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Car Accidents | Pedestrian Injuries | Bus and Train Accidents | Elevator Accidents | Slip, Trip and Fall | Construction Site Injuries | Wrongful Death

When you have been hurt because of the careless behavior of another person, your life can change in an instant. Serious or catastrophic injury will prevent you from working. You may not have disability insurance to cover your basic needs and may require extensive medical treatment, including long-term rehabilitation or physical therapy. You may have to give up activities that have brought joy and meaning to your life.
To hold liable parties responsible for the harm they caused, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney after an accident to protect your legal rights.
At Pyrros & Serres LLP, our lawyers can ensure that you get the help you need. Retaining an attorney as soon as possible is vital to the outcome of your case. A statute of limitations sets for the time you have to file a claim. If you miss the deadline, you will forever lose you right to recovering damages, even if you had grounds for a lawsuit.
Contact our Astoria, New York law firm online or call us at (718) 626-7730 to schedule free initial consultation.

Common serious injury accidents

Our law firm provides legal services to help victims of a broad range of serious accidents, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Workplace accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bus, train and other mass transit accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Slip, trip and fall

Our lawyers also represent surviving family members in wrongful death claims.

At Pyrros & Serres, you will find skilled legal help to hold liable parties responsible and pursue damages for all your losses, including wages, medical expenses, loss of companionship or consortium and physical pain and suffering.

Personal Injury Lawyer, Astoria, Queens NY

If you sustain an avoidable injury because someone was careless, you have the right to seek compensation. You can do so by filing an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit, but you may benefit from speaking to a personal injury attorney about your options.

Personal injuries can be devastating, leaving you with mounting medical expenses and unpaid bills while you cannot work. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help you get the financial compensation you need faster to get your life back on track.

What Common Accidents Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Handle?

New York personal injury lawyer handles a broad range of accidents that result in serious injuries or even death. The most common cases in personal injury law include:

  • Auto accidents. Auto accident cases include collisions involving commercial trucks, standard passenger vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, public transportation, and pedestrians. This category also contains accidents pertaining to specific human behaviors, such as drunk driving, drowsy driving, reckless driving, and ridesharing.
  • Premises liability accidents. The most common premises liability cases involve slip, trip, and fall accidents. A slip and fall may occur in a public space, such as a restaurant or supermarket, or on private property, such as a person’s home. 
  • Product liability accidents. Product liability cases are highly complex and require extensive legal knowledge. The defendants in these cases are often large corporations, and proving liability is often challenging. You likely need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate the process.
  • Construction site accidents. Accidents that happen on construction sites often result in severe injuries, given the dangerous nature of the job. If the injured person is a construction worker, they can typically file a workers compensation claim in addition to a civil action without difficulty, but sometimes they hit roadblocks that may require further legal action.
  • Wrongful death. When someone’s careless behavior results in the death of another person, the executor of their estate or personal representative, which is often a close family member, may file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for financial and emotional losses associated with the death.

You can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit yourself without legal representation. However, representing yourself in a person injury case is difficult as there are many rules, procedures as laws that need to be followed in order to be successful.

In addition, most personal injury lawyers work on contingency. Therefore, you have nothing to lose by consulting with one before taking the matter into your own hands.

What Role Does Fault Play in Personal Injury Cases?

Determining and proving fault are one of the central concerns in a personal injury case. If you file a lawsuit against the person or persons that caused your injury, it is your responsibility to provide evidence that supports your claim.

This means that you have three stages of proof to go through. They are:

  1. You must prove that the defendant was responsible for protecting your safety in your given situation. For example, if you slip and fall at a supermarket, the property owner has a responsibility to maintain the store and parking lot in a safe condition for shoppers.
  2. You must prove that the defendant failed to uphold that responsibility. For example, if the supermarket owner did not remove snow and ice from the parking lot within a reasonable timeframe, they breached their duty.
  3. You must prove the defendant’s breach of duty resulted in your accident and injuries. For example, if you slip and fall on the ice and break your wrist, you must provide evidence to prove that your broken wrist occurred in that parking lot.

Ideally, you could prove the defendant was entirely responsible and, therefore, must cover the damages in your case. However, that is not always the case. For example, if you share liability with the defendant, meaning you are both responsible, you can still claim compensation under the comparative fault law conditions.

Pure Comparative Fault Law

New York uses the pure comparative fault law in cases of shared responsibility. This is one of two types of comparative fault, which states that you can still recover a proportion of damages as long as you are not entirely responsible for the accident.

The other type of comparative fault, known as modified comparative fault, states that the defendant must be more at fault for you, the plaintiff, to receive any compensation. Whether the threshold for responsibility is 50% or 51% depends on the state.

In New York, pure comparative fault states that your percentage of responsibility does not matter as long you are not entirely responsible. In action, if the court values all damages in your case at $500,000 and decides that you are both equally responsible for the accident, you can only receive $250,000 of the award.

The process for determining the percentage of fault is complex, but your NY personal injury lawyers can help you understand how the specifics of your accident could affect compensation.

What Losses Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Case?

For your accident to qualify for a personal injury lawsuit, it must result in damages, and damages can encompass many variations of loss depending on how serious the accident was and the severity of your injuries.

Generally, there are two types of damages related to personal injuries: compensatory damages and exemplary damages.

Compensatory Losses

Compensatory losses refer to the financial and emotional repercussions of your accident and injuries. The economic damages include:

  • The expenses related to your medical treatments
  • The cost of any future medical treatments for injuries requiring prolonged care
  • The wages lost as a result of missed work
  • The future lost wages as a result of missed work or a permanent inability to fulfill the duties of your job
  • Property damage, which is common in motor vehicle accident cases
  • All other expenses related to your case, including the cost of hired help for the home or childcare, the cost of transportation to medical treatments, and any other out-of-pocket expenses

The emotional repercussions, known as the non-economic damages, are not innately quantified, but New York personal injury lawyers can help you understand how to value these losses.

Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • The pain and suffering associated with physical injuries
  • Losing the ability to enjoy life as you did before your accident
  • The mental and emotional anguish, such as depression or anxiety, related to physical trauma or losing a loved one
  • Disfigurement, dismemberment, or disability
  • The loss of companionship 
  • The loss of consortium for spouses of someone who died in an accident
  • The loss of a fetus

Every personal injury accident is unique. If you have questions about the value of your compensatory losses, contact a New York personal injury attorney to learn more about what you can request in your claim.

Exemplary Damages

Exemplary damages, often called punitive damages, are not available in every personal injury lawsuit. Instead, the court reserves these damages for cases where the defendant’s actions displayed gross misconduct or negligence.

For example, a judge may award payment of punitive damages to a plaintiff who lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident. However, the amount is subject to the defendant’s overall wealth. 

Therefore, punitive damages in a car accident case may be significantly less than punitive damages in a product liability case involving a large company.

When Might You Need a NY Personal Injury Attorney?

You can hire a personal injury lawyer for any case involving injuries caused by another’s negligence. However, examples of when which you may benefit most from legal representation include:

  • You suffered severe injuries resulting in significant injuries.
  • You filed a claim with the insurance company and received pushback.
  • You are unsure about liability in your case.

The most common type of personal injury case involves car accidents, and residents of New York, a no-fault state, often assume that they cannot file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver because of the laws requiring personal injury protection insurance.

However, suppose you suffered severe injuries, such as broken bones or temporary limitation to a bodily function or organ. In that case, you can sue for the non-economic damages not covered under PIP insurance.

What Are the Advantages of Hiring Astoria Personal Injury Lawyers at Pyrros & Serres, LLP?

At Pyrros & Serres, LLP law firm, you can speak to a personal injury attorney about your case with no financial risk. The advantage of letting us handle your case include:

  • We represent personal injury victims in all negotiations with the insurance company.
  • We know how to accurately determine the worth of your claim and will investigate your accident to ensure you have all the evidence you need to support it.
  • We will fight to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation.
  • If your case must go to trial, we will prepare everything and represent you in the courtroom.
  • We have decades of experience handling personal injury cases and will put it to use for you.

As personal injury attorneys, we understand the heavy burdens that plague victims of negligent action. Our goal is to offer unwavering support and help alleviate those burdens by charging no fees until we secure a settlement or award for you.

Serving Astoria, Queens County, and NYC Borough’s accidents victims for over 30 years. Call our law offices any time of day at (718) 626-7730 for a free consultation or contact us using our online form.

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Michael C. Pyrros received his bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1985.
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Michael Serres is a 1989 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York.
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Nicholas Rupwani has been practicing workers’ compensation law since August 2004.