A Personal Injury Attorney Who Gets Results for New Yorkers
When you’ve been hurt, make the right choice.
Whether it’s a slip and fall, assault, dangerous product, or any other type of incident, a single injury can affect your life for a long time. Medical costs pile up. You can’t work, but you still must pay your bills and support your family. You’re trying to rebuild your life, but there’s an insurance company breathing down your neck.
New York law gives you recourse in this situation, but you must fight for it – and you must choose the right attorney to join you in that fight. Keogh Crispi, P.C. has a winning track record of results for injured New Yorkers, including multi-million-dollar recoveries. If you’ve been hurt, contact us right away to schedule your free consultation.
An experienced personal injury attorney can answer your questions.
After an accident, there may be dozens of questions going through your mind, but perhaps the most fundamental one is “do I have a case?” The only way to answer that question for sure is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. When you talk to us, we’re looking for two key elements: negligence and damages.
What is negligence in personal injury cases?
Broadly speaking, negligence is any breach of a duty of care (a legal responsibility to show appropriate caution) that leads to someone else’s injury. For instance, motorists have a duty of care to others on the road, and property owners have a duty of care to people on their premises. If a person or organization fails to take proper care, and someone else is injured as a result, the injured person has recourse through the civil justice system.
In other words, while the word “accident” is thrown around a lot in personal injury matters, the incidents we’re talking about aren’t really “accidents” at all. They are preventable injuries caused by careless or reckless behavior. The purpose of a personal injury claim is both to make the injured person whole again and to provide accountability for the underlying negligence.
What are the types of damages?
Most personal injury claims are for compensatory damages, which, as the name implies, are intended to compensate you for the losses you’ve experienced due to the injury. There are two categories of compensatory damages:
Economic damages are objectively verifiable losses that can be tied to a specific dollar figure. They are intended to compensate you for the direct financial impact of an injury. Some examples of economic damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Replacement services (e.g. childcare or yard work)
- Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate a disability
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are compensation for the more subjective (but no less real) effects that a serious injury can have on your life. An award of non-economic damages is an acknowledgement that the injury has affected the things that make life worth living. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Bodily disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship or affection
- Loss of intimacy
In certain cases, we can also pursue punitive damages, which are intended to punish extremely reckless or intentional conduct. In New York, to recover punitive damages, we must show that the negligent person acted with complete disregard for the injured person’s health or safety.
We will guide you through the entire personal injury process.
While the basic principle behind personal injury claims is straightforward – if someone causes an injury, they need to pay for it – the specific laws that apply to these cases can become quite complex. That’s why choosing the right attorney makes all the difference. Attorney Pat James Crispi has decades of experience practicing personal injury law in New York. We know what the law says, we know the insurance companies’ tactics, and most importantly, we know how to tell a story that a New York jury will find compelling.
Our legal team has the experience and resources to handle a broad range of personal injury matters. We have a thorough understanding of slip and fall and premises liability law, with multiple significant recoveries for people who were hurt on dangerous premises. We know how to hold manufacturers accountable in product liability claims and stand up for injured patients in medical malpractice matters. We also represent families who have lost loved ones in wrongful death cases.
When you come to our office, we’ll listen to your story and immediately start thinking about our strategy to win your case. Our job is to handle the day-to-day interactions with the insurance company, protecting your rights while you focus on healing, and to guide you through each step in the process. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to settle your case relatively soon, or we may need to litigate for years. No matter what, we’ll keep you informed and fully prepared for the next step.
We refused to be outworked by the insurance company.
The key to winning your case is your story. You were there. You know what happened and how it affected your life. We know how to present that story in a manner that convinces a jury, and we’ll work with you to make sure you’re prepared. We also know how to thoroughly investigate to find evidence that supports your side of the story: accident reports, photographs, witness testimony, and so on. We often hire expert witnesses to help us reconstruct what happened and quantify the effects of an injury on your life.
We put in this time and effort because preparation is what wins cases. Our policy is to prepare every case for trial. That doesn’t mean every case we handle actually goes to trial – many do settle out of court – but it does mean we put maximum pressure on the insurance company to pay what your claim is worth. When they see we’re prepared to go before a jury armed with convincing evidence of negligence, they come to us prepared pay up. If they won’t offer a fair settlement, we’re always ready to take them to court.
You can afford to get a personal injury lawyer on your side.
We represent injured people on a contingency fee. That means you don’t pay us anything out of pocket. If we win your case, our fee is a percentage of the money we recover for you; if we don’t win, we don’t get paid at all. The last thing you need after an accident is another bill. Working on a contingency fee means we can offer high-quality representation to any injured New Yorker, regardless of your ability to pay.
It’s important to act quickly, though. Important legal deadlines need to be met, and evidence needs to be gathered and preserved before it disappears. If you’ve been hurt in an accident in New York, your first step should be to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney. Schedule your free consultation today.