In the state of New York, parties who are "at fault" are required to pay the plaintiff for any damages or injuries caused by the defendant's negligence. When you are injured because of someone else's reckless or careless actions, you should not suffer the burden of having to pay for costly medical care and should be compensated for any lost income that was a direct result of the injury.
Working with a Personal Injury Attorney
In a personal injury case, a plaintiff is entitled to numerous types of damages, both economic and non-economic.
Obvious and calculable economic damages may include property damage, such as damage to your personal property or your vehicle.
In addition to calculable damages, you may also be entitled to other damages that require expert testimony. These include:
- Lost wages: If your injuries prevented you from going back to work, you may be entitled to damages for any income you may have lost during treatment and aftercare.
- The cost of medical care: This includes both past and present care, therapies (vocational and physical rehabilitation) and treatment.
- Loss of future earnings: If your injuries negatively impact your future earning capacity, you may be entitled to damages.
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress: These non-economic damages can be difficult to quantify and are subjective in nature, but they are no less important than any other factors on this list.
In some cases, punitive damages are awarded. These damages - also sometimes referred to as "exemplary damages" - are meant to punish or deter the defendant's extreme or outrageous behavior. Despite the propaganda and hyperbole thrown around by insurance companies, the recovery of punitive damages is quite rare, however, since the wrongful conduct of the defendant must rise to the level of wilful, wanton, malicious, or grossly negligent, among other factors.
Recovering damages can be a complex process, one that requires the help of an experienced legal professional. Christopher N. Luhn is a personal injury attorney with over 30 years' litigation, trial and courtroom experience who represents clients primarily in Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties, but often also handles cases in Warren, Washington, Fulton, and Montgomery counties. In fact, two of Mr. Luhn's largest recoveries arose from separate cases involving clients injured in Duchess ($5.5 million settlement) and in Ulster ($1.8 million) counties. No matter where your case is brought, Chris will fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Your Injuries Were Not Caused by an "Accident"
When a true accident occurs, no one is at fault. These incidents "just happen", and neither party could have avoided it. At the Law Office of Christopher N. Luhn, P.C., we do not handle "accident" cases. If we take on your case, it is because we believe that someone else's negligent, careless, or reckless behavior caused your injuries and we will fight to see that your damages, injuries, and suffering get the justice you deserve.
To win your personal injury claim, you need a skilled lawyer on your side who understands how to handle your case and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
So, don't do it alone. The other guy won't!
Call us now at (518) 884-0000