New York allows a person who has been injured through the carelessness of someone else to make a claim for money damages for "pain and suffering" (past and future), lost income (same), and in some rare cases for punitive damages (when the wrongdoer was much more than simply careless, for example where the other person might have intended to hurt you).
Often there is insurance coverage which can more easily allow you to collect the monies you may be entitled to. In Car Accident situations, New York requires all vehicles registered here to be covered by insurance. In other situations, a person's homeowner's or business insurance might be responsible to pay for damages.
Whether or not a negligent person has insurance, it may be worth exploring your rights. We can advise and assist you in understanding if the law would allow for you to obtain payment as a means to "make things right". A serious injury may not heal completely, and money is only second best in most cases (compared to having your pre-accident health back). But that may be your best option..
If you are injured you should always obtain medical attention right away. If you think someone else is to blame for your injuries, you should seek legal advice as soon as you are done getting medical attention (or as soon as practical or your condition will allow).
Time will usually work against a person's ability to preserve evidence, and evidence is what is needed in order to pursue and succeed in making a claim. Delaying can lead to bad results, even where it was clear at the time who was at fault. A person who seeks to be compensated for injuries caused by someone else should act swiftly to obtain advice and create a plan to obtain and/or preserve evidence.
Please feel free to contact our office if you would like a no-obligation, no-cost review of your case. We are easy to reach and easy to talk with..