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What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

February 3, 2020 Pegalis Law Group

What Is Considered a Personal Injury Claim?

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured through accidents caused by the negligence of others. Whether you were injured in a car accident or a slip-and-fall, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, missed wages, damages to property, or for your pain and suffering. A personal injury claim may be filed against the person responsible for your injuries. Personal injuries are not always physical. For example, a person injured in a car accident may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is often psychologically or emotionally triggered. If you or a loved one has been injured at the fault of someone else, you should consult a personal injury lawyer immediately to determine the validity of your claim.

Common Personal Injury Cases We Handle in New York

Pegalis Law Group, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm based in New York. As an advocate for the injured, we have assisted many individuals seeking legal compensation for their injuries. Common types of catastrophic personal injury cases we handle at our firm include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Premises Liability, including Slip-and-Falls
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Wrongful Death
  • Birth Injuries

Do Personal Injury Cases Always Go to Trial?

Not all personal injury cases go to trial in the form of a formal lawsuit. Many are resolved outside of court through informal settlements, which are negotiated by attorneys on both sides, as well as the insurance companies involved. If a solution can be reached outside of court, both parties must sign a written agreement stating the matter has been resolved without any further legal action required.

What Type of Settlement Is Typical for a Personal Injury?

There is no typical settlement for personal injury claims, as every case is unique. Factors affecting a personal injury settlement include the nature and severity of the injuries involved, lost income, medical expenses, and overall pain and suffering, as well as insurance policy limits.

Is There a Time Limit for Filing Personal Injury Claims?

The time limit for filing a personal injury claim (or the statute of limitations) will vary by state,  injury, and who the negligent party is. In New York, there are different time limits for different entities and individuals, which can be complex and confusing. Failure to file within the statute of limitations may result in your case being dismissed by the courts. You should always check with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to find out the specifics for your case.

NY Advocates for Safer Medical Practices for Nearly 50 Years

Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York law firm focused on representing clients who have suffered from a personal injury or due to an error caused by medical negligence. For nearly 50 years, we have been advocates for the public, providing education to ensure safer medical practices for better patient care. Our dedicated law firm has achieved some of the largest verdicts and settlements in state history. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive more updates.