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Are you recovering from injuries that are someone else’s fault? When you are hurt because of another person’s careless or reckless conduct, you are likely in pain and worried about your financial well-being. You deserve the opportunity to be made whole again after an accident, and we recommend contacting a Queens personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. Under New York personal injury law, you may have the right to hold that person responsible for their conduct by pursuing compensation through a lawsuit and insurance claim.

At HKD, we have decades of experience, which enables us to create aggressive and unique strategies to win maximum compensation. Call Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. at 212-490-5700 or use our online form to schedule your free personal injury consultation.

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Common Personal Injury Claims in Queens

  • Queens Construction Accidents: Thousands of construction workers live and work in Queens. As one of them, you face inherent and preventable hazards daily. If you are injured at work because of one of these risks, contact us right away. A personal injury lawyer in Queens, NY will carefully review your circumstances to determine your right to file a third-party liability claim. We will guide you through filing suit and fighting to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
  • Queens Car Accidents: At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we routinely receive calls from car crash victims in Queens. Unfortunately, collisions are all too common in New York City’s busy traffic. Each day, you navigate the packed streets, doing your best to avoid a collision. All it takes is for one other driver to become careless or reckless, and you find yourself suffering from serious injuries and a totaled vehicle. Our Queens injury attorneys are here to help you hold that at-fault driver responsible for the damage they caused.
  • Queens Truck Accidents: If you were hurt in a crash with a large commercial vehicle, we recommend calling a Queens personal injury lawyer right away. Commercial truck collisions are often vastly more complicated than personal vehicle accidents. The cause of a truck accident and the liable party may not be readily apparent. You need an experienced lawyer to protect evidence and then file a lawsuit to gain access to that evidence. Only through a thorough investigation will you fully understand what led to the crash and who is responsible for compensating you.
  • Other Vehicle Accidents: Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. also handles personal injury claims associated with plane, boat, ferry, bus, MTA, taxi, Uber and Lyft, motorcycle, bicycles, and railroad accidents. Whatever type of vehicle caused your injuries, you should have a Queens injury lawyer review your case and fight for what you deserve.
  • Queens Pedestrian Accidents: You may be used to navigating Queens on foot. However, your familiarity and comfort with the borough does not decrease the risk of negligent drivers causing you harm. If you are struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, call us as soon as possible. We are highly experienced in handling bodily injury claims for pedestrians suffering from serious injuries. We will fight hard for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.
  • Queens Premises Liability: Property owners, managers, and tenants are typically responsible for keeping their property safe for customers and social guests. When they fail to maintain their premises, hidden hazards can develop that put guests and customers at risk. If you were injured on another person or business’s property, contact our premises liability lawyers in Queens right away. We will analyze your circumstances and determine whether you have a legal claim against the property owner, manager, or tenant.
  • Spinal Injuries: If you suffered a severe back or neck injury, like a fractured vertebra, herniated disc, or a paralyzing spinal cord injury, we can help. We know this is a difficult time, but we have experience helping people with spinal injuries and will aggressively pursue the compensation that you may desperately need.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: Our injury lawyers in Queens, NY also handle cases involving all types of significant head injuries This includes but not limited to concussions as well as moderate-to-severe TBIs.
  • Burn Injuries: We routinely assist people suffering from serious burn-related injuries caused by negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct. This includes injuries due to fires, chemical exposure, electrical accidents, and scalding water incidents.
  • Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse: If an elderly loved one passed away, or their condition has worsened due to nursing home abuse or negligence, call us today. We will investigate the matter, take steps to keep your loved one safe and healthy, and when necessary, we will help hold the right party accountable.
  • Medical Malpractice Claims: When you see a doctor, you count on getting proper medical attention and care. However, all too often medical professionals fail to diagnose conditions accurately, write incorrect prescriptions, cause various birth injuries, and other types of malpractice. If this happens to you or a loved one, speak with a Queens personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
  • Civil Rights: At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we accept more than negligence-based cases. We can also help you if a civil rights violation caused you harm. Call now if you or a loved one suffered due to racial profiling, false arrest, false imprisonment, police brutality, or malicious prosecution.
  • Queens Dog Bites: Unfortunately, many dogs are trained or conditioned to be aggressive, and some even have a natural inclination toward violent behavior. If you are attacked and harmed by someone’s dog, call our Queens injury lawyers right away. We can represent you in holding the dog’s owner or handler responsible for your injuries.

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Our Personal Injury Claim Victories

At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we are proud to have a track record of obtaining compensation for our clients. We understand each case that comes through our doors is unique. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach to bodily injury claims. We carefully investigate each accident and determine the most effective strategy for obtaining our client’s a fair financial recovery.

Our custom approaches have enabled us to obtain several million and multimillion settlements and court rulings. We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum.

Some of our successful cases include:

  • $9 Million settlement for construction workers who were injured on an exterior scaffold.
  • $8 Million settlement for a child burned by scalding water in the shower.
  • $7.9 Million settlement for construction workers who were injured in a scaffolding collapse.
  • $7.6 Million settlement for an individual’s wrongful death due to asbestos exposure.
  • $7.2 Million settlement for a construction worker who suffered a brain injury in fall from a scaffold.
  • $6.8 Million court verdict for injuries sustained in a bus accident.

While not all personal injury claims result in million- and multimillion-dollar settlements, our team always strives to obtain the maximum compensation possible for our clients.

Queens Personal Injury Compensation

When you are injured in an accident in Queens, NY that was caused by another person’s careless, reckless, or intentional misconduct, it is important to talk with a lawyer. When you have proof that another person or business is responsible for your injuries, then you have the right to pursue compensation.

To hold the at-fault party responsible and receive compensation, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit. The litigation process is often integral to a successful claim.

It enables you and your attorney to obtain and analyze evidence that would otherwise be unavailable to you. It gives you time to build your case and time to calculate the value of your financial, physical, and psychological injuries.

Far more claims are actually resolved through personal injury settlements than trials. The insurer for the at-fault party may pay out on a policy rather than go through the expense of a trial.

Whether through a personal injury trial or insurance settlement, a Queens personal injury lawyer will fight for you to receive full and fair compensation for:

  • Past, Current, Future Medical Expenses
  • Other Injury-Related Expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Lost Wages and Benefits
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Reduced Quality of Life
  • Loss of Consortium
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The Queens Personal Injury Claims Process

Seeking compensation for bodily injuries can be difficult for someone unfamiliar with the process. That’s why we recommend working with a Queens personal injury attorney. Your attorney will focus on the legal aspects of your circumstances while you focus on your recovery.

The personal injury claim process

  • Analyzing your legal options. You should not rush into filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. First, you need to be sure you have a valid and strong claim against the other person or business. It is best to seek out a full analysis of your claim from an experienced lawyer who can inform you of the relevant law, interview any relevant witnesses, your likelihood of success, and the possible value of your claim.
  • Pursuing an independent investigation. To verify that you have a personal injury claim, you will benefit from your lawyer conducting an independent investigation. This is particularly important when the other party’s insurer is involved. The insurer will investigate what happened and form many conclusions. Your lawyer’s investigation may uncover other information and different conclusions.
  • Identifying the court with jurisdiction. If you are going to file a personal injury lawsuit, you need to identify the court that has jurisdiction over you and the matter. Filing a lawsuit in a court without jurisdiction will result in your case being dismissed.
  • Filing your personal injury complaint. To begin a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney must draft and file a Summons and Complaint. This document details the accident, your injuries, who is at fault, and a demand for compensation.
  • Serving the defendant. Once you file the complaint, we must serve each defendant you name in the lawsuit. Each defendant must receive a copy in a manner outlined by law and be afforded the chance to reply by filing an Answer to the Complaint. Your attorney ensures each defendant is properly served.
  • Participating in discovery. A lawsuit does not immediately lead to a trial. Instead, weeks or months can be taken up with discovery, which is the process of exchanging information with the other party. Your Queens personal injury lawyer will utilize depositions, interrogatories, and requests for documents to further investigate the incident, gather new information and build your case.
  • Negotiating with the insurer. As your lawsuit progresses, so too will your insurance claim. Your lawyer will handle communications with the insurer, including providing proof of the policyholder’s fault, proof of your injuries, and when necessary, contesting the insurer’s conclusions. At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we make sure clients are always included in all settlement discussions.
  • Pursuing compensation at trial. If the insurer denies your claim, or settlement negotiations break down, then your best option for winning compensation is proving your claim at trial. At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we believe in always being prepared for trial. While we may pursue an insurance settlement, we never fail to prepare for fighting for your compensation before a judge or jury.

The Statute of Limitations

It is essential to contact an attorney as soon as you can after an accident because there is a limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit. In New York, personal injury lawsuits typically must be filed within three years from the date you suffered harm. For cases against municipalities and New York State, the statute of limitations is much shorter.

For wrongful death cases, it is 1 year and 90 days. There is also a requirement that before filing a lawsuit, a Notice of Claim is filed within 90 days of the accident. If you file suit after the statute of limitations, it can be dismissed, and you will have no other legal recourse to obtain compensation.

This may feel like plenty of time. However, it passes quickly. By partnering with a lawyer right away, you can be fully aware of the deadline and be confident that your suit is filed in a timely manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which Hospitals Can I Get Treatment From After a Personal Injury or Car Accident in Queens?

Some of the hospitals that people can seek treatment from in Queens include New York-Presbyterian – Queens, Queens Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Queens, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, NYC Health + Hospitals, and Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

2. Who Should I Call After a Personal Injury or Car Accident in Queens?

Seek medical attention right away. You can call 911 for immediate assistance. Then, you should also immediately contact the New York City Police Department to complete an accident report. In Queens, you may be served by various precincts, including:

3. When Should I Contact a Queens Personal Injury Attorney?

In New York you have three years from the date that you were injured to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, many things can impact this deadline. You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible so you can begin the process.

Call a Queens Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are suffering from an injury that is another person’s fault in Queens, NY, you should have legal help. You have enough on your plate without having to deal with insurers or navigating the Queens County courts on your own.

By contacting Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., you gain a genuine and highly skilled legal advocate, who will handle both the insurance claim and litigation process for you. An injury should not hold you back, and we are here to fight for the compensation you need to move forward.

Reach out online or call 212-490-5700 to schedule your free, initial consultation.

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