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What does a Personal injury lawyer do?

While you take the time to recover from your serious injury, a personal injury lawyer will stand by your side to protect your legal rights and advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Personal Injury Lawyer Process

When sustaining a debilitating injury, having a lawyer who knows the steps to successfully argue a personal injury case is crucial. We take an in-depth approach to pursuing your case and treating you as a person instead of a number..

The first step of a personal injury case is conducting an investigation into your injuries and the accident. We do this by reviewing your medical records and talking to your doctors. We need to understand how severe your injuries are, what the expected course of treatment will be, and how long it is that you will completely heal. While learning about your injuries, we will also carefully investigate the incident that caused your injuries. We will do this by interviewing witnesses, obtaining police reports, and watching surveillance video.

The second step is creating strategies for you. Your lawyer should work hand in hand with you to form the argument for your case. We will work to show how the defendant’s negligent acts directly caused your injuries. Together, we will also decide what your case is worth and how much we think you should recover.

The third step of your case will be gathering evidence. We will decide what items are needed to prove your case. This might include hiring various expert witnesses to help us evaluate the cause of the accident or to calculate the amount of your damages.

When all of the evidence is gathered and we fully understand the scope of your injuries, we will attempt to negotiate a settlement with insurance company. We do this with you. It’s your case and we won’t make any decisions about settlement without including you. Together, we will work as a team to get you the amount of money that you deserve.

If we are unable to settle your case, we will take your case to trial in court. While most cases settle, some need to go to trial. If this is the situation for you, don’t worry. We will be right there with you, preparing you for the trial. We’ve been there, and we know what to expect.

The last piece of your case is receiving compensation. We know that no amount of money will make up for what you have been through, however our goal is to help make your life a little easier.

What is an example of a personal injury case?

There are many types of injuries that can result in personal injury cases including: death; severe fractures that require surgery, or in some cases, multiple surgeries; Back or neck injuries; Brain injuries; Paralysis; Injuries to a joint that might require joint replacement surgery; or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

There are also many types of accidents that can result in personal injuy cases. These include:

  • Bicycle and motorcycle accidents – Drivers often do not keep a proper lookout for bicyclists that are sharing the road.
  • Boat accidents – When boat accidents occur, the injuries are usually catastrophic with boats hitting other boats or structures at a high rate of speed (and usually involving alcohol).
  • Car accidents – Car accidents unfortunately are very common in our world today. Whether a person runs a red light, rear ends someone, or t-bones them in an intersection, car accidents can cause severe injuries.
  • Commercial motor vehicle collisions (including buses) – Accidents involving tractor trailers, buses, or other large vehicles can occur for a variety of reasons including not only driving inattention, but excessive work hours or faulty maintenance.
  • Construction accidents – In New York, special laws protect construction workers. Whether your injury involves a fall from an elevated work site, or something falling on you, or contractors on the job failing to abide by New York safety regulations, you are likely entitled to more than worker’s compensation benefits.
  • Medical malpractice – If you believe your doctor did not meet the standard of care and as a result you were injured you may have a medical malpractice claim worth pursuing. These claims are extremely complex and difficult. Having experienced attorneys by your side who understand the medicine is a key to success.
  • Motorcycle accidents – Motorcycle accidents usually cause serious injuries.
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect – Nursing homes have a standard of care that they must provide their patients. If the standard of care is not followed, you or your loved one may develop a number of problems. One of the most common injuries is a pressure ulcer.
  • Pedestrian accidents – There are many incidents where a pedestrian is hit by a moving vehicle. The rate of speed a vehicle is traveling can severely injure or even take a person’s life.
  • Premises liability – Premises liability claims exist when you have been hurt on another person’s property. These cases could include something falling and hitting you in the head causing injury, or a defect on the property causing you to slip or trip.
  • Product liability – Product liability claims exist when a manufactured product is made faulty and you get hurt as a result of the product.
  • Wrongful death – If you have lost a loved one due to a negligent act of another person, your family may be able to receive compensation for the suffering that your loved one endured and for the economic loss that your family has suffered.

How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Cost?

There is no cost for an initial consultation. We are able to discuss your case with you and tell you if you may have a case to pursue. Should you have a case to pursue, we only get paid if you win.