We are all keenly aware of the common fact patterns giving rise to personal injury liability: car accidents, motorcycle collisions, bicycle accidents, or medical malpractice. However, Westchester County personal injury lawyers just as often work with less common, obscure injury cases involving convoluted fact patterns, and various factions of law. 

Animal Attacks

Animal attacks can occur in any number of situations, ranging from the local zoo to your own front yard. Your injury lawyers will explain that the ability to recover from the owner will depend upon a number of factors, including:

  • Whether you were lawfully on the property of the animal’s owner at the time of the attack;
  • Whether the animal has a known propensity for aggressive behavior;
  • Whether the animal was provoked in any way;
  • Whether the animal is considered a wild or domesticated beast.

Boating Injuries

The state of New York has no shortage of lakes, coastlines and recreational boating areas. However, personal injury following a boating collision is often not considered by plaintiffs – particularly if no actual physical injuries were sustained. Keep in mind, however, that if you were involved in a recent boating collision, you may be able to recover from the other watercraft operator for property damage as well as any physical injuries you endured as a result of the collision. As well, evidence that the other operator was boating under the influence of alcohol can also result in a finding of negligence.

Amusement Parks

Your favorite amusement park can lose some allure, particularly if you were injured while on a ride, playing a game, or simply walking the grounds. As a business invitee, you are afforded the highest level of protection and care while enjoying the amenities, and may be able to recover from the parent company responsible for the management or daily operations of the facility.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is undoubtedly a personal injury issue, albeit one rarely contemplated by most victims. Depending on the severity of the poisoning, an affected plaintiff may be able to recover for lost wages, medical expenses, or any other costs associated with the experience. Your Westchester County personal injury lawyers can also help you determine the correct defendant to name in your lawsuit, whether it is a restaurant, commercial food manufacturer, or grocery store establishment.

Intentional Assault & Battery

Victims of violence are often immediately contacted by law enforcement and encouraged to pursue criminal charges against their attacker. However, victims are often surprised to learn that they can pursue civil damages against the perpetrator as well. In the civil realm, this type of conduct is known as an “intentional tort,” and plaintiffs are often able to receive compensation for actual medical expenses, as well as compensation for pain and suffering or emotional turmoil.