Personal Injuries

Injuries can cause unending pain and even heartache. The lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. understand the pain and anguish caused by accidents and we understand the wide-ranging effects that those injuries can have on family, friends, and co-workers. We fight hard to get you the maximum possible compensation.

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We’ve all known from a young age that injuries hurt. They’re traumatizing. They can cause unending pain and even heartache. This phenomenon doesn’t change as we grow older. We just get a little better at dealing with it. The lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. are dedicated to serving individuals who have fallen victim to personal injuries. We understand the pain and anguish caused by accidents and we understand the wide-ranging effects that those injuries can have on family, friends, and co-workers.

If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s actions, you need a trusted advisor on your side to help you through this time. We’ve provided some information on personal injury here for your reference. When you’re done, please give us a call so we can answer any additional questions you may have.

Animal Bites

New York is a mixed law state when it comes to animal bites. This means that there are different standards that must be met for different damages claims. In New York, if a dog bites you or attacks your pet, and that dog was previously deemed a “dangerous” dog, the owner is strictly liable for medical and veterinary expenses. However, to collect other types of damages, the victim must prove that the dog had the propensity for biting and its owner knew about it.

Animal attacks can be traumatic and cause devastating wounds. Don’t go through this alone. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog or other animal, you have the right to compensation. Learn more about dog bites, or contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 for a free consultation.

Workplace Injuries

If you are injured on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under New York’s workers’ compensation law. Work-related injuries harm thousands of New Yorkers each year. We understand how wide reaching these injuries can be, affecting families, friends and co-workers of the victims.

Employers have a duty to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. We can help you in filing your claim and keeping your employer accountable. Learn more about workers’ compensation benefits, or contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 for a free consultation.

Cheerleading Injuries

As cheerleading becomes increasingly popular and competitive, the bar is set higher for young people to perform more dangerous and complex stunts. Because cheerleading is categorized as an “activity” as opposed to a “sport” there is little, if any regulation of the activities associated with cheerleading. With all of these factors taken together, tragedy frequently results. You can learn more about cheerleading injuries.

If your child has been injured as a result of a cheerleading activity, trust the New York personal injury lawyers with a proven track record for success in obtaining millions of dollars for their clients. Contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 for a free consultation.

Police Misconduct

Police officers have sworn an oath to serve and protect the citizens in their jurisdictions. And for the most part, that is what they live, and sometimes die to uphold. However, as we see every day in the news, a small number of corrupt police officers injure and kill citizens with little to no provocation.

Police misconduct can range from false or unlawful arrests and false imprisonment to excessive use of force. These actions can have not only an immediate impact on the victims but also on society as a whole.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to police misconduct, trust the personal injury experts at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. to help see you through this difficult time. Contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 for a free consultation.

School Violence

Few things are as heartbreaking as seeing a child hurt, especially when they are in an environment that is supposed to be safe. Things like hazing and bullying can have physical, as well as emotional and psychological effects that can be long-term.

If your child has been subjected to bullying or other school violence, know that you don’t have to go through this alone. The compassionate personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. will walk you through your options and see that you and your child get the support that you need. Contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 for a free consultation.

Slip & Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere in New York. From slippery store floors to uneven pavement, we’ve seen it all. These injuries can be life changing, sometimes leading to paralysis and death in the most extreme cases. Too often, these accidents could have been prevented.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, get the experienced slip and fall accident attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. to guide you through the legal process and help secure your future. Contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 for a free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is typically caused by physical trauma to the head, which can lead to severe brain damage. However, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can also occur without physical evidence. This type of TBI can occur in cases of whiplash and shaken babies.

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If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic brain injury, contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!

For the victims of injury and pain, there is no stronger advocate than Schwartzapfel Lawyers.

“Schwartzapfel law firm is hands down the best! Everyone at the firm is 110% dedicated to what they do, they truly care about you. They changed me and my families life.”
– Scott Phillips
“Schwartzapfel Lawyers is a wonderful group of professionals who always put their client’s needs first. My personal experience following a serious auto accident left me with only positive things to say. The attorneys are all highly professional with great experience. The support staff are all very professional and concerned with their clients concerns and well being. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer any family or friend to their office.”
– Mark Heffron
“He made me feel comfortable from the beginning that my life will get back together and that he will help me and my family become whole again.”
– Mark Heffron

Personal Injuries FAQs

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

If you have suffered an injury caused by the fault, carelessness, or negligence of another person or party, you may have a personal injury claim.

I was hurt on the job, can I sue?

If you are hurt at work you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In New York, you cannot sue your employer or co-employee. However, if your injury was caused by a party other than your employer or a co-worker, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them. Often, in most construction accidents, the injured worker can file a workers’ compensation claim and sue the third party as well. Responsible parties for your injuries may include:

  • Property owners
  • The owner of the building or structure
  • The general or prime contractor
  • The project or construction manager
  • Other contractors and subcontractors
  • Equipment manufacturers

The benefit to a third-party lawsuit is that an injured construction worker can recover additional money beyond the limited amounts available under the workers’ compensation system. Those additional money damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost income
  • Loss of annuity
  • Loss of pension
  • Loss of Social Security income
  • Loss of health care benefits
  • Loss in the value of household services
  • Medical benefits
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York?

The statute of limitations, or the time limit for filing a claim or lawsuit, varies. For example, in New York State generally, you have only 30 days to file an application for no-fault benefits, but there are different time limits to file claims against towns, counties, municipalities, and the state. It is best to immediately contact an experienced attorney before the statute of limitations expires — and before you are barred from ever bringing any claim or lawsuit. Act now before it’s too late.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is paid on a contingency basis when handling a personal injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death claim. This means that you do not pay any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Our fees are based upon a percentage of your award or settlement. We typically advance any costs or expenses associated with investigating and prosecuting the claim or lawsuit. Only if we are successful and recover money will we be reimbursed for these costs. In other words, if we are not successful in recovering money, you owe nothing. So if you have a personal injury claim, you can afford our services.

In New York State, the law regulates and limits attorneys’ fees to one-third of the net recovery — and even less if it is a medical malpractice action. It is important that you hire the most qualified, experienced, and credentialed attorney. The client will be charged the same percentage whether they hire a new attorney, a general practitioner, or one of NY’s top premier personal injury attorneys. Beware of attorneys who offer to reduce, discount, or cut their fee. The best attorneys — those that are most qualified, experienced, and credentialed — are in demand and do not do cut their fees. Be careful of an attorney who is willing to charge less. They may not have the financial resources, the time, or the money to prosecute your case. Instead, they may settle it for far less than you should get.

Do all personal injury cases go to court?

We evaluate each case individually and determine the best strategy to secure money for our clients. In some cases, we can obtain money through an out-of-court settlement, while in others it may be beneficial to proceed to verdict. We base our strategy upon your best interests. Generally, insurance companies knows which law firms have the experience, expertise, financial resources, proven track record, and willingness to proceed to verdict if necessary, rather than settle a case for less than its true value.

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Steven Schwartzapfel

Our founding partner Steven J. Schwartzapfel understands the frustrations and heartbreak of living with a serious physical disability. His father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and often needed assistance with everyday activities. This childhood experience sparked Steve’s passion for helping injury victims and shaped Steve’s approach to legal practice. Our attorneys advise you in the same manner as we would our own family member. We provide honest, helpful advice and treat you with the honor, dignity, respect and compassion you should expect from a genuinely caring, concerned and committed attorney.
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Common Personal Injuries Accidents

Animal Bites – New York is a mixed law state when it comes to animal bites. This means that there are different standards that must be met for different damages claims. In New York, if a dog bites you or attacks your pet, and that dog was previously deemed a “dangerous” dog, the owner is strictly liable for medical and veterinary expenses. However, to collect other types of damages, the victim must prove that the dog had the propensity for biting and its owner knew about it.

Animal attacks can be traumatic and cause devastating wounds. Don’t go through this alone. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog or other animal, you have the right to compensation.

Workplace Injuries – If you are injured on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under New York’s workers’ compensation law. Work-related injuries harm thousands of New Yorkers each year. We understand how wide reaching these injuries can be, affecting families, friends and co-workers of the victims.

Employers have a duty to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. We can help you in filing your claim and keeping your employer accountable.

Cheerleading Injuries – As cheerleading becomes increasingly popular and competitive, the bar is set higher for young people to perform more dangerous and complex stunts. Because cheerleading is categorized as an “activity” as opposed to a “sport” there is little, if any regulation of the activities associated with cheerleading. With all of these factors taken together, tragedy frequently results. You can learn more about cheerleading injuries.

If your child has been injured as a result of a cheerleading activity, trust the New York personal injury lawyers with a proven track record for success in obtaining millions of dollars for their clients.

Police Misconduct – Police officers have sworn an oath to serve and protect the citizens in their jurisdictions. And for the most part, that is what they live, and sometimes die to uphold. However, as we see every day in the news, a small number of corrupt police officers injure and kill citizens with little to no provocation.

Police misconduct can range from false or unlawful arrests and false imprisonment to excessive use of force. These actions can have not only an immediate impact on the victims but also on society as a whole.

School Violence – Few things are as heartbreaking as seeing a child hurt, especially when they are in an environment that is supposed to be safe. Things like hazing and bullying can have physical, as well as emotional and psychological effects that can be long-term.

If your child has been subjected to bullying or other school violence, know that you don’t have to go through this alone. The compassionate personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. will walk you through your options and see that you and your child get the support that you need.

Slip & Fall Injuries – Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere in New York. From slippery store floors to uneven pavement, we’ve seen it all. These injuries can be life changing, sometimes leading to paralysis and death in the most extreme cases. Too often, these accidents could have been prevented.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, get the experienced slip and fall accident attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. to guide you through the legal process and help secure your future.

Traumatic Brain Injury – Traumatic brain injury is typically caused by physical trauma to the head, which can lead to severe brain damage. However, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can also occur without physical evidence. This type of TBI can occur in cases of whiplash and shaken babies.