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Common Questions About Injury Claims In New York

For many people, a personal injury claim is their first encounter with New York’s civil court system. It is normal to have many questions about the future of your case and your options for recovering compensation. Below, we answer a few of the most common questions we often hear.

These answers provide general guidance but are not legal advice. If you have questions about a specific injury or lawsuit, we recommend getting in touch to arrange a free consultation at a time that is convenient for you.

How Much Time Do I Have To Bring A Lawsuit?

Under New York state law, those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence have three years from the date of the injury to file a claim. However, it is generally better to file a claim sooner rather than later. The sooner your attorney begins investigating your accident and advocating for your best interests, the better your chances of recovering all the compensation you need.

How Will I Afford My Medical Bills If I Can’t Work?

In New York motor vehicle accident claims, your own no-fault auto insurance is responsible for basic economic losses after a car accident. This is intended to speed up critical compensation without the need for drawn-out litigation. However, sometimes survivors must bring a lawsuit to fully recover their financial losses.

More info: How Will I Pay My Medical Bills?

Can I Afford An Attorney?

Working with an attorney to pursue compensation for your injury is more accessible than many people realize. We operate on a contingency basis, which means we do not collect any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. In addition to carrying no out-of-pocket expenses, working with a lawyer often results in significantly larger verdicts and settlements for your accident. A better question might be: Can I afford not to work with an experienced and effective personal injury lawyer?

How Much Is My Case Worth?

Many people are curious about the value of their injury claim. This depends on many factors, including the severity of your injuries, the degree of negligence involved, the long-term effects of the injury and others. Determining an appropriate verdict or settlement requires a thorough investigation. If you have questions about the value of a claim, it is wise to speak with an attorney about your specific situation.

Learn more: What Compensation Is Available?

How Can I Protect My Rights After A Serious Injury?

First, it is generally in your best interests to avoid giving a statement to the opposing insurance company or other parties unless you have discussed it with an attorney. Anything you say can be used to undermine your claim for compensation and make it more difficult to obtain a full recovery.

The best way to protect your interests is to work with an experienced legal team that has attained meaningful results for people with similar injuries. At Steve Foley Law Firm, we invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation. Please call our office in downtown Buffalo at 716-249-2222 or contact us online. We look forward to answering your questions.