Suing for Pain & Suffering in New York

New York is a “no-fault” state. This means that the legislature has set up a system of rules to ensure that people who are injured in car crashes have medical coverage.  In other words, it is health insurance for people who are injured in car accidents. When the New York legislature gave us these no-fault benefits, they took away...

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The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in New York

A statute of limitations puts a time limit on filing a lawsuit. This time clock usually begins to run on the date of the incident for which you are seeking damages for your injuries. This deadline applies to almost all types of personal injury cases, including negligence and intentional torts.  What is the NY Statute of Limitations for Personal...

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Understanding How Much a Personal Injury Lawyer Will Charge

How Much Will I Have to Pay My New York Injury Lawyer? Generally, New York personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that your personal injury lawyer does not earn a fee until the case has been resolved and there was a positive money recovery. This is the case whether you were involved in a car...

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New York’s No-Fault Insurance System

The term “No-fault” can cause confusion. New York operates under a no-fault insurance system. Let’s look at what that means, and importantly, what it doesn’t mean. New York is a No-Fault Insurance State. What Does that Mean? New York is a No-Fault state. This means that we have a system of rules in place to make sure that people...

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How Do I Get a Copy of My Accident Report From the NYPD?

If you were in an auto accident in New York City, you should obtain a copy of your NYPD accident report as soon as possible. Your accident report from the NYPD recounts the events leading to your accident, the aftermath of the crash, and usually identifies the responsible party. Accident reports serve as strong evidence in your claim, especially...

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How Long Does It Take To Settle a Personal Injury Claim in New York?

How Long Will My NY Accident Injury Case Take To Settle or Resolve at Trial? This is one of the questions that New York accident lawyers field more than any other. The truth is there really is no one answer, and the best estimate is that a case can last anywhere between 6 months and 6 years. Every case...

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What is expected of a personal injury client throughout the course of a case?

The most important thing that a personal injury client must do is focus on getting better.  Address your medical issues, see the appropriate doctors, make sure to keep your appointments and undergo the objective tests that are recommended.  In the process of getting better, you will establish your case.  The focus should be on your health and not on...

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What to do (and what not to do) after a car accident?

Being involved in car accident is a jarring and sometimes life-altering experience.  If you are physically able to do so, the following is a list of tips to help protect your rights: Take pictures. Take pictures of the vehicles before they have been moved after the accident. This may help support your liability arguments against the other driver. Take...

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Can I fire my personal injury lawyer?

The straight answer is yes – you can fire your current personal injury attorney. You can let them go for any reason or for no reason at all.  But think long and hard before you make that decision. Most clients who are unhappy with their attorney cite a lack of communication as the main reason.  People want to know...

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The most critical questions to ask your personal injury lawyer

Asking questions during the initial call or meeting is the best way to make sure that you learn a little bit about the accident attorney who you intend to hire. The most important thing to come away with is a level of comfort and trust in your personal injury attorney. Without trust, the relationship will not work. Some questions you...

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