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Serious injuries change lives – not only the life of the injured person but his or her family members as well. At Powers & Santola, LLP, we know that the recovery from a personal injury can be slow, painful, and costly. If you were harmed by another’s negligence, you need a personal injury lawyer that will be able to help you get through this challenging period and recover the compensation you are due.
Since 1987, our attorneys have provided skillful legal guidance and aggressive representation to personal injury victims and their families in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and communities throughout Upstate and Western New York.
Our injury law firm’s mission is to pursue full and fair compensation for the injuries our clients have suffered due to the actions of negligent doctors, construction site owners, drivers and others.
What Is a
Personal Injury Claim?
Very few accidents are random, with no one to blame. Those would not qualify as personal injury claims. In most accident cases, someone and or their actions caused the accident. A valid personal injury claim must prove that another person or party acted carelessly and that their behavior directly harmed you or a loved one. The legal term for this is negligence.
Most personal injury claims involve negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company. You will be seeking compensation for the injuries and losses that you suffered as a result of the insured’s negligence. Legal problems typically arise when the insurance company disputes liability for the accident or the severity of your injuries.
They may also claim that you shared a portion of the fault. A personal injury law firm can take over all settlement negotiations and fight for fair compensation for your injuries. An attorney can also stand up for you so that you are not assigned an unfair proportion of the fault.
Statute of Limitations
New York sets deadlines for how long you have to file different types of injury claims:
- Personal injury: 3 years from the date of the accident or injury
- Medical malpractice: 2 years and 6 months from the date of the malpractice or end of continuous treatment of a condition, illness, or injury
- Wrongful death: 2 years from the date of death
In certain cases against government agencies, you must provide notice of a potential claim within 90 days after the accident. Talk to a lawyer at Powers & Santola, LLP, before the statute of limitations for your claim expires so that your claim isn’t barred in court.
One important note
New York handles car accident claims differently from other personal injury claims. New York is a no-fault state. That means that if you are in a crash, you will first ask your own insurance company to pay for your medical costs and other economic losses, even if you did not cause the accident.
Compensation from the other party’s insurance carrier may be available only if you sustained serious injuries such as disfigurement or substantial loss of a body function. Examples of this include herniated discs, vision loss, internal injuries, psychological damage, and permanent scarring. A Powers & Santola, LLP, lawyer can talk to you about other possible avenues for compensation if you’ve been in a car accident.
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Personal Injury Attorneys in Albany
When we accept a personal injury case at Powers & Santola, LLP, our attorneys look at the big picture. We consider your current medical needs, your anticipated rehabilitation and vocational retraining, and your physical and medical needs far into the future.
We understand the effects that serious injuries can have on victims and families as well as the long-term costs associated with treating the injuries. We don’t settle for less than our clients need and deserve.
This dedication to our clients’ interests has allowed us to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for people who have suffered injuries in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and throughout New York.
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