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Friday, June 29, 2018

Two Separate Alleged Crimes Could Lead to Multiple Personal Injury Lawsuits

Q: Can criminal actions lead to civil lawsuits for injuries?

As the saying goes, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?"

A Brooklyn man who could be facing a wrongful death lawsuit and several personal injury lawsuits in connection with a New York car accident, may have added a new personal injury lawsuit to the list-- and additional criminal charges as well.

According to police, the man—who is currently facing murder charges for an alleged DWI fatal car accident-- is now facing additional criminal charges of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his friend in the neck. The suspect had been out on bail for the first incident when authorities believe he may have stabbed his friend to “silence him” from testifying as a witness against him in the murder case. The friend was apparently a passenger in the car on that fateful night.

The suspect had a blood alcohol level over two times the legal limit when he allegedly drove his car down the sidewalk mowing down and injuring nine victims, police say. The mother of the one victim who died a few days after the accident and the father of the friend, who was later knifed, were reportedly outraged that an accused murderer was free on bail.

A personal injury lawsuit is appropriate when someone is harmed as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of somebody else. If the victim can prove the defendant was liable, they may be entitled to compensatory damages for things like their current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, property damage, and more.

In the instant case, those injured in the car accident might argue the driver was reckless while the friend who was stabbed in the neck might proceed on the basis of intentional harm.

In addition, if a victim dies from their injuries, their closest surviving relatives may be entitled to compensatory damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Such lawsuits are complex and differ on a case-by-case basis as to who has standing to sue and what kind of damages they may be entitled to. Depending on the relationship to the victim, in addition to the victim’s medical and funeral expenses, damages for financial losses suffered as a result of the victim’s death may also be awarded.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed at the hands of somebody else, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein, PLLC can help you. While we can't undo the accident, we can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled so you can focus on healing. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injury victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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