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How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer NYC

How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer NYC

How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer NYC

New York City residents and visitors experience accidents that result in injuries every day. According to the New York State Department of Health, over 150,000 New Yorkers sustain injuries requiring hospitalization every year, and almost 8,000 die from their injuries. Injuries account for 1.5 million emergency room visits.

Many of these injuries involve medical treatments, property damage and time lost from work. While you can attempt to recover compensation on your own, hiring a New York City personal injury attorney from William Schwitzer & Associates can make the process smoother. Whether you need a construction accident lawyer in NYC or an attorney for other types of injuries, we routinely recover maximum damages for our clients, and we want to help you too.

What Is a Personal Injury Case?

What Is a Personal Injury Case

Anyone injured due to the negligence of others may have grounds to receive compensation from the guilty party or parties. Every personal injury case must show that:

  • The responsible party owed a duty of care to the accident victim.
  • Some form of negligence breached that duty of care.
  • You sustained injuries in an accident.
  • Negligence directly caused the accident, and therefore, your resulting injuries.

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, contact William Schwitzer & Associates for a free case evaluation from some of the best personal injury lawyers in New York.

What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer

William Schwitzer & Associates is a top personal injury lawyer in NYC. Personal injury lawyers help victims injured due to many kinds of accidents recover damages through a personal injury claim to compensate for their injuries.

Many personal injury claims involve insurance companies. Millions of policyholders dutifully pay premiums for their insurance coverage, assuming that their carrier will fairly disburse funds if they file a claim. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

Many insurance companies look to their bottom line instead of providing fair treatment to their policyholders. They may employ sneaky tactics and underhanded strategies to intimidate accident victims trying to get them to agree to a lowball, unrealistic settlement.

At William Schwitzer & Associates, we don’t put up with unfair treatment. With us in your corner, you can focus on recovering from your injuries knowing that our personal injury attorneys will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. We recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements or verdicts for our clients; let us help you too.

Several kinds of injuries fall under the broad umbrella of personal injury cases. Our personal injury cases include dog bites, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, aviation or ferry accidents, product liability cases, construction accidents, truck accidents, and car accidents.

Car Accidents

Car Accidents in NYC

Millions of pedestrians traverse New York City sidewalks every year. Taxis crowd the streets, along with buses and personal automobiles. Bicycles and motorcycles add to the mix. Unfortunately, the often-congested streets in New York City contribute to thousands of accidents that injure or kill.

Distracted or aggressive driving causes many car accidents. Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a smartphone while driving
  • Putting on makeup
  • Interacting with passengers
  • Daydreaming

Car accidents range from minor fender benders to multiple-car pile ups, and any collision can cause injuries. Car accidents involving more than two vehicles, taxis, and public transportation often hold multiple parties responsible for the accident. As you can imagine, this crowded situation can lead to many complications.

Every insurance company involved will point the finger at someone else in an attempt to avoid compensating victims. They often twist evidence to portray you as the guilty party.

Hiring a car accident lawyer from William Schwitzer & Associates as soon as possible after your accident lets us start to work immediately. Our years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases allow us to competently negotiate with insurance companies. We can also help you with other aspects of your case, including filing paperwork for you and searching for evidence.

We can obtain a copy of the defendant’s cell phone records to show if they were using their phone immediately before the accident. We’ll also look at social media accounts; people often post photos and accounts of car accidents online, and those posts sometimes include evidence confirming guilt.

We can get copies of any video surveillance recordings from nearby cameras and speak to witnesses.

Construction Accidents

Construction Accidents in NYC

Thousands of construction projects across New York City employ construction workers every year, and several accidents that cause injuries often occur at construction sites. Many injured accident victims turn to a New York construction accident lawyer from William Schwitzer & Associates for legal representation.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most construction accidents fall into four categories: falls, electrical, trenching or excavation, and struck-by.


The New York City skyline boasts numerous tall buildings, some of them at dizzying heights. Construction workers built those buildings, sometimes walking across exposed beams in windy conditions. Although OSHA requires safety measures to reduce the risk of falling, falls account for many construction site injuries and deaths.

Falling from heights isn’t the only type of falling accident on construction sites. Slip, trip, and fall situations can cause serious injuries as well. Power cords, construction materials, and other obstructions are often left in dangerous positions and present tripping hazards.


Construction projects use a variety of equipment, many of them requiring electrical power. Overhead power lines, unsafe connections and faulty power tools can and do cause electrical shocks and burns. Fires also start due to electrical power arcs.

Caught-In/ Between

Many projects require excavation for foundations and trenches for systems. The walls of these trenches can collapse, catching workers and crushing them.

At other times, workers find themselves caught in moving machinery or crushed by equipment, such as forklifts pinning workers against structures.


Construction sites include many types of materials and equipment. Many injuries occur when these materials fall or otherwise move, striking employees or others in their path.

Construction workers can also suffer from repetitive motion injuries caused by performing the same action repeatedly. Call William Schwitzer & Associates for a free case consultation to learn if your injury might qualify for damages.

What Kinds of Claims Can Injured Construction Workers Pursue?

What Kinds of Claims Can Injured Construction Workers Pursue

Construction injuries can require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, resulting in staggering medical bills and time lost from work. Employers’ workers’ compensation insurance should pay for these economic damages, but these policies don’t cover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

Most large construction sites have many crews hired by several subcontractors working side-by-side. Because of this, construction accident claims can get complicated rather quickly. Responsibility for your injury often falls onto multiple parties.

Any attorney from William Schwitzer & Associates, your construction accident lawyer in NYC, knows how to navigate the many moving parts of a construction accident. We can assist you with your workers’ comp claim and file a personal injury lawsuit if necessary. We will hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence that caused your accident and injury.

Road construction crews face the danger of passing vehicles hitting them. Passersby can experience construction accidents also. Falling debris or objects left in unsafe positions, for example, can injure people nearby the worksite. These people can file personal injury claims.

William Schwitzer & Associates wants to be your New York construction accident lawyer. We will investigate what happened and fight for your rights.

What Damages Might You Recover?

Injured accident survivors in New York City may qualify to receive three different types of damages. Your personal injury lawyer in NYC knows the laws governing these damages and can assess your case to determine the compensation you may qualify to receive.

Economic Damages

This category of damages covers actual expenses incurred due to your injury. These damages can include:

  • Bills for medical treatments
  • Necessary medical equipment
  • Property damage, such as a car that needs repair or replacement
  • Wages you lost because you were unable to work
  • Hiring caregivers if deemed necessary

All of these things have one thing in common: a specific dollar amount correlates to each kind of expense. That dollar amount determines how much compensation you might receive.

Non-Economic Damages

Physical injuries often affect victims in other ways also. Although they may be invisible to others, those suffering from these injuries know the devastation they can cause. Physical, mental, and emotional anguish often accompany accident victims’ physical injuries. 

New York personal injury law allows for several kinds of non-economic damages to compensate for things like:

  • Physical, emotional, and mental pain and suffering
  • Inconvenience
  • Emotional trauma produced by permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of affection, companionship, and consortium
  • Loss of the ability to enjoy life

Because these things aren’t tangible and affect every victim differently, there is no set dollar amount for compensating victims, and you may face challenges proving that you do suffer from them. Your New York personal injury attorney from William Schwitzer & Associates will use our extensive resources, including investigators and expert witnesses, to show that you do qualify for non-economic damages if the facts of your case support it.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages don’t apply to every personal injury case. To qualify, gross negligence must be behind your accident and injuries. Gross negligence can include deliberate, hostile, or reckless behavior by the guilty party. Courts may award punitive damages to victims solely to further punish the defendant.

Should You Hire a NYC Personal Injury Lawyer?

Should You Hire a NYC Personal Injury Lawyer

We realize that you can file a workers’ comp claim on your own. However, are you prepared to play hardball with involved insurance companies fighting for speedy, fair compensation? Often, knowing that you have hired a personal injury attorney makes insurance companies treat you with more respect – respect that you deserve.

Keep in mind that you can’t get non-economic damages through your workers’ comp claim. You’ll need to file a separate civil suit to recover that compensation. Hiring one attorney to assist you with both types of claims is easier for you and can benefit your case. Two attorneys might not share small details that could affect your case with each other, possibly reducing the amount of compensation you receive.

How Can You Help?

Investigators search for and gather all kinds of evidence in personal injury cases. You can provide a lot of evidence because of your presence when the accident occurred, evidence that might not be available later.

Use your smartphone to take pictures

Include details of your injuries, the accident scene, skid marks in car accidents, car and equipment placement, witnesses and anything else investigators might use to find evidence.

Make audio or video recordings of any conversations you have

These conversations might be with police officers, construction site foremen, medical personnel or witnesses. Recordings eliminate “he said, she said” accusations.

Don’t admit to any degree of fault for your accident

That statement may decrease the amount of compensation you receive.

Be careful about what you post on social media

Just as your attorney will look at the defendant’s social media accounts, opposing investigators will search yours as well.

Accept and continue medical treatments

Refusing or ceasing might indicate that your injuries aren’t severe, thus not deserving of compensation.

Unfortunately, investigators can scrutinize anything you say or do; be smart and don’t provide them with any ammunition to use against you.

Why Choose William Schwitzer & Associates as Your Personal Injury Lawyer in New York, NY?

Personal Injury Lawyer in New York NY

Our personal injury law firm features attorneys with over 80 years of combined experience. We deliver personal attention to every client because we understand the challenges you face. 

Because our firm focuses on personal injury cases similar to yours, our extensive knowledge of laws and insurance company behavior allow us to tell you these things:

  • If you have a case
  • Your options
  • How we can help you
  • How long your case may take before resolution
  • Potential outcomes, including an estimate of recoverable damages

There is no obligation to you, beginning with your initial free consultation and case evaluation. Better yet, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that you won’t pay attorney fees unless we recover damages for you.

We make it easy to contact us: call us at (212) 683-3800, email us, submit a contact request online or connect via live chat.

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