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New York Civil Litigation Attorney

Whether you were hurt in a car accident, slip and fall incident, suffered an injury resulting from a mistake made by a doctor or surgeon, or you or your business has a legal dispute, a Civil Litigation attorney can help to protect your rights.


At the Law Office of David S. Harris, we can help you try to resolve these conflicts out of Court and file a lawsuit when appropriate.  

Civil litigation can encompass any Court proceeding that is not a criminal case. Disputes between two (2) or more parties who cannot resolve them on their own can end up in Court. You do not have to go through the stress of civil litigation alone. The Law Office of David S. Harris can fight your battles for you.


With locations in Jamaica Queens, Long Island, and Manhattan, our team can jump in at a moment’s notice. You can call us today at (718) 291-5544 or send an email to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you.

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How a New York Civil Litigation Attorney Can Help with Your Legal Claim

When someone causes physical or financial harm to you or a close relative through negligence or an intentional act, you might have a claim for monetary compensation. A civil litigation attorney in New York can help you go after the responsible party to recover money damages. Here are some examples of personal claims that can be the subject of civil litigation:


  • Personal injury, like car accidents or slips and falls

  • Medical malpractice

  • Wrongful death

  • Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related harm

  • Product liability, like a dangerous defect in a vehicle’s airbag

  • Civil lawsuits for money damages from intentional torts, like assault

  • Nursing home neglect and abuse

  • Financial abuse of the elderly

  • Bankruptcy

  • Immigration

  • Foreclosure


We can try to resolve the contract dispute before filing a lawsuit if there is time to do so. New York law puts a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. You might have only one (1) year to sue someone for one kind of issue and five or ten years for a different type of dispute. If you miss the deadline, you could forever lose the right to go after money damages for your losses.

Damages in Personal Civil Litigation


Whether your case involves medical malpractice, a car accident, a dangerous product, or any other civil litigation in which you or a close loved one got injured, your money damages can include some of these items:


  • Lost income. If you missed time from work without pay because of the illness or accident, medical treatments, and recuperation time, your lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income can be a part of your claim.


  • Medical expenses. You can usually recover the reasonable cost of medical treatment you needed for your injuries. This category can include things like the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, doctors, surgery, diagnostic procedures, lab tests, blood transfusions, prescription drugs, pain management, and physical therapy.


  • Non-economic losses. Some harm does not come with handy ways, like receipts and invoices, to measure the dollar value of the item. These things have value. We can calculate your non-economic losses after we determine the amount of your economic damages, like lost wages and medical bills. Disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering are a few examples of non-economic losses.


The amount of compensation you can pursue for your injuries will depend on the unique facts of your situation.

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How a Civil Litigation Attorney Can Help With Your Business-Related Claim

We can provide advice and counseling, negotiate a deal or dispute, or take your case to trial. Many of the claims in business-related cases involve:


  • Breach of contract. For example, you ordered and paid for materials that never arrived or that showed up damaged. You need your money back, and you might have additional losses.


  • Fraud and misrepresentation. A sub-contractor lied about being licensed and bonded. You sustained losses because of the shoddy work they did.


  • Dissolving or breaking up a business. Whether a business needs to get dissolved because of the economy, a split-up of the owners, the death of a partner, or the owner wants to retire, we can guide you through this process and draft the appropriate documents.


  • Mechanics’ liens. You did work on a residential property, and the homeowner stiffed you. We can prepare and file your mechanic’s lien to protect your right to payment.


  • Business disputes. This category can include a multitude of issues, like unfair competition, intellectual property disputes, conflict between partners, and defamation, slander, and libel.


We can help if you or the opposing party is in one of these or many other industries:


  • Construction

  • Entertainment

  • Social services

  • Finance

  • Insurance

  • Real estate


If you do not see the area of your company or the opposing party on this list, do not worry. It would be impossible to include all of the possible fields where disputes can arise. You can call our office to see if we handle your type of matter.

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How to Get Help from a New York Civil Litigation Attorney

In a perfect world, you would never have personal or business disputes, and we would not need judges or courthouses. Since none of us live in a scenario like that, you might need to work with a New York Civil Litigation lawyer to protect your rights. You might need to enforce a contract, go after money damages if you were hurt, or obtain injunctive relief from the Court.


At the Law Office of David S. Harris, we fight for the rights of individuals and businesses. We have been practicing civil litigation for more than 20 years in Queens, New York and Long Island. Call us today at (718) 291-5544 to find out how we can help you.

Contact us today for a consultation.

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