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Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney
On an average day in New York State, around 3,670 people go the emergency room for unintentional injuries. Every day, nearly 360 New Yorkers are hospitalized and 15 New Yorkers die because of unintentional injuries. In other words, injuries are very common in New York.
The term “unintentional injury” means that an injury was the result of an accident, but it does not imply that no one is to blame. So many of these injuries are caused because someone was careless. For example, if a drunk driver hits a pedestrian, the driver might not have intended to hurt the pedestrian, but they are still responsible for the damage they’ve caused.
For more than 30 years, we have been assisting people in Buffalo and in locations across Upstate New York to make sure they are treated fairly after suffering a personal injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the personal injury attorneys at Feroleto Law in Buffalo, New York, to schedule a free consultation. Call (716) 854-0700 or use our online contact form. Let us put our experience to work for you.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury occurs when someone suffers harm because of the carelessness, or negligence, of another person. The negligent party might be a driver who is impaired or distracted behind the wheel, a property owner who fails to maintain the condition of their property, or a manufacturer who offers dangerous, faulty products to a consumer.
In a personal injury claim, the victim of negligence takes legal action to recover the costs of the injuries they have suffered. These claims are usually filed with the assistance of an attorney. The details of a claim – how much it is worth, or how long it might take – differ from one case to another.
Some common examples of serious personal injuries
Injuries come in many different forms. While some might be minor bruises, scrapes or cuts, the injuries that lead to personal injury claims are typically very serious. They include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Torn ligaments
- Internal damage
- Loss of limbs
- Wrongful death
How common are accidental injuries?
Over 30 million unintentional injuries – those not caused by violent acts – are treated in emergency departments every year in the United States. More than 130,000 people lose their lives every year in the United States due to unintentional injuries.
These injuries can occur anyplace and at any time, though they are particularly common in a few specific settings. For example, vehicle crashes cause around 35,000 deaths every year in the United States. Workplace injuries cause around 12 deaths every day in the United States. These injuries disrupt the lives of not only the injured person, but their friends, family members, coworkers and employers. They cause a great deal of suffering and pose many financial challenges.
To get a clearer picture of just how common unintentional injuries impact the lives of New York residents, we have compiled a list of facts based on injury rates in New York State from 2010 to 2014, the most recent years for which statistics are available. Here are our findings.
- Every year, over 7,900 people in New York died because of an injury.
- Every year, nearly 160,000 people in New York are hospitalized because of an injury.
- Every year, nearly 1.5 million people in New York are treated in emergency rooms because of an injury.
- From 2012 to 2014, the cost of an average hospitalization in New York totaled $44,253.
- From 2012 to 2014, the cost of an average emergency room visit in New York totaled $1,873.
As you can see from these numbers, injuries are both common and extremely expensive. A person’s insurance might help them pay some of these costs, but, in many cases, coverage is inadequate in addressing the needs of an injured person. When negligence is involved, a victim can seek payment in the form of “damages.”
Seeking damages through a claim
After suffering a serious personal injury, a victim will encounter several problems, physically, emotionally and financially. Not only is a major injury painful, it is also very expensive, potentially leading to large medical bills, loss of time at work and loss of work capacity. In the context of a personal injury claim, these challenges are referred to as damages. If a claim is successful, the victim will recover the costs associated with their damages from the negligent party or their insurance company.
Protecting your rights
People who suffer injuries because of another’s negligence have rights. Don’t be intimidated by insurance companies that try to minimize your losses so that they can protect their bottom line. Let Feroleto Law protect your rights.
A personal injury claim can’t undo a painful injury, but these claims can make a huge difference in the life of both a victim and that victim’s family. They help families cope with the incredible financial hurdles posed by an injury.
Whether we negotiate a settlement agreement, with your permission, or take the matter to trial, we will be aggressively looking out for your best interests. Our personal injury attorneys’ experience gives us the tools to be h2 advocates for those injured in the following situations:
Let us help…
Through our decades of experience, we have gained an intimate understanding of how severe injuries and wrongful death can impact a person’s life. We know that clients have concerns about taking care of their families, paying their rent or mortgage, and keeping their lives together while recovering from their injury. We understand the necessity of financial recovery for lost wages, medical bills, disability, loss of physical ability and the harms they have suffered.
Call Feroleto Law today for assistance after an accident in the Buffalo or Niagara region of Upstate New York. The initial consultation is free. Call us today at (716) 854-0700 or use our online contact form to request a free consultation.
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