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Did you know that one of the biggest fears that somebody has when they've suffered an
injury and now they're contemplating a lawsuit is what other people think of them? It's true.
Come join me as I share with you the exact reasons why. Hi. I'm Gerry Oginski. I'm a
New York medical malpractice and personal injury trial attorney practicing law here
in the state of New York. One of the key reasons why somebody is fearful of bringing a lawsuit
to seek compensation for the injuries that they suffered as a result of somebody else's
carelessness is what other people think of them. Now does that make sense? Well from
a social, from a society, standpoint it actually does. Do you know why? Because when somebody
has been injured they feel guilty. They feel like it's their fault. They feel like they
did something to cause or contribute to their own injuries, even if they did nothing of
the sort. And now if they're contemplating bringing a lawsuit they're going to be thinking
"Oh my God. What's this person going to think if I bring a lawsuit against them?" And this
happens often like when somebody is about ready to sue their doctor for claims of improper
medical care. They've been going to the doctor for a long time, they like the doctor and
now they're wondering what's the doctor going to think of me if I go ahead and bring a lawsuit.
Sometimes they may think, you know what, my family is going to think if I bring a lawsuit
they're going to think I'm a gold digger. Or my co-workers at work, they're going to
hear that I'm going to bring a lawsuit for injuries and now they're going to think I'm
a gold digger just looking for money. Every person in New York has an absolute legal right
to seek compensation as a result of somebody else's wrongdoing or carelessness or negligence.
And as a result of that, there should be no problem whatsoever to go ahead and bring suit.
It doesn't matt what your co-workers think because they're not the ones with the injuries.
They're not the ones who have to live with the injuries every single day. They don't
see what you go through at night. They don't see the pain and the suffering that you're
enduring from the time of the incident all the way through the years forward and for
the foreseeable future. The people you see in town, your friends, they're not the ones
who are going to live with these injuries for the rest of their life. So it makes no
difference, honestly, it makes no difference what other people think of you. You know why?
Because they're not the ones who have to live with these injuries that were caused by somebody
else. So you have an absolute legal right to proceed forward, seeking compensation and
bringing a lawsuit on your behalf to try and recover. Do you know why? Because the wrongdoer
is supposed to be held accountable for their actions. And if turns out that they are responsible
for your injuries, now they have to be held accountable and they have to repay the debt
that they owe to you as a result of those injuries. So when you hear about somebody
deciding whether or not to bring a lawsuit - I have to tell you I hear this over and
over again - the biggest fear that they have is oh my God, what's this person going to
think of me? Oh my goodness, the doctor is going to think I'm a terrible person." The
reality is here in New York you have an absolute legal right to do so. And if you fail to act
and bring a lawsuit within the appropriate time period, you will lose that opportunity
to do so. Because then the time limit that you have to file a lawsuit will be gone and
you'll have no remedy after that. So as you're thinking and debating about whether or not
to bring a lawsuit and worrying about these fears about what's somebody going to think
of me, you always have to think in the back of your mind what's your family going to think
of you if you don't recover compensation and now you have to live with these injuries for
the rest of your life? And how's this going to affect you and how's it going to affect
your family? So these are just some things to think about as you're deciding what to
do next. And as always, if you have legal questions, what I encourage you to do is pick
up the phone and call me. This is something that I do every single day and I welcome your
call. You can reach me at 516-487-8207 or by email at Gerry@Oginski-law.com. That's
it for today's quick video. I'm Gerry Oginski, have a wonderful day!