Motor vehicle accidents include cars, trucks, vans, buses, SUVs, and motorcycles. They may involve one vehicle, multiple vehicles or pedestrians. When auto accidents are caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, the Law Offices of Stuart M. Kerner, P.C. will investigate, prosecute and negotiate with the insurance company of the negligent party to settle your claim and obtain compensation for you based upon the severity of your injury and your pain and suffering. With over 25 years of experience in Manhattan Auto Accident law, you can trust your case to us.
Our car accident attorneys and legal team have experience in dealing with automobile related injuries arising from problems such as:
If you were involved in a car or other motor vehicle related accident in Riverdale, it is important for you to know that a motor vehicle related accident claim in has three (3) distinct parts. They are as follows:
New York is a ” no-fault ” insurance State. This means that if you are injured in a car accident, you will be able to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages even if the other driver had no insurance or you yourself, were partially responsible for the accident. It does not matter who’s fault the accident was. The vehicle you were in at the time of the accident (or the vehicle that struck you if you were a pedestrian) will pay for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses up to $50,000.00*, arising out of the accident as well as lost earnings up to $2,000* per month and up to $25* daily for other reasonable and necessary expenses. This applies to all cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. However, motorcycles are exempt. (*These are minimum amounts of PIP coverage. Higher amounts may exist depending on coverage).
The No-Fault claim must be usually filed within 30 days after an accident and all hospitals and doctors must file their bills in a timely manner in order to get paid. We assist with the filing of these claims.
Who caused the accident? In New York, fault is apportioned, meaning out of 100%, it is possible that each driver could share some percentage of liability.
In New York State we have what is known as a serious injury threshold. This means that one cannot legally bring a lawsuit for personal injuries unless those injuries are deemed “serious” under the law. This is an area of constant contention in court. Certainly, where there is death, dismemberment or disfigurement the injuries would automatically be considered serious. The same holds true for a fracture of any bone.
However, for a whole host of other injuries that are not in the first group, a plaintiff must show that the alleged injury is permanent, significantly limiting or has caused that person to be disabled for 90 days out of the first 180 days after the accident. However, some injuries, sometimes called “soft tissue” injuries to the neck, back, head and other body parts require the injured party to prove that these injuries will affect you over a very long period of time.
If you have been seriously injured or if you are unsure as to the long-term impact of an injury, an experienced personal injury attorney should be consulted before giving any statement or signing any papers of any kind. This should take place as soon after the accident as possible.
If you suffer an injury or lost wages from an automobile accident, it is very important that you file a “no fault benefit application” within thirty (30) days of the accident.
There is a time limit, known as a “statute of limitations” that requires that a lawsuit be filed within a specific period of time, depending on the circumstances of your case. If you do not file within the time limits, you are prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries. An attorney will help you stay well within the statute of limitations.
In certain situations, time limits can be as short as ninety (90) days in which a claim must be filed. Since there is no cost to you in contacting our office, we suggest that you call us to protect your rights.
This depends on many factors. The most important factor is the severity of your injury. The severity of your injury includes, the injury, medical expenses, loss of wages/income and other elements. Another factor is the amount of insurance available. Finally, the degree of fault is also factored in.
Personal Injury Law Firms in New York receive a fee on a contingent bases. This means that our Law Firm only gets paid if we recover monetary damages for you. This fee is 33 1/3 % . Also, we do not receive a fee unless we are successful in obtaining settlements or recovering compensation. Otherwise, you will not be billed for our services. All of our clients are provided with a written retainer agreement that clearly spells out this arrangement.
Prosecution and preparing a case also requires out-of-pocket costs: court and filing fees, investigation expenses, transcript costs, charges for medical records and reports, expert witness fees and other costs. In nearly all cases, our Law Firm advances these costs, knowing that most of our clients would find it burdensome to pay these expenses. This is called a disbursement. Once the case is completed, the expenses and legal fees in your case are deducted from the money we recover on your behalf and you and your family receives the remaining money from your settlements.
Disclaimer: Results shown on any portion of this website should not be understood as a promise of any particular result in a future case.
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Highly Recommend, Professional Team, always responsive in a timely and professional manor! Very thankful with all the help I was given! Thank You Stu Kerner & your pleasant team!
Mr. Stu Kerner is an excellent attorney. He was responsive and professional. We won my case and I received a lot more than expected. I highly recommend him!
Awesome stuff! So happy with my settlement. staff and attention. Throughout my whole case I was able to e-mail and get responses in less than 24 hours! Amazing attorney. Thank you guys so much for your help!
This was my first accident ever and Mr Kerner was very thorough in the process. Very straightforward and honest. Got my husband and I the best settlement. I hope not to be in any more accident but I’m glad to know who to go to if I do
I couldn’t have asked for a better person to have on my side when it came to helping me get a great settlement. Hands down the best there is!
I am very happy with the service Stuart M Kerner and his staff provided me with, I would recommend him to my family and friends. in the future if i ever need help i will definitely go back to him. Great lawyer and staff!
Riverdale is a residential neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the New York City borough of the Bronx. Riverdale, which had a population of 47,850 as of the 2000 United States Census, contains the city’s northernmost point, at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Riverdale’s boundaries are disputed, but it is commonly agreed to be bordered by Yonkers to the north, Van Cortlandt Park and Broadway to the east, the Kingsbridge neighborhood to the southeast, either the Harlem River or the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. Riverdale Avenue is the primary north–south thoroughfare through Riverdale.The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community District 8, and its ZIP Codes include 10463 and 10471. The area is patrolled by the 50th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.
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