Understanding New York’s No-Fault Insurance Laws
New York is one of 12 states with no-fault laws for motor vehicle accidents. While these laws help ensure that accident victims receive something, individuals who suffered devastating injuries may not receive adequate compensation through their personal injury protection (PIP) policy.
George S. Bellantoni, Attorney at Law, has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of injured victims in southeast New York. With more than 30 years of legal experience, he has developed a complete understanding of New York’s no-fault and injury laws. He is committed to taking the time to learn about your situation. He works closely with every client until each case is resolved.
What Benefits Are Available?
New York’s no-fault laws were enacted in the 1970s. They are intended to ensure that individuals receive compensation for lost wages, health care bills and any incidental costs associated with a motor vehicle collision. Importantly, individuals receive these benefits no matter who was at fault for the accident.
Medical expenses, occupational therapy and either 80 percent or $2,000 in lost wages, whichever is less, will be paid out because of the accident. The maximum amount of benefits you can receive is $50,000, although you may be able to receive more if you have purchased additional PIP coverage.
Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit
While PIP provides compensation for many accident-related damages, it does not cover everything. Noneconomic losses, including emotional distress and pain and suffering, are not covered. To recover compensation, you will need to file a personal injury lawsuit.
These lawsuits are typically difficult to win. Injury victims have to demonstrate to the courts that they have suffered serious injury. Mr. Bellantoni has extensive experience reviewing clients’ accidents to determine whether they have a case. He is a lawyer who is committed to providing honest, straightforward legal advice. He will set reasonable expectations with you to help you understand what outcomes you should expect based on your specific circumstances.
Speak With Attorney George S. Bellantoni
Located in White Plains, attorney Bellantoni serves clients in Westchester County, the Bronx and surrounding communities.