Established in 1644, Hempstead has a storied history as the oldest English settlement in present-day Nassau County. The original settlers, seeking a place to freely express their religion, purchased approximately 64,000 acres of land from Native American tribes that comprise the contemporary towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead. There are different theories regarding the origin of the name “Hempstead” which may have derived from ancestral lands of Hemel Hempstead in England or from the Dutch town of Heemstede.
The Village of Hempstead was incorporated in 1853 in what was then Queens County — Nassau County being established in 1899. Today, Hempstead has grown into a populated metropolis that is home to more than 50,000 people, as well as the seat of government for the Town of Hempstead. Given its population density, Hempstead is also a place where accidents and injuries are far too common. If you have sustained a personal injury in Hempstead due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Hempstead Personal Injury Attorney
The Law Office of Robert Purzak has been proudly serving residents of Hempstead for over 35 years. We routinely handle a wide range of accident cases, such as:
- Automobile Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Other acts of negligence
Our legal team is well-versed in the applicable negligence laws and has a proven history of achieving successful outcomes inside or outside of the courtroom.
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed if you have been injured in an accident in Hempstead that was caused by the negligent, reckless or willful conduct of another party. It is important to note that injury claims can often be settled through negotiation with an insurance company. Given that insurers often deny claims or attempt to pay out as little money as possible, we fully prepared to fight for you in court.
How do I know if I have a valid claim?
All residents of Hempstead (and visitors) have a legal obligation not to cause harm to others. In legal terminology, this is known as a duty of care. To have a valid injury claim, we must be able to prove that the other party owed you a duty of care, that he or she breached this duty by causing an accident, and, as a result, you sustained actual damages such as lost wages, the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
There are a number of factors that determine the value of a personal injury claim in Hempstead, such as the type of accident, the extent of your injuries, and whether you played a role in causing the accident. Nonetheless, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages. As the name implies, economic damages will repay you for financial losses, which includes lost wages, loss of earning capacity, past and future medical costs, and property damage. Non-economic damages are designed to cover pain and suffering, permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and similar physical or emotional harm.
If the negligent party’s conduct was particularly egregious or unlawful, punitive damages may also be awarded, which are designed to punish the other party. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Hempstead, for example, you may be entitled to punitive damages since driving while intoxicated is illegal.
It is important to note that accidents in Hempstead fall under New York’s rule of comparative negligence. In an accident, the role of each party is assessed to determine the final amount of damages that will be awarded. If you are injured in a car accident in which you were partially at fault, for example, the amount of your recoverable damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault that a jury or an insurance claims adjuster assigns to you. If the total amount of your damages was 10,000, but you are found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced to $8,000.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Hempstead?
The amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit is determined by New York’s statute of limitations and the type of claim you are pursuing. If your claim involves a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall injury, there is a three-year time limit from the date of the accident or injury to pursue legal action. A medical malpractice claim, on the other hand, must be filed within two and one-half years from the date of the injury, while wrongful death claims have a two-year statute of limitations. Finally, if your claim is against the village of Hempstead or a public employee, you must file a written Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident.
Contact Our Hempstead Personal Injury Attorney
After an accident in Hempstead, you may have concerns about receiving the medical care you need, getting back to work, and paying the medical expenses. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help alleviate those concerns by providing you with aggressive legal representation and fighting for every dollar you deserve.
Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation, determine the extent of the other party’s liability, and represent you in all dealings with the insurance company. If the insurer fails to pay the full value of your claim, we will take them to court. Above all, we will always put your best interests first and stand by you every step of the way. At the Law Office of Robert Purzak, all personal injury claims in Hempstead are handled on a contingency basis. So you don’t pay us unless we win compensation for you. Please contact our office today for a free evaluation of your case.