How Personal Injury Lawyers Protect Your Financial Interests

On March 7, 2018, in Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

More than 30 million people suffer personal injuries every year throughout the United States. Personal injury lawyers rate automobile accidents such as car or truck, and slip and fall accidents, and medical malpractice the leading causes of personal injuries in the United States.

Some personal injuries are minor. But some are significant and turn your life completely upside-down. This is exactly where personal injury lawyers can prove their value in your life with their professional experience.

What Exactly Do They Do?

This can literally be a million-dollar question! Before we get to the answer, it is important to know the types of personal injuries.

  • Injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and fall Injuries received due to trip and fall cases
  • Medical malpractice Injuries
  • Dog bites Injuries
  • Injuries received from physical assault
  • Physical injuries suffered on a construction site
  •  Slip and Fall injuries from pedestrian knockdowns

Looking at the list provided above, it is clear that law firms deal with a variety of legal cases in relation to personal injuries.

          See Also: Serious Injury Threshold in Personal Injury Cases

Getting to the point, personal injury lawyers protect your financial interests with their experience. They do a number of things you cannot do on your own. For example:

Investigation

They reach the accident location and investigate the accident. They figure out all of the reasons responsible for the accident and your injuries. This is the most important part of the job they perform to protect your financial interests. Your personal injury lawyer will visit the location of accident and survey the entire area carefully.

If needed, he/she will take appropriate measures to track down all eyewitnesses and record their statements. He/she may instruct a photographer to take pictures of the spot, property damage, or other evidence. At times, they get a copy of the following:

  • Police reports
  • Medical reports
  • Medical records
  • Forensic reports
  • Employment documents
  • Employment records
  • Property damage reports

Attorneys take appropriate steps to establish communication with relevant authorities through a proper legal procedure. They do this to make sure they have all the documents, evidence, and witness testimony to present your claim strongly in court.

 They Determine the Compensation You Deserve

This is one of the important jobs they do for you. You may be entitled to compensation for the injury you have suffered. For Example:

  • Physical Injury itself
  • Loss of Income
  • Loss of capacity to earn for you and for your family
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of consortium, companionship and enjoyment in life
  • Mental anguish, pain, and suffering

Note: This list is not limited to the points mentioned above.

Representing Clients for Trial in the Court

Trial is the ultimate service that the personal injury attorney provides.  Most cases settle prior to trial however.  Your personal injury attorney carefully and methodically files the pleadings, conducts discovery and negotiates on your behalf with the insurance adjuster.

Personal injury lawyers possess a wealth of experience to make sure all court procedures are filed correctly and carefully before they represent you in court.

The Bottom Line:

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side is one hundred percent similar to possessing insurance for a difficult time.

Have you incurred a personal injury? Do you need a personal lawyer to protect your financial interests?

The answer is simple. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is a group of experienced personal injury lawyers serving Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Nassau County, Queens, Brooklyn, NY.

Call us right now! We will be more than happy to help.

MTA Accidents

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MTA Accident Injures Several People

It seems like everyday we see terrible MTA bus accidents that involve serious life changing injuries. At least ten people were injured in New York City when an MTA bus smashed into an overpass as it jumped the curb. You can read the ABC New York, channel 7 story here.

Innocent MTA bus passengers are injured when MTA bus drivers that are supposed to be watching the road drive negligently. Under New York law, when an injured person has a claim against the MTA, the city of New York, or other government agencies, you must file a Notice of Claim with the city within 90 days after the accident. The Notice of Claim must have sufficient detail for the city to investigate your claim and prepare for litigation.  A previous article on this website, found here, may add incite to the Notice of Claim process.  Personal injuries caused by negligence on the part of municipalities, their departments like the MTA or the employees of municipalities can result in sizable compensation.  Liability for these personal injuries obviously play a large role in the strength of a case and damages (the type and extent of the injury) as always will determine the amount of compensation that will be awarded to the victim.
Having the right legal representation could mean the difference between recovering a monetary award for your injuries and dismissal of your case.  Taking the time to find an attorney that you are comfortable with and who understands the nuances of personal injury litigation is an investment that can pay off big in the long run.

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If you or someone you are concerned about have been injured in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, especially one involving the MTA or another municipality, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 today. Remember, successful litigation is no accident.
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Assumption of Risk in Personal Injury

On November 12, 2015, in Message/News Board, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

In the world of Personal Injury and General Tort Litigation, there is a concept referred to as “Assumption of Risk.”  This concept is a defense to the plaintiff’s claim that can defeat the entire claim.  Certain activities have inherent risks.  These risks are well known or should be known to the possible claimant.  In some scenarios, the plaintiff’s skill and experience in participating in a certain activity can form the basis of the defense.  The defense actually works to negate the duty of care owed by the defendant to the plaintiff.  The New York case law is flooded with cases where the assumption of risk defense is raised.  Although a common misconception is that this defense is only applicable for sporting events and recreational activities, it is also applicable to other scenarios.

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If you or a loved one are involved in an accident where you believe the assumption of risk doctrine could be asserted, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a personal injury attorney today!

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Municipal Liability for Injuries

An interesting decision came down in September of 2014 involving municipal liability claims.  In Granada v City of White Plains, 2014 NY Slip Op 06053, the Second Department ruled that a municipality is not immune from claims involving “proprietary functions” which are therefore differentiated from governmental functions.  The Plaintiff-decedent was attacked and killed in a parking garage owned by the city.  The Plaintiff rented the parking spot from the city on a monthly basis.  The city had the obligation of providing a minimum level of security in it’s proprietary function as  a commercial property owner.  The city’s function as a commercial property owner has nothing to do with its functions as a governmental body.  Therefore, the city was not entitled to summary judgment based on governmental immunity.

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As always, if you have a question involving a possible injury or wrongful death claim, call The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a litigation attorney today.

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