Personal Injury Lawyers in Buffalo, New York
Car accidents in New York happen unexpectedly and they can have life-altering effects on a person’s life. A person involved in an accident may have suffered a significant injury or even a permanent disability. After an accident, the victim will have to face the costs of medical bills and loss of income. In addition, there may be non-economic costs, such as physical, emotional, and psychological pain and suffering.
An individual directly involved in the incident is not the only person affected. His or her loved ones may not experience the physical pain, but they may share some emotional or psychological distress. In addition, if the victim requires some help with care at home for a short-term or long-term issue as a result of the accident, the family members may experience a loss of income used to take care of them.
Depending on the extent of the injury, the medical bills combined with the loss of income can amount to a devastating and insurmountable financial burden. If wrongdoing or negligence from another party caused the accident, he or she may be legally responsible for compensation. An accident victim is entitled to seek representation from a personal injury attorney to pursue damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, you have a right to compensation. The experienced and skilled legal team at Ramos & Ramos has more than 60 years experience successfully representing clients in their personal injury claims. Our attorneys are committed to offering personalized service, presenting a strong case on the client’s behalf, and ensuring the client does not pay unless we win his or her case.
- If the accident you were involved in was caused by the negligent actions of another driver, you have a right to file a claim for the injuries that you incurred as a result of that accident, as well as, any losses you may have suffered because of your crash. The New York lawyers at Ramos & Ramos are prepared to assist you in filing your personal injury claim. Our office is located in Buffalo and our compassionate and skilled legal team will work hand in hand with you to ensure that we are able to present the best case possible to ensure the most compensation for your losses. Ramos & Ramos also offers representation for automobile accidents, truck accidents, worker’s compensation, worksite accidents, real estate, divorce, and family law.
Trust the personal injury lawyers at Ramos & Ramos to offer the extraordinary time, attention, and resources needed to strongly pursue each case. Call (716) 810-6140 to begin the process with a confidential consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
There are many different types of personal injury claims. An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to represent clients in numerous situations. Some examples of personal injury cases seen in New York include:
- Car accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Truck or eighteen-wheeler accidents;
- Public transportation accidents;
- Aircraft accidents;
- Boat accidents;
- Accidents involving pedestrians;
- Product liability;
- Government or municipal liability;
- Slip-and-fall injuries; and
- Dog Bite incidents.
These cases are all unique situations that will have important facts that determine the likelihood of success in a personal injury lawsuit. However, the common factor in all of these lawsuits is proving that another party was responsible because of their negligent, reckless, or malicious behavior or actions.
Proving a Personal Injury Case
The types of cases that are more likely to be successful personal injury lawsuits vary some depending on the circumstances. Personal injury lawyers in New York need to show that one person is legally responsible for the harm to the other person.
The legal definition of fault is important in proving a case. In some situations, such as a car accidents, the driver that caused the accident is responsible for any injury suffered by the other person or people involved. Other situations are more nuanced and do not require overtly causing an incident. In these situations, the attorney may only need to show that a person was reckless, grossly negligent, or behaved with maliciousness or disregard for others’ safety or well-being.
The Process Following an Accident
Anyone who has suffered an accident knows that it can be stressful and scary, and that is even if the injuries are not severe. Unfortunately, many accidents result in at least some form of injury and some injuries are not immediately apparent. The best thing to do after an accident is to ensure that everyone is safe and taken care of.
Everyone involved in the accident should seek immediate medical attention from a professional. Paramedics, doctors, and nurses are trained to treat all types of injuries and are able to identify injuries that are not seen. Even if a person does not think there is an injury, it is important to get checked by a medical professional. There are some conditions that a layperson would not see, such as internal injuries, which are life-threatening and need prompt care.
No matter the specific type of accident, incident, or injury, prompt medical attention keeps everyone safe. Medical care will not limit or control the long-term repercussions but it will ensure safety and that you are getting the best treatment for your injuries.
From a legal perspective, immediate medical attention is also critical. It builds a medical record from immediately following the accident. That medical record will be used by the attorney to prove the extent of the harm caused by the accident.
In addition to medical attention and records, it is also important to record the physical accident scene and identify any witnesses that may be able to attest to what happened. Photographs or videos of the scene can be taken by anyone involved or others that were present at the scene. Understandably, it is not always possible to procure photos or videos because medical care is the most important thing.
Witnesses can also help explain the circumstances surrounding the incident and provide a perspective. If the police come to the scene of an accident, they will likely investigate and interview witnesses. Not all accidents that result in personal injury lawsuits will have a police investigation. It is important for the involved parties to take the name and contact information of anyone that witnessed the scene. The legal team will interview witnesses and take depositions when they are building the personal injury case for the client. Our attorneys at Ramos & Ramos will work personally with our clients to ensure that you understand every aspect of your claim and are available at any time to answer any questions that you may have regarding your claim.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident that was caused by the reckless actions of another driver you need to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys at Ramos & Ramos as soon as possible. We have lawyers who are specialized in personal injury and can make sure that you have the best possible outcome for your claim.
You should contact the legal team at Ramos & Ramos if you have been injured in a crash that was no fault of your own as soon as possible following the accident. The sooner we are able to get to work, the better. The evidence is not always permanent. Witnesses may have difficulty remembering the details of the situation as more time passes. The physical evidence of at the scene will be cleaned up and may not be properly stored. Physical records may be lost or destroyed. If a legal team is investigating, they have a vested interest in ensuring all evidence is preserved to pursue the personal injury case.
Building evidence for the case extends beyond the immediate period following the accident. The impacts of the injuries will likely take longer to address. It is important to keep a record of all further medical treatment and costs, such as the loss of income from an inability to work. The individual should keep track of all of those expenses, as well as a detailed account of changes in physical condition, healing progress, and improvements or deteriorations. The personal injury attorney will use this documentation to help demonstrate how the accident has adversely impacted the plaintiff’s life and what costs have been incurred.
Amount of an Award in a Personal Injury Case
A number of factors go into determining the amount of an award in a personal injury case. In general, a plaintiff can be compensated for economic and non-economic damages as a result of an injury due to another’s wrongful behavior. Damages may include:
- Compensation for lost wages;
- Reimbursement for actual medical expenses already incurred;
- Payments to cover estimated future care;
- Awards to compensate for pain and suffering; and
- Legal fees.
An experienced personal injury attorney at Ramos & Ramos will investigate your claim and identify the evidence needed to prove the full extent of injuries. This will allow pursuit of all possible sources of recovery available to compensate the client’s pain and suffering.
The actual damages incurred, such as medical expenses, are generally the most straightforward to prove and recover. Awards for legal fees and lost wages during time recovering from the injury are also fairly straightforward. In order to get awards for future expenses, such as daily assistance and ongoing medical care, an attorney will need to prove some sort of permanent condition or disability from the accident.
Finally, it may be possible to recover punitive damages if the defendant’s actions were particularly reprehensible. For example, punitive damages could be awarded if a person was grossly negligent or malicious in the actions that caused the accident. In New York, punitive damages awards are rare. However, the skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys at Ramos & Ramos in New York know and understand what is required to win those rare punitive damages.
Representation for Personal Injury Cases
At Ramos & Ramos, we have an elite team of personal injury lawyers that are ready to represent clients that have suffered injuries because of the negligent actions of others. Victims have a right to compensation, and the Ramos & Ramos legal team is ready to help.
Our legal team will offer personalized representation, thoroughly evaluating each case and fighting for our client’s best interests every step of the way. Our Buffalo-based personal injury attorneys are aggressive and efficient in their relentless advocacy for each client. The firm is confident in our ability to successfully fight for clients.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries that were the result of the careless actions on another person, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover damages for the injuries and losses you sustained as a result of that accident. For a free consultation with one of our compassionate and dedicated New York attorneys, call us today for a free consultation with a qualified lawyer at our firm at (716) 810-6140. We are standing by waiting for your call.