Whiplash is a serious neck injury that may have long-term effects on car accident victims.
If you suffered whiplash after a car accident caused by someone else, Morelli Law Firm might be able to help you fight for compensation in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. A Long Island whiplash accident lawyer from our firm can coordinate all of the legal work in your case while you concentrate on your recovery.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our team. If you qualify, we may be able to take your case on a contingency-fee-basis with no advanced payments required.
Getting Medical Help After an Accident
It is very important that you do everything you can to stay safe and healthy after a crash. This may include calling an ambulance to the scene of the accident if you or others are severely injured. If you did not need to leave the scene of the accident for emergency medical treatment, you might want to follow up with a doctor for an evaluation of your injuries as soon as possible.
When it comes to whiplash, the Mayo Clinic recommends that anyone who experiences neck pain after a car crash sees a doctor. They also suggest you see a doctor if you experience other whiplash symptoms, such as:
- Difficulty moving the neck
- Feeling exhausted or dizzy
- Trouble sleeping
- Forgetting things
- Blurry vision
Getting a prompt evaluation can detect any medical issues before they get too serious and allow you to receive the treatment you may need to recover.
A second important reason to see a doctor is to create a medical record. This record may come in handy during your personal injury claim when you may need to prove that your injuries were caused by the car accident.
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The Damages You May Be Able to Recover
After your car accident, you may have the option of suing for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may compensate you for any money you lost due to the crash. Noneconomic damages may compensate you for other types of losses, such as the physical and emotional toll of the accident.
Examples of both are listed below:
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The potentially recoverable economic damages in a car accident case may include:
- Medical costs for current and future accident-related treatment
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss earning capacity
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
The potentially recoverable noneconomic damages in a car accident case may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
Morelli Law Firm can help you identify and calculate the value of your potentially recoverable damages when we represent you.
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The Deadline to Sue in New York
Per the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, if you were injured in a car accident, you generally have three years from the date of the crash to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. If you wait until after the statute of limitations has passed to take legal action, your lawsuit might no longer be valid.
There may be circumstances in your case that alter your legal deadlines. For information on what specific deadlines apply to you, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. A member of our car accident team is standing by to provide you with a free initial consultation on your case.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
Although you can represent yourself in settlement negotiations or a lawsuit if you want to, a lawyer can make the legal process much easier on you. While you stay home and recuperate from your injuries, a Long Island whiplash accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to:
While your recollections of the accident are very important, it is a good idea to strengthen your claims with hard evidence. This evidence may include police records, relevant photos, or, as discussed before, your medical records.
After collecting this evidence, your lawyer may be able to tell you who you should sue and why. The evidence we collect may also confirm what types of damages you may be entitled to or reveal other compensable injuries that you had not even considered.
Communicate with Other Parties on Your Behalf
Staying in touch with the right people at the right times is vital to any lawsuit. In addition to submitting forms and evidence, your lawyer can serve as a middleman between you and the liable party.
Morelli Law Firm can also be in regular communication with you about what is going on in your case. We will be happy to take your calls if and when you have questions about any part of the legal process.
Fight for Compensation on Your Behalf
You may be awarded compensation in one of two ways: through settlement negotiations or a court award.
Negotiating for a settlement may be the faster way of resolving your case. Your lawyer can meet with the insurance company’s representatives and do their best to hammer out a satisfactory settlement. You will have the final decision to accept or reject any settlement offer you receive.
If the responsible party’s insurance company refuses to make you a fair offer, Morelli Law Firm can take your case to trial. We can schedule the trial dates, submit documentary evidence, and deliver oral arguments before a judge or jury during this process.
Call Morelli Law Firm Today
A Long Island whiplash accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you fight for compensation while you concentrate on restoring your health.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our car accident team, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.