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Negligence in a New York premises liability case

If you sustained an injury due to slipping or tripping, you may have the option of pursuing a lawsuit to recover resulting damages. Generally, in order to recover, a plaintiff must show the defendant acted negligently, thereby causing harm to the plaintiff.

In the case of a person who slipped or tripped and fell, figuring out negligence means assessing whether the owner of the premises met his or her duty to the plaintiff and other members of the public.

3 car accident injuries with delayed symptoms

With so many people in a condensed area, car accidents are standard in New York. When these collisions occur, they can lead to road closures, which happened in Washington Heights not too long ago. However, road closures should be the least of anyone's worries when injuries occur far too often. 

You always need to see a doctor following a car crash. Sadly, many people forego seeing a doctor because they feel fine. The rush of adrenaline can hide pain and discomfort. Many people do not realize they suffered an injury until a week later. Do not wait until later to see a doctor. Doing so could compromise your auto accident claim. If you have suffered serious injuries, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to navigate the claims process. Some common injuries that may have delayed symptoms include:

In a car accident near a malfunctioning traffic light?

Traffic lights are there to keep people safe and traffic flowing. New York City has a responsibility to ensure that these lights are functioning properly. Unfortunately, there are times when they do not. When a car accident happens in an area where a traffic light is malfunctioning, who is responsible for the victim's losses?

In cases like this, questions need to be answered before determining who may be held responsible for a victim's losses. What was wrong with the traffic light? How long had there been an issue? Who had the right of way?

What should you do after an Uber accident?

Ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, have exciting plans for the future. Uber has tested self-driving cars in New York, and it has reportedly sought to test these vehicles in nearby Pennsylvania. 

For the time being, these companies still rely on human drivers. Every person can make a mistake, which means you could end up in a car accident as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft. You may not have sustained serious injuries, but there is still protocol you need to abide by. Although you may not have been the one behind the wheel, there are actions to take following such a collision. 

Multi-car accident on Brooklyn Bridge kills 1, injures 6

Police and fire officials were called to the scene of a crash on the Brooklyn Bridge the day before Thanksgiving. One person was killed and six others were injured in this multi-car accident. According to the laws of New York, the victims of this collision and the surviving family members of the deceased may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

At approximately 7 a.m., on Nov. 21, several vehicles collided on the bridge that crosses the East River. The accident occurred on the side heading toward Brooklyn, but the entire bridge had to be shut down for rescue and cleanup crews to work which caused major traffic delays in the area. Video of the scene shows one or more vehicles engulfed in flames.

Driver responsible for fatal pedestrian accident charged

An elderly man is facing charges in New York following an accident that left one person dead and several others injured. This fatal pedestrian accident occurred Nov. 26, at Forsyth and Canal Street. A total of five pedestrians were involved in this incident.

According to reports, at approximately 6:47 p.m., a man in his 70s was attempting to parallel park when he lost control of the vehicle and hit people on the sidewalk. One man, said to be in his 40s or 50s, died at the scene of the accident. Four other people were taken to an area hospital. Two are said to have suffered critical injuries, and the other two are said to have suffered serious injuries.

What damages may be recoverable following a car accident?

Those who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents may, understandably, want to know what compensation may be available to them -- if anything. The truth is, legal action is not appropriate in all car accident cases. However, for those where it may be appropriate, a number of damages may be recoverable according to the laws of New York.

Let's talk about economic damages first. The monetary losses tied to a serious or fatal car accident can be quite extreme. There are medical costs, property damages, lost wages and benefits, lost earning capacity and funeral costs -- among various others. It can all add up and add up fast, leaving victims or their surviving family members struggling to meet their financial obligations. If one pursues a personal injury or wrongful death claim and all the required elements exist to establish negligence in one's case, compensation for all documented economic losses may be achieved.

Should I take a truck accident settlement?

Auto collisions involving semitrailers and other larger vehicles happen all too often in New York. When they do, it is common for trucking companies and/or their insurance providers to offer victims settlement agreements with some level of compensation. Should a truck accident victim take a settlement agreement?

Whether one takes a settlement offer is a very personal decision. Before accepting anything, one would be wise to seek legal counsel on the matter. The truth is, these settlement offers may sound great at first, but one needs to look at the finer details to ensure they are actually getting a good deal.

Suffer a car accident injury while visiting New York?

Maybe it was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime, maybe you just came to the great state of New York to visit family, or maybe it was a last-minute get-a-way. No matter what brought you here, you did not expect to end up hurt after suffering a car accident injury. If negligence contributed to your injury, you may have legal recourse.

When you get hurt while on vacation, you go home and then have to figure out how you are going to go about seeking compensation for your losses. Handling a personal injury case from out of state is not an easy task. Thankfully, it is possible to receive help from in-state counsel, even if you cannot be here in person.

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