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If you were injured in a car accident in New York, there are a few things you can do to ensure you are compensated for your injuries. First, be careful what you say after the car accident. Statements you make may be used against you in the future and after the car accident you may be angry or upset and say something you will regret. Second, tell your doctor about any injury or discomfort you might have after the accident. Serious injuries are often not immediately noticeable. You want to ensure that you are not seriously injured.
New York follows the law of "no-fault" car insurance. No Fault insurance is designed to ensure that you are able to recover money for your medical bills and lost wages even if the accident was partially your fault. The law also allows you to recover money when the other driver does not have insurance. No fault law also prevents you from suing the other driver unless you are seriously injured.
If you are seriously injured in an auto accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim, but only if you have an injury specifically defined by law. These injuries include death, loss of fetus, disfigurement, amputations, broken bones, and other serious injuries. A personal injury action based on these claims can be very complicated, and it is important to speak to an attorney if you believe your injuries may be serious enough to pursue an action against the other driver outside of the normal no fault law.
At the law office of Manuel Moses, Esq., I can assist you in determining what your rights are after you have been in a motor vehicle accident. Your injuries may be compensable through no fault insurance or through a personal injury action if you were severely injured. You may contact me for a free consultation at 212-736-2624, extension 11.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page constitutes formal legal advice and you are strongly urged to consult a lawyer about your injury and potential law suit.