When you are involved in an accident that someone else caused, you have rights. The personal injury lawyers you hire must determine who caused the accident and file a claim for your injuries or losses.
Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to learn more about how a Glen Cove personal injury lawyer can help. Your lawyer will pinpoint who is to blame for your injuries and, when called for, litigate the case to the fullest extent allowed under New York State law.
In This Article
- Consult With a Lawyer After Your Injury
- Reviewing How You Were Injured
- Parties Liable for Your Injuries
- Other Potentially Liable Parties
- Your Recoverable Compensation
- Wrongful Death Actions Are Possible
- Your Lawyer Handles the Whole Case
- Call for a Consultation with a Glen Cove Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Consult With a Lawyer After Your Injury
A consultation with a lawyer gives you the opportunity to share your story along with evidence that you’ve collected, and to learn about your legal options. The consultation also provides your lawyer time to determine if your case has merit.
If you obtained a police report, took pictures of the accident, or met a witness, let your lawyer know immediately. Your lawyer can use this information to build a case and explain how they believe your legal claim will unfold.
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Reviewing How You Were Injured
When someone’s negligence caused your injuries, you should keep your lawyer informed of all your injuries regardless of severity. Your lawyer will review your medical records, request statements from medical experts, and calculate the value of your recovery. Many different types and degrees of injury can support a claim for money damages, ranging from injuries such as whiplash, cuts, bruises, or burns to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic amputations or traumatic brain injuries
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Parties Liable for Your Injuries
At-fault parties in a lawsuit might include:
- Property owners
- Federal, state, county, and local government agencies
- Construction crews
In most situations, to varying degrees, these parties have a “duty of care” they must uphold. When the “duty of care” has been breached and you have suffered injuries as a result of that breach, you are most likely able to file suit to recover compensation. For example, a business must keep its stairs which they make available for use by the public in a safe condition. . If you fall down damaged stairs, assuming the business actually knew or should have known of the damage, (i.e., the damage existed for a long enough period of time that in the exercise of reasonable care it should have been inspected and addressed,) or the business actually created the damage, that business has breached its “duty of care” to you, the visitor.
This list is not exhaustive in any sense. If a negligent party caused your injuries, they may be the subject of a lawsuit. While your personal injury lawyer will seek to hold these parties liable for your injuries or losses, they may be only a part of the puzzle. Depending upon the facts surrounding your injury, a personal injury claim, and a lawsuit can name several parties at once.
Other Potentially Liable Parties
Your personal injury lawyer, acting on your behalf, may determine that it is in your best interest to sue those who were indirectly responsible for your injuries or losses. For example, if a business used faulty materials to build a deck that collapsed and caused your injuries, the manufacturer of those faulty materials will be sued as well.
Your lawyer might add multiple parties that are responsible for your injuries to the lawsuit. For example, a company that made faulty brackets used on the deck might have purchased defective screws from yet another company. That company may also be sued for your injuries.
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Your Recoverable Compensation
When you file a claim or lawsuit for injuries or losses, you might recover many different types of damages. Your lawyer’s demand for the compensation you deserve will typically include some or all of the following:
- Outstanding medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost income
- Lost future income
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired quality of life
While your lawyer will calculate your medical bills and communicate with your doctor about your recovery, they need to know how much money you lost. One example of how this is done is by your lawyer obtaining a statement from your employer indicating how much you would have made had your career continued as normal.
Additionally, the anguish caused by a personal injury accident could result in further compensation in the form of pain and suffering, disability, and other non-economic damages. This might be won in settlement or awarded by the court after your case is presented to a judge and jury. These elements add value to your lawsuit.
How Comparative Negligence Comes Into Play
Some accident injury victims are afraid they will be barred from making a monetary recovery against any liable party if they themselves contributed to the accident. For example, another driver caused the accident and resulting injuries by running a red light, but the injured claimant was speeding through the green light.
Under New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 1411, you are compensated for your injuries based upon comparative negligence. If you are 50 percent responsible for a claim where the damages suffered have a value of $100,000, your compensation is reduced to $50,000. In this way, New York law tries to serve justice in that each party is compensated and held responsible to the extent that their actions contributed to the outcome of the accident.
Wrongful Death Actions Are Possible
If you suffered the loss of a loved one as the result of an accident, we offer you our sincere, heartfelt condolences.
Wrongful death actions help families recover after the loss of a loved one. A wrongful death action will also compensate survivors for all the various financial harms caused by the passing of their loved ones. This could include:
- The damages for a personal injury lawsuit—for example, the pain and suffering caused by the accident and experienced by the departed loved one from the time of the accident until the time they succumbed to their injuries.
- The emotional stress and anguish of losing someone and having to make do without them—for example, a parent now raising children alone.
- The increased financial burden of trying to run a household without the deceased’s wages—for example, trying to pay rent or provide for other dependents.
If you lost a loved one in an accident, please call us for a compassionate, no-fee, no-obligation case review and consultation. We are dedicated to winning the compensation you need and the justice your loved one deserves.
Your Lawyer Handles the Whole Case
Taking your case to a lawyer ensures that you will focus on your recovery and your family’s well-being, knowing that the lawyer will take care of all the technical details, stressful communications with adverse parties, and critical case deadlines. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation.
We Accept All Types of Cases
From personal injuries to wrongful deaths, we assist clients who have been affected by accidents of all kinds, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice and nursing home abuse
- Premises liability
- And more
We Keep You Informed
Do you want a lawyer who will respect your right to make decisions about your case and keep you informed about your case’s progress at all times? The team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will do that for you and more. We strive to make the legal process easier for you by:
- Explaining your rights clearly and patiently in simple, non-technical language
- Advising you about all available legal options
- Assisting you in English, Spanish, Bengal, Greek, Tamil, or Kannada—whichever language you prefer
- Coming to visit you anywhere on Long Island or the New York metropolitan area if you are unable to travel
We Figure Out Who Is Responsible
Even a seemingly simple accident could end up having more than one liable party. Before filing a lawsuit, you should be sure of who to sue and how many parties could owe you money.
Our team will carefully assess your case until we are certain of who the liable party (or parties) is. This way, you will not accidentally leave money on the table by neglecting to sue someone who contributed to your injuries.
We Protect Your Rights and Privacy
Communicating with all the parties responsible for your injuries can be a very stressful and exhausting process. Your Glen Cove personal injury lawyer will contact your insurance company, other lawyers, or the responsible parties on your behalf. You are not required to speak to anyone regarding your personal injury accident without your attorney present. Your lawyer will also work with opposing parties to negotiate a settlement for your injuries or go to trial when necessary. This includes:
- Allowing you to divert the other parties to us if they try to contact you directly
- Meeting with the other parties in person or by phone as often as necessary
- Arguing vigorously for the money you need and refusing to accept lowball settlement offers
We Investigate What Happened
You know you deserve damages from the liable party. To convince their insurance company of this fact, our team will thoroughly investigate to fully understand all the facts and circumstances of the accident. This may include:
- Visiting the scene of the accident with an accident reconstruction expert
- Requesting records from your doctor, including medical records and testimony about your condition
- Requesting reports from the appropriate authorities, if the police, fire department, ambulance corp or some other official agency responded to your accident and filed a report on it
- Requesting recordings of the accident from the owners of video footage, including footage from dashcams, traffic cams, or surveillance cameras
We Fight for What You Need
It is often difficult to determine how much you should sue for. Each case is different, so trying to calculate and ask for an imagined “average” amount will not help. For example, construction accident cases we have worked on have yielded final results ranging from just under $690,000 to nearly $10 million.
We understand that each client requires personalized attention and analysis. We tailor our work to the particulars of each client’s situation. Our team works hard to ensure that every lawsuit contains an accurate, appropriate settlement request and sufficient evidence to support that amount.
Call for a Consultation with a Glen Cove Personal Injury Lawyer Today
You might be eligible for a wide range of compensation from the responsible parties and any third parties that might have been involved in your accident. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation. We are honored to serve clients in Glen Cove and throughout the state of New York.