Nassau County Personal Injury Accident Lawyer
Personal injury actions, including medical malpractice, premise liability, and products liability actions; are designed to compensate victims for the intentional and negligent actions of others. Essentially, the law seeks to compensate victims and their families for pain and suffering, lost earnings, loss of consortium, and at times award punitive damages in the event of gross negligence. Common personal injury claims include those arising from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and construction accidents, including falls from scaffolds and buildings. However, they may also include those arising out of assaults and batteries, even sexual assaults and murders, or when victims are injured on the premises of others.
Common Accidents and Events that May Lead to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
Some of the common types of accidents that result in personal injury and wrongful death claims include:
- Motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents and crashes.
- Drunk driving and DUI-DWI crashes.
- Insurance coverage disputes, policy exclusions, bad-faith claims, arbitration, and mediation.
- Dog bites and attacks by domesticated animals, including bites, wounds, fractures, head injuries, brain injuries, rabies, scarring, and emotional trauma.
- Nursing home negligence and elder abuse, including bed sores, infections, dehydration, malnutrition, medication and prescription errors, mental cruelty, and physical abuse.
- Premises liability accidents, including scaffolding, inadequate security, elevator accidents
- Lead poisoning.
- Slip, trip and fall accidents.
- Construction site accidents
- School accidents
- Bus or Subway accidents
Wrongful death results from the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company, or entity. A wrongful death suit can be brought by the surviving immediate family members if they suffer emotional injury and financial hardship due to the death of their family member. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another, it is of the utmost importance that you contact an attorney immediately to protect the rights of you and your family.
Personal Injury Damages
Although the exact amount of the personal injury award will vary between cases, generally, a plaintiff will be eligible for personal injury damages to compensate their economic and non-economic losses. In a successful personal injury case, the plaintiff may be able to recover economic damages, including lost wages, medical expenses, repair or replacement of property and loss of earning capacity.
Additionally, non-economic damages may be awarded to compensate the injured victim and his/her family for non-monetary losses, including:
Pain and suffering: damages for pain and suffering compensate the injured victim for their physical pain. The amount of a pain and suffering award will depend on the nature and severity of the injury, as well as how long the victim is expected to be in pain
Mental anguish: Damages for emotional distress may also be awarded in a successful personal injury lawsuit. Emotional distress is defined as the anxiety, fear, anger, depression or other mental anguish which results from an accident or injury.
Loss of consortium: Spouses of personal injury victims may be able to collect damages for loss of consortium, or the intangible and emotional benefits of marriage. Compensable marital benefits that may be lost due to a personal injury include affection, assistance, sexual relations and comfort.
Punitive damages: In rare instances, punitive damages may also be awarded to the plaintiff if the defendant’s actions were especially malicious.
Contact a Personal Injury Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Evan Gewirtz at the Gewirtz Law Firm by calling or filling out our contact form.