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Bronx Personal Injury Attorney

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Sameer Chopra
Sameer Chopra, managing partner and personal injury attorney at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP in Garden City, NY

Content Last Updated:   March 22, 2024


People who are hurt due to someone else’s negligence deserve fair compensation. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages and, in some cases, punitive damages. However, you need an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney to help you take on the deep-pocketed insurance companies and corporations often involved in these lawsuits. 

At Chopra & Nocerino, we take pride in helping injury victims in the Bronx and throughout New York City fight for the full and fair compensation they deserve. Call (855) NYC-HURT or reach out online to schedule your free consultation today.

Why Choose Chopra & Nocerino for Your Personal Injury Case in the Bronx?

With decades of experience helping injured New Yorkers, we have developed a strong reputation for excellence in the legal community and among our clients. As the exclusive personal injury law firm of the New York Mets, our legal team has what it takes to knock it out of the park. 

Our award-winning attorneys have been recognized by numerous legal organizations and publications for the high quality of our services and dedication to our clients:

  • Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2021 Attorney of the Year by Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars

When you partner with us, the defendants in your case will quickly realize that we are fierce advocates, skilled negotiators, and courtroom warriors. Our no-nonsense approach has led to verdicts and settlements worth hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.

The Bronx Personal Injury Case Results

  • $715,000 Settlement – A male motorist was injured when their vehicle was struck in a Bronx intersection. He required single-level spinal fusion.
  • $400,000 Settlement – Awarded to a 22-year-old female whose vehicle struck an uncovered storm drain on a Bronx highway, which caused her to crash into the highway barrier wall. She suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. The settlement was received from the City of New York.
  • $344,000 Verdict – An 11-year-old boy was injured (non-displaced fractured wrist that did not require surgery) during a school trip to a Bronx park when he tripped and fell on a tree root. The verdict was won against the New York City Department of Education, for negligent supervision of the adolescent, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, for negligent maintenance of the park.

“Thank you so much for all the support and attention spent on my case! You guys are awesome. You did everything to help me with my accident case, and I am truly grateful for all your kindness and smartness on this deal. Glad with the result and all the attention I received! Recommended 100%.”

– Juliette M.

Bronx Neighborhoods We Serve

  • Fordham
  • Tremont
  • Norwood
  • Morris Heights
  • Concourse

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in the Bronx, New York

Unfortunately, personal injury cases are extremely common throughout the five boroughs of New York. We have the skills, resources, and experience to help you and your family with all personal injury scenarios. No matter the circumstances, you can count on our personal injury attorneys to work tirelessly to hit a home run for your case.

Bronx Car Accidents

In 2023, 12,600 car and SUV accidents occurred in the Bronx, resulting in 30 fatalities and 7,079 injuries. New York is a no-fault insurance state, meaning you must first turn to your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance for compensation. However, if your basic economic damages are more than $50,000 or you suffered a serious injury, you can file a lawsuit and an auto liability claim against the at-fault driver.

Sources: NY Senate Laws, Crash Mapper

Bronx Truck Accidents

In 2023, 2,093 truck crashes in the Bronx resulted in 11 deaths and 1,063 injuries. Accidents with large commercial trucks can lead to severe injuries. To avoid these accidents, trucking companies are legally responsible for keeping their trucks in good working order and monitoring things such as driver hours on the road. 

You can file a personal injury claim against a negligent truck driver and, in some cases, their employer. Importantly, if your accident was with a state-owned truck, you must give notice of your claim within 90 days of the crash.

Sources: Crash Mapper, NY Senate

Bronx Motorcycle Accidents

There were 878 motorcycle and moped accidents in the Bronx in 2023. These crashes led to 14 fatalities and 806 injuries. The percentages of deaths and injuries in motorcycle crashes are much higher than in other motor vehicle accidents, highlighting the dangers unprotected motorcyclists face.

Source: Crash Mapper

Bronx Bicycle Accidents

In 2023, there were 459 accidents involving bicycles in the Bronx, resulting in one fatality and 409 injuries. As with motorcycle crashes, the high rate of injuries in bicycle crashes illustrates the lack of protection bicyclists have compared to passengers in enclosed vehicles.

Source: Crash Mapper

Bronx Construction Accidents

In 2022, there were 71 construction accidents in the Bronx. Workers’ compensation may pay for your damages, but it may not provide enough financial support to cover your full injuries and losses. 

If you find yourself in this situation, we can help you explore the possibility of a lawsuit. In a construction accident lawsuit, potentially liable parties include general contractors, subcontractors, property owners, architects and engineers, manufacturers, government entities, and other workers whose actions may have contributed to the accident.

Source: NY Gov Statistics PDF

Bronx Slip & Falls

Nationally, unintentional falls led to more than 8.5 million emergency room visits in 2022. Statistics show almost 46,000 deaths from falls in 2021. Property owners, businesses, and property management companies must keep their premises reasonably safe for lawful visitors. You can file a premises liability claim when you get hurt because they failed to uphold their duty.


Other Types of Injury Claims in the Bronx

Personal injury is a diverse area of law. Our all-star legal team has the resources and experience necessary to handle all personal injury scenarios. Our other practice areas include: 

How Can Our Bronx Personal Injury Attorney Help You After an Accident?

Every personal injury is different, and we never treat our clients like just another case file. We will leave no stone unturned in helping you hold negligent parties responsible for their careless actions. Among other things, our services include:

  • Conducting a full investigation and gathering evidence
  • Calculating your damages
  • Determining liability
  • Consulting with medical providers and other experts
  • Negotiating a settlement with the at-fault party
  • Taking your case to trial if a fair out-of-court settlement cannot be reached

Damages Available For Personal Injury Victims in Bronx, NY

Compensation in a personal injury claim usually includes economic and non-economic damages such as:

  • Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Costs of modifying your vehicle or home to accommodate your injuries
  • Expenses related to home nursing care or other home aid
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement

New York courts sometimes also allow you to pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish defendants for extreme carelessness and disregard for the safety of others. We will aggressively pursue punitive damages if they are available in your case. 

Defendants and their insurance companies will fight hard to diminish or deny the true value of your claim. We will fight harder to ensure you get every penny you are entitled to by law.

Can Surviving Family Members Pursue Wrongful Death Damages in the Bronx?

No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one. However, New York’s wrongful death statute allows the personal representative of a decedent’s estate to pursue damages on behalf of surviving family members. Among other things, damages available in these cases can include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced inheritance
  • Loss of services such as home health care or childcare

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

When you are hurt by someone else, you deserve compensation for your physical, financial, and psychological injuries. However, the amount you can recover in a personal injury claim varies widely based on the specifics of each case. Key factors include:

  • The extent of your injuries and their impact on your life
  • The quality and clarity of your evidence
  • The percentage of blame you hold for the accident
  • Your attorney’s skills

It is difficult to predict and impossible to guarantee the amount you will ultimately recover. That said, we can give you a good estimate of how much your case may be worth after reviewing it during your free consultation. Do not wait to take legal action.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Accident in the Bronx, New York?

In most cases, you must file your personal injury lawsuit within three years of the incident that caused your injuries. If you fail to comply with the deadline set by the New York statute of limitations, your case will most likely be dismissed in court. 

There are limited exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, if the injured party is a minor or deemed legally insane at the time of injury, the statute of limitations does not start running until either condition ceases. A judge may also grant you more time if the defendant hides or leaves New York. 

Ultimately, however, there is no guarantee that a judge will agree to an extension. Do not risk it. The sooner you reach out to our Bronx personal injury lawyers, the sooner we can build a strong case on your behalf and make sure it is filed before the correct deadline.

How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Bronx Personal Injury Case?

The timeline of personal injury lawsuits depends on the complexity of each case. If liability is clear-cut and the other party offers fair compensation, your case can settle in as little as a month. However, a more complex case involving expert testimony and competing witnesses can take much longer, especially if it ends up in court. 

Our personal injury attorneys understand that you and your family may need compensation quickly following an accident. We will work tirelessly to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. Additionally, we will provide compassionate support and help you explore resources to lighten the burden while your case is pending. 

However, it is important to remember that early settlement offers often significantly undervalue your claim. Therefore, to avoid leaving money on the table, patience is key.

Will My Bronx Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Whether your personal injury case will go to trial depends on various factors. Here are some considerations:

  • Negotiation and Settlement – Many personal injury cases are resolved through negotiation and settlement before trial. The defendant may agree to a settlement amount to avoid the time, expense, and uncertainty of going to trial. 
  • Strength of Evidence – If there is strong evidence supporting your claim, such as witness testimony, medical records, and documentation of damages, the opposing party may be more inclined to settle rather than risk a trial where they could potentially face a larger judgment.
  • Insurance Coverage and Policy Limits – Insurance policy limits can also influence whether a case goes to trial. If the at-fault party’s insurance coverage is sufficient to cover your damages, they may prefer to settle within policy limits rather than risk a trial where they could be held liable for any excess damages.
  • Disputed Liability – If liability is strongly disputed, the case may be more likely to proceed to trial. In such cases, a judge or jury may need to determine fault based on the evidence presented.
  • Complexity of the Case – Complex cases involving multiple defendants, intricate legal issues, or significant damages may be more likely to go to trial.

Ultimately, whether your personal injury case will go to trial depends on the specific circumstances and dynamics of your case. Our skilled personal injury attorneys will work with you to assess your options, weigh the potential risks and benefits of going to trial, and make an informed decision based on your best interests.

How Is Liability Established in Personal Injury Claims in the Bronx?

Liability in a personal injury case is typically established by proving that the defendant acted negligently. Here’s a general overview of how liability is established in a personal injury case:

  • Duty of Care – You must first demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care. The duty of care is a legal obligation to act reasonably and prudently to prevent foreseeable harm to others. For example, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely and obey traffic laws, property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises, and healthcare providers have a duty to provide a certain standard of care to their patients.
  • Breach of Duty – You must then show that the defendant breached this duty of care by failing to act as a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. 
  • Causation – Next, you must establish a causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty and your injuries. It’s not enough to show that the defendant’s actions were a mere factor—they must be the proximate cause of the harm.
  • Damages – Finally, you must prove that you suffered damages as a result of the defendant’s breach of duty and the resulting injuries. Damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other losses incurred due to the injury.

To establish liability, plaintiffs typically present evidence such as eyewitness testimony, expert witness testimony, medical records, photographs, accident reports, and other relevant documentation. If they successfully prove all elements of their case by a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., it is more likely than not that the defendant is liable), they will be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages.

Do I Lose My Right to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit if I Was Partly To Blame?

New York’s pure comparative negligence law allows you to collect damages in a personal injury lawsuit even if you were primarily responsible for your injuries. However, the damages you can collect are reduced based on the percentage of fault you bear for your accident. For example, if you suffered $1 million in damages and were 25 percent responsible for the accident, you can collect $750,000.

Contact Our Bronx Personal Injury Lawyers To Discuss Options in Your Case Today

At Chopra & Nocerino, we believe all injury victims deserve an experienced attorney who will fight tirelessly to defend their right to full and fair compensation. That is why we offer free consultations and take personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we win.

While you focus on recovering from your injuries, let us focus on building the strongest claim possible on your behalf. Call (855) NYC-HURT or complete our online contact form to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.


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