Manhattan Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights After an Accident
Recovering from physical injuries and emotional trauma caused by an accident is a monumental task. Mark E. Seitelman Law Offices – Accident & Injury Attorneys has been representing injured New Yorkers for over 30 years, and our legal team understands how important trusted legal representation is for your recovery. Worrying about the mounting costs of medical treatment or trying to negotiate a fair settlement amount with an insurance company is not conducive to your healing process.
We can take the stress and effort of the accident claim process from your shoulders, letting you devote your time and effort to what really matters – your physical health and mental well-being. Not only that, but our extensive negotiation and litigation experience means we can maximize your compensation potential.
There are millions of people in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs on any given day, and the likelihood of accidents is high. From pedestrian accidents and car crashes to dog bites and slip and falls, there are endless opportunities for residents and visitors to get injured in New York.
We have represented well over 10,000 clients in their New York personal injury cases. That level of experience is invaluable when you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Our personal injury services include representation for workplace accidents, premises liability, car accidents, construction accidents, and insurance claim disputes.
From 2018 through 2020, construction injuries and fatalities decreased across New York. However, despite this steady decline, 2021 and 2022 had increases in injuries and deaths across the city. Manhattan led the boroughs in construction-related accidents and injuries in 2021 and 2022. With 751 accidents, 554 injuries, and 11 deaths related to construction sites in 2022, they present a hazard for many New Yorkers. Common construction accidents include falling from heights, electrocution, and machinery entrapment.
Accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles are often caused by driver error. Whether due to distracted driving, speeding, road rage, failure to yield, or driving under the influence, car accidents have the potential to cause life-changing and devastating injuries. In October 2023, there were 1,529 motor vehicle collisions in Manhattan. Nearly 800 people were injured and six people were killed in those car accidents that month. Driver inattention was the leading cause, contributing to 39% of injury-causing accidents.
In that same month, there were over 8,500 car crashes across New York, injuring over 4,900 people and killing 26. The table below shows the leading causes of these accidents.
Cases involving premises liability include a wide range of scenarios and injuries. Premises liability refers to the responsibility that property owners have to keep their property safe, and accidents can include slip and falls, dog bites, inadequate maintenance, and obstruction hazards. Business owners, tenants, and homeowners have a responsibility to visitors. You may have a premises liability claim if:
You were on the property legally
The owner or tenant knew about the dangerous condition of the property
They failed to fix or address the problem
Their negligence caused you to be injured
We represent clients in their insurance claim disputes involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, and bad faith. When you need an advocate to hold the insurance company liable for their wrongdoing, contact Mark E. Seitelman Law Offices, P.C. to discuss your case. We’ve been representing clients for over three decades, and our longevity is a testament to our client-focused approach.
Our firm also handles Mt. Hawley Insurance disputes and declaratory judgment cases. We represent out-of-state clients who need legal counsel for cases in New York involving coverage disputes.
The claims process can be unpredictable. Depending on how each party cooperates with the process, the court schedule, and your recovery journey, the timeline can fluctuate significantly. While an exact timeframe may not be available, the process should involve the following steps:
Investigating the accident – gather evidence, speak to witnesses, review photos, consult with accident experts
Filing your claim – your claim will be submitted to the negligent party’s insurance company and include your request for compensation
Negotiating a settlement – insurance companies are for-profit entities and want to save money, so a fair settlement offer may take some negotiating
Filing a lawsuit – if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, the next step is to file a lawsuit
Many accident victims wonder what their case is worth, and that’s an understandable question. Between medical expenses, daily living costs, property damage, and missed work, financial stress can take a toll. Knowing how much money you will receive from your accident claim can provide some peace of mind.
The value of your case will depend on factors like the severity of your injuries, the impact your injuries have had on your daily life, the financial losses you incurred, and the behavior of the at-fault party. We can discuss the details of your case during your free consultation, which will give us a better understanding of the many elements that impact compensation amounts.
In New York personal injury cases, injured victims can potentially recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are also awarded in limited cases when the responsible party acted with egregious willful or reckless negligence.
There are numerous components to a personal injury case in New York, so having an attorney you can trust is vital to the success of your case. Over 10,000 clients have counted on us to represent their interests and help them recover the compensation they deserve. Contact us to schedule your free consultation when you’re ready to discuss the next steps in your personal injury case.