Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer
Many people seem to think that severe, catastrophic injuries are something that only happens to other people. Perhaps it is something of a defense mechanism. That is, it is extremely difficult to think about our own mortality and the ease in which our bodies can suffer severe, potentially permanent damage. It is certainly true that engaging in risky activities can increase a person’s odds of suffering a serious injury, but the fact of the matter is that every living being can experience a severe injury. In some instances, that injury may even be the result of another person’s disregard for other’s health and safety through reckless or careless acts like drunk driving, dropping objects from a multi-story building, or simply failing to perform maintenance on their sidewalks or property.
While a severe injury is never good news, the silver lining to the situation may be that under New York law you can file legal action to hold the careless, negligent, or reckless party financially liable for your injuries. Such action places blame where it belongs and places a cost on activities that are likely or expected to harm another person. The experienced personal injury attorneys of Sullivan & Galleshaw can fight to secure the compensation your need to treat your severe injuries and cover your other losses.
What Types of Damages Are Available in Brooklyn, New York Personal Injury Lawsuits?
The types and amounts of damages you may be entitled to are subject to a fact-specific determination of the type or types of injuries you suffered, the injury’s severity, and the losses you experienced due to the injury. In most personal injury actions where there is a recovery, the largest part of the damages are known as compensatory damages. Compensatory damages, as the name suggests, are intended to compensate the injury victim for his or her losses. Typically, compensable damages include:
- Pain and suffering for past, present, or future physical pain
- Doctor’s bills
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages due to the injury
- Lost future earning potential
- Property damage
- Costs for physical therapy or other forms of rehabilitation
- Costs for assistive devices
- Costs for or medical devices
In certain situations where the conduct was reckless, wanton, or malicious the court may elect to impose punitive damages. Punitive damages are relatively rare, but can be imposed when a court wishes to send a message that such conduct or behavior is unacceptable.
Lawyers Handle an Array of Injury Claims
The experienced personal injury attorney of Sullivan & Galleshaw are proud to help injury victims in an array of circumstances. Regardless of the source of your injury, there is a good chance that our experienced team has handled similar matters in the past. Some of the areas we can work to recover compensation you are entitled to include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Car accidents
- Bike accidents
- Bus & subway accidents
- MTA, Amtrak, LIRR, & NJ Transit injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Fallen object injuries
- Burn injuries
- Injuries due to a medical mistake
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Additionally our practice is proud to pursue compensation for injuries caused by defectively design products, defectively manufactured products, and other problems with consumer goods. If your injury was caused by an object dropped off a skyscraper or a product that fell off of a retail shelf, the personal injury lawyers of Sullivan & Galleshaw can fight for you.
Is There a Time Limit on My Injury Claim?
Yes, in order to encourage people to settle their claims while evidence is available and memories remain relatively fresh, there is a time limit on personal injury actions in New York. In general, an injured person is generally required to bring suit within three years of his or her injury. However, there are certain scenarios where that time limit is reduced. For instance, medical malpractice claims must be brought within 2.5 years from the date of the malpractice or the end of the treatment relationship. A wrongful death claim has a two year window. In short, it is never advisable to “wait and see.” If you believe you have a claim, the time to address it is now.
Rely on our Personal Injury Experience in Brooklyn
Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to securing the compensation you need to recover from your severe injuries and to be made whole from your other losses. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation with a Sullivan & Galleshaw attorney call us at 877-311-HURT or contact us online today.
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