Why Choose Us to Advocate for You
Your injury has caused you enough stress. As you embark on the fight to hold others accountable for your losses, consider the importance of choosing the right legal counsel to represent you in this effort.
Our law firm goes out of its way to serve every client:
- Free consultations: So you can learn about your legal options free of obligation
- Contingency fees: So you pay legal fees only when and if we win your case
- At-home/ In-hospital visits: So you can stay where you are comfortable
- Responsive: So you do not have to chase us down to get answers to your questions and concerns
- Continuous updates: So you have the peace of mind that comes with always being informed of what is happening with your case
We Work to Get Fair Compensation for Melville’s Personal Injury Victims
Few Long Island law firms can claim the same level of success that our law firm shows in settlement negotiations and at trial. Our case results include many multi-million-dollar settlements and court awards, including:
- $25,400,00: We took this case to trial and recovered damages from the county for a dangerous intersection that led to a collision and caused 17-year-old serious injuries. The at-fault driver had a liability policy limit of $25,000.
- $2,500,000: This settlement compensated a 16-year-old victim for serious injuries in a multi-car collision. We obtained this settlement by proving that all the vehicles contributed to the crash.
- $2,390,000: We took this case to trial after the insurance company disputed the injuries of a worker whose crash injuries prevented them from returning to work. The insurer had offered a $50,000 settlement.
- $2,000,000+: Despite the owner and general contractor denying fault, we won this compensation for a laborer who suffered a head injury while assisting a mason. He had been in the country less than a month.
Even if your case is not a seven-figure case, we will fight to get you compensation. We handle all levels of injury and work to get each client the compensation they deserve.
New York’s Statutes of Limitations Limit the Time You Have to File a Lawsuit
It is important to know that waiting too long to begin your case could affect your ability to collect compensation for your injury. New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CPLR) generally gives personal injury victims three years from the date of the incident that caused their injury to file a lawsuit (CPLR § 214).
If you plan to pursue a wrongful death action, New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL) typically gives you two years from the date of the passing of your family member to file a wrongful death lawsuit (EPTL § 5-4.1).
If your injury is the result of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations is generally two years and six months, as per CPLR § 214-A. There may be exceptions that shorten your deadline, too, such as suing a municipality. In fact, you could have as little as 90 days to pursue your case.
Why These State Deadlines are So Important to Your Injury Case
Although most personal injury cases resolve with insurance company settlements, this does not always happen. If the insurer refuses to agree to a fair settlement, our lawyers will take the matter to court and trial if needed for a jury to decide damages.
Remember that before the settlement negotiations even begin, our lawyers need time to build a compelling case on your behalf, preserving evidence, interviewing witnesses, talking with experts, and calculating your damages. The earlier you begin the process, the more time you give us to see the process through before the statute of limitations expires.
Keep in mind that insurance companies are much more motivated to negotiate a fair settlement if they know you still have the option of filing a lawsuit if you do not like their settlement offer.
Our Lawyers Succeed Because We Know How to Prove Negligence
Your ability to collect compensation after a car crash, medical malpractice, slip and fall, or any other injury-causing incident relies on our ability to prove someone else’s negligence caused your injury. This involves much more than proving fault.
Personal injury law requires that we present a case that proves each of the following:
- Duty of care: Someone or some entity had a legal responsibility to provide you with a reasonable degree of safety.
- Breach of duty: This individual or entity failed their duty of care.
- Causation: This violation of duty caused you to sustain injuries.
- Damages: Your injuries resulted in your suffering damages that can be recovered with financial compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers serving the people of Suffolk County and Nassau County know how to build a case with compelling evidence that proves these arguments.
Who Could be Liable for Your Injuries?
When a court decides that someone is liable for your injuries, this means this person has a legal responsibility for your damages. It is important for a personal injury lawyer to understand the difference between liability and fault.
One person could be at fault for your injury, but other parties could share liability – and this means you have more than one source for compensation.
One Example of How Our Identifying Multiple Liable Parties Benefitted a Client
Our law firm handled a case where another driver had been drinking when they crashed into a vehicle, severely injuring a 17-year-old (our client). The driver was at fault for the collision. However, their insurance coverage limit was $25,000, which fell substantially short of covering our client’s losses.
The county, though, shared liability for failing to remedy a dangerous intersection. We took the county to trial and won a liability verdict against the county and ultimately made a $25,400,000 recovery for our client.
Liability turns complicated very quickly in a personal injury case. Our lawyers know how to dissect a case to determine all the liable points so we can recover maximum damages for our clients.
Who Can You Sue for Your Injury?
It is hard to construct a definitive list of the types of people or entities you could sue for an injury. The list of potentially liable parties for your injury depends on the facts of your case. To give you an idea of the breadth of possibilities, consider these different types of cases and possible liable parties.
- Medical malpractice: Medical professionals, hospitals, healthcare facilities
- Slip and fall: Premises owner, manager, agent, employee, municipality
- Motor vehicle collision: Driver, vehicle owner, parts manufacturer, municipality
- Construction injury: Property owner, architect, general contractor, subcontractor
This is just a small sample of the types of personal injury cases and parties who could be considered liable for damages. Our legal team will investigate your case and analyze it from every angle. We will hold accountable any party whose negligence contributed to your injury.
Types of Injury Cases We Handle
Our law firm handles every type of personal injury case.
We accept motor vehicle collision cases, including those involving:
- Drunk driving
- Uninsured motorists
- Hit and runs
Our personal injury lawyers also handle other injury-causing incidents, such as those involving:
- Slip, trip, and falls
- Dog bites or attack
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Hospital errors
- Burn injuries
- Wrongful death
Quick Tips on Steps to Take After an Injury Caused By Another Person’s Negligence
The emotional and physical trauma of a personal injury can make it hard to think clearly and logically. It gets even harder if you do not know that certain actions and inaction could affect your ability to collect compensation for your injuries.
For example, what you do after tripping while exiting the Long Island Railroad at the Farmingdale station matters. Always report such an incident to the facility manager and make sure they file an accident report.
Similarly, if a truck struck you on the busy intersection of Walt Whitman Road and Broadhollow, there are specific actions to take—many of which apply to most personal injury incidents:
- Stay at the scene until police give you the okay to leave.
- Check for any injuries.
- Call 9-1-1.
- Exchange information with other motorists involved in the crash
- Seek medical attention, even if you do not see signs of injury (many types of injuries do not show signs or symptoms for hours or days) so you have medical documentation linking your injury to the crash.
- File a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident within 10 days if damages are $10,000 or higher, as per the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- Call our law firm for a free case review.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Melville Are Ready to Fight for Your Compensation
Our legal team prides itself on handling our clients with care and fighting for their rights. Imagine more than 100 years’ experience working collectively to protect your right to receive compensation for your injuries. Now consider how this experience – when coupled with deep resources of doctors, safety experts, economists, and accident reconstruction specialists – could work to benefit your case.
We proudly serve the injured people of Melville, and we can assist our clients in Spanish if needed. Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., today for a free case review.