If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Westchester County, NY, you might be wondering what to do next. Between going to the doctor, talking to insurance, and taking care of your other responsibilities, life can become overwhelming.
Luckily, a Westchester County car accident lawyer can help you. Oresky & Associates, PLLC can handle insurance claims, calculate your damages, and fight for fair compensation. You won’t need to do anything except focus on healing.
Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience litigating car accident cases. This experience is invaluable to our clients. We have recovered over $400 million on their behalf and are proud to get them access to the resources they need after a car crash.
Oresky & Associates, PLLC will help you get money after a car accident in Westchester County, New York. We are named Super Lawyers, members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and included in New York Magazine’s “New York’s Leading Personal Injury Lawyers.”
After a collision, our Westchester County personal injury lawyers will:
When you hire our Westchester County car accident attorneys, you won’t need to worry about your legal case. Turn it over to us, and we will take the burden entirely off your shoulders. Then you can turn your attention to your health and recovery.
Call us to set up a free consultation today.
Westchester County, NY has just under 1 million residents. It incorporates major cities just outside of NYC, like White Plains and Yonkers. While Westchester County is not as populous as New York City, it is growing.
More and more people are moving to the Hudson Valley, looking for space outside the city. This means that there are more cars on the road and more opportunities for accidents.
Many different factors go into causing a car accident. Some are completely avoidable, while others are caused by unpredictable circumstances.
In Westchester County, the most common causes of car accidents are:
Most crashes happen very quickly. You may not have the best memory of how it happened. Furthermore, if another driver caused the collision, you have no idea what was going on in their car.
Our lawyers can investigate the cause of the accident so that we know who is responsible and how to proceed. If your case ends in a lawsuit, this investigation and evidence will become very important.
The lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC have worked with clients suffering from many different types of injuries. We aren’t doctors, but we do have enough experience to understand the complexities of certain injuries and the impact that they can have on your life.
We can use this knowledge and experience to help you recover enough money to pay for your medical expenses and compensate you for the future impact on your life.
Many of our car accident clients have suffered:
Sometimes these injuries are catastrophic and completely change your life. We can help you access resources to get treatment and cope with the severity of your injuries.
In the worst cases, our clients will die from their injuries or complications during treatment. This may result in a wrongful death case. We can help families get justice if a loved one dies because of their injuries in a car accident.
New York is a no-fault state when it comes to car accidents and insurance claims. After a car crash, you will file a claim with your own insurance company, regardless of who caused the accident.
Your insurance company will pay your damages up to your policy limit. If your damages exceed the amount of your policy (which is common in a severe crash), you may be entitled to compensation from the person responsible.
This could be:
If your case turns into a lawsuit, you may get blamed even though you aren’t responsible. That’s because the defendant wants to reduce their share of responsibility and therefore reduce your damages.
New York follows a pure comparative negligence law. Your damages are reduced by your percentage of responsibility. So if the defendant shows that you were 25% responsible and they are only 75% responsible, they only need to pay you 75% of your damages.
You never know if your case will end up in court. If you are getting blamed for the accident, even during the insurance process, you should call a lawyer for help. They will protect you from harmful evidence that might come back to haunt you later.
Ultimately, a personal injury case comes down to damages. We can’t turn back time and prevent a car accident, but we can help you get paid.
In Westchester County, New York, damages are categorized by their purpose and type. These categories are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages are financial losses from expenses that you have paid or will pay because of the accident. You can calculate your economic damages by looking at receipts, bills and invoices, and paystubs.
We can help you recover economic damages for:
While these are the most common types of economic damages after a car crash, we can recover any other out-of-pocket expenses that are created because of the accident or your injury. This might even include increased costs for childcare or domestic housework.
Non-economic damages pay an injured person for emotional trauma and intangible harm – essentially, any harm that doesn’t have a clear dollar figure associated with it. If you experienced a traumatic car crash or injury, your non-economic damages may be significant.
Based on our experience, we can estimate the value of your non-economic damages at the beginning of the case. This will help us identify a starting point for negotiations and give you a clear picture of what to expect.
Punitive damages are different from economic and non-economic damages. The purpose isn’t to reimburse you for harm but to punish a defendant and deter future bad behavior.
To get punitive damages, you need to prove that the defendant acted extremely recklessly and completely disregarded your safety. These damages are only warranted in cases that go beyond mere negligence.
A great example is a drunk driver. In some drunk driving cases, we can recover punitive damages because the defendant made a calculated decision to drink and then drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They know that this behavior is likely to result in an accident, but they do it anyway.
You typically only have three years to file a car accident lawsuit in Westchester County, NY. However, there could be exceptions. If you miss the applicable deadline, you will lose your opportunity to recover any money through the court.
A Westchester County personal injury attorney can help you keep track of this deadline and others so you don’t lose your legal rights. You should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible so that they can go through the insurance process with time to prepare in the event of a lawsuit.
Call Oresky & Associates, PLLC to set up a free consultation with a Westchester County car accident attorney. This is a no-pressure consultation to get more information about your case and provide you with information about our firm.
We can help you create a strategy so that you can get the money you need as quickly as possible. Don’t delay in reaching out. It’s better to have a lawyer at the beginning of your case than to jeopardize your financial recovery.