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Queens Personal Injury Lawyer
A serious injury caused by someone’s negligence can make you feel powerless. You can take the power back by fighting alongside a Queens injury lawyer. Let’s work together to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.
One of life’s greatest challenges is being seriously injured in an accident. Just one broken bone can take six months or more to completely heal. Some injuries will require even longer. Other injuries will affect you for life.
If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, the fact that your accident was preventable may bother you tremendously. Unfortunately, what happened to you can’t be undone, but it is possible to get a sense of justice by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
Filing a personal injury claim can also allow you a chance to collect compensation for your damages. That way, you’ll be able to provide for yourself financially, especially if you aren’t able to return to work.
A Queens personal injury lawyer with our firm will be happy to discuss the details of your case with you and help you overcome this life challenge.
Accidents That Cause Serious Injuries in Queens
Figuring out whether you can pursue compensation for your injuries is not always easy. Some Queens injury cases are very complex and may involve more than two people; sometimes they can involve many people. When in doubt, simply ask your attorney, but meanwhile, here’s the gist of what makes an injury personal.
If someone else’s negligence caused your injury, it warrants a personal injury claim. That’s simple enough, but determining a person’s negligence is not always so simple.
Here’s an example of a simple case versus a more complex one:
You walked into your friend’s house and fell down a giant hole in the floor—your friend was doing some renovations. No sign or warning marked the dangerous situation, and you broke a couple of bones. That’s a relatively simple case.
You were cleaning your stove with a cleaning solution and became violently ill. You went to the emergency room, and the doctors explained you were suffering from some kind of poisoning from the cleaning solution.
Who is responsible for your illness? Did you fail to use the product correctly, or was the product dangerous? Was it properly labeled with warnings and directions? This example of product liability makes it a little more difficult to determine whether negligence was involved.
Fortunately, a Queens accident injury lawyer with our firm can help you, no matter how complicated your case is.
The following are some other common types of Queens personal injury cases:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Construction accidents
- Some workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
Insurance Companies and Queens Personal Injury Cases
After you’ve discovered that you have a viable personal injury case, what do you do? You would likely file a claim or lawsuit against the person who injured you. For example, if a dangerous product seriously injured you, you would most likely name the manufacturer of the product in your claim.
The manufacturer of the product probably has insurance to protect it from liability, and the insurance company will likely try to negotiate a settlement. However, if you try to negotiate with the insurer on your own, you could be taken advantage of.
Some examples of how insurance companies will try to lower the value of your claim include the following:
- Recording your statement to use against you later
- Trying to get you to admit to fault or partial fault for your accident
- Challenging the medical evidence of your injury
How Your Queens Injury Attorney Can Help
Your personal injury attorney in Queens can help you get the most positive outcome for your case in the following ways:
- We know how to deal with insurance companies and can speak with them on your behalf.
- We can advise you on legal matters pertaining to your case.
- We will help you investigate your accident and prove fault.
- We will help you gather evidence, such as medical documentation, to prove your case.
- We will fight for you in court.
Comparing Negligence in Queens Personal Injury Cases
In Queens and throughout New York, all citizens have the duty to not cause harm to others. When you’ve been injured because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, you can sue to recover damages.
Negligence laws can get confusing, though, because some states like New York use a process of comparing the involved parties’ negligence to determine the amount of damages owed. In other words, if you contributed to your accident, your compensation could be decreased, even if the other party was found to have been negligent.
For example, if you were seriously injured in a car crash in which the other driver ran a red light, but it was found that you contributed to the accident because you were speeding, your damages may be lowered by the percentage of fault you’re assigned.
If you’re assigned 10 percent of the fault for your accident, you will be given only 90 percent of the award or settlement amount. It’s important to understand that, just because you contributed to your accident, that doesn’t mean that you can’t seek damages from the negligent party who’s been found mostly responsible.
Queens Personal Injury FAQ
If you have further questions, feel free to ask a Queens injury lawyer with our firm at any time. Some of the frequently asked questions our personal injury attorneys answer have been listed below for your convenience.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Queens?
The time frame to file for personal injury compensation in Queens and in New York state varies slightly depending on the case, but with most personal injury cases, you have three years from the date of the accident to file your claim.
What if I don’t have the money to pay an attorney?
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we work on a contingency fee basis when it comes to personal injury cases. This means we won’t get paid unless we win compensation for you. You don’t pay the upfront costs tied to your case, such as court filing fees, costs of hiring experts, etc. These costs will come out of your award amount later on.
Will I have to go to court?
In most cases, no. We can usually negotiate fair compensation with the involved parties, and you will never have to set foot into a courtroom. Sometimes, the other side will refuse to pay you the fair amount you’re owed, and that’s when we would take your case to court.
Get in Touch with a Queens Personal Injury Attorney
There are a lot of unknowns after an injury, and that can be a scary thing. One thing that can decrease your fears is knowing you can rely on the personalized attention you’ll receive from a lawyer with Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP.
Go ahead and let go of some of the worry you’ve been holding onto. You can trust that we will fight to get you fully compensated for a serious injury you didn’t cause. Call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation with a Queens personal injury lawyer.