Millions of tourists and business visitors journey to New York City every year, searching for the historic city’s numerous notable attractions. But with almost 8.5 million residents already spanning the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, the city can become suffocating, especially after an injury.
Surrounded by unfamiliar faces, with only a hotel or hospital room for refuge, many injured visitors want nothing more than to return home. But they’re also hurt, in some cases seriously, and dealing with an alien medical system can be more than a burden.
Can Tourists File Personal Injury Lawsuits In New York?
Your trip was already ruined. Don’t let excessive medical bills follow you home.
You don’t need to be from New York to file a civil lawsuit here. But why even consider it when both work and life are somewhere else?
Because bringing a legal claim against the people who caused your injury may be the best way to ensure your full recovery. While there’s no way of knowing what new complications could arise from your accident, many insurance companies shut the door early, leaving injury victims to pay for rising medical costs out of pocket.
According to researchers at Harvard University, medical expenses are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy. In fact, 62% of all the individuals who file for bankruptcy do so after their finances are depleted by exorbitant health treatments. Of those people, 78% also had health insurance. It just turned out to be woefully insufficient.
Serious injuries are serious business, crippling families across the country with debt. International visitors will have to consider that many of their medical bills will be from treatments provided in the US, the world’s most expensive health care system.
Does It Matter How I Was Hurt?
Yes, the specific facts surrounding your accident will be the most important consideration in filing a lawsuit. Luckily, you’ve found Banville Law, a New York personal injury firm with years of experience handling:
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Taxi cab accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Sexual and physical assaults
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product injuries
We won’t know if you have a case until reviewing your situation and beginning an investigation. But the hallmark of every viable personal injury lawsuit is negligence: when a person who should have tried to protect our safety failed to do so.
Injuries In Hotels & Businesses
Hotel and apartment owners have a duty to repair structural defects that could cause an accident. This area of the law, known as “premises liability,” applies equally to businesses throughout New York City. When we welcome guests into our home, we’re expected to protect their well-being. The same goes for the hundreds of thousands of shops, boutiques and residential properties here in New York.
To learn more about filing a premises liability lawsuit, click here.
Accidents On New York Public Transportation
While New York’s public transportation system may be the most developed in the world, it’s also crumbling, chronically-unrepaired, and often dangerous. Some subway lines were never built to code in the first place.
In the US, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours. Those who aren’t killed face catastrophic injuries, and often, life-long disability.
When it comes to negligence, no organization is free from liability, and that includes the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York’s subways and many of its out-of-town trains.
Car & Taxi Accidents
Undoubtedly the leading cause of injury to tourists in New York, car accidents can prove intensely complicated for people who live in other states, or other countries.
Because New York has mandated a “no fault” insurance system, insurance companies here don’t take liability into account in paying out medical claims. Tragically, many injured victims, whether they were pedestrians, passengers in a cab or driving a rental themselves, are left in a compensation “gray area,” unsure of where to turn for the benefits they need.
This problem is compounded if you’re coming from out of town, don’t have a “no fault” policy yourself and attempt to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. Frankly, it’s a legal morass that few individuals are prepared to navigate on their own.
We can help. Let Banville Law’s dedicated car and taxi accident team handle your legal matter so you can recover in peace back home.
Injuries In Museums
Museums, whether focused on art or history, are meant to preserve the great works of the past for future generations. New York’s museums are second-to-none; we’ve even dubbed a stretch of 5th Avenue “Museum Mile.”
New York’s Top 5 Museums
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- Guggenheim Museum
- American Museum of Natural History
But as visitors, we’re often so focused on the objects on the walls or behind glass that we forget these institutions are like any other buildings: filled with hazards.
Museums have a duty to maintain safe facilities and provide guests with adequate security. When they fail to uphold those basic duties, and tourists are injured, our attorneys are fully prepared to hold them accountable.
Times Square & Central Park
50 million tourists are drawn to the frenzied atmosphere of Times Square every year. It’s hectic, loud and, unsurprisingly, dangerous. But tourists shouldn’t be expected to guard themselves against every danger, and New York’s laws don’t require it. When cars, taxis or buses injure pedestrians, negligence is often to blame.
Just ten minutes away, Central Park stands as the crowning jewel of New York. While residents are loath to admit it, the park is filled with natural hazards, to say nothing of the crowds. In some notable cases, visitors injured in Central Park have been able to hold the City accountable for their injuries.
Can I Go Home?
Most injured tourists want nothing more than to return home. Being with family and loved ones can even speed up recovery from some injuries. And being far from the site of your traumatic accident will certainly ease your mind.
But with medical expenses pressing, filing a lawsuit may seem like the only option to help support your family as you get better.
You can have it both ways. Our personal injury attorneys are happy to protect your best interests here in New York, while you get back on your feet in your own house, with your own trusted doctors. Just leave the demands of pursuing justice in our capable hands and focus on your recovery.
Am I Entitled To Compensation?
Until investigating your accident thoroughly, we can’t provide an answer to that question. But if you believe that another person’s carelessness led to your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
This right is extended to tourists of any nationality. No matter where you live, Banville Law is prepared to fight tirelessly for your best interests.