Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers

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When you suffer an injury, or a family member suffers an injury because of someone else’s wrongdoing, you are likely faced with mounting medical bills and lost wages on top of the physical and mental pain that accompanies those injuries. During stressful times like this, you need experienced counsel to stand by your side and fight for your right to recover just compensation.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Long Island

Parker Waichman’s Long Island attorneys handle a significant number of personal injury cases, ranging from defective products to car accidents. We are experienced in vast areas of the law, and we work tirelessly to obtain adequate compensation for people who have been hurt by the carelessness of others. Some of the types of cases we frequently litigate include:

Long Island Car and Trucking Accidents

Because of the prevalence of distracted driving on Long Island, including texting or emailing while driving, motorists and pedestrians are at risk for serious injuries in vehicle accidents. When people take their eyes off the road or drive recklessly, they place other people in harm’s way. If you are injured in a Long Island vehicular accident, the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP can help you consider your options for legal recovery. We have tremendous experience litigating car accident cases and will help you navigate the process of seeking compensation for your injuries, including helping you understand New York’s No-Fault Laws and how they will apply to your potential claims.

Also, our lawyers tackle trucking accident cases, which can often involve multi-party claims, large insurance corporations, and federal regulations considerations. State and federal laws apply to the trucking industry to protect people on the road, but some truckers and trucking companies do not follow them. Our Long Island Law firm will perform a thorough investigation to determine whether the negligent trucker violated any regulations, such as maximum allowable driving hours, and will stand up to the insurance lawyers who want to throw out your case. You can count on Parker Waichman LLP to not back down.

Long Island Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

We know your loved ones mean everything to you, and finding out one of them has been abused or neglected is completely devastating. You trust when you place your family member in the care of a nursing facility that he or she will be treated and cared for with dignity and compassion. When you discover otherwise, you have the right to pursue legal action.

Ill and elderly people are sadly susceptible to abuse and neglect situations, and it is up to diligent family members and their counsel to hold nursing facilities accountable and seek justice on behalf of the seniors whose voices are not being heard. If you notice bed sores, odd injuries, or a marked change in your loved one’s disposition and suspect abuse or neglect, contact Parker Waichman’s Long Island attorneys today. We zealously fight against systems that place profits above people, and we will aggressively seek the results your family deserves.

Labor Law and Construction Accidents in Long Island, New York

New York’s incredible skylines were created by men and women who risk their safety to do their jobs. The construction industry contains many inherent risks, but New York appears to have greater incidents of worker injuries and fatalities than other states in the country. Recent reports depict the state as a particularly dangerous place for construction workers, with falls accounting for a large number of worker deaths every year.

The state of New York has enacted laws specifically to help protect construction workers and give them the right to legal recourse if they are injured working in an unsafe environment. Parker Waichman’s attorneys help men and women understand how these laws can help them and file lawsuits against project owners and contractors to obtain relief that injured workers desperately need. When you put yourself on the line to build New York, you deserve people fighting for your right to safety on the job. Allow our Long Island attorneys to review your labor or construction accident claim to see if you are qualified to file a lawsuit under New York law.

Additional Long Island Personal Injury Cases

In addition to the cases described above, our firm has a varied and successful practice serving victims of other personal injury accidents in Long Island. Parker Waichman LLP also handles the following types of cases in New York and Long Island:

  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Intentional Torts

We are a trusted name in personal injury law in Long Island, and we can review your potential claims starting with a free no-obligation consultation. Call our Long Island office today to talk to our dedicated legal team about how we can help you and your family secure compensation for your injuries.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

Parker Waichman’s attorneys understand that when you have been involved in a personal injury accident, your life has been affected in multiple ways. You need a lawyer who will advocate for recovery for every way you have been harmed. When you hire our Long Island, New York plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm to represent you, we will file a Petition for Damages on your behalf that will seek several kinds of relief including the following:

  • The costs of your medical bills to date and anticipated costs of necessary future treatment for your injuries;
  • The amount of wages you have lost to date and will likely lose in the future because of the time you have had/will need to take off from work due to your injuries;
  • Compensation for the mental anguish, physical pain, and suffering you have experienced because of your injuries;
  • Damages for the ways your injuries have affected your relationship with your spouse (called “loss of consortium” damages);
  • Punitive damages, if the circumstances of your case warrant pursuit of an award that would serve to punish the defendant for egregious conduct.

While it is always important to remember that settlements cannot be guaranteed, you can be sure Parker Waichman LLP will aggressively pursue every possible avenue of compensation for you and your family. We know you have suffered significantly, and we want to be certain the defense and jury understand the full extent of your damages. Though we understand a money award can never completely make up for what you have been through, our attorneys want to restore as much of what you have lost as possible.

Personal Injury Standard of Liability

Most of our Long Island personal injury cases will involve general principals of negligence law. When we file a lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the defendant, we have to be able to prove four basic elements of your case in court:

  1. Existence of a duty by the defendant;
  2. Breach of that duty by the defendant;
  3. Harm suffered by you; and
  4. Cause of your harm traced back to the defendant.

Proving the existence of a duty means showing the defendant had an obligation not to cause you harm or to protect you from harm. Before we can hold someone legally accountable for failing to act, we have to prove he had a duty to act in the first place. For instance, in a construction accident case, the contractor or owner of the project has an undeniable duty to keep workers safe on the job. The owner/contractor cannot claim that he wasn’t obligated to provide a safe work site.

When we prove the defendant had a duty to act in a certain way, we have to establish that he did not, in fact, act in the way he should have. This is known as establishing a breach of the duty of care. The court will examine the defendant’s conduct and compare that to what a reasonable and prudent person would have done in the same situation. If the court finds that the defendant did have a duty to use care and did not use the required level of care in your case, we have successfully proved that the defendant was negligent. However, as you will notice above, we still have two additional elements of proof after that.

Next, we have to submit proof of your injuries. This will include not only your physical injuries but also your mental injuries and monetary injuries. If we can, we will also present evidence of any outrageous conduct by the defendant during this phase of the case, so as to claim punitive damages. We can hire experts and use witness testimony to make sure we have captured the complete picture of your economic and non-economic losses.

Lastly, we have to trace your injuries back to the defendant’s negligence. Without the element known as “causation,” we will not be successful in achieving compensation. We must prove that every piece of your damages was caused by the negligent action or inaction of the defendant. Many cases are won or lost during this part of litigation, and Parker Waichman’s lawyers know how to win. We are professional litigators seasoned in New York law and committed to obtaining tremendous outcomes for our clients. As one of our clients, you will be represented by attorneys who care and who have the knowledge and skills to obtain results.

Statutes of Limitations on Long Island Personal Injury Claims

When you are preparing to file a personal injury case in Long Island, it is very important to make sure you are still within the time period for filing as determined by New York law. New York, like every state in the United States, has statutes of limitations in place that will operate to completely bar your claims if you do not file them in time. If you miss the deadline, you will never be able to file your claim, no matter how strong a case it might be.

Despite how harsh these limitations might sound, states pass laws to set filing deadlines because expedient action tends to preserve reliable case evidence. For example, if you were to file a legal claim for injuries six months after a car accident, any witnesses you might want to testify will have a much better memory of the accident than if you wait five years to file. In addition, any medical records or reports to might want to present as evidence in your case are far more likely to be available and accessible after six months, rather than five years.

On Long Island and in the state of New York, people must generally file all personal injury lawsuits within 3 years of the date of the accident or negligent act.(1) What sometimes becomes difficult is determining when the negligent act actually took place. The deadline to file can also change based on the nature of the injuries alleged. For these reasons, the best way to be sure you have calculated the correct statute of limitations on your personal injury case is to hire an experienced Long Island attorney. Also, New York medical malpractice cases must be filed within 2 1/2 years from the actual date the malpractice occurred or the date in which the treatment was terminated.(2)

The lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP diligently review incoming personal injury cases to arrive at the appropriate statute of limitations and be sure we have enough time to file a claim in court. When you hire our Long Island law firm, you can feel confident we are taking all necessary steps to protect your legal rights. Contact Parker Waichman LLP today and discuss your potential claim and to ask about New York’s statute of limitations.

Long Island Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

The determination about whether you can file a lawsuit is one we will make together after conducting an in-depth investigation of your potential claims. When you sign your case with our firm, we will order medical records and documentation to understand what happened and how you have been injured. We will decipher potential defendants and analyze the statute of limitations to begin understanding whether you might have a viable claim. When we complete this investigation, we will discuss our findings and make recommendations. From there, we will be able to decide whether we will move forward with filing a lawsuit in court. For more information on our case review process, call our firm today.

Our case intake process is simple. All you have to do is call our firm or fill out the online form on our website, and you will soon be able to speak to a member of our skilled legal team. We will gather some preliminary information from you and ask you to fill out a medical authorization and contract so that we can begin our investigation. These documents are straightforward, and we will explain them to you in full. With just those simple steps, you will be on your way to receiving timely answers about your potential claim.

This is your case, and we work for you. We would like you to be as involved as you would like, and we certainly want to include you in important decisions regarding your case. But you do not need to worry about your case requiring mass amounts of time on your part. When you retain our Long Island law office to represent you, we view our job as taking the stress away from you, not adding stress to your life. We will always do as much as we can to ensure you feel comfortable with the process and never feel overwhelmed.

We always remind our clients that settlements and verdicts can never be guaranteed. While we will fight tirelessly for compensation, we can’t be 100 percent sure how the defense or jury will respond.

That said, we can guarantee we will argue for all potential damages on your behalf, which will include:

  • The costs of your medical bills to date and anticipated costs of necessary future treatment for your injuries;
  • The amount of wages you have lost to date and will likely lose in the future because of the time you have had/will need to take off from work due to your injuries;
  • Compensation for the physical and mental pain and suffering you have experienced because of your injuries;
  • Damages for the ways your injuries have affected your relationship with your spouse (called “loss of consortium” damages);
  • Punitive damages, if the circumstances of your case warrant pursuit of an award that would serve to punish the defendant for egregious conduct.

Your Parker Waichman attorneys want to bring you peace of mind during this traumatic time, and our legal staff will do everything we can to achieve that. No case is too complex, and no defense or insurance lawyer will intimidate us into accepting less than you deserve. Contact Parker Waichman LLP today to learn more about our personal injury practice and the services we can provide to you and your family.

Why Choose Parker Waichman LLP for Your Case?

The Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are dedicated to helping victims of personal injury accidents and their families secure the relief they need to restore a sense of stability to their lives. For decades, our firm has represented people who felt like they had nowhere to turn.

Awards, Accolades and Achievements

We are committed to compassionate client advocacy and have become one of the leading law firms in New York and Long Island for personal injury cases. In and out of the legal community, our reputation speaks to our dedication to helping people at extremely trying moments. Because of our outstanding service, fellow attorneys, judges, and clients have bestowed Parker Waichman LLP with numerous honors and accolades, including:

  • 8 (out of a perfect 10) Rating by AVVO (a service that rates every attorney in the United States)
  • “Preeminent Lawyers” AV Peer Review Rating (Martindale-Hubbell® – a company that, for more than 100 years, has rated attorneys across the United States and the world based on feedback from judges and their peers)
  • Highest Ranking of “5 Dragons,” based on peer review by Lawdragon
  • Listing in Best Lawyers Publication, determined by Extensive Peer Review

By hiring our law firm for your personal injury case in Long Island, you will be working with skilled Long Island lawyers who understand the effects your injuries have had on you and your family and who know how to acquire the results that you need to move forward.

Talk With One of Our Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers Today

Parker Waichman’s Long Island attorneys offer free, confidential consultations on all of our personal injury cases. With the financial component to your injuries, you do not need to worry about affording an attorney or an expensive lawsuit. That is why we offer case review with no money down and contract our cases on a contingency fee basis. In a contingency fee agreement, we only get paid if you do. If you don’t receive a settlement or verdict in your case, we won’t receive attorneys’ fees or out-of-pocket expense reimbursement.

Some lawyers require retainer fees and send out regular billing invoices, but our office believes in taking the financial stress off of the client. We want you to be able to focus on your health, your quality of life, and your family, and we will worry about the rest. Contact us today to ask about our free case consultations and contingency fee agreements.

Contact Parker Waichman LLP for Your Free Case Review

When you have been injured because of someone else’s wrongdoing, you deserve dedicated and knowledgeable counsel to fight for your legal rights. Parker Waichman LLP can help you receive the compensation you need to put your life back on track. If you were or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury accident, contact our Long Island law firm today by filling out our online contact form or by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a free, consultation.

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