7 Types of Personal Injury Cases in New York - Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn

If you suffer harm because of the negligence of another person or party, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In New York, the statute of limitations for accident cases is 3 years from the date of your injury. For medical malpractice cases, you have 2.5 years from the time of your injury to take legal action. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you may be barred from recovering damages.

The types of cases you should hire a personal injury lawyer Bronx for include:

  • Car accidents — Millions of Americans suffer injury in auto accidents every year. Whether you are injured in a minor collision, sideswipe, head-on, or another type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Since New York follows a pure comparative fault rule, the amount of damages you can recover is proportionate to your level of fault. For example, if you are awarded $100,00, but are found 30 percent at fault, you would only receive $70,000. Unlike other states, NY allows you to recover damages even if you were mostly at fault.
  • Workplace accidents — An accident on the job can be devastating. Depending on the severity of your injury or illness, you may be unable to perform your duties the same as you did before. An attorney can help you file for workers’ compensation. If a third party is to blame, your lawyer can also help you file a personal injury lawsuit for other damages.
  • Medical malpractice —When a doctor, nurse, or another type of health care professional acts carelessly and harms a patient, they are guilty of medical malpractice. Some common examples of medical malpractice accidents include surgical errors, medication mistakes, misdiagnoses, and birth errors.
  • Premise liability — Property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are safe and free from hazards. If you slip and fall at a grocery store, restaurant, or sidewalk, seek legal help. A skilled personal injury lawyer can swiftly review your case and determine if you have grounds for legal action.
  • Dog bites — When it comes to dog bite laws, NY has a “mixed” statute that combines elements from a “one bite” rule and strict liability law. In many dog bite cases, to recover more than medical costs, victims must be legally astute or have experienced representation.
  • Product liability — Product manufacturers have a duty to design, develop and release merchandise that is safe and free of hazards. If you are injured by a dangerous product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit.
  • DefamationDefamation occurs when someone makes a false statement to a third-party and causes harm to a person’s reputation. There are two types of defamation: libel (written) and slander (spoken). The statute of limitations for defamation cases in NY is one year.

Whether you are injured in a car accident, at work, or because of a vicious dog, you deserve compensation. A lawyer who focuses on helping personal injury victims can candidly review your case and advise you on what to do next.

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At the The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn, we fight passionately on behalf of injury victims in and around the Bronx. To schedule a consultation to discuss your case with a knowledgeable accident lawyer, call 718-409-5500  or contact us online.   

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