The aftermath of a car accident can be immensely stressful. There are probably several thoughts and questions running through your mind:
- Should I visit a doctor?
- How will I pay for the damage to my vehicle?
- Who was at-fault? Can I recover compensation if I contributed to the accident?
- Should I hire an attorney?
- Do I have a valid case?
A car accident lawyer in Holbrook, Long Island at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. can help you answer these questions. We can represent you after any type of car accident and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates’ team of professionals includes attorneys with nearly 25 years of experience, thorough investigators, and paralegals who will pore over every detail of your case. We have successfully litigated over 20,000 cases and recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
Give us a call to see how we can help you: 631-600-0000.
Who Will Pay for My Injuries?
New York is a no-fault state which means your insurance will cover your injuries first.
If your injuries exceed your personal injury protection (PIP) policy; you can prove you suffered a serious injury; and if another party was at-fault for your accident, you can step outside the no-fault system and hold another driver liable. To do so, you must be able to prove the other driver caused your accident.
Why Should I Hire Gacovino, Lake & Associates to Help with My Case?
Handling a car accident case without an attorney can prove to be a trying time. There are dozens of things you must handle, which can be overwhelming, especially if you are recovering from a serious injury. Our team will handle your case from start to finish.
We Prove Your Case
A valid car accident claim requires proving the following:
- The other party was negligent and caused your car accident and injuries.
- You suffered injuries severe enough to require medical attention (A scrape or bruise is not going to validate a personal injury claim.)
Competently presenting your case and proving the opposition’s fault can make or break your claim. In addition to a dedicated, knowledgeable team of lawyers, Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. also has its own investigator to find the evidence we need to prove your case.
We Handle Communication and Negotiations with the Insurers
Insurers will often attempt to pay you less than what you deserve. That might include tricking you into saying something that jeopardizes your case or simply offering you a low settlement, hoping you are just desperate enough to accept it.
The team at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. will not let that happen. We will handle all communication with the insurer to prevent you from saying anything the insurer can twist into an admission of fault.
We will also handle all settlement offers. Once we determine what your case is worth, we will ensure any settlement offers cover all your losses. If not, we will negotiate with the insurer to get what you deserve.
If the insurer refuses to give you a fair settlement, we are not afraid to take it to court.
We Meet All Deadlines
According to N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214(4), you have three years to settle a car accident claim. This sounds like plenty of time, but it can take a year or more to determine a prognosis for your injuries alone. It can also be difficult to meet deadlines when you are trying to get your life back on track, head back to work, and spend time with your family.
If you wait too long to get started on your claim, you might end up with nothing. If your injuries are especially severe, you could end up losing tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Our team will meet all necessary deadlines, ensuring that we protect your right to compensation.
What Can I Recover from a Car Accident Claim?
What you can recover from your car accident depends on the circumstances involved; however, most car accident settlements involve the following:
- Medical bills (both current and future)
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Miscellaneous costs, such as gas to get to and from doctor’s appointments
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Partially At-Fault for an Accident?
You can recover compensation if you contributed to an accident. It is important to note that your fault will decrease your settlement. For example, say you and the other driver split the fault evenly. You would only be able to recover 50 percent of your damages. If you requested $50,000 for your injuries, you would only be able to recover $25,000.
Get Help from a Holbrook Car Accident Attorney Today
Do not hesitate to reach us if you have been involved in an accident. Knowledge is power, and Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. has the combination of knowledge and experience needed to empower your case. Call us at 631-600-0000 for a free consultation.