Injured by an Uninsured Motorist?

Uninsured / Under-insured Motorist Claims in Long Island

Seek Justice with an Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Settlement

Unfortunately, not all drivers in the state of New York abide by the law. Although it is mandatory for everyone to obtain minimum liability auto insurance before registering their vehicle—which includes $25,000/$50,000 for bodily injury, $25,000/$50,000 for uninsured and under-insured motorist bodily injury, $10,000 for property damage and $50,000 for personal injury protection—some drivers continue to get behind the wheel without adequate coverage. Should they be caught, a non-compliant driver could face the suspension of their license, the impounding of their vehicle and the required payment of costly fines. Additionally, they may subsequently force another driver to foot the bill for an accident that they were responsible for causing.

Injured in a car crash with an uninsured motorist? You may be eligible for financial compensation. Call The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation today!

At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. we have been contacted by a number of wrongfully injured clients who are unsure of what to do after being struck by an uninsured or under-insured driver. Unfortunately, if the responsible driver does not have an adequate amount of insurance to cover the damages that they have caused, it may be up to the victim to pursue compensation through their own insurance policy. In the state of New York, however, uninsured motorist coverage is mandatory.

This means that you should be able to recover the money that you will need to pay for your medical expenses and vehicle repairs from your own insurance provider. In order to ensure that you are able to successfully file a claim, it is highly recommended that you enlist the help of a Long Island personal injury lawyer from our firm.

Does an uninsured motorist policy only cover motor vehicle accidents?

Most people do not realize that their uninsured motorist (UM) policy covers them in a wide variety of accidents. If for example, a pedestrian was hit by an uninsured driver while crossing the street or riding their bicycle, the UM coverage in their insurance policy would cover the cost of their injuries—whether the responsible motorist was driving a bus, truck, motorcycle or car. For this reason, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with a qualified attorney if you have been injured in a negligently caused accident of any kind. We may be able to assist you in recovering the compensation that you deserve, even if we have to negotiate with your insurance provider to do so, so we encourage you to get in touch with The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. today.

Will I need to hire an attorney to file a claim in Long Island, NY?

If you are interested in recovering compensation from your insurance provider after being harmed by an uninsured or under-insured motorist, you should not attempt to undergo the process alone. Damages may be necessary to pay for the medical expenses that you have incurred, not to mention the costs associated with repairing your vehicle, so it is imperative that you manage your case with the utmost care. When you enlist the help of a Long Island personal injury attorney from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., you can rest assured that you will be provided the level of attention that you deserve. Even if we have to fight aggressively on your behalf, we will do everything in our power to see that you are fairly compensated for the harm that you have suffered.

To get started, simply give us a call at (631) 250-4212 for a free initial consultation with a legal professional at our firm or fill out and submit an online form.

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US

  • Very professional, helpful and efficient.

    “I highly recommend the Odierno Law Firm. His entire staff is very professional, helpful and efficient.”

    B.K.

  • I can give no better recommendation then The Odierno Law Firm; my trusted advisers and the lawyers I can count on.

    “As a small business owner, it is imperative that I surround myself with a team of people that can help me lead from the front. O2 law allows me the peace of mind to know that I have professional and high level legal help whenever I need. Whether you have a current issue, or are in need of legal guidance, I can give no better recommendation then The Odierno Law Firm; my trusted advisers and the lawyers I can count on.”

    B.R.

  • I highly recommend this law firm!!

    “The whole staff is completely heart warming!! After my accident they came to my house to talk to me cause my mobility wouldn't let me go to them They constantly call and email to see how I'm doing. I highly recommend this law firm!!”

    J.S.

  • The Odierno Law Firm is the most professional law office I have ever dealt with.

    “The Odierno Law Firm is the most professional law office I have ever dealt with. All calls are returned in a timely manner. The attorneys are very knowledgeable. And I would highly recommend this Law Firm to anyone who is looking for complete professionalism.”

    M.D.

  • They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time.

    “They represented me in a car accident that I was in and they made sure that they did everything possible to make me comfortable. They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time. I definitely would recommend them to people.”

    N.J.

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