Thankfully, personal injuries at work are decreasing in New York. In 2008, worker hospitalizations due to work-related injuries were 48.2 per 100,000. In 2014 that number fell to 38.2.
But personal injuries can happen outside of work, especially when driving. Thankfully, in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties, those numbers are falling as well.
In 2016, there were 139 fatalities and 121 crashes. In 2017, there were 94 crashes with 100 fatalities. Nassau County saw 73 crashes with 79 fatalities in 2016 and 66 crashes with 71 fatalities in 2017.
But if you are the victim of a personal injury, none of those statistics matter. What does matter is finding the right Long Island, personal injury lawyer, who can help you get your life back on track.
To help you get the settlement you deserve, you need to bring the right information for the lawyer to do their job. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about getting the justice and support you deserve after suffering from a personal injury.
Why Hire a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring a Long Island personal injury attorney is a smart move. That’s because they are experts at personal injury cases.
They handle all the communications with the insurance companies and help ensure you get the right medical attention to help you heal. They can also help you gather all the relevant information you need to win your case.
They’ll Call in the Right Professionals to Prove Your Case
And they have access to the right experts in accident reconstruction, medicine, and economics to help support your claim. While your lawyer will first try to mediate a settlement, if that doesn’t work, you need a good litigation attorney to help you win your case in court.
Best of all, the best personal injury attorneys in Long Island offer free consultations. And most won’t charge a fee unless they win your case.
How to Find the Right Personal Injury Attorney in Suffolk or Nassau County
It’s important to find the right attorney to help you with your case. Finding a lawyer in Long Island who specializes in personal injury cases is the first step.
Make sure they have a long record of winning cases like yours. You want someone who is just as comfortable negotiating a settlement through mediation as they are battling it out successfully in court.
Talk About Money
Find out whether they think you have a viable case. And ask how much money they think they can win for you.
They should also discuss their fees with you should your attorney will your case for you.
Feel Confident About the Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer You Hire
Contact a few personal injury attorneys in Long Island. Make sure to ask them about their success record and how they would handle your specific case.
Find out how they plan to communicate with you throughout the entire process. You want to find an attorney you feel comfortable with.
You also want someone who communicates consistently with you and who you’re confident can help you win your case.
What Information You Need to Bring
You’ll need to gather up some information before you meet with your personal injury attorney. He or she can’t accurately determine if you have a viable case without this information.
Here’s the information you should collect and bring with you:
- Dates you were admitted and released from the hospital
- Name and address where you were first treated
- Name and address of ambulance service (if any)
- List of prescription medications currently being taken
- Documents that explain any necessary future treatments
- Bills from doctors, hospital, physical therapist, etc
You’ll also need documents that explain your diagnoses and any treatments you’ve received.
- Paperwork explaining health insurance coverage
If you sustained injuries from an automobile accident, you’ll need to bring in paperwork that outlines your auto insurance coverage.
- Documentation of lost work and/or income including dates missed
- Copies of all official police reports and other reports taken of the accident
- Photos that were taken at the scene or of your injuries
You should be aware that you’ll have to pay for police reports.
Be Prepared to Answer Questions
Your personal injury attorney will want to look over all the documents you bring. Then he or she will ask you a series of questions to get a better understanding to help them determine if you have a case or not and if so, how to proceed.
They might ask questions such as:
- What your doctor’s prognosis is of your injuries
- Who you’ve talked to regarding your accident
- Whether you’re employed, for how long, and the nature of your work
- Whether you’ve ever been in any other accidents
Be honest and provide as many specifics as possible. This will help your attorney do their job better.
How Settlements Work
It’s important to note that you have three years from the date of your accident to pursue a claim. After that, the statute of limitations will prevent you from bringing a case against someone, no matter how severe your injuries are.
Your attorney will do their best to build a strong case to get the most amount of money possible out of the defendant. However, the defendant will also hire an attorney whose job it is to get them out of paying you any money.
And there are no guarantees nor is there a minimum or maximum amount when it comes to injury settlements. Every case is different.
What will be taken into consideration are the following facts:
- The nature and extent of your injuries, including pain and suffering as well as the long-term impact of your injuries
- Clarifying who was at fault
- How willing each side is to let the case go to court
You’re allowed to reject an offer from the defendant.
Settling is Often in the Best Interest of the Defendant
While most cases do settle out of court, it’s perfectly within your right to want to go to court.
However, the defendant usually wants to avoid going to court to prevent having to pay additional costs in lawyer and court fees. Settling also allows both sides to have their cases remain confidential.
Contact Us Today
Don’t wait until it’s too late to hire a Long Island personal injury lawyer. You deserve compensation for your injuries and to receive the best medical care.
We can help you get what you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.