After you have been injured in an accident or as the result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings if you are unable to work, and for monetary damages for your pain and suffering. The Law Firm of Andrew R. Leder, Esq., PLLC has years of experience in representing clients who have been seriously injured, and we will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Under New York law, property owners are charged with keeping their premises in a safe condition in view of all circumstances, including the likelihood of injury to others, the potential seriousness of such injury, and the burden of avoiding the risk of harm. For example, a store owner must make sure that the aisles in his store are free from obstructions or defects, and a municipality must repair defects in its sidewalks if it has received written notice of such defects.
It is difficult to determine how long it will take to resolve any given personal injury case. Each case is unique; therefore it is simply not possible to say with any certainty how long your case will take. A personal injury case may settle in a few months, without a lawsuit or trial. On the other hand, some cases can take years to complete.
You should bring any medical records that you have obtained from the doctor or hospital you believe has committed malpractice, as well as any other medical records you have from doctors that you have treated with since the malpractice. You should bring any photographs, correspondence, or documents relevant to the malpractice. It is also often helpful to bring a spouse, family member or friend who was with you while you were in the hospital or going through the treatment, because they may be able to provide certain details that you don’t remember or were not aware of.
The answer is yes. New York is a comparative fault state, whick means that even if you are partly to blame for an accident, you are not prevented from filing a claim for your injuries, or collecting compensation for them. While every case is different, the general rule is that if you are partially at fault, the court will generally reduce your maximum possible award by the percentage of your fault. For example, if your injuries are determined by a jury to have a value of $1,000,000 and you are 30% at fault, your award will be reduced by 30%, or $300,000. Your net award will be $700,000 .
Of course, the possibility that you are at fault introduces a complicating factor to your case, which is why it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney. At The Law Firm of Andrew R. Leder, Esq., PLLC, we will work tirelessly to get you the maximum recovery you are entitled to.
In New York, most personal injury attorneys are paid on what is called a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney is not paid unless your case is settled or a jury awards you money. In most cases, our firm will pay all expenses associated with the case, and these expenses are paid back to us after the case is successfully resolved. This means that you never have to pay anything out of pocket, and if there is no recovery, you will not have to repay any expenses or any legal fees whatsoever. If you have questions about contingency fees, contact The Law Firm of Andrew R. Leder, Esq., PLLC.
In New York, there are strict time limits, or statutes of limitations, for bringing lawsuits, depending upon the type of case. With some exceptions, for an adult over the age of 18, the statute of limitations in cases involving negligence (car accidents, trip and fall cases, etc.) is three (3) years. For cases involving medical malpractice, the statute of limitations is two and half (2 1/2) years from the last date of treatment by the defendant medical provider. Failure to file a lawsuit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations may prevent you from ever bringing your case to court. Our office will let you know immediately if your case falls within the applicable statute of limitations.
There are very strict State and Federal laws regarding the care and treatment of nursing home patients. The violation of these laws will subject the nursing home to liability for things such as bed sores, unexplained injuries and sexual assaults of patients. If you believe that a loved one has been abused or injured at a nursing home, you should contact The Law Firm of Andrew R. Leder, Esq., PLLC immediately.
Every case is different, and until we have thoroughly investigated your case, it would be unfair to you as the client to give you a dollar amount that may not have any relationship to your actual case.
There are many factors which affect the value of a case, including the extent and permanence of your injuries, your ability to return to work, degree of fault (to name just a few) and until we have had an opportunity to complete our investigation, we cannot give you an answer to this question that is anything more than a guess.