Brooklyn has a population of 2.6 million, which makes it the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, and that also means that there is a greater likelihood of accidental injuries. In fact, in a collected data range from August, 2012 to March, 2018, there were 259,537 traffic accidents in Brooklyn alone. And car accidents only account for one way that people get hurt. When you combine other types of injuries like medical malpractice, slip and fall injuries, negligent security, et cetera, the injury data goes up.
Whether you’ve been injured in a car collision on the Brooklyn roadways, hurt on a train, or injured in a shop, your first priority has to be safety and getting medical attention. That may mean summoning first responders to the scene or taking an ambulance to the hospital. But as most people know, the costs of an emergency room visit can be astronomical. And that’s before you start factoring in medical tests, medication, lost wages, and your physical pain and suffering. After you’ve attended to your medical needs, you should contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in your particular type of accident. Personal injury attorneys, like the experienced litigators at the Law Firm of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP, offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency basis, which means that they only get paid if you collect a settlement or jury award.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should retain the services of a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer who has specific experience with your type of case. Some of the areas of practice that our firm has extensive litigation experience in include:
Even a minor rear-end accident can result in soft-tissue damage or whiplash, which can require a lengthy recovery period. A more serious crash might lead to life-altering injuries or even a wrongful death case. If you’ve been hurt in a car crash, you should act immediately. Physical evidence on the roadway or video surveillance footage may be lost with time, just as the memories of key witnesses can fade over time. The sooner your attorney is involved, the greater the likelihood that they will have access to the evidence they need to build a strong case for your recovery.
The term “slip and fall” not only refers to accidents where someone falls on a premise, but to most accidents that occur when a person is injured while visiting property that’s under the control of another. The owners or custodians of private property and public spaces have a responsibility to the safety of anyone they allow to visit. That means that floors should be free of substances or obstructions, electrical wires should be contained within the floors and walls, et cetera. Should a hazardous situation arise, the owner or manager should take measures to warn guests and to rectify the situation. If an injury occurs as a result of their negligence, their insurers should be held responsible for the claim.
When you go to a doctor or medical facility, you have the right to expect a certain minimum standard of professional care and to be advised of any known risks. Doctors, nurses, and hospitals usually can’t guarantee your recovery or improvement, but they also shouldn’t order unnecessary and potentially harmful procedures. They should also, furthermore, be competent in executing the treatments that they recommend. If you’ve been to a doctor or medical facility and you believe that their care made your condition worse or failed to help you improve, you may have a medical malpractice case against those doctors. Call a medical malpractice personal injury attorney today.
According to OSHA, 60% of construction fatalities were caused by falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. Construction accounts for one-in-five workplace deaths and it is the source of many, many more workplace injuries. Employers often attempt to alleviate their liability by claiming that construction workers are independent contractors, and therefore, aren’t entitled to the protections of a regular employee. Under New York state law, however, construction workers are considered employees unless they meet three very specific criteria:
In most cases, the construction worker is considered an employee of the contractor for purposes of liability and workplace injury litigation. If you’re injured while working in construction, contact an attorney immediately.
If you’re injured in a construction accident, you’re entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits, but that’s rarely enough. For construction workers, however, sections 240 and 241 of the New York code hold contractors and building owners accountable for the safety of their premises. Consequently, if a worker is injured on a jobsite, they can sue for additional damages for things like lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
The surviving family members of individuals who were killed in an accident can often pursue justice through the New York civil court system. Nothing can undo the pain of losing a loved one, but it’s important to hold the responsible parties accountable for such an egregious oversight.
For nearly 100 years, the New York City Law Firm of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff LLP has been assisting the victims of accidents in their fight for full compensation after an accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you deserve remuneration for your injuries and expenses. Call our Brooklyn law office to schedule a free consultation with a veteran attorney.