If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, beware of the swarms of vultures trying to prey on your misfortune. Reputable Kew Gardens accident attorneys don’t hang around emergency rooms, giving out out cards for “therapy places,” they don’t keep calling you after you tell them to stop and they definitely don’t offer you thousands of dollars in cash to retain their services. Would you hire a surgeon that robo-called you and wanted to give you cash to let them operate? Don’t think so! Here’s how you can find a reputable accident attorney for your case.
Does the Kew Gardens Accident Attorney Have a Strong Reputation?
Keeping the medical analogies going . . . Would you have your operation at FlyByNight Surgical Center, or might you prefer Columbia Presbyterian Hospital? Law firms that have been around for generations are usually getting referrals from satisfied clients, plus their family and friends. That doesn’t happen unless you’re doing a good job and treating people well. It’s also important that you feel comfortable with the lawyer handling your case. Is he or she fully answering your patients and addressing all of your concerns? If the lawyer seems too busy for you and acts like you’re wasting their time – move on – you have other choices. A fantastic lawyer is a great communicator, and if you are in the dark, they’re not doing their job. Beyond personality, it’s important to make sure that the firm and the lawyer has experience with both the type of accident and the type of injury you are seeking representation for. Don’t feel pressured to hire a Kew Garden accident attorney that isn’t everything you’re looking for.
Do You Have a Serious Injury?
In New York, you are now allowed to sue for injuries sustained in traffic accidents, unless they meet the threshold for a “serious injury.” Article 51 of the New York State Insurance Law defined “serious injury” as “death, dismemberment, a significant disfigurement, a fracture, the loss of a fetus, a permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system, a permanent consequential limitation of a body organ or member, a significant limitation of use of a body function or system, a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.” The “personal injury protection” will cover medical bills, lost earnings and out of pocket expenses for minor injuries, but to sue beyond this, the threshold must be met. It’s not possible to know for sure whether some soft-tissue injuries will linger long enough to be considered serious, so an attorney might be willing to take your case while you get treatment. If your injury is not serious, and you’re attorney is promising you a fortune, he may not be trustworthy.
Are You Being Treated With Respect?
There’s no excuse for getting the bum’s rush as a client. If your phone calls are not returned, and your questions are not answered, you should look elsewhere for representation. If you currently have a Kew Garden accident attorney, and don’t know what’s going on with your case or feel you’re being pushed into an insufficient settlement, you might consider getting a free consultation for a second opinion. If you would like more information about attorney professional responsibility, how they must treat clients, click here.