If someone else’s careless, negligent, or reckless actions caused you to suffer injuries on Long Island, you could qualify to hold the negligent party liable for the damages. Our team of personal injury lawyers handles many different case types, from slip-and-falls to medical malpractice incidents.
When Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. represents you, you can expect accessible, compassionate legal support throughout the process. If you prefer to speak Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, or practically any language, our staff is prepared to accommodate you. We also arrange meetings outside of our office if you cannot travel to us, and the initial case assessment is free.
- Recoverable Damages in a Long Island Personal Injury Accident
- How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer from Our Firm Help?
- Act Now to Protect Your Rights After an Injury
- What Kinds of Cases do Our Personal Injury Attorneys Handle on Long Island?
- No Attorney Fees Unless You Get Compensation
- Steps You Can Take After Suffering a Personal Injury
- Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer at Our Firm Today
Recoverable Damages in a Long Island Personal Injury Accident
Our lawyers will investigate your case to assess the types of damages you may recover, including current and future expenses, losses, and other effects of your injury.
Economic Damages You Can Recover
In general, some of the most common types of damages you could recover from a liable party on Long Island include:
- Medical treatment costs and related expenses
- Ongoing or future care costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Loss of services
- Out-of-pocket expenses
In some cases, you may be eligible for additional damages not included in this list. For example, albeit a tragic one, wrongful death cases often result in damages for funeral services and related expenses.
You Can Also Seek Non-Economic Damages
The damages listed above are all economic, or financial, in nature. They represent the money you spent or could not earn due to your injuries.
Your injuries themselves also constitute recoverable damages, whether they are physical or psychological in nature. Examples of commonly sought non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of consortium (These are the special types of loss, recognized by law, that a person suffers when their spouse is seriously injured or a wrongful death victim).
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disability
- Intellectual disability
- Scarring or disfigurement
Calculating Economic and Non-Economic Damages
How do you know how much compensation to request? What should you look for in the insurance company’s settlement offer to be sure that they are suggesting an appropriate amount?
We will do everything possible to ensure you receive the maximum settlement amount or jury award that you are eligible for. There are several ways we are able to do this, including:
- Reviewing your medical records
- Using pay stubs, receipts, bills, or other documentation to establish the financial cost of your injuries
- Employing, as may be called for, the appropriate expert witnesses to estimate the cost of future losses and expenses
- Speaking with you and your loved ones about the injury’s impact on your life
How much you collect will depend on what type of accident you suffered, how serious your injuries are, and more. In the past, we have been able to recover millions for deserving clients, including:
- $1 million for a retail store employee injured in a slip-and-fall accident
- $2.1 million for a boatyard worker who sustained a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury,) in a pedestrian accident
- $8 million for a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a medical malpractice incident
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-932-0400
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer from Our Firm Help?
First, a member of our team will evaluate your case for free. We will listen to your questions patiently and compassionately and provide comprehensive answers in non-technical terms. If you conclude that choosing our firm as your injury lawyer is your best course of action, we will assign one of our experienced and dedicated attorneys to the case to recover damages for your injury on Long Island.
Our attorneys are passionate advocates for the injured. We will review your case and offer caring and honest advice to help you choose the best path for seeking financial recovery. Once you choose us to represent you, our services include:
- Explaining the process and providing regular updates as we build your case
- Identifying who to hold accountable for damages based on an in-depth investigation
- Speaking on your behalf with the other party, their insurer, their legal representatives, and any other parties
- Compiling evidence that supports your claims and proves your right to compensation
- Accounting for all of your damages and calculating the overall value of the case
- Fighting tirelessly to win the best possible case outcome for you
We strive to take as much off of your plate as possible when it comes to legal matters. However, your assigned attorney will always respect that all major decisions are entirely up to you. Our team will provide all the information necessary for you to understand the available options in your case and feel confident in your choices.
What Will We Do During Your Free Consultation?
Our law firm is passionate about helping injury victims recover compensation from the person or entity whose negligence led to their accident and injuries. Every client representation starts with a free case review.
During your case review, we will:
- Ask questions about your accident
- Ask about the injuries you sustained
- Ensure you are receiving appropriate medical care
- Ask about any evidence you have obtained to date
- Explain our client-focused fee structure
- Explain how we plan to build your case
The time we spend in your case review session is also an opportunity for you. It is your chance to ask questions about our law firm and team members. We will answer every question and address every concern you may have about your case or any part of it.
We take time to explain your rights and the at-fault party’s responsibilities. We also take the mystery and confusion out of personal injury and insurance law, insurance contract jargon, and potentially confusing legal language.
What Will We Do During Our Comprehensive Investigation?
We investigate every personal injury case we handle. Our team works together to gather as much information as possible and determines all parties responsible for the incident. As a part of our investigation, the steps we will take may include any or all of the following. We are 100% ready to:
- Identify, collect, and analyze all available, relevant evidence
- Interview witnesses and obtain witness statements
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists, engineers, and other experts to determine what happened to cause your injuries
- Collect documentation of your damages
- Request copies of your relevant medical records
- Work closely with medical experts and life care planners to understand your injuries, prognosis, and ongoing and future care needs
- Consult, should your case call for it, with vocational rehabilitation specialists and economists about the future financial impacts of your injuries
Once we complete our investigation, we work to build a strong case to prove negligence and liability. We then present this to an insurance company to begin negotiations or file an injury lawsuit.
Negotiations and Litigation
In many instances, personal injury cases settle without having to go to court. Our firm will attempt to negotiate the ideal settlement with the appropriate party in your Long Island personal injury case.
However, there may be some situations when we need to file a lawsuit. These scenarios include:
- The defendant or insurance company refuses to agree to an appropriate settlement.
- The defendant or insurance company denies the claim.
- There are other reasons specific to your case (e.g., the time to file a lawsuit is running out).
If we take your case to court on Long Island or elsewhere in New York, you can count on our team to be by your side. Our injury lawyers will help you understand what to expect every step of the way and argue for a financial award based on the facts of your case.
We Collect, Organize, and Submit Your Evidence
To seek compensation from the at-fault party in your case, you are required to prove the elements of negligence. Your assigned personal injury lawyer from our firm will prove the following on your behalf:
- The negligent party owed you a duty of reasonable care
- The negligent party breached their responsibility to provide it
- Their actions caused the accident that caused your injuries
- Their actions caused the accident’s financial consequences
To prove these required components, we will work hard to build a robust personal injury case file for you. The evidence it contains will include some or all of the following items:
- Accident or incident reports
- Animal control reports, where applicable
- Statements from lay and expert witnesses
- Dashcam, and surveillance videos
- Medical records that substantiate your injuries
We will not tax you or your family with the complex and time-consuming task of collecting and organizing evidence. Instead, we do the leg work and the hard work for you so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries and rebuilding your life.
Leave All Case-Related Communication to Our Law Firm
Building a strong personal injury case can involve a wide range of communication. When our law firm takes on your case, we handle every aspect of it for you. This includes all verbal, written, and electronic communication.
We will handle all case-related communications on your behalf with:
- The appropriate reporting agency to obtain reports and records that documented the accident
- All medical professionals, facilities, and departments that have medical evidence supporting your case
- The at-fault party and their insurance company, including the claims departments and all representatives throughout the negotiation process
- All legal entities if your case goes to trial, including the at-fault party’s legal representative and the court system. If you are a Long Island resident, a local Long Island injury lawyer from our team can represent your case. You are never alone with our client-focused team. When we say we stop at nothing to support your case, we mean it. Our goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
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Act Now to Protect Your Rights After an Injury
New York law provides a limited time from the date your injuries occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit and hold the at-fault party accountable under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214.
A different statute and deadline apply in wrongful death cases and in cases where the at-fault party is a government agency. If you fail to take the proper action within the appropriate time period and the filing window in your case closes, you lose forever the right to move forward with a lawsuit.
Because of these legal deadlines – and because evidence (e.g., witness statements, surveillance and dashcam video, etc.,) is often harder to recover later, for a variety of reasons – working on your case as soon as possible after the accident is generally in your best interest and is always the most prudent course of action with respect to protecting and asserting your rights.
Insurance Companies do Not Have Your Interests at Heart
After the accident – perhaps even before you leave the hospital or have finished recovering from your injuries — the liable party’s insurance company might approach you to:
- Ask for a recorded statement regarding the accident
- Offer a financial settlement
- Talk to you about the accident or request documentation from you to assist in their own investigation into what happened
They are not doing this out of concern for your welfare. The insurance company will scrutinize any recorded statements you make for inconsistencies and admissions of fault. They may undervalue the true worth of your injuries and block you from seeking further compensation in the future.
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can protect you from bad faith practices. We shield clients by:
- Allowing you to redirect them to our firm if they try to contact you
- Answering their questions and providing any information they request
- Discussing any requests or settlement offers they make with you so that you have the information to decide for yourself how to respond
- Giving you our opinion of any settlement offer, addressing whether it will meet your needs and whether or not you should consider accepting it
- Addressing any questions or uncertainties you have about the insurance company’s behavior or offers
What Kinds of Cases do Our Personal Injury Attorneys Handle on Long Island?
If another person’s negligence caused your injuries, and if you live or work on Long Island or in New York City, we want to offer our services to you. Our firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice cases
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Slips and falls
- Truck accidents
- Uber & Lyft accidents
Our attorneys are also able to pursue compensation if your loved one was the victim of wrongful death in an accident on Long Island. If you have experienced such a tragedy in your family, we extend to you our heartfelt condolences. Rest assured, we are determined to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
Generally, any type of personal injury case can support a wrongful death action if your family member passed away from their injuries and someone else is responsible. We consider it a special privilege to fight for the surviving family members of wrongful death victims. We invite you to call our office for a no-obligation, patient, compassionate, and comprehensive case review.
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No Attorney Fees Unless You Get Compensation
If you have a viable case, one of our attorneys will represent you on a contingency fee basis. Under this fee structure, we will never collect a legal fee unless we reach a settlement agreement with the other party or win a verdict for you.
In other words, we do not charge an attorney fee unless you get compensation, which means there is no risk in seeking legal representation from us. Additionally, when we do collect our fee, it’s a percentage out of whatever amount we secure for you and not an out-of-pocket cost to you. Before you retain our firm, we will gladly discuss the specifics, so you know exactly what to expect.
Steps You Can Take After Suffering a Personal Injury
You can help yourself and begin the process of building your personal injury case by taking specific steps after getting hurt in an accident.
- Find a safe place: Suffering an injury can be confusing and shocking, especially after a car accident. If you can move, preventing further injury or death is the top priority. Find a safe place to wait until emergency personnel can reach you.
- Contact emergency services: You or someone else should call 911 so police can secure the scene and begin an investigation. EMTs can also arrive quickly on the scene to assess your injuries and transport you to the hospital.
- Receive medical treatment: You may not believe you have any injuries, but some symptoms of injuries can take days to present. Seeing a doctor right away allows for immediate treatment of potentially severe injuries. Your doctor will also document your injuries and treatments in your medical records, which can serve as evidence in any claim or lawsuit you subsequently bring to recover your damages
- Gather evidence: If you are able to do so, take photographs of your injuries and the scene. Request a copy of the police report and obtain contact information from witnesses.
- Consult a lawyer: Talking to a lawyer can help you fully understand your options and, if you retain legal counsel promptly, gives your attorney more time to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer at Our Firm Today
Our team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will review your Long Island accident case and help you understand your options for recovering the compensation you need and deserve. You should never have to feel alone, left in the dark, or unsure about your case.
We will help you regain a sense of normalcy in your life so you and your family are able to move forward knowing you got the compensation and the justice you deserve.
Let our attorneys and the rest of our legal team be there for you as you seek financial recovery. Contact our office today for a complimentary consultation with a member of our team.