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FAQ

The law isn’t always an easy thing to understand and many individuals who are considering a personal injury or other type of lawsuit have a lot of questions about rules, procedure, and other issues. Here is a list of questions we are most commonly asked by prospective clients.

 

How do I know if my case is viable?

Every case is different so it’s usually necessary to examine the details before making that determination. Our office offers a free consultation for all personal injury victims in order to review the facts to determine viability.

 

What will it cost me to hire a lawyer for my personal injury case?

Like most personal injury lawyers, we work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay until the case is settled. At that point, you will pay your lawyer a percentage of the money awarded to you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

 

How long will it take to settle my case?

In cases of serious injury, there are many factors that impact the time it takes to reach a settlement. Developing the case and filing the appropriate papers can take several months. After that, it may take a while for the case to make it to trial or be settled out of court. A good rule of thumb is to expect at least a year from filing to settlement.

 

How much can I expect to receive for my injuries?

How much compensation you receive will depend on the scope of the financial loss caused by the injury. For example, if you can no longer work, you’re likely to be awarded more money than someone who will miss just of month or two of employment. If your particular injury will result in the need for ongoing, specialized care, you’ll receive more money than someone has incurred only minimal medical expenses.

 

Will I have to go to court?

Not every case goes to court to be tried by a judge and/or jury. If the insurance companies involved, for example, agree to pay what we believe your case is worth, an out-of-court settlement will be reached. If the amount offered is not acceptable, a court trial will be scheduled.

 

 

Should I speak to any insurance companies that contact me about my injury?

In general, the aim of an insurance adjuster is to give you as little money as possible. It’s best to speak to a lawyer first, who will deal with the insurance company for you.

 

What should I look for in a personal injury attorney?

Whenever hiring a legal professional, it’s a good idea to ask questions before signing on the dotted line. Some good questions include: 1) How long have you been practicing?, 2) Are you Board Certified?, 3) Can you provide a list of case results/references for cases like mine?, and 4) Will you personally handle my case?.

 

What should I do to prepare for my initial consultation?

It’s a good idea to write down as much as you can about the accident or other issue that is prompting your visit to an attorney. Include as many details as possible. Note the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injury, including medical bills and lost wages. Make a list of witnesses who may be able to corroborate your story and gather any physical evidence that may be available. All of this can help the attorney determine the viability of your case.

 

To schedule a FREE consultation with New York personal injury lawyer Harley Fastman, call 516-437-7300 or fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW FORM today!