Midwood Personal Injury Lawyer
A serious accident changes your life. The physical pain is bad enough but worrying about how you will pay your rent or mortgage and other living expenses– while out of work– adds to your suffering. If your injuries were caused through the negligence of another party, you need legal counsel to hold them liable.
A personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London protects your rights and can help you receive maximum compensation. We can be your advocate against corporate and government entities and insurance companies.
Not all accidents are personal injuries. By definition, personal injuries are those resulting completely or partly from another party’s reckless actions. The most common types include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- Train and subway accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Defective medical devices or drugs
Some injuries are not immediately apparent, such as those due to toxic environmental exposure. Example include:
- Mesothelioma – A rare and fatal cancer resulting from asbestos exposure
- Lead poisoning
- Diseases resulting from exposure to the dust cloud of September 11, 2001, after the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Statute of Limitations
In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years. However, when any government entity is involved– such as an accident involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public school bus, a municipal vehicle, or if the accident occurred in a public park or buildings– the timeframe for filing a complaint is as short as three months. That is why it is imperative to receive legal advice as soon as possible.
When a person succumbs to their injuries, the personal representative of the estate has two years in which to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Personal Injury Damages
In New York, compensation for personal injury, or damages, may include economic losses, such as:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Calculating economic damages is relatively straightforward. Always keep receipts relating to any medical treatment received for the injury, including the cost of transportation to and from healthcare appointments.
Non-economic losses are more subjective, and may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
New York does not impose a cap on damages, including cases involving medical malpractice.
Contact Midwood Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were seriously injured due to the negligent or deliberate actions of another person or entity, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney at Douglas and London. Contact us online or call us 24/7 to schedule a meeting.
All consultations are free, and there is never a fee unless we win. Over the past 15 years, our dedicated attorneys have recovered more than $18 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Most cases are settled, but we will go to trial when necessary.