The Law Office of Jeena R. Belil, PC focuses on helping you recover from your injuries suffered at the hands of others or the insurance company, assist health care providers when their bills have been denied by insurance companies, and defend you against lawsuits brought by creditors.Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer Offering Compassionate Advocacy
If you are reeling from the impact of a serious accident, you may not know where to turn or how to get compensation for your costs and losses while you are recovering. Not every personal injury lawyer knows what it feels like to suffer devastating injuries. Attorney Jeena Belil does. In 2012, she was severely injured in a major car accident on the Long Island Expressway Service Road. Her car was T-boned at an intersection while going through a green light. She underwent a long recovery and extensive medical treatment. Having overcome these challenges, she has a clear understanding of the situations faced by the victims who seek her help. Jeena Belil represents people throughout Long Island and the New York City area, including in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Ms. Belil also spent part of her career working as an insurance defense lawyer. She worked closely with claims representatives and special investigators, learning about their strategies for defending lawsuits and arbitrations brought on behalf of no-fault medical providers and uninsured motorist claims brought by insureds. This experience gives her vital insights into how adjusters think about lawsuits and damages. It also allows her to understand the frustrations of accident victims who are dealing with insurers, going to doctors, and having their lives turned upside down, often through no fault of their own.
New York is a no-fault insurance state. Therefore, you need to turn first to your insurer for coverage of your medical bills, medical mileage, lost wages and medically necessary household help, irrespective of who was responsible for the car accident. People who register vehicles in New York must have liability insurance with specific minimum coverage amounts. However, no-fault insurance will not cover your pain and suffering damages. In order to reach outside the no-fault system and file a third-party insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver, you must establish that you meet a certain threshold. This involves having a serious injury as the law defines it. Then, you would need to show that the other driver was at fault for the crash. A personal injury attorney can help Long Island residents show that they meet the threshold requirement and were injured because of another driver’s negligent actions.Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents can have devastating consequences because of the size and weight of a commercial truck. Often, these accidents are disastrous and complicated. There may be multiple parties at fault, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, a third-party cargo loader, a mechanic, and a truck manufacturer. To establish the truck driver's fault, you will need to show that the truck driver’s careless driving caused or contributed to the accident. Factors that could contribute to an accident include an overloaded vehicle, jackknifing, a wide turn, a failure to check blind spots, speeding, or texting. Truck drivers and trucking companies in interstate commerce are required to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. A failure to follow regulations can be strong evidence of liability for an accident.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to the direct impact of a larger vehicle or the pavement. The driver of a larger vehicle may walk away from a motorcycle accident without a scratch while the motorcyclist may be killed or suffer catastrophic injuries. Motorcycles are not motor vehicles with the meaning of New York's no-fault law. Since they are exempt from the definition of a motor vehicle, a motorcyclist is free to sue an at-fault driver even if their injuries are minor and would not meet the serious injury threshold for no-fault insurance claims. Usually, your Long Island personal injury attorney would need to show that the at-fault driver was negligent. Sometimes an at-fault driver will turn and point the finger at a motorcyclist, even when liability seems clear. New York is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that your negligence will not completely bar your recovery, as long as you are not 100% at fault. Your damages will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault, if any.Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Accidents
Property owners owe a duty to keep their properties reasonably safe for visitors. If you are injured in a slip and fall on somebody else's property, you may be able to recover damages in a premises liability lawsuit. Property owners or occupiers can be liable for dangerous conditions on property that result in injuries to visitors if the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, but they did not act to repair the danger or warn others about it. In New York, a person injured in a slip and fall on someone else's property must sue the property owner within three years from the date of the accident.Zip Line Accidents
Zip line accidents can involve falls from great heights. There may be serious injuries like broken bones, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, the accidents are fatal. Many people sign a waiver to ride on a zip line, but that does not mean that they give up their right to recover compensation for injuries suffered in an accident. It may be possible for a Long Island personal injury lawyer to help a victim sue for injuries caused by negligent conduct by the zip line operator, improper supervision, or defective equipment. For example, if an installed braking mechanism does not slow you enough to prevent you from hitting a tree at the end of a line, there may be a basis to recover damages. Often, the facts and the law are complex in this area, and it may be necessary for your attorney to retain an expert.Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can result in serious or even fatal injuries. The circumstances giving rise to the accident affect how the case will proceed. If you are a worker who is working at heights, such as on a scaffold, you have special protections under the New York Labor Law. There is a requirement that you be provided with safety equipment. If you fall because you were not given proper safety equipment, a personal injury lawyer on Long Island may be able to help you recover damages, even if you were partly to blame for the accident. For example, even if you had used a safety harness incorrectly, you may be able to hold the owner or general contractor for the project liable in some cases. In other cases, you may need to establish the elements of negligence. Each case is different, so it is important to consult an attorney.Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home neglect and abuse can stem from many different causes, including understaffing, a lack of qualified staff, inadequate facility maintenance, a failure to conduct background checks, or a failure to put proper protocols in place. Nursing home facilities need to use reasonable care to avoid injuring a resident. They can be held liable for injuries caused by the negligence of their employees, as well as their own negligence. Violations of applicable federal or state laws can be strong evidence of negligence.School Negligence
One of the most devastating experiences for a parent is when their child suffers an unexpected accident. If the school that your child attends was at fault, you can potentially bring a personal injury lawsuit against the school for its negligence. A teacher may have failed to adequately supervise students, for example, or the school may have failed to repair hazardous conditions on its property. If your child attends a public school, you may need to comply with additional notice requirements for suing a government entity. These can be complex and time-sensitive, which is one reason why retaining a personal injury lawyer can make a difference.No-Fault Collections
Although New York's no-fault law was enacted to make sure that insurers pay for a certain amount of an accident victim's medical expenses and lost earnings, regardless of fault, insurers sometimes fail to make the payments that should be made. They may deny or delay no-fault payments. For example, a no-fault insurer may decide to stop your medical benefits in the middle of your treatment. The medical provider may say that it will not treat you any more because you were denied unless you sign a lien against your settlement proceeds. This can put you in a very difficult position. Our firm can help you sue the no-fault insurer as appropriate so that you do not need to spend unnecessary time fighting with an insurer over money that you are owed. Our firm also represents medical providers who treat victims of New York auto accidents in arbitration and litigation where their bills have been denied by the no-fault insurance carrier.Consult a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney on Long Island
Whether you are hurt in a car accident or in a slip or trip and fall, it can be difficult to deal with insurers for the parties at fault, especially if you are recovering from serious injuries. If you were injured on Long Island or elsewhere in the New York City region, you should consult Attorney Jeena Belil. She represents people throughout Long Island and the surrounding areas, including in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Brooklyn, and Queens. Call the Law Office of Jeena Belil at 631-828-5552 or contact us online.
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