Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer
Sustaining any unexpected injury can be difficult for many reasons. If you have been injured, you might not be prepared to pay for your medical treatment. Your injuries could also prevent you from earning an income if they are severe enough to keep you from working. Additionally, an injury can leave you struggling with non-economic challenges, such as pain and suffering.
You never want to be injured in a manner that disrupts your life. If you are, though, it is important to understand that you may be eligible for compensation.
Review your case with an attorney at Shulman & Hill to learn more about your legal options. Our Long Island personal injury lawyers will determine if you may have grounds to seek compensation. If you do, we are prepared to offer the aggressive representation you deserve. We offer free legal consultations so you can learn about your legal options. Call our firm at 516.613.3196 today.
How Our Long Island Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You
Personal injury cases can get complex, especially if you suffered severe injuries. You deserve to focus on your health and recovery after an accident. Letting us handle the legal legwork takes a great weight off your shoulders.
When we take on a personal injury case, we will tailor a legal strategy to suit your individual circumstances and seek fair compensation for your losses.
We can help by providing the following client-focused legal services:
Investigating Your Accident
We can conduct an independent investigation into the cause and contributing factors in your accident. We can gather various pieces of evidence, such as:
- Police reports
- Medical documents and bills
- Traffic surveillance and dashcam footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Photos of the damage from the accident, as well as the scene of the accident
We may also consult expert witnesses, such as accident reconstructionists, whose testimony may support your case. Trust that our Long Island personal injury team will get to the bottom of what happened and help gather evidence of another party’s negligence.
Handling the Paperwork
There’s an ample amount of paperwork associated with any personal injury case. Whether we file a claim or lawsuit, we will handle the fine details and clerical work. The last thing you want is to have a simple error compromise your case. You can focus on your health while we review, compile, and submit documents.
Negotiating for Fair Compensation
Our investigation will help us gather evidence of your losses, which includes both current and future losses. You shouldn’t be left footing the bill down the road for someone else’s negligence.
We can negotiate for the compensation you deserve and present the evidence of your losses to a judge or jury to seek a court-awarded offer.
Keeping You Updated on Your Case
We understand what your case means to you and your family. That’s why our Long Island personal injury lawyers will make themselves available to answer your questions and keep you up to date on any progress in your case.
We can explain each step of the legal process and help you navigate it. You will never be just another case file on our desks. We will give your case the attention it deserves and work toward the best possible outcome.
Damages Our Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers Can Pursue
Accident-related injuries can range from minor to severe, and some leave victims with a permanent impairment that requires years of treatment. You may miss work when healing from your injuries, and you may not be able to perform the same tasks when you do return.
Our Long Island personal injury team is ready to fight for damages to account for these losses. Every case is unique, so your potential compensation depends on the specifics of your accident-related injuries. For example, if they prevent you from engaging in daily tasks, they may warrant awards for in-home aid.
Take a look at some examples of the damages our legal team can pursue.
Past and Future Medical Expenses
If you had to stay in the hospital, undergo surgery, or have physical therapy sessions, we can seek compensation for these expenses. We may also pursue awards for:
- Diagnostic testing
- Emergency medical care
- Ongoing treatment
- Doctors’ visits, including specialists
- Rehabilitative therapy
Nothing is more important than your health. We are ready to fight so you can access the medical care you need without going into debt.
Pain and Suffering
Your injuries may have caused mental and emotional anguish during your recovery. We can assign a value to this non-economic loss. Your pain and suffering may warrant compensation, just like your financial losses.
Lost Income and Reduced Earning Capacity
Your lost income is another damage we can pursue in your case. It doesn’t stop there, though. We can also go after missed bonuses, benefits, and paid time off. If a permanent condition prevents you from making your pre-injury income, we can fight for reduced earning capacity.
We can use your wage statements and other documents to determine what fair compensation would look like in your case.
Medical Documentation Is Important to Your Long Island Personal Injury Case
Your medical documents will play a key role in your pursuit of compensation. They are key pieces of evidence that accurately reflect your accident-related losses. They can be especially helpful when seeking future medical expenses, as well. For example, a prognosis from a doctor can help us put a time frame on your recovery and understand which types of treatment you will require.
It’s important to see a doctor after an accident. Your health comes first, and delaying or forgoing medical treatment can worsen a condition. Plus, insurers may use your delayed response against you. They could also argue that you contributed to your losses and try to undervalue or deny your claim.
Protect your well-being and your case by seeking medical attention as soon as possible after an accident.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Act
You have a limited amount of time to take legal action against a liable party. According to CPLR § 214, you typically have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This isn’t a long time when you factor in all the tasks a lawyer undertakes to start a case. EPTL § 5-4.1 gives you even less time—generally two years—to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one in an accident.
The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can start building your case and comply with the statute of limitations.
Types of Long Island Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases come in many forms. The circumstances surrounding your injury will impact whether you can pursue compensation for your medical bills and related losses, as well as how you may go about doing so.
The following are among the most common types of personal injury cases:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
New York is a no-fault state. Long Island car accident victims can receive benefits from their own insurance policy for initial medical treatment and some economic losses, regardless of fault. However, if a negligent party caused your accident, such as another driver or a truck company, you may be able to pursue additional compensation for pain and suffering and related losses by filing a lawsuit.
The no-fault rule does not apply to motorcycle accidents. Injured motorcyclists can only seek compensation by filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver who may have caused their accident.
This highlights one of the many reasons it is wise to enlist the help of the lawyers at our Long Island personal injury law firm when pursuing compensation. If you do not have legal training and experience, you may not know the proper way to seek the compensation you might be entitled to recover.
Pedestrian Accidents and Bike Accidents
Motorists are not the only ones who may be involved in accidents while navigating Long Island’s roads. Cyclists and pedestrians can also be harmed if drivers are careless or reckless.
The injuries someone may sustain if they are involved in a Long Island pedestrian accident or bike accident can be quite severe. Pedestrians and cyclists are often more vulnerable to brain injuries, for example, than motorists because they do not have the protection the metal frame of a car or truck provides.
Premises Liability Cases
Property owners, property managers, and business owners have a legal duty to minimize the chances of anyone becoming hurt while on their property. Premises liability laws require such parties to take reasonable steps to keep employees, customers, and other guests safe.
“Reasonable” is a keyword here. Consider the following scenario: You are injured in an airport restaurant because you slipped on an item that had fallen to the floor. You might have grounds to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit against the restaurant owner. Whether you have the justification for filing a lawsuit will depend on certain factors.
Restaurant owners must train employees to keep an eye out for potential hazards. Any hazards that employees identify must be addressed in a timely manner. If it can be shown that an employee should have noticed and removed the item over which you tripped by the time your accident occurred, you may be eligible for compensation.
This is another reason to hire a Long Island personal injury attorney if you suspect you have grounds to seek compensation for losses resulting from someone else’s negligence. Proving a party was negligent and failed to act as a reasonable property owner would often requires a thorough understanding of the nuances of premises liability laws.
Accidents that occur when a worker is operating in the scope of their employment are unique when compared to other Long Island personal injury cases. If an accident was work-related, an injured party can typically seek compensation by filing a claim to collect from their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
They do not have to show another party’s negligence caused their accident to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, it is still important to seek representation from a Long Island workers’ compensation lawyer in these circumstances, as some insurers may try to deny valid claims.
Injured workers may also qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit if a party other than their employer (such as a property owner, general contractor, or subcontractor) caused their injury or illness. A personal injury lawsuit may result in additional compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Dogs and other types of pets have the potential to seriously injure others. Pet owners must take reasonable steps to prevent them from doing so, particularly if they have a history of violence. If you were injured as a result of a dog bite or animal attack on Long Island, review your case with a Long Island personal injury lawyer to learn if you may be able to seek compensation.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect are, unfortunately, more common than many realize. Some facilities may neglect residents by failing to regularly bathe, feed, or administer medications. Staff may also physically abuse residents.
If you suspect a loved one is the victim of such abuse, contact an attorney to ensure the liable parties are held accountable.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill for Your Long Island Personal Injury Case?
The examples listed here are just some of the types of cases our Long Island personal injury lawyers handle. Over the years, we have recovered more than $250 million for injured New Yorkers due to our dedicated and meticulous approach to each and every case.
To learn more about how we can help you, call us today at 516.613.3196 or contact us online for your free legal consultation.
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