Staten Island Personal Injury Attorney

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 through Latourette Park
  • Slipping on uncleared snow or ice on a sidewalk in Arden Heights
  • Driving on the Staten Island Expressway or while stuck in traffic on the I-278 headed into Brooklyn
  • Recovering from a routine surgical procedure at Richmond University Medical Center or St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Crossing the street by the Bayonne Crossing shopping mall

No matter the cause and no matter where your accident occurs, 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. As a result, you could find yourself facing foreclosure, unemployment, and personal bankruptcy. When this occurs, you need an experienced and skilled Staten Island personal injury law firm on your side.

Why Choose Us?

Personal Injury Lawyers in Staten Island You Can Trust

At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our Staten Island personal injury lawyers have helped injured Staten Island residents and visitors for nearly 50 years. Over this time, our law firm has grown into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Staten Island. This growth enables us to take on even the most complex injury cases with ease.

However, we have not lost the personalized dedication and compassionate service that caused us to open our doors in 1972. We treat all our clients like they are our number one priority. This is why so many injured Staten Island residents come to Jacoby & Meyers, LLP during their darkest times.

Our track record of success helping injured accident victims speaks volumes. 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 suffered neglect at a nursing care facility
  • $100,000 after a client suffered injuries from a head-on collision

While past success never guarantees future results, you can rest assured knowing you have a team of professionals working tirelessly on your case. This helps us achieve maximum compensation for our clients in a fraction of the time.

You shouldn’t have to drive to Brooklyn or into Manhattan to get help after an injury accident. That is why we have an office located directly in the heart of Staten Island at 26 Watchogue Rd Suite 1. Our office is in Meiers Corners just off of Victory Boulevard and a few blocks from Fairview Cemetery. We offer FREE consultations and evaluations for all our injured clients. To better serve you, we can meet you in your home, in your hospital room, or virtually over the internet. We can also set up a phone consultation or an in-person meeting if you prefer. Our law firm prides itself on being accessible and where you need us – when you need us most.

To set up your FREE initial consultation, call us at (718) 980-9600 or fill out our confidential contact form.

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Getting the Compensation You Deserve

Suffering a severe injury on Staten Island should never mean that you lose all hope. 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 you suffered, 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.

In the state of New York, injured accident victims may need to turn to their own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy first to recover compensation. This is not always easy, even though it is your own policy. Once you exhaust this policy, New York law allows you to file a personal injury lawsuit or injury claim against the negligent party that caused your accident and injuries.

To do this, you must prove liability and show the damages you suffered. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we can help you build a case to collect maximum compensation. We know how to find evidence that is often overlooked during investigations and use this to help our clients best.

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.

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 Staten Island personal injury 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.

Some of the car accident injuries can include:

Accidents Involving Injuries or Fatalities Citywide


Source: https://www1.nyc.gov/

Motorcycle Collisions

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. Nearly 100 motorcycle accidents occur in Staten Island alone every year, especially during nice summer months.

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

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. In one year alone, more than 400 people suffered injuries in Staten Island in truck accidents alone.

Careless truckers who drive while 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.

Pedestrian Accidents

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.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

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.

Workplace Injuries

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.

Staten Island Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve suffered serious injuries due to another person’s negligence and have questions about your next steps, review the FAQs below or contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, to learn more about handling your specific claim.

Staten Island Personal Injury FAQs

What should I do if I suffer an accident in Staten Island caused by another party’s carelessness or negligence?

The actions you take following an accident can determine how much compensation you can ultimately recover for your injuries. To help protect yourself, follow the steps below.

Seek medical assistance to treat any injuries sustained.

Seek medical help for any injuries. Do not ignore any injuries, including what you may perceive as relatively minor injuries. In many cases, the adrenaline from the accident can prevent you from immediately noticing the extent of your injuries. Ignoring your injuries could worsen them unintentionally.

Instances like bearing weight on a broken limb, for example, could lead to a longer healing time and a harder road to recovery down the road. Additionally, some injuries are not visible but extremely dangerous, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal injury. A medical professional can diagnose these injuries immediately after the accident and ensure you receive the necessary treatment.

A professional medical evaluation also records exactly when your injuries likely took place. In some cases, that record can prove essential to your injury claim.

Report the accident.

Be aware of the proper channel for reporting an accident, depending on where the accident occurs. For example, if you suffer an accident on the road, you should report the accident to the New York Police Department. If your accident occurs in a store, you may want to notify store management about the incident.

Reporting the accident helps create an incident report. That incident report then allows you to refer back to any evidence and the narrative collected at the time of the accident.

Collect photographic evidence.

With most people now carrying cell phones wherever they go, collecting evidence may prove relatively simple. You can quickly photograph the accident scene, which will provide an easier look back at exactly what may have caused or contributed to the incident. You will also want to take photos of your injuries.

While at the scene, you may also want to get contact information for any witnesses. Witnesses can help provide an outside perspective on what likely led to the incident.

Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to preempt and protect your injury claim.

Before you talk to the liable party’s insurance company, take the time to talk to a lawyer and ask questions about your claim. A lawyer can tell you what to expect as you manage your Staten Island injury claim. They will be able to advise what you should and should not say after your accident and other means of protecting your right to compensation.

Who has to pay my medical bills after an accident on Staten Island?

As the injured party, and the one pursuing medical care, you will most often need to make arrangements to pay for your medical bills, even when someone else caused your injury.

While you may have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim, the party that caused your accident will typically not have to pay your medical bills directly. Your claim may provide you with the funds to cover the medical bills after the fact. You will have to determine your options for covering and managing the often extensive medical bills that can go along with a serious accident.

A Note on Car Accidents: PIP Insurance in New York

If you register a vehicle in New York, you must carry personal injury protection insurance (PIP) in addition to your liability coverage. PIP insurance applies any time the insured suffers an injury in a car accident, regardless of who caused the accident. PIP covers the initial medical costs often associated with a serious accident.

While your PIP insurance may not cover the full cost of treatment for auto accident injuries, it can alleviate much financial strain. Contact your car insurance provider to learn more about your PIP coverage and how it can help you after a serious accident.

How do I know who bears liability for a serious accident on Staten Island?

Sometimes, you may know that another party committed an act of negligence that led to your injuries. However, in other cases, you may not know who caused your accident or how to determine who bears liability for the incident.

A personal injury lawyer has experience collecting evidence necessary to determine who likely bears liability for your accident. A lawyer will ask several key questions in pursuing the at-fault parties.

Who bore a duty of care to you during the accident?

A “duty of care” implies that the other party owed a duty or responsibility to keep you safe from potential injury. For example, Staten Island drivers bear a duty of care to others on the road. A property owner might bear a duty of care to anyone who legally visits that property—either public or private.

Did the liable party violate the duty of care?

Violations of the duty of care usually involve some negligence on the part of the liable party. Negligence can be as simple as failing to clean up a spill or as complicated as ignoring the rules of the road while trying to reach a destination.

Did that violation lead to your accident and injuries?

The other party’s negligence must have caused your accident and damages. You may have slipped and fallen due to a neglected spill or found yourself involved in a serious car accident with a driver who chose to text and drive and cut you off. If the other person’s actions caused or contributed to your damages, they are likely liable.

Sometimes, determining the factors that led to your accident may uncover more than one party bears liability for your Staten Island accident. If you discover that more than one party shares liability for your injuries, you may have the right to file a claim against each one.

Do I have the right to file a claim if I did not suffer injuries?

You have the right to file a claim when you suffer damages due to the negligent actions of another party. Most often, damages include a serious injury sustained because of an accident that resulted from that party’s negligence. However, you may also claim damages when you suffer property damage in an accident. After a car accident, for example, you can claim compensation for the damage to your vehicle even if you did not sustain any injury in the accident.

In some cases, you may also have the right to claim compensation for emotional distress suffered due to an accident caused by another party’s negligence. You should, however, consult an attorney to determine whether you can claim emotional distress in your particular injury claim.

You do not have the right to file an injury claim when you suffered no damages due to the other party’s negligent actions, even if you were in a very dangerous situation. Suppose, for example, that you narrowly missed a serious car accident with a speeding driver who looked down at their phone. While that driver may face criminal consequences for those dangerous actions, you would not have the right to file a claim against that driver since you avoided damages.

When should I contact a lawyer about my Staten Island injury claim?

Most of the time, if you suffer any injury due to the negligence of another party, you should contact a lawyer to learn about your rights. Injury claims, even for seemingly minor injuries, can prove extremely complicated. While people can attempt to handle their claims independently, a lawyer is particularly necessary for the following circumstances:

The insurance company tries to dispute liability for the accident.

If you find yourself arguing over who caused or contributed to your accident, you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. The insurance company often has an extended legal team fighting to minimize the compensation it has to payout. A lawyer increases the odds of clearly establishing the other party’s negligent actions and contributions to your injuries.

The insurance company denies the extent of your injuries from the accident.

Insurance companies use a variety of strategies to deny the extent of your injuries from the accident and, therefore, the compensation you can reasonably recover. They may claim that your injuries occurred at another time and that you are using the incident to receive help for a preexisting injury. They may also insist that you did not suffer the full injuries you claim, that your injuries do not require the proposed treatment, or did not cause permanent limitations. If you find yourself fighting to prove when your injuries occurred or that you did suffer those injuries, you may need a lawyer to help advocate on your behalf.

The insurance company offers a low initial settlement.

Insurance companies will attempt to offer an initial settlement that does not consider the injured party’s real needs for their injuries. That initial offer might reflect only a small percentage of the medical costs you have faced, much less the costs you will likely face in the future as you recover from your injuries. A lawyer can help you review the offer, compare it to your real losses, and demand the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

You have questions about the claim process.

If you have questions about the claim process, consider talking to a lawyer about your case. A Staten Island personal injury lawyer can guide you through the claim process and help you feel more confident in each step. The insurer will take any advantage they can, but a lawyer can help keep an even playing field.

How much does hiring a personal injury lawyer in Staten Island cost?

Personal injury lawyers understand that you may not have the funds available after an accident to handle legal fees up-front. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we start with a free consultation to understand your claim and the steps needed to succeed. We take many of our cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that instead of paying up-front for legal services, our clients pay a percentage of their injury settlement but only if they receive one.

In many cases, working with a lawyer can significantly increase the compensation you can recover in a personal injury claim, even after you pay for your legal expenses.

Will I have to go to court over my personal injury claim?

Insurance companies typically want to avoid going to court. Taking an injury claim to court means increased legal costs, which the insurer likely wants to avoid, if possible. However, in some cases, your lawyer may recommend going to court to maximize the compensation you can recover for your injuries. You have increased odds of going to court if:

  • You have severe injuries that will require substantial compensation
  • The insurance company disputes liability for your claim
  • The insurance company heavily disputes the extent of your injuries

A lawyer can help discuss your odds of having to go to court and provide a better idea of what to expect. If your case goes to court, the personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, will prepare to represent you.

If someone else’s negligence injured you in an accident, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, and let our attorneys fight for you. We have the experience to guide you through the claims process and implement the appropriate strategy to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.


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Why Choose Jacoby & Meyers, LLP 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.

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.

Contact us online, or call (877) 488-1707 to discuss the details of the event that led to your injury and devise a plan for moving forward.

Client Testimonial

“After my accident I contacted a law firm and explained the situation. They told me about cases they’ve had in the past and the most compensation they got for clients. They made me aware that they were not interested at the time but, I could contact them in the future if anything changed. After my surgery 2 years later my wife suggested I contact an attorney. Since it happened in a different state I contacted an attorney in that state and was told the statute of limitations was up. My wife told me not to give up, that’s when I contacted Jacoby & Meyers. They were able to figure out how to proceed with the case and settled it for 15 times the amount that the original law firm had said might be possible. I highly recommend Jacoby & Meyers, they were professional and kept me informed throughout the entire process.” -Charles D.
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Jacoby & Meyers, LLP
26 Watchogue Rd Suite 1
Staten Island, NY 10314
(877) 488-1707