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What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Injuries can lead to medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and beyond. Why should you or a loved one be forced to manage the financial consequences, especially if the injury wasn’t your fault? A skilled personal injury lawyer can be your biggest advocate in your time of need.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the fault of another, you shouldn’t wait, as your window to file a claim and recover all the money and benefits you deserve may soon close forever. Instead, act now and call the experienced New York City personal injury attorneys of Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 516-342-2200. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be on the road to physical and financial recovery!

What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is a legal representative who will fight for your right to compensation and benefits after you’ve been hurt. Personal injury attorneys cover all types of accidents or injuries, although a personal injury law firm may have more experience with specific types of cases.

Your personal injury attorney can fight for you in many different situations, including but not limited to:

Skilled personal injury lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced in liability law and assessing what type of damages you’re entitled to following an accident. That way, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery while your personal injury attorney takes charge of your financial recovery.

At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, our team of experienced trial attorneys is prepared to handle construction accidents, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases, product liability cases, medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, slip, trip and fall cases, and workers’ compensation cases, in addition to less common types of personal injury cases. Call us now at 516-342-2200 for a free evaluation of your case today.

What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do When You File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Injured individuals typically have the opportunity to undergo a complimentary consultation with a qualified accident attorney, after which the legal process progresses accordingly. In this way, your personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a case. Note: Most personal injury cases can progress even if you are partially at fault for your injury.

Your skilled lawyer does most of the work, but for your case to succeed, they’ll need your help. Your side of the story, the evidence you provide, your medical records, and witness testimony come together to support your claim. Each bit of information you provide acts as a puzzle piece. As long as you help your lawyer find all the pieces, you’ll be able to work together to create the bigger picture of your case.

There are two ways your case can proceed. The first way is through a fair settlement, where the offending party’s representatives make a settlement offer. Settlements can help you avoid the stress of a long, drawn-out court case. Many people find that settlements are often less stressful and faster than a lawsuit.

If your qualified lawyer believes that the settlement is reasonable, your case may not go to court. The overwhelming majority of personal injury claims are settled outside of court. It’s very rare for a personal injury claim to go to trial, which only happens under extreme or unusual circumstances.

Then, too, if your lawyer believes that a settlement isn’t in your best interest or if the offending party is rejecting responsibility, you may want to bring the case before the court. Throughout this process, a qualified lawyer will file all necessary paperwork with the court and make sure that all relevant parties are properly notified of your lawsuit.

What Does A Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Do To Build Your Case?

If you’ve been injured, you may wish to pursue a settlement with the party responsible for your injury. Here, a seasoned personal injury attorney can review your case, advise you of your rights, and guide you through the process of seeking financial compensation. Moreover, a skilled lawyer will act as your official spokesperson and legal advocate.

It’s your lawyer’s job to work hard for you, and they’ll take over all of the difficult aspects of getting you all the money and benefits you’re owed. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers are available for a free case evaluation when you call us at 516-342-2200 to discuss your situation and what steps to take next.

Note: It’s highly important that you speak with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible so that all the details are fresh in your mind. Furthermore, acting today can prevent critical evidence from being lost. To this end, your lawyer may need to send someone out to photograph skid marks on the road or debris left behind after an accident before they’re no longer visible.

As well, if your accident occurred at a workplace, you’ll want to document all relevant evidence before the issue is fixed or repairs are made. Similarly to the above, if you wait too long to take photographs or videos of the site of an accident, circumstances may change and evidence of your claims may be erased forever.

That said, a skilled lawyer will take down the information you remember as part of their thorough investigation into the facts of your case. Now, as an aside, it’s perfectly okay if you don’t have an answer for every question. There may be some details you don’t know, which is, again, where your lawyer can step in to help.

What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do To Fight For Compensation?

The at-fault party may owe you financial compensation for medical care following your injury. The responsible party may also be liable for damages relating to loss of income, emotional distress, or property damage, depending on the circumstances of your case. Note: You may be eligible for other types of damages in some cases, especially if your injury has permanent consequences.

To this end, bills from healthcare providers, mechanics, and beyond can help establish an accident’s effects on your medical costs as well as property damage.

Pay stubs, workers’ compensation statements, and letters from your employer additionally prove damages like lost income or lost capacity to work. Here, the right lawyer may want to review past financial statements to demonstrate how your personal injury case has had a negative impact on your standard of living or ability to meet your financial obligations.

Your lawyer can do the math to determine what you’re owed and create an organized list that explains the financial compensation you’re entitled to. The initial estimate is typically the highest justifiable amount because the opposing party’s legal team will probably attempt to negotiate lower.

The responsible party usually attempts to keep personal injury cases out of court. This is because their legal representation almost always prefers to settle privately with accident victims. As your counsel, a seasoned lawyer will manage the negotiations with your best interests in mind, never settling for less than you deserve.

If, however, a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the next step may involve pursuing legal action through the courts.

What Does A Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Do To Gather Evidence?

Photos and evidence of your injuries help to make a compelling case regarding the extent of your injuries and any long-term effects they may have. To maximize your chances of success, a seasoned personal injury lawyer will gather videos or photos of the accident itself or the area where the accident took place. And if there were any witnesses to your injury, your lawyer may interview them or even ask them to testify in your case.

Then, too, there may be cases where an expert witness is necessary to explain the extent of your injuries, the malfunction of any products or equipment in question, or noncompliance with workplace safety regulations.

If your accident happened at a workplace or job site, a qualified lawyer can look for evidence of safety code violations or unmanaged hazards. This search can be helpful both to you and the workers at your workplace, as it may prevent others from getting hurt in the future.

Note: Most workplaces and public properties are required by law to adhere to mandated safety standards. A failure to comply will likely result in the responsible person or parties being held accountable for their violation(s). Accordingly, your lawsuit may have a longstanding impact by protecting the lives of others.

What Does A Seasoned Personal Injury Lawyer Do To Communicate For You?

When you hire a skilled lawyer to represent you, all conversations about your case should go through your lawyer. To see that this happens, the attorney you hire will inform all relevant parties that they’ve been hired to represent you and that they will be fielding all communications on your behalf.

For instance, your attorney can reach out to your insurance company or the insurance company representing the person, employer, or business responsible for your injury. And so, if anyone involved with your personal injury case contacts you directly, you should refer them to your experienced lawyer. Said differently, you shouldn’t provide any responses until you and your lawyer have had an opportunity to communicate.

A qualified lawyer will want you to focus on what’s most important: recovering. To that end, you should allow a law firm like Schwartzapfel Lawyers to tackle all the hard questions. It’s our duty to fight for you when you need it most, and we want you to rest assured that we’ll work tirelessly to get you what you’re owed.

So, please, act now and dial 516-342-2200 today. Your future is worth it.

Get The Legal Representation You Deserve

Most personal injury claims have a statute of limitations, so you shouldn’t wait. To start recovering today, call the qualified New York City personal injury attorneys of Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 516-342-2200 or visit us online now.

We have over (150) years of combined experience fighting for people just like you, and we’ll fight for you every step of the way. As such, we’re prepared to fight for your right to adequate compensation after you’ve been injured due to the fault of another.

Our seasoned team has a wealth of experience successfully handling New York personal injury cases. Call us now for a free consultation, or visit us online to learn how we can help you — legally, financially, and otherwise.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this page should be considered legal advice. You should seek the appropriate counsel your situation requires. For more information, call 516-342-2200 now!

Sources:

Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. | Fighting For You

Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) | US EPA

Recovery of Damages for Emotional Distress | DCBA

What Percentage of Lawsuits Settle Before Trial? What Are Some Statistics on Personal Injury Settlements? | The Law Dictionary

OSHA Worker Rights and Protections | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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