Auto accident attorney Gary Zucker can help clients in Brooklyn, New York, navigate the legal obstacles following crashes. Because of the no-fault insurance law in New York, insurance companies are required to pay a substantial amount of medical expenses and lost earnings for those injured in an accident. The sooner you contact a law firm, the sooner they can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
We handle many cases involving injuries from motor vehicle accidents. It could be occupants of a car who are injured or it could be a pedestrian who was injured. But in New York, we have a no-fault insurance law. Under that law, regardless of who was at fault for causing the accident, if the injury is to one of the occupants of the vehicle, then the insurance company for that vehicle has to pay all the medical expenses, has to pay or reimburse 80% of the lost earnings, up to $2,000 a month and if it's a pedestrian, then the medical expenses or lost earnings are paid by the motor vehicle's insurance company.
Occasionally, we are confronted with a case where a client was involved in an accident with an uninsured motor vehicle or with a hit and run motor vehicle. In those instances, the law allows the individual who's injured to make a claim on their own insurance policy if the person has their own vehicle, but again, there are time restraints on that. The claim must be made within 90 days.
So it's very important if anyone is involved in a motor vehicle accident to contact us immediately because there are different time constraints. There are time constraints for obtaining the no-fault benefits and for applying for those benefits. And, in addition to that, insurance companies will typically try to get a statement from the client before the client retains an attorney, a statement that they'll use against the client in the future. I can't emphasize enough, therefore, how important it is for clients to contact us as soon as possible after the accident.