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Personal Injury

Personal injury - is a term used to describe cases in which individuals have suffered physical injuries due to the wrongful conduct of others. Personal injury lawsuits arise from motor vehicle accidents (i.e. car accidents, bus & truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, etc.), construction accidents, medical malpractice, police misconduct and a myriad of other situations. Fault in personal injury lawsuits may consists of intentional wrongdoing, wanton and willful misconduct or negligence. In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured party must prove that the defendant was at fault and that the fault was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.

Types of personal injury cases that accidents lawyers sue for damages:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Accidents
  • Crane Accidents
  • Birth Injury
  • Defective Products
  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Auto and Truck Accidents
  • Bus & Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Brain Damage
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boat Accidents
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Train Accidents
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Serious Burn Accidents
  • Slip Trip and Fall Accidents
  • Factory Explosions
  • On the Job Injury

New York Personal Injury Lawyers with an Edge

For nearly 40 years, Gurfein Douglas attorneys have been fighting for the rights of individuals in personal injury cases. These dedicated lawyers handle cases involving catastrophic injuries from construction accidents, product failures and medical errors. The firm continues to be the one other lawyers turn to with their significant injury cases.

Attorneys at Gurfein Douglas offer their clients extensive knowledge, passion and commitment to each case. Richard Gurfein holds a degree in engineering and Preston Douglas holds a degree in biochemistry. They both lecture locally and nationally to bar groups on topics ranging from medical malpractice to courtroom evidence and law office technology. During his tenure as president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), Gurfein was instrumental in changing jury selection laws to end bias against the injured victim. Douglas has contributed multiple articles to various law publications and is currently the editor in chief of the NYSTLA’s New York Litigation Review.

Personal Injury Settlements and Verdicts

$6.78 Million in a verdict in the case of Ernest Lewis against the New York City Transit Authority for being run over by the BX19 bus at 145th Street and Convent Avenue on November 19, 2005. The jury awarded the plantiff $2,500,000.00 for past pain and suffering, $283,202.09 for past medical expenses and $4,000,000 over 10 years for future pain and suffering.

$2,000,000 settlement structured for a 6 month old who sustained a brain injury in an automobile accident because the car didn’t stand up to the accident properly. Automobiles are supposed to be designed to not only protect the occupants from injury from the crash, but also protecting them from the second impact (the impact with the interior of the vehicle).

$1,500,000 verdict in Federal Court in New York for a woman whose hand and wrist were crushed in a record press that made vinyl LP records. This 35 year old woman was using a hydraulic and steam press to make LP records.  At the time of the accident the worker had placed her hand back into the machine to adjust the top label, but the electric beam was at the bottom of the opening affording her no protection at all.


Protecting your rights is not complicated or time consuming. Protecting your rights is our job. When you have been injured in an accident or by a defective product (such as a medical device or drug), protecting your rights is as easy as finding the right legal representative who knows the system and knows how to win your case.

Attorneys at Gurfein Douglas know what insurance companies look for in evaluating claims, how to make the most beneficial settlement offers and how to best prepare your case. Most other personal injury lawyers in New York simply do not have this kind of experience.


We have been leaders in these types of settlements; we are known by pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and their insurance companies and they know who they are up against. They know we will represent our clients fully and go to trial when necessary. Because of this, we often get you the largest possible settlement before trial. Not pennies on a dollar, but a meaningful settlement! If a fair settlement can’t be reached, we are the advocates you want in the courtroom.

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Gurfein Douglas LLP — New York
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New York City, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 406-1600
Toll-Free (866) 699-EDGE

Gurfein Douglas LLP — New Jersey
175 Rock Road, Bldg. 2
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
Phone: (201) 477-0094
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