Carle Place Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a Carle Place accident that was not your fault, you may have a claim for your damages. To determine whether you have a valid case, run it by a Carle Place personal injury lawyer at Goldstein & Bashner today.
What are the Most Common Types of Accident Claims?
Carle Place injury attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury and accident cases involving:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction and work accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bullying and cyberbullying
- Railroad/FELA accidents
- School accidents and children’s injuries
This is a very basic list; check out our practice areas page to see if we handle your injury.
What are the Elements of An Injury Claim?
To have a valid claim, you must have four things:
- Duty: The at-fault party must have owed you a duty. For example, all drivers owe each other a duty to drive safely. Property owners owe invitees a duty to keep the property safe and to warn of any hazards.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault party breached the duty it had to you by acting negligently (e.g., running a red light, failing to fix a broken handrail, driving while intoxicated, etc.).
- Causation: The breach of duty and ensuing accident caused your injury (e.g., the red light runner hit your car and caused your traumatic brain injury).
- Damages: You suffered damages from your injury (e.g., medical bills, lost earning capacity, mental anguish, etc.).
Steps to Take To File a Successful Claim
It is extremely easy to jeopardize a personal injury claim. Make sure you stay away from the following to help protect your right to compensation:
1. Talking to the insurance company without getting advice from your lawyer
The insurance company is likely to ask you questions about the accident and your injuries. The insurance adjuster will try to earn your trust by saying things that sound compassionate, but s/he is really trying to get you to say things that will devalue the dollar amount of your claim. Do NOT answer the insurer’s questions or agree to a recorded statement without clearing it with your personal injury lawyer first.
2. Signing anything before your Carle Place Injury lawyer reads it
When you have been injured, you may soon be facing a growing pile of medical bills.
The insurance company swoops in, waving a check beneath your nose — and all you have to do is sign a few papers. Many people find out later — when it is too late — that they signed away their rights to get any more money to pay the rest of their medical bills, to replace their car, to cover their lost wages. Never sign anything after an accident without having a lawyer read it and advise you.
3. Posting on social media
This is something people rarely consider. After all, we share so much on social media. However, one post can jeopardize your entire claim. Consider the following: Your tailbone injury from a rear-end accident keeps you from sitting long enough to go back to work. Your friend tags you in a post about going on a road trip across the county. If an insurer sees that, it will claim that you are falsifying your injuries and might deny your claim entirely.
Refrain from posting and ask your friends to refrain from tagging you in things while your case is open.
4. Disobeying your doctor’s orders or skipping medical appointments
This jeopardizes your physical health and can ruin any chance you have of recovering compensation for your injuries. If the insurer finds out that you are ignoring doctor’s orders or skipping appointments, it can argue that you are contributing to your injuries or that you lied about their severity.
5. Delaying filing your claim
You were careful. You did not give a recorded statement. You did not sign anything from the insurance company. You did not get fooled into accepting a small, inadequate check from the insurance company. Even if you do everything right, it will not matter if you do not file your claim in time. Your claim can still be destroyed if you do not take the right steps in time.
Most personal injuries have a statute of limitations of three years. That might seem like a lot of time, but simply getting a prognosis for your injury could take a year. If you miss the deadline, you could miss out on getting the compensation you deserve. Talk with a Carle Place personal injury lawyer right away so you do not lose out on your claim.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
The Carle Place personal injury lawyers at Goldstein & Bashner have vast experience. Neal A. Goldstein has been practicing law for over 20 years and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. Robert Bashner has been fighting for the rights of injured clients for 30 years. He specializes in motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, drunk driving cases, and railroad injuries.
Neal and Robert head a team of talented legal professionals who will bring their experience to your claim.
The personal injury lawyers at Goldstein & Bashner are dedicated to fighting for their clients. They empathize with the difficult situations their clients are in and they treat them with compassion and dignity.
Our team of personal injury lawyers and legal professionals at Goldstein & Bashner will not rest until we get you the compensation you deserve. We are tireless in fighting for your rights.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may have a claim for your injuries. Protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Do not wait until it is too late. Have your claim evaluated by a Goldstein & Bashner Carle Place personal injury lawyer. We do not charge a fee unless we make recovery for you.