New York City has an allure like no other place on Earth. People from all over the world dream of arriving at Grand Central Terminal or JFK International Airport and taking in the multitude of sights, sounds, tastes, and rich cultural experiences. Each year, more and more tourists visit New York – in 2016, the city hosted a record 60.3 million of them. Queens has steadily become more attractive to tourists, as over 12 million of them visited the borough in 2013.
With so many options available for shopping, dining, entertainment, history, and more, it’s not hard to see why NYC is one of the top vacation destinations on the planet. The city is well-equipped to handle tourists, but that doesn’t mean that it’s free of dangers. Occasionally, tourists have an otherwise rewarding trip ruined by an unexpected and preventable injury.
Can I Sue For A Queens Vacation Injury?
Yes – as long as your injury was caused by someone else’s careless or negligent behavior. While some injuries occur due to unavoidable accidents, others could have easily been prevented if someone else had acted more responsibly. When a tourist gets injured because of someone else’s mistake, they deserve to be compensated for expenses related to the injury.
Queens residents and tourists are both protected by the same legal statutes. Even if you’re not an American citizen, you still have the same rights while you’re visiting from overseas. This means that anyone who has become injured due to negligence has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Even if you’ve already left the city and returned home, you’re still eligible for compensation. At Lipsig Queens, we understand that you have obligations you must return to at home. That’s why we’re prepared to fight your case from the city after you’ve already returned to your daily routine.
What Is Negligence?
As members of a community, it’s important to behave in a way which preserves the safety of the community. This means avoiding risky behaviors which could endanger others. When someone acts in a reckless manner and another person is injured as a result, that first individual may be considered negligent.
For example, motorists are expected not to speed excessively or drive drunk. If a driver causes an accident while speeding or drunk, they will be considered negligent and could be forced to provide financial compensation for anyone else involved in the accident, through a personal injury lawsuit.
Other common examples of negligence which could lead to a vacation injury in Queens include:
- Property owners failing to keep their properties safe from dangers, such as slip and fall hazards
- Cab drivers driving recklessly and causing accidents
- Property owners failing to provide necessary security measures which could prevent crime
If you suspect that someone else’s negligence played a role in your injury, you should consider meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your situation.
What Expenses Does A Lawsuit Cover?
In a successful lawsuit, you may receive compensation for any expenses related to your injury, including:
- Medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
Your specific compensation package will vary depending on the details of your accident and injury. A knowledgeable lawyer can help to give you a better idea of what damages you could recover in a lawsuit.
Will I Need A Lawyer Local To New York?
If you were injured while visiting Queens or another part of New York City, it would be best to work with a lawyer who specializes in that geographical area. At Lipsig, our lawyers have helped countless tourists and locals file personal injury lawsuits. We understand how the local laws work and know what it takes to win in a New York civil courtroom.
Additionally, a local lawyer can work on your case even after you’ve already returned home. If the case goes to trial, you may have to return to the city. But many of these lawsuits are settled out of court, in which case you will not be required to interrupt your daily life for a trip back into the city.