The Marcowitz Law Firm has represented clients in a variety of personal injury cases, such as:
- Slip and Fall Accidents – If you’ve been hurt after slipping and falling on private, commercial, or government property, we can help determine who may be legally responsible and advise you about any compensation you may be eligible to receive for medical treatment and other expenses.
- Car Accidents – The city that never sleeps has a lot of activity on its streets, from cars and trucks to motorcycles, taxis, buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians. We’ll help you sort through the no-fault coverage under the insurance law and gauge whether more serious injuries meet the state’s threshold for pursuing additional compensation.
- Wrongful Death – If a loved one has died because of the fault of another person or entity, such as a driver, product manufacturer or municipality, survivors may be able to seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, and lost companionship. Wrongful death claims can cover all kinds of situations from medical malpractice to car accidents to drunk driving crashes and more.
- Firefighter Injuries – Firefighters have significant legal protections that allow them to seek compensation from a property owner if they’re injured at a site that’s in violation of housing and building codes, among other statutes.
- Construction Site Accidents – In certain situations, New York State Labor Law allows for construction workers and similar laborers to seek damages beyond workers’ compensation insurance if certain safety measures aren’t in place, such as secured railings on scaffolding.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Falls, acts of violence, and recreational activities are among the leading causes of spinal cord injuries, which tend to cause some paralysis and affect different bodily functions such as the respiratory system and bowel and bladder control. Damages in these cases tend to include not just lost earnings but current and ongoing medical expenses, adaptive equipment, home and vehicle modifications for accessibility, and physical and occupational therapy.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Similar to cases involving spinal cord injuries, compensation in these cases may include medical expenses, adaptive equipment, physical and occupational therapy, recreational therapy, vocational counseling, and pain and suffering, in addition to lost wages.
- NYCHA Lead Paint Poisoning – Residents of New York City Housing Authority apartments, including families with young children, learned in 2017 that they are in danger of lead paint poisoning after a city investigation revealed that the housing agency had failed to conduct mandatory inspections for lead-based paint for years. Even the dust from chipped and flaking lead-based paint can cause health issues such as developmental difficulties, seizures, weight loss, headaches, and abdominal pain.
- FELA Cancer Cases – If you or a relative is a railroad worker, you may be eligible under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) to file a claim against a railroad company for failure to protect against exposure to diesel fumes, sand dust, solvents, asbestos, and job-related toxins.
Compensation Available Through a New York Personal Injury Claim
Compensation for personal injury claims varies depending on the type of case and the claimant. In a NYCHA Lead Paint Poisoning case, for instance, damages may differ depending on whether the person affected is a child or an adult.
That said, compensation in general applies to lost wages and medical expenses. A personal injury case also might include damages for pain and suffering. For injuries that cause lasting impairments, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, also allow for compensation related to changes in the person’s quality of life.
A personal injury attorney can discuss potential compensation related to your circumstances in detail.
How to Protect Your Rights after an Accident
Regardless of how you’re injured, you should seek medical attention right away. Some injuries, such as those from slip and fall accidents or car accidents, can take days or weeks to manifest and can be risky if untreated, particularly in people older than 65. Let a physician examine you thoroughly.
Keep records and receipts of all your care, and don’t miss any follow-up medical appointments.
You’ll also want to do the following to support any potential claim for damages:
- Document the incident. Report what happened to a business or property owner or manager, or call the police. An incident or police report establishes certain facts of when your injury occurred. Be sure to get a copy of any report.
- Document the area. If you’re not too injured to do so, take photographs of the scene from several angles. With an auto accident, also take pictures of any vehicle damage, skid marks, and road conditions.
- Collect contact information from witnesses. Police often will jot down witness information at a traffic crash, but it’s also helpful to do so yourself, if you’re able. At other incidents, be sure to ask anyone who saw what occurred for their contact information.
- Don’t give a recorded statement to an insurance representative. This applies largely to vehicle accidents but again relates to any possible injuries. If you haven’t been examined by a doctor, don’t readily answer, “I’m fine” when an insurance representative asks how you are. Such a casual statement may make connecting your injury to a particular incident difficult later.
How the Marcowitz Law Firm Can Help
Because of his years of experience practicing law in New York City, Edward Marcowitz is familiar with a wide range of personal injury circumstances and the many twists that these cases can sometimes take. He and his skilled staff are glad to assist you with a consultation and help you decide which action you’d like to take in your personal injury case. Please call us or contact us online now for a free claim review and advice about your best legal options.
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