If you were seriously injured in a car accident due to another motorist’s negligence, you need legal counsel. There is no shortage of attorneys specializing in personal injury cases, but you need to determine who can best represent you. Asking the right questions during a consultation is key to making the correct decision during this difficult time in your life.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, and Graifman, P.C. have been helping those injured in car accidents receive the compensation they deserve for more than 40 years, and our track record speaks for itself.
1. What Is Your Car Accident Experience?
You want a lawyer with proven experience handling car accident cases. Ask them how long they have been practicing, what their results have been, the average number of car accident victims represented annually, and if they have handled cases similar to your own. The answers will provide you with the information necessary to know whether you are in good hands.
2. What About My Case?
Every car accident is unique. During the consultation, ask the attorney about the specifics of your claim. Start by asking whether you have a valid claim. As both New York and New Jersey are no-fault insurance states, only those with certain injuries may go outside the no-fault system and file a lawsuit.
Ask about potential damages you might recover, such as medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. You want honest answers from your lawyer, so find out what circumstances regarding your claim are favorable, and if there are issues that could harm your case.
The majority of cases are settled, but there are some that must go to trial. Ask about the likelihood of the latter in your situation. You also want to know the percentage of cases that are settled by this attorney and the number going to trial.
3. Do You Work on Contingency?
You definitely want a lawyer that works on a contingency basis. That means they are paid only if there is a settlement or verdict, and take a percentage of that amount. Otherwise, you pay nothing at all. Most car accident lawyers do work on contingency, but you want to ensure yours is not the exception. If the lawyer mentions an hourly fee, obtain legal help elsewhere.
4. How Long Should Resolution Take?
The time factor in resolving a case can range from a few months to a year or more. In the interim, bills keep piling up. Have the lawyer give you an estimate of how long a resolution should take for your claim.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
You will find the answers you seek with the dedicated car accident lawyers at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, and Graifman, P.C. We will review your case and determine whether you have a valid claim for a personal injury lawsuit. With offices in Rockland County (NY) and Bergen County (NJ), call or text us today to schedule a free consultation, or submit our online contact form. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive compensation.