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If you have a pending personal injury case, it’s crucial to maintain clear and consistent communication with your lawyer. The frequency of communication can significantly impact your understanding of the case, your ability to make informed decisions, and your confidence level in the outcome.
In New York, the level of communication you can expect from your injury lawyer will depend on various factors. When initially meeting with lawyers, discuss how frequently you should expect communication about your case. Doing so will help you set realistic expectations. You can also factor this into your decision on which attorney to hire. Some people prefer regular communication, while others want updates only when something significant happens.
How the Personal Injury Claims Process Works
When you understand how the claims process works, it’s easier to know when you will hear from your lawyer. Initially, things might be relatively quiet as your attorney works diligently to obtain records and gather evidence for your claim. Or, you might hear from them frequently if they have questions or need your assistance gathering evidence. If you’re still undergoing medical treatment, your attorney might not want to talk settlement until you are healed or reach maximum medical improvement.
Once your attorney has all the evidence, they send a demand package to the other party’s insurance company. You might start hearing from your lawyer more frequently as settlement negotiations get underway. If your attorney files a lawsuit, you might receive more frequent updates as the litigation progresses.
The complexity of the case is one of the most significant factors that impact the frequency of communication. Cases that involve multiple parties, extensive evidence, or complex legal issues will often require more frequent contact. In these situations, your lawyer may need to update you on the progress and any new developments that may affect the case.
Stage of the Claims Process
Another factor to consider is the stage of your case. You can expect communication frequency to change as your lawyer gathers information and builds the case. As the case progresses and moves into negotiations or trial preparation, communication may become more focused and intense but less frequent.
Communication Style of the Attorney
It is also essential to consider the communication style of your injury lawyer. Every lawyer has their approach to communication. It would help if you asked questions up front to understand whether their style works for you. Some people prefer written communication or emails only, while other clients prefer a phone call. Some attorneys make status calls themselves, while others might have their legal secretary or an associate provide you with status.
By discussing your communication expectations with your lawyer at the beginning of the case, you can ensure everyone is on the same page.
Generally, you might hear from your New York personal injury lawyer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, especially during the early stages of the case. However, this can vary greatly depending on the case specifics and the lawyer. As a client, keeping open and honest communication with your lawyer is vital to ensure that you are informed and that your needs are being met.
What If You Have Concerns About Communication?
If you have any concerns about the frequency of communication, it is always best to bring them up with your lawyer. A good lawyer will be happy to listen and make any necessary changes to ensure that you are satisfied with the level of communication.
Contact Attorney Anthony A. Ferrante Today
Contact Anthony A. Ferrante if you suffered injuries in a personal injury accident and need a lawyer. Mr. Ferrante has years of experience assisting injured New York victims. He understands this is a traumatic and emotional time for you. Let him help you navigate the challenges of the New York legal system. You deserve a compassionate attorney who will maintain open and honest communication, ensuring you are informed about everything going on with your case.
Please get in touch with our office today and learn more about how Mr. Ferrante can help you fight for maximum compensation in your injury case.