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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Suing Multiple Parties for Personal Injury

Q: Can many parties be at fault in a personal injury case?

Skilled Bronx personal injury attorneys are not only lawyers, they are also detectives.

How do I know if I have a good personal injury case?

When potential clients inquire about whether they have a personal injury case, the attorney listens to the client’s explanation of what happened, reviews available police reports, witness statements, medical records, and often conducts their own investigation. This is done to determine not only who may be liable for damages but also to help establish an appropriate monetary value for the case to ensure the victim will be compensated not only for their current losses but for anticipated future losses – sometimes lifelong losses -- depending on their injuries. That’s why it’s important not to accept an initial settlement from an insurance company without a lawyer reviewing it, as it will rarely be enough to cover all losses. It’s also important not to delay retaining an attorney, because missing deadlines for filing certain notices against parties you intend to sue, may bar you from suing them.

A personal injury lawsuit arises when a victim is seriously injured as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of a person or entity. If the victim can prove the defendant liable for their injuries, they may be entitled to compensatory damages for items such as current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and more depending on the particular circumstances of each case. If the victim dies from their injuries, their estate and/or closest surviving relatives may be entitled to compensatory damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

What if multiple parties are responsible for personal injuries of a victim?

It is quite common for victims to be injured due to the actions or inactions of multiple parties. In medical malpractice, several different healthcare workers and/or the facility itself could contribute to an injury. A car accident could be blamed on more than one driver and also on a tavern owner and bartender in some jurisdictions in certain DWI scenarios. Many other tragedies can be blamed on multiple parties.

Recently, the parents of a young autistic teenage boy who was struck by a NYC subway train and lost part of his left leg below the knee sued multiple parties for negligence and malpractice surrounding the incident. Reportedly, the parents have sued “the city, the MTA, the train conductor, the child’s aid and the aids company” alleging that the negligence began with the aide’s failure to control the boy who then “ended up in the MTA system where he was struck and injured”. According to the victim’s parents and attorney, the child’s life--already challenging due to his autism-- has been “exponentially complicated by this injury” and they are seeking unspecified damages.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent clients throughout New York City in New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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