Thousands of New Yorkers are injured in accidents each year and are often left with lingering pain and suffering and mounting medical expenses. Such a physical, emotional, and financial burden can be overwhelming, especially when an accident is caused by the reckless or negligent conduct of another person or entity. In times like these, it is essential to have the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in New York, NY.

Scaffidi & Associates is one of the premier personal injury law firms in the greater New York City area, with skilled personal injury lawyers in New York, NYC, serving clients in The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, and Brooklyn/Kings County, as well as in Long Island, Rockland, Orange, and Westchester Counties. Guided by the principle that no one should suffer because of another’s negligence, we commit ourselves to hold responsible parties accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, our dedicated legal team will fight to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.


What qualifies as a personal injury?

A personal injury is any physical, mental, or emotional injury a person sustains due to the actions or negligence of another party. The responsible party’s insurer typically pays the injured person a specific amount of money to supplement medical bills, expenses, and loss of income, and compensate for pain and suffering and psychological damage as a result of the injury. Any harm a victim sustains due to such things as medical negligence, automobile accidents, or construction site accidents will usually qualify as personal injuries as long as there is a person or entity at fault for the injuries.

At the personal injury law firm of Scaffidi & Associates, our best personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of accident cases with all types of injuries, including:

Motor Vehicle Accidents According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 52% of personal injury claims are the result of motor vehicle accidents. Because New York is a No-Fault state for insurance purposes, an auto accident claim requires the injured party to seek compensation for certain injuries and damages from his or her own insurance company, regardless of which party is at fault. However, in accident cases involving a “serious injury” under the No-Fault laws, it may also be possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and/or owner of the other vehicle. Although insurers have an unfair advantage over unrepresented injury victims, our personal injury lawyers have the skills and resources to level the playing field.

Construction AccidentsWith the region undergoing a construction boom, injuries at worksites are becoming increasingly common, whether from falls, cave-ins, fires and explosions, falling objects, defective equipment, or other hazards. While construction workers are generally covered under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance program, personal injury claims can be brought over safety violations or against negligent third parties.

Motorcycle Accidents – Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but bikers are at a high risk of being seriously injured in collisions, particularly when the front of a motorcycle impacts, or is impacted by, another vehicle. Our dedicated team has extensive experience helping injured motorcyclists obtain compensation.

Truck Accidents – The streets of New York present unique challenges to motor vehicle drivers, not the least of which is sharing the road with commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. Due to their size and weight, a collision with a truck can be devastating for occupants of smaller vehicles. We believe that negligent trucking companies and truck drivers must be held accountable for causing injuries to others.

Medical Malpractice People place their trust, and sometimes their lives, in the hands of doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, hospitals, and other medical professionals. When patients are injured because they were not provided with the appropriate standard of care, victims and their loved ones can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. Let the best medical malpractice attorneys at Scaffidi and Associates fight for you. 

Nursing Home Abuse/Negligence – Elders are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and entering a nursing home or assisted living facility is a difficult decision that many families will inevitably face. Although most nursing homes provide their residents with quality care, elder abuse and neglect occur far too frequently. We believe that the mistreatment of elders is egregious and are dedicated to protecting their rights.

Mr. Scaffidi and two of his law associates reviewing a personal injury lawsuit

Pedestrian Accidents – Pedestrians in New York are frequently struck by cars, buses, trucks, and taxicabs. While pedestrians must exercise reasonable care for their own safety, and abide by all traffic laws, drivers also have a duty of care not to injure others while operating a motor vehicle. Our legal team routinely pursues injury claims arising from pedestrian accidents.

Premises Liability All property owners have a duty to provide visitors with a safe environment. If hazards such as slippery surfaces, broken steps, cracked or raised sidewalks, or poor lighting cause injuries, it is possible to recover damages by pursuing a premises liability lawsuit.

Product LiabilityConsumers have a reasonable expectation that the products they purchase are safe. If injuries occur due to defects or because of inadequate warnings, product liability lawsuits can be brought against negligent manufacturers and distributors.

Wrongful Death Coping with the death of a loved one is a painful experience, which can become more challenging when the death was the result of another’s reckless, negligent, or malicious conduct. No amount of money can replace a life, but surviving family members can seek justice by pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lead Paint – Banned for homes and in children’s toys and household furniture since 1978, lead paint remains on the walls in many older homes and apartments where children can be poisoned by eating lead paint chips or inhaling toxic dust. Lead particles in lead pipes, brass plumbing, and copper pipes soldered with lead can also contaminate tap water.

Birth Injuries Complications during pregnancy, labor, or delivery may either lead to oxygen deprivation or physical trauma to the newborn. A baby can be deprived of oxygen for a variety of reasons, particularly after being trapped in the birth canal during a difficult delivery. The failure to timely diagnose complications, delaying delivery, or the improper use of a medical technique or device, such as forceps or a vacuum pump, can cause brain or neurological injuries, or physical injuries to the limbs, skull, or face.

Work-related Injuries – Injuries can occur in all types of work environments, including retail stores, restaurants, and even office buildings. Most cases are covered by workers comp, unless a negligent third party was responsible, or a business fails to obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance.

The personal injury attorneys at Scaffidi & Associates have a well-earned reputation for providing our clients with aggressive legal representation. Dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured, our personal injury lawyers stand by our clients every step of the way.


The time to file a personal injury claim, known as the statute of limitations, is dictated by the type of claim you are bringing. For instance, most medical malpractice cases must be brought within two and one-half years from the date of the malpractice, although that time period can be extended for infants or in the case of continuous treatment by the negligent medical provider. If you wish to pursue a negligence claim for things such as a motor vehicle accident or workplace injury, there is a three-year time limit from the date of the accident or injury to pursue legal action. Wrongful death claims, in most instances, have a two-year statute of limitations. However, if your claim is against a public entity, or employee, or a municipal hospital, you must file a written Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. That time period can, again, be extended in certain limited circumstances.

As you can see, determining the correct statute of limitations can be very complicated, and that is why you will want the counsel of experienced personal injury attorneys to help you navigate the process and protect your rights because if the statute of limitations expires, and you have not filed suit, you will be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries.


While each case is unique, there are generally two types of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit, economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are designed to compensate injury victims for past and future lost wages, past and future medical costs, property damage, and other such financial losses.

Depending on the nature of the accident and the extent of injuries, it may be possible to recover noneconomic damages for things such as physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of limbs, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Is pain and suffering a personal injury?

Yes. Pain and suffering refers to the physical pain and discomfort endured by the claimant to date and what he or she is likely to experience in the future as a result of the defendant’s negligence. Typically, it is possible to recover noneconomic damages from this form of personal injury.

What is the typical settlement for personal injury?

Personal injury settlements vary case by case and are dependent on the losses or damages of the plaintiff, the assets and insurance coverage of the defendant, and the liability of the defendant. Because of these factors, there is no average, or typical, settlement for a personal injury case. However, it is possible to receive sizeable damages in a personal injury case.

At Scaffidi & Associates in Manhattan, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for personal injury victims throughout the city. For instance: we handled a case where a New York teenager was hit by a van while crossing the street, and the settlement was over $11,000,000. Although we cannot determine an average settlement for personal injury cases, meeting with the best personal injury lawyers in New York City is the first step in evaluating the value of the claim on the road to recovering sizeable compensation.


At Scaffidi & Associates, our team is among New York City’s best personal injury lawyers and we work closely with each client to make sure they obtain the compensation they deserve. We will take the time to get to know you and understand the unique circumstances surrounding your accident case. Our legal team has extensive experience in negotiating with insurance companies. If an insurer fails to make a reasonable offer, we have the skills and resources to fully and aggressively litigate the matter in the courts. We proudly represent clients all over New York City and the surrounding counties, from Manhattan and The Bronx to Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn/Kings County, or in Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, and Orange Counties.

Additionally, our personal injury lawyers handle all cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay any attorney fees unless the personal injury claim is successful. Our objective is to help you recover by achieving the best possible outcome. We will offer you compassion, knowledge, and a superior level of personal service. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call our office today for a free consultation or complete the contact form on our website. 

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