Usually the wrongdoers, the negligent parties, are fully aware the accident and your injuries are their fault. Instead of admitting fault and taking responsibility they begin getting rid of evidence and covering their tracks. The defendant’s insurance companies have lawyers and teams of people protecting their rights. It is important that you have highly credentialed, well qualified lawyers with a team in place to protect you and your family’s rights so that you get all the money and benefits you deserve. You cannot afford to wait a moment to hire an attorney.
The second you hire/retain a lawyer, the insurance companies, their lawyers and investigators cannot ask you any questions. The moment you retain us we can immediately protect you and your family’s legal rights and get you the money and benefits you deserve.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers immediately starts their investigation which may include, but not be limited to:
• Hiring investigators, accident reconstructions, photographers, videographers and various other experts;
• Visiting the accident scene before evidence is cleaned up, removed or destroyed;
• Securing video surveillance of the accident scene, if same exists or serving legal documents demanding any video surveillance is preserved, not destroyed and provided to us.
Often, our in-depth investigation uncovers additional wrongdoers and additional insurance coverage where it would otherwise never have been discovered, giving our client the opportunity to recover more money and benefits that would have otherwise been lost.
We recently represented the family of a construction worker who slipped and fell six stories to his death. Prior to being retained, we went to the scene to take photographs because we know the tactics used by insurance companies, their lawyers, building owners and general contractors to delay, deny or disclaim responsibility for their wrongdoing. We felt that if we were not retained, at least the widow and her son would have photographs depicting the construction site and be protected should the negligent parties “fix the problem” and thereby forever destroy crucial evidence.
Although most people believe cases are straight forward and many attorneys believe the same, we have found that often what appears straightforward is not. Straightforward cases are not the norm. Most cases have multiple complex layers that need to be peeled away to uncover the facts. We are willing to take the extra step, which often yields results. To do so, we spare no expense in hiring investigators and experts to gather and analyze evidence to see if other parties, in addition to the obvious, may also have caused the accident.
We represented a woman who sustained catastrophic injuries when her husband hit ice, lost control of his car and crashed. Most all attorneys would simply look to make a claim against the husband driver for losing control of the car. Unfortunately, at the time, the family did not carry spousal insurance that would have covered damages sustained by the wife. Our firm sent our team of investigators, photographers, product liability experts and highway design engineers to completely investigate whether the vehicle was defective; it was not. Undeterred, we continued to spend more money to investigate whether the highway design violated the law and was therefore defective. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed laws governing highway design. In New York highways with a speed limit over 40 mph cannot have curbs. This highway had a posted speed limit over 40 mph and had an unsafe curb. We were therefore able to bring an action against the village, town, county and state for the hazardous roadway design and construction.
We regularly receive calls and emails from clients thanking us for results that often exceed their expectations. Clients often comment on the compassion and respect we showed them, helping to reduce the stress of the legal process.Client Testimonials >
Our goal is to secure the maximum compensation possible and our track record speaks for itself.Verdicts & Settlements >
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. gives back to our community by donating money to numerous charities and volunteering our time and skills regularly to help those in need.Community Involvement >
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is an awarding-winning law firm that has received substantial recognition from colleagues and organizations within and outside the legal community. Our lawyers are often invited to speak to lawyers, judges and other legal professionals about important legal topics.