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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bronx New York Lawsuits: The "Plaintiff’s Paradise"

Q: Will I get a more sympathetic jury in the Bronx, New York?

If you are suing New York City for personal injury or medical malpractice the Bronx is the borough in which to bring the suit.

While you can't always choose to start your lawsuit in the Bronx if your case has no connection to that county, experienced New York personal injury attorneys make every effort to find a connection between their case and the Bronx so they can bring the action in the Bronx courts.  Why? Well, that's where the population of jurors is considered to be more "disenchanted" and/or "gullible"-- and where plaintiffs can cash in.

The plaintiff-friendly county has a higher population of poor people in the jury pool who may be more sympathetic to poor plaintiffs. That may explain why Bronx juries in personal injury claims notoriously award generous verdicts based on emotion rather than evidence.

New data based on 2015 figures revealed the following:

  • Number of personal injury suits: Bronx 6065/ Brooklyn 4952
  • Per capita personal injury claims per 100K population: Bronx 417/ Manhattan 214
  • Tort claims against NYC decreased 6% over 2014
  • NYC payouts increased more than 4% over 2014
  • Malpractice claims against NYC hospitals increased from 485 to 523.

The personal injury umbrella covers a wide range of lawsuits including automobile accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, and more. The one thing all of these actions have in common is that someone was injured or killed as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another person or entity, such as a government or agency. In the event of a death, the lawsuit would be for wrongful death and would be brought by the victim’s surviving family or estate.

Depending on the circumstances of each case, the damages awarded in a personal injury action often include current and future medical costs, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. It is important to seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the incident or accident, especially if it involves the city of New York or another government agency as the time limits for filing a notice of claim and subsequent lawsuit, are rigid and short.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the actions of another person or entity, The Goldstein Law Firm in Bronx New York can help. Call us today at 718-239-0239 for a consultation.


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