If you have been injured in an auto accident and need legal representation, contact us to schedule a FREE Consultation today.
When another driver’s negligence causes you to be injured, the Stillman & Stillman, P.C. law team will investigate your claim and negotiate with the other party’s insurance carrier to seek the compensation you deserve.
We fight for you to receive maximum compensation for the severity of your injuries and pain/suffering you sustained as the result of your accident. We have almost 40 years of experience in auto accident law and can help you with all your auto accident legal needs.
A motor vehicle accident insurance claim is a request for financial compensation that a policy holder files with an insurance company after their vehicle is damaged and/or they’re injured in one of the following motor vehicle related accidents:
New York has millions of vehicles clogging its streets in the five boroughs and beyond. The residents and visitors of New York face a significant risk of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident that could physically and financially damage them. The New York Department of Health statistics shows that there are over 100,000 emergency room visits yearly due to auto accidents. On average, there are at least 1,000 deaths each year due to auto accidents.
When you retain our firm for legal representation after a motor vehicle accident, we negotiate with the insurance carrier to assure you get the best possible settlement for your injuries. Contact us to schedule a FREE Consultation.
“No-Fault” means that if you become injured as a result of a car accident, no matter what the injury is or who’s fault the accident is, the insurance company will be required to automatically pay for all of your medical bills, including:
Surgery and rehabilitation
Diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, MRIs
Your insurance company is also required to pay for your lost wages up to $2,000 per month. These laws do not allow you to seek compensation for pain and suffering unless the accident caused a “serious injury.” The term “serious injury” is defined by New York State law (no-fault benefits do not cover accidents involving a motorcycle). Our legal team is experienced in all auto accident cases and are well versed in all applicable laws.
Who is responsible for the accident? Under New York’s comparative negligence rule, the fault is distributed. Meaning, that whichever party had more fault in the crash, will be allocated a more significant amount of fault percentage than the party with less fault. No party will assume 100% fault if both parties are at fault.
New York State has what is known as a serious injury threshold: “You may sue another driver if he or she caused the accident and you sustain a serious injury.” Indeed, where there is death, a broken bone or dismemberment, this would be considered a serious injury. However, most injuries are not as straight forward in meeting the No-Fault threshold of serious injury and require an attorney to fight for you.
First, determine if anyone is hurt, then call the police and seek emergency medical treatment immediately!
Next, document the scene as much as possible, and take photographs if you are able. The more pictures you take of the damage to the respective vehicles and the scene of the accident, the better. Look at the wreckage and capture every angle via a photo. Photograph the license plate of the vehicles along with the drivers license of any operator involved in the accident and the insurance card for their vehicle(s).
Be sure to obtain the names and phone numbers of all eyewitnesses; their testimony could back up your version of the accident.
Do not rely solely on the police to obtain all of the information, get the info yourself if you are able. Exchange information with the other parties involved in the crash. If the other motorist does not want to cooperate, the police will get the required information regarding their name, insurance, and contact details. Be sure to collect the information of any passengers involved during the accident as they will be witnesses.
Most importantly, if you do not require emergency care at the scene, still visit a doctor immediately! Some injuries take time to manifest symptoms since your body is still in shock. So even if you feel fine initially, you could still be seriously injured. It’s important for your well-being that you seek medical care as soon as possible after the accident.
Be aware that if you wait too long to visit a medical professional, the other party and their insurance company will likely argue that you were not really injured in the accident. Lastly, contact us to be your personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You have only 30 days from the accident date to file an application for New York “No Fault” benefits.
Our legal team can assist you in filing your “No-Fault” application. The sooner you retain us, the sooner our attorneys can start fighting for you.
We take all accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we will only get paid if we recover monetary compensation for you. That’s our, “No recovery, No fee” promise!
Yes, we do. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for us to review your case. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you.
Your insurance policy is designed to protect you from such situations. If the other party does not have insurance, or flees the scene, your uninsured motorist coverage is in place for this type of circumstance. At Stillman & Stillman our attorneys are fully versed in the law regarding uninsured motorist coverage.
The New York “no-fault” law requires that you file an application for benefits within 30 days from the date of the accident in most situations. However, you also have up to three years to file a claim for compensation if the accident caused a serious injury that required medical treatment. But the time limits are shorter if the at fault vehicle is a city, police, transit authority or other municipal vehicle. Connect with our attorneys to have us evaluate the status of your claim as soon as possible after the accident.
We are conveniently located in the heart of the Bronx, New York, providing quality legal representation throughout the state. We have almost 40 years of experience representing victims of slip, trip and falls, auto accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability cases.
2622 E Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10461
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