truck, and other motor vehicle accidents throughout the Suffolk County area. Our firm has been providing dedicated representation to those who have been injured in vehicle accidents for nearly 50 years.
What You Need to Know if You Have Been Hurt in a Car Accident
- You should retain a car accident attorney immediately after the accident so that an investigation can begin. The other driver’s insurance company will begin gathering information on the day of the accident.
- As soon as our office is retained we will begin a thorough investigation into the accident. We will obtain the police report, hire a private investigator, take statements from witnesses, photograph the vehicles involved and hire an accident reconstructionist if necessary.
- In all likelihood you will be dealing with at least two insurance companies. The car you were in will provide you with “no-fault” benefits. If other drivers are liable and they have insurance, their insurance companies are responsible for compensating you for your damages, including pain and suffering.
- Even if the other vehicle fled the scene of the accident you can still recover for your injuries from your insurance company.
- If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, you may have an additional claim against your own insurance company to the extent that your damages are greater than the insurance coverage available from the driver causing your injury if you have uninsured or underinsured vehicle coverage.
- In order to receive “no-fault” benefits you will need to file an application with your insurance company within 30 days of your accident. If your no-fault application is not correctly filed, you may be denied coverage for medical treatment and lost wages. We will ensure that your “no-fault” application is filed properly.
- Your “no-fault” insurance carrier will pay your medical bills and provide you with lost wages if you are unable to work due to injuries sustained in the accident up to applicable limits.
- If you are unable to work due to injuries sustained in the accident you should also file a claim for short-term disability benefits with your employer’s insurance company if your employer provides this coverage.
- Be prepared for the insurance carrier required to provide “no-fault” benefits to be adversarial and make obtaining medical treatment and lost wages difficult. We will be there in seeking to hold the “no-fault” insurance carrier accountable in compensating you for your medical bills and reimbursing you for your lost wages as provided under law.
- The insurance company for the person responsible for your accident does not care about doing what is fair; they care only about saving money using whatever techniques they can. The insurance company for the other driver does not have any obligation to treat you fairly.
- The insurance company for the other driver and their lawyers will fight hard to deny their client’s liability and attempt to minimize the severity of the injures you have sustained. They sometimes claim that the damages were not due to the accident, but rather due to a “pre-existing” condition. In addition, they will try to minimize claims for pain and suffering.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car, Truck, or other Motor Vehicle Accident, Please Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help
We offer a free, no obligation consultation so that we can learn about your case, and so that we can then advise you as to your legal options for seeking recovery against those who may be responsible.
Cases involving motor vehicle accidents are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not owe us any fees for our time and representation unless and until we achieve a settlement or a verdict at trial on your behalf. If there is no recovery you will not owe a fee.
To learn more about the legal process for recovering compensation or who may be liable in your case, give us a call.