New York Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have suffered a severe injury in an accident, contact our experienced New York personal injury attorneys to fight for you and earn maximum compensation for the claim. Call for a free consultation.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s carelessness, it can be truly devastating and frustrating. Your injuries may be extensive and life-changing. At Krause & Glassmith, LLP we cover personal injuries including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, bus accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, construction accidents, and elevator accidents. All of these accidents are unique in how we handle them. The injuries these accidents cause will vary case-to-case and we have handled them all. Please call our office so we can go to work to get you the compensation we deserve. We offer free initial consultations.
First Steps After the Accident
The very first thing you should do after an accident, regardless of the cause, is seek medical attention. If your life is possibly in danger, and you’re extremely injured, you need to get onto an ambulance and get to the ER. Medical attention is a top priority. If you do not need the ambulance, you have to seek medical attention very shortly after the accident. Do not wait. These injuries can be aggravated and get worse if they are left untreated. It is also a benefit to your claim when you go to the doctor. You can get your injuries documented and treated which all goes into determining the value of your claim. The honest truth is that, the worse your injuries are the more they cost you, the more your claim is worth. This shouldn’t be construed as anyone wanting their injuries to be worse so they can get more compensation. This is our way of ensuring you that if you are struggling financially and physically, we’re going to fight to get you a big compensation award.
Your next step that is vital to your case is collecting evidence. You can do this in a few ways. Following the accident, getting police on the scene to put this on their records and collect information is key. You can also do your own collection. Take the names and numbers from all witnesses. Get the name, number, and insurance information from the negligent party. Lastly, take photos and videos of the scene. Take as many as you can. They will be great evidence for us when we approach the insurance company and ask for compensation.
With the insurance company in mind, it is important to know something about how they work. The have no intention to pay you what you deserve. It is their job to give you as little as possible. Sometimes that means trying to deny the case altogether. A step you need to take is not necessarily something you’re going to do. It is something you will try not to do. You don’t want to talk to the insurance company. They are going to try to ask you questions that will make you seem at fault for the accident, and keep you from getting compensation. The way compensation works in New York is that if you are found to be at fault for the accident, your award will be reduced by the percent of fault you are found at. The insurance company knows this and they will do what they can to reduce or eliminate your payment.
Your last step is going to be to hire an attorney. They will help you to accomplish all the steps that you need to get done. They will become your legal safeguard. You can tell the insurance company that you have acquired legal representation and if they have any questions about the accident, they can call your attorney. Having an attorney is not always necessary, but it is almost guaranteed that you will be getting more compensation if you have an attorney to help you through the process.
Why You Need an Attorney
Technically, you are absolutely allowed to bring a claim by yourself. Is it advised that you do? No. That’s because these claims are complicated. The reason why our New York personal injury attorneys take on claims such as these are because they went to school and gained experience in order to navigate the legal process better. It takes a long time to be able to get to the level of understanding personal injury that we have. If your day job does not include dealing with insurance companies, the discovery process of accidents, and negotiating to get compensation, chances are you won’t be able to get the level of compensation on your own that an attorney would be able to get you. That is not an insult to anyone’s intelligence. It is simply stating that these case are difficult for those who have not studied and practiced this work. You might not know your particular statute of limitations and end up getting barred from ever receiving compensation. You might take a call from the insurance adjuster and get tripped up while giving them a statement and end up getting blamed for the accident, again resulting in no compensation. Our New York personal injury attorneys can help you avoid these mistakes. We are trained to deal with the difficult things. We know when the insurance company is offering you a low-ball settlement and we will push to get you every penny that you deserve for your injuries and damages. So, do you need an attorney? I would say yes. If you want full and fair compensation, an attorney is the person to help you get that. A common misconception is that attorneys are unnecessary middle-men and you’ll have to pay them more than you will make. That is a thought process the insurance company will be glad you believe. It is not true in the slightest. You will walk away with more if you have an attorney to help you fight for what you deserve rather than settling for the amount the insurance thinks you’ll go for.
Call Our Office Today
If you are looking for strong, dependable New York personal injury attorneys, please call our office today for a free consultation. We will fight to make your claim as successful as possible. We don’t go for low-ball settlements from the insurance companies when we know just how much your injuries and damages have set you back. Let us be your champions.