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Personal injury law involves civil claims in which an individual is injured through the negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct of another person, a company, or property owner. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from physical or emotional injuries. Personal injury law compensates individuals injured as a result of another's negligence or intentional misconduct. Personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in New York to evaluate your claim.

New York follows a pure comparative negligence system.  With this system, a judge or jury assigns a percentage of fault to each responsible party and then apportions the damage award accordingly.  Using this system, an injured person may recover his or her damages even if the injured person was 99% at fault in causing the injury, with those damages reduced by his or her portion of the fault.  For example, in a car accident between Dave and Debbie where Debbie was found to be 99% responsible, and the jury found that Debbie suffered $10,000 in damages, that award would be reduced by Debbie’s 99% fault in causing the injury.  In the end, Dave would only have to pay 1% of Debbie’s damages, or $100 in this case.       

Click here to read about contributory vs. comparative negligence.

A statute of limitations is a type of law that restricts the period of time that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  Time limits can vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred. To learn more about statutes of limitations, read our Statute of Limitations page. To see a state by state comparison chart for the personal injury statute of limitations for each state, read our Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page.

New York Statutes of Limitations

In New York, the courts follow a modified joint and several liability approach in entering judgment against multiple defendants.  When looking at non-economic losses (pain and suffering, inconvenience, etc.), a defendant whose liability is 50% or less is responsible only for the proportion of negligence attributed to that defendant.  If that defendant’s liability is more than 50%, he or she is subject to joint and several liability.  When looking at economic losses, defendants may be held jointly liable.   

Click here for more about Joint and Several Liability.

One of the best ways to research personal injury lawyers in New York is to contact courts in NY and ask them for information about the personal injury attorneys who utilize their legal facilities when they bring personal injury cases to court. We have compiled a list below of some courts in New York to get you started:

Court of Appeals
State of New York Court of Appeals

20 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207-1095

Intermediate Courts of Appeals
New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division – First Judicial Department

27 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division – Second Judicial Department
45 Monroe Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division – Third Judicial Department
P.O. Box 7288, Capitol Station
Albany, NY 12224-0288

New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division – Fourth Judicial Department
M. Dolores Denman Courthouse
50 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Appeals from Lower Courts
First Judicial Department – Appellate Term, Supreme Court

NY County Courthouse, Room 401
60 Centre Street, NYC 10007

Second Judicial Department – Appellate Term, Supreme Court
141 Livingston St.
15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

District Courts
2nd Judicial District
Civil Court of the City of New York
141 Livingston Street, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5078

3rd Judicial District – Albany County Court
Albany County Judicial Center
6 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207

3rd Judicial District – Columbia County Court
Columbia County Courthouse
401 Union Street
Hudson, NY 12534

3rd Judicial District – Greene County Court
Greene County Courthouse
320 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414

3rd Judicial District – Rensselaer County Court
Rensselaer County Courthouse
Congress and Second Streets
Troy, NY 12180

3rd Judicial District – Schoharie County Court
Schoharie County Courthouse
290 Main Street
Schoharie, NY 12157

3rd Judicial District – Sullivan County Court
Sullivan County Courthouse
414 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701

3rd Judicial District – Ulster County Court
Ulster County Courthouse
285 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401

4th Judicial District
65 South Broadway - Suite 101
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

4th Judicial District – Franklin County
355 West Main Street
Malone, NY 12953

4th Judicial District – St. Lawrence County
St. Lawrence County Courthouse
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617-1194

4th Judicial District – Warren County
Warren County Municipal Center
1340 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845

5th Judicial District – Onondaga County
Onondaga County Courthouse
401 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

5th Judicial District – Herkimer County
Herkimer County Office & Court Facility
301 N. Washington Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

5th Judicial District – Jefferson County
State Office Building
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

5th Judicial District – Lewis County
Lewis County Courthouse
7660 State Street
Lowville, NY 13367

5th Judicial District – Oneida County
Oneida County Courthouse
200 Elizabeth Street
Utica, NY 13501

5th Judicial District – Oswego County
Oswego County Courthouse
25 East Oneida Street
Oswego, NY 13126

6th Judicial District
44 Hawley St.
State Office Building,
Suite 1501
Binghamton, NY 13901

7th Judicial District – Cayuga County
152 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021

7th Judicial District – Livingston County
2 Court Street
Geneseo, NY 14454-1030

7th Judicial District – Monroe County
99 Exchange Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14614

7th Judicial District – Ontario County
27 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

7th Judicial District – Seneca County
48 W. Williams Street
Waterloo, NY 13165

7th Judicial District – Steuben County
3 East Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810

7th Judicial District – Wayne County
Wayne County Hall of Justice
54 Broad Street, Room 106
Lyons, NY 14489

7th Judicial District – Yates County
451 Liberty Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527

8th Judicial District – Allegany County
Allegany County Courthouse
7 Court Street
Belmont, NY 14813-1084

8th Judicial District – Cattaraugus County
One Leo Moss Drive
Olean, NY 14760

8th Judicial District – Chautauqua County
County Courthouse
PO Box 292
Mayville, NY 14757-0292

8th Judicial District – Erie County
25 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

8th Judicial District – Genesee County
Genesee County Courts Facility
1 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020

8th Judicial District – Niagara County
Angelo A. Delsignore Civic Bldg.
775 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14302

8th Judicial District – Orleans County
Courthouse Square
3 South Main Street
Albion, NY 14411-1497

8th Judicial District – Wyoming County
Wyoming County Courthouse
147 North Main Street
Warsaw, NY 14569

9th Judicial District
Nassau Supreme
100 Supreme Court Drive
Mineola, NY 11501

9th Judicial District
Westchester Supreme
140 Grand Street
White Plains, NY 10601

10th Judicial District
Suffolk Supreme
Supreme Court Building
Cohalan Court Complex
400 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722

10th Judicial District
Orange Supreme
County Government Center
255 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924

11th Judicial District
Queens Supreme
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435


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