Serious injuries can change your life forever. Whether you suffer spinal cord damage in a car accident or a broken hip after a slip and fall, you may find yourself dealing with significant medical bills, lost income and work opportunities, and changes to your personal life, many of which can last for the rest of your life. A Bronx personal injury claim cannot turn back time on your accident, but it can help you recover much-needed funds that will help you move forward with your life.
At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA and Sibley Dolman, our Bronx personal injury lawyers have experience helping a wide range of clients injured in accidents due to the negligence of another party. Contact us today at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) to learn more about your legal rights following a severe accident in the Bronx.
An Experienced Bronx Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
After an accident, you may have substantial financial losses.
Take a look at some of the past awards that our firm has secured for clients in prior cases:
- $3.2 million for a semi-truck accident that resulted in brain injury
- $1.75 million for a truck accident victim with shoulder injuries and a traumatic brain injury
- $1.58 million after an auto accident that resulted in two herniated discs
- $1 million after an auto accident
- $1 million after a father died in a rideshare accident
- $939,000 for the victim of a rideshare accident
These examples of past successful results cannot guarantee the results in your specific claim, even if you suffer very similar injuries. However, when you contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA and Sibley Dolman, you will have the opportunity to share the circumstances that led to your accident and your need to file a Bronx personal injury claim.
If you retain us to handle your case, you can expect:
- Committed attorneys who will fight to help you seek compensation for your losses. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA and Sibley Dolman, we understand the legal system and can help determine how much compensation you should seek to cover your losses. We will help fight for you, including aggressively negotiating with the insurance company or liable party and working closely to investigate your claim so that you have as much evidence as possible. If we have to go to trial, we will fight to maximize your ultimate compensation.
- A clear understanding of how much compensation to seek for your injuries. Many victims do not fully understand the true value of their claims and the compensation that they deserve following serious accidents. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA and Sibley Dolman, we work to provide our clients with a full understanding of what to seek compensation for, so they can make informed decisions about when to continue seeking compensation and when to accept a settlement offer.
Common Bronx Personal Injury Claims
You may have grounds for a Bronx personal injury claim any time you suffer injuries in an accident due to the negligence of another party, even if it does not fit into a neat category.
These types of claims, however, include some of the most common types of claims throughout the Bronx.
- Auto accidents. Every driver on the road must exercise care to protect the others on the road. Unfortunately, some drivers ignore the rules of the road completely. Driver distraction or inebriation can cause serious problems that can lead to severe accidents. During auto accidents, victims may suffer a range of injuries, including traumatic brain injury, amputations, or severe burns. Auto accidents also include truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents and bicycle accidents.
- Pedestrian accidents. Vehicle-on-vehicle crashes can cause severe injuries, but vehicle-on-pedestrian crashes often prove even more traumatic, since pedestrians have no protection from the vehicle that strikes them or from the ground. Victims often suffer severely broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and varying degrees of road rash.
- Construction site accidents. Construction sites offer plenty of opportunities for severe accidents, many of which can have lifelong implications. Some victims, for example, suffer from severe falls from heights, which can result in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, and severely broken bones. Others may suffer crushing damage, which can lead to amputation, due to the heavy equipment present on many construction sites. Workers and visitors to the site may also face exposure to open electrical lines, which can significantly increase the risk of sustaining electrical burns.
- Medical malpractice. Doctors take an oath to “harm none” when they set up their practices, and patients put their health in the hands of their doctors with confidence. Physician error, however, can cause significant harm to patients. Some patients that experience medical malpractice suffer never events, often during surgery, that result in severe consequences: operating on the wrong body part or organ or leaving foreign matter behind in the body after the operation, for example. Other doctors may commit severe malpractice by failing to diagnose or improperly diagnosing a patient, especially in situations where the patient presented clear symptoms, but the doctor did not correctly put them together. Birth injuries can also qualify victims for a medical malpractice claim.
- Nursing home abuse. In a nursing home, patients expect a high standard of care. Some nursing home employees, however, engage in abuse or neglect, rather than providing the quality care that patients deserve. Seniors who suffer from physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse may have grounds to file a Bronx personal injury claim against the nursing home in which the abuse occurred. Patients who suffered neglect in a nursing home, including inadequate food and water or inattention to the patient’s needs, may also have grounds for a claim.
- Workers’ compensation. When victims suffer injuries at work, rather than filing a traditional Bronx personal injury claim, they may file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation usually provides financial benefits for all medical expenses associated with your injuries as well as two-thirds of your income while you cannot work during your recovery. You may also receive a larger payout if you suffered permanent disability as a result of workplace injuries. Consult an attorney to learn more about your legal rights, including the steps you may need to take if you believe your employer has not offered adequate compensation for your injuries after a workplace accident.
Dealing With Bronx Injuries: The Aftermath
Severe injuries suffered in an accident can leave you facing impacts in your personal and professional life as well as ongoing pain from your injuries. Generally, you may file a Bronx personal injury claim any time you suffer serious injuries due to another party’s negligence, even if your injuries do not fall into the following categories.
However, the most common injuries in Bronx personal injury cases include:
- Burns. Severe burns can cause scarring and limitations to the injured individual’s overall mobility. Usually, doctors grade burns according to their severity: first-degree burns involve only the first layer of the skin, while third-degree burns can involve the muscle and flesh beneath the skin. Burns can occur due to chemical exposure, electrical exposure, or cold exposure in addition to traditional heat burns. Often, burn victims suffer severe complications, including a high risk of infection.
- Traumatic brain injury. Victims with traumatic brain injury don’t just notice impacts in their memories, though both short-term and long-term memory can take a hit when a victim suffers a severe traumatic brain injury. In addition, victims may suffer ongoing trouble with focus and concentration, including challenges that can prevent creative thinking or interfere with problem-solving skills. Many victims with traumatic brain injury also suffer severe emotional impacts; injured individuals may struggle to keep control of their emotions or have problems with impulse control. Some victims even suffer personality changes as a result of their injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries. Complete spinal cord injuries usually result in complete paralysis and a loss of some organ function below the site of the injury. The higher a spinal cord injury occurs on the spinal cord, the greater the extent of the paralysis; if it occurs high on the spinal cord, the victim may suffer a loss of mobility in the hands and arms as well as mobility in the legs. Incomplete spinal cord injury usually does not involve a complete loss of mobility, but may involve a significant decrease in overall mobility.
- Amputation. Many accidents, including construction site accidents, can result in limb amputation. Amputees often choose to use prosthetic devices to increase independence following their accidents. This can represent an ongoing expense in the amputee’s life, since most amputees must replace their prosthetic devices every three to five years. Amputees may suffer a significant loss of independence, especially in the early days after the accident.
The Compensation You Should Seek After a Bronx Accident
An attorney cannot provide you with a definite assessment of exactly how much compensation you will receive after a serious injury. You should, however, consult an attorney to get a better idea of how much compensation you should expect following your accident.
Most of the time, compensation falls into several clear categories.
- Medical expenses. For many accident victims, medical expenses represent the biggest worry after a serious accident. Even with good insurance, substantial injuries frequently lead to high bills, including copays, deductibles, and expenses that your medical insurance simply does not cover. Keep track of all medical expenses related to your accident, from the initial ambulance transport through ongoing physical and occupational therapy and prosthesis replacement. Your medical bills will often form the foundation of your Bronx personal injury claim, and having an accurate record of those bills can save you time and energy as you seek compensation.
- Lost wages. In addition to your medical expenses, you may find yourself out of work due to your injuries. Many injuries will prevent you from returning to work temporarily while you focus on your recovery. Others may permanently prevent you from completing your former job duties, requiring you to include lost earning potential as part of your claim. In addition to the lost wages you faced due to the inability to work immediately after your accident, you may also choose to include wages lost due to decreased hours at work or wages missed when you had to attend appointments and have procedures to help you recover after your accident. Consult your attorney to learn more about how to include these lost wages as part of your claim.
- Pain and suffering. When you think of pain and suffering related to your accident, your mind may automatically turn to physical pain. Emotional suffering, however, can also cause substantial anguish during your recovery. Some victims suffer from the loss of activities that they can no longer enjoy due to their injuries. Others may feel socially isolated as their injuries separate them from loved ones. You should discuss your suffering with your attorney to learn more about how to include it as part of your Bronx personal injury claim.
Determining Liability for a Bronx Injury
Before filing a Bronx personal injury claim, your attorney will start by establishing who caused your accident. Often, you can easily point out the individual who contributed the most to your injuries. In an auto accident, for example, you might call out the driver who caused your accident as the liable party. In some cases, however, other factors may have contributed to your accident.
Work with your attorney to identify all of the factors that contributed to your accident, so you can uncover all of the potentially liable parties and file a Bronx personal injury claim against all parties that contributed to your accident. By identifying all parties who share liability for your injuries, you can often increase the compensation you receive for your injuries.
When evaluating liability, your attorney will likely ask:
- Who owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident? In an auto accident, that will likely include the liable driver. It may also, however, include the manufacturer of a vehicle that experienced a mechanical failure that contributed to your accident.
- What negligence contributed to your accident? Drunk drivers, for example, commit an act of negligence when they choose to get behind the wheel while inebriated. Equally, a car manufacturer who puts out a vehicle with known brake problems that could cause severe accidents also commits an act of negligence.
- How did that negligence contribute to your injuries? Your attorney will evaluate the conditions that led to your accident and help establish how each one contributed to your accident.
Bronx Personal Injury FAQ
After a serious accident, you may have questions about your legal rights, including your right to compensation. If you have specific questions about your claim, contact an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Below, however, we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from our clients.
How do I know if I have grounds to file a Bronx personal injury claim?
If you think you qualify to file a claim, get in touch with an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights. You may have grounds for a personal injury claim if:
- Another party caused or contributed to your accident. If you believe that someone else caused your accident, you may qualify to seek compensation through a Bronx personal injury claim. For example, if someone else caused a car accident, you can likely file a claim against that party.
- The other party bore a duty of care to you at the time of the accident. To file a Bronx personal injury claim, your attorney will need to show that the other party owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident. For example, drivers owe all other drivers a duty of care: drivers must exercise care to avoid an accident. Likewise, if you visit the hospital with an injury, the doctor responsible for your care owes you a duty of care to ensure that you receive a proper diagnosis and do not suffer more than necessary. On the other hand, a doctor treating a patient down the hall does not owe you a duty of care.
- Someone breached this duty of care. In a medical malpractice claim, for example, you may claim that the doctor who treated you breached his duty of care to you by providing you with an improper diagnosis, although he or she had more than enough evidence and symptoms to properly diagnose your condition. Likewise, if you suffer injuries in a drunk driving accident, the driver who chose to get behind the wheel while inebriated breached his or her duty of care to you.
- You suffered injuries as a result of the breach. To file a Bronx personal injury claim, you will need to show that you suffered injuries due to the negligence of another party. Those injuries, and the medical expenses associated with them, will typically form the foundation of your claim. For example, if you suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident with a distracted driver, it will likely prove fairly easy for you to establish that you suffered injuries. On the other hand, if you noticed another driver drifting out of his or her lane or running a stop sign due to distraction, and you managed to get out of the way, you cannot file a Bronx personal injury claim simply because the other party almost caused you to suffer injuries.
2. How much does it cost to retain a Bronx personal injury attorney?
Many clients put off contacting an attorney because they worry about the associated costs. In reality, however, hiring an attorney will likely prove far less expensive than you may think. Many clients find that working with an attorney actually increases the compensation that they ultimately receive for their injuries, even after paying all legal fees.
At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA and Sibley Dolman, we start with a free consultation to develop a better understanding of your case and determine whether you have grounds to file a Bronx personal injury claim.
We accept Bronx personal injury clients on a contingent fee basis; instead of paying upfront for the legal services you need, you can pay your bill based on a percentage of the funds you receive in compensation for your injuries. For many clients, this makes legal assistance much more affordable and decreases the stress that they have to deal with during an already-difficult period of their lives.
3. The insurance company that covers the at-fault party called me just a few days after the accident to offer a settlement. Should I accept it?
Often, insurance companies, especially when they cannot reasonably dispute the liability of their insured, will try to get in touch with you shortly after your accident. In those early days, you may have no idea how much your medical expenses will ultimately cost or even how much your injuries will limit you going forward.
For example, if you’ve suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury, your doctors may not tell you how much mobility you can expect to recover until at least six months after your accident. If you suffer severe burns, you may need to progress through your recovery before you fully understand how much your medical bills will cost, since burns have a high rate of complication that can make it difficult to fully predict your final medical expenses.
Talk to an attorney before accepting a settlement offer, even if the insurance company tries to convince you that you need to act quickly. An attorney will provide you with a better assessment of exactly how much compensation you should seek and help you determine whether a settlement offer reflects the funds you really need to pay for your medical bills and manage your other expenses during your recovery.
Keep in mind that initial settlement offers often minimize the compensation that the insurance company has to offer. You may find that you need far more compensation than the insurance company initially offers, especially if you suffered severe injuries that will continue to result in high medical costs.
4. How long should I expect it to take to receive compensation after a Bronx personal injury claim?
A Bronx personal injury claim rarely proves as simple as putting together a demand package and submitting it to the insurance company. Several factors can complicate the process and make it take longer for you to recover adequate compensation for your injuries. Talk to an attorney to learn more about what to expect as you file your Bronx personal injury claim, including an anticipated timeline.
How much money did you ask for in your demand package? If you suffered severe injuries and, therefore, needed to ask for substantial funds in compensation, it may take longer for you to get your claim approved. On the other hand, if you asked for comparatively minimal compensation, the insurance company may approve your claim faster.
How much evidence does the insurance company or liable party need to review? The more evidence you have relating to your accident, especially if facets of your accident come into question, the longer it may take for you to receive the funds you need.
Evidence may include:
- Witness testimony about the accident
- Pictures from the accident
- Evidence presented by the liable party, often including evidence that may try to prove your claims false
- Your medical records
- Independent medical evaluation, if you suffered severe injuries
- Any video evidence of the accident
In some cases, like those involving accidents with commercial trucks, the insurance company may also need to review driver logs, check the weather, and evaluate the driver’s cargo, especially in a shifting load accident. It can take time to consult with expert witnesses, review the evidence, and fully determine fault in a serious accident.
How much time do you need to recover before you will know the full extent of your injuries? For many types of injuries, you may not recognize the full extent of your injuries or how those limitations will impact your life long-term until long after the initial accident.
Your attorney may advise you to let your recovery progress before you file a claim. If, for example, you suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may not know how much you can eventually recover until you have had time to go through treatment, manage occupational therapy, and allow your brain time to heal. If you suffered broken bones, you may not know how much mobility you will lose until the casts come off and you have time to go through physical therapy.
By allowing yourself to go through the full treatment process before filing your claim, you can often better shape your demand package and create a more accurate assessment of how much compensation you should expect.
How much negotiation is required? You cannot control the offers the insurance company or liable party will send back to you after you file your demand package. If you get a low settlement offer back in response to your initial demands, you may need to go through several rounds of negotiation before you successfully reach an agreement. Mediation and, ultimately, taking your claim to court can also extend the time it takes to close out your Bronx personal injury claim.
Once you have a signed agreement, the liable party must issue payment on your claim within thirty days.
5. Will I have to go to court to file my Bronx personal injury claim?
Most Bronx personal injury claims settle out of court. Going to court increases the legal expense associated with the claim, and most companies want to avoid litigation. However, a small percentage of claims will need to go to court to reach satisfactory resolutions. Having an attorney on your side if your claim goes to court can prove critical in helping you successfully maximize your compensation.
6. How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after a Bronx accident?
If you have an accident due to another party’s negligence, you must file a Bronx personal injury claim before the statute of limitations runs out. However, you should consult an attorney, even if some time has passed since your accident. Sometimes, an attorney can find exceptions that will extend the statute of limitations and allow you to file a claim even if you would otherwise have passed that point.
7. If I file a workers’ compensation claim, may I also file a Bronx personal injury claim?
Most of the time, if you file a claim through workers’ compensation, you do not also have the right to file a personal injury claim against your employer. You may, however, have grounds for a personal injury claim against your employer if your employer committed gross negligence that led to your injuries—failing to offer adequate safety equipment or to take the precautions needed to keep employees safe, for example. You may also have grounds for a Bronx personal injury claim against someone other than your employer, even if you have already received workers’ compensation during your recovery.
Suppose, for example, that you suffered injuries as a construction worker due to an equipment malfunction; a relatively new piece of construction equipment’s safety features failed, leading to severe crushing damage and eventual amputation.
While your employer will pay for your workers’ compensation while you recover, which usually covers your medical expenses as well as a percentage of your income throughout your recovery, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the company that manufactured the equipment that caused your injuries.
Likewise, if you suffered injuries as a driver, you may receive workers’ compensation while you cannot work and treatment for your injuries, but if another driver caused the accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against that driver. Consult an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney to learn more about your right to compensation if you suffered injuries in an accident on the job.
Do You Need a Bronx Personal Injury Attorney? Call Us Today.
Did you suffer injuries due to the negligence of another party? Do you have grounds for a Bronx personal injury claim or questions about how to file one?
Contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA and Sibley Dolman today at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) for a free consultation that will allow you to learn more about your legal rights following an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
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