New York accident lawyer anecdotes can range from the harrowing to the outrageously weird. There are few cities in the world that play host to as many accidents and extraordinary incidents as New York, so who better to field a few questions than a veteran New York accident lawyer?
What are some examples of personal injuries I can claim for?
Any time you are injured and it was not your fault there is potential for a successful personal injury claim. Some of the most common claims include accidents involving automobiles, slips or falls, premeditated or aggravated assaults, injury caused by defective products, medical malpractice and many more.
How much does it cost to sue for damages after an injury?
Most of the time it is free. Generally your accident lawyer will waive all costs until after a claim has been successful, at which point they usually take about one third of all compensation (after legal costs have been deducted). Your lawyer will only insist that you cover your own costs if they are not confident your claim will be successful, or if you refuse a settlement that your lawyer thinks is reasonable. So for example if you receive a settlement of $100,000 and your legal fees amount to $10,000, your lawyer will take one third of $90,000 ($30,000) leaving net compensation for you at $60,000.
What does a typical injury case involve?
It is necessary for the victim to prove that their injury is a result of the negligence of another party. Your lawyer will be in close contact with any relevant insurance agencies; the goal of this is to get an easy settlement. All parties concerned will usually take months to gather any relevant materials such as police reports, medical records, and witness’ statements. If the parties involved cannot agree on a settlement then the case will go to court.