Mount Vernon, New York
Located in New York State with a diverse population of about 73,893 as of 2010, Mount Vernon is the state’s eighth most populous city. Spread out over 4.4 square miles, and home to many public parks and nature preserves, along with the sports complex The Ice Hutch, it is a short drive from attractions like the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. More than 98 nationalities are represented in the city. The city is served by I-95, and among its roads is the Bronx River Parkway. Bus lines that serve the city include 7, 40, 41, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 55, and 91. If you were injured through the fault of another, you should give the tenacious and trustworthy Mount Vernon attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark A. Siesel a call. We have more than 35 years of experience fighting for best outcomes for people across Upstate New York while providing personalized, hands-on attention.Legal Representation for Personal Injury Plaintiffs in Mount Vernon
Our attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury matters. Many of these lawsuits are brought under a theory of negligence. To prove negligence, we will need to demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence the following elements: (1) the defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care, (2) the defendant departed from the duty of care, (3) causation, and (4) actual damages. The circumstances will dictate what the duty of care was, and whether the defendant breached it.
New York follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, and many defendants rely on this doctrine to build their defenses in personal injury lawsuits. When invoked, the doctrine mandates that the jury determine the damages, but also determine the relative responsibility of a plaintiff for his or her own injuries. Damages are reduced by an amount equal to his or her percentage of fault. For example, if you were driving down the I-95 near Mount Vernon and failed to check your blind spot and collided with a drunk driver, the jury might believe you bear some responsibility for your injuries. Suppose the damages were $100,000, and a jury found you 25% responsible and the drunk driver 75% responsible. You would only be able to recover $75,000.
The situation is sometimes more complicated when there are multiple people potentially responsible for an accident. For example, complex issues of liability could arise if you were injured at a construction project due to the combination of a dangerous property condition and improper scaffolding.Attorney to Negotiate or Win Damages
Damages our Mount Vernon personal injury lawyers may be able to recover may be tangible and intangible. Tangible losses could include wage loss, replacement services, medical bills, and out-pocket costs. The severity of injuries and the extent of treatment you need as a result of injuries caused by someone else would affect the amount of these damages.
An experienced advocate will take care to explore ways in which you may have been harmed that are not economic, as well. Generally, these damages depend on how well your attorney presents those losses to a jury, as well as what the jury believes would naturally flow from those types of injuries. Intangible losses could include pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. If you were seriously injured such that you could no longer enjoy an intimate relationship with your spouse, he or she might be able to recover loss of consortium as an item of damages.Call a Seasoned Mount Vernon Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you were injured in a car accident or a construction accident, you should consult an experienced Mount Vernon lawyer about whether you have grounds to sue. From the moment you become our client through the conclusion of your case, whether by trial, mediation, arbitration or other resolution, we will keep you apprised of the status of your case. Please contact Mark A. Siesel at (914) 428-7386 or complete our online form for a free initial consultation and dedicated legal representation.