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Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York

June 24, 2012

It is our opinion that a “General Practice” attorney should not be representing a Personal Injury or Medical Malpractice client (aka claimant or plaintiff) in the State of New York. Whether referred to as tort law, negligence law, civil justice or Personal Injury law, this field of legal practice has become more and more complicated, involved and precise. Case types include claims in medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability and automobile negligence actions, as well as claims against municipalities and the State, often including not only substantive law but common law theories as well as statutory causes of action.. A lawyer whose practice is dedicated to, and only to, the Personal Injury plaintiff will better serve that client.

It all begins with the case evaluation, knowing what initial documentation should be gathered and reviewed, and what questions need to be asked at the client interview, or intake. Then, in-person and online investigation and research will garner crucial knowledge, and should point towards further investigatory tasks, including how to find and preserve evidence. Pre and post trial discovery, as well as competent Personal Injury pleadings and trial techniques, require levels of skill and expertise that simply do not translate from other areas of practice.

To navigate the many facets of a plaintiffs important personal injury matter, retaining a dedicated plaintiff’s trial lawyer is your best choice.


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