The skillful trial lawyers at Newman, Anzalone & Newman have been delivering high levels of legal representation to accident victims since 1978. We are proud that we have earned a reputation as one of the premier personal injury law firms in the New York Metro Area. Each new client whom we assist receives the same level of service that built our outstanding reputation. Through our decades of experience, we have developed a strong understanding of the needs of people who have suffered catastrophic injuries or the death of a loved one. Our New York City personal injury lawyers handle cases arising out of car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle crashes, construction accidents, slip and falls, and other accidents.Overview of Accident Claims
After most accidents, you must prove somebody else's negligence to recover damages. While some injuries are results of intentional acts, most are results of carelessness. A moment's inattention can result in serious injuries, and the party responsible for those injuries should bear the financial burden of them. To prove a person or entity's negligence, your attorney will need to show that the defendant owed a duty of care, the defendant breached this duty, and the breach caused injuries or death.
For example, after a truck accident, you may need to show that the truck driver and trucking company failed to use reasonable care and thereby caused injuries. A truck driver might breach the duty to use reasonable care by overloading the vehicle and speeding. Overloading a commercial vehicle can result in the truck tipping over, particularly when going fast or driving around curves. A trucking company that fails to use reasonable care when employing truck drivers, such as by failing to conduct a background check or properly train a truck driver, may also contribute to an accident.
In other accidents, a property owner may be to blame. It is important to retain a New York City personal injury attorney who will investigate all of the potential causes of the accident so that the appropriate parties can be held responsible. For example, it may be possible to hold a property owner responsible for a dangerous condition in a road that results in a pedestrian accident. Generally, you must show that a property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused the injuries and that it failed to repair it or provide warnings. Special rules also apply if the property owner is a governmental entity.
In premises liability cases, such as slip and fall accidents, we will need to look at how long a dangerous condition was in place to determine whether a property owner should have known about it. For example, if you slipped and fell on liquid spilled on the floor of a grocery store, we may need to look at surveillance footage to determine how long the liquid was there. If it was there for a full day, for example, it is likely that the owner should have noticed it and put up warning cones or cleaned it up.
Construction accidents are another type of accident that can result in devastating injuries. There are certain rules that govern only workers on construction sites because the construction industry tends to be so dangerous. In addition to workers' compensation benefits from one's own employer, it may be possible to recover damages from the owner, a general contractor, or another third party. For example, there is a law that specifically guards against gravity-related injuries, and this law allows someone injured in a fall or as a result of a falling object to recover damages under specific circumstances. We can evaluate the full situation and determine whether you may have recourse to damages beyond workers' compensation.Consult a Skillful Personal Injury Attorney in New York City or Beyond
Our firm fights to help our clients and their loved ones obtain the medical care and financial support that they need in order to reclaim their lives after a serious accident. We are different from other firms in that we may be able to help clients without insurance cover their lost wages and medical bills. Newman, Anzalone & Newman provides superior legal representation in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in New York City. We represent people in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Call us at 718-896-2700 or complete our online form.