Personal Injury

Albany Personal Injury Attorneys

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You never know when you’re going to be in a bad accident that was not your fault. That doesn’t mean you won’t know where to get legal help if one happens, though. Horn Wright, LLP in Albany is available 24/7 to hear from clients who have just been in a serious accident and need counsel.

We are known for our client-focused approach to casework that prioritizes your expectations and best interests. Not only does centering everything on you help put any of your worries at ease, but it also lets us do a better job overall, so we can more confidently pursue the best possible case result in your name.

See the difference genuinely attentive legal services can make. Call (518) 205-7900 now.

Call Us for Help with These Personal Injury Cases

Our law firm has numerous attorneys, each with a unique background and area of focus. Thanks to our eclectic team, we are capable of managing a wide variety of personal injury cases, whether they can be settled out of court or need to go into litigation for a fair conclusion. Of course, regardless of your case type, you can also rest assured that we will do all we can to maximize the compensation available to you.

Give us a call at (518) 205-7900 if you need help with cases involving:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Police brutality
  • Work accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Defective products
  • Wrongful deaths
  • And more

New York Personal Injury Laws

Personal injury law in New York, much like in other states, allows individuals who have been harmed due to the negligence or intentional actions of another party to seek compensation for their damages.

To succeed in a personal injury lawsuit in New York, several elements typically need to be proven:

Duty of Care: You must establish that the defendant owed you a duty of care. For instance, in a car accident case, drivers owe a duty to operate their vehicles safely and follow traffic laws.

Breach of Duty: You must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care. This involves showing that the defendant's actions (or lack thereof) fell short of the standard expected under the circumstances. For example, a driver who runs a red light or speeds recklessly breaches their duty of care.

Causation: You need to prove that the defendant's breach of duty directly caused your injuries. This can involve showing that the injuries wouldn't have occurred without the defendant's actions.

Damages: You must provide evidence of the damages you suffered as a result of the injury. This can include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other related expenses.

New York follows a comparative fault rule, which means that if the injured party shares some fault for the accident, the compensation they receive may be reduced by their percentage of fault.

There's a time limit within which a lawsuit must be filed after an injury occurs. In New York, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is generally three years from the date of the injury.

The Legal Process of a Personal Injury Lawsuit in NY

The legal process for a personal injury lawsuit in New York typically follows several stages:

Initial Consultation: You'll meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the details of your case. If the attorney believes you have a valid claim, they'll agree to represent you.

Filing the Complaint: The lawsuit begins with the plaintiff (injured party) filing a complaint against the defendant (the party believed to be responsible for the injury). The complaint outlines the legal basis for the lawsuit and the damages sought.

Service of Process: The defendant is served with the complaint and a summons, officially notifying them of the lawsuit. The defendant then has a specific timeframe to respond to the allegations.

Discovery Phase: Both parties exchange information and evidence relevant to the case. This phase includes:

Interrogatories: Written questions are exchanged between parties and answered under oath.

Depositions: Testimonies are given under oath, recorded by a court reporter. Both parties' attorneys have the chance to ask questions.

Document Requests: Each side requests documents related to the case, such as medical records, accident reports, and other relevant materials.

Pre-Trial Motions: Before trial, either party can file motions to ask the court for specific rulings, such as a motion for summary judgment, which asks the court to rule on the case without a trial based on the evidence presented during the discovery phase.

Settlement Negotiations/Mediation: Parties may attempt to settle the case out of court through negotiation or mediation. A settlement avoids a trial but requires agreement from both parties on the terms of compensation.

Trial: If the case doesn't settle, it proceeds to trial. Both parties present evidence, witnesses, and arguments to the judge and/or jury. The judge or jury then decides the case based on the evidence presented.

Verdict: If the case goes to trial, a verdict is reached. The verdict determines whether the defendant is liable for the plaintiff's injuries and, if so, the amount of compensation the plaintiff will receive.

Appeals: Either party can appeal the verdict if they believe legal errors were made during the trial. The appeals court reviews the case to determine if any errors occurred that warrant a new trial or changes to the verdict.

Throughout this process, a personal injury attorney from a firm like Horn Wright, LLP, can provide legal guidance, represent your interests, negotiate on your behalf, and navigate the complexities of the legal system to help secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Understanding the Worth of Your Claim

Your personal injury case has a value based on the damages you are owed by the defending party or parties. The value of those damages will be unique to your situation. No two parties suffer the same exact damages, even if they are hurt in the same accident or incident. Part of our role as your Albany personal injury attorneys will be to fully calculate your damages and make certain we are pursuing every possible penny from every applicable insurance policy.

Your damages could include:

  • Medical treatments
  • Future rehabilitative care
  • Current and future lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Property damage

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Today

The process of creating and managing a personal injury claim is probably more complicated than you might expect. It is not as simple as pointing at a liable party and telling them how much money they owe you. There are multiple steps involved even before any sort of settlement negotiation can begin. To save yourself the headache of trying to manage your case on your own, it is highly recommended that you hire a personal injury lawyer like those you can find at Horn Wright, LLP soon after you’ve been injured.

Furthermore, insurance defense teams need to be forthright when dealing with an attorney who knows the process of a case inside and out. But if you’re not represented, then they can attempt more subtle tactics to win the case, like doing their best to convince you that you don’t even have the right to sue their client. If you don’t want to risk an insurance company’s legal team walking all over your case, then you should already be talking with a professional lawyer to get representation.

Hiring Horn Wright, LLP, an Albany-based personal injury firm, offers several key advantages when dealing with personal injury cases in New York:

Expertise and Experience: When you work with us, you gain access to a team of experienced attorneys well-versed in New York's personal injury laws. We understand the intricacies of these cases, allowing us to navigate the legal process efficiently.

Case Investigation and Preparation: Our team conducts thorough investigations into the circumstances of your injury. We gather evidence, interview witnesses, review medical records, and collaborate with experts if needed. This preparation strengthens your case significantly.

Legal Strategy and Advocacy: Crafting a strong legal strategy is crucial in personal injury cases. We develop a tailored approach to maximize your chances of success, whether through negotiation or litigation. Our goal is to secure fair compensation for your damages.

Navigating Complex Legal Procedures: Legal procedures can be complex and overwhelming for individuals unfamiliar with the law. We guide you through every step, ensuring deadlines are met, paperwork is filed correctly, and all necessary legal procedures are followed.

Maximizing Compensation: Our aim is to secure the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. This includes damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses. We fight for your rights to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Representation in Court: If negotiations fail and your case goes to trial, having skilled trial attorneys from Horn Wright, LLP by your side is invaluable. We advocate for your rights in court, presenting a compelling case on your behalf.

Peace of Mind: Dealing with an injury can be stressful. Entrusting your case to our firm allows you to focus on your recovery while we handle the legal aspects. We strive to provide peace of mind by taking the legal burden off your shoulders.

Contact our Albany personal injury attorneys today – there’s no sense in losing another day to hesitation when our initial consultations are FREE!

What Sets Us Apart From The Rest?

Horn Wright, LLP is here to help you get the results you need with a team you can trust.

  • Client-Focused Approach
    We’re a client-centered, results-oriented firm. When you work with us, you can have confidence we’ll put your best interests at the forefront of your case – it’s that simple.
  • Creative & Innovative Solutions

    No two cases are the same, and neither are their solutions. Our attorneys provide creative points of view to yield exemplary results.

  • Experienced Attorneys

    We have a team of trusted and respected attorneys to ensure your case is matched with the best attorney possible.

  • Driven By Justice

    The core of our legal practice is our commitment to obtaining justice for those who have been wronged and need a powerful voice.