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A serious car, truck, bike, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident can leave a victim with severe injuries, surgeries, extensive medical bills, lost wages, permanent disabilities, and chronic pain. Even minor fender-benders can cause total losses and injuries that can take months or even years to heal. Sometimes, car accident injuries can even be permanent and may never heal at all.

Pursuing compensation for any damages you obtained in a car accident may help. However, New York’s no-fault laws regarding car accidents can make the process unnecessarily complicated. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a car accident, please contact our Yonkers car accident attorneys immediately to discuss your case. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we know that any motor vehicle accident, no matter how severe, can profoundly impact your life.

Do You Need a Lawyer if You Suffered an Injury in a Car Accident in Yonkers?

It is crucial to retain an experienced attorney if you want to receive the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer can give you peace of mind by taking care of the legal work so you can focus on more important things like healing from your injuries and tending to your family.

Although car accident claims may seem simple, negotiating with insurance providers can often be a contentious affair. When it comes down to it, even your own personal insurance provider will act with their own best interests in mind. It is not uncommon for many insurance companies to offer a settlement before any evidence has even been presented, in an effort to minimize payouts and maximize their own profits.

Your personal injury lawyer will protect you from becoming a victim of lowball insurance offers and will fight for the maximum compensation for your case. New York laws can complicate recovery options and make securing the compensation you need for your damages a challenge. Lever & Ecker, PLLC’s attorneys are both informed and experienced in New York’s laws governing personal injury compensation. They can navigate the legal process so that you receive the financial support you deserve.

How Can You Pursue Compensation for Injuries Suffered in a Yonkers Car Accident?

While New York is a “no-fault” state, this does not prevent an injured person from pursuing legal action against another driver who is responsible for those injuries. The New York No-Fault Law requires all automobile insurance policies to provide coverage for reimbursement of medical expenses, loss of income and other incidental non-medical expenses to any individual who sustains personal injuries arising from the use and/or operation of a motor vehicle, regardless of fault. This coverage is provided by the insurance company of the vehicle that was either occupied by the injured party or when struck as a pedestrian. The minimum amount of coverage required by New York law is $50,000 per injured person, but oftentimes the insurance policy will provide a greater amount of coverage, if additional coverage was procured.

However, there are times when, in addition to your no-fault claim, you can file a car accident personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault (negligent) party. Under New York law, you can file a case against an at-fault driver if you or a loved one suffered injuries that qualify under the law as “serious injuries,” including:

  • Death
  • Dismemberment
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Loss of a fetus
  • A fractured bone
  • Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function, or system
  • Permanent consequential limitation of a body organ or member
  • A significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • A “medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature prevents the injured victim from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment”

If your injuries meet one or more of these qualifications, you may be able to secure further compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. However, because this process is complicated, you should consult an experienced car accident attorney before proceeding with a claim.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Claims in Yonkers?

Every state has a statute of limitations that strictly restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim for an injury suffered in a car accident. In New York, most car accident victims have just three years from the date of a crash to file a claim against another individual or entity for their damages. However, the deadline is much shorter than three years in certain circumstances, particularly where the at-fault party is a municipality or other public entity, in which case a document called a notice of claim must also be submitted very soon after the accident, before the lawsuit can be brought.  Should you fail to file a claim within the applicable time period, you will almost certain be ineligible to pursue a lawsuit for your injuries. These complicated scenarios provide yet another reason to contact a qualified and experienced Yonkers car accident lawyer.

Damages You May Be Able to Recover from a Yonkers Car Accident Injury Claim

Although it is tough to estimate the exact amount of compensation a victim may be able to recover for an injury, the law allows car accident victims to recover a number of items of damages, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Any lost future earning potential due to permanent injuries that prevent you from progressing in your career
  • Any property damage
  • Future medical expenses to treat your injuries, such as follow-up appointments, future surgeries, prescription medications, and rehabilitation sessions
  • Loss of personal enjoyment
  • Emotional distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Lost wages from taking time off to heal from your injuries
  • Medical bills as a direct result of your accident

In instances of gross negligence or egregious carelessness, you may be awarded punitive damages as well. These types of damages are awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was found to be malicious, outrageous, grossly negligent, and intentional. An award for punitive damages is intended to punish the negligent party and deter others from committing similar actions. Although these damages are not applicable in most car accident injury cases, a Lever & Ecker, PLLC attorney can help you establish what damages you may be able to recover from your accident.

Choose a Law Firm You Can Trust for a Car Accident Injury Claim in Yonkers, New York

Lever & Ecker, PLLC lawyers understand that car accidents can be serious, and we want to help you in any way we can. We are committed to providing exceptional legal representation for all victims of car accidents in Yonkers, New York. At our firm, we boast:

  • Having more than six decades of combined experience helping New Yorkers injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers and other at-fault parties
  • Prioritizing the needs of our clients above our own interests
  • Providing our clients with regular communication, so they know exactly what happens with their claim when it happens
  • Successfully representing thousands of clients
  • Securing many substantial verdicts and settlements

Further, we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no initial costs or legal fees charged. Lever & Ecker’s attorneys earn a fee only if they successfully obtain a recovery on your behalf. In other words, if we do not win your case, you do not pay us anything.

How a Yonkers Car Accident Attorney Can Help You File a Personal Injury Claim

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our lawyers provide Yonkers car accident victims with the legal support they need to secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries. Our personal injury team helps victims by:

  • Thoroughly investigating your claim to determine the liable party or parties
  • Gathering crucial evidence to support your claim for compensation
  • Reviewing medical reports and other documentation to determine the total value of your claim
  • Filing all of the necessary paperwork in support of the lawsuit or other claim regarding your case
  • Negotiating with insurance companies and other parties involved in the case on your behalf
  • Representing your interests in court and throughout the litigation process
  • Taking your case to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to offer the settlement to which you are entitled

Ultimately, we are here to provide the help you need to secure the compensation you deserve to make a complete financial recovery from your Yonkers car accident.

Injured? Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Serving Clients in Yonkers, New York

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a car accident in Yonkers, New York, please contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC, to discuss your case. Our car accident attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience defending car accident victims just like you. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we take great pride in the premier client service we provide to every car accident victim who comes to us for help because we understand how stressful, frustrating and complicated these situations can be. Due to our client-centered service and approach, numerous clients have been referred to us by previous clients and their families or friends.

Give us a call today at (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 to schedule a free consultation with one of our top car accident injury lawyers to discuss your case. You may also contact us online via our contact form to learn more about how our firm can help ensure things run smoothly during your car accident injury case. We also offer bilingual representation to our Spanish-speaking clients in Yonkers, New York.

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Pedestrian struck by bus/wrongful death following lengthy conscious pain and suffering

Tragic bus collision involving pedestrian in crosswalk, causing catastrophic injuries which ultimately resulted in pedestrian’s wrongful death two weeks later. Lever & Ecker, PLLC, was able to obtain $12 million in compensation on behalf of the pedestrian’s surviving family. Not only was this settlement (the specific terms of which are confidential) one of the largest personal injury settlements in New York in 2020, we were able to resolve the case at an early stage, allowing the family to obtain a measure of closure and avoid the trauma of reliving the experience in court.