Accessible, Accountable and Affordable Great Neck Personal Injury Attorneys
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At Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we want you to know just how important your well-being is to us. That’s why we make ourselves accessible and reachable 24/7. We take the time to answer all your questions at our initial meeting, and we continue to stay in contact throughout the course of our representation. We’ll always return calls promptly and treat you with courtesy, respect and friendly service. Further, you can count on us to give you honest answers to your difficult questions and to always treat you fairly, ethically and professionally. Finally, we never want cost to stand between you and your ability to receive high-quality legal services. We offer a free initial consultation, and we won’t charge any fee until we recover compensation on your behalf. We know you have many choices when selecting an attorney to represent you. Getting great results on your Great Neck personal injury claim is only one of the many reasons to choose Cohen & Jaffe, LLP.
How do you know what my claim is worth?
A number of factors go into calculating the total damages in your claim after a Great Neck personal injury accident. These include the severity of the injury, the anticipated length of the recovery, and how the injury is expected to affect your quality of life, employability, family relations and general daily living. With decades of experience helping Long Island injury victims, our lawyers know the steps to take to gather evidence and build a strong case that proves the other party’s liability to you for the full amount of your legal damages, including economic loss as well as pain and suffering.
Can I get punitive damages for my Great Neck personal injury claim?
Punitive damages are awarded to an injury victim, not so much to compensate the victim for the injuries suffered, but to punish the negligent party for especially bad conduct. Punitive damages are not awarded in most cases but are reserved for instances when the party acted intentionally, willfully, deliberately, or with reckless indifference to the safety of others. At Cohen & Jaffe, our Great Neck personal injury lawyers put in the extra effort required to obtain punitive damages in appropriate cases. Some examples of conduct that might justify a punitive damage award include:
- A doctor or hospital hides evidence of medical malpractice by altering the patient’s chart or doctor’s notes, and then lies to the patient or family members
- A car accident is caused by a driver who was extremely drunk or driving at a dangerously excessive speed
- An employer intentionally disables a safety guard on a piece of equipment in order to increase productivity in the workplace
Also, punitive damages are specifically authorized for certain forms of nursing home abuse or neglect. New York Public Health Law section 2801-d authorizes private actions by patients of residential health care facilities for actions that deprive patients of any right or benefit defined in the law for patient well-being. Section 2801-d applies to any deprivation of right or benefit that causes injury, including not only physical harm to a patient but also emotional harm, death or financial loss. Compensatory damages at a minimum must be at least 25% of the daily per-patient rate of payment or average daily total charges per patient for the facility, for each day the injury exists. Punitive damages are expressly allowed where the deprivation of any right or benefit is found to have been “willful or in reckless disregard of the lawful rights of the patient.” This might include restraining or medicating a patient without any medical justification to do so, or physically, verbally or emotionally abusing a patient.
The Great Neck Personal Injury Lawyers at Cohen & Jaffe are Ready to Hear from You
If you have been injured in a Great Neck car accident or suffered some other personal injury because of another’s negligence, call Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at 866-878-6774 for a free consultation with our legal team of experienced and successful Great Neck personal injury attorneys.