Rosedale Car Accident Attorneys
Representing Car Accident Victims in Queens and all of New York
Our attorneys at Alex Yadgarov & Associates know how painful auto accident injuries can be. After you’ve gone through the stress of getting treated for your symptoms, you may also be wondering how to recover any lost items, or whether you may be entitled to compensation. Our car accident lawyers in Rosedale proudly serve Queens and the surrounding boroughs. We are committed to relieving our clients’ stress through handling their cases and accommodating to their personal needs.
Call Alex Yadgarov & Associates for a free consultation at (718) 276-2800. Se habla español.
Reliable & Effective Lawyers
Since 2009, Alex Yadgarov & Associates has made client care our priority when it comes to taking on car accident cases in Rosedale. We offer our assistance in the language you feel most comfortable communicating in, whether it be English, Spanish, or Russian. We also do everything we can to help our clients receive compensation for their injuries.
Our attorneys can help you get compensated for:
- Pain sustained from injuries
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Additional expenses such as rental cars and parking tickets
Injuries sustained from car accidents can be both physical and mental, and can include:
- Head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
What is New York's "No Fault" Law?
When it comes to New York state car accident laws, drivers must remember that in most circumstances injuries incurred as a result of a car accident must first be paid for out of the injured driver's own insurance policy. While a lawsuit for property damage may be filed directly against the responsible party following an accident, in order for a personal injury suit to be filed against the responsible driver, the injured party must be able to prove that their injuries are serious.
What is Considered a "Serious" Injury in New York?
New York requires that in order for someone's injuries to qualify as "serious" and therefore allow for them to directly sue the responsible party, they must have experienced at least one of the following:
- Significant disfigurement
- Bone fractures
- Permanent limitation of use of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Full disability for 90 days
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
In most cases, the statute of limitations on car accident lawsuits in New York is three years. In other words, you have until the third anniversary of your collision to take legal action against those responsible for your accident. If a loved one died as a result of the collision, you have only two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit. If you attempt to file a claim outside of this window, the court will likely refuse to hear your claim and you will be unable to recover compensation. It is important to note that these deadlines only apply to lawsuits; insurance claims typically must be filed within a few days of the collision to be eligible for coverage.
While this may seem like a long time, the reality is that investigating a car accident can sometimes take months on it own before you are ready to file a lawsuit. For this reason, it is crucial you get an attorney involved as soon as possible to give yourself enough time to build a strong case within the filing deadline.
If you’re unsure whether you qualify to receive compensation for your accident injuries, call us for a free consultation. We’ll travel to you so that you have one less thing to worry about. We proudly serve all of Queens, including Rochdale, Laurelton & Rosedale!
Q:Will I have to go to court for my car accident case?
A:Possibly, but this is unlikely. The vast majority of car accident cases are resolved in the form of an out-of-court settlement negotiated between the involved parties and the insurance company. Generally speaking, your case will only go to trial (meaning you will have to appear in court) if there is a dispute over who is at fault for your accident, there is particularly complex case law that applies to your situation, or if the insurance company does not offer you a settlement amount that fully compensates you for your injuries.
Q:How much is my case worth?
A:Every car accident case is different, therefore it is impossible to put a dollar amount on your case without reviewing your situation in depth with a skilled attorney. Generally speaking, your case's value will be influenced by factors such as the nature and severity of your injuries, the amount of available insurance coverage, and the strength of the evidence proving the other party's fault. Your attorney can give you a rough estimate of the value of your case, but this does not guarantee a specific outcome.
Q:Do I still have a case if I was partially responsible for the crash?
A:Yes, you may still have a valid case even if you were partially at fault for your car accident. New York recognizes pure comparative negligence, meaning the court will determine each driver's percentage of fault and apply that percentage to any damages that are awarded. While some states place limits that restrict a plaintiff from recovering compensation if he or she is less negligent than the defendant, New York allows plaintiffs to recover compensation regardless of their share of fault. In other words, if you are found to be 90% at fault for causing an accident, you may still recover damages for the defendant's 10% of blame, though your recovery will be reduced by 90%.
Q:Do I really need a lawyer after a car accident?
A:If you were injured in the crash to the point where you had to miss work, school, or were otherwise prevented from engaging in your usual activities, it is in your best interests to hire an attorney. While there is no law requiring you to retain legal representation after a collision, the reality of the matter is that you are far more likely to recover the compensation you deserve if you have a skilled legal advocate by your side. An attorney can bring a number of benefits to your case, including thoroughly investigating the circumstances leading up to your car accident, gathering evidence, handling all communication and negotiations with interested parties (including insurance companies), and fiercely representing your interests at trial if necessary.
Q:How long will it take to resolve my case?
A:Every car accident case is different, therefore it is impossible to predict the specific timeline of your case. Car accident cases can vary in length from as little as a few months to as much as a few years depending on factors like the types of injuries involved, the extent of medical care required, the complexity of applicable case law, and whether or not the case goes to trial. Generally speaking, claims involving catastrophic or life-changing injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage will take much longer to resolve than those involving comparatively minor injuries like whiplash.
Q:How much does a car accident lawyer cost?
A:The last thing you need after being injured in a car accident is to face hefty legal costs during your pursuit of justice. For this reason, most car accident attorneys, including those at Alex Yadgarov & Associates, accept cases on a contingency fee basis. In short, this means that your attorney will cover all upfront costs of taking on your case and will only be paid if they are successful in recovering a settlement or award on your behalf. This ensures your attorney's goals are aligned with yours and allows you to focus on your physical recovery with peace of mind as your case progresses.
Q:Should I accept the insurance company's settlement offer?
A:It is highly advised you do not accept any settlement offered by the insurance company until you have had a chance to consult with an attorney from our firm. Many insurance companies will offer a lowball settlement when you are most vulnerable in an attempt to quickly and cheaply resolve your claim. Our attorneys will be able to negotiate with the insurance company and pursue a settlement that fully compensates you for all past, present, and future losses related to your injuries.
Because of the thought and dedication our lawyers put into each of our cases, we leave our clients feeling cared for – so much so, that we often receive return clients, as well as new clients who’ve we’ve been referred to by former clients.
You don’t have to suffer from your injuries alone. Call Alex Yadgarov & Associates at (718) 276-2800 to receive assistance from our Rosedale car accident lawyers.