Personal Injury Lawyer in Long Island
Here at Sarisohn, Sarisohn, Carner & DeVita we are committed to helping you through the difficult times that often follow an accident. If you are injured, there are important time limitations, mountains of paperwork and complex legal issues involving your rights as an injured person. Decades of experience and service to injured Long Islanders makes our firm your best resource for help. Because we are conveniently located in central Suffolk County, our office is easy to reach. If you are unable to come to the office, we can arrange an in-home consultation. Or one of our lawyers can visit a sick or injured family member in the hospital, if needed.
If faced with an injury, you should become informed of your rights immediately. Often, well meaning friends and family will offer advice that later proves to be incomplete, inaccurate or just plain wrong. Trust the professionals at Sarisohn, Sarisohn, Carner & DeVita who will dedicate their efforts to advising and protecting your rights as an injured person. If you are entitled to a recovery, rest assured that your lawyer is fighting to secure just compensation. If you have injury claims to bring, know that they will be prosecuted fully and fairly by our attorneys.
Holding the Negligent Accountable for Your Injuries
A leisurely drive. A walk down the street. A visit to the doctor. A stay in a nursing home. While seemingly safe, each of these actions can result in serious, life-threatening injuries. At Sarisohn, Sarisohn, Carner & DeVita, we hold negligent parties accountable and seek just compensation for our clients through personal injury claims.
Negligence Resulting in Car and Truck Accidents
At Sarisohn, Sarisohn, Carner & DeVita, our practice of personal injury covers a variety of diverse areas. Most common are accidents that involve a car or truck. An impaired or inattentive automobile driver can present danger to others on the road. Similarly, a truck driver who is sleep deprived or carrying too much weight in the trailer literally represents an accident waiting to happen.
Holding Property Owners Accountable for Slip and Fall and Dog Bite Injuries
Our personal injury attorneys also represent clients injured due to a property owner's negligence. We represent the injured who suffer from physical and emotional injuries because someone ignored a potential danger, such as a dog bite or a slippery surface.
Unexpected Dangers from Medical Professionals
A visit to a medical clinic should be an important step in getting better. Placing your elderly loved one in the care of nursing home staff is a bond of trust. You assume that medical professionals at all levels maintain high standards of quality in their care. The last thing you expect is medical malpractice or the abuse or neglect of your family member. Bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers are often a sign of neglect on the part of nursing home staff.
In short, personal injury is any injury to a person’s physical body, not their property, reputation, etc. If you are injured by someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, in order to have a successful suit, you must prove that the person you’re suing either acted negligently or intentionally caused you harm.
Legally speaking, a person who acts (or fails to act) in a way that a “reasonably prudent” person would is considered negligent. In general, there are four elements of negligence. One, there must be a relationship that establishes a duty of care between you and the other person. Two, that person must have breached their duty of care. Three, your injuries must be directly caused by that breach of duty. And finally, you must have real damages from the breach of duty, such as expenses from medical bills or property repair.
It’s important to have an experienced New York personal injury attorney by your side to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve. Your lawyer will be familiar with local laws and statutes, as well as how the local court system works, to ensure you’re treated fairly. They also know how to gather the proper evidence for your case and negotiate with insurance companies and other parties to get you fair compensation.
Every state has a statute of limitations, establishing how long you have to file a lawsuit after a personal injury. In New York, you generally have three years to file a lawsuit. However, there are exceptions. For instance, if the injured person isn’t 18 yet, the three-year “clock” will likely start when they turn 18. In addition, if the person being sued leaves the state for at least 4 months, and before the lawsuit is filed, the clock will be “paused” until that person returns.
Compensation is divided into two general categories: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are any to which an objective dollar amount can be applied, just as medical costs and lost wages. Noneconomic damages are more objective, such as pain and suffering. In rare instances, punitive damages may also be awarded; these are designed to punish the defendant. There are no caps on any types of damages in New York.
New York follows a pure comparative fault statute. This means that, even if you are partially at fault for your injuries, you may still be able to recover compensation. After the court establishes how much compensation is owed, you will receive a portion lessened by your percentage of fault. Other comparative fault states only allow you to recover compensation if you are less than 50% or 49% at fault for your injuries. In New York, however, even if you are 99% at fault, you may be able to recover that 1% of compensation.