Question: What if I cannot afford an attorney?
Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency bases. The attorney gets a portion of the money collected for you. So the lawyer only gets paid when the case in won. Lawyers usually charge roughly 33% of the settlement or judgment.
Question: How do I know how much my case it worth?
Many variables can affect the payout & verdict of your case. Usually an attorney can provide you with a general idea of the value of your case based on prior similar results.
Question: Can I switch my attorney?
Yes, it is in your best interest to do so if you are unhappy with your current legal representation.
Question: Can one sue if both parties in the accident were partially at fault?
Absolutely, New York is a comparative negligence state. Meaning, you can still recover in a case where you were partially at fault.
Question: How long does the average case take?
Shortcuts will hurt your final payout and we avoid them. Cases are concluded within two years from the start date.
Question: What is one to do after the accident?
The immediate steps to take are as follows:
- 1) Reach out to a personal injury lawyer
- 2) Record any notes about the accident, conversations with people at the scene, your injuries, losses.
- 3) If a jury or employee of governmental agency is involved a notice must be filled immediately.
- 4) Hold on to any physical or photographic evidence
Question: Do I have to go to court?
No, many cases will naturally settle before trial and going to court will be unnecessary.
Question: Do I have to go to depositions?
A chance always exists that one will have to go to a deposition.