The Difference

Why Hire Our NYC Personal Injury Attorneys

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is an award-winning personal injury law firm. We get justice and fight for max compensation when you’re hurt in New York City. If an unfortunate accident happens, work with injury lawyers who can make a difference in and out of court.

Most NY injury cases are handled in the New York Supreme Court in the county where your injuries occurred. In Manhattan, that would be the New York County Supreme Court. And as Million Dollar Advocates with hundreds of millions won in cases like yours, Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. are in these courts daily. We’re not afraid of a fight, and insurance companies know our reputation as tough trial lawyers. When you’re hurt, whether you need a NYC slip and fall lawyer or an attorney for a construction accident, trust our experience and proven ability to get justice for everything you endured.

Awards & Accolades

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. has been awarded Best Personal Injury Law Firm by US News & World Report HKD lawyers have been named Super Lawyers HKD has won multiple multi-million dollar personal injury cases american association for justice logo

What Makes HKD Unique?

  • What Makes HKD Unique?
    You’ll have direct access to a personal injury attorney committed to delivering unwavering support. HKD clients are assigned a case manager to ensure their case runs smoothly.
  • We’re Trial Veterans
    Personal injury cases rarely go to court, but our battle-tested attorneys prepare every case for trial. We do this because well-prepared claims can’t be ignored.
  • Zero Client Risk
    There are no upfront costs and no hidden fees at HKD. This means you only pay when we win, lifting the financial burden from your shoulders.
  • Elite Lawyers Fighting for the Max
    HKD is relentless. At every stage of your injury claim, we’ll assert your rights for maximum value, counter low-ball offers, and protect your long-term interests.

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We're known as aggressive trial attorneys and successful trial attorneys, and we go to court and we win. We started Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek back in 1999. As a boutique sized firm, we can give our clients much more attention ... than other law firms can in New York City. And we've earned a reputation as being one of the strongest trial firms. The reason why we've been able to establish that reputation is because we will go to trial and a lot of firms out there will not go to trial, and they will settle for less. We focus on select clients and are able to give the client all the attention they need to help, not just with the case, but the way these cases impact their life. We wanted to make a difference in how we can help people's lives after they've been catastrophically injured. The first thing they think about is, how do I take care of myself? How do I take care of my family? We want to make sure that you can focus on getting better, and let us focus on getting you the compensation you deserve. The most satisfying part of our job is once the case is over, you're able to sit across the table from the client, go over the settlement and hand them the check, and know that you've made a real life difference for them.


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Cases Our New York City Injury Lawyers Handle

We’re among New York City’s top construction injury and labor law attorneys. Our team aggressively tackles cases, from scaffold accidents to falling object injuries, ensuring worker safety is always prioritized and injuries are fully compensated. (Hablamos Español)

Whether a reckless driver hits you in your neighborhood, you were rear-ended in mid-town, or seriously hurt by a drunk driver, we’ll relentlessly and effectively fight for everything you’re entitled to.

Collisions with semi-trucks and other large vehicles demand attention to detail and aggressive representation. HKD has both and is ready to help if you were hurt by a truck.

With considerable experience and success in NYC public transit cases, our lawyers can assist in situations involving subway negligence, bus accidents, municipal liability, and even taxi and Uber accidents.

NYC sees far too many crosswalk accidents and sidewalk collisions. If you or a loved one were seriously injured while walking in New York, our team is ready to help.

Property accidents in NYC mean more than slip and falls. From defective stairs, faulty elevators, landlord negligence, and more, we will explain your rights and fight to protect you

You deserve answers and relief if a loved one is taken. Whether it was a fatal car crash, work-related fatality, or another tragedy, our compassionate lawyers can get you closure.

From dog bites to burn injuries, TBIs, and paralysis, we have experience in life-altering and legally complex cases to prove liability and secure the long-term results you need.

All The Cases & NY Injuries We Handle

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Help for the Injured Throughout NYC

Our Office Location & Areas Served

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Our centrally located Midtown Manhattan personal injury office, near the iconic New York Public Library, serves personal injury clients across New York City and its surrounding areas. Whether you’re in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, or Rockland, our personal injury lawyers are ready to assist.

For your convenience, we offer flexible meeting locations: at our office, at your home, or even at the hospital. We’re committed to making legal support accessible wherever you are.

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Our Office
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1500
New York, New York 10036 DIRECTIONS

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About HKD

We Built a Better Personal Injury Law Firm in NYC

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. stands out among NYC injury law firms with a profound client-first focus. Having started at some of the most prestigious firms in the city, our partners saw how victims were treated – and created HKD to be the premier New York personal injury law firm.

By championing the city’s injured with compassion and unrivaled skill, HKD has earned a record of multi-million-dollar victories for victims of truck accidents, MTA accidents, and injuries on someone’s property. The personal injury lawyers at HKD have been celebrated by publications like New York Magazine, Best Law Firms, and U.S. News & World Report, but we’re more than just personal injury attorneys. We’re your allies, striving to protect your physical and financial well-being while easing the stress of a personal injury lawsuit.

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Meet Our New York City Injury Team

Attorney Jordan Hecht

Jordan Hecht

As a senior trial attorney, Jordan Hecht brings extensive courtroom experience and keen insight into the needs of his clients. He focuses on catastrophic injury cases, including construction accidents and those injured by property owners and landlords. Hecht’s courtroom philosophy revolves around thorough preparation to present the most compelling case possible.

Attorney Judd Kleeger

Judd Kleeger

Drawing inspiration from the profound effect of helping people rebuild their lives, Kleeger’s approach is defined by a steadfast commitment to his clients, ensuring that each case is poised for success. His involvement in various legal organizations, including the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, further demonstrates his dedication.

Attorney Jonathan Damashek

Jonathan Damashek

Jonathan S. Damashek champions the underdog, taking on large corporations and insurers. With experience and passion, he fights to cover his clients’ full scope of losses, ensuring they can focus on recovery. Damashek’s aggressive yet strategic approach highlights his dedication to winning while fully advocating for his clients.

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Our Process

How We File New York Personal Injury Claims & Win


Your Initial Consultation


We Investigate Your Case


We’ll Deal with Insurance


File Your Claim & Negotiate


Get Your Compensation


Your Initial Consultation
We begin with your free initial case evaluation. During your consultation, we’ll ask questions to understand the aspects of your case, explain how New York personal injury law applies, and what you may expect from a lawsuit.


We Investigate Your Case
Our injury attorneys and investigators will delve into every detail. From collecting crucial evidence and witness testimonies to building a solid legal foundation, we have the resources and skill to prove fault and liability.


We’ll Deal with Insurance
Many on our team used to work for the biggest insurance companies around. With a keen understanding of their tactics, HKD takes charge of all insurer communications, so you’ll know what to expect.


File Your Claim & Negotiate
We file personal injury claims with precision and engage in relentless negotiation, leveraging our trial skills and overwhelming evidence to argue for a compensation package that fully reflects your damages.


Get Your Compensation
We know you’re going through a lot and will work hard to secure the most compensation possible as soon as possible. While we cannot guarantee a particular result, you can be sure we’ll fight for every penny.

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The Elements of a Successful NYC Personal Injury Claim

At HKD, we’re committed to building strong cases to achieve outcomes that reflect the value of your experience. A successful personal injury claim is founded on three key factors: the nature of your accident, the liability of the parties responsible, and the severity of your injury and losses.

The Accident

The details surrounding the incident in question are critical, as different circumstances bring unique legal considerations. For example, a construction accident might involve work safety laws and labor laws, while an injury in a store may raise premises liability issues.


Establishing liability is the next step in a personal injury case, and it hinges on proving that the party at fault breached their duty of care. In New York, when this duty is violated, that entity or individual may be liable for the resulting harm.

Your Injuries

The type of injury sustained, and the losses connected to it, whether a bone fracture or a traumatic brain injury, plays a pivotal role in determining the value and strength of a claim. Factors like treatment costs and the injury’s long-term impact on one’s quality of life are a large part of how cases progress.

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Personal Injury Damages & Compensation in NYC

From the moment you contact our firm, we’ll work on assessing the accurate and total value of your personal injury claim based on what the injury has cost you – now and down the line. New York personal injury damages encompass the financial compensation a victim can pursue for losses due to another’s negligence or wrongdoing.

Recoverable Damages May Include:

  • Economic Damages:
    Medical bills, lost wages, rehab costs.
  • Non-Economic Damages:
    Pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress.
  • Punitive Damages:
    In rare cases, for gross negligence or malicious intent.

Each personal injury case is unique; specific damages will depend on the circumstances, extent, and severity.

Personal Injury Damages & Compensation in NYC

NY Personal Injury FAQs


To determine if you have a personal injury case in New York, consider if someone else’s negligence caused your injury. This could be due to direct actions or a failure to act, leading to your harm. If your situation involves an injury that could have been prevented and was foreseeable, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim for the resulting losses.


In some personal injury cases, the alleged parties at fault may claim that you share all or a portion of the blame for the incident that caused your injuries. This is a common approach to reducing what large insurance companies pay out because it can impact your compensation if you’re partially responsible.

Under New York’s “pure comparative negligence” rule, compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if you’re 10% at fault in a case with $1,000,000 in damages, you can receive up to $900,000, or 90% of the total.


Everyone deserves to know their rights, and the chance to make informed decisions about pursuing compensation. If you were in an accident and suffered injuries as a result, it is best to consult an experienced local personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our law firm offers free initial consultations.


Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means we receive a standard percentage of what we recover on your behalf. You are not responsible for any up-front costs; we assume all the risk. If you do not recover compensation, you won’t owe us anything.


A personal injury claim in New York City often starts with an out-of-court settlement attempt but may progress to litigation. Depending on where your accident or injuries occurred, this means filing in New York County (Manhattan) Supreme Court, Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court, Queens County Supreme Court, Bronx County Supreme Court, or Richmond County Supreme Court.

The process begins by filing a Summons and Complaint outlining the legal claims, the defendants, and the sought-after compensation. Following this, the Discovery Phase commences, where both sides exchange information and evidence. If no personal injury settlement is reached, the case moves to trial, where attorneys argue before a judge or jury. The trial concludes with a verdict that determines liability and compensation.



Personal injury claims are as unique as the people involved. However, certain key elements must be considered when determining the value of an individual injury case. An experienced injury attorney can help evaluate how an accident impacted you, calculate all the losses you incurred, and how to recover maximum compensation.


The New York statute of limitations provides victims three years from the date of an injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are some exceptions. While three years may seem sufficient, you should contact an injury attorney for legal advice. Cases against municipalities and the State have much shorter statutes of limitations. You also must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident.

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