Despite ongoing efforts by lawmakers to stop them, motor vehicle accidents continue to injure and kill many Staten Island residents. As such, part of your attention while driving should be to watch out for signs of a drunk or distracted driver. Taking this step can help you avoid motor vehicle accidents before they have a chance to affect your life.
If you have already suffered injuries in a crash, you probably want to know what kind of financial compensation you can acquire. Below, we will discuss the different forms of accident compensation, including pain and suffering damages.
New York accident and injury compensation
You may already know about the economic damages available after a crash. As in other states, New York allows victims to seek compensation for their financial losses. Two examples of possible economic damages include compensation for your medical expenses and repayment of any wages you lost due to your injury.
Is compensation for pain and suffering an option?
In some circumstances, yes. You may seek such damages if you continue suffering from excruciating pain and anguish in the wake of your crash. Pain is an easy concept to understand, but the anguish or emotional distress after an accident is not easy to define or understand. Courts calculate such damages by determining:
- Whether and how much your injury did or will alter or limit your day-to-day life
- Whether and how much your injury did or will impact your lifestyle and sleep
- Whether and how your injury did or might affect your personal and work relationships
- Whether and how much the injury will impact you and your life on a long-term basis
The information above represents just a portion of New York accident and injury compensation laws. We recommend learning more to maximize your compensation in the aftermath of your motor vehicle accident.