Suffering an injury from an accident is a challenging experience for anyone to go through. Between medical costs and property damage, your quality of life suffers, and so does your peace of mind.
The law uses the term personal injury to describe different types of damage a person sustains. It includes harm to your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being.
It is all the more frustrating when the injury is due to another party’s negligence. Even when being at fault isn’t a factor, insurance companies will still try to pay you as little as possible. That’s where our attorneys can help.
At Shafran & Rock, PLLC, we’re experts at handling all types of personal injury cases in Newburgh, NY. We combine legal expertise with integrity, putting our customers first.
Every client deserves assertive, experienced, and competent legal representation. Our attorneys offer sound legal advice and settlement negotiations for:
- Worker’s compensation
- Car accidents
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accidents
Some personal injury effects are short-term, while others are permanent and life-altering. Even with insurance, unexpected expenses pile up, and so do bills.
You might be taking time off of work, or your business might be suffering in the process. We identify the cause of the accident and determine who is at fault. Our attorneys at Shafran & Rock, PLLC, know the law and make sure it’s applied in your case. For over two decades, we’ve helped hundreds of clients receive millions in settlements.
We examine the evidence and your case, explaining your options and the law. We also take care of the legalities and speak to appraisers, preventing them from harassing you.
Read on to learn about the different personal injury cases that we cover and how we can help.
Emergency rooms treat thousands of people every year in New York State due to car-related accidents. They are often preventable and are most likely due to driver error.
Car accidents happen for several reasons. Regardless of intent, they have consequences ranging from mild to severe. No two car accidents are alike. Because of this, the extent of the damage may not immediately be apparent.
The most common injuries that people report after a car accident include:
- Damage to the spine, neck, shoulder, and back
- Head trauma
- Injury to limbs, ankles, and joints
- Bone fractures or breakage
- Internal damage and bleeding
Some of these injuries don’t last long, while others could change your life forever. You might not be able to walk, work, or care for others. This doesn’t include the psychological trauma of an accident. Some people are fine afterward, while others abandon driving altogether.
In the aftermath of an accident, you need a car accident lawyer. At first, you might be in shock. Unscrupulous parties take advantage of this shock, bombarding you with calls and requests. There is much to do afterward, like preserving evidence and filing a police report.
Our attorneys shield you from incessant queries and harassment tactics. We take care of the details, from filing the insurance claim to speaking to appraisers.
We are well-versed in all Department of Transportation rules and traffic regulations. Our car accident attorneys delve deep into the details to determine the cause.
There are many reasons why car accidents happen, but the most common include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Distracted driving (like eating or texting while driving)
- Bad weather conditions
- Failure to abide by traffic laws
The accident can be the result of one or several of these reasons. Every detail matters in an accident insurance claim. There are a host of legal loopholes that the other party can use to its advantage.
With our years of legal expertise, we prevent that from happening and work to secure a fair payout for you.
The trucking industry is essential to the economy, especially in a state like New York. Trucks transport goods to and from the state, but they are also dangerous and need regulation.
Many truck drivers are under pressure to work long hours and have tight deadlines. This pressure, combined with a national shortage of truck drivers, encourages some of them to cut corners.
Some drivers reduce or lie about the hours of training they receive. Others don’t maintain their trucks as required by law. These negligent and dangerous actions are ticking time bombs.
There are not many events more terrifying than a truck accident. A fully-loaded 18-wheeler weighs tens of thousands of pounds. Even regular pickup trucks vary between 7,000 – 12,500 pounds when full.
Compared to the average car at 2,700 pounds, the implications of an accident are devastating.
The majority of truck accidents are the fault of the driver. These preventable accidents wreak havoc on people’s lives.
A few common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Speeding and failure to follow traffic laws
- Driver fatigue
- Lack of appropriate training
- Mechanical failure
After a truck wreck, we take over the case and prevent evidence tampering. We also check truck driver logs and maintenance records to ensure compliance.
New York State is strict when it comes to trucking regulations. Trucks follow rigid maintenance and traffic laws. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driving License and must undergo training.
Truck accidents are dangerous because of the risk of serious injury and death. Car occupants are more likely to die if they’re part of a truck accident than any other collision. They also have a higher chance of sustaining serious injuries.
In the aftermath of an accident, details get overlooked in the investigation process. Those details might secure a better settlement and strengthen your case. If you’ve been in a truck wreck, you need a skilled truck accident lawyer to represent you.
Our firm’s personal injury lawyers in Newburgh, NY have helped clients win millions in settlements, and we are here to help you.
A motorcycle accident attorney is an important ally in personal injury cases. There is a large amount of misinformation online when it comes to who is at fault in these types of accidents. Many people assume that it is always the fault of the biker.
This assumption can lead to unconscious bias against riders. However, statistics show that most motorcycle accidents are the fault of the car driver. This is partly due to visibility issues. Other reasons why motorcycle accidents happen include:
- Opening of a car door in front of a rider
- Intersection passing
- Driving under the influence
- Lack of experience
Motorcycle accidents are also deadlier for the biker than they are for the car driver. This is because motorcycles don’t have the protective barrier that cars do. Some cars are much heavier than bikes and cause worse damage to the vehicle.
If you were part of a motorcycle crash, you need a personal injury attorney who understands the law. We work with you to preserve the evidence and take the burden off your shoulders when it comes to filing a case.
The medical costs and property damage in a motorcycle crash can be overwhelming. The permanent injuries that many motorcyclists sustain can be even more impactful. We negotiate the best settlement offer based on your case and work hard to cover your costs.
Worker’s compensation cases are different from personal injury claims. If you were at work and experienced an injury on the job, you’re entitled to worker’s compensation. In other cases, however, you’re also entitled to file a personal injury claim.
Worker’s compensation only covers specific injuries in your contract. Some people do not realize that they can file both a personal injury claim and receive worker’s compensation. Hiring a worker’s compensation personal injury attorney allows you to weigh your options.
The main difference between worker’s compensation and a personal injury lawsuit is proving fault. In a worker’s compensation case, you don’t need to prove fault to receive compensation. Even if the accident was a result of your actions, worker’s compensation might cover it.
In a personal injury case that involves a work accident, you must prove that the other party was at fault. This could even include third parties. Bear in mind that not all work accidents have a reason to sue for personal injury.
If you’re in doubt, or if you believe that you have a legitimate reason to litigate, contact our attorneys.
With our knowledge of worker’s compensation law, we help you with your settlement. We gauge your work accident case and your chance of success if you pursue litigation.
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The spectrum of personal injury is vast, and there are many factors to consider before pursuing a case. When you hire a competent attorney, you’ll be less vulnerable in the legal sense. A strong lawyer does not let insurance companies take advantage of you.
At Shafran & Rock, PLLC, you’ll receive high-quality service. Our legal experts have a proven record of success in all areas of personal injury law.
We’ll explain your options and the legal process and give you honest legal advice. Call our firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation.