New York No-Fault Insurance reimburses for transportation to and from medical providers for treatment related to the covered accident. The mileage reimbursement rate for No-Fault is the same as the rate set for New York Workers’ Compensation. The Workers’ Comp Board issued the following bulletin: “The mileage rate for reimbursement to claimants for travel by automobile on or after January 1, 2013 shall be 56.5 cents per mile.”
Can I sue the man that hit my car with my six year old daughter in the back seat, and the man who hit me was arrested for DUI? There isn’t much damage to my car but my daughter was and still is very frightened from the accident. I’m not sure yet if the man had a valid license and insurance.
I was a passenger in a friend’s car when another car hit us from the rear here in the Bronx. I was hurt bad, went to the hospital and I’m still seeing a chiropractor for treatment for my back. Can I sue the driver that rear-ended us? Do I have to sue my friend?
My 23-year-old son was in a car accident. The police and accident report state he was not at fault. He was taken to the ER and is going to an orthopaedic doctor this week. He has some pain in his neck and back, but it seems to be getting better. My questions concern his car. He was driving a 97 Civic which probably only has a value of $1,000, but he will have to spend at least 5,000 to get something else. Under the “No Fault law,” can he get more than the blue book value?
As a Port Jefferson businessman drove home with his girlfriend after attending a show, they were struck head on by a car that had tried to pass another vehicle on Brentwood Road. The injury left the man unconscious and required an overnight stay in the hospital. He retained an attorney to represent him in an effort to collect compensation, but the insurance company would not settle the case. His original attorney retained personal injury attorney Carol L. Schlitt to try the case and Ms. Schlitt settled the case in the man’s favor on the eve of trial.
Here’s a question from a woman hurt in a car accident in New York who wants to know about her rights and ability to sue for damages. I thought this might interest our readers.
A Bronx social worker leaving a dinner on City Island entered a traffic circle intending to take the turn towards the Hutchinson River Parkway. Before she could exit the traffic circle, a man driving a black Mercedes Benz cut her off and the two cars collided. The car crash left the woman with neck and back injuries. She retained Crasto & Associates of Howard Beach to represent her. When their office could not settle the case, they retained me to try the case. Last week, we had a one day summary jury trial that resulted in a resounding verdict and victory for our client.
I recently heard from a man injured in a rear-end car crash who suffered serious injuries. He had retained a lawyer who dropped the case. The man waited to contact us and by the time he did, the statute of limitations had expired so he could no longer file the case. It is unfortunate this gentleman had not contacted us sooner. He had strong grounds for a claim that would allow him to collect compensation for his injuries. However, the fact that one attorney dropped the case and he waited so long to seek additional legal help meant he lost his opportunity to receive compensation. There are some important lessons here that might benefit others to protect people from a similar outcome.
A Queens woman driving with her boyfriend pulled up to a red light in Lawrence, New York. Suddenly, a car struck them from behind, knocking the woman forward and then snapping her back against his seat. The woman went to the hospital with a headache, neck pain, right shoulder pain and low back pain. The woman retained me to represent her in an effort to collect compensation for her damages.
The challenge in this case came not from proving liability – in a rear-end car crash it is easy to prove the other driver 100 percent liable – it came from winning compensation in a case with soft tissue injuries because of the need to meet the serious injury threshold of New York’s No Fault insurance law.