Woodside Personal Injury
Woodside is a neighborhood in Queens. Around one in 14 people who are 16 or older in Woodside and the adjacent neighborhood of Sunnyside are unemployed. Around half spend more than 30% of their monthly gross income paying rent. When you are facing significant financial burdens already, it can be terrifying to suffer serious injuries in a major accident. Whether you were hit by a truck or fell on a cracked sidewalk, you will need time to rest and recover. However, just when you most need time to heal, you may receive massive medical bills. For many people, it is critical to bring a lawsuit to recover damages sustained as a result of another person's fault. At Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP, our Woodside personal injury lawyers can evaluate your situation and represent you in a lawsuit for damages as appropriate.Protect Your Rights Through a Personal Injury Claim
Devastating injuries may result from truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, car crashes, slip and falls, or construction accidents, among other situations. Your life can be completely changed by a catastrophic injury, whether the injury is disfigurement, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis, back injuries, broken bones, or burns. These types of injuries may result your being unable to contribute to the household or go to work. Your family may be greatly burdened.
Most often, personal injury lawsuits try to establish accountability by proving negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. A plaintiff seeking to show negligence must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care that was not met, and the result of this failure was injuries and damages. For example, if a truck driver was falling asleep one night on the road and swerved into your lane, and because of that you suffered broken bones and a traumatic brain injury, you would likely be able to show that the fatigued driving was the cause of your injuries. In that situation, a personal injury attorney in Woodside would probably be able to show that the truck driver was responsible.
On the other hand, if the cause of the injuries is too remote from the accident, it may not be possible to recover damages. For example, if you are driving, and the cars in front of you stop suddenly because there is an accident ahead, and you suffer injuries while rear-ending the car in front of you, it is unlikely that you would be able to hold the person who caused the initial accident liable for your injuries. The causal connection is not likely to be found strong enough, and there might be an issue of comparative negligence based on tailgating.
Comparative negligence is a rule whereby a plaintiff's damages are reduced by their own percentage of responsibility for an accident. For example, if you are injured in a retail store because you pulled down some improperly stacked merchandise on yourself, you might be able to put together a strong claim with the assistance of a Woodside personal injury attorney. However, the store owner might defend itself by saying that a reasonable person would have seen the danger inherent in the situation if the merchandise was obviously unstable and refrained from pulling it down. The jury could determine the total damages and assign both parties a percentage of fault. If the total damages were $200,000, and you were found to be 30% at fault and the storeowner was 70% at fault, you could recover $140,000 from the store owner.
Damages that you may be able to recover in a personal injury lawsuit if you are able to establish liability include both economic and noneconomic losses, such as medical bills, household services, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, medical equipment, and alterations to your home.Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in the Woodside Area
If you sustain serious injuries in an accident, you may be able to recover damages from the responsible party or parties. Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP provides vigorous legal representation to accident victims. Call us at 718-896-2700 or complete our online form for an appointment to discuss your case.