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What Is A Personal Injury Claim?

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Feb 10, 2016

For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill, and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

Before we take a look at what a claim is, it is important to know what “personal injury” means. A personal injury is the physical and/or mental harm suffered by one person caused by the fault, carelessness, negligence, or wrongdoing of another person, people, or organization. For example, if you get into a car accident and only the car is damaged, you would only have suffered property damage. However, if you were injured in the car accident, you have both property damage and personal injuries.

Types of Personal Injury

There are several different types of personal injury cases, including:

  • Car, bus, truck, and motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Dangerous defective products
  • Drugs
  • Assaults

Pursuing Legal Action

A personal injury claim is the charge you bring against the perpetrator of the injury. In order to win a personal injury claim, it must be proven that the other person or entity was careless, negligent, or otherwise at fault, and that their conduct was the reason for your injuries. It is important to know the Statute of Limitations for your state since every state has a different one (In New York, you generally have three years to file a claim). Statutes can also vary in length by the type of personal injury that was caused. For example, you might have a shorter time to file a medical malpractice claim than to file a claim for negligence causing personal injury.

Contact Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C.

For advice on personal injuries and personal injury claims in New York, contact Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. for your free consultation. With over 150 years of experience, our attorneys are well-prepared and qualified to handle all of your legal needs regarding your personal injury claim. For a free consultation, call us at 1-877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form.

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