Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Why do you need a personal injury lawyer? Perhaps you are one of the estimated 6,781 workers in Westchester County that have been injured on the job at some point and are unable to continue working. These types of accidents happen all across New York State, you can read more about the statistics here.
Or maybe you have been in a car accident that was not your fault and left you with piles of medical bills. In White Plains alone, there were six vehicles involved in fatal car accidents in 2011 and even a pedestrian. While statistics show that fatal accidents are not all too common in White Plains, they do happen and can tear lives apart. If you have been injured in any way from any kind of accident and wish to seek compensation, a personal injury lawyer can help you.
“Personal injury” is a legal term that is used to describe many situations in which an individual may suffer from physical or emotional harm due to the actions of another individual or corporation. David B. Lever and Associates works diligently to represent individuals and their families who have suffered and experienced unfortunate situations where the careless acts of another have caused them significant physical or emotional harm. As personal injury lawyers, it is our job to determine who may be responsible for your injuries and prove that they are liable under applicable laws.
Our Duty is to Represent You and Obtain Justice
The duty of a personal injury lawyer is to prove that the fault in a personal injury case was of the defendant (usually an individual or a corporation). Our goal is to work with you on your case and seek justice on your behalf. We will work to hold the party that caused your injuries responsible in court. The law states that we are responsible for proving the following points in court in order to gain compensation:
- Duty – The defendant (the person who allegedly caused the harm/accident) had a duty to act or not act in a certain manner
- Breach of Duty – In most personal injury cases, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached their duty, meaning that they acted inappropriately
- Damages – We must show that you incurred damages in the form of a serious injury
- Causation – Lastly, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant’s actions were the cause of their injuries
These four elements are necessary to successfully bring forward a personal injury lawsuit.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
David B. Lever and Associates is a law firm of established personal injury lawyers located in White Plains New York. We have years of experience representing clients who have suffered from a wide variety of injuries sustained in different situations and due to various responsible parties. Here are some examples of cases that we have worked on and the areas that we most frequently practice:
- Car Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Construction Accidents
- Wrongful Death Cases
- Trucking Accidents
If your situation does not fit into any of these categories, crosses over several categories, or there may be multiple parties responsible, you should still seek legal representation. We are available for free case evaluations and consultations in which we can discuss the factors of your case with no cost or obligation to you.
How Much Could My Personal Injury Case Be Worth?
Oftentimes, the victims of personal injury cases are fighting for monetary compensation (damages) for their injuries and suffering. The jury will decide in civil court if the “at fault party” (the defendant) is responsible for paying these damages. In many instances, we can defer investigators and experts to help prove the case against the defendant and to assist in your making your case as strong as possible. Our team of experienced lawyers evaluates different ways to present your case and then we decide which way will maximize the compensation you can receive from the defendant under the facts and the law. Many personal injury cases include damages such as:
- Medical Expenses, both past, and future, including hospital bills
- Long-Term Care Expenses
- Physical Therapy
- Punitive Damages
- Loss of Income
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
Serving Our Clients from Our Westchester County Offices
The personal injury lawyers at David B. Lever and Associates work on what is called a “contingency fee” basis. This means that a legal fee is only charged to our clients if we gain compensation for them. This allows our clients to retain their financial security, especially if they have already been burdened by medical expenses or other costs from their accident. Our law offices will cover all litigation costs. In the event that you do not receive an award of compensation, all of our services will be completely free.
If you have been involved in an accident of any kind, contact our office and speak to an attorney today. We are available for free consultations and case evaluations to discuss your case, regardless of whether you live in White Plains or not. Through our work on personal injury cases, we have developed an excellent network of working relationships with lawyers all throughout New York State and throughout the country. If we cannot take your case, we will happily refer you to a lawyer whom we trust and have worked with. We regularly serve clients from the following locations:
- White Plains
- Port Chester
- Mount Vernon
- New York
Take Action and Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Time is very sensitive in personal injury cases. There are many reasons people do not contact personal injury lawyers directly after an accident, but time is of the essence. All personal injury cases are governed by a time constraint for filing a lawsuit. This is known as the Statute of Limitations. This can be different for various types of accident cases. For you to recover damages from your accident case, you must be file within the time parameters or you will be barred from recouping monetary damages from the responsible party. Contrary to popular belief, insurance companies do not have any responsibility to notify you of this time parameter. In New York, If the defendant is a municipality or government entity, the notice requirements are more strict as compared to a case against a corporation or individual. Contact us immediately after an accident to preserve your rights and ensure that the Statute of Limitations does not run out on your case.
February 24, 2017- 52-Year-Old White Plains Resident Killed In Motorcycle Crash
In Westchester County, NY. State police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old White Plains resident. According to police reports, the man was riding his motorcycle on I-287 in White Plains when he lost control of the vehicle which led to a fatal crash. He was taken to White Plains Hospital where he was pronounced dead. New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit reconstructed the accident as they were investigating it.
December 14, 2016- White Plains Tractor-Trailer Driver Involved In Chain Reaction Accident
A sixty-five-year-old White Plains tractor-trailer driver slammed into vehicles on Route 222. The tractor-trailer hit vehicles that were either stopped or slowing for the traffic light at North Krocks in Lower Macungie Township. Six vehicles were involved in this accident and it left some of them seriously mangled. An 81-year-old woman who was a back-seat passenger in a car that was hit from behind died in the crash.
November 2, 2016- White Plains Driver Fatally Injures Elderly Couple In Alcohol-Related Accident
A 43-year-old woman from White Plains, NY has been charged with a first-degree vehicle manslaughter charge, based on alcohol use. The woman crashed head-on into an elderly married couple from Tarrytown on Route 100A in the Hartsdale section of Greenburgh. Greenburgh EMS transported the three injured parties to the Westchester County Medical Center, where the couple, later on, died from their injuries. The woman was admitted to hospital with injuries sustained in the crash. Her bail was set at $100,000 and a felony hearing is scheduled on November 15 in Greenburgh Town Court.
October 1, 2016- Woman Gets 25 Year Prison Sentence For Driving Over Love Rival
A woman from Mount Vernon was recently convicted of manslaughter for running over a love rival with her car. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison after she was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident which results in death. Westchester authorities reported that the woman struck her love rival launching her onto the hood then drove nearly 30 yards with her on the hood. The victim then fell onto the road and was run over. The driver was arrested a few days later after she fled the scene. However, according to the woman’s lawyer, she stated she was sorry but denied that it was her fault.
September 7, 2016- Teen Driver Killed In Hit-And-Run Highway Accident
In Yonkers, police charged a 19-year-old man for leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident. The 19-year-old was arrested for a hit-and-run accident that killed an 18-year-old driver who was waiting inside his broken-down vehicle on the side of the Saw Mill Parkway in Yonkers. The hit-and-run accident happened when the victim’s car that was stopped between the right lane and the shoulder of the highway, was rear-ended by an Acura TSX. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition and was later pronounced dead. According to police, there may have been as many as three vehicles and nine people who were involved in this accident as they were likely street racing.
August 30, 2016- Road Work Accident Kills Construction Worker
On Friday, August 26, 2016, a construction worker in Darien who was driving a pavement roller onto a flatbed truck, was killed when he lost control and the rig fell off the truck. The 40-year-old man was quickly taken to a local hospital in the early hours of Friday morning but was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigations are currently underway as to what caused the accident to take place.
July 24, 2016- Valhalla Woman Arrested After Car Crash In Port Chester
According to police, a 23-year-old woman from Valhalla was arrested after she lost control of her car and crashed into the center median on I-287. Her accident was a one-vehicle accident that took place late in the evening between exits 11 and 12 in Port Chester. The woman was found to be intoxicated and was taken to the Tarrytown barracks for processing and her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.18 percent.
June 24, 2016- Truck Driver Arrested For Striking Woman On A Bicycle
A scenic artist was recently struck by a truck driver while she was going to work on her bicycle in Brooklyn. The fuel truck was in front of her as she attempted to make a left turn and was hit by the truck and landed on a rear wheel. She was taken to a hospital for head trauma and later passed away. The truck driver was arrested at the scene of the accident for failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.
May 25, 2016- Man From White Plains Charged For Fatal Hit-And-Run Accident
Almost a year after a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian occurred, Greenburgh police finally made an arrest. The person arrested was a 51-year-old man from White Plains and he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in a death, a class D felony. The arrest came about from investigative leads that were developed by town detectives in order to locate the 2015 Honda Pilot the accused was allegedly driving when he struck the pedestrian.
April 27, 2016- Study Finds Pedestrian Fatalities Are Found In All Parts Of Westchester County
A pedestrian accident tristate study discovered that fatalities took place in all parts of Westchester County. A three-year survey of federal statistics that was recently released found that Route 9A was the most dangerous route due to three of Westchester’s pedestrian accidents that occurred on various stretches of Route 9A. It was also found that of the 25 pedestrian deaths that occurred in Westchester, seven were from different parts of the city of Yonkers.
March 31, 2016- Pedestrian Struck And Killed On Bronx River Parkway
In White Plains, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car late Saturday night on March 19, 2016, outside Westchester County Center. The victim was identified as a 65-year-old man from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. According to authorities, the man was struck in the northbound lanes of the Bronx River Parkway. The 65-year-old died from his injuries at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
February 17, 2016- Port Chester Truck Accident Leaves One Injured
A truck burst into flames in Port Chester leaving one person injured. The truck exploded on I-95. According to police, a truck and an SUV crashed and the force of the crash caused the truck to burst into flames. The person injured is recovering from burns to his hands. Some lanes on I-95 were closed for quite some time due to this accident. Police are investigating this accident.
January 20, 2016- White Plains, NY Former Nurse Pleads Guilty To Daughter’s Accidental Death
A former nurse and mom pleaded guilty to charges that she was the cause of her 6-year-old daughter’s death. The girl’s death was from a drug overdose last Easter Sunday. The mom, Kathleen Dymes, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, misdemeanor child endangerment, and being in possession of a controlled substance. She will be sentenced on April 12, 2016, and faces a maximum of four years in prison.