Queens Personal Injury Lawyer
An injury can happen at any moment in any place. You can get injured on the job, in your home, or even on the road. Often times, injuries are caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person or business. The injuries you sustain can be severe. They can prevent you from going to work, lead to expensive medical bills, and require long-term treatments.
It’s easy to see how serious injuries can lead to financial difficulty. Unanticipated medical bills can cause you to take on debt and experience stress as you have to pay for unplanned expenses. Fortunately, New York law allows for injured individuals to recover compensation for expenses related to an injury caused by negligence. Our Queens personal injury lawyers may be able to help you get necessary compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and more.
Often times the person or business responsible for your injury, or the insurance companies that represent them, will try to deflect or shift blame to avoid paying out compensation. At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, we are committed to representing your best interests and fighting for victims of serious accidents that could have been avoided.
With a Queens personal injury lawyer at your side, you can improve your chances of getting the compensation you need.
Types of Queens, NY Injury Claims We Handle
Negligence can take many forms. An inattentive driver can cause an accident that leads to serious or permanent injury. Unsafe or lacking safety protocols can cause serious injuries at construction worksites. A defective product can cause serious harm due to malfunction or lack of safety testing.
Injuries can truly happen anywhere in any situation. Our law firm handles many different types of injury claims, including:
- Car Accidents: This includes any motor vehicle accident involving semi-trucks, commercial vehicles, MTA subway accidents, motorcycles, Uber and other ridesharing accidents, as well as taxi accidents. We also represent pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Premises Liability Claims: Property owners in Queens have a duty to either keep their property safe and free from hazards that can injure a visitor, or, to warn visitors about foreseeable dangers. Examples of potential negligent actions that can lead to a premise’s liability claim include poor lighting, unplowed snow, unstable staircases, and broken sections of sidewalk.
- Medical Malpractice: Doctors and other medical professionals can sometimes act negligently leading to significant medical harm. Generally, a medical practitioner commits medical malpractice if they fail to uphold the standard of care that is common within their field of expertise. Some examples of medical malpractice and negligence include prescription errors, surgical errors, and anesthesia injuries.
- Defective Products: Defective products can cause serious injuries due to explosions, chemical burns, or other types of malfunction. Because there are many different parties involved in designing and selling products, there may be multiple parties that can be held liable for your injury.
- Work Accidents. If you’ve been injured at your job in a construction accident or due to chemical exposure, we may be able to prove negligent behavior of your employer such as lack of safety protocols or training.
At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, we understand that no two cases are the same. If you believe you’ve been injured due to negligent behavior in a way not discussed above, we still may be able to help. Contact our office to discuss your unique situation and what your options are.
How The Attorneys At Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP Can Help You?
The goal of our Queens injury law firm is to help restore stability to you and your family after an injury. We know injuries disrupt normal life and cause untold amounts of stress. That’s why we pursue fair compensations for all direct and indirect expenses, including lost wages from being unable to work, past medical expenses, and anticipated future medical expenses.
Our attorneys will work to establish liability and prove that your injuries were caused by negligent action of another entity. We work to anticipate potential defenses and build a strong argument about who is at fault through investigation and research.
We investigate the merits of your claim and build an argument. We negotiate with the at-fault party and any relevant insurance companies to try and get a settlement outside of the court system. If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we can escalate pursue a lawsuit in the court system and litigate on your behalf.
Why Choose Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP As Your Queens Injury Lawyer?
Our law firm has a earned a reputation for excellence. We’ve helped injury victims across Queens and the greater New York metropolitan area. Besides this, our two principal attorneys, collectively, have over 30 years of practical experience representing personal injury victims.
Furthermore, we understand no two cases are the same, so we customize our approach to each and every case. Your case deserves individual attention and analysis.
While past results do not indicate future success, our case results and client reviews can be useful metrics of our experience.
Get Help With Your Injury Claim Today
Taking action as soon as you can is key to building a strong case. Delaying can cause crucial evidence to be lost or cause doubts about the extent of your injuries. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation. We can help determine whether you have a strong case and outline what your legal options are and what your next steps should be. Call us now at 718-843-0300 or fill out the contact form near the bottom of this page.
We are a local law firm and help individuals throughout Queens, including the following boroughs and neighborhoods: Astoria, Bayside, Briarwood, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Corona, Sunnyside, Woodhaven, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims in Queens, NY
Is there a limit to how much I can recover?
Generally, the limit to how much you can recover is dictated by the assets of the at-fault party or the policy limits of their insurance policy. Our attorneys can help you determine whether it’s worth pursuing a claim.
How long do I have to file an injury claim in Queens, NY?
New York has different “statutes of limitations” depending on the injury. For medical malpractice claims, you have two years and six months after the malpractice for filing a claim. For most other injuries, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident.
How is an injury claim valued?
Personal injury victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain & suffering. Since no two cases are the exact same, each case requires individual calculations regarding past medical expenses, future anticipated medical expenses, disfigurement, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and more. Our attorneys will look at the unique factors of your case to calculate the amount of compensation we will seek on your behalf.
Can I Sue More Than One Defendant?
Many personal injury cases involve claims against more than one defendant. A personal injury attorney in Queens can help you to determine who is liable and whether you may be able to seek damages from more than one party.
Should I File an Insurance Claim or a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Whether you should file an insurance claim or a lawsuit after a personal injury will depend upon the type of case and the circumstances surrounding it. For example, if you were injured in a motor vehicle collision and you were driving a car or riding as a vehicle occupant, you will likely need to file an insurance claim first through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage due to New York’s no-fault insurance law. Differently, with a medical malpractice case, for example, you might begin the process of seeking compensation by filing a lawsuit.
You should ultimately have a personal injury lawyer in Queens assess your case to determine the best path forward.
How Does New York’s No-Fault Law Affect Personal Injury Lawsuits in Auto Accident Cases?
As a no-fault insurance state, any personal injuries arising out of auto accidents usually require the injured person to seek compensation initially through their PIP coverage. To be clear, all injured persons, regardless of fault, will file first-party insurance claims to start. If an injured person cannot obtain full compensation by filing an auto insurance claim, they can be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party only if they meet what is known as the “serious injury threshold.”
In no-fault states like New York, it is necessary to prove that your injuries are sufficiently serious to warrant a lawsuit. A lawyer can assess your case and your injuries to determine whether you are likely to meet New York’s serious injury threshold.
What Types of Damages Can I Seek in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In personal injury lawsuits, an injured person can typically seek two kinds of compensatory damages that are intended to compensate that person for their losses. Compensatory damages include economic damages (which compensate for direct losses, or objective losses, such as lost wages and medical bills) and non-economic damages (which compensate for subjective losses that do not have a set or agreed-upon dollar amounts, such as a person’s pain and suffering or their loss of enjoyment of life). In personal injury cases where the defendant acted with malice or with egregious recklessness, it may be possible to seek punitive damages.
This type of damages award is not intended as compensation, but rather as punishment for the defendant.
Is There a Cap on Damages?
There is no damages cap in New York, even for punitive damages. You should know that damages caps are determined by state law. As such, any damages caps you learn about in other states do not apply to your Queens personal injury lawsuit.
Is My Claim Based On Negligence or Strict Liability?
Negligence and strict liability are two theories under which to file a personal injury lawsuit. Most personal injury lawsuits are negligence claims, but certain types of personal injury lawsuits, like product liability or dog bite cases, may be strict liability claims.
ABOUT SULLIVAN & GALLESHAW
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.
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