Amusement Park Accidents
Amusement park accidents occur more often than you might expect. While some of the accidents result in severe injuries others result in rider and bystander fatalities. If an amusement park’s negligence leads to an accident – whether it be a roller coaster accident or a slip and fall accident – the people injured in those accidents may be entitled to compensation from the amusement park owners.
There are two basic types of amusement rides – mobile and fixed-site.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an amusement park accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Auto accidents occur everyday. While some car accidents result in minor injuries and damage to vehicles, others are extremely serious and can result in totaled vehicles and deaths of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Auto accident victims who have suffered personal injury may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, permanent disfigurement, dismemberment, wrongful death, scarring, loss of opportunity to enjoy life, interference with marital and/or parental relationships, and other damages.
You may also recover “special” damages, such as past, present and future medical bills, wage loss, loss of earnings potential and other out-of-pocket expenses. Some states also require that certain “no-fault” benefits be paid following a traffic accident. This type of benefit may serve to pay a portion of lost wages and medical bills.
Auto accident victims may have a right to compensation for their injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help an injured party by providing information regarding the practical and legal aspects of personal injury law and auto accident claims.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
While statistics seem to suggest that bicycling is safe, there are still significant risks associated with riding a bicycle. The number of fatalities resulting from bicycle accidents constitutes two percent of all vehicle-related fatalities. Furthermore, head injuries represent an overwhelming majority of the injuries sustained in bicycle accidents.
The most common cause of bike accidents is motorist or rider error; environmental hazards such as uneven pavement or potholes, and bicycle mechanical failure or defect are also causes. Whatever the cause of the accident, the injuries can be severe. Injuries sustained due to a bicycle accident can include: strains, fractures, and dislocations, facial and dental trauma, neck and back trauma, head injury, long-term or permanent disability and even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in a bicycle accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses and suffering. An experienced attorney can help you recover damages lost as a result of a bicycle accident.
A birth injury is an impairment of the infant’s body function or structure due to adverse influences that occurred at birth. Birth injuries are usually the result of trauma suffered by an infant during labor and delivery. Typically, birth injury is due to delivery complications. Birth injuries may range from something as innocuous as a small bruise, to something as serious as permanent injury or brain damage.
Improper use of forceps is a common cause of birth injury; this could result in a serious injury. In attempting to dislodge a baby’s shoulder, a physician may apply improper traction on the baby’s head thus causing it harm. Birth injuries may also occur as a result of oxygen deprivation or improper positioning in the womb.
Mild birth injury is fairly common. Deliveries that are complicated can result in substantial harm suffered by the infant or mother. A delivery medical team should monitor the mother and child throughout labor and delivery in order to be aware of any complications that may develop.
If your child or someone you know sustained a birth injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Boating accidents are often due to negligence and can result in serious injuries, even death. There are many types of boating accidents that can occur, including capsizing due to overcrowding on a boat or failure to follow weather precautions. Boating accidents can occur during recreational activities like water skiing or jet skiing and even fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. On a larger scale boating accidents can even occur with cruise ships, navy vessels, or maritime workers. Regardless of the type of boating accident involved, an attorney who handles personal injury law can help recover any damages lost as a result of the accident.
In the event of a death from a boating accident, the survivors can file a wrongful death suit. Boating accident injuries can result in severe financial difficulties due to medical bills, treatment, and boat and property damage created by the boating accident. There is a statute of limitations for filing a boating accident report so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
Even if injuries from the boating accident appear minor it is advised to seek a medical evaluation. It is important to avoid making any statements or signing any papers pertaining to the boating accident without first seeking legal counsel from a qualified lawyer.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a boat accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Acquired Brain Injury refers to damage or destruction of brain tissue due to trauma or a wide range of medical conditions (i.e. anoxia, poisoning or aneurysms). It does not include disabilities from neurological impairments that may occur at or before birth such as cerebral palsy. Acquired Brain Injury is an impairment of brain functioning that can be physically or psychologically verified. Common causes of acquired brain injury are brain lesions caused by traumas such as falls, and sports injuries. Brain lesions can also be due to internal problems such as tumors, aneurysms, or infections of the brain such as encephalitis. Another cause of acquired brain injury is ingestion of toxic substances due to either alcohol or drug abuse or exposure to toxic chemicals. It can also be caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head, as a result of an assault, a car crash, a fall or similar incidents. Even a “minor” injury can result in cognitive, emotional and physical impairments.
If you or someone you know has a brain injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
A burn is an injury to the skin and tissues of the body caused by heat, electricity, chemicals or radiation. Roughly two million people in the United States suffer burn injuries each year, resulting in 300,000 serious injuries and 6,000 deaths.
Chemical burns result from the conversion of chemical energy to thermal energy. They are caused by tissue exposure to a strong acid or alkali, such as phosphorus or mustard gas. The severity of a chemical burn depends on how long the chemical is in contact with the skin; flushing the skin with large amounts of water is essential.
Electrical burn injuries occur when an electric current from an external source runs through the body. The electric current causes the body to burn in several areas, including the current’s points of entry and exit on the skin, as well as the muscles and tissue through which the current passes. Damage to the bones, blood vessels and nerves can also occur, and a fatal heart attack may also result if the electrical current passes through the center of the body.
The most common type of burn injury, a thermal burn injury, occurs as a result of residential fires, automobile accidents, matches, gasoline, heaters or electrical malfunctions. Injuries from fire or hot objects include: flame burns, deep burns that penetrate thick areas of skin and muscle; hot liquid burns, deep burns caused by liquids such as coffee, hot grease, soup or hot water; and flash injuries, which are burns to exposed skin that are usually caused by explosions.
Burn injuries are classified as first-, second- or third-degree burns. First-degree burn injuries affect the outer layer of skin, or epidermis. These are superficial burns that usually cause redness, swelling and pain. Sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn; while painful, it will usually heal on its own and not cause permanent damage.
Second-degree burns are serious injuries that cause damage to several layers of the skin, going beyond the epidermis to the layer below, which is called the dermis. Classified as either superficial or deep, second-degree burns can affect the outer part of the dermis or the innermost layers. Superficial burns only affect the outermost part of the dermis, causing pain, sensitivity, redness and blisters; deep burns extend to the deepest layers of the dermis. Deep burns appear as dry, white areas that are painful to the touch. Although second-degree burns usually don’t require surgery, skin grafting is sometimes an option for people with extensive injuries. Scarring may result from second-degree burns.
Third-degree burns are the most serious. All layers of skin are affected, as well as underlying tissue, producing a brown or black leathery appearance. Because the nerves are usually destroyed, third-degree burns usually are not painful, but they require surgical skin grafting or transplantation.
If you or someone you know has received a burn injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
A bus accident can leave passengers with serious and debilitating conditions that can alter their lives forever. Suffering a bus accident injury is not as common as other vehicle accidents, however there are still bus accident injuries that can be very severe.
Since many bus passengers are using public transportation, the bus accident injury is due to another person’s negligence. Bus accident injury attorneys are able to recover for damages suffered. Numerous procedures involved in vehicle accidents can be confusing and complicated, which is why a bus accident injury attorney is so helpful. The bus accident injury attorney is able to ensure the rights of the injured are protected.
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries in a bus accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe a set of chronic disorders that impair the brain’s ability to adequately control movement and posture. This disruption in the brain’s ability to control movement and posture is caused by faulty development or damage to the motor areas in the brain.
By definition, Cerebral Palsy refers to the brain’s two halves (cerebral) and, to any disorder involving the impairment of control of bodily movement (palsy). Generally, there are four types of Cerebral palsy: Spastic cerebral palsy, Athetoid (or dyskinetic cerebral palsy), Ataxic cerebral palsy, and mixed forms.
Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, low birth weight, delayed development and mental retardation.
Common causes of cerebral palsy are breech presentation, complicated labor or delivery, low birth weight, nervous system malformations, maternal bleeding or severe proteinuria, maternal hyperthyroidism, seizures in the newborn and doctor errors.
Since Cerebral Palsy, is often caused by physician error or medical malpractice, issues of medical malpractice and physician liability may be present in certain circumstances. Patients are encouraged to consult with their physician for medical advice and with an attorney for legal advice.
If you believe a doctor’s error may have caused your child’s Cerebral Palsy, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
A coma is a state of unconsciousness in which the brain is functioning at its lowest stage of alertness. Someone in a coma is unconscious and will not respond to voices, other sounds, or any sort of activity occurring in the surrounding environment.
A coma may be caused by a variety of things such as a serious injury to the head, infection, or a lack of oxygen to the brain.
The lost wages and medical bills that accrue during the term of a coma can be extremely costly, putting a burden on both the family and the victim.
If you were or someone you know is or was in a coma, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Construction accidents include any incidents involving construction workers or bystanders that occur at construction sites. Typically construction accidents fall into three categories: falls, electrical accidents, and equipment accidents.
Factors usually contributing to construction accidents may include unsafe ladders, holes in flooring, improperly assembled scaffolding, and construction debris. Construction companies need to inspect each job site and provide safety programs; however despite these measures accidents still occur. Industrial and construction accidents may result in severe personal injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, fractured necks, back, bones and death.
Additionally, construction workers are also exposed to potential long term inflictions such as asbestos exposure; and cancer from chemicals and silicosis. Due to the severe nature of such injuries, industrial accidents are often the subject of personal injury, product liability and wrongful death lawsuits.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Defective Products and Unsafe Products and Product Liability
Defective products, also referred to as unsafe products fall into a category in personal injury law known as Product Liability. Defective products are those causing injury or damage to a person because of some defect in the product, its labeling, or its use. Manufacturers and others involved in the production and marketing of the defective products may be liable for injuries caused by these products.
Defective products can cause very mild injuries or very serious – even lethal – injuries. The list of possible defective products is unimaginably extensive and in many cases legal action could have resulted in compensation which would have assisted in the paying of medical costs.
Liability for defective products may rest in any number of different people, depending on the case. Generally, however, there are three categories of Products Liability cases: manufacturing defects, design defects and failure to warn cases. If you purchase a product and use it properly, you should not have to suffer an injury as a result.
If you or someone you know has suffered a product liability injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Each year hundreds of thousands of children and adults fall victim to dog bites from their neighbors’ pets. If you are one of them, you may be entitled to compensation for such a dog attack. Including your medical bills, pain and suffering and other expenses.
If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite or attack and have suffered a dog bite-related personal injury, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. Not every dog bite case requires a personal injury lawyer. However, when deciding whether to press charges against the offending dog’s owner, it is wise to consult a personal injury attorney. A qualified lawyer who regularly handles dog bite cases can help you receive just compensation for your physical injury, lost wages, future medical costs, and all other associated expenses should your case qualify.
Failure to Diagnose
Medical negligence is the failure to diagnose any type of injury, illness, or disease that results in serious consequences for one’s health. In most situations, prompt diagnosis is the key to treating the ailment; the sooner it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat or cure. In some situations failure to diagnose a condition may not result in any problems, but in others there may be severe consequences, including death.
If you or someone you know suspect medical negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Fatal accidents are tragic events that often turn the victim’s family’s world upside down. Fatal accidents include car accidents, explosions, drowning cases, defective products cases, airplane accidents, medical malpractice, basic negligence and exposure to toxic substances.
In the immediate aftermath of a fatal accident it may be difficult to focus on things such as legal rights and lawsuits, but seeking compensation may help alleviate the financial burdens resulting from a fatal accident of a financial provider or “bread-winner”.
If you have a family member that was a victim of a fatal accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Every year in the United States, 5,000 people die from food poisoning. Although many times customers do not see the conditions in which their food is prepared, they do suffer the consequences in the form of food poisoning. It has been estimated that approximately 76 million people in the U.S. experience food poisoning each year and 300,000 people require hospitalization.
Food poisoning, including Mercury Poisoning, Hepatitis A, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Calicivirus, Norwalk, Shigella, hepatitis A, Giardia lamblia or Cryptosporidia, E. Coli, Shigella, and Listeria can cause serious medical problems and in serious cases, death. Restaurant workers must comply with the health codes to ensure that people do not become ill due to unsafe food and unsanitary conditions. If you have been to a restaurant which you feel is unsanitary, or you have suffered from food poisoning, you should report the incident to the health department.
Tragically, in the elderly and children, some of these infections may cause death. If you have any possible reason to believe that the death of a child or elderly loved one was caused by E. coli O157:H7, it is urgent that you request an autopsy.
If you or someone you know has or had a case of food poisoning, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
The brain is very complex and every head injury is very different. Some symptoms may appear right away, while others may not show up for days or weeks after a concussion. Sometimes the injury makes it hard for people to recognize or to admit that they are having problems. The signs of concussion can be subtle. Early on, problems may be missed by patients, family members, and doctors. People may look fine even though they’re acting or feeling differently.
Because all brain injuries are different, so is the recovery process. Most people with mild injuries recover fully, but it can take time. Some symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. In general, recovery is slower in older persons. Also, persons who have had a concussion in the past may find that it takes longer to recover from their current injury.
A head injury can range from something as mild as a concussion, to something as serious as a fractured skull or brain swelling. Head injuries are usually caused by a blow to the head. In some cases the object striking the head will penetrate the skull and injury will be immediate and obvious. In other cases, the blow may not penetrate the skull or even the scalp; this type of injury is known as a closed head injury.
With any type of head injury, a quick diagnosis is crucial. If a head injury remains untreated for too long it may lead to very severe complications, and may even result in death. Symptoms of a head injury include blurred vision, nausea, memory loss, and increased sleepiness.
If you or someone you know has received a head injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Labor Law Violations
New York State has a special law which holds the owners of buildings and general contractors engaged in building and alteration projects absolutely liable for injury to workers due to elevation-related hazards while employed on such projects. Meyer Suozzi represents these workers, many of whom are members of labor unions, in these actions pursuant to the New York State Labor Law. Many injured workers incorrectly believe that their only avenue for compensation is Worker’s Compensation. Although “Worker’s Comp” pays lost wages and medical bills, an injured worker may also have a claim against a third party responsible due to negligence.
Medical errors are one of the Nation’s leading causes of death and injury. Medical malpractice is the failure of a doctor, physician or health care worker to utilize the level of care, skill and treatment which is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent healthcare providers under similar circumstances.
Despite the high level of medical care in the U.S., medical malpractice occurs daily due to the negligent actions of doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals.
Motorcycle accidents usually occur when a motorcycle collides with another motor vehicle. Two thirds of such accidents occur when the motorist fails to yield the right of way. Often, motorists insist that they didn’t see the motorcycle. In a number of situations, other parties may be liable to motorcyclists who are injured in motorcycle accidents.
While in the immediate aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident, finding a lawyer may not be your first priority, but you must recognize that the potential defendant has already notified his or her attorney and their insurance company. The insurance company has a team of lawyers whose job it is to minimize any payout to injured parties. While the victim is recovering, the defendant’s insurance company is out collecting valuable evidence and obtaining witness statements. It is important to retain a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident to protect your rights.
If you or someone you know have sustained a motorcycle accident injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Negligent Security Cases
Negligent security arises when an individual is injured or killed because of carelessness or neglect on the part of property owners and businesses. Such cases may include rape and assaults in parking lots, apartment buildings, hotels, stores, and other businesses. People have a right to personal safety while they are on someone else’s property. Businesses have a duty to provide reasonably safe environments for their clients and customers. If property owners do not conform to this duty, they may be liable for injuries to people on their property.
Negligent security cases generally involve an injury to an individual as a result of an injury on a third party’s premises. These frequently occur at malls, apartments, shopping centers, hotels, residential buildings, motels, office buildings, schools or parking garages. Although the general common law principle is that there is no duty to protect against harm caused by the criminal act of a third party, an exception is that a duty is imposed to take reasonable measures where such criminal acts are foreseeable. Thus whether or not there is liability for negligence in a negligent security case turns on the issue of whether the negligent acts were foreseeable.
Generally, there are five types of negligent security cases:
- Inadequate security
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate security mechanisms, procedures, facility design
- Inadequate key control (hotels/motels/apartments)
- Inadequate supervision (children, incompetents)
If you or someone you know suspect negligence security, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is a widespread problem in the United States today. Most residents in nursing homes are dependent on the staff for most or all their needs such as food, water, medicine, toileting, grooming, stimulation and turning – almost all their daily care. Unfortunately, many residents in nursing homes today are starved, dehydrated, over-medicated, and suffer painful pressure sores. They are often isolated, ignored and deprived of social contact and stimulation. Because of insufficient and poorly trained staff commonly found in nursing homes, caregivers are often overworked and grossly underpaid which often results in rude and abusive behavior to vulnerable residents who beg them for simple needs such as water or to be taken to the bathroom.
Nursing home abuse includes assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, unreasonable physical constraint or prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water, and use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for any purpose not consistent with that authorized by the physician.
If you or someone you know are a victim of or suspect nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Paralysis is the result of a disconnection between the brain or spinal cord and the body. Sometimes this separation is caused by disease, but other times it is due to an outside force, such as an accident involving a hard knock to the body. If you are involved in an accident resulting in paralysis and that accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for monetary compensation.
Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower body below the abdomen that is usually due to an accident or negligence on the actions of another. Many paraplegia injuries occur during everyday life and are due to three main factors: workplace injury, auto accidents and sporting accidents. Work place and auto injuries tend to occur more in older populations while sport and athletic injuries occur in younger populations. Another damaging factor that one must consider with paraplegia injuries is the immense lifestyle changes and costs that come with the injury.
Many people reported being employed before the injury; however 50% of people whom are injured cannot go back to their job. Wages are lost and medical bills build up; the costs incurred when a person suffers a spinal cord injury are greatest during the first year. Mortality rates are also higher among people with spinal cord and paraplegia injuries and both groups are marked by a shorter life expectancy.
If you or someone you know had an accident that caused paraplegia, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Although accidents from an airplane crash do not occur as frequently as other modes of transportation, when they do occur, fatalities are often involved. Airline accidents can also occur without takeoff, on the runway due to air traffic control issues or other miscommunications.
Airline accidents have a high potential for death and injury due to the speed and height that planes travel at. Most airline crashes are the result of human error and mechanical difficulties. In many instances, an airline accident has created so much damage that understanding how the airline accident happened can be difficult. The NTSB and FAA are in charge of investigating an airplane crash in order to understand what may have contributed to the airline accident happening. Even in seemingly minor airline accidents a passenger can experience injuries in addition to emotional distress. A qualified personal injury attorney will notify individuals of all their rights and options regarding the airline accident.
If you had a family member who died in a fatal airplane accident or sustained an injury from an airplane crash, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Quadriplegia is a form of paralysis that usually involves injury to the spinal cord. It is an injury to the spine at the cervical or neck level that can cause paralysis in both the arms and the legs, as opposed to paraplegia, which is a lower injury affecting the legs and lower parts of the body. The injury, depending on where it is located on the backbone, will affect movement and sensation or lead to a complete loss. Most spinal cord injuries, like quadriplegia, includes loss of controlled functions of the bladder and bowel. Quadriplegia is a serious condition that requires permanent care.
There are many causes of quadriplegia, all too often these accounts are due to the negligence or reckless actions of a person or a third party and ultimately these accidents could have been prevented.
If you or someone you know had an accident that caused quadriplegia, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Railroad Accidents, Train Wrecks and Derailments
Train or railroad accidents occur frequently in the United States although many are minor not incurring fatalities. Sometimes however, railroad accidents do result in lost lives or hazardous material spills.
Train accidents usually consist of train platform gap injuries, collisions with passenger vehicles, collisions with other trains, or accidents due to mechanical failure. Often it is the railroads’ negligence or the negligence of the operator that leads to these accidents which means they could have been avoided had the railroad acted properly.
If you or someone you know was involved in a railroad accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
School Bus Accidents
School bus accidents endanger the lives and well being of children riding school buses. A school bus accident can be caused by many different factors including negligence, and can result in death and serious life-altering conditions.
Taking legal action following a school bus accident can be distressing for some parents, but some families do not initially realize the impact that a school bus accident can have on them financially, physically, and emotionally. Donna Darling has unique experience as both a Personal Injury lawyer and an Education attorney possessing the knowledge and tact necessary to seek proper compensation for any pain and suffering experienced because of the school bus accident.
A Meyer Suozzi will perform a thorough investigation of the factors contributing to the school bus accident to better understand who should be held liable. Individuals often lack the resources necessary to investigate the school bus accident that can involve both laws and insurance. A school bus is special in that it has a unique responsibility as a common carrier to follow the necessary guidelines to keep children safe.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall injuries occur when someone slips, trips, or falls, usually because an area is unexpectedly wet, icy or uneven. A slip and fall injury may render the property owner liable if the slip and fall was preventable or due to negligent and or unsafe conditions. If the property owner knew about the unsafe condition and did not correct it he may be liable for any injury sustained in a slip and fall injury. If the property owner caused the condition he may also be held accountable.
If you or someone you know suffered a slip and fall injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a complex organ containing nerve cells, supporting cells, and nerve fibers to and from the brain. The types of disability associated with spinal cord injury vary greatly depending on the type and severity of the injury, the level of the cord at which the injury occurs, and the nerve fiber pathways that are damaged. Severe injury to the spinal cord causes paralysis and complete loss of sensation to the parts of the body controlled by the spinal cord segments below the point of injury. Spinal cord injuries also can lead to many complications, including pressure sores and increased susceptibility to respiratory diseases. Spinal cord injury results when the spinal cord suffers trauma such as stretching, detaching, or crushing. There are many types of spinal cord injury, such as paraplegia and quadriplegia.
If you or someone you know has received a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents occur with more frequency during the summer months. Diving accidents, drowning, and slip and fall accidents are quite common in the warmer months when there are a lot of children running around in pool areas. In addition to such swimming pool accidents, swimmers may ingest harmful chemicals present in pool water leading to illness or injury also known as RWI’s. When people are injured in swimming pool accidents or get sick from contaminated pool water, the owner may be liable for injuries if he or she was negligent.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a swimming pool accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
The risk of being killed while working in transportation is more than five times the average for all occupations. Among transportation occupations, airplane pilots and navigators and taxicab drivers were at highest risk. Taxi accidents happen almost every day. While many taxi accidents are minor fender benders, others result in more severe injuries to passengers and third parties.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a taxi accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Large trucks are much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash — as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash — than are passenger vehicles.
Truck accidents often end in fatalities, or serious and sometimes permanent injuries. Trucking companies and their insurance companies usually offer little help to the victims of a truck accident. Truck accident lawsuits are very expensive for both the victim and the company involved. An experienced lawyer can help level the playing field so that you are able to reach a just and equal settlement.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Workplace accidents are common in the United States, taking place almost every day. With proper employee training and maintenance of equipment and facilities, many workplace accidents can be avoided. Though most people think of construction sites or industrial jobs when they think of such accidents, work-related accidents may also occur in office settings.
If you were injured in a work related accident as a result of the negligent and reckless actions of another, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
A wrongful death case refers to a lawsuit which alleges that the decedent was killed as a result of the negligent conduct or misdeeds of another. Where the reckless, careless or negligent acts of another are the legal and proximate cause of the death of a victim, his or her actions may be subject to a wrongful death lawsuit.
The loss of a loved one or family member due to an accident or injury causes great pain and unimaginable loss within a family. Often the suddenness of the loss and confusion leaves the decedents family feeling powerless, with many questions unanswered. While hiring an attorney in the immediate aftermath of a tragic loss may not be on your list of priorities; it is in fact a critical decision that may dramatically effect the lives of the spouse and family members.
The sad reality is that sometimes critical evidence is destroyed in the days and weeks following a fatal accident, and complex state laws governing wrongful death may eliminate the possibility of recovery or bar legal action when certain legal criteria or time limitations are not satisfied. Therefore, people or companies responsible for causing death are frequently not held accountable due to the failure of surviving family members to institute prompt legal action.
Experienced lawyers appreciate the complex legal issues, as well as the powerful emotional trauma involved in a wrongful death claim. An experienced lawyer will vigilantly represent the rights of the surviving family members in a responsible, yet understanding manner. Family members are strongly urged to consult a lawyer immediately after the injury. He or she can assist the family of a wrongful death victim by providing information regarding the practical and legal aspects of personal injury law and wrongful death claims, as well as survivor actions, Social Security Disability and Widows Benefits.
If one of your family members was a victim of a wrongful death, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Recent Verdicts, Appeals, and Settlements include:
- In addition to being experienced trial attorneys, we provide outstanding Appellate Practice to our personal injury clients and to other personal injury trial attorneys. Meyer Suozzi recently obtained a critical victory for a CPA whose career was cut short when he fell head-first through an unguarded stairwell opening at a Westchester Hotel and suffered a traumatic brain injury. After opposing lawyers moved to dismiss our client’s case, the Court ruled in our favor on the initial motion and on reargument. After we defeated both motions, the Hotel’s attorneys appealed to the Appellate Division, First Department and urged that reversal was required because the stairway’s 32-inch handrail complied with the local code. Last month, the Appellate Division affirmed our victory in the Court below and ruled in our client’s favor in all respects relying specifically on proof we asserted that the applicable safety standards required that a 42-inch high guardrail should have been installed along the Hotel’s stairwell.
- $10 million dollars for a wrongful death caused by homeowner negligence
- $9.4 million for a claim under Section 205-a of the General Municipal Law on behalf of the family of a deceased firefighter
- $4 million dollars for a burn victim
- $3.825 million dollars for a motorcycle accident
- $1.2 million dollars for an industrial explosion
Quality representation has always been the hallmark of Meyer Suozzi’s personal injury practice. When clients sustain injuries and or face difficult and often distressing situations, our attorneys strive to represent their interests and to obtain the maximum award whether by trial or settlement. We also advise clients of all interim revenue sources during their disabilities and, as a courtesy, we supervise the payment of no-fault claims in cases involving motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, if an insurance carrier is unwilling to negotiate in good faith, the matter will be tried.
Throughout this demanding process, we remain sensitive to our clients’ pain and suffering and are always responsive to their needs and any questions they may have. Our responsiveness to clients, along with diligence in the manner each claim is prosecuted, ensures a quality of representation rare in this field of practice.
In addition to the wide range of personal injury claims we handle, our team, which includes a former Assistant District Attorney and lawyers with a combination of seven decades of experience in personal injury litigation, work closely with our Labor Law attorneys on behalf of union members injured in construction accidents covered under the New York State Labor Law.
If you or a family member has sustained an injury from an incident below, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
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