Whether they are business trips or holidays of varying length, Francophones travel more and more to Bronx. In the majority of the cases, the stay is most pleasant, but sometimes it happens that an accident comes to tarnish the paradisiac trip … and at that moment, it is in general the panic! So what should you do in case of an accident in Bronx?
Whether you are a businessman, a tourist, a Snowbird or a foreign resident, an accident in the United States is not something to be taken lightly. Things do not settle amicably between individuals on a sidewalk and the authorities must intervene to help you manage the situation.
The first thing to do is to consult the list of lawyers in Bronx !
Car accidents are the most common source of injury for Francophones traveling to Bronx. In the event of an accident, it is essential to call the police (at 911) and stay on the spot without moving the vehicle, because the report forms that we know in France or Canada are not used in the United States (even for rental cars). It is the police who are responsible for collecting information from the persons involved or witnesses, taking their contact details and writing an accident report. Only the report established by the police is authentic to the insurance companies. And in the case of a rental, you must contact the rental company to report the accident as soon as possible. They may need to find out quickly and you from a new car!
If you have another type of accident, such as a fall in a business, you have to call 911 and tell the management of the establishment to make an inquiry and write an accident report. Do not hesitate to ask for an interpreter if necessary so that your statements are well understood. The police report and the accident report are then essential documents on which insurance companies, government agencies and all the organizations with which you can claim damages and interest are based.
In any case, if you need medical care, it must be done as quickly as possible and also allow the accident to be linked to the injuries sustained. Moreover, according to Bronx law, a doctor must be consulted within 14 days of the accident, even if you went to the emergency room.
If you are the victim of a medical error (misdiagnosis, treatment or care), then all the evidence must be gathered, pictures taken as far as possible and the reports must be in accordance with reality of the facts.
In case of an accident not responsible, know that you will always be asked the question: “do you complain? “. In the event of personal injury, if you have not committed any fault, it is advisable to file a complaint (even if you wish to withdraw it later) to prevent any subsequent problems and because all the medical expenses incurred will be covered by the opposing party.
If you file a complaint, the procedure will also allow you to ask for “damages” that can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain, physical or mental suffering.
In the case of filing a complaint, it is better to use a lawyer specializing in “personal injury” who can explain the law and the options available to you. As an individual who is not native to the country, you can not control the multitude of accident rules! This lawyer will also be very useful if you have to negotiate with the insurance companies for compensation, or at a court trial. But do not panic, 90% of the cases are settled amicably between the parties without covering the courts. You also have a period of 4 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to file a complaint.
And the lawyers’ fees, will you say? Unlike the French system, personal injury lawyers Bronx ‘ fees are neither advanced nor paid directly by individuals in case of personal injury. The lawyer will be paid if he recovers compensation money; in general 25% of the sums received. In principle, if you are not compensated, then you owe him nothing.