Manhattan Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you were injured while walking near the Empire State Building or in a car wreck in Little Italy, you have the right to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation from those responsible. The key is that you must have been injured because of someone else’s negligence in order to be eligible for a monetary award.
To get the most for your claim, call Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP and speak with an experienced Manhattan personal injury lawyer. We know how to investigate your case, gather evidence, and prove why you deserve financial compensation.
File Your Lawsuit Quickly
Time is of the essence when it comes to speaking with a Manhattan personal injury attorney and filing your lawsuit. In New York, there is a three-year statute of limitations, limiting the time available in which to file a lawsuit after being injured.
If you exceed these time constraints, the other party could ask for the case to be thrown out and the judge would likely comply.
During your initial consultation, we will ask you a variety of questions about your accident and what caused it. Once we begin developing your case, we will need to use this information to begin our investigation.
The objective will be to determine who was at fault for your accident and gather enough evidence to prove it.
We may review all of the following points:
- Accident reports (police, store reports, agency reports, etc.)
- Video footage from security cameras or personal devices
- Photographs from the scene and of your injuries afterwards
- Past history of accidents
- Eyewitness statements
- Accident-related medical files and your doctor’s testimony
It can be difficult to prove negligence without the help of a Manhattan personal injury lawyer. Our investigative resources enable us to track down information faster and to incorporate evidence into your case. Once we have evidence of negligence, we can confidently file a lawsuit against the person, business, or entity that caused you harm.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents
A Manhattan personal injury lawyer from our firm can represent you regardless of why you were injured, as long as the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Common types of personal injury accidents include all of the following:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Premises liability
- Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes
- Product liability
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
Common Personal Injury Types
We help clients who have suffered a wide variety of injuries after being hurt in an accident. Some of these injuries are immediately obvious, such as a broken bone, while others take longer to identify, like head injuries or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some of the more common injuries we see are listed below:
- Spinal injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Eye injuries
- Nerve damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you feel different or “off” after an accident but are unsure of why, you could have an undiagnosed injury. In this case, visit your doctor immediately and ask for a thorough evaluation. Once you have been diagnosed, call our office to speak with a Manhattan personal injury attorney to discuss your options for seeking financial compensation.
Maximizing Your Compensation
One reason clients hire a Manhattan personal injury lawyer from our office is that we have a reputation for getting the most money for our clients’ injuries.
A common mistake made after being injured is to settle the case too quickly before understanding the full nature of the injuries and their impact. Another is to accept compensation for medical bills only. Serious injuries tend to affect multiple areas of life, and not accounting for them can be short-sighted and cost you in the long run.
Your Manhattan personal injury attorney can seek compensation for any expenses or damages incurred due to your accident and injuries:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages and income due to being unable to work
- Costs of hiring someone to care for you or your children during your recovery
- Transportation and hotel expenses if you have to travel for medical care
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Repair and replacement expenses for your vehicle
- Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches
- Funds to retrofit your home in accordance with a new disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Once we identify all of these areas, we will fully value them and determine what your injury claim is worth.
If your doctor determines that you are going to be unable to return to work in your previous capacity, you might have a disability. You may be eligible for additional compensation for a long- or short-term disability, and you may also be able to pursue Social Security Disability income.
We can review both options when you come in for your free consultation and speak with your Manhattan personal injury lawyer.
Going to Court vs. Settling Your Case
Many people believe that if you hire a Manhattan personal injury lawyer, you are obligated to go to court. This is not the case.
Hiring an attorney simply gives you more options and allows us to protect your legal rights. Once retained, we will go to work building your case by gathering evidence and placing an initial value on your injury claim. Once done, we will draft a demand letter and send it to the other party’s attorneys.
This letter sets forth our initial terms for a settlement agreement. They then have the opportunity to decide if they are willing to settle as requested, counter the offer, or refuse to settle and go to court. Very often, the other party will agree to settle the claim for or close to what is requested. The vast majority of claims are resolved out of court.
Since most insurance attorneys are familiar with our firm, they know that if you are represented by a Manhattan personal injury lawyer from our office, the case will be thoroughly researched, thereby making their chances of success in court extremely low. However, if they do not settle, we can represent you in court and fight for the maximum compensation possible through a court-rendered verdict.
Manhattan Personal Injury FAQ
Detailed below are answers to some of the more commonly asked questions that we receive:
What if more than one party was responsible for my injury?
If multiple parties contributed to the cause of your injury, you can name all of them in your personal injury lawsuit. This will allow you to seek the most compensation possible for your claim.
What if my spouse or family member died as a result of someone else’s negligence?
Depending on your relationship to the deceased, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is very similar to a personal injury lawsuit, and allows you to seek compensation for the deceased’s lost income, your own pain and suffering, and similar damages.
Can I include emotional and mental trauma in my personal injury lawsuit?
Yes. Mental disorders and emotional trauma such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety can all be sued for provided they are directly linked to your accident and injury.