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Were you recently hurt in an accident in Westchester, NY? Are you struggling with a painful injury because someone else was negligent? A Westchester personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our Westchester accident attorneys have over 25 years of litigation experience. Over the years, we’ve proven our worth in the most important way we can: by recovering millions in compensation for injured clients.
Don’t hesitate to get legal advice if you were hurt. Our lawyers are standing by, so call today to schedule a free consultation.
Medical bills alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars if you’re seriously hurt. If someone else caused your injuries, getting fair compensation can be one of the most important things you ever do.
Your case is too important to trust just any lawyer. You wouldn’t want a criminal defense lawyer handling your car accident claim. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, personal injury law is all we do. We have over 25 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and advocating for injured clients.
When you hire our team, an experienced Westchester personal injury lawyer will:
Our Westchester personal injury attorneys will never settle for less than what you deserve. We don’t have to–because we’re ready to advocate for your rights in court.
Interested in learning more? Call or contact our law firm to schedule a 100% free case evaluation today.
In February of 2021, 2,503 people were hurt in NYC motor vehicle accidents. According to the Department of Health, approximately 6,207 New Yorkers are hospitalized for car accident injuries every year.
91 New York City workers were killed on the job in 2019.
Those figures don’t even begin to account for the thousands of New Yorkers who are hospitalized for fall-related injuries every year.
At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we handle all types of personal injury claims in Westchester.
We handle cases involving:
If an accident is fatal, our lawyers in Westchester County can also help you recover compensation for wrongful death.
There’s no simple formula to determine what your injury case is worth. Rather than use a cookie-cutter approach, our lawyers evaluate the totality of your circumstances. That way, we’ll have the best shot of recovering the maximum compensation available.
More serious injuries, like brain injuries or paralysis, tend to generate higher settlements. It’s usually more expensive to treat injuries that are permanent or life-threatening–and it usually takes longer for the victim to recover.
Factors that are relevant in determining the value of your injury claim include:
Settlements also tend to be higher in cases where the defendant’s liability is clearly established.
Westchester personal injury laws give victims the right to recover compensatory damages in the form of economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages in New York often include:
Non-economic damages in New York include:
In limited cases, you might also have the right to punitive damages. Because punitive damages aren’t designed to compensate the victim for any recognizable loss, they’re only available in rare cases where judges and juries deem it appropriate to punish the defendant.
Under the New York comparative fault rules, your role in the accident will be compared to others who might share fault. Judges and juries assign a percentage of fault to each responsible party. If you’re partly responsible, your damages award can be reduced accordingly.
Importantly, you won’t be barred from recovering compensation unless you were 100% to blame for getting hurt.
Is shared responsibility an issue in your case? Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help minimize the effect of this common insurance tactic.
The statute of limitations in New York gives an injured person three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once the three-year anniversary of the accident passes, you lose your right to compensation.
This might seem like a technical, procedural rule that courts might overlook if your injuries are serious. That’s not the case. Courts strictly enforce the relevant timelines in personal injury cases. If you miss the deadline, you lose your right to compensation.
Most personal injury cases in New York are founded on negligence. Negligence means that someone had a duty to act carefully and didn’t, causing someone else to get hurt.
Proving negligence means proving four basic elements, including:
A “duty of care” means a duty to act as a reasonable person would behave under the circumstances. The law assumes that reasonable people would exercise caution to prevent accidents.
The duty element is often straightforward. For example, the law automatically assumes that all drivers have a legal duty of care to others on the roads.
Establishing the at-fault party’s legal duty can be much more complex in cases involving medical malpractice–where the medical “standard of care” can vary from case to case.
Breach is another word for a mistake. Accident victims have to prove what the responsible party did wrong to cause the accident. For example, running a red light is something that a reasonable person wouldn’t do–and counts as a breach of a driver’s legal duty of care.
Finding out exactly what caused your accident and injuries is the key to identifying all responsible parties. Call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to learn more about how our team can help.
To recover damages, the accident must directly cause the victim’s injuries.
For example, if a driver swerves into the bike land and hits a bicyclist because the driver was looking at his phone. The driver’s actions directly caused the cyclist’s injuries–and those injuries were reasonably foreseeable consequences of distracted driving.
Damages can be financial, physical, or even psychological. Most accident victims will have medical bills and lost wages as damages–so this element might sound simple. In reality, it’s one of the most complex areas of personal injury law.
The insurance company won’t simply hand over a check for what’s fair. Your lawyer will have to translate your losses into dollar amounts to establish the value of your damages. You’ll also have to prove that your damages really are worth as much as you claim.
There are no up-front charges when you hire the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to handle your injury claim.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis. That means we’ll assume the financial risks associated with your case. We’ll handle the filing fees, administrative costs, and even the cost of hiring experts. We’ll only charge you attorneys’ fees if we win compensation for you.
When we reach a settlement or win a verdict in your case, our team takes a percentage once the case is over. That way, you can get the quality legal representation you deserve without the financial risk.
Were you or a family member injured in White Plains or Westchester County, NY? Don’t try to navigate the legal process alone. Call an experienced Westchester personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to make sure you’re getting the full compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is always free, so give us a call today to get started.