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The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm has a reputation for never backing down. When you choose our attorneys to fight for you, you can rest assured that they will work vigorously and tirelessly until you get the compensation you deserve.
Every attorney at the firm is a fierce negotiator who does not entertain lowball offers from insurance companies and is ready to file a personal injury lawsuit if settlement negotiations do not result in an offer their client deserves.
To speak with a top personal injury attorney in New York, NY, contact our firm today.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm has a long history of successfully representing injury clients in all types of personal injury cases:
Healthcare professionals — including doctors, nurses, and technicians — must maintain high standards when treating patients. Failure to do so can result in medical negligence and lead to patients experiencing serious injuries and even death. We help clients get justice for various types of medical malpractice claims:
Companies must ensure that their products are not unreasonably dangerous. Unfortunately, dangerously defective products make it into the hands of unsuspecting consumers regularly and can lead to severe injuries and loss of life. Our firm handles mass tort and class action cases for product liability cases, including but not limited to:
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Our Recent Successful Product Liability Awards and Settlements
Our attorneys fight hard to get our client's maximum compensation for their injuries. These are some of our most recent achievements:
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Taking the Right Steps After a Serious Accident in New York
What you do after you have been injured will play a big role in how your claim for compensation plays out. You can increase your chances of receiving appropriate compensation for your injuries by taking the following actions:
Obtain Medical Treatment Without Delay
It is important to seek medical attention immediately after you suffer an injury. Doing so will help stabilize your condition and help prevent it from worsening.
Additionally, seeking medical attention will help your claim for compensation later because you will need official documentation of the cause and seriousness of your injuries. Without a medical report, the defense or insurance company can potentially dispute the source of your injuries.
How you seek medical attention will depend on the circumstances of the injuries. For example, if you are injured in a car accident, you should call 911 for first responders, who can stabilize your condition and transport you to a hospital.
Report the Accident
In most cases, you should report serious accidents to the police. How you do so depends on the context of the incident. For example, if you are involved in a traffic accident in New York, you must report it if someone is injured or if it causes more than $1,000 in property damage. However, if the accident occurs in a nursing home, you should report it to nursing home management and the New York Nursing Home Complaint Hotline.
Refrain from Discussing the Case
It is important that you refrain from engaging in any discussions about your case with anyone you don't have to. Insurance companies will use anything you say against you during your claim for compensation to justify offering you minimal or no compensation.
Unfortunately, many accident victims decide to speak about their cases and end up doing damage to their claims. For example, car accident victims often make statements at the scene of the accident, to insurance adjusters, or on social media that are then taken out of context by those who wish to harm their cases.
Because of this, the only time you should discuss anything about your case is when you are in the presence of the personal injury lawyer who is representing you.
Consult with a New York Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been in a serious accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. From your first meeting with an attorney, you will begin to understand the gravity of the compensation process and how important it is to be represented by an attorney experienced in personal injury law.
Unfortunately, many injury victims don't understand that insurance companies pay less for personal injury claims filed by victims without personal injury lawyers. They know that claimants without representation do not understand the process well enough to get the compensation they deserve. As such, they offer them paltry sums in a quick and easy fashion to tempt victims into taking the money and moving on.
On the other hand, accident victims who have experienced NYC personal injury attorneys handling their cases routinely receive over four times more money than clients going through the claims process alone.
Qualifications for “Serious Injury” Under New York Law
When it comes to car accidents, New York is a no-fault state, which means that injury victims typically make claims for compensation against their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. Unfortunately, PIP only provides limited compensation for the losses that car accident victims often experience.
According to the guidelines, PIP insurance covers medical expenses, 80% of an injury victim's monthly earnings, and up to $2,000 in death benefits for funeral and burial expenses.
However, if a car accident victim experiences a serious injury, they will be entitled to file a claim against the driver who caused the accident.
According to New York Law, the following types of injuries are considered serious enough to allow you to make a claim for compensation outside of your own PIP insurance:
- Fractured bones
- Significant disfigurement
- Full disability for a minimum of 90 days
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent or significant limitation on the use of a body part or system
Remember that the serious injury threshold that allows you to sue another driver for damages does not apply to motorcyclists. Therefore, if you have suffered a motorcycle accident, you will look to the other driver and their insurance company for compensation, rather than a PIP insurance policy. Additionally, your claim for compensation will not be limited as it would be under PIP rules.
However, while the serious injury threshold may not apply to motorcyclists, it does apply to victims like bicyclists and pedestrians. It also applies to passengers in cars involved in traffic accidents.
Recovering Compensation After a Personal Injury
Personal injury claims can give injury victims the compensation they need to cover their losses. As with all other states, New York has a variety of compensable losses that may form the basis of a claim for compensation. In order to receive funds for a compensable loss, a victim must demonstrate with evidence that they have suffered such a loss — as well as the extent to which they have suffered it.
The two principal types of compensable losses in the state are economic and non-economic losses. As you might imagine, economic damages are meant to compensate for losses that have a quantifiable effect on your finances.
These losses can include:
- Medical Expenses: All treatment-related expenses incurred because of your injury, including doctor's visits, hospital stays, medication, and rehab
- Lost Income: Salary or wages you have lost because of an inability to engage in gainful employment because of the injuries you have suffered
- Transportation Costs: Expenses you spend to get to and from medical appointments for the treatment of your injuries
- Property Damage: Damage to personal property, such as vehicles
Non-economic losses are not inherently quantifiable and deal with subjective but real losses that can affect your quality of life — sometimes even more so than economic losses.
These losses can include:
- Pain and Suffering: The level of physical pain and discomfort you feel as a result of your injuries
- Emotional Distress: The emotional distress you feel from the accident, debilitating injuries, and grief
- Diminished Quality of Life: Resulting from the inability to enjoy life as you once did — either due to your physical injuries or due to trauma or grief
The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm is a personal injury law firm that fights hard to make sure that our clients receive compensation for every compensable loss they have suffered.