Many personal injury victims mistakenly believe that they do not have a personal injury case. They may think that it will be too difficult to prove liability or that their case is not big enough to pursue. However, if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is wise to discuss your claim with an attorney. Discussing the incident with an attorney is the best way to find out if you may be entitled to compensation.
Remember, the insurance company’s goal is to protect itself. Insurance companies protect their own interests by paying accident victims as little as possible. Therefore, if the other person’s insurance company calls you, do not speak to them without the guidance of your personal injury attorney. Otherwise, your statements may be used against you to weaken your claim.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim varies depending on the individual facts of the case. A personal injury attorney will be able to advise you on the statute of limitations in your claim. However, generally, the statute of limitations is three years for a motor vehicle accident claim, three years for a slip and fall claim, and two years for wrongful death.
Personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis. Generally, one-third of any settlement or court award you receive will go to your attorney’s office. Contingency fees allow you to seek legal representation without paying thousands of dollars in hourly fees throughout the duration of your claim. Instead, you simply pay the attorney at the end of the case. If you lose your claim, you do not owe anything.
Although the vast majority of legal claims are settled long before they enter a courtroom, thousands of claims go to trial every year. In most cases, the parties try to work out a settlement agreement that will be submitted to the court, finalizing the claim. Creating a settlement agreement requires exchanging documents, taking depositions, and consulting with experts. If the parties cannot agree on a settlement, however, the case may go to trial for a judge to decide.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, our injury attorneys are prepared to answer all of your legal questions—before, during, and after your claim is finalized. We have represented clients in various types of injury claims in Long Island and throughout New York. Our individualized attention to our clients sets us apart from other firms.
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At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we offer free consultations for potential personal injury clients. To schedule your free consultation and gain an understanding of your possible right to recovery, contact us or call 866-878-6774 today.