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Car accidents may result in financial challenges

On Behalf of | May 13, 2016 | Car Accidents

Following a vehicle crash in New York, the major focus of a victim may understandably be on his or her recovery from a medical perspective. However, this focus on health might quickly morph into a focus on insurance claims as well as denied medical care. Victims of car accidents may also be concerned about losing wages as a result of having to miss work due to their injuries.

Accidents can involve vehicles ranging from bicycles and motorcycles to cars, trucks and tractor-trailers. Pedestrians, boats, ATVs and snowmobiles may also be involved. An attorney can help an accident victim to address the particular legal circumstances surrounding his or her case, including navigating the complicated paperwork associated with filing insurance claims. Completing this paperwork quickly is important since many insurance benefits make it a requirement for people to file claims with the insurance companies in short time frames.

In some vehicle accident cases caused by other parties’ negligence, it may be necessary to go to court to seek justice. When a case has to be made in front of a jury, this can benefit the plaintiff since he or she may be in a better position to achieve a fair settlement. A fair settlement is considered one that totally compensates an accident victim for his or her losses.

Damages awarded in cases involving car accidents in New York typically help victims to cover their short-term health care costs as well as any long-term rehabilitation costs. Monetary compensation may also help to cover an accident victim’s lost wages during the weeks or months that he or she cannot work. It may further help to address pain and suffering along with emotional distress caused by the victim’s injuries.


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