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Long Island Personal Injury Attorney
Accidents happen in an instant, and they can be life-changing. A car accident or slip and fall can result in serious injuries that incur high medical bills and leave you unable to work, so you cannot pay those expenses. New York law provides accident victims with the right to recover damages when they have been hurt by another person’s negligence. However, filing a personal injury claim is often quite complex and there are many laws that will govern your case. A knowledgeable Long Island personal injury attorney from Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. can help you navigate the system so you can recover the full amount of damages you deserve.
Why Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You are not required to work with a personal injury lawyer after being hurt in an accident. However, there are many reasons why you should. When working with one of our attorneys on your claim, we will:
- Review your case free of charge
- Only charge a fee if you win
- Conduct an investigation to determine who was at fault
- Collect evidence to prove your case
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Represent you at trial, if necessary
After an accident, a Long Island personal injury attorney will act as your advocate, protect your rights and always work in your best interests.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
Accidents can happen in a number of ways. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims include:
Car accidents happen every day in Long Island, and there are many laws and regulations governing them. It is important to speak to a lawyer that will understand those laws and how they apply to your case.
Negligent property owners, occupiers, and managers can allow a property to fall into disrepair and cause a number of accidents. Slips and falls are the most common of these. Accident victims can hold the negligent party liable for paying fair compensation.
The subway offers a convenient way for people in Long Island to travel to Manhattan and other parts of New York City. Unfortunately, accidents still occur that injure passengers, individuals on platforms, and even sometimes innocent bystanders.
Truck accidents are not like other auto accidents. They are much more serious and complex. It is always advised to work with a knowledgeable attorney for these cases.
Consumers are hurt by the products they use every day. When they are, they can hold manufacturers liable.
When doctors act negligently, it is known as medical malpractice. These claims are particularly difficult to prove, so it is important to speak to a lawyer who has the experience they require.
Accidents that happen on a construction site are very complex. While workers’ compensation is available, injured individuals may also be able to file a third-party personal injury claim.
Catastrophic injuries are life-changing and may include disfigurement, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries. Although catastrophic injuries can never be undone, victims can seek compensation to help deal with the significant financial costs of them.
Nursing home owners and staff members must always care for and support their residents. Unfortunately, too often they fail to meet that duty, and nursing home residents become harmed as a result.
Personal injury accidents are sometimes so serious the victim does not survive it. When a wrongful death occurs, surviving loved ones can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
The above are just a few of the most common types of personal injury claims in Long Island. Any time you are injured due to the negligence of another person, you can likely file a claim to secure the compensation you deserve.
Statute of Limitations on Long Island Personal Injury Claims
New York, like all other states, places a statute of limitations on all personal injury claims. The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file your claim.
Most personal injury cases have a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions:
- Medical malpractice claims have a statute of limitations of two years and six months, or 30 months. Even with these types of claims, there are many unique exceptions that may extend or shorten the amount of time you have to file. A Long Island personal injury attorney can explain what these are and help you file your claim in a timely manner.
- Wrongful death claims also have a different statute of limitations than other personal injury cases. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, you have two years from the date of death to file your claim.
The statute of limitations is very important in any personal injury case. If the statute of limitations expires, you will forfeit your right to compensation. Many people think that three years, or even two years, is a long time but it is not. Before your claim is filed, an investigation must typically be conducted and evidence may be collected to prove your case. The process is not a quick one and it takes time to collect the necessary documents and records to strengthen your case.
This is just one reason why you should speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after any accident. An attorney will ensure your claim is filed on time and take the necessary steps to protect your case.
Get Legal Help Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt by the negligence of another person, our Long Island personal injury attorneys at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. can help with your claim. We know how to prove someone else is liable for your injuries, and we work tirelessly to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.