Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury Lawsuits
If I was partially responsible for the accident, can I still receive compensation for my injuries?
The answer to this question depends on the state laws governing your claim. Some states have what is called “comparative fault.” Comparative fault or comparative negligence can mean that you will be partially responsible for your injuries, and therefore may only receive a percentage, based upon your comparative fault, of an award. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to properly guide you through the legal process and advise you regarding any settlement offers.
What should I do if the insurance company asks me to make a statement or answer some questions?
It would be in your best interest to never make a statement or discuss your claim with the insurance company or any one else (except the police) without first seeking counsel from an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are adept at making you provide them with statements that they can use against you when fighting your claim.
My insurance claims adjuster told me that if I hired a lawyer, I would end up with even less money because the lawyer would take some of my money, is this true?
Most attorneys work on what is known as a “contingent fee” basis, which means if you don’t receive any compensation, the personal injury attorney does not get anything. However, in return for their services, if they are successful, they do take a percentage of your recovery as their fee. Regarding the statement made by the claims adjuster, studies have shown that the vast majority of clients who engage an attorney receive substantially more compensation than the insurance company initially offered them prior to retaining an attorney, even after the attorney’s fees are deducted.
If you have been injured in an accident, such as a car accident, truck accident, bus accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle accident, boating accident or train accident and would like to discuss your personal injury claim with an experienced New York City Injury Lawyer, please schedule a free, confidential consultation with Leeds Brown Law, PC by calling 1-800-585-4658 or fill out our contact form and we will contact you to schedule a consultation.
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