Skilled Long Island Lawyers Helping Injury Victims Seek Justice
The injury attorneys at Duffy & Duffy have dedicated their practice to helping victims on Long Island and beyond who have been hurt as a result of someone else’s carelessness. Our trial lawyers have years of experience litigating and resolving negligence claims, and we can use our knowledge and skill to pursue the compensation you deserve. We serve communities throughout New York, including Queens and the Bronx as well as Nassau, Kings, and Suffolk Counties. Whether you have been hurt as a result of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, an automobile accident, or a slip and fall, we can advocate for your rights.
Take Legal Action to Seek Compensation for Your Harm
There are several important considerations in any personal injury case. First and foremost, a claim of negligence relies on showing that there has been a breach of a duty of care, which causes harm to a victim and results in actual damages. Each of us owes everyone around us an obligation to act in a manner that avoids needless and foreseeable risks of injury. If an individual or entity behaves in an unreasonably careless or reckless way, therefore, it is considered a breach of the duty of care. If you have been harmed as a result, you may be entitled to damages that stemmed from the incident. These can include medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
A medical malpractice case, while similar to a standard personal injury claim, involves slightly different requirements that relate to how the duty of care is defined in this context. Lawsuits based on a doctor’s negligence must show that the conduct fell short of the care that the typical physician in the relevant specialization and locality would have used. Expert testimony is used to identify this standard and explain why a certain error failed to meet it, as well as how it led to the patient’s injuries. The success of a case thus may depend on retaining a qualified and persuasive witness.
In an area related to medical malpractice, claims of nursing home negligence and abuse are increasingly common. These cases often require the same showing of duty, breach, causation, and damages as personal injury lawsuits. Fortunately for people in these facilities, however, this field is highly regulated and is subject to additional laws intended to protect patients. The standard of care for nursing home personnel is typically set out in the applicable regulations. In the event that a facility fails to comply with those standards, damages may be sought for any resulting harm. Moreover, public health laws have been enacted in New York to protect the rights and benefits of nursing home residents. It may be possible to obtain relief under these statutes as well as through a typical negligence claim.
No matter the type of injury that you have suffered, it is crucial to comply with rules that limit the time in which a lawsuit may be brought. These laws are known as “statutes of limitations” and can bar recovery if they are disregarded. You must pursue an ordinary personal injury action within three years from the date of the injury. A claim of medical malpractice, on the other hand, must be brought within two and a half years from when the harm happened. There may be exceptions to these rules in some situations. For instance, the limitations period may be extended when an injury has not been discovered for some time, or when a patient has undergone continuous medical treatment before asserting a claim against his or her doctor. The exceptions are narrow and intricate, so it may be wise to contact capable legal counsel as soon as you suspect you have suffered harm caused by someone else’s negligence.
Discuss Your Negligence Claim with a Long Island Attorney
If you or someone you love has been hurt due to medical malpractice or another form of careless conduct, you should not hesitate to contact the negligence lawyers at Duffy & Duffy to preserve your right to recovery. We have guided injured people near Long Island through the legal process with dedication and compassion. Our staff understands that every case is different, and we are committed to taking the time needed to investigate your situation. To find out if you may have a claim, contact us online or call (516) 394-4200 for an initial evaluation.