Thousands of auto accidents occur every single day here in the United States. While many of them don’t result in serious injury, many of them do. If you have been injured in an auto accident due to no fault of your own, we are here to help. Contact the dedicated Rockland County auto accident lawyers at Mitchell J. Schroeder P.C. today so we can get started working on your case.
Auto Accident Lawyers | Fighting for Clients in Rockland & all of NYS
Were you injured in an auto accident due to no fault of your own? The attorneys at Mitchell J. Schroeder P.C. are here to help you. It should be your focus to physically and mentally recover from the accident, while we deal with the insurance companies. Our goal is to get you the medical treatment and compensation that you deserve. Reach out to the seasoned New York injury lawyers from our legal team so we can get started fighting for your rightful compensation.
Auto Accident Cases We Handle
Here at Mitchell J. Schroeder P.C., we proudly handle various types of motor vehicle accidents on behalf of our accident-victim clients, including the following:
Injuries Commonly Sustained in Motor Vehicle Accidents
As you are aware, the repercussions of a motor vehicle accident can inflict grave and enduring physical, emotional, and financial harm to the victims and their families. Some of the injuries frequently sustained in motor vehicle accidents include:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a neck injury induced by the abrupt forward-and-backward movement of the head during a collision. It can result in pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, headaches, dizziness, and a wide range of other very serious symptoms.
- Concussion: Concussions are traumatic brain injuries, ranging from mild to severe, elicited by a blow or jolt to the head. It can affect the brain’s function and cause confusion, memory loss, nausea, fatigue, mood changes, and more.
- Broken bones: These are fractures or cracks in a bone precipitated by excessive force or pressure. Broken bones can affect any part of the body and cause pain, swelling, bruising, deformity, and hampered mobility.
- Spinal cord injury: Damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal caused by a sudden or violent twist or impact can disrupt the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This often leads to paralysis, numbness, tingling, weakness, loss of sensation, and more.
- Soft tissue injury: This is damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other tissues that support the joints and organs caused by overstretching or tearing. It can affect any part of the body and cause pain, inflammation, bleeding, and bruising.
These are just some examples of the injuries that can transpire in motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, victims of auto accidents often also have to deal with certain emotional damages as well, such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety. If you have sustained any of the aforementioned injuries, whether physical or emotional, you need a team of proficient auto accident lawyers in your corner. You need Mitchell J. Schroeder P.C.
After an Auto Accident
After an auto accident, it’s important for you to document the incident and seek medical help at once. There are several things you should do to accomplish this. They are as follows:
- Call the police at the scene of the accident. Even if you do not feel immediately injured, having the police come will send emergency medical services to the scene and will ensure that the accident is documented. If you don’t call the police and memorialize your accident, memories can fade, stories can change, and overall it may become harder to satisfy the burden of proof in a personal injury claim.
- Get the other driver’s insurance information and license plate number. Be polite, but don’t apologize, even out of politeness.
- Take pictures of any damage caused by the accident, including to your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, and any property involved.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information and get them to speak to the police if possible, as they can help corroborate your claim.
- Once you receive treatment at the hospital, you should ensure you keep a record of all medical documents and bills pertaining to your injuries. This can help prove the extent to which you were harmed by the incident.
- Retain the services of our competent Rockland County auto accident lawyers. Your attorney can work to obtain additional evidence, such as surveillance footage of your accident. Your attorney can also negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf, and, if you don’t receive a favorable settlement offer, take your case to trial and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
As long as we can gather and present sufficient evidence to satisfy the burden of proof in your auto accident claim, you should receive financial compensation to help you deal with both the economic and the non-economic damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident. Economic damages deal with the tangible, financial losses you’ve sustained, while non-economic damages deal with intangible, yet still very real damages. Economic damages can include:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of rehabilitation
- Lost past and future wages
- Property damage
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral and burial costs (in the case of wrongful death)
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement and scarring
Statute of Limitations for Auto Accident Claims in NYS
The statute of limitations for auto accident claims in New York State is, generally, three years. This means that in most cases, auto accident victims will have three years from the date of their accident to file their injury claim against the party responsible for their accident. Waiting longer than three years will result in the statute of limitations expiring, and you relinquishing your right to sue altogether.
Contact Our Nyack Auto Accident Lawyers
The bottom line is that if you’ve been harmed in an auto accident due to no fault of your own, you need a legal advocate who will stand up for your rights and fight for the compensation you need to get back on your feet again. Contact the auto accident lawyers at Mitchell J. Schroeder P.C. for a free initial consultation today.