If you or a loved one have been injured by the negligent actions of an individual, company, or municipality in New York City, you have the legal right to pursue compensation.
For over thirty years the New York City personal injury lawyers at Raphaelson & Levine have helped thousands of victims like yourself win personal injury claims and recover more than $700 million dollars.
“Our law firm has 30 years of proven trial experience and expertise to win successful injury claims in even the most complex types of cases. We fight to win and have the resources to stand up to insurers or large corporations and demand the comprehensive, long-term compensation you need.” — Howard Raphaelson, Personal Injury Lawyer at Raphaelson & Levine
At Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm our New York City personal injury attorneys are committed to representing individuals, not case numbers. By focusing on the challenges you face recovering from injury, we are able to tell that story in vivid terms when the time comes to negotiate compensation or convince a jury to award damages.
We pride ourselves on the way we practice personal injury law and dedicate time to answer any questions you may have throughout your personal injury claim.
We fully invest in our clients and thoroughly prepare every case for trial. Our reputation as trial attorneys in New York State is reflected in the quality of our settlements as well as through the respect of our legal peers and testimonials from clients who appreciate our approach as well as our results.
Shortly after you’ve been involved in an accident, an insurance adjuster will reach out to you, trying to present themselves as a trusted individual with your best interests in mind. In reality, many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments, with terms as favorable as possible for their company.
Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney. In most cases, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get significantly more compensation than an insurance company is willing to offer.
"Insurance payouts are, on average, 3.5 times higher for clients who have hired personal injury attorneys than for those without one." — Insurance Research Council
Accident victims suffer in many aspects of their lives. They awake the morning of an accident, living their life in an ordinary way, and then, without warning, everything changes.
The first and most obvious damage that a client sustains is their physical bodily injuries. Accident victims might sustain broken bones and often require a period of hospitalization and surgery. During this period of time, they will accumulate medical bills and have an unexcused absence from work. These damages represent past damages that are immediately incurred and are compensable under the law.
In the State of New York, personal injury accident victims are eligible to seek the following types of compensation:
A personal injury can cost thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. A New York personal injury lawyer will make sure you are compensated for any current and future medical expenses.
An award for these damages is based on the physical and emotional stress a serious injury has caused you, and the severity of its impact on your health and wellbeing. A personal injury attorney can help you secure compensation for physical aches, temporary and permanent limitations of activity, physical impairment, scarring as well as mental health impacts such as insomnia, depression, post-traumatic stress, and loss of enjoyment.
An accident can cause you to be out of work for any amount of time, from days to months, or even years. In New York, and experienced attorney can assist you in recovering compensation for lost wages and any diminished earning potential that will result from your injuries.
Past damages are twofold. An accident affects not only the accident victim but their friends and families, as well. Past damages occur as a result of the impact to both the victim and the victim’s loved ones. Everyone that is close to an accident victim will be affected in one way or another and will need to take time from their lives to support the injured victim and the victim’s family. In many cases, children of elderly individuals at home, for example, will be at a loss as a result of a disability sustained by an accident victim.
Future damages are usually significantly greater than past damages. Past damages are limited, but future damages can be proven for the remainder of an accident victim’s life.
If a 35-year-old is injured in an accident and the trial occurs 3 years later, that person will have 3 years of past damages. However, if that same person reaches their average life expectancy between age 78 and 83 (depending on whether they are male or female), then there will be between 40 and 50 years of future damages. Those damages could include loss of earnings if the person is disabled and unable to work in the future. If the client requires future surgery, the cost of future medical care and treatment can also be projected.
Our law firm has fought and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in future damages. Though not always easy to prove, we combine our skills and resources with medical experts, economists, life care plan specialists, and vocational training experts. Our responsibility to our client is always to address every need our client may have for the rest of his or her life arising from the accident and its related injuries.
After you have been injured, the first step is to seek any required medical attention. Once your health is in stable condition, there are three important steps you can take to maximize your compensation, including:
Write down all of the information you can about the accident, including the time before the event itself and the time after the event occurred. Details like time of day are easily forgotten and writing them down right away can help later on.
Retain all medical records, including the doctor’s diagnosis and prognosis for your recovery. Also, be sure to keep receipts from the associated purchase of any needed medical supplies.
Keep any and all evidence from the accident. If you were able to recover evidence from the scene of your injury (photographs, clothing, damaged property, names of witnesses) keep these pieces in an organized location.
Do not make any written or verbal statements to the insurance company or other claims handlers until you have called an attorney. If you claim goes to court they may be able to use anything you say as evidence against you.
Founding attorney Howard Raphaelson is the grandson of Jacob D. Fuchsberg, a New York lawyer who obtained the first million-dollar recovery in U.S. history. Since 1992, the accomplished trial lawyers at Raphaelson & Levine law office have followed in that tradition and obtained numerous million-dollar and multimillion-dollar jury awards. These results are a function of our diligent efforts to understand our clients’ needs, document the harm in tangible terms, and ensure their story is heard in a court of law.
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If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence, you have the opportunity to seek compensation for any pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages you’ve incurred as a result of your injury.
We invite you to contact our law firm today free case evaluation with one of New York City's most respected personal injury trial attorneys. Call 212-268-3222 or complete our online case review form today.