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If you have been injured in an accident, most personal injury lawyers will focus on obtaining a financial recovery which compensates you for your injuries, and rightly so. Your physical health is paramount and should be the main concern of you and your attorney. This does not mean that any damage to your property should be overlooked, however. Damage to property is a proper basis for recovery as well. Some personal injury attorneys do not bother with this aspect of your case because it generally does not have a high dollar value. We feel, however, that recovering for property damage is part of a complete recovery, and we strive to recover every penny you are entitled to, including compensation for damage to your property.
If you are injured in an automobile, motorcycle, or bicycle accident, chances are your vehicle has also been damaged. But your property may be damaged in other types of accidents as well. For example, if you pet is attacked by another animal and injured or killed, you may be entitled to compensation from the other pet’s owner. Although some courts have allowed recovery for emotional distress brought about by the loss of a pet, the general rule is to allow recovery for the fair market value of the animal only.
In some cases, property damage may at first appear to be the only damage you have suffered. For instance, if you are involved in a relatively minor car accident, the repair to your automobile may be your primary focus, but it is important not to neglect your health. Many times injuries from a car crash are not felt until days or weeks later, and in some cases swelling, pain, and other symptoms may be indicators of a more serious condition, such as internal organ damage, neck or spinal injury, or traumatic brain injury. If you felt the impact from the collision, if you felt at all “shaken up,” or if you experience any abnormal symptoms following an accident, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. Describe the accident to your physician, who may want to order tests such as x-rays to check you out thoroughly.
New York law classifies certain injuries as “serious injuries” under its no-fault insurance law, and an experienced New York personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether your injuries fall within this category or not, allowing you to seek compensation for your injuries from the responsible party. Beyond that, however, we know that every injury or accident is serious to you, and we work diligently within the bounds of the law to see that you are compensated for all your damages, including property damage. If you have been injured in an accident in New York City, contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. for a free consultation regarding your rights to recover compensation for your damages.