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We Represent Everyday People in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, and Employment Discrimination Cases

Sykes & Associates is a leading New York Personal Injury and Civil Rights Law Firm serving clients throughout New York City, the five boroughs, and the Lower Hudson Valley region. For more than 20 years, our firm has been committed to advocating for justice in personal injury and civil rights cases. We have successfully represented thousands of clients in cases ranging from wrongful death in construction accidents to cases of race discrimination in employment. Essentially, we are a plaintiffs’ law firm representing individuals and/or groups seeking to redress harm through civil lawsuits.

New York Personal Injury Lawyers

When life takes an unexpected turn due to an accident or injury, you need a legal team that understands your pain and fights tirelessly for your rights. Sykes & Associates is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal representation for personal injury victims. Our Experienced New York Personal Injury Attorneys are committed to helping you navigate the complexities of your case, ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

New York Civil Rights Lawyers

Sykes & Associates is well recognized as a champion for justice and equality. We are committed to defending the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals and communities. Our dedicated team of Civil Rights Attorneys in New York work tirelessly to ensure that every person receives fair and equal treatment under the law. Whether you have faced employment discrimination, police misconduct, wrongful termination, or any other civil rights violation, the Civil Rights Attorneys of Sykes & Associates are here to protect your rights and fight for justice.

Why Choose Sykes & Associates?

  • Experienced Attorneys: With decades of combined experience, our legal team has successfully handled a wide range of personal injury and civil rights cases, from motor vehicle accidents to wrongful death cases.
  • Personalized Attention: We understand that every case is unique. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your story, understand your needs, and tailor our approach to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
  • Assigned Attorney: An attorney, not a paralegal, will handle your case. You will have direct communications with your assigned attorney and call, text, or email your attorney if you have questions pertaining to your case.
  • No Fee Unless You Win: We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we secure a settlement or verdict in your favor.
  • Proven Track Record: Our firm has a history of winning significant settlements and verdicts for our clients, helping them rebuild their lives after an injury or violation of their rights.
  • Comprehensive Legal Support: From the initial consultation to the final resolution, we provide comprehensive support, guiding you through each step of the legal process.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

  • Car Accidents: If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to another’s negligence, our New York Car Accident Attorneys can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Construction Accidents: Construction sites are inherently dangerous, with heavy machinery, high elevations, and numerous hazards. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, Sykes & Associates is here to help. Our Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers understand the complexities of construction accident cases and are dedicated to securing the compensation you need to recover.
  • Bicycle Accidents: Cyclists are vulnerable on the road, and accidents can result in severe injuries. At Sykes & Associates, our Experienced New York Bicycle Accident Attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of injured cyclists. Whether you’ve been hit by a car, experienced a road hazard, or encountered any other danger, our legal team is here to support you.
  • Motorbike Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries due to the lack of protection compared to cars. At Sykes & Associates, our Personal Injury Attorneys are experienced in litigating motorcycle accident cases and will provide the legal representation you need if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident. We understand the unique challenges faced by motorcyclists and are committed to advocating for your rights.
  • Rideshare Accidents: Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft offer convenience but also come with risks. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, navigating the legal complexities can be challenging. Sykes & Associates has extensive experience handling rideshare accident cases and can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Our Rideshare Accident Attorneys are ready to fight for you and obtain the compensation you deserve.
  • Medical Malpractice: Medical errors can have devastating consequences. Our New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys are skilled in holding healthcare providers accountable for their mistakes.
  • Slip and Fall: Property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises. If you’ve been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, our New York Slip and Fall Attorneys can help you seek justice as well as compensation for your injuries and suffering.
  • Wrongful Death: Losing a loved one is never easy—especially under construction accident circumstances. Our New York Wrongful Death Attorneys provide compassionate support and aggressive representation to families seeking justice for wrongful death.

Our Commitment to You

At Sykes & Associates, we are more than just attorneys; we are your advocates. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll an injury can take on you and your family. That’s why we are committed to providing not only top-notch legal representation but also the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Civil Rights Practice Areas

  • Employment Discrimination: We represent clients who have faced workplace discrimination based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other protected characteristics. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, contact our New York Employment Discrimination Lawyers for a free case evaluation.
  • Police Misconduct: If you have been a victim of police brutality, excessive force, unlawful arrest, unlawful search and seizure, or other forms of misconduct, we are here to assert your rights and hold law enforcement accountable. Our New York Police Misconduct Attorneys have years of experience litigating police misconduct cases and are committed to obtaining justice for you.
  • First Amendment Rights: Our team of First Amendment Attorneys will protect your rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, ensuring that your voice is heard and safeguarded.
  • Prisoner Rights: Our New York Prisoner Rights Attorneys understand the challenges prisoners face in asserting their rights and the abuses inherent in the system. Our Prisoner Rights Lawyers will continue to advocate for the humane treatment of prisoners and fight against abuse, neglect, and violations of constitutional rights within the prison system.
  • Voting Rights: Protecting your right to vote is essential to our democracy. We challenge laws and practices that disenfranchise voters and work to ensure fair access to the ballot.
  • Immigration Rights: Our Immigration Attorneys are experienced in all aspects of immigration law, including detention release and applications for permanent residency and/or citizenship. They defend the rights of immigrants, addressing issues such as unlawful detention, deportation, and discrimination.

Our Commitment to Justice

At Sykes & Associates, we believe that every individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Our mission is to hold those in power accountable and to create lasting change through legal advocacy. We are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of our clients and in our community.

Our Core Practice Area — Tort Law

Tort law is the subject matter that forms the foundation of our practice. A tort is a wrongful act that injures another person or interferes with their property. Tort law aims to redress the wrongdoing and compensate the victim, usually by awarding monetary damages.

Types of Torts

There are three general categories of torts: intentional, negligence, and strict liability.

Intentional torts are harms or injuries caused by another’s willful misconduct. Examples of intentional torts include battery, assault, false imprisonment, trespass to land, trespass to chattels, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Negligent torts are harms or injuries caused by another’s failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care, that is, the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under similar circumstances. Negligent torts can encompass a wide range of situations, such as car accidents caused by reckless driving, medical malpractice resulting from a doctor’s negligence, or “slip and fall” accidents due to a property owner’s failure to maintain safe premises.

Finally, unlike negligence and intentional torts, strict liability torts are not concerned with the culpability of the person doing the harm. Instead, such cases focus on the act itself. A prime example of a strict liability tort is products liability, which permits a plaintiff injured by a defective product to recover damages from the manufacturer of that product regardless of the level of care exercised or their intentions.

At Sykes & Associates, our practice covers all three categories of torts: intentional, negligence, and strict liability. We have experience in all three areas and have successfully won large damages awards on behalf of our clients. In addition to the above-mentioned torts, Sykes & Associates has built a solid reputation for its civil rights practice based on constitutional torts. While state law largely governs the three previously discussed categories of torts, federal law is invoked when the wrongdoing violates or infringes upon one’s constitutional rights.

Constitutional Torts

A constitutional tort is a violation of one’s constitutional rights by a government employee. The alleged constitutional violation gives rise to a cause of action that is distinct from any otherwise available state tort remedy. Constitutional torts are the primary means by which violations of the U.S. Constitution are vindicated and deterred. Through damage awards, and occasionally injunctive relief, victims of constitutional violations discourage future misconduct while obtaining redress.

Case Law

“Constitutional tort” is a predominantly academic term originating in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Monroe v. Pape (1961), which held that 42 U.S.C. § 1983 provides a separate federal remedy for individuals suing state or municipal government officers who have violated their constitutional rights. The term is also used in the context of Bivens actions, which are lawsuits under federal common law for constitutional violations committed by federal government employees. As with common law torts, the usual remedy for constitutional torts is monetary damages.

Tort Remedies

The law recognizes torts as civil wrongs and allows injured parties to recover for their losses. Injured parties may bring suit to recover damages in the form of monetary compensation or for an injunction, which compels a party to cease an activity. In some cases, courts may award punitive damages along with compensatory damages to discourage further misconduct.

In the vast majority of tort cases, the court will award compensatory damages to an injured party that has successfully proven his or her case. Compensatory damages are typically equal to the monetary value of the injured party’s loss of earnings, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and reasonable medical expenses. Thus, courts may award damages for incurred as well as expected losses.

When the court has an interest in deterring future misconduct, the court may award punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. For example, in a case against a manufacturer for a defectively manufactured product, a court may award punitive damages to compel the manufacturer to ensure more careful design/production going forward.

In some cases, injured parties may bring suit to obtain an injunction rather than monetary relief. The party seeking an injunction typically must prove that it would suffer considerable or irreparable harm without the court’s intervention.

Contact Sykes & Associates Today

Don’t navigate this difficult journey alone. Contact Sykes & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us put our expertise to work for you, so you can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal complexities.

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Welcome to Sykes & Associates, where our mission is to provide exceptional legal representation with a personal touch. Based in New York, our firm proudly serves clients throughout the tri-state area and the Hudson Valley. We specialize in personal injury and civil rights cases, advocating for justice and fair compensation for our clients.

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