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Last modified on April 10, 2024

The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you ever need to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit in New York, you should know that many factors can influence whether you’ll receive proper compensation. Not only will those factors come into play, but the claims process can involve many steps and tasks.

It’s wise to consider hiring a New York personal injury attorney to handle your injury case. Benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer in New York include:

You Can Learn About Your Options

You may not understand the legal process when filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit. That’s natural. Personal injury law is nuanced, and it would be unlikely for you to understand all these nuances without experience. Depending on the details of your case, you might not even be certain you’re eligible for compensation.

A personal injury lawyer with experience handling cases like yours can review the details and explain your options. The initial case review is typically free. You’re not taking a financial risk by meeting with an attorney to learn more about how to proceed.

Someone Else Carries the Burden

What does a personal injury lawyer do? To some extent, the answer depends on the specifics of a case. However, a personal injury lawyer generally handles these tasks for their clients:

  • Assessing the merits of a case
  • Determining liability
  • Gathering evidence to show another party caused their client’s injuries
  • Collecting documentation of a client’s losses (such as medical bills, lost wages, etc.)
  • Calculating the potential value of a claim
  • Completing claim paperwork and submitting it by any applicable deadlines
  • Negotiating with the insurance company for a settlement
  • Filing a lawsuit if a fair settlement can’t be reached
  • Representing you in court

A lawyer’s assistance can be particularly valuable during negotiations with insurance companies. A lawyer who understands the tactics claims adjusters use during negotiations can fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve. Although it’s unethical for a New York personal injury lawyer to guarantee the amount of a payout, an experienced attorney can level the playing field when you’re facing off against insurers.

Your Lawyer Handles Complex Legal Tasks

Pursuing the full amount of compensation you deserve can require assigning dollar values to losses that don’t have clear financial values. For example, you may struggle with pain and suffering due to your injuries. Or you might have severe injuries requiring ongoing medical treatment. Serious injuries could also permanently affect your employment prospects and earning potential.

Assigning a dollar value to intangible losses and calculating the potential value of future losses are complex processes. An experienced lawyer knows how to assess the value of those losses, overcome tactics used by insurance adjusters to minimize payouts, and negotiate fiercely for the money you deserve.

Your Lawyer Can Warn You About Potential Mistakes

From telling a claims adjuster you’re feeling “fine” when speaking with them, which they could construe to mean that your injuries aren’t serious, to posting about your case on social media, there are many errors you could make during the claims process. Making such mistakes could harm your chances of receiving compensation.

A lawyer can explain what you should and shouldn’t do while a case is pending. They can also handle all correspondence with the insurance company. You won’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing to an adjuster when a lawyer speaks on your behalf.

Are Personal Injury Lawyers Worth It in New York?

The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

You may face financial struggles after being injured. If you’re already trying to pay medical bills, perhaps while being unable to work and earn an income, you might wonder if you can afford to hire a lawyer.

When hiring a personal injury attorney, you might not need to worry about that. A qualified New York personal injury lawyer will usually offer their services on a contingency fee basis.

This arrangement means that you don’t have to pay upfront legal fees. Instead, the lawyer’s fee is a percentage of your compensation. This means:

  • You don’t have to pay legal fees unless you receive compensation first.
  • The more compensation you receive, the more your lawyer earns. An arrangement like this motivates an attorney to fight for a fair settlement.
  • An attorney has no reason to accept a case if there is minimal chance of a payout. Thus, a New York personal injury lawyer won’t lie about the merits of your case.

Contact a New York Personal Injury Lawyer

Getting hurt unexpectedly can dramatically affect your life. One way to gain a sense of confidence about your claim is to hire a professional to help you seek compensation. A qualified lawyer can offer valuable peace of mind during an uncertain time.

At Harris Keenan & Goldfarb, our New York personal injury lawyers are ready to offer the aggressive representation you deserve. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online for a free case review.

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.

VERDICT

$17,500,000

A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.

VERDICT

$4,730,398

Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).

VERDICT

$12,561,772

A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.

VERDICT

$10,500,000

A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.

VERDICT

$4,000,000

A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.

VERDICT

$3,470,670

The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.

VERDICT

$4,000,000

The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.

VERDICT

$3,823,000

Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.

VERDICT

$2,750,000

The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.

VERDICT

$1,677,835

The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.

VERDICT

$2,995,000

The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.

VERDICT

$2,610,000

A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.

VERDICT

$2,253,714

A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.

VERDICT

$1,900,000

A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.

VERDICT

$1,350,000

A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Angelo Del GuercioAngelo Del Guercio
20:03 11 May 24
Horrible people. I lost complete confidence in this firm. Attorneys dragged their feet for 4 years and my mom died before a settlement could be reached. I advised them several times that my mom was sick to put fire under their feet but the effort was to no avail.
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18:05 21 Mar 24
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20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
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14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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