Islip Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you may have the legal right to financial compensation for the damages and suffering they caused. However, finding a trustworthy attorney who will fight for your interests while representing you, rather than simply serving their own motives, can be challenging. At TonaLaw, the interests of our clients come first.
Our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers in Islip give each case the time and thought required to recover the highest financial compensation possible for your injuries. We’ve been working toward these goals for more than 22 years. Contact TonaLaw for a free consultation if you were hurt to learn more about your legal rights to compensation.
Why Retain a Personal Injury Attorney?
When filing a case in New York, it can be easy to be overwhelmed and lost in the complicated legal system. A personal injury lawyer can assist you not just with getting to court but also with navigating the difficulties of the legal system. In fact, by retaining legal counsel, you are almost always increasing the amount you may recover in a lawsuit. Even after paying the attorney’s fees, a client who is represented frequently receives a higher award than a plaintiff who is not.
Why Choose TonaLaw to Represent You?
The attorneys at TonaLaw are ready to assist you throughout any stage of the case, from start to finish, unlike some law firms that might not be willing to take on every aspect of your case. The lawyers at TonaLaw are available to draft a complaint, participate in discovery, manage motion practice, advocate for you during depositions, and take the case to trial, if needed. In contrast to other firms, TonaLaw’s attorneys spend the time necessary to comprehensively learn about the case and get to know your needs. With other firms, you may only meet your attorney once after a year or more.
Due to their experience in the courtroom, our attorneys are ready to pursue your case to the best possible resolution. TonaLaw doesn’t settle disputes merely to avoid a trial, but we also don’t turn down offers to do so when it is in the clients’ best interests. Our founder, Thomas Tona, coined the term “surgical lawyering,” which refers to precise, meticulous, client-focused legal representation, which is what we at TonaLaw are proud to exemplify.
Types of Cases We Handle
At TonaLaw, our primary focus is handling personal injury cases, such as:
- Injuries from car accidents
- Injuries from motorcycle accidents
- Injuries from trucking accidents
- Accidents involving ridesharing services
- Accidents involving public transit
- Injuries suffered by DUI/DWI victims
- Injuries from an accident with an underinsured or uninsured driver
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Injuries caused by a hit-and-run accident
- Injuries from bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse cases
- Wrongful death
- Injuries caused by defective products
- Traumatic Brain Injury cases
This list is by no means comprehensive. We at TonaLaw understand the unique nature of many personal injury accidents. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you. Every day, when someone is harmed as a result of the careless actions of another, our attorneys assist clients in obtaining the compensation to which they are entitled.
Types of Common Personal Injuries
The following are a few typical injuries we represent clients for in the New York State court system. Because all accidents are unpredictable, an unlimited number of circumstances determine the type and severity of an injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can alter your life and, in rare circumstances, even take your life. Consult a doctor immediately if you believe you may have sustained a brain injury of any kind to have brain scans performed and determine the best course of action. Brain injuries are sometimes referred to as “silent killers” because victims may believe they can “shake it off” or disregard the damage. Sufferers may be advised to push through it. We now understand that a victim should do the exact opposite, as even a minor TBI can lead to lifelong repercussions.
Fractured and Broken Bones
A shattered, broken, or fractured bone requires immediate medical attention. Various impacts can cause these injuries, including slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk or a damaged staircase, getting hurt in a car accident, getting injured while cycling, and more. After a bone is cast, the healing process might affect your capacity to work and daily life.
Whiplash is a prevalent injury sustained in car accidents, and it occurs when the head suddenly snaps forward and back, damaging the soft tissues in the neck and shoulder region. It can take a few days to realize the full extent of your injuries if you have suffered from whiplash. This injury is primarily centered on soft tissues, and you will probably be surging with adrenaline following a crash, which may cause this injury to go unnoticed initially. If you have been involved in an accident, ensure that you receive an evaluation from a medical provider as soon as possible.
Any impact accident, including a slip and fall, automobile accident, motorcycle crash, and any other circumstance where the victim’s blood vessels ruptured close to the surface of their skin, may result in bruises, which are another prevalent type of injury. If the damage is severe enough, a bruise may develop into a hematoma, a very painful type of bruise that may need special care to be drained or relieved. These are also frequently seen as seatbelt injuries, which occur when someone is restrained in an accident but is hurt by their seatbelt.
Spinal Cord Damage
The spinal cord regulates how the body moves and transmits pain and other sensations. Paralysis is frequently the result of a total spinal cord injury in which the spinal cord is completely severed. However, incomplete spinal cord damage can also result in severe consequences, such as restricted movement and issues with motor function. A spinal cord injury may also affect organ function below the injury site. Spinal cord injuries often lead to long-term health repercussions that may affect the injured party’s ability to work.
Chemicals, heat, friction, electricity, and even cold can all cause burns. For instance, poor chemical disposal on building sites might result in chemical burns. Burn sufferers frequently experience severe discomfort. Because burns affect the epidermis, which acts as a critical barrier between the body and microorganisms, an infection may strike burn victims more quickly than other injury victims.
Amputations may be required in severe traffic accidents, especially large truck accidents and construction site accidents. Amputations can occasionally happen immediately after an accident when the power of an impact severs a limb from the body. In other instances, a collision may result in such severe crushing damage that medical professionals cannot save a limb. In some instances, reduced blood flow to the limb brought on by a crush injury may result in the limb becoming necrotic. To preserve the victim’s life, doctors might need to remove dead tissue as soon as possible. After an accident, many amputees use prosthetic devices to increase their freedom and mobility.
There is no damage cap in place for personal injury claims in the state of New York. Instead, a jury decides on the full extent of the damages owed to an injured party.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is typically three years from the date of the incident that resulted in the injury. A 30-month statute of limitations applies to malpractice cases, but it begins when the harm caused by the misconduct is detected. Regardless of when the accident happened, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of death. The above-mentioned statutes are the norm, but may be shortened in many instances. You should contact us to learn more about the filing deadlines that may apply to your particular case.
Pure Comparative Fault
In New York, a legal rule known as “pure comparative fault” is applied in personal injury cases. This means that a judge or jury will ascertain the plaintiff’s percentage of fault, if any, before determining the appropriate amount of damages. For instance, a plaintiff may be entitled to 80% of their damages where they are deemed 20% at fault.
How Can I Determine Whether I Have a Case?
It is difficult to know if you have a personal injury case without prior experience in personal injury law. New York maintains certain standards in certain personal injury cases. However, if you contact TonaLaw and keep seeing your doctors, we’ll help you determine whether you have a case at no additional cost to you.
Am I Required to Give Testimony in Court?
Today, most lawsuits are settled out of court, yet, some circumstances still call for a trial. As a result, we cannot confirm if you will be required to provide testimony in court. If the case is going to trial, TonaLaw’s attorneys will be with you every step of the way, getting you ready for all questions that may be asked and, if necessary, getting you prepared to testify in front of the jury. Typically, the discovery process will include a deposition where testimony will also be taken, giving you a chance to get used to answering questions about your case before trial.
What Is the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?
Without conducting an extensive additional investigation, no lawyer or law firm can estimate the value of your personal injury case. Unlike other law firms, TonaLaw’s attorneys ensure the information we provide about your case is highly accurate. As a result, there is no way to accurately assess the value of your case at the initial consultation. Therefore, we are not in the practice of making empty valuations.
What May I Receive Financial Compensation For?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be eligible to receive damages for, but not limited to, the following:
Your medical costs could start immediately at the scene of the accident and keep going up as you recover from your wounds. How to track and include medical expenses as part of your New York personal injury claim will be discussed with you by your attorney. Include all medical costs, such as the price of hospitalization, emergency care, surgeries, treatments, durable medical equipment, and therapy to help you recover.
Lost Wages and Lost Earnings
You may miss a significant amount of time at work due to your injuries. Sometimes, to allow you to continue working, your company may bring you back temporarily or alter your schedule and responsibilities. Other times, you might have to take time off of work to make more recovery progress. If you can’t return to work at all, you should include lost future income in your claim and any wages lost due to missed work or appointments after your accident. TonaLaw has an entire practice group, with separate attorneys and paralegals dedicated to recovering Lost Wages from all sources, in addition to what may be recovered in the personal injury claim.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to the monetary losses brought on by your accident, you might be able to file a claim for pain and suffering. Speak with a lawyer to learn more about how to include in your claim both the physical suffering you had as a result of the accident and your emotional losses, such as mental anguish or missed opportunities.
Who is Responsible for Paying for my Damages?
The injury attorneys at Tonalaw will investigate and pursue every potentially liable person and party involved in your accident as part of your New York personal injury claim. This may apply to both parties who indirectly or directly caused your accident. For instance, a motorist who decided to consume alcohol while operating a vehicle could be held accountable in a car accident. However, further inquiry may reveal that the drunk driver’s brakes failed, rendering him unable to stop. While the intoxicated driver is responsible for his actions while driving, and his inebriation likely prevented him from reacting adequately to the failed brakes, the car maker or the brake manufacturer of a vehicle may also share some of the blame for the collision. The mechanic may also be held accountable if recent brake work resulted in a mistake that caused the accident.
Personal Injury Attorney in Islip
An experienced attorney from TonaLaw can assist you in identifying all of the parties responsible for your accident and gathering the necessary evidence of their involvement. The compensation you finally collect for your injuries may rise if you can name multiple parties who contributed to your accident. Call (631) 780-5355 or 1-833-TONALAW to talk with a personal injury attorney in Islip right away, or contact us online to receive your free case review.