When individuals sustain a personal injury in an accident due to the carelessness or negligence of others, they are entitled to certain rights and benefits, often in the form of cash awards, injured individuals may initiate legal action to recover for: among others, lost earnings, disabilities, medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life. Since there is a time limitation with each personal injury claim, it is very important to obtain legal advice as soon as possible.
Individuals are entitled to initiate a lawsuit if they have been injured by tripping or slipping on a sidewalk, staircase or other surface, provided a defective condition was the cause, and that the party responsible for the maintenance of the area had prior notice of the condition. Property owners, tenants, managing companies and maintenance companies are responsible for keeping their property in a reasonably safe condition. Failure to do so may give rise to a negligence action.
Unlike most personal injury cases, workers injured at a construction site often don’t have to prove fault or negligence. A New York law imposes, in certain situations, absolute liability against contractors and the owners of certain premises. In such cases, only proof of a defective condition is required.
Manufacturer’s designers and distributors are responsible for providing a product which is reasonably safe. If a person uses a particular product as it was intended and sustains an injury, that individual has the right to bring a product liability case.
There are certain Workers’ Compensation procedures that must be followed when a worker has been injured or dies on a work-related project. Our lawyers can help the worker make sure the proper steps are followed an that his/her legal rights are upheld. Be aware that employer fraud does exist and that workers can be cheated out of part or all of their Workers’ Compensation.