Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyer
Protecting Injury Victims Throughout New York
Your life can change in an instant, and if you or a loved one was injured in an accident, recovery might seem like a distant daydream. Medical costs, property repairs, and other damages can pile up quickly, and without work or assistance, these financial obligations could be almost impossible to pay off.
If you have been injured in an accident, the Law Office of Frank A. Cetero can help. Our compassionate team of legal representatives has nearly eight decades of experience handling personal injury cases. Our Suffolk County personal injury lawyers are passionate about helping our clients pursue the compensation they deserve so they can get back on their feet.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our personal injury attorneys in Suffolk County can help assist you with the following:
How To Provide A Strong Personal Injury Claim
There are two essential elements to a strong personal injury claim: negligence and fault. These two elements require proof and documentation, which should be handled by attorneys – do not attempt to take a case before the court without the help of an experienced legal professional. Without one or the other, a personal injury claim cannot stand in court.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is a legal term for breaking the rules- the willful neglect to uphold the duty of care. A person may have a duty of care to provide a safe environment or follow road rules. When they break their duty of care and cause harm or injury, they are negligent.
Who Is At Fault For The Accident?
Fault refers to the responsibility one may have for an accident. The person at fault is primarily responsible for causing the accident that resulted in the injury or death of another person. In most cases, the individual at fault was negligent, but sometimes the truth is unclear. Proving fault is a task better left to an experienced attorney.
What Happens When More Than One Person Is at Fault?
If multiple people or entities are responsible for your accident, you can still pursue legal action. You may hold only the insured party accountable for the damages in some cases. Otherwise, it may be up to your legal representation to decide how to file a claim.
In some cases, multiple parties involved in the accident may share the blame. For example, several drivers are negligent and cause a multi-car pileup, or several contractors fail to make a workplace safe enough for the other workers.
Types Of Damages For A Personal Injury Case
The compensation that you file a personal injury claim for is called damages. Damages can fall under one of two categories: compensatory and punitive.
- Compensatory damages cover medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and property damage.
- Punitive damages are used as a punishment for negligence. These fines may be added to compensatory damages to maximize punishment.
The judge usually follows a loose guideline when determining the number of damages to award. However, some circumstances can affect the number of damages you could receive. For example, suppose you were hurt in a construction accident because the machinery was unsafe but also misused it. In that case, the judge will take that into account and distribute damages accordingly.
Contact Our Suffolk County Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may have a personal injury case. The Law Office of Frank A. Cetero has decades of experience with personal injury claims in and out of court, and we understand the full extent of the law as it applies to your case. Don’t wait to contact our office for more information. Our Suffolk County personal injury attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you need to take back your life.
Contact the Law Office of Frank A. Cetero today to schedule a free consultation with our Suffolk County personal injury lawyer!