BRONX PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
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We love the Yankees, but we don’t love the traffic in the Bronx! When an accident strikes, you need an experienced Bronx Personal Injury Attorney to help you get your life back on the road as soon as possible.
When property owners are careless or reckless, and people get hurt, they are liable for damages. Falls, dog bites, elevators, construction sites and more. We can help you collect the compensation you deserve.
When doctors, nurses, and hospitals make careless or reckless mistakes, justice can be found for their victims. Failure to Diagnose, Surgical Mistakes, Birth Injuries, and other claims can be brought on your behalf.
Let’s give the Bronx cheer to racism, sexism and other types of discrimination, with legal action that holds people responsible for their misconduct.
We hold the makers and sellers of dangerous products accountable for their carelessness and recklessness. If you’ve been injured by a product, big or small, please call us to discuss what we can do to help you.
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The contingency fee system was signed into law to allow people that cannot afford to pay attorneys access to the legal system to assert their rights. Personal Injury Attorneys do not get paid for their services unless, and until, a settlement is accepted or a judgment is entered. This means that they must be very selective about the cases they take on, only accepting cases that they believe are winnable. Below are 10 ways to get a personal injury attorney to take your case, in other words, here's how you help a personal injury attorney say "yes" to your case. EMERGENCY ROOM TREATMENT If you sustained injuries in a traffic accident, accept the offer of an ambulance from the police officers on the scene. If you refuse the ambulance, you will be listed on the police report as "not injured." For a slip and fall, the police are usually not summoned, but if you are injured, you can call an ambulance to take to y0u to the emergency room to be checked over. This is a good idea even if you don't end up making a case, as the shock of an accident can mask symptoms, and there could be internal bleeding or other serious injuries that do require immediate attention. Medical treatment immediately after an accident will help your attorney make the case that your injuries from THIS accident, and not something else that might have happened between the accident and a visit to the doctor. PHOTOS OF ACCIDENT SCENE Taking photos of the scene will help an attorney show how the accident happened and the damage to the vehicles on the scene. This demonstrative evidence will strengthen your case and make an attorney more likely to take it on. GET THE POLICE REPORT Bringing a police report to your consultation with a personal injury lawyer is a big plus, especially if it shows that the accident was not your fault. For smaller cases, attorneys will [...]
People are often puzzled by why personal injury attorneys decline cases. Sometimes they think they have a great case, and call every personal injury attorney in town, only to have their case declined time and time again. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, which means that they must invest money and resources in each case they take, and turn down those cases that they will believe will result in a loss. They promise "no fee unless we win," and can't expect to stay in practice if they take too many cases they might lose. There are some personal injury attorneys that will handle riskier matters such as some types of employment discrimination cases, but only if they believe the case has merit and that the client can afford to pay the fees. Here are 15 of the top reasons a personal injury attorney declines a case. Not Enough Evidence That Somebody Else Caused the Injury For a traffic accident, this could mean that the police report indicates that you are more than 50% liable for the accident. For example, you had the stop sign at an intersection or you were making a left turn. It could be that the other car was speeding, but without a witness, this would be very difficult to prove. Remember, personal injury attorneys only get paid when they win, so they don't want to take cases they are likely to lose. The same concept applies to other types of personal injury cases. If you fell on a staircase at a restaurant, but there's nothing wrong with the staircase, it's not the restaurant's fault. If you claim you were "falsely arrested," but the police had a detailed description of you, and "probable cause" to arrest you, even if you are cleared. For medical malpractice, this might mean that the injury you suffered from a surgical procedure was a risk of the procedure and not a medical mistake. Your Injury is Minor [...]
Lead paint was banned in New York City in 1960, but has no been removed from many homes, especially in the Bronx. The New York Times reported that Mayor Deblasio is planning to "eradicate" lead paint from public housing, but it seems like it's too little, too late. When walls are painted over without stripping the lead paint underneath, small children can still peel off the paint and ingest it, causing the high lead levels known as "lead poisoning." Lead poisoning can cause severe neurological problems for children that ingest it, including intellectual disabilities. If your child shows these symptoms and you may have lead in your home, you should have the child tested and speak to a Bronx Lead Poisoning Attorney. The Times also reports that at least 50,000 apartment still have lead paint, and many of the residents are not even aware that this toxic poison is in their homes. Reuters reports that, "In 2015, 5,400 city children tested with an elevated blood lead level, 5 micrograms per deciliter or higher, New York’s most recent annual report on lead poisoning showed. More than 800 had levels at least twice that high." Awareness programs have not been successful due to the stresses on families in public housing to who are often struggling to hold down more than one job, and cannot supervise their children as closely as more affluent parents. They also lack the means for "self-help" to strip the paint themselves, as they are barely able to make ends meet. Despite the efforts of non-profit organizations, and the lawsuits from many a Bronx Lead Poisoning Attorney, the problem persists. There are laws on the books requiring public housing and private landlords to remove all traces of lead, but they are not being enforced. Lack of funding for enforcement officials is cited as the reason for these oversights. We can only hope that Mayor Blasio makes good on his promise before thousands more children are poisoned. Meanwhile, you [...]
According to the New York Post, The Bronx is the "lawsuit capital of NYC." The Bronx is the second smallest borough, yet more lawsuits are filed there due to the belief that Bronx juries are more generous to plaintiffs than any other borough. The statistics are clear that the highest verdicts in the State are brought in by Bronx juries. That's why Personal Injury Attorneys always want to bring a lawsuit in the Bronx, whenever possible. Councilman Andrew Cohen (D Bronx) says, “Any way they can figure out to find a nexus to bring a case in The Bronx, they’re going to do that,” he said. “Bronx people are generally poorer than in other parts of the city, so they might be more sympathetic to poor plaintiffs.” Personal Injury Attorneys can file lawsuits in any borough where there is a connection to either the Plaintiff or Defendant, so they can often choose to bring lawsuits in The Bronx. So, for example, if the Plaintiff is from Nassau County and the Defendant is from The Bronx, lawyers will always file in the Bronx. The demographics of other boroughs have changed, with Brooklyn becoming more affluent and Queens becoming more diverse, but The Bronx is still the best venue for plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, with verdicts higher than elsewhere in New York. The reputation for high verdicts also leads to higher settlements when the threat of a Bronx jury is looming. That's why lawyers always want to bring lawsuits in The Bronx. It is interesting to note that this liberal bent always leads to a surprising amount of acquittals in criminal cases. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bronx juries find criminal defendants guilty only 43% of the time, whereas the rate is about 70% in other boroughs. The Bronx also has the high rates of arrests in New York City, which probably is a factor in the "let the guy go" attitude.
Gone are the days when bullying was considered a “rite of passage” and parents whose children have been bullied are told things like “teach them to stand up for themselves” and that “boys will boys.” We know now that bullying has serious has a serious lifelong impact on a child, and that it has been linked to the current rash of school shootings. While laws on the books are being strengthened, the enforcement of those laws is lagging behind. It’s time to hold schools accountable for the harm due to the psychological impact of bullying o their students. According to National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE)“Every 7 MINUTES a child is bullied. Adult intervention – 4%. Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention – 85%.” Students who bully others, are bullied, or witness bullying are more likely to report high levels of suicide-related behavior than students who report no involvement in bullying (Center for Disease Control, 2014). These harsh facts have led to stronger laws to protect students from bullying, but enforcement is lagging behind. It is now clear that the psychological impact of bullying can be devastating. The United States Office for Civil Rights, issued directives to expand existing laws (The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Titles VI and IX; The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504; and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Title II) to address bullying. School Districts can now be held liable for peer harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability when it is “serious enough” that it creates a “hostile environment” and when harassment is “tolerated, encouraged, not adequately addressed or ignored by school employees.” This put the onus on school officials to take immediate action to not just follow up on complaints, but to monitor for unreported bullying that is taking place at their school. StopBullying.gov, an official website of the United State Government, suggests that parents look for these warning signs that your child might be [...]