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In New York City, where the streets are often bustling and the risk of accidents is high, the impact of a DUI accident can be devastating. At the law firm of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, our team of New York drunk driver accident lawyers is dedicated to supporting victims through these challenging times.

Have you been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver?

A personal injury lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb can help. We have the expertise to navigate the complex landscape of DUI laws in New York City, ensuring that our clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. Check out our results and the testimonials of fellow New Yorkers. Call 800-PAIN-LAW or contact us for a free consultation.

Navigating DUI Accident Claims in New York

New York’s DUI laws are stringent, reflecting the seriousness with which the state views driving under the influence and past the legal limit. A DUI accident not only involves navigating the criminal aspects of DUI charges but also the civil implications for victims seeking compensation.

Statute of Limitations

Understanding the three-year statute of limitations and the process of a drunk driving accident case in New York is vital. From the initial investigation and insurance claims to negotiating a settlement or possibly going to trial, each step is critical in securing a fair settlement.

Our experienced attorneys at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb are well-versed in these processes, ensuring that your case is handled with the attention and expertise it deserves.

Why Choose a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb?

Choosing the right legal representation can significantly affect the outcome of your case in the criminal justice system. At the law firm of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, our record of success speaks for itself. Our DUI lawyers understand the pain, suffering, and financial stress that come with being involved in a DUI accident.

Our Commitment

Our team practicing law here in New York is committed to fighting for the full and fair compensation you deserve, covering medical bills, financial losses, and other damages resulting from drunk driving accidents. With our compassionate approach and aggressive advocacy, you can trust that your case is in good hands.

Common DUI Victim Injuries

Victims of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) accidents can sustain a wide range of injuries, which can vary in severity depending on the circumstances of the accident, the speed of the vehicles involved, and whether the victim was wearing a seatbelt. Some common injuries suffered by DUI victims include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage, leading to cognitive impairments, memory loss, and changes in behavior or personality.


  • Spinal Cord Injuries: These injuries can result in paralysis, loss of sensation or motor function, chronic pain, and other long-term disabilities.


  • Broken Bones and Fractures: Victims may suffer fractures or breaks in the arms, legs, ribs, pelvis, or other bones due to the impact of the accident.


  • Internal Injuries: Internal injuries can include damage to organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, lungs, or heart, which may require surgery or other medical interventions.


  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Whiplash, strains, sprains, and contusions (bruises) are common soft tissue injuries that can cause pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion.


  • Burns: Victims may suffer burns from fires or explosions resulting from the accident or from contact with hot surfaces or chemicals.


  • Facial Injuries: Facial injuries can include lacerations, fractures, dental injuries, and eye injuries, which may require reconstructive surgery or other treatments.


  • Psychological and Emotional Trauma: DUI victims often experience psychological and emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.


  • Wrongful Death: In the most tragic cases, DUI accidents can result in fatal injuries, leading to the wrongful death of the victim. Surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship and support.


What Compensation Can I Recover As a Drunk Driving Accident Victim?

In drunk driving cases, the type and amount of compensation you may recover can vary based on several factors, including the jurisdiction, the specifics of your case or criminal charges, and the extent of your injuries or damages.

Common types of compensation in drunk driving accidents claims:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes the cost of past, current, and future medical treatment related to your drunk driving accident case. This includes hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and therapy.


  • Lost Wages: If you were unable to work due to your suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for the income you lost during your recovery period.


  • Pain and Suffering: This type of compensation is intended to compensate you for physical pain and emotional distress caused by the accident and your injuries.


  • Property Damage: If your vehicle or other property was damaged in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of repairs or the fair market value of the property if it was totaled.


  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, you may be awarded punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for their reckless or intentional conduct and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior.


  • Wrongful Death: If a loved one was killed in a DUI accident, you may be able to recover compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship and support.


  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If your injuries have impacted your ability to participate in activities and hobbies you enjoyed prior to the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life.
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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

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.



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.



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”).



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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

00:47 22 Jun 24
I contacted Burns and Harris, this company which is renamed now, about two years ago about my injury. I even had an in person meeting with Stephen LaRocca.I had to chase him for a year just to sign something, in the end I just gave up. Pretty appalling company and even worse than people have written. I can only imagine the people who haven’t taken the time to write your review. Don’t bother with them.
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Elizabeth SantosElizabeth Santos
00:32 20 Jun 24
If I could give them a zero Star I would 0
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
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.
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
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
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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FAQ Section

These FAQs are designed to address common concerns and questions about legal process that individuals may have after being involved in as a victim drunk driving accident in New York City. For more detailed information, please request a free case consultation from a Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb drunk driving accident lawyer

  • What Is the Statute of Limitations for DUI Accident Claims in New York?

    The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for personal injury in New York is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, it’s crucial to consult with a New York drunk driver accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected. Early consultation allows for the timely gathering of evidence and strengthens your case for compensation.

  • Can I Seek Compensation If the Drunk Driver Was Not Convicted?

  • What Types of Compensation Can I Recover in a DUI Accident Claim?

  • How Do I Prove the Other Driver Was At Fault in a DUI Accident?

  • Does the At-Fault Driver Pay Out of Pocket for a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

  • Should I Accept an Insurance Settlement Offer After a DUI Accident?

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