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Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer for Help When You Need It Most

Accidents happen every day. In many cases, they’re nothing more than bad luck – like tripping over your own two feet. But if your injuries were caused by someone else’s carelessness, then you may be able to pursue financial compensation.

Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover money for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you with the process, starting with a free initial consultation. They will take on the big insurance company for you, and help you get the money that you deserve for your injuries.

Suffering physical injuries typically comes with emotional trauma and financial loss, sometimes severe enough to bankrupt a household. Victims of negligence should not have to financially suffer because of another party’s actions. A Brooklyn personal injury attorney at The O’Connor Law Firm is dedicated to helping victims who have suffered serious injuries due to the carelessness and recklessness of others.

How a Brooklyn Injury Lawyer Can Help You 

The O’Connor Law Firm represents injured New Yorkers and their families in all types of serious injury cases. We have the experience, skill, and determination to get you the compensation you deserve. Here are some of the types of cases we handle:

We are always available to answer your Brooklyn personal injury questions. We also offer free case evaluations. Call us today at 718-948-3500 or fill out our form below and let us guide you through the legal process.

When Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Personal injury cases are most often based on a theory of negligence, or carelessness. Negligence is a legal term that means the failure to use the level of care that a reasonable person would use in a similar situation.  If you can demonstrate that another person or entity was negligent in some way, then you will likely be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

Negligence has four elements:

  1. Duty: the at-fault party (defendant) owed the victim (plaintiff) a duty of care.
  2. Breach: the defendant violated that duty of care in some way (such as by speeding or running a red light).
  3. Causation: this violation was the proximate or but-for cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
  4. Damages: the plaintiff suffered losses.

Negligence can happen in any number of ways. For example, if a person does not yield when merging onto a highway and causes an accident, they may be held responsible for any injuries that result. Similarly, if a dog owner walks their dog without a leash and it attacks someone, then they could be considered negligent.

In many cases, determining who is at fault is relatively easy – such as if a truck runs a red light and slams into another vehicle. However, there are many situations where one or more people caused an accident. In this situation, New York’s comparative negligence rule would apply.

Under the principle of comparative negligence, a person who is partially at fault for an accident can still recover for their losses. Their total recovery will be reduced by the percentage that they were at fault. If a jury finds that they suffered $100,000 in damages and were 50% at fault, for example, their total award will be reduced by 50% to $50,000.

Even if you don’t think that someone else caused your accident, it may still be a good idea to set up a free consultation with a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer. There are many nuances to the law, and you may not realize that you have a viable personal injury claim against another person, a government agency, a manufacturer, or even your own insurance company. Reach out today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation appointment with a member of our legal team.

Compensation in a Brooklyn Personal Injury Case

In any personal injury claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for all of your losses. This may include money (damages) in three separate categories:

  1. Economic damages, which compensate you for your direct financial losses. This may include property damage, lost wages, reduced or lost earning capacity, medical bills, and future medical treatment.
  2. Non-economic damages, which compensate you for your intangible losses. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, reduced quality of life, scarring, and/or disfigurement.
  3. Punitive damages are designed to penalize someone who engaged in intentional or grossly reckless conduct. Because most personal injury cases are based on a theory of negligence, punitive damages are not always available. However, there are situations – such as drunk driving accidents – where punitive damages may be appropriate.

The value of your case will depend on factors such as the severity of your injuries, the likelihood that you will make a full recovery, and the at-fault party’s insurance policy limits. A skilled Brooklyn personal injury attorney can give you a ballpark estimate of the value of your case during a free initial consultation.

Studies show that people represented by counsel recover an average of 40% more than those who represent themselves in personal injury claims. Working with a personal injury law firm is typically the best way to ensure that you get maximum compensation for your injuries. 

How Can a Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

It’s always in the best interest of victims of negligence to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer after suffering injuries. Some ways a Brooklyn injury attorney can help include:

  • Evaluation. An experienced attorney can review the facts of your case, determine your eligibility for compensation, and advise you on your legal options to recover compensation for your injuries.
  • Investigation. An attorney can investigate your case to uncover relevant information to support your claim, making it difficult for the insurance company or defense legal team to argue against your claim.
  • Communication. Personal injury lawyers handle communications with insurance companies and other relevant parties to protect their clients from saying something that could negatively impact the value of their personal injury claim.
  • Negotiation. Accident and injury attorneys are trained negotiators who know how to deal with insurance companies and legal defense teams. Hiring legal counsel often results in more compensation for accident victims than they could get on their own.
  • Litigation. Sometimes settlement negotiations fail or are not an option. A lawyer can fight for you in the courtroom when necessary.

Contact a Skilled Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Get the Legal Help You Need

Being hurt in any type of accident can be incredibly traumatic. In the aftermath, you may be overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help. Our legal team is here for you.

With offices in Staten Island and Manhattan, The O’Connor Law Firm advocates for injury victims throughout the greater New York City region, including Brooklyn. We offer free initial consultations and never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. To learn more or to schedule a free case evaluation, give us a call at (718) 948-3500 or fill out our online contact form.

Why Choose a Brooklyn Injury Lawyer from The O’Connor Law Firm?

Some accident victims may wonder whether they even need to hire a personal injury lawyer to handle their Brooklyn injury claim. While minor injuries that resolve soon after an accident may not need a lawyer, more serious injuries that require extended medical care and/or surgery require the help of an experienced injury lawyer to help you recover maximum compensation.

The honest and compassionate legal team at The O’Connor Law Firm focuses solely on personal injury cases. We make the process easy for you and take on the burden of dealing with the insurance company.

The firm’s commitment to client education, client advocacy, and getting results will give you peace of mind. We carefully select cases to provide the best representation for our clients, who do not pay attorney fees unless we win their case.

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Insurance companies are in business to make money, and part of how they do that is by paying out as little as possible on legitimate claims. Our legal team will fight for your right to full compensation. Call The O’Connor Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Brian J. O’Connor

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Award winning NYC injury lawyer

with more than 20 years of experience handling all types of serious personal injury cases throughout New York City.

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Former Assistant Corporation Counsel for The City of New York

with an in-depth knowledge of municipal negligence and claims against NYC, NYCTA and other public entities.

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Former insurance / construction accident defense attorney

with insider knowledge on the tactics and tricks insurance carriers use to deny, delay, and defend legitimate claims.

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