Anytime that we step outside our front doors, get into a car, or use a consumer product, we place our safety into the hands of other people. The simple fact is that no matter how careful we are, the poor decisions of other parties can lead to personal injuries.

An East Amherst personal injury lawyer may be able to help bring these negligent parties to justice. Working with a dedicated attorney from Richmond Vona, LLC can help injured parties focus on their recoveries while receiving assurances concerning the protection of their legal rights. Reach out to our team today to learn more.

Common Types of Personal Injury Accidents

A personal injury can occur at any time. The severity of this harm can range from minor cuts and bruises to more catastrophic damage such as burns, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and, unfortunately, death. Some of the most common personal injury claims that our East Amherst attorneys handle include but are not limited to:

  • Auto collisions, including those between cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses
  • Pedestrian and cyclist accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Premises liability issues
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Negligent security
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products, including dangerous drugs and medical devices

Regardless of how the injury took place, if you were hurt due to someone else’s careless behavior, you deserve to seek compensation for your losses. This is typically accomplished much easier with the guidance of knowledgeable and understanding legal representation.

Proving Liability in a Personal Injury Claim

Most personal injuries are the result of accidents. The defendants in these cases did not intend to cause any harm. Nevertheless, the law says that certain people are civilly liable to the individuals they harm. These cases usually use the legal framework of negligence to seek compensation. Negligence applies when a defendant had a duty to care for the plaintiff’s wellbeing, failed in this duty, and an injury resulted.

A plaintiff in a negligence claim always bears the burden of proving defendant fault. However, defendants can also argue that a plaintiff’s own carelessness contributed to the incident. According to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 1411, courts must evaluate negligence claims using a method called pure comparative negligence. This means that if a jury believes that a plaintiff shares some blame for an accident, 25 percent, for example, that jury must reduce that plaintiff’s award by that percentage. An East Amherst personal injury attorney can help pursue claims centered around allegations of negligence and defend against accusations of shared fault.

Reach Out to an Amherst Personal Injury Attorney Today

The days and weeks following the onset of a personal injury are critical for a number of reasons. You might feel overwhelmed with seeking medical care and the pain you are facing from your injuries. However, you need to act quickly to protect your legal rights. An East Amherst personal injury lawyer can handle the legal details of your accident to hold the responsible party liable while you focus on your recovery.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, we are ready to gather evidence from the scene, measure your losses, and protect you from aggressive insurance companies to pursue the best outcome in your circumstance. Contact our office today for a consultation or to learn more.

Meet Our Attorneys

With over 25 years of combined personal injury experience, our co-founding attorneys, John E. Richmond and Keith R. Vona, have helped injury victims and their family members recover more than $150 million in financial relief.
John E. Richmond
John E. Richmond
Co-Founding Member
As one of New York’s top personal injury attorneys, John E. Richmond understands that clients come first. With over a decade of experience representing plaintiffs, he knows how to hold negligent corporations and big insurance companies liable.
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Keith R. Vona
Keith R. Vona
Co-Founding Member
In his nearly 15 years in practice, Keith has been consistently recognized for his client service and record of results. He has been selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list four times (2013 to 2016), an honor reserved for the top up-and-coming attorneys.
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Keith R. Vona
John E. Richmond

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