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New York Personal Injury Lawyer

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Are you struggling with painful physical injuries, or have you suddenly lost a family member because of a recent accident in New York? If so, contact the New York personal injury lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm to discuss your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for costs related to your medical care and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering you’ve endured.

Since 1990, The Lanier Law Firm has been a passionate advocate for injury victims and grieving families in New York. Our clients are the heart and soul of our law firm, and their stories are the driving force behind the work we do. We’re proud to help them fight back against insurance companies, corporations, hospitals, and other powerful adversaries after their lives have been turned upside down unexpectedly.

Our results speak for themselves: We’ve won tens of billions of dollars in settlements, benefits, and jury awards.

We represent clients in all types of personal injury matters, including car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, mass torts, wrongful death, and other acts of negligence. Don’t hesitate to call our New York City law office to discover how we can help you demand what is rightfully yours. Your first consultation is free, so contact us today.

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The Benefits of Working with a New York Personal Injury Attorney from The Lanier Law Firm

After an unexpected accident, don’t let intimidation or the presumed expense of hiring a lawyer prevent you from enlisting the help of a legal professional. Your choice of attorney matters, which is why you should call The Lanier Law Firm.
  • We’ve been standing up to powerful corporations on behalf of accident victims in New York since our founding in 1990.
  • Our 60+ attorneys are extremely skilled negotiators who truly thrive in the courtroom. We’re not afraid to take cases to trial in state and federal court and argue passionately on behalf of our clients.
  • We’ve won some of the largest verdicts in the nation’s history.
  • Our attorneys have received national recognition and awards for their hard work, dedication, and results.
  • Founding attorney Mark Lanier has been called “one of the top civil trial lawyers in America” by The New York Times.

Give yourself every opportunity to not only win your personal injury case but also maximize your financial award. Put a team of experienced, successful New York trial attorneys in your corner.

Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer
after an accident?

Personal injuries in New York are an unfortunate reality and can have serious long-term effects on victims and their families.

According to the New York State Department of Health, the rate of deaths due to personal injury remained fairly steady at 40.3 per 100,000 residents from 1995 to 2014. Similarly, the rate of hospitalizations due to injury averaged around 750 per 100,000 for New Yorkers in the same time frame.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that injuries are the leading cause of death for individuals aged one to 44 in the state of New York.

Simply put, accidents — particularly those resulting in catastrophic injury and death — are all too common in New York. When you or a loved one is hurt through no fault of your own, it’s important to take legal action against those responsible.

However, at-fault parties will typically be well-represented by defense counsel or direct you to their insurance company. This can make your path to compensation quite challenging, especially when you consider the experience, resources, and power you’ll be up against.

Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney in New York can make all the difference in the world.

  • You’re more likely to achieve a successful result when you hire an attorney to represent you.
  • Insurance companies acknowledge that settlements tend to be higher when accident victims are represented by legal counsel.
  • You level the playing field by putting an experienced legal advocate in your corner, forcing the other side to fight fairly.
  • You don’t just get a lawyer; you benefit from their vast resources and connections, too.
  • You’ll be better prepared to defend against victim-blaming tactics designed to limit or prevent a financial payout.

Of course, not all personal injury lawyers in New York are equal. You deserve to work with an experienced, successful, and respected litigator who genuinely cares about you and your future. That’s why The Lanier Law Firm should be your first call after you are hurt. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, offering the service you’d expect from a small firm while backing your case with resources that rival those of the largest firms in the nation.

Personal Injury Cases Handled by
The Lanier Law Firm

Our top-rated New York trial attorneys have helped clients recover substantial damages in a wide range of personal injury cases, including the following:

  • A 32-year-old operator at a facility in Louisiana who suffered burns over 50 percent of his body in a workplace accident
  • A 23-year-old man who was injured in a plant explosion and sustained second- and third-degree burns over the majority of his body due to the explosion
  • A man who was killed after being hit by a speeding train while walking across train tracks in an Exxon Mobil refinery
  • A warehouse worker in Houston who sustained severe internal injuries after being crushed by a piece of industrial equipment

This is just a sampling of the cases successfully litigated by the experienced legal team at The Lanier Law Firm.

We frequently handle personal injury cases involving catastrophic accidents that result from a variety of negligent actions taken by reckless people or entities.


Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are a frequent occurrence in today’s car-driven culture and sometimes result in serious injury and death. The Lanier Law Firm is experienced in handling personal injury cases involving car accidents and can help obtain the maximum compensation allowable in New York. This includes helping victims of drunk driving accidents and pedestrian accidents.


Medical Malpractice

When patients seek medical care, they deserve excellent treatment with a high standard of care.

Unfortunately, human error and systematic problems in the health care system lead to between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths in hospitals each year. When a health care provider deviates from the established standard of care, lives are lost.

The Lanier Law Firm has handled a number of medical malpractice cases over the years and strives to help clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve in any medical malpractice suit.


Truck Accidents

When a large truck or 18-wheeler is involved in an accident, the sheer force and momentum of these larger vehicles can cause serious destruction and damage to surrounding vehicles and property.


Construction Accidents

Accidents are common on construction sites and are sometimes caused by negligence or safety failures that could have been prevented with proper precautions and vigilance. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, The Lanier Law Firm can help.


Product Liability

If a product manufacturer ships out a defective product that injures the user, the manufacturer may be liable for damages.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Victims who are injured in motorcycle accidents can file lawsuits to recover damages and receive the justice they deserve. Each motorcycle accident is unique, and upon investigation, your attorney will determine liability.


Premises Liability

Property owners or landowners can be liable if a personal injury occurs on their property. If you’ve been injured due to unsafe conditions or negligence on someone’s property, you may be able to recover damages and receive compensation.

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Wrongful Death

Thousands of people lose their lives in avoidable accidents and acts of violence in New York every year. While money can never make up for the devastating loss of a family member, it can help to offset resulting financial burdens and provide some sense of closure. Our wrongful death attorneys in New York can help you fight to hold accountable those who are responsible for your loved one’s tragic death.

Damages Available to Injury Victims in New York

As the victim of an avoidable accident or act of violence, you may have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit for compensatory damages. In some situations, punitive damages might also be applicable.

Compensatory Damages

There are two types of compensatory damages, depending on the type of harm you’ve suffered: economic and non-economic.

Economic damages are awarded to offset the financial repercussions and losses associated with your accident and resulting injury. These might include money for:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages and income
  • Lost job opportunities
  • Nursing assistance
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Property damage
  • Funeral and burial costs

Non-economic damages are awarded solely to make up for the trauma, suffering, and life changes you experience as the victim of an accident.

This might include money for things like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Disfigurement
  • Embarrassment
  • Damage to reputation
  • Emotional distress

It can be particularly tough to calculate the value of non-economic awards. After all, they’re incredibly subjective.

At The Lanier Law Firm, our New York personal injury attorneys will coordinate our efforts with respected and experienced experts. Medical professionals, accident reconstructionists, therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals can offer insight into how your accident happened, why, and how it has changed your life.

With their help, we can work toward a financial recovery that accurately represents what your personal injury case is worth.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded for the sole purpose of punishing the defendant in a personal injury case. In New York, punitive damages are only allowable when there’s clear and convincing evidence of exceptional misconduct equivalent to malice, fraud, or gross negligence.

There are no caps on compensatory or punitive damages in New York personal injury cases.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer in New York?

An unexpected injury can have significant financial repercussions. Medical treatment can be costly, and the inability to work and generate an income can make it tough to cover your day-to-day bills.

At The Lanier Law Firm, we do not want the cost of legal assistance to add to your already stressed financial situation. That’s why our New York personal injury attorneys work on contingency.

We assume the risks of litigation. We front the costs. We only get paid if we win your personal injury case.

When we win, our attorneys recover a preestablished percentage of your financial award in accordance with your contractual agreement. Under New York law, personal injury attorneys typically recover no more than one-third of damages.

We’ll always be upfront and transparent about the cost of hiring our law firm. Call our law office in New York City to learn more.

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Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits in New York

Under New York law, the statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits is three years. This will give you until the third anniversary of the date you were injured — or discovered your injury — to pursue compensation from responsible parties.

Exceptions to New York’s Civil Statute of Limitations

  • Wrongful death: Two years from the date of a victim’s death
  • Medical malpractice: Two years and six months from the date or discovery of an injury
  • Government tort claims: 90 days from the date of an injury

In all cases, it is recommended that you contact a personal injury attorney promptly after you’ve received medical treatment.

Call The Lanier Law Firm to discuss the details of your New York personal injury case. We offer a free confidential case evaluation, so reach out today.

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