There are many reasons why you should not delay calling a lawyer. Collecting physical evidence, such as dash-cam or video surveillance video recordings, gathering eyewitness reports, and the timely filing of insurance claims can all be hampered if you delay contacting an attorney after an incident.
As will be discussed further below, you may also sacrifice certain critically important rights if you wait too long to contact a lawyer. When you suffer a personal injury and wish to bring a claim or lawsuit, this is a particularly important consideration.
In some situations, there are laws that apply to personal injury cases that impose critical time limits. For example, cases, where a municipality is involved, will typically require the service of a document called a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. There are technical legal requirements as to the content the notice must contain as well as how and upon whom it must be served. According to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, you have a limited amount of time to file a suit after an incident that causes you or a loved one to suffer personal injuries. Whether your incident happened on Long Island or elsewhere, it is important to remember that various state laws as well as the statute of limitations mentioned, may bear an enormous impact on the progress of your case. A lawyer who focuses on cases in New York can help to determine which state, federal, and local laws may become relevant to your situation as well as the time constraints of the applicable laws.
Witnesses May Forget Pertinent Details that Support Your Personal Injury Claim
Eyewitnesses play a crucial role in cases of all types. When another person witnesses an incident that you were involved in firsthand, a lawyer may be able to use their testimony as a form of evidence when compiling a case to represent you. Time is sensitive when it comes to eyewitnesses. If you wait too long to contact a lawyer and get your case started, an eyewitness may become unreachable or otherwise unavailable. Even if they can be reached, the more time that passes, the more likely it is that their memories of the situation may erode. When you contact an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer you can minimize these kinds of risks and give the legal team that will fight to win the best possible outcome for a better chance of gathering accurate information to support your position.
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An Attorney Can Interpret Confusing Laws Related to Your Personal Injury Case
The fact that you will most likely be dealing with an insurance company in an adversarial context, meaning the insurance company wants to pay you nothing or as close to nothing as they are able to, is worthy of consideration when you are thinking of contacting a lawyer after an automobile accident. If you do not contact a lawyer after a car accident, it is likely that the other driver’s insurance company will take their time with your claim. Insurance companies routinely adopt a “Deny, Delay, Defend,” posture which, in part, means that in addition to efforts to avoid paying on a claim, they will try to drag out paying. By contacting a lawyer committed to you and your cause, you can get your claim moving and work on asserting your position as soon as possible. A lawyer will also communicate with the at-fault party’s insurance company and defense lawyers on your behalf so that you can focus on healing from any personal injuries you suffered in your accident.
Contact the Office of a Personal Injury Attorney to Learn More Today
There is no shortage of reasons as to why you should not delay calling a lawyer. Whether you suffered a personal injury in a car accident, a construction accident, a slip or trip and fall, or if you were a victim of medical malpractice, it can be challenging to confront the legal hurdles that are likely waiting for you. But when injured people try to do this on their own, it can often prove to be a futile act that jeopardizes that injured person’s right to recover the monetary compensation they are entitled to, need, and deserve. With a lawyer on your side, you can be confident that they will put up a fight for justice on your behalf while you focus on replenishing your strength and putting your life back together after an accident.
A personal injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will do the following:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case and fight tirelessly to win the best possible result for you
When we take your case on, we will work to ensure that your rights are preserved and asserted. Our legal team can also assist clients in different languages if needed. Call us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation, and to learn more about the legal services we provide.