New York uses the "pure comparative fault" system to evaluate responsibility in accident cases. This rule applies to all personal injury cases, not just car accidents. For example, in a slip and fall case, the defendant might argue you bear a percentage of fault for...
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3 Reasons Why It’s Better to Settle Your NYC Personal Injury Case
by Arye, Lustig & Sassower | Feb 20, 2023 | Personal Injury
Some of our clients are surprised to learn we push to settle personal injury cases rather than litigate them. So do most lawyers. 95% of personal injury cases settle out of court. Here is why you don't want to go to trial, despite the big, flashy, headline-making...
What is a Lien on a New York Personal Injury Case?
by Arye, Lustig & Sassower | Jan 30, 2023 | Personal Injury
A lien is a right to claim a portion of your personal injury settlement. It may be awarded to a third party with a valid interest in your case. Liens are a normal part of most personal injury cases. Who can file a lien against your case? Hospitals and other medical...
When is it Possible to Recieve Punitive Damages for Personal Injury Cases?
by Arye, Lustig & Sassower | Jan 6, 2023 | Personal Injury
Punitive damages can significantly increase the value of your personal injury claim, but courts don't often award them. There is no cap on punitive damages, and the award amount is often substantial. You won't see them when a case settles because a jury or a judge...
How is Pain and Suffering Calculated in New York City?
by Arye, Lustig & Sassower | Dec 13, 2022 | Personal Injury
Pain and suffering damages, also known as non-economic damages, make up a significant portion of many personal injury awards here in New York City. Yet these awards are poorly understood by the vast majority of plaintiffs who come our way. Here's what you need to know...
How Serious is a Slip and Fall Accident in New York?
by Arye, Lustig & Sassower | Nov 29, 2022 | Personal Injury
Did you know that one of the largest slip and fall settlements was awarded for $15 million? Most of us trip without much incident at least once or twice during the course of our lives. So when we hear about a "slip and fall accident", it can be difficult to take the...
Open Manhole Cover Injuries in NYC
by Arye, Lustig & Sassower | Nov 20, 2022 | Personal Injury
This year we've seen quite a few manhole cover injuries this year. There was the manhole cover explosion in Times Square in April. Down in New Jersey, a woman made news this year by almost falling into a manhole during a storm. If you see an open manhole, you can...
What can happen when employers don’t inspect fall harnesses properly
by | Oct 9, 2021 | Personal Injury
Fall harnesses are an essential piece of safety equipment. They have saved countless construction workers’ lives since their invention. Just like every piece of equipment, though, your harness wears out with use, and becomes less safe. If your employer is lax about...
Helping a loved one recover from a severe accident
by | Dec 15, 2020 | Personal Injury
We often discuss the numerous challenges and obstacles injured parties face after a serious construction accident, from extensive rehabilitation and surgeries to lifestyle changes and emotional distress. As difficult as this is for the injured party, it can also be...
Crane accident injures 22 in Texas
by | Oct 3, 2020 | Personal Injury
New Yorkers look up and see cranes high above construction sites around the city, sometimes more than one for a large site. Many no doubt wonder how two crane operators avoid bumping into or getting tangled up with each other. The answer is that they do not always...
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