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If you have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages through a New York personal injury lawsuit. 

Because there is a limited amount of time to file your claim, it is essential that you consult a Manhattan personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

A personal injury accident complicates lives. We handle the following types of cases:

Commonly Asked Questions

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York, NY?

In New York, NY, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is generally three years from the date of the injury. However, there may be exceptions to this deadline depending on the circumstances of your case. It is best to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss any important deadlines.

What types of compensation can I seek in a personal injury lawsuit?

In a personal injury lawsuit, you may be eligible to seek various types of compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damage. The specific types of compensation available to you will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries, as well as the circumstances of the incident. A personal injury attorney can help you determine the appropriate compensation to pursue in your case.

Do I need to hire a personal injury attorney for my case?

While it is not required to hire a personal injury attorney, it is highly recommended. Personal injury cases can be complex, and insurance companies often try to minimize the amount they have to pay out in claims. An experienced personal injury attorney can protect your rights, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, gather evidence, assess the value of your claim, and navigate the legal process. They can also provide guidance and support during this difficult time.

Should You Accept a Settlement from the Insurance Company?

Accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company is a pivotal decision in any personal injury case. While it may seem tempting to settle quickly and move on, it's crucial to assess the offer thoroughly with the guidance of a seasoned personal injury attorney. Here's why:

  • Understanding the Offer: Insurance companies often aim to settle claims for the lowest possible amount to minimize their financial liability. They may present seemingly attractive offers upfront, but these amounts might not adequately cover the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future rehabilitation costs.
  • Consulting with Legal Counsel: Seeking advice from a Manhattan personal injury lawyer is essential before accepting any settlement offer. An experienced attorney can evaluate the offer in light of your case's specifics, ensuring that you don't settle for less than you deserve. They will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to secure a fair and just settlement.
  • Assessing Your Damages: Personal injury claims involve various types of damages, both economic and non-economic. Without a thorough understanding of your case's value, accepting an offer hastily can leave you financially vulnerable in the long run. An attorney will carefully assess your damages and factor in future expenses to determine a fair settlement amount.

Validating Your Personal Injury Claim

Determining the validity of a personal injury claim requires a comprehensive examination of several key factors:

  • Duty of Care: Establishing that the defendant owed you a duty of care is fundamental to a personal injury claim. This duty varies depending on the circumstances but generally entails exercising reasonable caution to prevent harm to others.
  • Breach of Duty: If the defendant breached their duty of care through negligent or reckless actions, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries. This breach could involve actions such as reckless driving, medical malpractice, or failure to maintain safe premises.
  • Causation: Proving that the defendant's breach of duty directly caused your injuries is crucial. This requires demonstrating a clear link between their actions and the harm you suffered.
  • Damages: Valid personal injury claims must involve measurable damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

At the Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C., our philosophy is simple: all cases are handled personally by accident attorney Julio E. Portilla, our clients are kept informed of the status of their cases at all times, and we seek maximum results for every client, given the unique circumstances of each injury accident case. 

From car accident cases to slip and fall injuries, our personal injury practice focuses on helping clients throughout the prosecution of their claim. Whether your case can be resolved by negotiating with an insurance company for a fair settlement or it requires us to go to trial to litigate on your behalf, we have what it takes to get the compensation you deserve.

To find out if you are eligible to file a claim to recover your losses, contact Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. at (917) 909-6166 to schedule your free case consultation.

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