Frequently Asked Questions
Over Two Decades as a Long Island Injury Attorney
If you have been the victim of a
personal injury due to the negligent acts of another person then you may have many questions.
You may be wondering what you should do next, how much your case is worth
and many other questions. It is vitally important for you to know that
you will greatly benefit from the legal assistance of a qualified lawyer from
The Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli.
You will likely face opposition in seeking compensation and a representative
from our firm will be able to fight for your rights. A passionate and
committed lawyer from our legal team can help you achieve your goals and
desires regarding your case. The following are some commonly asked questions
regarding personal injury:
Q: How much is my case worth?
A: This is a common question, unfortunately each case is different and there
are many different factors that are considered when determining the
value of a case. Factors that are considered include:
- Severity of your injury
- Cost for treatment
- Recovery and other medical costs
- Severity of your pain and suffering
- Loss of wages if you are unable to work
It is important that you speak with an attorney who will be able to give
you a better estimate as to the value of your case. We offer a
free consultation to help you better understand your situation and to determine how we can
best be of assistance to you.
Q: What is negligence?
A: Negligence is defined as a lack of reasonable care. Accidents happen, but
most of the time they can and should be reasonably avoided. There are
many safety laws, ordinances and regulations in place in order to protect
employees, drivers and other individuals from being injured by an accident.
If you have been the victim of an incident caused by the negligence of
another then you may be able to collect monetary compensation for your injuries.
Q: An insurance company is asking me for a medical release. Should I give
this to them?
A: A medical release will give an insurance company access to your personal
information such as employment history, medical records and many other
private documents. This information
is used to build a case against you. They will look at your financial needs and determine if monetary compensation
is necessary for your injuries. It is vital that you speak with a lawyer
before giving anything to an insurance company.
Q: An insurance company is offering me a settlement check in exchange for
waiving my rights. Should I take the settlement?
A: It is vitally important for you to know that insurance companies have
one agenda: damage control. They are intent on minimizing the financial
damage done to them. If this means offering you a settlement in exchange
for waiving your rights to pursue a case then they will do this. Because
they are determined to save money in every case, they may offer you a
settlement that is far less than your case is worth. There are some cases,
however, that an insurance company may offer an injured individual a good
deal. You must speak with your personal injury attorney before accepting
or denying any settlement that is offered to you.
What should I do if part of the accident was my fault?
Depending on the jurisdiction at the particular court that you are dealing
with, there is still a definite possibility you can receive compensation
for your injuries. The specifics surround your case will ultimately determine
how much of the case was truly your fault. If the other party's actions
initiated the accident or were more to blame than your own, you may achieve
a greater end result. This is entirely on a case by cases basis, and it
is best to have a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at your side to
help ensure that you are protected against any unfair allegations as you
work towards restitution.
Why is it important to seek compensation immediately?
In each state, there is a legal statute of limitations that is set up
to keep people from pursuing lawsuits long after an incident has occurred.
They are intended to protect and preserve justice by creating a cut-off
date for all legal cases, including personal injury and wrongful death.
Under New York State laws, the statute of limitations for personal injury
is 3 years from the date of injury, while wrongful death claims are within
2 years from the date of death. Once these dates pass, the claim is considered
void and you cannot pursue any type of restitution. This is why it is
essential that you seek out legal representation as soon as possible.
With a qualified Nassau County injury lawyer, you can work towards not
only physical and emotional recovery, but also a retrieval of your financial losses.
How long will my case take?
As every case is entirely unique, it is impossible to put a definite date
and time as to when your case will be finished. If you have the appropriate
legal advocate who truly understands the state laws and overall legal
system, there is a much better chance that your case could be done within
a matter of weeks or months. In many cases like this, you never even have
to go to trial. For those that do attempt to handle the case on their
own, or have a much more complicated claim, it could take much longer.
Speak with our firm as soon as possible to determine what kind of time
frame you might be looking at.
Is it necessary to have a personal injury attorney?
While it is not mandatory to have a lawyer with you when pursuing a personal
injury claim, it can be highly beneficial. Taking over the stress of the
situation, a competent attorney can thoroughly investigate every avenue
regarding your case, putting together the most solid case possible. The
more sturdy your evidence, the better chance you have of obtaining a high
settlement. Additionally you have someone who is continually looking out
for your best interests throughout the duration of your case.
How can we help?
At The Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli we are intent on providing excellent
service for our clients. We have extensive experience in personal injury
cases, have successfully handled many cases in the past and have many
satisfied clients whom we have represented. If you are seeking representation
for your case then you will benefit from the legal experience and assistance
of our firm. We
provide personal attention for each of our clients and seek to obtain only the best results.