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Personal Injury Law FAQ

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Personal Injury – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A personal injury can result from many types of accidents or circumstances.  For instance a personal injury can arise out of negligence, accidents such as auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, train accidents, bus accidents, boat accidents, plane crashes, the list goes on and on.  Moreover, injuries or death can occur as a result of medical malpractice. If you are a victim of personal injury then you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent individual responsible.   The law limits the amount of time you can do this so it is wise to take action immediately.  The law of Personal injury provides monetary compensation to help the victims of personal injury to recover from their losses.  Their losses include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and loss of services with their family.

It is critical to understand that if you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit then you must consider with the right personal injury lawyer the following important issues involved in filing a personal injury lawsuit.

First, you and your personal injury lawyer must speak about the time limit within which you must file your personal injury case. This time limit is known as your Statute of Limitations. Every single U.S state has its own Statute of Limitations.

With respect to your personal injury lawsuit, if your state’s Statute of Limitations has expired then you cannot file your personal injury lawsuit.   Make sure that you and your personal injury lawyer are clear on when to file your lawsuit so that Statute of Limitations does not stand in your way.

Secondly,  if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit it is best to hire a personal injury lawyer. Most of the personal injury lawyers work on contingency basis where you are not required to pay anything before hiring a lawyer. Your personal injury lawyer will only receive a percentage of the amount from the final settlement or verdict amount the personal injury case is won.

Most of the defendant’s hire aggressive defense lawyers who work for the best interest of their clients. Therefore, it is best to consult a personal injury lawyer. Your injury lawyer will help you steer clear of any complications arising out of your personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer will help you receive justice and compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury in an accident or because of the medical malpractice of a doctor or hospital call the Personal Injury Lawyer for a free consultation at 1(800)WE-FIGHT.  The insurance companies have lawyers working hard for them and so should you.  There is no fee unless we win your case.

Injury Lawyer – Accident Attorney

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The top reasons to consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been in an accident and injured in New York, there are several reasons that you should consult with a New York accident attorney.

1)  A personal injury attorney in New York can advise you and help you with getting your medical bills paid. Oftentimes, this includes advising your healthcare providers of your PIP (automobile) insurance if it is a car accident or advising your healthcare providers of your health insurance. In other scenarios, we help make a claim against the person that caused the accident to collect the monies to pay your medical bills.

2)  A personal injury lawyer in New York can advise you and help you to recover your wages while you are out of work due to an accident. In an automobile accident case, this includes making a claim under your PIP (automobile) insurance to recoup part of your wages. In other cases, it includes making a claim against the person that caused the accident to collect the monies to reimburse you for the time you missed from work.

3)  A personal injury attorney in New York can advise you and help you chose an appropriate physician for your injury following an accident. One of the most important things that happens at the beginning of a case and throughout it is the selection of a treating physician.

It is critical that you choose an experienced, aggressive accident attorney that cares about your case.  Call an Accident Attorney at 1(800)WE-FIGHT for a free consultation on your accident case.  You can also visit us at www.1800wefight.com.

Questions you should be asking of Personal Injury Lawyers?

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Personal Injury Lawyers

Questions to ask your Personal Injury Lawyer

During the selection process, you may become overwhelmed with the sheer number of personal injury lawyers.  A good place to start is the local Bar Association; they can usually recommend a few lawyers that might be appropriate to your case.  What falls to you, however, is investigating these lawyers to ensure you find the right one for you.  You will want to interview all prospective attorneys and be sure to ask them plenty of questions.  It usually helps to write a list of your questions beforehand and go down the list, checking off each question when you get a satisfactory answer.  If, during the interview, you feel that they are brushing you off or do not have time for you, consider how you would feel if you hired them to help you and they did the same thing.  The way they treat you during the interview is often reflective of how they will treat you during your case, so pay close attention.

Ask the prospective lawyer questions about their track record.  How many wins do they have out of how many cases?  How often do they take cases to court?  How long have they been working on cases like yours?  What are typical settlements that they have won for cases like yours?  While you are interviewing potential personal injury lawyer, the answers to these questions are probably the most critical.  The purpose is to ascertain how likely this lawyer is to win your case, and how far are they willing to take the case before conceding to the insurance companies.  They should have far more wins than losses and they should not be afraid to take insurance companies to court.

Find out if they specialize in any specific type of injury or accident.  There are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in car accidents, work-related accidents, slips/falls, and all sorts of other types of accidents or injuries.  By finding out there specialization you can decide whether their specialty is in line with your type of injury.  If they are a great lawyer but they specialize in car accidents, while your case is a work-related accident, they are not the best lawyer for your specific case.

Settle on a cost before starting your case.  Ask each of the personal injury lawyers how they calculate their rates.  Choose a lawyer who will cover the costs of your case as it moves along, then take an agreed upon amount out of the settlement.  This way you are not being charged more and more as the case proceeds and you have an agreement as to what appropriate costs for reimbursement would be.  If you decide to hire this particular lawyer, make sure that you have a written and signed contract specifying the calculation of the rate and how it will be paid.

Once all of your questions have been answered, compare and contrast different personal injury lawyers based on their responses.  Based on this comparison, you can confidently select the right lawyer for you.

Call a Personal Injury Lawyer today for a free consultation at 1(800)WE-FIGHT and visit us on the web at www.1800wefight.com.

Defective Guardrails. Defective Guardrail Lawsuit.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

One may think that a guardrail cannot be defective.  However, that thought is false.  A guardrail can be defective in the following ways:

1) Design defect of the guardrail; 2) manufacturers defect of the guardrail; 3) incorrect installation of the guardrail; 4) faulty guardrail maintenance; and 5) negligent or shoddy guardrail repairs.

The purpose of a guardrail is obvious.  But, what most people do not know is that a guardrail must react to a collision in a specific way.  If someone is involved in an accident on the road involving a guardrail and that accident was catastrophic in nature, the accident many times could have or should have been minor if it wasn’t for the guardrail.

The key to successfully litigating a defective guardrail case is to follow up with an attorney immediately so that the proper photographs and investigation of the guardrail can be conducted by your lawyers experts.

If you or a loved one were involved in an accident and a guardrail was hit please call the Guardrail Lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT for a free consultation.  No fee unless we win your case.  We have convenient locations all over New York.  Hospital and home visits are available.

Kelly: COP IN DEADLY CRASH TOTALLY WASTED

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The headlines out of the Daily News today, June 3, 2010, says it all.

Officer Hoyoung Kim was off duty last month and drunk when he crashed his car in the Bronx.  The result, he killed himself a friend on the New York Police Department and injred four women. 

His blood alcohol level was 0.16, double the legal limit in New York of 0.08.  His fellow colleague who also lost his life, Office Edwin Paulino was also wasted with a blood-alcohol level of 0.21.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly informed reporters of the toxicology reports.  When asked by reporters if he was surprised the Commissioner replied “no comment.” 

The crash occurred on May 16, 2010 and the mother, Sabina Ramirez, 47, of two sisters Iris, 27, and Jazmin, 23, critically hurt in the crash on the Bronx River Parkway is beside herself.  They were taken to Jacobi Medical Center where they remain in critical condition.

Iris suffered a broken pelvis, two fractured legs and a spinal cord injury.  The other victims, Shirley Torres, 26 and Melina Ramirez, 27, also remain hospitalized in Jacobi Medical Center.

There seems to be no end to the negligence and recklessness of drunk drivers in the Bronx.  I expect more from a New York Police Officer and they must understand that they are held to a higher duty given their special place in our society as the perveyors of law and order.  It is a shame that a few bad apples have to ruin the reputation of the whole department.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver or any type of accident please call the car accident lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT.

Car accident law and injury lawyer helpline

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Car Accident Information

The Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the whole City for that matter, are host to a substantial number of horrendous car accidents and collisions. New York’s laws relating to injuries due to car accidents and collisions take into account, in many ways, the high density population of New York City. With a high density population comes the inevitability of increased amounts of car accidents and collisions.

Learn the law from an auto injury lawyer

Understanding New York law concerning car accidents and what to do after an accident makes all the difference.

Injury lawyers in Mahattan, the Bronx and all of New York from the Personal Injury Legal Helpline will help you navigate through the many frequently asked questions you may have such as:

1) Who pays the medical bills and lost wages from work; and
2) What to do after a car accident?

Contact our car accident injury lawyers today for a free, confidential consultation.

Gas Tanker Crash, Fire Closes LI Expressway – Call an attorney at 1(800)WE-FIGHT

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Gas tanker crashes are becoming more coming, especially in high density areas in New York.  Filing a suit agains gas tanker companies can raise some complexity as the company or companies involved are usually out of state.  This may raise the legal issue of dealing with a personal injury civil suit in federal court (as the defendant will almost certain remove the case to federal court).

As such, it is important to retain a lawfirm with experience in these types of cases so they are ready to defend against and/or preempt a motion to remove the case to federal court.

Another issue that you contend with in these types of cases as a lawyer is the statute of limitations.  Depending on what state or what court, (state or federal level), the case ends up in will control the statute of limitations on the case.  Thus, the proper preparation and legal research is critical

If you or a loved one has been injured in a gas tanker accident please call us today, do not delay as the law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim.

Traumatic Brain Injury – Call a lawyer at 1(800)WE-FIGHT

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Traumatic brain injury is a devastating experience for the injured party and their family.  However, there is a similar condition most injured persons involved in an accident do not know about.  It is a condition known as diffuse cerebral dysfunction or minor traumatic brain injury.

It is important to realized that diffuse cerebral dysfunction comes in two type, reversible and irreversible.  Whether it is traumatically induced or not is for a doctor to determine.  But it is critical that a person injured in an accident know the warning signgs which are, including but not limited to: difficulty concentrating, mood swings, short term memory loss (becoming suddenly forgetful about things), headaches and difficulty sleeping.

A shocking fact about minor traumatic brain injury is that the accident does not require a violent impact.  A simple jerk of the neck or bump on the head can cause it and result in a lifetime of struggle and permanent damage.  Once an injured accident victim understands the risks and realizes they need to see a doctor immediate examination by a doctor and treatment (if needed)  is critical.  A doctor known as a neurologist and then a neuropsychologist is the appropriate medical professional to see.  I would advise to first see your primary care doctor with your symptoms or complaints and have him or her determine whether a referral to a neurologist is the correct medical strategy.

If you or a loved one is experience the above symptoms and believe you might have minor traumatic brain injury from an accident your were involved in call an experienced brain injury lawyer right away.  The longer you wait the more difficult it will be to make you whole again.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Call an attorney at 1(800)WE-FIGHT

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Minor traumatic brain injury or mild traumatic brain injury occurs in many accidents and most people are not even aware that they have it.  It goes undiagnosed by many doctors.  It is typical in car accidents when someone sustains a head or a whiplash injury.  The difficulty in diagnosing this condition is that many times the condition arises in accidents that involve minor impacts not just severe impact collisions.

It is important to know the warning signs or symptoms and go the a neurologist who will be thourough in his examination and take a full history.  Moreover, choosing the right lawyer who is experienced in these types of injuries and cases is critical.

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident or any type of accident and you suspect minor traumatic brain injury please call the for a free consultation at 1(800)WE-FIGHT.  Do not delay as the law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim.

Traumatic Brain Injury – Word Memory Test – Call 1(800)WE-FIGHT

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

When one sustains traumatic brain injury there are numerous tests that will be administered by a Neuropsychologist.  One such test is the Word Memory Test.

This test is critical but one of many tests that are used to determine the cognitive deficits, if any, that exist in a person complaining of traumatic injuries to the head or neck.

Obtaining the right medical treatment is vital.  The first step is to see a neurologist and, if he sees fit, he or she will refer you to a neuropsychologist for further testing of your cognitive status.

Hiriing the right New York lawyer experienced in traumatic brain injury cases is almost equally important as the doctor you choose.  If you do not the lawyer may not place the right value or seriousness of your case.  That can have disastrous effects on the settlement or verdict value of your case.

If you or a loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident or any type of accident please call the New York Traumatic Brain Lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT.  A lawyer is standing by to speak to you right now absolutely free.

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