NYC Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury law refers to the field of law that deals with accidental injuries, defective products, car crashes, medical malpractice, and all of the damages and insurance claims that go along with them. Personal injury lawyers in New York City often handle cases on behalf of pedestrians hit by cars, victims of surgical errors, injured construction workers, and so many others.
If you or a loved one was injured, our NYC personal injury lawyers at The Carrion Law Firm may be able to take your case, investigate what happened, and present evidence and arguments in court to get you the compensation you need. Our attorneys have experience handling all sorts of injury cases, and we are not afraid to bring cases against property owners, drivers, doctors, or even big businesses to fight to get you the compensation you need for your injuries.
Get help recovering the monetary damages you deserve. Contact our experienced NYC personal injury lawyers today by calling The Carrion Law Firm at (718) 841-0083 for a free review of your case.
What to Do After an Injury in NYC
If you were injured, you might be left with medical bills, you may be stuck out of work, and you may be dealing with extensive pain and suffering from your injuries. This situation can feel hopeless, but there may be chances to get the bills covered and to fight for other compensation for your injuries. This can help you get back on your feet and make up for the economic stress you face after an injury.
Seek Medical Care Immediately
Immediately after an accident, it is important to always get medical care and report the accident to the authorities. Whether you were injured in a car crash, in a slip and fall in a store, or at home because of a defective product, call 9-1-1 for an ambulance or get yourself to a hospital for treatment. Showing that you immediately sought care for your injuries shows that they were serious enough to seek treatment. This also helps provide a paper trail that shows when your accident happened and that your injuries were treated immediately after. That avoids defenses that claim your injuries were caused by something else that happened between the accident and the time of treatment.
If you were in an accident in public, you might need to report the accident to the police as well, such as after a car accident. Otherwise, police may respond and create a report if they accompanied ambulance services and EMTs to the scene. Stores and workplaces may also request an accident report be filled out.
Call a Lawyer
After you get the treatment you need, consider calling a lawyer very early on. You may be able to take pictures at the scene of the accident, documenting where and when the accident happened, what the conditions were like, and what your injuries looked like. This will be helpful evidence, but if you need immediate medical care and end up laid up in the hospital, you will need someone else to gather evidence for you.
Our NYC personal injury lawyers can gather evidence, potentially even security camera footage and witness statements, to help build your case. There are also so many other benefits. We can coordinate your care and help keep track of all expenses related to the accident. We can also help you put together logs and journals to document your recovery so you can tell the judge and jury about how the injuries affected you.
Do Not Talk About the Case
If you were injured, it is important to keep details between yourself and your lawyer. You should always avoid talking to other people involved in the accident, companies who might be responsible, insurance companies, and other peoples’ lawyers. Your lawyer represents you and has your best interests in mind, but other lawyers, insurance companies, and even the at-fault parties might try to take your words and use them against you. Even statements to friends or on social media could hurt you later.
Saying something like, “I’m sorry,” could be misconstrued as you admitting the accident was your fault and could hurt a claim against other parties. Saying that your injuries “aren’t that bad” could be construed as an actual assessment of your condition and could hurt later claims that the injuries were severe or that you faced high pain and suffering.
It is also important that you have your lawyer present when you talk to the at-fault party, their lawyer, or any insurance company. These parties might try to offer you settlements that are far too low to cover your needs, but the offer may still be hard to say no to. Your NYC personal injury lawyer can help you know what your case is really worth and avoid low settlements.
Elements of an NYC Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are many different types of personal injury lawsuits. The process for recovering monetary damages in your case can vary depending on the type of accident you suffered. However, in order for your case to succeed, you must establish each of the following elements:
- The defendant was under a duty of care
- The defendant did not adhere to their duty of care
- You were injured because of the defendant’s breach of duty
- You sustained damages as a result of the injuries you incurred
Our experienced NYC personal injury lawyers can help determine if the required elements have been established in your case during a free case review.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries in NYC
Personal injuries can stem from many different causes. Our NYC personal injury lawyers can help recover compensation for injuries related to any of the following types of accidents:
Car accidents are an extremely common cause of personal injury in NYC. When motorists act carelessly and recklessly behind the wheel, harmful collisions can occur. There are many different forms of negligent behavior that lead to car accidents. Our lawyers can help hold careless drivers liable for crashes they cause.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction site accidents are also a common source of personal injuries in NYC. In some cases, injured workers will be able to file personal injury lawsuits against at-fault parties. However, other victims may have to seek benefits through Workers’ Compensation insurance. If you suffered a construction site accident, you should contact our NYC personal injury lawyers for help evaluating the legal options available to you.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are another common cause of personal injuries in NYC. Property owners are supposed to maintain their premises for the safety of their visitors. When owners do not provide proper upkeep and maintenance for their properties, serious slip and fall accidents can occur. Victims of such accidents may be entitled to multiple forms of monetary damages.
Defective Product Accidents
Additionally, many people suffer personal injuries because of defective and dangerous products. For instance, a car accident may occur because of a vehicle’s defective braking system. Further, a child may suffer a choking injury because a small part became detached from a defective children’s toy.
Manufacturers can be held liable for harm caused by their defective products. However, proving fault in these cases can be complicated. Expert witness testimony is often required to explain why a product is defective. Accordingly, the assistance of our experienced NYC personal injury lawyers can be highly beneficial when building such a case.
Lastly, attacks from dogs are also a common cause of personal injuries in NYC. Dog owners can be held liable for harm caused by their pets. If you suffered a dog bite, you should record the owner’s contact information, the age of the dog, and the breed of the dog. Afterwards, you can get in touch with our NYC personal injury lawyers for help determining if you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Holding Negligent Individuals and Companies Responsible for Accidental Injuries in NYC
In every accident case, it is important to figure out who was at fault. Many cases involve multiple parties, such as a manufacturer and a distributor of a defective product or a negligent doctor and the hospital they work for. Other cases involve shared fault between the victim and the defendant(s). Courts can assign partial fault to everyone involved, then assign damages based on that. This could mean victims who were 5% at-fault could still get 95% of their damages paid in an injury lawsuit in NYC.
Further, you need to show what someone did that puts them at fault. Your lawyer will need to prove that this meets the proper legal standards and constitutes “negligence” before the court can order them to pay you damages. These issues are often complex, and our experienced injury lawyers can help with the challenges of your specific case.
Types of Evidence Used to Prove Fault in an NYC Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are several types of evidence that can be utilized when proving that another party is at fault for your personal injury. Our experienced NYC personal injury lawyers can help collect and preserve any of the following types of relevant evidence in your case:
Statements from witnesses can be very helpful when proving fault for a personal injury. Witnesses can offer either oral or written testimony that explains how or why a particular accident occurred. You should always attempt to retrieve contact information for any witnesses to your accident if possible. Our team can provide support when reaching out for their potential cooperation.
After many types of harmful accidents, reports may be created that point to the accidents’ causes. For example, after a car accident, a police officer should visit the scene to draft an accident report. Furthermore, after a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, employees on scene at the time may be required to fill out a report. Our NYC personal injury lawyers can help obtain a copy of the accident report in your case.
Physical Evidence from the Scene
Physical evidence from the scene of an accident can also be valuable when proving fault. For instance, drug paraphernalia found at the scene of a car accident may be used to show that a driver was impaired at the time of the crash. Furthermore, a defective piece of safety equipment may be brought in to demonstrate how the faulty product contributed to a construction site accident.
However, not all physical evidence may be preserved or easily brought into court. Fortunately, other forms of evidentiary documentation may be implemented.
Photos from the Scene
Photographs from the scene of an accident can also be used to prove fault for a personal injury. For example, photos of a malfunctioning light fixture can be used to show that poor lighting contributed to a slip and fall. Furthermore, photos of a crushed vehicle may be used to show that a defendant driver was travelling at high speeds when a harmful collision occurred.
Therefore, after suffering a personal injury, you should always attempt to take photos at the scene of your accident if possible. Our NYC personal injury lawyers can help review the photos during your free case review.
Expert Witness Testimony
Expert witnesses are considered experts in their respective fields because they have the requisite education, training, and experience. These types of witnesses are often summoned to explain complex theories of fault. For example, after a defective product accident, an engineering expert may be called to demonstrate how the product was defective. Further, after a harmful motorcycle crash, an accident reconstruction expert may be summoned to help determine who was at fault. Our attorneys can help call on the right experts to support your case.
Lastly, your personal recollection of your accident can be very helpful to our NYC personal injury lawyers when proving fault. It is difficult to know which details surrounding your accident will become important at a later stage of your case. Accordingly, you should record a personal recollection while your memory is fresh. The details you provide may be crucial when building your case.
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers in New York City for a Free Case Consultation
The Carrion Law Firm has experienced NYC personal injury lawyers ready to help with your case. If you or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident and needs help, do not hesitate to set up a free legal consultation with our attorneys. Call us today at (718) 841-0083 to get in touch with our legal team and start fighting for the financial compensation you need.