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Rochester Personal Injury Attorney
A sudden and unexpected personal injury is always a life-changing experience. Usually, things change for the worse. Medical and repair bills come pouring in, along with ordinary monthly bills.
Many Rochester families struggle to make ends meet and may live paycheck to paycheck. The extra expenses, along with an inability to work, become a financial disaster. The never-ending emotional distress makes things worse, as does the insurance company’s continual demands for settlement.
Rochester personal injury attorney Frank Ciardi reverses this downward spiral. Since our first priority is your physical and emotional health, we make sure you see a qualified doctor. Then, we take care of immediate expenses, like medical bills and vehicle replacement.
Finally, we advocate for you in court and at the negotiating table. This simple, straightforward method usually produces the best possible results under the circumstances.
We do not settle for anything less, because neither do you.
Types of Injury Cases
Accidents happen. Sometimes they happen as a result of a choice, and sometimes they happen seemingly without fault. However, for the accidents where someone is negligent, or a choice is made where someone is injured, the person must all accept the consequences. That’s the essence of a personal injury claim.
At the Law Office of Frank Ciardi, we do not punish “bad” people. We help good people, like you, get back on their feet. This process plays out in a number of different scenarios, such as:
Car Accident Injuries
Some form of driver impairment, usually alcohol or drug use, fatigue, or distraction, causes most Monroe County car accidents. Impairment claims usually involve either ordinary negligence, which is a lack of care, or negligence per se, which is a violation of a safety law.
Injury From Slips & Falls
Similarly, wet spots on floors, loose handrails, inadequate lighting, and other dangerous property conditions cause most falls. If the owner knew or should have known, about the hazard, the victim may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Dog Bite Injury
Animal attack financial settlements have increased significantly since 2000. In some ways, these claims are similar to falls on other peoples’ property. But New York dog bite laws are quite complex, underscoring the need for an experienced Rochester personal injury attorney.
Injury From Defective Products
These claims are different as well. Negligence, or the lack thereof, is usually irrelevant in these cases. Manufacturers are strictly liable for damages resulting from a dangerous drug, a defective medical device, or any other defective product.
In addition to sound legal theory, the evidence is also very important in these claims. To obtain damages, the victim/plaintiff usually must establish liability by a preponderance of the evidence.
Damages a Rochester Personal Injury Attorney Can Obtain
All injury victims are entitled to compensatory economic damages. This money covers tangible losses, such as property damage, lost wages, and medical bills. Under New York law, accident victims do not have to finance their own recoveries out of their own pockets.
Economic damages alone are usually not enough. Serious injuries often mean considerable pain and suffering, along with loss of enjoyment in life, emotional distress, and loss of consortium (companionship and contribution to household affairs). Compensation is usually available for these intangible noneconomic damages as well.
Finally, some victims are entitled to additional punitive damages. These damages are available if there is clear and convincing evidence that the tortfeasor (negligent actor) intentionally disregarded a known risk.
Contact an Aggressive Lawyer
Injury victims may be entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Rochester personal injury attorney, contact the Law Office of Frank Ciardi. We do not charge upfront legal fees in injury cases.
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