If you were injured in an auto accident in New York State, you can sue for the injuries that you sustained due to the negligence of another party. New York State now has no fault insurance in place which pays for medical expenses. Based on that wisdom of New York State, people can only sue for injuries if they are serious.
Serious injuries, in this context, are a specific category of injuries which include but are not limited to death from an auto accident. Other injuries in this category would be scarring or a fracture of any bone in your body. Any fracture qualifies consideration of a serious injury. If there is any injury considered serious, then it is possible to claim all additional injuries once this serious injury threshold has been met. There are also categories that are more difficult to prove. Becoming disabled for 90 days out of the first 180 days after an accident can show that they’re disabled. Three months of being disabled out of the first six months following an accident – it does not have to be consecutive – could be considered a serious injury
There are other instance in which significant injuries and permanent injuries may occur that would qualify a case. People initially may not believe they have a serious injury. It may not look like a serious injury on the records, but MRI’s and other tests may reveal torn tendons or ligaments. The defendants would like minimize these sorts of injuries by referring to them as soft tissue injuries, but those still may qualify for someone to be compensated in New York State.
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