The New York Lawyers have been involved in civil litigation for years, and are well versed in several different areas of civil law. Over time, we have acquired a vast reservoir of knowledge and experience, and are happy to put it to work for our clients. Some include:
Personal injury is by far the most common area of law practiced in the United States today. A personal injury lawsuit happens when someone is injured by the negligent, reckless or intentional acts of another person, or by a product that turns out to be defective. Lawsuits for personal injury are tried in civil court, and seek monetary damages, rather than jail time, for the person found liable.
Medical professionals are human, and will sometimes make mistakes. But sometimes, a doctor’s mistake can have a life-long effect on a patient’s life, and they need to be held accountable. Medical malpractice lawsuits are designed to hold medical professionals responsible for harm done to patients that ought to have been avoided by exercising reasonable care.
Out of the lawsuits that go to trial each year in the United States (as opposed to reaching a settlement), automobile accident lawsuits make up approximately 96 percent. While not every accident will have a lawsuit attached, many of them are in fact due to the negligence of another actor – a person, a company, a state agency. If you or a loved one sustains serious injury in a car accident, it may be a good idea to bring suit and see if you can obtain compensation for your injuries and for the pain and suffering you have gone through.
Construction is a hazardous field by nature; its workers are often engaged with heavy machinery and unpredictable terrain. Accidents are unfortunately common – in 2013, approximately 4,400 workers died on the job, with thousands more injuries occurring. Sometimes accidents simply happen, but sometimes they are preventable. If you are injured in a construction accident, and another person’s negligence might have played a role, you may be entitled to compensation.
Sometimes, even the most mundane products we buy to enrich our lives can malfunction in catastrophic ways. When that happens, it may be due to a breach of quality on the part of the manufacturer, or because some critical piece of information about how to use the product was omitted. As in any other area of life, if you are harmed by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek redress.
For a long time, workers injured on the job had little to no recourse. It was not until 1884 that the first modern workers’ compensation law appeared, in Prussia (later Germany), with the first U.S. law not being passed until 1911. With Social Security’s creation in the 1930s, workers’ compensation helped to defray costs for hospitals and gaining in popularity. Today, few who have the choice would take a job without any workers’ compensation benefits, and for those who need it, it can be lifesaving. However, the process can be very complex, and sometimes claims are denied for unethical or inappropriate reasons.
Like it or not, pharmaceuticals are a part of our health care in this day and age. Because of that, they must be made to the highest possible standard, with no tolerance for error. Being injured by a medicine or device designed to help you is a special kind of pain. Companies that are negligent in the safety standards for their products need to be held accountable.
Social Security Disability
Sometimes, it becomes simply impossible for someone to continue to work. Whether it is due to an accident or the worsening of a life-long condition, people can become disabled and unable to do their previous job. Yet they still need to be able to pay their bills. The federal government offers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to help those people stay afloat after being rendered unable to work through no fault of their own.