What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
If you have been harmed due to the negligence of another person or entity, you have a right to recover compensation for your injuries. The primary thing a personal injury lawyer does is provide legal guidance and services to assist you in this process.
Personal Injury Lawyers Know How to Help
Hiring an attorney to help you navigate the complicated legal system in New York can help you after an injury.
Being injured can change your life. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the process of healing may go on for some time. If your medical bills are piling up, and you have lost time and income from being out of work, it may be difficult to concentrate on recovering from your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can take over all the legal paperwork involved in a claim for damages and make sure that you never miss a deadline such as a statute of limitations for filing your claim.
Dealing with insurance companies can be frustrating. It is important to note that insurance companies are not in the business of paying out large settlements to their policy holders. Instead, the insurance adjuster will be looking for ways to assign some portion of the blame from a collision or fall on you and they may dismiss your claim altogether. Insurance companies have a team of professionals working for them whose job it is to pay out as little as possible to satisfy your claim. A personal injury lawyer does have the resources to get the best settlement possible in as short a time as possible and knows how to deal with insurance companies.
The Litigation Process
Regardless of what kind of injury you have suffered, evidence collection starts immediately. For example, if you are in a car collision, you hopefully kept all the paperwork generated by the collision, such as:
- Police report
- EMT paperwork
- Hospital paperwork
- Collision reports from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles
- Contact information from the involved parties
- Contact information from any witnesses to the incident
- Photos or videos of the scene
- Your own documentation as to what happened before, during, and after the collision
The Next Step
Your personal injury lawyer will collect all the evidence and determine who is liable for your collision and how the collision happened. He or she will not be able to proceed with your claim until your doctor has released you and your condition has stabilized. When that occurs, your lawyer will organize all the paperwork and request additional reports, if necessary.
Your lawyer will communicate with all the parties involved in your claim, investigate your case, communicate with your medical providers, and solicit a settlement offer from the insurance company. They will advise you about the offer and give you the final decision in accepting or rejecting it.
The Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer is Insufficient
Your lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement amount that is satisfactory to you. If this proves to be impossible, he or she will file a lawsuit or demand arbitration. Your attorney will use all the legal methods available to substantiate and prove your claim. Your lawyer will then request a trial date.
Your lawyer will prepare your case for trial, but since most personal injury claims are settled before the trial, they will continue to negotiate with the insurance company. Insurance companies do not want to spend the time and money to take a case to trial, so often times they will want to finalize the claim before the trial date.
Things You Can Do to Strengthen Your Case
Your lawyer will advise you on what to do to help your case. They will recommend that you:
- Do not sign any document related to your case without discussing it with the lawyer first
- Send copies of all the bills, receipts, and other paperwork related to your case to your lawyer
- Notify your lawyer as soon as your doctor releases you to return to work
- Notify your lawyer of any changes to the contact information for any parties related to your claim
- Do not post anything about your claim on social media
Seeking Legal Aid from a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered minimal damages, and the insurance company offers you suitable compensation, you may not need a personal injury lawyer. But if there is more than one party involved, if liability for the injury is unclear, or if your claim is denied, proceeding without a lawyer may not be the best idea. A personal injury lawyer does the work and necessary to fight for the justice you deserve.
If you have suffered injuries caused by the negligence or careless actions of another, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900. Members of our staff also speak Russian and Spanish, so call us for a free initial consultation. We look forward to helping you before the statute of limitations under NY § 214 passes.