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Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

Metro New York Personal Injury Lawyers

Most people do not learn about personal injury law until they experience an accident or injury that necessitates hiring a personal injury attorney. If you are considering pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in order to collect compensation for your damages, you probably have many questions. At Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC, we believe that our clients are a part of our team. We work closely with injured clients in order to make sure they fully understand every aspect of their case.


Q. How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Personal Injury Case?

A. Perhaps the most frequently asked question regarding personal injury suits is whether or not a client actually has a valid injury claim. While the answer will vary based on the circumstances of the specific situation, most personal injury claims stem from the wrongdoing or negligence of another. The negligent party could be a person, business, company, or organization. Fortunately, Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC offers completely cost-free initial assessments. If you are not sure whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim, schedule a consultation with our experienced team and we will discuss your options with you.


Q. How Hurt Must I Be to Bring an Injury Lawsuit?

A. Many personal injury lawsuits involve a fatal or near-fatal accident. However, there is no rule regarding the level of pain a person must be in to justify a personal injury claim. You can pursue a claim whenever another person's negligence causes you significant economic damages. It is also important to remember that many people are in shock after an accident or injury so they will not feel the full extent of their injuries until later.


Q. What Types of Damages Can I Recover?

A. Compensatory damages in a personal injury case can include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include things such as medical bills, costs related to ongoing physical therapy or other medical treatment, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, and property damage. Non-economic damages include intangible damages such as mental anguish, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment of life. In a wrongful death suit, damages can include loss of financial support, loss of parental guidance, funeral and burial expenses, and more. In situations involving an especially grievous act, punitive damages, which are additional funds intended to punish the wrongdoer, may be available.


Q. How Much Compensation Can I Get?

A. There is no way to accurately predict the exact amount of money your personal injury case is worth. There are many factors which influence this number. However, when you choose Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC to represent you, you can rest assured that we will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation possible.


Q. Can I Still Sue If I Was Partially Responsible?

A. New York and Connecticut both operate under the rule of comparative negligence or comparative fault. This means that a party who is partially responsible for their own injury can still pursue compensation as long as they are not more at fault than the other party is. In situations involving more than one negligent party, the amount of compensation a claimant is eligible for is reduced by his or her degree of fault.


Call us to Schedule a Consultation Today

If you have more specific questions, we are available to help you find the answers. Contact the experienced team of attorneys at Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC to get the skilled guidance and trusted representation you need. Call 203-661-6000 to schedule a free consultation and case review at any one of our four convenient office locations. Our firm serves clients in Westchester County, Fairfield County, and the Metro New York area.

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