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Queens Personal Injury LawyerHave you or someone you love been hurt in an accident in Queens, NY? You may be entitled to damages through a personal injury claim. A Queens personal injury lawyer at our law office can represent you in seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

For over 25 years, the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has represented accident victims in Queens and other New York City boroughs. We will go up against the insurance company to pursue the fair compensation you deserve from the at-fault party. Call our law office today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After an Accident in Queens

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After an Accident in QueensAn accident can happen in a second while you are driving, working, or even just walking down the street. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we believe you should not be financially burdened when someone else’s negligence has caused you harm. Nor should you be subjected to blame-shifting by the insurance companies to escape liability.

Jay S. Knispel is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer who has litigated multi-million-dollar personal injury cases in New York. He has more than 25 years of experience as a Queens personal injury lawyer and puts this insight to work on your case. He will fight to recover a fair settlement or jury award so you can focus on healing and moving on from your accident.

Trust the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to represent you, and we will:

  • Offer legal advice and guidance throughout your case
  • Handle all paperwork and administrative tasks
  • Fight attempts by the insurance company to minimize your claim’s value
  • Investigate your accident to gather evidence that builds a strong negligence case
  • Work with top experts to interpret evidence and create expert testimony
  • Accurately value the extent of your damages
  • Negotiate on your behalf to reach a fair settlement or present your case to a jury

Call today for a free consultation with a Queens accident injury lawyer who will tirelessly fight on your behalf.

Queens Accident Statistics

Queens Accident StatisticsEvery year, hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths occur in New York. Many of these fatalities and injuries are the result of an accident, usually attributed to human error. Any injury or death caused by the negligence of someone else may give rise to a personal injury claim.

Car accidents are the leading cause of personal injury claims. There were 43,830 car accidents in Queens just in 2019. Of these accidents, 15,890 were injury accidents, and 66 caused fatalities. Close to 800 people suffered serious injuries that year, many of whom were left with permanent or long-term impairment and pain.

Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury that is shockingly common in New York and the rest of the country. New York had an average of 85 malpractice claims paid per 1 million residents between 2012 and 2016. It is one of the top states for medical malpractice claims. It’s believed medical errors alone are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer.

Workplace accidents also contribute to many injuries and accident claims in New York. The New York Department of Labor reported over 140,000 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019. More than 78,00 required time away from work.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Queens

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC represents clients in all types of personal injury cases.

Our practice areas include:

No matter what type of personal injury you have suffered, our Queens personal injury law firm is here to help you.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

The value of your injury claim is not easy to estimate without a careful investigation of your claim. 

Many factors can affect the value of your case, including:

  • Comparative fault or whether you share blame
  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • Insurance coverage available
  • Strength of your evidence and how clear liability is 

It is especially difficult to calculate non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. Queens personal injury attorneys usually begin by multiplying your economic losses by a factor of 1.5 to 5 based on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of your injuries. An accident that results in catastrophic injury, permanent impairment, significant pain, and/or disfigurement will have higher non-economic damages than a case involving simple fractures and minimal long-term harm.

What Damages Are Available After an Accident in Queens, New York?

In New York, several types of damages are available in personal injury claims. 

The most common damages are:

You are entitled to be made as whole as possible. In addition to immediate damages you have suffered, you are entitled to compensation for future damages related to your crash. This includes money to compensate for lost or reduced earning capacity and the anticipated cost of future medical treatment.

Punitive damages are available in a small number of injury claims. These damages punish the defendant for willful disregard for the safety of others or gross negligence.

Because New York is a no-fault insurance state, you must file your insurance claim with your own policy first. Your policy will only cover economic damages. If you meet the “serious injury” threshold under New York law, you can then sue the at-fault driver for damages. In a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover broader damages, including pain and suffering.  

What Happens If I’m Blamed for an Accident in New York?

What Happens If I’m Blamed for an Accident in New York?Under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule, you are entitled to compensation even if you are partially to blame for the crash. In fact, you can recover money even if you are up to 99% at fault. Your recovery will be reduced based on the share of fault that is assigned to you. By contrast, some states use a contributory fault system that bars you from recovering any compensation if you contributed to the accident.

Insurance companies use the pure comparative negligence rule to their advantage. For every share of blame they shift to you, they reduce their financial liability.

This is crucial to keep in mind when dealing with an insurance company. A Queens personal injury lawyer will fight these tactics.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in New York?

New York personal injury law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of your accident. If you do not file your claim before this deadline expires, you lose your right to recover compensation, and you are barred from using the court system.

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is just two years in New York.

What’s Negligence and How Does it Relate to My Personal Injury Case?

What’s Negligence and How Does it Relate to My Personal Injury Case?Negligence occurs when someone fails to exercise the amount of care that a reasonable person would have demonstrated under similar circumstances. When someone’s negligence causes injury to another, it can result in a personal injury claim against the negligent party.

A successful negligence claim in New York requires proving four key elements of your case:

  • Duty. This means the other party owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent harm. For example, all drivers owe others a duty to obey traffic rules and drive with care. Medical providers owe patients a heightened duty of care to exercise the proper training and skill to deliver the standard of medical care.
  • Breach of duty. This means the other party breached their duty in some way, such as by speeding or drunk driving.
  • Causation. This means the breach of duty directly caused your injuries. For example, a driver’s speeding isn’t necessarily to blame for the accident if their speeding was not the cause of the crash or your injuries.
  • Damages. You must prove you suffered damages as a result of the accident and show the extent of your damages. 

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we will work tirelessly to build the strongest negligence case possible based on an investigation of your crash.

What Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Queens, New York?

You do not have to pay anything out-of-pocket for experienced legal representation. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we work on a contingency-fee basis. You pay nothing unless we are successful in recovering compensation. If so, our attorney’s fees will be paid out of your settlement, not out of pocket.

Contact a Queens Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

After a traumatic accident, the last thing you should be worried about is complicated paperwork and fighting with an unsympathetic insurance company. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will give you the representation you need and fight for the full compensation you deserve.

Call our law office in Queens, New York to schedule a free consultation with a Queens personal injury lawyer who can help you.

 

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New York City Office 

450 7th Ave Suite 409
New York, NY 10123

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Brooklyn, New York 11242

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