We understand how it is. Life is going along as usual, and then a personal injury turns your life upside down. You may be missing work because of your injuries, which in turn could be making it challenging to cover the growing cost of your medical expenses. And if you were in a car crash, you may need additional money to cover the repair or replacement of your vehicle.
If your injuries are the result of someone else’s negligent behavior, you have the right to hold that person responsible. The dedicated team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. is here to help you with your case.
We can handle a wide variety of personal injury cases, including:
- Car crashes,
- Truck collisions,
- Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles,
- Medical malpractice,
- Nursing negligence,
- Construction accidents,
- Dog bites,
- Slip and falls, or
- Wrongful death
Our team is here to help from start to finish.
We can investigate your claim, gathering evidence like medical records, police reports, and surveillance camera footage. We may even consult accident scene reconstruction experts who can help us prove liability in your case. Our intent is to provide proof of your damages and injuries and that the other party’s negligent behavior caused them.
Every case is different, and the types of damages and amount of compensation you can collect depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the total value of your losses, and the strength of the evidence. In personal injury lawsuits, victims are often able to recover both economic and noneconomic losses.
Economic losses include things like:
- Cost of treatment including
- Ambulance transportation, emergency medical treatment, surgeries, physical, occupational, and other types of therapy, in-patient and out-patient care, in-home nursing, adaptive equipment, and medication.
- The repair or replacement of personal property
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Loss of health and other work benefits
Noneconomic damages include things like emotional distress and pain and suffering. These are types of losses that can be challenging to attach a monetary amount to.
Ultimately, our goal is to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries, whether that means settling with the insurance company or attorney representing the at-fault party or fighting for your rights at trial.
To have us get to work on your personal injury case right away or to speak with a member of our team to schedule a free initial consultation with our personal injury lawyers, contact us today at (631) 451-7900. We can assist clients in Spanish, too.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Long Island, call 631-203-1691
Is it Worth it to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can ensure that your rights are being protected while you focus on healing from your injuries. A lawyer can reduce your stress during this time and pursue compensation from the negligent party. When you work with Rosenberg & Gluck L.L.P., we handle the legwork of gathering evidence to prove that the other party is responsible for your injuries.
You Pay Nothing Upfront
Many people fail to obtain legal help because they assume they cannot afford a lawyer. This is simply not true. The initial consultation is free, and our team works on a contingency fee basis.
A contingency fee basis means that we recover no payment unless and until you recover compensation. If we do not win your case, you pay us no attorney’s fees.
Our payment is a percentage of your final award. During your free initial consultation, we discuss this percentage with you, so there is no surprise at the end of your case.
There is never any risk in working with us, and you can rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to recover the compensation you deserve.
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What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
If you have been hurt in a car crash, slip and fall, or suffered another type of injury, a personal injury lawyer can handle the stress of pursuing compensation for your losses while you focus on healing.
If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Even as early as your free initial consultation, a lawyer can review your case and explain what options you have for recovering damages in your case.
We Explore Your Options for Recovering Compensation
Our team can help you explore options for recovering compensation. In some cases, we may pursue compensation through a third-party insurance claim or against the negligent party directly with an injury lawsuit. When you work with an injury lawyer at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., you can be rest assured that they will factor in every loss you have suffered in your case.
We Investigate Your Injury
We investigate your claim to build a strong case and establish liability. The evidence we gather might include:
- Surveillance camera video or still photos
- Police reports, medical records, and eyewitness statements
- Receipts, bills, and other documents that show the extent of your financial losses
- Photos or videos of what occurred
In some cases, depending on the type of injury you suffered, we may speak to experts as well as your treating doctors who can provide testimony and establish the negligence of the at-fault party, or can directly correlate your injury to the accident. This can be especially useful in medical malpractice cases or car collisions.
We Calculate Your Losses
The evidence we gather will allow us to calculate the total cost of your losses, which will put us in a better position to negotiate for a fair settlement in your case. We can also file your claim, following the necessary legal procedures to ensure no mistakes are made that can cost you time or money.
We Handle the Insurer on Your Behalf
We will discuss your claim with the insurance companies, including your own and any third-party insurer, negotiating with them to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries. Some of the damages we will pursue include medical expenses, lost wages, and future wages if you’re unable to return to work. We will also pursue noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.
We Can Take Your Case to Trial
If we cannot reach a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial. Oftentimes, just having an attorney representing you is enough to send a message to the insurance company that you mean business.
A personal injury lawyer at Rosenberg & Gluck L.L.P. can help you navigate the complex process of pursuing compensation for your injuries. If you’re ready for a member of our team to get to work on your case or would just like a free evaluation of your claim, contact us today at (631) 451-7900.
What Questions Should I Ask My Personal Injury Lawyer?
Before you decide which firm should handle your case, there are some questions you should ask your personal injury lawyer to make sure you are making the right choice.
Make sure the lawyer has an understanding of the types of compensation you are entitled to. While no lawyer can give you a concrete idea of what your injury is worth before investigating your losses, they should be able to navigate the various avenues of recovery.
Also, a good question to ask a personal injury lawyer is how many cases like yours they have handled in the past. You should never assume that a lawyer has handled cases like yours. Ask every lawyer you speak with about the type of experience they have had and the results they achieved in those cases. At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., personal injury is all we do, and we have worked with clients on a wide variety of cases, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, dog bites, and premises liability.
You should also ask whether the lawyer’s firm has the resources to handle the different aspects of the case in a timely manner. A personal injury case can cost thousands of dollars in investigation and expert fees, as well as hundreds of hours of legal work. At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., we have the financial capacity to advance the high cost of litigation. We draw on a large network of recognized experts and have long-standing relationships with members of the medical community that gives us access to information that can help us build strong cases for our clients.
For a free review of your case or to speak with a member of our team, contact us today at (631) 451-7900.
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How Much Is the Average Personal Injury Settlement?
Every personal injury case is different, so there is no way to estimate what the average settlement will be. Some of the main factors that can impact your settlement are:
- The total value of your losses
- The seriousness of your injuries
- Whether you were partially at fault
- The strength of your case
After our team takes on a personal injury case, we immediately go to work investigating the claim. The intent behind our investigation is to build your case, including to determine who was at fault for the personal injury and the degree to which they were at fault. We also work to calculate the total value of your losses, including economic losses like personal property damage and medical costs and noneconomic losses like loss of quality of life and pain and suffering.
Once we calculate the total cost of your damages, we can file a claim with a third-party insurer or a lawsuit against the at-fault party, negotiating for a fair settlement to cover your losses.
Our team is here to represent you and stand up for your right to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take to Settle?
Because every injury is different, we cannot estimate the amount of time it will take for a personal injury case to settle. However, a number of factors can impact the length of time it will take for a case to run its course. They include:
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether you are undergoing medical treatment
- Strength of your case and the evidence supporting your claim
- The total value of the claim
- The complexity of the case
- The number of parties involved in the suit
We understand that you want to settle a case as quickly as possible after an injury. You are likely facing a growing pile of expensive medical bills and might be missing work because of the extent of your injuries. We understand how financial stress only compounds your physical pain.
Working with an injury lawyer can ensure your case stays on the right track and that mistakes are not made that cause unnecessary delays.
Do Not Accept a Settlement Until You Know Your Prognosis
One of the most important parts of the process of settling a personal injury claim is ensuring you get the medical treatment you need to get your life back to normal, if possible.
Once you have received a final prognosis or recovered to the best of your ability, your doctor and lawyer will better understand how your injuries will impact your life moving forward. After an injury, your health can rapidly and unexpectedly take a turn for the worse. This is why it may not be best to settle too quickly after a case, as you may miss out on compensation necessary to fully treat your injuries.
If we build a strong case documenting the extent and severity of your injuries and other losses, an insurer may want to settle quickly to avoid a costly trial. However, if the insurer does not want to pay, it may be necessary to take your case to trial to reach a fair settlement in your case. If this is the case, you may find yourself waiting months or longer before receiving a verdict.
How Is Pain and Suffering Calculated?
Pain and suffering is a noneconomic damage that is awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. Everyone experiences pain and suffering differently, and attaching a monetary amount of pain and suffering is difficult. Unlike with economic damages (NY §1411), there are several ways pain and suffering can be calculated.
Insurance companies use a number of different methods to calculate pain and suffering.
In some cases, they may add up your total economic losses and then multiply them according to the extent of your pain and mental anguish. In other cases, the insurance company may set an amount to apply to each day that the victim had to suffer and then multiply it by the number of days. Or the insurance company may rely on complex software to calculate pain and suffering.
There are several factors that can increase or decrease the value of pain and suffering. They include:
- The severity of the injuries
- The extent to which the injuries will impact the victim’s future health
- The impact on the victim’s lifestyle and emotional health
In order to prove pain and suffering, we must conduct an investigation into your injury and gather key evidence to support your claim. The following types of evidence can help convey the extent of your pain and suffering in a personal injury claim:
- The documented opinion of a physician who testifies regarding your state of mind
- The documented opinion of your level of pain
- The extent of treatment you have undergone for physical injuries
- Documentation regarding the medication you have had to take to manage physical pain or mental anguish and anxiety as a result of your injury
- The testimony from friends and family regarding the extent of your pain and suffering and details about how your life has been altered as a result of your injuries
A lawyer can help you by building a strong case that shows you have suffered and how your life has been altered as a result of your injuries.
Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Talk to the Insurance Company for Me?
A personal injury lawyer can stand up for your rights and talk to the insurance company on your behalf. We recommend that our clients do not speak with the insurance company directly themselves. By allowing a personal injury lawyer to manage communication with the insurance company, you avoid what could become a costly mistake in your claims process.
The Insurance Company May Attempt to Take Advantage of You
An insurance adjuster will likely call you shortly after the accident and ask for a recorded statement. They will likely be very friendly, and it may seem as though they just want to help you. However, this is often a trap. They will ask pointed questions, searching for answers they can twist into an admission of guilt.
For example, you might say, “I’m sorry” to the insurance adjuster for the accident occurring. They can take this as you admitting fault for the accident. Or, if you say that you are okay when asked, the adjuster can claim that you said you were uninjured.
After you make an official statement, it is difficult to backtrack. If you must speak with the insurance company, we recommend only discussing where and when your injury occurred and who was involved. If the insurance adjuster has any other questions, direct them to us.
What Happens When the At-Fault Party Doesn’t Have Car Insurance?
If you have been involved in an accident where the at-fault party does not have car insurance, you can recover compensation through your own personal auto uninsured motorist coverage.
Every vehicle registered in New York must carry liability coverage of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, and uninsured motorist coverage must be included in motor vehicle insurance policies.
It may make sense to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This would require us to prove that your injuries meet the threshold requirement for “serious injury” in the state of New York.
Even in cases where you are recovering compensation through your insurance company, it is the goal of insurance companies to pay out as little as possible following an accident. If you are hurt and facing a mounting pile of medical bills as a result of your injuries, you may be tempted to accept whatever offer the insurance company makes to get access to compensation more quickly.
You Have the Right to Negotiate
Many people just accept the first settlement offer they receive because they assume that is all they may be entitled to. However, the insurance company regularly offers lowball settlements. These settlements are typically for much less than you deserve.
You are likely entitled to a larger settlement amount. You have the right to negotiate for that higher settlement amount. Our team will handle negotiations to get you the compensation you deserve.
Insurance coverage can be complex and confusing, especially when an uninsured motorist is involved. Our team can handle the complexities of your insurance claim while you focus on putting your life back together.
What a Personal Injury Lawyer Looks for in a Case
After a personal injury, the personal injury system is designed to help you recover financial damages for losses that result from someone else’s negligence. In order to do this, there are four things a personal injury lawyer looks for in a case:
- Duty of care;
- Breach of duty;
To pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault party, we must prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. For example, in a car collision, the duty of care is to drive carefully and obey traffic laws. For an injury on another party’s property, they have a duty to exercise reasonable care of the property for the safety of those on the property legally.
Next, there must be a breach of duty, or negligence, on behalf of the defendant. In the case of a car collision, this could be failing to obey traffic laws or driving while distracted and causing a crash. For an injury on another party’s property, it could be a manager knowing there was water on the floor of their store and not making any attempt to clean it up or communicate to the patron that it was there. That is a breach of duty to the plaintiff to maintain a reasonably safe business.
We then look for causation. In other words, did the negligent behavior of the defendant actually cause harm? In complex cases involving multiple parties, this may not always be clear, and we may need to conduct a thorough investigation into the injury, gathering evidence like:
- Video surveillance from security or traffic cameras
- Police reports, eyewitness statements, and photos from the scene of the injury
- Bills, receipts, and estimates that document the extent of your financial losses
The last thing that a personal injury lawyer looks for is damages and their extent. We must prove that your injuries were caused by the incident, which resulted from the defendant’s negligent actions.
In some cases, the defendant’s lawyer may claim that you were partially responsible for your injuries. Because New York follows the pure comparative negligence rule, if it is determined that you are partially at-fault for your injuries, any damages awarded in your case will be reduced in proportion to your degree is responsibility.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P.
The team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. is ready to help stand up for your rights to pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses. For a free case evaluation, contact us today at (631) 451-7900.