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At Ivan Diamond, Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer, personal injury cases aren’t a sideline hustle, they’re a sole focus.
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A Skilled
Personal
Injury Lawyer
Can Help You

A personal injury, especially a severe one, has an enormous impact on many aspects of your life. The injury and its aftermath and consequences can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. In such situations, getting the right support is crucial. It’s hard to say which effects are the hardest to bear, but the financial impact can make everything feel so much worse.

If you or a loved one has experienced such an accident, recovering compensation for your injuries often begins by contacting and retaining an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

Where
Mr. Diamond
Can Help

Licensed as an attorney
in the State of New York,

Mr. Diamond handles cases in the five New York boroughs and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. Mr. Diamond is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association. He is an avid reader of history, particularly the history of New York City, and is married with two children. He loves to play and watch basketball.

Mr. Diamond también atiende a clientes en español. Desde la admisión inicial hasta el juicio, el abogado Ivan Diamond te representa y lucha personalmente por tus intereses. Muchos clientes, incluso aquellos que necesitan servicios como klausur schreiben lassen, han encontrado en nosotros un aliado confiable. Los resultados hablan por sí mismos. Es por eso que somos una “pequeña empresa con grandes resultados.”

Common Types
of Injuries I Handle

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 30.8 million hospital emergency department visits for injuries and 146,571 deaths due to unintentional injuries in a single recent year in the United States. The majority of these injuries were from slips and falls, motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, and unintentional poisoning. When potential clients call our office, they are often struggling with traumatic physical injuries of varying types and severity.

I help people with many different injuries, including:

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Case Study

Challenge

When our family received a call from the nursing home my brother was staying, we had no idea what lay ahead. My brother was burned over 60% of his body from smoking a cigarette without supervision.

Solution

We were so lucky to find an attorney like Mr. Diamond. We found Mr.Diamond to be sensitive to our sense of urgency to resolve this situation. He was 100% reliable and truly cared about our case which was very important to us.

RESULT

As it turned out we received a large settlement and can now put it behind us. We’re very grateful to Mr.Diamond for his support and understanding and we would highly recommend him. Not to mention, he was a hell of a nice guy.

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Steps to Take Immediately
After Your Injury

When you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury, you can become overwhelmed with the whole process of dealing with that injury and its aftermath. Whether you were in a car accident or fell at work, an attorney can help get you through the process of making claims and recovering compensation. The following material will walk you through the potential process.

Immediately after your injury, you should take certain steps to protect your rights and help you recover any compensation you might recover.

Some of these important steps follow.

Call the police if your injury or accident requires it – most auto accidents do require it.

If officers file a police report, obtain a copy (or have your lawyer do this).

If the accident happened at work or on the property of another, report it to the employer or owner.

Seek prompt medical attention—either at the scene or on your own

Take photos of your injury, any property damage, and the scene.

Obtain contact information and insurance information on any other involved parties; if it happened at work, obtain Workers’ Compensation carrier information.

Obtain contact information from any potential witnesses

If applicable, file a claim with your insurance company or your employer’s Workers’ Comp carrier.

Consider contacting a lawyer to handle your settlement and any necessary litigation.

Why Hire an Experienced
Attorney Like Ivan Diamond

If you want to recover the maximum compensation that you deserve, you need an experienced personal injury attorney like Ivan Diamond on your side.

If you want to recover the maximum compensation that you deserve, you need an experienced personal injury attorney like Ivan Diamond on your side.

Someone who understands the tactics insurance companies and opposing lawyers sometimes use to avoid liability and paying settlements.

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 negotiations.

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.

As Seen in Forbes & Fortune

For over two decades, Ivan M. Diamond, Esq. has been a beacon of hope for victims of negligence and medical malpractice in New York, helping his clients secure substantial monetary awards for their injuries.

This decision to focus exclusively on personal injury, negligence, and medical malpractice law allows Mr. Diamond to bring an unmatched level of experience, tenacity, and genuine New York insight to every case.

Attorney Diamond’s remarkable achievements of courtroom victories and successful settlements have earned Mr. Diamond recognition in several legal and non-legal publications such as Forbes and Fortune Magazine.

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Personal Injury FAQs

The following are only some of the many questions our Bronx personal injury lawyers at the Ivan Diamond, Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer 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 Ivan Diamond, Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer.

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?

Yes.

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.

What is SUM Insurance, and should I purchase it?

SUM insurance is Supplemental Uninsured Motorist insurance. Your auto insurance carrier is required to offer it in amounts up to $400,000. You may purchase it to provide additional coverage for hit and run accidents or an accident where the other driver is uninsured or underinsured. You should know, however, that it will increase your insurance premiums.

How does the New York Workers’ Compensation system work?

The workers’ comp system guarantees that you will receive medical care and weekly cash benefits when you can prove you were injured at work. The cash benefits and medical care coverage come from your employer’s insurance carrier, under the supervision of the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Can I recover from anyone other than Worker’s Compensation when I suffered injuries at work?

Yes, you can if the facts and circumstances are right. Your employer will require you to go through worker’s compensation (if he carries it), and that will cover your medical expenses and lost wages. However, there may be third parties involved in the case whose conduct is also responsible for the damages. For example, if you sustained injuries due to industrial equipment, then the manufacturer or maintenance company responsible for the equipment may also be liable. Similarly, if you fell on a sidewalk or had an accident at a road construction site, those involved in the construction and maintenance of the roads and sidewalks may also be responsible. Because of the subtle and complex nature of the process of defining the potentially liable parties, a lawyer experienced in accidents can help you navigate this maze of liable parties.

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 Ivan Diamond, Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer today.

How does the settlement process with an insurance company work?

The process begins with negotiations between the at-fault driver’s insurance company’s claims adjusters and lawyers. They will speak with you or your attorney (the better option) about your accident claim. You or your attorney will have submitted an initial demand letter, and in response, the insurance company staff will contact you or your attorney. They will likely make an initial offer to settle your claim. Since insurance companies are in the business of making profits, the offer will likely be as low as the insurance company thinks you will accept. This will begin a negotiation process between you or your attorney and the insurance company, essentially a bargaining process seeking to reach a number acceptable to both sides. An attorney used to working with motor vehicle accidents will be extremely valuable in this process because the lawyer will be familiar with the process and even possibly with the insurance company and its lawyers.

Do attorneys focus on particular kinds of cases like doctors focus on specific kinds of medicine?

Some law firms offer a wide variety of legal services spanning across all types of practice areas. Other attorneys decide to concentrate their practices in specific areas. Lawyers may, for example, work in criminal law. Others may do civil litigation (lawsuits) and can focus on either representing defendants or plaintiffs. In addition to which side they concentrate on, attorneys might focus on one area of civil litigation, such as personal injury law. Finally, some lawyers don’t engage in litigation at all but instead do wills and trusts, estate planning, transactional law, or regulatory law. Any time you look for a lawyer, you should make sure that the lawyer you hire is experienced and knowledgeable in the law that governs your particular case, such as personal injury.