When a person is injured because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another person or entity, they may be eligible to file for compensation under personal injury law. This area of the law helps victims fight for financial recovery.
If you were injured in what you believe was a personal injury accident, a Long Beach personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, may be able to help you with your case. Contact us at (516) 358-6900 to get started.
We proudly serve clients throughout Nassau County, Queens County, Suffolk County, and surrounding areas in New York in the following types of cases:
According to the New York State Department of Health, there were approximately 1,098 deaths caused in unintentional accidents per year in the state of New York between 2012 and 2014. This agency says there were about 12,000 hospitalizations and over 136,000 emergency department visits during that same time.
Car accidents are often attributed to some type of driver error, such as:
- Texting while driving
- Failing to yield
- Following too closely
- Drinking and driving
- Drowsy driving
Our Long Beach personal injury lawyers can investigate your claim and determine which parties may be liable for your claim. We can also handle your insurance claim for you while you focus on your recovery.
New York bicyclists may face danger every time they interact with other vehicles on the road. With minimal protection, a bicyclist risks more harm or chance for death than a person driving a two-ton vehicle. Even when bicyclist accidents are not fatal, the bicyclist may suffer severe injuries that might require extensive medical care or decrease the person’s quality of life.
Truck drivers must follow specific rules enacted by the state and federal government to protect others from being harmed. These rules regulate work conditions, such as:
- How many hours truckers can work
- When truck drivers must take a break
- How often truck drivers must keep track of their miles
- How cargo should be loaded onto a vehicle
- Drug and alcohol testing
- How often vehicles should be inspected for mechanical issues
If the truck driver or company violated these rules, they may be responsible for the accident that results.
Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment. If a New York worker is injured on the job, they may be entitled to benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation program, which may include medical benefits, partial wage replacement, and vocational rehabilitation benefits.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), of all of the fatal work injuries that occurred in the private sector in 2018, the construction industry represented 21.1 percent of fatalities. The most common reasons for these deaths were:
- Traffic accidents
- Struck by object
- Caught-in or between objects or equipment, including structure collapses
Even when construction accidents were not fatal, they often resulted in serious injuries to workers, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Burn injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Disfiguring injuries
Slip and Fall Accidents
Property owners are expected to maintain a safe environment so that visitors do not suffer foreseeable injuries on their property. Property owners may be held responsible when a visitor’s slip and fall is due to issues, such as:
- Failing to regularly inspect the property for hazards
- Poor lighting
- No lighting
- A spill that has not been promptly cleaned up
- Stairs that do not conform to building codes
- Cracked pavement
- Unremoved ice or snow
Premises Liability Accidents
In addition to slips and falls, neglecting the state of property conditions can result in other types of premises liability incidents, including:
- Dog bites
- Criminal attacks
- Toxic exposure
- Elevator and escalator accidents
Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide the quality of care you expect. Some warning signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Unexplained bruises, fractures, or other physical injuries
- Behaviors of withdrawal or social isolation
- Missing personal property, glasses, or money
- Expressing fear around a particular caregiver
- A sudden change in behavior or personality
- Unexplained weight loss or dehydration
- Regressive behaviors, such as rocking back and forth or sucking their thumb
If you have noticed any of these warning signs, contact our team immediately to protect your loved one.
Defective Drugs and Devices
Defective drugs cause harm to patients and represent an unreasonable risk of harm. They may be dangerous on their own or when combined with other medications. These drugs and medical devices may cause serious injuries or even death if they are not properly discontinued or removed.
Parents who have seen their child get severely injured may be under distress until their child is safe and healed again. Our lawyers help hold parties responsible for child injuries, including:
- Birth injuries
- Swimming pool accidents
- Attractive nuisance accidents
- Car accidents
- Playground injuries
- School bus accidents
A wrongful death claim or lawsuit seeks to hold the person responsible for your loved one’s death legally accountable. If your loved one would have had a personal injury claim had they survived, your family may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. While no amount of recovery can ever bring your loved one back, this type of case may be able to hold the wrongdoer legally liable and provide you with some degree of financial relief.
Contact Our Team to Get Started on Your Case
If you were injured in one of the accident types listed above, do not hesitate to reach out to our law firm. A Long Beach personal injury lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and determine if you have a viable claim, including what your next steps should be.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, so you are not responsible for paying for any attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for your claim or lawsuit. Call us at (516) 358-6900 to learn more.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Long Beach, call 516-358-6900