Latham Personal Injury Attorneys
Compassionate & Aggressive Legal Representation
When you are injured in an accident, you may be left with serious injuries and mounting medical bills. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. At Basch & Keegan LLP, we are dedicated to helping injured individuals and their families recover the full, fair compensation they are owed. Our Latham personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of success, with numerous million- and multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients.
New York Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law in New York operates under statutes and legal precedents that govern how individuals can seek compensation for injuries caused by someone else's negligence or intentional actions.
To succeed and obtain compensation for your injuries, you generally need to prove the following elements:
- Duty of Care: You must establish that the defendant owed you a duty of care. This means showing that the defendant had a legal obligation to act reasonably and responsibly in a given situation. For example, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely, and property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises.
- Breach of Duty: You must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care. This involves proving that the defendant's actions or failure to act fell below the standard of care expected in that situation. For instance, a driver who was texting and caused an accident breached their duty of care.
- Causation: You need to show that the defendant's breach of duty directly caused your injuries. This means establishing a clear link between the defendant's actions or negligence and the harm you suffered. It's crucial to prove that, had it not been for the defendant's actions, the injuries would not have occurred.
- Damages: You must provide evidence of the actual harm or damages you suffered due to the defendant's actions. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, property damage, and more. Documenting and quantifying these losses is vital to support your claim for compensation.
New York follows the rule of comparative negligence, allowing for compensation even if the injured party shares some responsibility for the accident. However, the compensation may be reduced based on the percentage of fault attributed to the injured party.
Generally, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury, but there are exceptions and variations based on the circumstances of the case.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury law involves cases where individuals suffer harm or injury due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of others. It encompasses a wide range of situations where someone's negligence causes harm to another person, and these cases often result in legal disputes seeking compensation for the injured party's losses.
Here are some of the personal injury cases our firm handles:
- Car Accidents: Collisions involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and pedestrians, often caused by negligence such as distracted driving, speeding, or drunk driving.
- Animal Attacks: Injuries caused by pets or animals, including dog bites, that result in physical and emotional trauma.
- Premises Liability: Accidents occurring on someone else's property due to unsafe conditions, such as slip and falls, inadequate maintenance, or lack of proper security.
- Boating Accidents: Injuries or accidents that occur on watercraft, including boats and jet skis, due to negligence, intoxication, or lack of proper safety measures.
- Wrongful Death: Claims brought against a party whose negligence or intentional actions resulted in someone's death, leading to legal action by surviving family members.
- Bad Faith Insurance: Cases where insurance companies act unfairly or fail to fulfill their obligations to policyholders, leading to disputes and legal action.
- Birth Injuries: Harm or injury sustained by an infant or mother during childbirth due to medical negligence or errors.
- Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective products, including design flaws, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings/instructions.
- Train Accidents: Injuries sustained in train collisions, derailments, or accidents due to various factors like negligence, mechanical failures, or track issues.
- Construction Accidents: Injuries suffered by workers or bystanders at construction sites due to unsafe conditions, equipment failure, or lack of proper safety protocols.
- Medical Malpractice: Negligence or errors committed by healthcare professionals, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, or improper treatment.
- Nursing Home Abuse: Cases involving mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of elderly residents in nursing homes or care facilities.
- Truck Accidents: Collisions involving commercial trucks or big rigs, often causing severe injuries due to their size and weight, and may involve multiple parties.
How Our Firm Can Help You
At Basch & Keegan LLP, we understand that the aftermath of an accident can be incredibly stressful. You may be facing a long and painful recovery, and you may be unable to work. Our Latham personal injury attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We can handle all aspects of your case so that you can focus on healing.
When you choose Basch & Keegan LLP, you can expect:
- Compassionate, personalized legal services: We are a small firm that is big on client care. When you choose our team, you will work directly with an attorney who will take the time to get to know you and your story. We will be available to answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the entire process.
- Aggressive advocacy: Our attorneys are skilled litigators who are not afraid to take your case to trial. We are known for our aggressive approach to the law, and we are not afraid to go up against large corporations and insurance companies on your behalf.
- Proven results: We have a long track record of success, with numerous million- and multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients. We are proud to have earned a reputation for excellence in the legal community.
This firm will fight for you and get results! We cannot recommend them enough!
“Above everything, John and Katie showed genuine concern for me and my family. It’s clear how passionate John is about his work and doing what’s best for his clients.”
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“Throughout the 2+ years, Maureen Keegan continued to persevere on my behalf, contacting doctors, etc. and continually informing me of the status of my case.”
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Here to Help Win the Fight
Backed by our experience and insight, we’ve become known for taking on the toughest claims. If you or someone you love has been injured by the negligence or wrongful acts of another, we’re here to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
HERE TO HELP Get Results
At Basch & Keegan LLP, we have the resources and experience to help victims level the playing field with even the most powerful adversaries – and we have the record of success to back it up.
HERE TO HELP When You’re Hurt
We serve as the support system you can rely on as you begin your recovery. We go the extra mile to ensure you can focus on getting better while we work on the legal aspects of your claim.
HERE TO HELP Regardless of Who You Ask
We place an emphasis on personal attention. This approach allows us to create legal strategies custom-tailored to each client’s unique circumstances and has earned us the respect of our peers.
HERE TO HELP The Community
Our Kingston-based lawyers have deep roots in the community and a lengthy history of giving back to Ulster County. When the community needs us, we are always here to help.