When you suffer a personal injury due to the actions of someone else, you might hold out hope that the responsible party would be willing to compensate you. While that is the right thing to do, it rarely happens in such a straightforward manner. People who cause accidents often refuse to acknowledge the damage they have caused. Even when the other party is responsible and reports the accident to his or her insurance company, the insurer may balk at paying you a settlement. If you can't work and have medical expenses to pay, this can leave you in quite a predicament. It is at this point that most injured people choose to hire a lawyer.
What your lawyer does for you
An experienced New York personal injury attorney can make all the difference in your case. Your lawyer gathers evidence, obtains your medical records, interviews witnesses to the accident and consults experts to provide supporting testimony for your injuries and the circumstances of the event. Another benefit of hiring a personal injury attorney is that you can defer all questions from the other party's insurance company to this person. That will prevent you from providing information the insurance company may use to attempt to undermine your claim.
The majority of personal injury attorneys offer free consultation sessions and offer their services on a contingency basis. This means that no fees are charged while the lawsuit is being prepared. The lawyer is paid by the insurance company for the other party only if the lawsuit is successful. The fee is generally one-third of your settlement amount, but no money comes out of your pocket at any time.
Barasch, McGarry, Salzman and Penson is a New York City personal injury law firm that fights for the rights of people like you every day. We have a reputation for being compassionate with accident victims and aggressive with pursuing fair compensation on their behalf. We invite you to contact us to see what a difference a good attorney can make.