New York City Personal Injury Lawyers
It’s time to take your case seriously.
When you have been injured or have lost a loved one, you need professional support from a dedicated legal team. At Sullivan & Galleshaw we are on your side. Our two principal attorneys, collectively, have over 30 years of practical experience representing injury victims across the greater New York metropolitan area.
We recognize that no two cases are exactly alike, therefore our attorneys take an aggressive and strategic approach to help our clients fight for the justice and compensation they deserve. We handle a wide variety of claims to meet our clients’ diverse legal needs, and regularly represent plaintiffs in personal injury matters such as auto accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, workplace accidents, and wrongful death. We serve the residents of New York City, handling matters in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
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SO MANY CLIENTS CHOOSE SULLIVAN & GALLESHAW
The attorneys at Sullivan & Galleshaw have successfully resolved thousands of cases and are not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary.
History of Success
Our attorneys have collectively recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients.
Quick to Act
If you’ve been injured, time is of the essence. There are rules about when things must be filed and records must be maintained.
A HISTORY OF SUCCESSFUL RESULTS
At Sullivan & Galleshaw, we pride ourselves on a history of achieving positive outcomes for clients. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients across a variety of matters, such as car accidents, wrongful death, product liability and premises liability.
No matter what type of accident you’ve been injured in, the experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death and personal injury attorneys of Sullivan & Galleshaw can help. When you call us for a free and private case evaluation, we can discuss your claim in-depth and explore your legal options.
The client, a sanitation worker, fell over a pothole inside the depot yard; They required knee, wrist and elbow surgery. They were approved for ¾ pay and Social Security Disability Insurance.
What Our Clients Are Saying
“James did an excellent job handling my case. Whenever I had questions or concerns he was there with answers and guidance. I was very impressed with his knowledge of medical malpractice cases and thankful that he took the time to talk to me and explain everything to me. I would highly recommend that anyone who is having any issues with the law to contact him first. He will definitely guide you in the right direction.”- Medical Malpractice Client
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Over our many years practicing personal injury law, our highly experienced legal team has earned a reputation for excellence. Our attorneys have appeared on major media outlets such as Fox News and MSNBC . Our firm’s legal accomplishments have been profiled by the New York Law Journal, the Los Angeles Times, ESPN, and the Associated Press. We have won multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million, making us proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious organization which admits fewer than 1% of all attorneys in the United States. We were named Super Lawyers in 2011, and enjoy a perfect 10/10 Superb rating on national attorney database Avvo.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in NYC?
State laws known as “statutes of limitations” set a time limit on how long a victim has after their injury a victim to file a personal injury lawsuit. The purpose of these deadlines is to ensure justice is served by not allowing claims to move forward so long after relevant evidence has deteriorated or become lost or so long after witnesses die or their memories fade.
In New York, the general statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date the injury occurred. Failure to file your claim during that time frame could prohibit you from seeking compensation for any damages you incurred because of another person’s negligent conduct. Wrongful death claims have a much shorter deadline; surviving family members must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of death.
If your injury lawsuit is based on a medical malpractice claim, then the New York statute of limitations requires that the lawsuit be filed within two years and six months of the medical error. There are certain exceptions to this time restriction. If a patient is undergoing a series of treatments, then the statute of limitations might begin running from the time the malpractice occurred or from the date of the last treatment in the course of treatment. You should discuss the exact circumstances of your case with an experienced New York personal injury attorney. If the claim involves a surgical instrument left inside a patient after a procedure, then the patient has one year from the time the device was discovered or should have been discovered to file their claim.
How Long Do You Have to See a Doctor After Being Injured in NYC?
Personal injury cases often hinge on your medical evidence and testimony. If you have suffered an injury in any type of accident, such as a vehicle crash or a slip and fall, it is highly recommended that you see a doctor immediately. You should never wait more than three days to seek medical attention. Most insurance companies will regard anything longer than 72 hours as an unreasonable delay. Even if you believe your injury is minor, it is possible there are unseen complications and injuries that make your case much more serious.
Waiting too long could also jeopardize your case with a New York jury. If you wait days or weeks to seek treatment, a jury could easily find that your injuries were either not severe enough to get treatment or that they were actually caused by something that happened after the accident. Additionally, you should typically seek medical care before meeting with a personal injury attorney. Often, meeting with a lawyer first could give the impression that your legal claim is more important than your health.
Once you have sought medical attention, it is crucial to continue with any prescribed treatments and to keep any doctor’s appointments. A personal injury claim is usually as strong as the medical evidence presented. If you miss appointments or fail to follow through with treatment, you could decrease the chances of a successful outcome.
Do You Need an Attorney for Your Injury Case?
While, legally, you do not need an attorney to handle your personal injury claim, not having a lawyer can harm your case in many ways. From a practical standpoint, your main focus should be your physical recovery, not learning the ins and outs of personal injury law. A lawyer can handle those aspects of the case for you while you heal.
If you are dealing directly with an insurance company, it is crucial to understand that they have actuaries, accountants, and attorneys working on their behalf to reduce costs. Insurance providers are not working to offer you a significant or even a fair compensation amount. Calculating the value of a personal injury claim is more than adding up receipts for medical services. Without knowing the real value of your claim, including unclear damages such as payments for emotional distress, it is impossible to evaluate any settlement offer the insurance company presents. A knowledgeable attorney will thoroughly calculate what your case is worth. Insurance companies may also attempt to have you sign away certain rights. You should speak with an attorney before agreeing to any settlement or signing any document from an insurance provider.
Personal injury law, as with every other legal discipline, is complicated and nuanced. If you do not have proper representation, then you are likely to make critical mistakes or miss important deadlines that could negatively impact your case. An experienced personal injury attorney understands the law as well as what is required to bring a personal injury claim successfully. From the gathering and presenting of relevant evidence to securing expert medical testimony, a personal injury attorney has the skill, tools, and resources necessary to work towards your best possible outcome.
Do Not Speak to the Insurance Company Until You Speak an Attorney
First, reporting an accident to an insurance company and speaking with an insurance company are two different matters. You are supposed to inform your insurance provider of an accident or potential claim after some types of accidents. However, any statements you give to your provider or another insurance company are recorded and could be used against you in a subsequent lawsuit. When providing information to an insurance company, it should be basic facts without any admissions or editorial comments.
It is to your benefit to retain the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the process of negotiating with any insurance provider. Having a skilled attorney working on your behalf will help ensure that your rights and interests are protected and that you do not offer any statements or information that could reduce your potential compensation.
Insurance companies are not always working with your best interest in mind. They have lawyers, accountants, and actuaries working to ensure the amount they are required to pay is as low as possible. A knowledgeable attorney will calculate the value of your claim and evaluate the merits of your case to reach an appropriate settlement amount. Without a real understanding of what your case is worth, you cannot make an informed decision regarding a settlement offer. Under some circumstances, your attorney might advise you to accept a settlement offer to save the time and expense of trial. Under other circumstances, your case needs to go to trial to vindicate your right and get you the compensation you need. It is important to note that once you have settled, you can no longer seek additional compensation for any injuries or further damages that might arise, so talk to a lawyer before accepting anything.