New York is a No-Fault car insurance state in which not every car accident results in litigation. In cases where no one involved was hurt or if the injuries were minor, the No-Fault laws typically dictate how claims are handled.
After a no-fault claim is filed with your insurance agency, only those who meet the requirements of New York’s serious injury threshold may file third-party insurance claims or lawsuits against the at-fault driver.
Slip and fall is when a person acquires an injury from slipping and falling while lawfully on another person’s property due to the owner’s negligence. In the event of a slip & fall accident, you will have to prove that:
In the state of New York, a claim for wrongful death requires proof of: a death, if it was caused by the wrongful conduct of the defendant, if giving rise to a cause of action the deceased could have pursued in court if death had not occurred, survival by one or more persons who have suffered a loss as the result of the death, and damages the estate can recover.
Damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
When manufactured correctly, prescription and over-the-counter drugs can improve your health and life. But when manufactured or marketed incorrectly, serious or deadly injuries and/or side effects can occur.
Whether the drugs themselves were defective or unsafe, your doctor prescribed the wrong medication, a mistake was made when filling your prescription, your medication causes a bad reaction to other medications you are taking, or you simply were not made aware of potential side effects that can cause harm, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice, negligence, or personal injury claim.
Drug companies spend a lot of time and money developing and manufacturing their products and oftentimes have teams of attorneys to defend themselves in case of consumer injuries. Hiring an experienced lawyer can make all the difference in proving that you or your loved one’s injury was caused by negligence or a defective product.
This area deals with the personal injury and wrongful death cases resulting from construction accidents, as well as the safety laws, regulations and standards governing the construction industry. There are legal protections and regulations in place under New York State law to protect workers, however many times they are ignored and ineffective, which can lead to physical injuries as well as financial losses. In these instances, the construction company, contractor, site owner, equipment manufacturers, and many more may be held liable for the accident.
Those injured have the potential to file two cases or claims: one being a workers compensation claim, and the other being a lawsuit where one can be compensated for loss of earnings and benefits.
In the case of a construction accident, take the following steps to protect your health and future:
Truck accident law covers personal injuries sustained by occupants of a passenger vehicle as a result of a collision with a commercial freight truck, also known as an 18-wheeler or "big rig." Liability in these cases is premised on the doctrine of negligence. Multiple laws will apply since the negligent party is a professional truck driver. These include traffic laws and civil liability rules, as well as regulations of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Truck accident cases are oftentimes more complicated and challenging than car accident cases, especially when you take them on by yourself. Although New York is a no-fault auto insurance state, this does not apply to accidents in which commercial trucks are involved. It is possible and common to receive compensation from the truck company and/or truck driver directly.
Pedestrian accidents have the unfortunate possibility of causing serious injuries. New York is a no-fault auto insurance state, so a pedestrian who was involved in an accident is entitled to a no-fault claim regardless of fault.
No-fault claims will cover up to $50,000 worth of hospital and medical bills, prescription drugs, imaging, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests, as well as damages for pain and suffering if you are seriously injured. However, if your loss is greater than the $50,000 covered by no-fault insurance, then you can submit a personal injury claim.
Trains and subways are an important part of transportation in New York and especially in New York City. If you or a loved one has been involved in a train crash, derailment, or any other accident involving trains or subways, you may be entitled to recover losses caused by the accident.
Causes of railroad accidents and derailments include:
Industrial injuries can happen to anyone in the manufacturing industry whose job entails mechanical, chemical, or hand-made processes. These accidents are likely to occur when around or while using heavy machinery. All work sites are required to follow specific safety measures in order to prevent injury, however, if these measures are ignored or ineffective then the safety of you and everyone else at the work site is at risk.
If you are injured as a result of ineffective or ignored safety measures, then you may qualify for workers’ compensation or for a negligence claim against your work site, equipment manufacturers, or other third parties who may have led to causing your accident.
In the case of an industrial accident, take the following steps to protect your health and future:
Defective products that do not or cannot perform their intended use can cause all types of issues and injuries. All product manufacturers, designers, and distributors in the US are required legally to ensure that the products they create and sell are in no way defective or pose any wrongful injury to consumers using their products. In the state of New York, you have up to three years to file a product liability claim if you believe that your injuries were caused by a defective product.
For a product liability claim to be successful, it is necessary to prove that the product was defective and evidence such as medical records, photographs of the injury and product, and other damages be recorded.
Typical product liability claims include:
A premises accident is when a person gets injured while lawfully on another person’s property due to the owner’s negligence. These injuries are typically caused by slip, trip, and fall situations or when the property owner’s negligence causes unsafe conditions for others.
In the event of a premises accident, you will have to prove that:
Injuries that occur as a result of medical negligence or negligence may qualify you for a medical malpractice lawsuit in which you are entitled to recovering pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of earnings as a result of your injury.
In order to file a complaint in a medical malpractice case in the state of New York, an expert physician must be consulted in order to review whether or not there is a reasonable cause to pursue the malpractice case.
Examples of medical negligence includes, but is not limited to:
In the state of New York, those who have suffered, the plaintiff, have sixty days to file a notice of medical malpractice action with the clerk of the Court.
Those who have been injured or become ill as a direct result of their job may be entitled to workers’ compensation, which is insurance that provides benefits and/or medical care to employees who have been injured or become ill. In a workers’ compensation case, the amount that the injured party receives is not linked to who was at fault in the accident. However, if the injured party was injured as a result of being intoxicated or the intent to injure themself or someone else, then the worker loses their right to workers’ compensation.
In the case that you are injured while on the job or become ill as a direct result of your job, you must: