FAQs About Personal Injury in New York

Quality Personal Injury Representation in New York City

After suffering serious personal injury in an accident, your mind is probably swimming with questions regarding compensation for your damages. Along with your injuries, you may have suffered property damages that need repair, which is also expensive and worthy of compensation. What do you do next? Who do you turn to for help? At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we understand the stress you are under and the suffering you have experienced. Our goal is to help you through the process of filing a personal injury claim and, with over 75 years of combined experience and case results totaling more than $200 million in settlements, we have what it takes to help.

Get started by reading through some of the more common questions:

Why hire a personal injury attorney?

It is possible to file a personal injury claim without legal representation (except when taken to trial), but such cases rarely result in maximum compensation. Only a New York City personal injury attorney will have a thorough understanding of relative laws and experience in handling such cases in court to maximize recovery. A lawyer can also provide answers and support throughout the personal injury process. Do not try to pursue compensation without the capable representation of a lawyer from our firm.

How much is my claim worth?

Personal injury claims do not have set values. In order to ensure that you receive the amount of compensation that you need and truly deserve for your accident, you need to hire an experienced attorney. Only a lawyer with a thorough understanding of personal injury damages and claims can help you gather the evidence and documentation to prove the full extent of your injuries and other damages. That way you can be sure to recover maximum compensation. Our attorneys can determine a strong estimate of your claim’s value, so call today for excellent representation.

Who can file a personal injury claim?

Anyone who has suffered injury and/or property damages due to someone else’s negligence can file a claim for compensation. They must be able to prove the other party/parties liable for their damages using police statements, witness statements, photos, doctors’ notes, and other such evidence. As long as you can prove that you suffered damages and that you played no part in causing them, you can file a personal injury claim to cover consequent expenses.

When should I file a personal injury claim?

According to the New York statute of limitations (N.Y. Civ. Prac. Law & Rules § 214-c), you have three years from the date of discovery to file a personal injury claim. This could be from the date your accident occurred, or from the date that your injuries became evident, which may have been much later. Your best option would be to file a claim immediately after your accident to ensure that your claim is not denied due to the statue of limitations.

What is the negligence and why is it important in a claim?

“Negligence” is a legal term referring to the careless or reckless action of the party liable for an accident and any resulting injuries and damages. In order to recover damages for an accident, you must be able to establish negligence to prove that you were not responsible for your accident. Only then can you win compensation in a personal injury claim.

Our NYC Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help

Call Hecht Kleeger & Damashek today to discuss your options. We can help you determine the approximate value of your claim and guide you step-by-step toward a fair settlement or verdict. We are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, the American Association for Justice, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. With our seasoned representation on your side, you can have confidence in obtaining the best possible results. Contact us today! We hope to hear from you soon to discuss your legal options.