Staten Island Personal Injury Lawyers
To some degree, we are all at the mercy of the actions of those around us. When negligent, reckless, or nefarious people cross our path, we are at risk for harm.
On Staten Island, suffering an injury because of someone else’s actions can happen in just about any life situation you can imagine. It can occur while walking your dog, when you slip on uncleared snow or ice on a sidewalk; when a distracted truck driver runs a red light and smashes into your vehicle; when a surgeon botches a routine procedure and leaves you in worse condition than when you walked into the hospital; and so on.
No matter the cause, a severe injury can come with damaging, life-altering consequences. Not only does it cause you physical pain, but it also forces you to confront emotional trauma and an ever-mounting financial burden. In the worst cases, the expenses and general life difficulties that accompany an accidental injury can force you into financial ruin, facing foreclosure, unemployment, and personal bankruptcy.
Suffering a severe injury on Staten Island should never mean that all hope is lost. You might feel overwhelmed right now, but you do have options. New York law permits injured persons to seek compensation for damages related to their injuries by filing a lawsuit in civil court. Compensation will not necessarily undo the harm that has been done, but it can ease some of your economic struggles and provide you with the resources you need to recover from your injury and to move forward with your life.
The experienced Staten Island personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP understand the struggles that come with suffering a severe injury because of someone else’s actions. We commit our entire legal practice to assisting clients on Staten Island and throughout the Tri-State area through challenging times.
If you or one you love has sustained injuries on Staten Island because of another party’s actions or inaction, contact us at (877)-565-2993 to discuss the details of the event which led to your injury during a free case evaluation.
What are the Types of Personal Injury Cases Jacoby & Meyers, LLP Handles?
An abundant amount of scenarios might lead to a personal injury claim, and we have the experience and know-how to deal with them all. Of course, some kinds of personal injury cases are more common than others. Keep reading to learn about some of the common personal injury cases our attorneys routinely handle.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
According to the New York State Department of Health, traffic accidents are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the state, the number two cause of hospitalizations, and the number three cause for emergency room visits. The Health Department also reports that car accidents cause three New Yorkers to die each day and victims rack up about $1.1 billion annually in charges for hospitalization and emergency department visits. Traffic accidents might occur because of driver error, driver negligence, defective vehicle parts, and a variety of other things.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, experienced personal injury attorneys help accident victims get the justice they deserve against reckless and negligent drivers who break traffic regulations and cause injury to other motorists.
Accidents Involving Injuries or Fatalities Citywide
New York’s Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) estimates more than 3,700 motorcycle crashes occurred on New York’s roads in 2018, including those in Staten Island. These crashes led to 150 fatalities, an increase from 2017. Cruising around on a motorcycle is a great way to get around New York City and Staten Island, especially when car traffic is horrendous. Yet, the heavy traffic is exactly what puts Staten Island motorcycle enthusiasts at risk.
First, even bikers who wear helmets and proper gear don’t have the same protection those in cars and trucks have. This means when careless and negligent motorists break traffic rules, don’t check their blind spots, and act oblivious to sharing the road with motorcycles, they put bikers at risk for serious, maybe even fatal, motorcycle crashes.
Our firm fights for bikers to get them the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Truck crashes (along with other similar vehicles like bus accidents) are among the most serious and deadly of all types of traffic accidents. A heavy truck, especially when fully loaded, inflicts enormous force in an accident. A fully-loaded semi can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, whereas the average passenger vehicle weighs somewhere around 3,500 pounds. This dangerous discrepancy means truck drivers often walk away from crashes while occupants of smaller vehicles sustain severe injuries.
According to the ITSMR, about 4,300 motorists suffered severe or fatal injuries in crashes involving heavy trucks on New York roads in one recent year. This alarming statistic is on the rise too. Careless truckers who drive when they are fatigued, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or merely lax in following regulations, put nearby occupants of passenger vehicles at risk for life-threatening accidents. Negligent trucking companies can also face legal liability for causing truck collisions when they hire unqualified drivers and fail to train them well, or when they ignore their obligation to inspect and provide proper maintenance for their trucks.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, holds negligent trucking companies and their drivers accountable so accident victims have the money they need for ongoing medical treatment.
Whether taking a leisurely stroll on Staten Island, going for a run, or walking to and from the ferry terminal, pedestrians risk getting struck by a motorist, especially when traffic is heavy. With nothing to protect them from the road, pedestrian accidents inflict often severe, and sometimes fatal, injuries. A pedestrian knockdown might result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if the victim hits his or her head.
TBIs cause long term damage that victims must cope with for life. Pedestrian knockdown victims might also suffer fractures or crushed bones, excruciatingly painful injuries to their backs, and debilitating spinal cord injuries. TBIs, back injuries, and spinal cord injuries rank high among the most expensive injuries a victim can suffer. They often require months, sometimes years of medical treatment. In extreme cases, the injuries can force victims to relocate to nursing facilities to receive around-the-clock care.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys understand the burden a severe injury can cause you and your family, and we are here to help you hold careless drivers accountable for causing you harm.
When parents and other older adults we love begin to age and can no longer care for themselves, we sometimes have to move them into a nursing home. We trust these facilities to treat our elderly loved ones with the utmost respect and dignity, and to provide excellent care.
Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Nursing homes are notorious for being short-staffed, which can lead to neglect of the needs of residents; and, although the majority of caregivers are good people who wouldn’t intentionally harm our loved ones, abusive caregivers do exist. The emotional trauma and fear vulnerable seniors can face if they suffer abuse can make their time in a nursing home a living hell.
If you suspect a resident in a nursing home, rehab facility, or assisted living facility has suffered or is suffering physical, verbal, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, you need the compassionate and aggressive nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, in your corner to help stop the abuse and get you the compensation you need to provide exceptional care to those you love.
Premises Liability Accidents
Under New York Law, Staten Island property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a safe condition for visitors. This includes warning visitors of any known or reasonably-knowable hazards. When owners neglect their properties, serious, sometimes deadly accidents can occur. Many different types of accidents can fall under the umbrella of premises liability cases such as:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Playground and park accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Theme park accidents
- New York City subway or Staten Island Ferry accidents
- Shopping mall accidents
- Office building accidents
- Inadequate security resulting in injury
Any space where owners fail to provide proper maintenance or to do simple things like removing snow, ice, or trash, can result in a premises liability accident. Injured victims can file a claim for their injuries against those at fault, such as individual owners, a business, or a government entity. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP,, we investigate the circumstances of a premises liability accident to hold negligent property owners accountable.
Accidents in the workplace, especially those which occur on construction sites or at jobs involving heavy physical labor, can be debilitating. Unfortunately, because of workers’ compensation laws, you cannot typically sue your employer for your injuries. Yet, workers’ compensation often does not even begin to cover your losses from a severe accident. In some cases, third parties contribute to the cause of a workplace accident, giving injured workers a potential source of additional compensation.
If you suffered a severe injury in the workplace, you need a qualified attorney who understands how to help you pursue compensation inside and outside of the workers’ compensation system. No case is the same, but one of our skilled lawyers can advise you on the right course of action for your particular circumstances.
Why Choose Jacoby & Meyers as your Staten Island Personal Injury Attorneys?
If you decide to take legal action against a party who caused you injury, you might recover medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages related to your claim, such as loss in quality of life or mental anguish, if your case settles or a court rules in your favor.
Our Results in Personal Injury Cases
The skilled personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP have more than 40 years of experience in the settlement, negotiation, and litigation of a wide variety of personal injury cases. The firm’s dedication to client advocacy and professional excellence has resulted in recovering millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients.
No one should have to face physical, emotional, and financial pain because of another party’s wrongful actions. If they do, however, then at the very least they should recover compensation from the person or entity who did them harm.
Some examples of recent case results of settlement agreements and verdicts in favor of the plaintiff which Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, secured for their clients include:
- $8,323,000 for a client who developed cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice
- $2,000,000 for a client who suffered injuries during a trip and fall accident
- $1,036,000 for a client who suffered a birth injury at a New York City hospital
- $950,000 for clients whose baby suffered burns in a fire because of a negligent landlord
- $550,000 for a client who sustained burns as a result of a gas leak
- $450,000 for a client whose doctor didn’t diagnose a mass which later developed into lung cancer
- $200,000 for a client injured from a fall caused by a carpenter who performed sub-standard work
- $175,000 for an elderly client who was neglected at a nursing care facility
- $100,000 after a client suffered injuries from a head-on collision
The examples above do not guarantee specific results for your personal injury claim; yet, you can count on the diligent personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, to investigate the cause of your injuries, uncover relevant facts, and build a strong case to give you the best possible chance of receiving maximum compensation for your injuries and related losses.
The experienced legal team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, can investigate your personal injury claim, gather relevant evidence and documents, handle communications with insurance companies, and file all necessary paperwork for a lawsuit. We also understand the financial stress a severe injury can bring to your life, so we handle personal injury cases on contingency, deducting attorney fees only from any settlement or court-awarded damages we secure for you. We also offer a free initial case evaluation.
“If it were not for the integral legal team of experts at Jacoby & Meyers I would not be where I am today with my recovery. I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J.
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