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Buffalo Injury Law
Ride-share services like Uber and Lyft have changed transportation in the Buffalo area. Customers receive transportation within minutes and drivers can supplement their income, set their own hours, and spend more time with family. Unfortunately, all of that extra time spent in the car comes with the cost of additional vulnerability to car accidents.
The hazards of a car accident go well behind pain. If you cannot keep driving for Uber, you may find yourself with medical bills, but no income. The rumor is that you are an independent contractor without a right to Workers’ Compensation, but that is not true. There are three ways that your attorney can help you: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and No-Fault Benefits. You are entitled to all three. That means having your medical bills covered, your lost wages reimbursed, and compensation for your pain.
The insurance companies will fight to avoid paying what is rightfully yours. They will have a lawyer. You should too. At Buffalo Injury Law, we have successfully represented drivers from Uber, Lyft, and Liberty. Navigating a Personal Injury case and a Workers’ Compensation claim simultaneously can be confusing. All while you are dealing with the effects of your new injury. Do not despair, you are exactly where you need to be. We’re happy to help.
Frequently, working as a ride-share driver is not your only job. When you are injured and unable to work, you may miss time from multiple jobs. You are entitled to lost wages from any job you miss time from as a result of an accident. Insurance companies will try to avoid paying you entirely, or pay you as little as possible even if you are missing time from your primary employment. We can help you figure out exactly what wages you are entitled to every week. Click here for more information on your lost wages.
We aggressively defend the rights of hard-working Western New Yorkers who have been hurt while driving for ride-share companies. Our goal is to handle every aspect of your claim so you can concentrate on managing your injury.
Collecting compensation for injuries sustained in accidents involving ridesharing services can be extremely difficult, as a number of different insurance policies come into play, including the driver’s policy, the policies held by any other drivers involved, and the ridesharing company’s liability policy.
If you were involved in a car accident in the last three years that was not your fault and caused you to be injured and/or suffer financially, then it’s likely we can help you start a claim. Compensation can help you get back to where you were before your injury. Whether that’s helping you cover the costs of your injury, allowing you to get treatment needed to aid your recovery, or providing you with the funds to adapt your home or car if you’ve suffered from a serious injury.
A person can recover damages for their vehicle, medical expenses, and economic loss including missed time from work or missed business opportunities. They can also recover non-economic damages, which are pain and suffering damages.
Your attorney’s duty is to first determine what damages a person may be entitled to. Then, the job becomes recovering those damages. People who proceed without an attorney have a tendency to miss, undervalue, or accidentally exclude certain allowable damages.
Proving and recovering those damages typically requires the attorney to retrieve all medical records and all medical bills. For those with lost wages, the attorney can retrieve information from the employer. When it comes to lost wages, the effect can be simple: the person cannot work so they should be entitled to their salary or weekly wages. Other times, the effect is more difficult to ascertain: the person will have to retire earlier or cannot work overtime. It then becomes necessary to dive deep into the economic side of damages. For these especially life-altering experiences, the attorney can find expert opinions about future medical care, economic loss, and any other damages that an individual may be entitled to when they have been seriously hurt.
Whether you are from Buffalo, Rochester, Batavia, or anywhere in between, we are happy to provide a free consultation with a lawyer to get your case on track. We fully understand that your injury may have left you without the ability to travel. Your lawyer is happy to come to you.