After an accident, you may be confused, hurt and worried about the future. If you were injured in an accident and need help meeting expenses or covering medical bills, a New York City personal injury lawyer can help you get what you deserve. This may be your first time ever having to consult with an attorney, however, do not worry, an experienced attorney can walk you step by step through the process, answering any of your questions and clearing up any confusion your may have of the process. Here are a few tips about what you should expect from your initial consultation at Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson & Friedman, LLP.
Fees – Often people have said that they cannot afford a personal injury lawyer after they have been in an accident, but did you know that personal injury lawyers are paid a percentage on a contingency fee basis. This means that you are only charged a fee once the lawyer looks at your documents, accepts your case and then only if you obtain a settlement or win the trial. Be prepared to ask what expenses you should expect and what percentage of the settlement is their fee; 33% is average for most firms.
Documents – One of the most important parts of obtaining a settlement or winning a trial is having all your documents on hand. One the day of your consultation make sure you bring any documents about your accident and injury with you, this includes accident reports, photographs, police reports, and witness statements. Do not forget all the documentation about your injuries including doctor reports, x-rays, medical records and emergency room notes if you were seen in the ER. Additionally bring copies of your health insurance paperwork and auto insurance papers.
Once you decide to sign on with an New York Personal Injury attorney, they will have a contract for you to sign saying that the personal injury attorney and their firm will be representing you and your case, so that they can negotiate for a settlement that you are proud of or take your case to trial. Furthermore, you will be required to sign a HIPPA release form so that the lawyer can view your medical records. Remember this is the chance to ask any questions you have about the attorney or how your case will be handled. To learn more about personal injury lawyers or to ask any questions please contact us at Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson & Friedman anytime.