After a serious accident involving injuries, many people are stressed and anxious about how they will take the time off that they need to heal, while also paying their exorbitant medical bills. In most cases, the only way to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other substantial post-accident expenses is by bringing a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity responsible for the accident. At Newman, Anzalone & Newman, our New York City personal injury lawyers have helped people maximize compensation for their injuries since 1978. We support our clients in many ways. For instance, we assist with the medical bills and lost wages of people who lack insurance, wanting our clients to receive the medical care and financial support that they need. If you need to bring a lawsuit following a car crash or another accident, you should contact us.Assert Your Right to Compensation for Your Injuries
Serious injuries can change your life. They can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, burns, broken bones, and disfigurement. In some cases, they may leave you without the ability to work at your job or at any job, unable to handle tasks of daily living, and unable to help your family. You may face substantial medical bills and need rehabilitation. After one family member suffers serious injuries, a household may be crippled financially. This is why it is so important to choose an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City who understands the stakes and understands how to build a strong case.
Devastating injuries can arise out of many different situations, including car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, or construction accidents. If they were caused by someone else, it is possible to sue that person or entity for damages. In most cases, you will need to establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence.
This means that you will need to show that it is more likely than not that the defendant owed a duty of care, and there was a breach of duty, in addition to actual and proximate causation and actual damages. For instance, if a defendant truck driver was distracted and ran a stop sign, crashing into you and causing a skull fracture and crushed limbs, your New York City personal injury attorney would likely be able to show that running the stop sign was a breach of duty that caused your fracture and crushing injuries.
In some states, a plaintiff being partially at fault for an accident can result in their being unable to pursue damages. In New York, the jury will assign percentages of fault to each party alleged to be at fault. Your damages will be reduced by an amount proportionate to your percentage of fault. Suppose, for example, that the jury finds that you were 10% at fault for a car accident because you were speeding, while another driver was 90% responsible, and your damages are $800,000. In that case, your damages will be reduced by $80,000.
There may be other elements that need to be proven, depending on the facts giving rise to the accident. For example, if you are injured because of an unsafe condition on property, you will need to prove the elements of a premises liability case, which include negligence. You will need to show that you were lawfully on the property, that the owner was negligent in handling a dangerous condition, and that the negligence caused your injuries. Showing an owner's negligence in such a case requires you to show that the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition but did not warn about it or repair it.Discuss Your Case with a Personal Injury Lawyer in New York City
After an accident, you may be dealing with serious injuries. It is possible to recover compensation for your losses if another person or entity was responsible for them. Newman, Anzalone & Newman provides effective legal representation in personal injury lawsuits. We advise victims in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Call us at 718-896-2700 or submit our online form.