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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is my case worth?
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.
What is negligence?
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.
An insurance company is asking me for a medical release. Should I give this to them?
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.
An insurance company is offering me a settlement check in exchange for waiving my rights. Should I take the settlement?
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?