Ivan M. Diamond: Your Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer and Accident Attorney
Injuries can be both physically and emotionally devastating to you and your loved ones. Just as devastating is the aftermath: What now? Who do you turn to? What exactly do you do to protect your rights? The insurance companies certainly don’t have your interests at heart: to the contrary, they will do what’s best for those who caused your injuries, not you.
Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident in the Bronx or New York metro area? Do you wonder whether you could be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries? As a leading personal injury and accident law firm for Bronx residents, the Law Office of Ivan M. Diamond is here to help.
A Track Record of Success Aiding Accident Victims
Not all injury and accident attorneys are created equal. As you compare me with other injury and accident attorneys in the Bronx, take a look at my proven track record of success representing accident victims. Of course, my past results are no guarantee of a recovery in any future representation. But I am committed to working my hardest for each and every personal injury client I represent. To demonstrate that commitment, I am available for appointments on evenings and weekends. I am even available for home and hospital visits if necessary.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
When you are injured because someone else was negligent, there are two options available to you. The first is working through an insurance company to settle a claim or to work with an Bronx personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies nearly always attempt to settle claims for less than what you may obtain by filing a personal injury suit.
No Fee Unless Successful
We rely on doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals to help us when we’re sick or injured. We trust them to take of us and in many cases, we literally put our lives in their hands. When doctors, hospitals and others in the medical field make mistakes, the consequences can be catastrophic, even deadly. The types of illnesses and injuries that can result from medical malpractice are almost endless and include birth injuries, failure to diagnose cancer or other serious illness, surgical errors, medication mistakes and nursing home neglect.
Our “Small Firm Big Results” approach to medical malpractice is client-centered and targeted to achieve maximum compensation for our clients. Because if this, our Bronx-based lawyer serving the five boroughs of New York City has achieved multiple million dollar recoveries in all types of medical malpractice cases. Call our law office today at (877) 960-1702
Common Types of Damages My Clients May Recover
When you are injured because someone else was negligent, there are two options available to you. The first is working through an insurance company to settle a claim or to work with a Bronx personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies nearly always attempt to settle claims for less than what you may obtain by filing a personal injury suit.
Construction Injuries and Accidents
Some work sites can present specific hazards such as construction sites. Victims of scaffolding accidents, slip and fall accidents or ladder-related accidents often need the assistance of a personal injury attorney to ensure they are treated fairly and recover financially from the high cost of medical treatment, lost wages and more.
Why Hire an Experienced Attorney Like Ivan Diamond
If you want to recover the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled, it can be very important to have an experienced personal injury attorney like me on your side. Someone who understands the tactics insurance companies and opposing lawyers sometimes use to try to avoid being held accountable.
Insurance adjusters, in particular, know that you’re going through a difficult time. They may try to take advantage by offering you a lowball settlement, hoping you’ll jump at quick money before you talk to a lawyer. Don’t help them out. Instead, let an experienced attorney handle the negotiation.
The same goes for preparing your claim. A skilled, knowledgeable litigator like me understands what facts and arguments are most important to prove your claim to a judge and jury, if it comes to taking a case to trial. I know how to guide my clients through depositions, discovery, and efforts by opposing lawyers to trap them into saying things that might undermine their case.
A Tough, Compassionate Bronx, New York Injury Lawyer
My primary goal in any case I take on is to obtain the maximum compensation for my clients. The people I represent work hard. They didn’t ask to be injured and now they’re left to contend with lost income, enormous medical and hospital bills, pain and suffering, emotional strife and the loss of self-esteem that often occurs after a serious injury. We realize money is never going to bring you back to the way you were before the accident, but it’s a start.
When you’re injured and struggling to recover after an accident, you certainly don’t have extra money to pay an attorney—especially if your ability to earn income is compromised by an injury. That’s why I take cases on a contingency fee basis. You don’t have to come up with thousands of dollars to talk to me or to finance your representation. You pay nothing up front and I get paid my fees only if you recover compensation through settlement or a jury verdict. And, of course, the initial case review with my office is always free of charge.
Call Today for Your Free Consultation
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence or medical malpractice, or if you have lost a family member in a wrongful death, act quickly. The law limits the time you have to file a claim. The insurance companies on the other side begin investigating immediately and they won’t hesitate to challenge your rights at every turn. They may even pressure you to accept a settlement worth far less than what you deserve.
If you were injured in a Bronx-area accident that wasn’t your fault, or you’ve lost a loved one to a tragedy, you may be entitled to compensation. Having an experienced injury and accident lawyer on your side can be your best shot at recovering the maximum you deserve. Don’t wait.
At the Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond, your Bronx-based, small firm, big results New York City injury attorney, we can help get your life back on track and obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Email the Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond or call us at (718) 588-2000 to schedule a free case review. You can also visit us in person at our Bronx location on 888 Grand Concourse #1L—or, if necessary, we’ll come to you.
Additional Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
The following are only some of the many questions our Bronx personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond can answer. For specific questions, please contact our office directly.
When can I seek compensation after a personal injury?
Not all accidents entitle injured victims to compensation. To recover compensation for your accident-related losses, your accident must have been the result of someone else’s negligence. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances.
In addition, under a legal doctrine known as negligence per se, a person can be deemed negligent as a matter of law when they violate a safety regulation and cause the type of harm the regulation was intended to prevent. For example, if a person is violating the speed limit and causes an accident, the law may deem that person negligent.
What is my personal injury claim worth?
Every personal injury case is different, and there is no way to advise you on the value of your case without evaluating your specific injuries and losses. Claims stemming from relatively minor injuries will be worth significantly less than cases involving catastrophic injuries. That being said, if someone else’s actions led you to incur any losses at all, you deserve to receive compensation.
The best way to know the potential worth of your claim is to consult with a Bronx personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond.
However, the following are some common damages that we can add up to determine the value of a claim:
- Medical bills for emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, medication, and more
- The estimated costs of medical treatment that doctors recommend for the future
- Lost income if your injury or treatment prevented you from working
- Lost future earnings if you can’t return to your previous job
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disfigurement or disabilities
Less serious cases will focus mostly on financial losses like medical bills and lost wages. Severe and long-term injuries can lead to many intangible losses, as well. Furthermore, if the at-fault party’s conduct was particularly egregious, you might even be entitled to punitive damages, which can increase the value of your case substantially.
Do I need a lawyer for your personal injury case?
After an accident, you may wonder if you really need to retain an attorney to represent you, especially if the insurance company has indicated that it wants to settle your case. The fact is that insurance companies are highly incentivized to pay out as little as possible, and often take advantage of accident victims who try to represent themselves.
Some of the ways they may try to settle your case for less than it is actually worth include:
- Making an unreasonably low initial offer
- Making an offer before you have had a chance to speak with an attorney
- Misrepresenting your legal rights (for example, telling you you cannot recover for pain and suffering through an insurance claim)
- Waiting until your medical and other bills are piling up before making an offer
- Requesting overboard medical record authorizations to find a pre-existing condition
Call us. We can protect you from those tactics.
Will my case go to trial?
Many people think that by calling a lawyer, it means that they are on the way into court. In reality, a very small percentage of personal injury claims make it to the trial stage. In fact, many claims do not even require filing a lawsuit in civil court. Instead, a personal injury attorney can often resolve the matter directly with the insurance company.
If an insurance company is willing to offer a settlement that covers your damages, you can accept the offer and move forward with your life. If you cannot resolve your case with the insurance company, your attorney might file a lawsuit, though this still does not mean you are heading to court. Instead, lawyers will negotiate through every stage of the litigation process.
Many defendants and their insurers want to avoid the uncertainty of trial. In a trial, the jury will decide who wins and what to award the injured plaintiff if they prevail. However, in settlement negotiations, the defendant and their insurer have greater control over what damages they agree to. For this reason, many cases settle out of court and with a favorable amount that covers your losses.
Should I accept an insurance settlement?
Whether you should accept an insurance settlement depends on whether the insurance company is making an offer that adequately compensates you for all of your losses, as well as other factors. Victims of accidental injuries are entitled to compensation for their economic and non-economic losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, property damage, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and lost quality of life.
You only get one chance to settle your case, so any settlement you accept should compensate you for your current losses and any losses you expect to experience in the future. That’s why you need to call us. We know how to handle personal injury claims and accurately value a case.
If you do not settle your case with the insurance company, your only recourse for recovering compensation will be going to trial. For this reason, another factor to consider when determining whether you should settle includes the relative strength of your case. In addition, keep in mind that what happens in court is a matter of public record, so if there’s anything about your injuries or medical history you would like to keep private, settling is probably your best option.
When is it time to call a Bronx personal injury attorney?
Following an injury, it is natural that you are first focused on your diagnosis and treatment. Recovering from an injury can be an arduous process, and you likely do not want to add anything else to your plate. However, the sooner you can consult a Bronx personal injury attorney, the better.
New York law puts a three-year time limit on most personal injury cases. This might seem long, but the insurance process can take a long time, as can preparing a lawsuit. Additionally, evidence and witness recollections can disappear or fade, which can make it more difficult to prove your claim the longer you wait. Instead, speak with a Bronx personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond today.