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No matter how much you try to protect yourself, you can never be completely safe from harm. Unfortunately, your caution doesn’t negate the recklessness of those around you. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you may have a valid personal injury claim. Read on and then call our Westchester County personal injury attorneys today to learn more about damages in personal injury claims and how we can help ensure you’re fully compensated for your injuries.

What types of damages can I receive from filing personal injury claims in New York?

If you’ve been injured in an accident because of another party’s negligence, then you’re likely entitled to compensation. There are two types of compensation, both of which are given in the form of damages. The court understands that money won’t solve your problems, but that it’s the least they can do to compensate you for your suffering. These damages are economic and non-economic. Examples of economic damages include:

  • Medical bills
  • Transportation costs for medical appointments
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

You may be entitled to the benefits that these damages can provide, but you must act fast. Waiting to file a claim may complicate your case, and no one wants to make their attorney’s job harder.

Are personal injury claims required to go to court in New York?

The idea of settling your claim in court may be anxiety-inducing, but fortunately, it’s not necessary. When you file a personal injury claim, you will have the option to handle your issue either in or out of court. Going to court may be the best option if you believe that you’re not being fairly compensated. However, settling issues out of court is generally preferred since it saves time, energy, and, most importantly, money. The best way to know what works for your situation is to hire an experienced attorney who can review your case and give you the guidance you need.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

The ability to file a personal injury claim has a timeline that you must be aware of. This statute of limitations varies from state to state, but in New York, it’s generally three years. Remember that the clock starts ticking from the moment the accident occurs, and waiting longer than three years to file your claim may result in you being barred from pursuing legal action. Three years may sound like plenty of time, but it’s very easy to lose track of time and not file your claim until it’s too late. As time passes, it also becomes harder to prove the legitimacy of your claim. Act fast before you miss your chance at compensation.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. Contact us today for help.