You’ve just been injured. Maybe you aren’t even sure what happened. However, you realize that medical bills are adding up. If you were in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, maybe you remember the other driver talking on their cellphone or tailgating you aggressively. Can you file a lawsuit? Will you receive compensation? If so, how much?

If you suffer a personal injury in New York, some of the types of damages you may be entitled to (depending on the circumstances of your case) are:

  • Medical bills: Depending on the extent of your injuries, a successful lawsuit can award you reimbursement to cover the costs of medical expenses.
  • Pain and suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the physical pain you have endured. The amount you can recover for pain and suffering depends on the severity of your injuries.
  • Property damage: In the event that your property was damaged or destroyed, you may be able to obtain compensation to repair or replace your property.
  • Lost wages: A serious injury can leave you out of work for weeks, months or longer.
  • Mental anguish: Many personal injury accidents causes mental distress — psychological fear, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Loss of consortium: Your spouse may be able to obtain compensation for loss of consortium and the emotional benefits of your marriage.

Personal injury actions vary on a case-by-case basis. By consulting an experienced lawyer, you can get an idea about the strength of your case and the amount of compensation you may be able to collect.

by Durga Bhurtel