Washington Heights Personal Injury Lawyers

In an instant, an accident changes your life, perhaps permanently. If that accident occurred because of another party’s negligence or recklessness– or their deliberate actions– they should bear responsibility for your economic and non-economic losses. These former might include medical bills or unemployment, while the latter might focus on more subjective matters, such as pain and suffering or disfigurement.  

A Washington Heights personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London protects your rights and helps you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered more than $18 billion for our clients in settlements and verdicts.

Personal injuries 

Motor vehicle accidents, including those involving motorcycles and trucks, make up most personal injury cases. Other common causes of personal injury include: 

  • Medical malpractice –This type of injury may include failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, improper treatment, medication, and surgical errors, and the failure to warn patients about serious treatment side effects. 
  • Premises liability –The owner of a property must maintain it in a safe condition. Slip-and-fall injuries often occur when the property owner does not make repairs to sidewalks, parking lots, floors, stairs, and the like.
  • Product liability –When used as instructed, products should not cause harm. Defective products run the gamut from medical devices to children’s toys, but the bottom line is these defective items can cause injury and even death.
  • Swimming pool accidents –Every year, people are permanently disabled in swimming accidents, with diving accidents often leading to spinal cord injuries.

Statute of limitations

Every state places a limit on the time permitted for filing a personal injury lawsuit, and in New York that statute of limitations is three years. If the person succumbs to their injuries, the personal representative of the estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the death date.

If the personal injury involved a government entity, such as a collision with a public-school bus or a slip-and-fall in a government building, a much shorter statute of limitations applies. The latter requires filing within 90 days, so time is of the essence in any case involving a municipality, county, state, or federal agency.

Personal injury damages

Compensation, or damages, for personal injury in New York may include:

  • Medical expenses, current, and future
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

New York is one of the few states that does not place a cap on medical malpractice damages. There is no limit for damages in any personal injury case in The Empire State.

Contact Washington Heights personal injury lawyers If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury because of the actions or inactions of another party, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney at Douglas and London. Call us today to arrange a free consultation or contact us online. We will review your case and advise you of your options. While most cases are settled, we will go to trial when necessary. There is never a fee unless we win. Hablamos Español.