Filing a Personal Injury Claim in New York
Representing Victims of Negligence Throughout the Nation
At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we believe that there is no excuse for negligence. A slight mistake, a careless action, or a lack of attention to the situation at hand can lead to very serious repercussions. When someone is injured in a car accident, truck accident, or due to medical malpractice or a defective product, our personal injury lawyers in New York are here to help the victims take control of the situation.
We have decades of experience and are committed to providing high quality legal representation and obtaining justice for our clients. No matter what type of accident or injuries your case entails or how complex or challenging your situation may be, trust that we can help you find the means to move forward and fight for rightful compensation.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
After you are involved in an accident or otherwise harmed because of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault person or party. There are many steps to take in order to protect your rights, including your right to full financial compensation. One of these steps is reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through the legal process.
Insurance companies will often do anything possible to reduce your payout, including attempting to get you to admit fault or downplay the true nature of your injuries. Our New York personal injury attorneys have the experience you need to fight for fair compensation.
Our attorneys can help you prove the following:
- The person responsible for your injury is called the "negligent party," or the defendant. Proving that this negligent party owed you a "duty of care" is the first step in obtaining fair compensation.
- The at-fault party did not adhere to this duty of care by acting negligently or wrongfully in the time leading up to your accident.
- The negligent party's actions were a direct and proximate cause of your personal injury or other losses (including the loss of a loved one).
The insurance company that represents the negligent party is ultimately responsible for your damages, which may include things like medical bills, lost income, disability, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Our firm can help you fight to hold the liable insurance company accountable.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims in New York?
In every state, there is a time limit for filing claims that is protected by law. This is known as the statute of limitations. In New York State, the statute of limitations allows three years to file a claim starting from the date of the injury. This means that if you do not file a claim within the three years that are allotted, your claim will not be eligible to be reviewed for compensation. In other words, if more than three years pass from the date of the accident or injury and you do not file a claim, you will be barred from filing a claim and recovering compensation.
Types of Injury Cases We Handle
At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we are equipped to handle a wide variety of personal injury cases. From car accidents to medical malpractice and incidents that lead to serious, catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death, we understand the level of due care and attention required to help you arrive at a favorable outcome. Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is particularly known for handling high-value cases, with several of our attorneys assisting in prominent litigation that has led to million- and multimillion-dollar settlements.
Here are some of the types of personal injury cases we are prepared to handle:
- Aviation accidents
- Bus and subway accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
- Police and firefighter accidents
- Police brutality
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- School injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Traumatic brain injury
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
- Sexual harassment, assault, and child sexual abuse
- Medical malpractice and birth injuries
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective medical devices
- Professional negligence
- Chemical exposure
As experienced New York personal injury attorneys, we work night and day to resolve clients’ cases, with the goal of obtaining full financial and emotional recovery. We know that an accident or serious injury disrupts your life. That is why we do everything in our power to secure justice to you.
What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic?"
In many cases, injury victims can make a full recovery over time and return to their life as usual. However, in some cases, the trauma experienced by victims is so serious, a full recovery is impossible. When an accident victim's quality of life is permanently affected by their injury, that injury is considered catastrophic.
Examples of catastrophic injury include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
These types of injuries have devastating, life-altering effects and can cost victims hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in treatment, lost wages, and other expenses in the course of their lifetimes.
Do Not Pay for Someone Else’s Negligence
Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has been helping injury victims achieve favorable case results for over 40 years. With decades of experience and a legacy of success behind us, our personal injury firm is dedicated to serving clients in New York and across the United States. Regardless of the severity of your injuries or the complexity of your case, our goal is to help you recover the restitution and recovery you deserve.