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New York Personal Injury Attorneys

Representing Personal Injury Victims Throughout New York

You should not have to bear the financial burden of medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to an accident that wasn't your fault. When you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek damages. 

At Matthews & Associates, our skilled New York personal injury lawyers are prepared to aggressively enforce your rights and fight tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve. Whether you were injured in a car accident or because of dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, we understand how to effectively advocate for you and hold responsible parties accountable. Our team has obtained significant financial compensation for thousands of clients and is ready to put our experience to work for you. 

Call (888) 923-7001 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today. You will only owe legal fees if we win.


Types of Personal Injury Cases

Our New York personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent you in many types of cases, including those involving:

You may have a personal injury case if you have suffered harm due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another party. To recover compensation, you must be able to demonstrate that the defendant’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions directly led to your injury. If you are not sure whether you have a strong case, our team at Matthews & Associates can discuss the circumstances of your injuries, investigate the facts of the case, and walk you through your legal options.

  • Car Accidents

    Car accidents often occur due to the negligence of another driver. They can result in severe injuries and sometimes even loss of life. All drivers owe a legal duty of care to everyone on the road, meaning they must operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. Distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving, excessive speeding, and failing to follow traffic rules are all forms of negligence that can lead to collisions.

  • Defective Products

    If a defective product causes you harm, you may be entitled to compensation, and unlike other personal injury claims, you generally do not need to prove negligence on the part of the manufacturer or anyone in the line of the product’s distribution. Design defects are inherent flaws that exist before the product is even manufactured. If a product's design is inherently dangerous or defective, any injury that can be directly traced back to this design could be grounds for a product liability case. Manufacturing defects are flaws that occur during the production or assembly process of the product. If the product was safe as designed but became dangerous during its creation due to poor quality control, negligence, or use of substandard materials, you likely have a case. Finally, you may have a case if your injuries were caused by issues with the way a product is advertised or sold, including insufficient safety warnings, inadequate instructions, or misleading labels.

  • Motorcycle Accidents

    It is not uncommon for other motorists to overlook or fail to properly judge the distance and speed of a motorcycle on the road, leading to collisions. With little to no physical barrier between the rider and the external environment, motorcyclists are exposed to a direct impact in the event of an accident. This heightened level of exposure significantly increases the possibility of severe, life-threatening injuries. Even with the use of protective gear such as helmets and padding, the risk of serious harm remains high due to the sheer force that can be exerted upon a rider during an accident.

  • Pedestrian Accidents

    Unlike drivers or passengers in a vehicle, pedestrians lack any physical protection during a collision. Consequently, when a pedestrian is involved in an accident, the injuries sustained are often catastrophic. Typical injuries may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and, in the most tragic cases, fatalities. Right-of-way laws can impact liability in these cases. In many scenarios, New York pedestrians have the right of way. For example, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, regardless of whether there's a marked crosswalk. Failing to do so often leads to accidents and establishes the driver's negligence in such cases. However, pedestrians also have responsibilities, such as obeying traffic signals and not suddenly entering the path of a moving vehicle. Determining liability in pedestrian accidents can be complex, requiring a thorough understanding of these laws and careful examination of accident details.

  • Premises Liability

    Premises liability is a legal concept that typically comes into play in personal injury cases where the injury was due to an unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property. In New York, property owners and operators have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe. If they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, they may be held liable. Premises liability rules apply to homeowners, landlords, and business owners, but to successfully pursue a premises liability claim, you must be able to prove that the property owner knew (or should have known) about the dangerous condition yet failed to correct it or warn you about the hazard. Some of the most common types of premises liability cases involve slip and fall accidents, dog bites, insufficient maintenance, defective conditions on the premises, and inadequate building security, leading to injury or assault.

  • Truck Accidents
    Truck accidents pose unique threats and complications that distinguish them from other types of automobile accidents. Due to their sheer size and weight, collisions involving trucks often result in more devastating outcomes compared to accidents involving smaller vehicles. Furthermore, unlike other automobile accidents where the fault generally lies with a driver, multiple parties could potentially be held liable in a truck accident case. Depending on what caused the accident, these parties could include the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the truck, the company that leased the truck, the manufacturer of the vehicle, or the loader of the truck's cargo, among others. Our New York personal injury lawyers understand how to investigate these cases effectively and can identify all liable parties.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in New York?

In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is typically three years from the date of the injury. This means that if you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have a three-year window to start the legal process. It's crucial to understand that if you fail to file your claim within this time frame, you will likely lose your right to recover compensation.

However, there are exceptions to this three-year rule. In some cases, the countdown for the statute of limitations may not start on the date the injury occurred. If the injury was not discovered right away, the clock might start ticking on the date you discovered (or reasonably should have discovered) the injury.

When someone suffers fatal injuries, certain loved ones of the deceased have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party. In these tragic situations, qualifying loved ones will have two years from the date of the victim’s death to bring their claim. 

You should not wait to get legal advice if you think you may have a personal injury claim. We can help prepare your claim and ensure you do not miss a deadline.

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What Types of Compensation Can I Recover in New York?

The compensation obtainable in a personal injury lawsuit is meant to restore you to the financial position you were in before the accident occurred. Typically, damages are categorized into economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages include:

  • Medical bills, including expenses associated with immediate care received after an accident, ongoing treatment, and any anticipated future medical care
  • Lost wages if your injury has resulted in time away from work
  • Lost earning capacity if your injury is so severe that it prevents you from returning to your job or necessitates a change in profession
  • Property damage resulting from the accident, such as the expenses associated with repairing or replacing your car that was damaged in a collision

Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering, including any physical discomfort you have endured
  • Emotional distress, including any psychological consequences of your injuries
  • Loss of enjoyment of life if your injury prevents you from participating in activities you once enjoyed

Punitive damages may also be awarded in cases where the defendant's conduct is deemed particularly egregious or malicious. These are intended to specifically punish the defendant and discourage similar conduct in the future. 

Our dedicated New York personal injury attorneys are prepared to diligently work to assess and determine the full extent of your damages. When you trust our team with your case, we will make every effort to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.

If you were recently injured because of someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to call (888) 923-7001 or contact us online to discuss your legal options with our legal professionals.

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