Where do you turn after you’ve been in a railroad accident? You may have ended up in a hospital and do not know who you need to contact to file a claim or get compensation. The team to turn to is the railroad accident lawyers in Long Beach, NY, from Morelli Law Firm.
Our firm has been involved in some of the highest-profile railroad accident cases in our area, and secured over $1 billion total for previous clients. While each case value is unique, you can trust we have the skills and the guts to seek the full value of your case.
Damages Available in Railroad Accidents
All the damages available to personal injury claims are available in railroad accidents. The ones you’re eligible for will depend on the specifics of your case. Some of the common damages in rail accidents include:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Disability expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Wrongful death (in fatal crashes)
When we do our case investigation, our team will calculate all the damages you’re eligible for and estimate the right amount of compensation for your case. From there, we will approach the other party and their insurers to argue for that amount.
In most cases, the other party will prefer to settle. Going to court is expensive for them and it may force them to pay out more than they would like. If you’ve received a settlement offer, we can let you know if it’s a fair one or if you should fight for more.
Why Do Railroad Accidents Happen?
The reasons for railroad accidents include things like driver error, driver intoxication, negligence, unrepaired engines and tracks, broken safety equipment, and more. Finding the true cause for the railroad accident is important because it lets us know who to target for your lawsuit.
You might also share partial responsibility for the accident. Under New York law, which uses a pure comparative fault standard, you can sue for damages even if you’re over half responsible for the accident. However, your final award will be reduced by that percentage.
The insurance companies for the railroad will try to pin as much blame as they can. If they succeed, they won’t have to pay you as much, or at all. The railroad accident lawyers of Morelli Law will fight back against these claims.
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Why Hire the Services of a Railroad Accident Lawyer?
Railroad companies and their insurers know many tricks to get accident victims to settle early before the full costs of your accident are apparent. By hiring a railroad accident lawyer in Long Beach, you’ll have an expert to challenge their claims that your injuries aren’t as bad as you think.
Another tactic they might do is stall your claim. If you’re injured and cannot work, they may try to pressure you into a lower settlement. Your bills don’t stop because you’re injured, and the fear of going into default, repossession, or even bankruptcy could push you to settle.
Our team will push your claim so that they can’t ignore it. If necessary, we will sue the insurer so that you can get your award in a timely manner to avoid giving in. You deserve the full amount of compensation and that’s what we’ll work toward in your case.
How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?
Under New York law, you have three years from your accident to file a personal injury claim. After that, your case will be denied in court because of the statute of limitations. Do not wait too long to contact a lawyer about your situation. The best time is after you’ve had a medical examination.
This limitation is there to preserve the right to a speedy trial, and it also makes it easier to win your case. As time goes by, memories can fade or change. Records become harder to find. Without proof, it will be difficult to win your case.
If your case ends up more complex than expected, we can pause the clock on the statute of limitations so that you don’t lose your chance at trial. To do this, you need to have a lawyer working on your railroad accident case.
Don’t Miss Your Chance for Compensation
When you’re in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may fight for compensation through the legal system. The Long Beach railroad accident lawyers at Morelli Law Firm will be your advocate for your rights.
To get started on your case, call us or use our free case evaluation form. A member of our team will contact you to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.