Injuries caused by bicycle, pedestrian, and ATV accidents can be overwhelming. If someone else is responsible for your bicycle accident, you should not have to pay for all of your expenses on your own. Under New York law, you have the right to demand compensation for the cost and damage is associated with your injuries. New York courts can award compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include any expense you have incurred due to your injuries, such as:
Compensation for lost past and future income
Past and future medical bills and expenses
Lost income and wages
The cost of rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy
Costs associated with living in an assisted living facility
Costs associated with in-home medical care
Successful plaintiffs are also entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries. They can recover compensation for emotional distress and the loss of enjoyment of life. When victims become scarred or permanently disfigured, they can request compensation. Finally, when defendants act egregiously, courts can choose to impose additional punitive damages as a warning to potential defendants who might engage in similar behavior.