Foreign Citizens Hurt While Visiting New York City

Foreign Citizens Hurt While Visiting New York City2017-09-11T16:20:46+00:00

Times square tourist injury
New York City is a global hub. Step onto any street corner in Manhattan or Brooklyn and you’re as likely to hear Cantonese as English. Many of our businesses would fold, and our world-famous cultural sites, like Central Park and Times Square, would lose their vibrancy without tourists from abroad.

Like no other city in America, New York values tourists. But some New Yorkers don’t extend the same basic courtesy.

Filing A Vacation Injury Lawsuit In New York

Anyone’s trip would be ruined by a serious injury, but no situation could be more disorienting than getting hurt in a foreign country. With home an ocean away, most injured tourists feel alone and unsure of the next step, to say nothing of the physical pain and emotional trauma caused by an accident.

After an accident, some visitors feel defeated already. They shouldn’t. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Banville Law offer a solution.

If your recovery feels more like an exile, and medical bills have begun to pile up, pursuing compensation in a lawsuit may be the answer.

I’m Not From The US. Can I Still File A Lawsuit?

Yes. Anyone injured on US soil is entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit, no matter their nationality or citizenship. New York respects your rights and provides international visitors the same avenues for compensation as life-long residents.

Why Should I File A Personal Injury Claim?

Unlike many developed countries, the US doesn’t have “free” (taxpayer subsidized) health care. Even visits to the emergency room cost something, often a lot, since health care costs in the United States are the highest in the world.

If you get hurt here, you’ll have to pay for your medical expenses out of pocket or rely on travel insurance if you had the foresight to arrange for it before your arrival.

But insurance companies don’t want to pay out anything, and they’ll work their hardest to keep their costs low. That’s especially true if you choose to return to your home country for medical care before your trip was supposed to end.

Securing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, on the other hand, presents two major benefits:

  1. You won’t have to have to wait for an insurance company to pre-approve your care, or risk being denied
  2. You’ll be compensated fully for emotional trauma, as well as your financial losses

Banville Law’s travel injury lawyers offer their services on a contingency-fee basis: you owe us nothing until we secure compensation in your case.

Do I Have To Stay In New York?

No, you can go home.

We’ll be able to handle your lawsuit here, no matter where in the world you choose to go. That’s one of the great advantages of choosing an attorney local to New York City; we’ll be here, protecting your interests, so you don’t have to stay.

In fact, the only reason you may have to return is if your case goes to court. Settlements can be preferable, so you’re allowed to stay where you live to recover, but only if you find the amount offered acceptable.

What Kind Of Accidents Does Banville Law Handle?

Banville Law focuses on personal injury law, and our wealth of experience ranges from car and taxi accidents to violent assaults made possible by inadequate security.

If someone else’s negligence, their utter lack of regard for your safety, led to an injury, we’ll stop at nothing to see them held accountable.

We’ve successfully recovered multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for our clients, assisting people injured in:

  • cab accidents, both passengers, and pedestrians hit while they’re walking
  • falls in businesses, restaurants, museums and on government property
  • injuries sustained in rental homes, apartments and hotels
  • dog bites
  • injuries suffered on the MTA (New York’s subway system), trains or city buses
  • wrongful death

Our attorneys also represent international victims of physical and sexual assaults and robberies, many of whom are traumatized because their apartments or hotels were inadequately secured.

To find more legal answers specific to the type of accident you suffered, visit this page.

How Long Do I Have To File?

New York places a restriction on how long you can wait after an accident to file suit. It’s called a “statute of limitations,” and for most personal injury lawsuits it’s three years long.

For wrongful death lawsuits, survivors are allowed two years after their loved one’s death to bring a lawsuit. Victims of assault or battery have one year, beginning on the date of the attack.

With that being said, it’s best to consult a local New York attorney as soon as possible after an injury. This allows us to work closely with your medical professionals, as they treat your injury, to determine how much compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Lawyers

You’re probably wary of doing anything more than tending to your own recovery right now. Filing a lawsuit may seem like more of a hassle than help, something that will only tie you up in a foreign country.

With our help, you can go home and file a lawsuit. There’s no downside to learning more about your options. Banville Law’s dedicated vacation accident attorneys offer a free consultation, so you can explore your rights without paying a thing.

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