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How Do Lawyers Determine Monetary Amounts?

The types of damages you can recover in personal injury cases fall mainly into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.

What Are Economic Damages?

As the name implies, economic damages are tangible based on the actual value of the loss. For example, the following would be economic damages:

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages are not tangible in the way that economic damages are. They often include the following:

Noneconomic damages typically address the greatest losses, which can be summarized as a loss of enjoyment of living. An active individual who enjoyed sports, hiking or dancing may no longer be able to do these things. Even daily activities, such as getting dressed, cooking meals or bathing may become too difficult in some cases.

If you have questions about the types of damages that could apply to your personal injury case, our attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP are glad to discuss your potential case.

The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) is the pubic transit authority that owns and operates public bus transportation throughout the boroughs of New York City. The bus fleet consists of the MTA Bus and the New York City Transit, and it operates more than 5,000 buses that transport an average of 2.4 million passengers a day. It is the largest public bus authority in North America.

With this amount of bus traffic, bus accidents are a frequent occurrence.

Who can bring a claim against the MTA?

Anyone who has suffered serious injury and who can show that the injury was caused by the MTA’s negligence can bring a claim. Injured parties could be passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists or drivers or passengers in a vehicle that was hit by an MTA bus.

What time limitations exist for filing a claim?

Your attorney must file a notice of claim within 90 days of the date that the serious injury occurred. A notice of claim notifies the agency (public corporation, in this case the MTA) that you are suing it for damages.

After filing the notice of claim, the city has 30 days to review your claim and can offer to settle out of court. When the 30-day waiting period is over, your attorney can commence legal actions for the lawsuit. The lawsuit must be started within one year and 90 days of the date of the loss, damage or injury.

Due to the time constraints for filing a notice of claim, it is wise to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

What happens if you fail to file the notice of claim within time?

If you fail to file a notice of claim within 90 days, a special proceeding must be commenced in the Supreme Court. However, it is not within your best interests to delay and it is highly possible you may lose the right to pursue a lawsuit. Exceptions are when the court decides the delay was justified. However, a factor that the court also considers is whether the delay has prejudiced the agency in maintaining a defense on the merits.

When to Seek Legal Help

You are advised to seek legal help immediately. Filing court documents are best left in the hands of competent and experienced attorneys. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your bus accident and evaluate the prospects of representing you in a case.

Weather related accidents are something to be concerned about, and statistics back up this fact.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, weather related crashes are accidents that take place in harmful weather conditions (rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds or blowing sand/snow/debris) or on slick pavement due to rain, snow, slush or ice.

What are the statistics? On the average 5,748,000 vehicle accidents occur every year in the U.S. and 22 percent of them (approximately 1,259,000) are weather related crashes. In addition, close to 6,000 people are killed and more than 445,000 people suffer injuries annually due to adverse weather.

How Do Adverse Weather Accidents Break Down?

Here are the percentages of accidents occurring:

(Based on 10-year averages from 2005 through 2015)

However, these are national averages, and keep in mind the fact that some states do not get snowfall to any great degree, which may be the reason that snow/sleet have a lower accident percentage.

The Year 2018 Began with Cold Harsh Winter Weather in New York City Areas

A heavy snowstorm in early January dumped up to 13 inches of snow and resulted in more than 2,000 air flight cancellations. Winds in Queens reached close to 50 miles per hour, and snow fell at the rate of two inches an hour in Manhattan.

The New York governor declared a state of emergency for all of Long Island, New York City and Westchester County.

Unfortunately, quite a few Suffolk County residents ignored the weather conditions along with the warning to prevent accidents and injuries. A number of drivers got into accidents and became stranded as the snow kept falling.

NYC mass transit subways continued to operate but weather conditions resulted in track switch, signal and train car malfunctions.

Have Your Suffered Injury or Lost a Loved One in a Winter Accident?

If you have suffered injury or lost a loved one in a deadly crash, consult with an experienced accident attorney to find out about your legal rights. In many cases accident victims or families are able to recover compensation for medical and other accident related damages.

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.




Three people died in a Medford, Long Island car accident when a car crashed into an SUV on August 15, 2017.

ABC 7  reported that Suffolk County Police arrived at the accident scene and found that Dominick Lopez, who was driving a 1995 red Honda Civic had lost control of his vehicle and crossed the double yellow line while traveling south on Station Road in Medford. His car crashed into a northbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder.

Lopez and his passenger Derek Buff were ejected during the accident and were pronounced dead at the scene. Lopez, who lived in Shirley, was 20, and Buffa, who lived in Mastic Beach, was 23.

The backseat passenger in the Nissan, a Seldon resident, Aida Cardenas age 67, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. She died from her injuries at the hospital.

The Pathfinder driver, who was age 41 and his wife, age 33, both residents of Bellport were hospitalized. The couple’s 11-year-old and one-year-old sons were also treated and none of them had life threatening injuries.

Facts about Car Ejection Accidents

As you might suspect, people who aren’t wearing seat belts have a higher rate of ejection in accidents than people wearing seat belts. According study results published at US Roads, the ejected rate for unbelted passengers or drivers is 15.38 times greater than people wearing safety belts.

In fatal crashes, 2.49 percent of belted persons were ejected, whereas, 29.43 percent of unbelted persons were ejected.

When comparing different types of accidents, rollover accidents had the highest occurrence of ejections. Rollover accidents also typically involved vehicles traveling at high speeds and people in certain vehicle types, such as light trucks.

For Serious or Fatal Accidents, Seek Legal Help Immediately

Our lawyers at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee offer a free consultation to evaluate the accident and determine whether negligent parties were to blame. We seek compensation for damages and can help injured victims pay for medical costs related to serious injury.

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.




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