If you have been injured in a car accident, construction accident or as a result of medical malpractice, our lawyers personal injury in Rockland can help. Read our answers to commonly asked questions about personal injury below, and contact our firm for a free consultation.
What should I do if I am injured?
Call 911 for medical assistance, then if able, immediately report the incident to the police, on-site security, or other individual who can take a report. Obtain the names of witness(s), take photographs of anything relevant (use a cell phone camera), and visit the proper health care facility or your health care provider as soon as possible.
Why is it so important to document an incident?
Once you leave the scene of an incident that has not been reported and documented, the opportunity exists for someone to dispute not only your version, but the occurrence itself. Obtain as much information as possible; get a description of as many details as possible. Try to secure surveillance tapes; many locations have cameras that are constantly recording.
When is it a good time to speak with an attorney?
As soon as possible. Insurance companies investigate accidents as soon as they can. Your attorney will do the same. No matter what you may be told, insurance companies do not work for you. We will do our very best to see that your rights are protected, that you are treated fairly and that you receive the very best settlement.
Is it ok to for me to talk to an insurance company?
You have a duty and obligation to timely report an incident to your insurance company, and to cooperate with them and their authorized representatives. You do not have a duty or obligation to speak with an insurance company that does not represent or defend you, i.e., the other party’s insurance company. Unfortunately, the expression “What you say can and will be used against you” is applicable in personal injury matters.
What is my case worth?
This is an extremely important and proper question. An attorney who offers an opinion without knowing all relevant factors is violating legal and ethical standards. It is important to complete an investigation, learn the full extent of your injury, ascertain if there are out-of-pocket expenses or lost wages, and any other important item to determine the fair value of your case. Your attorney should answer this question with you prior to any settlement.
Can I sue?
Everyone has the right to sue and everyone has the right to defend a lawsuit. Whether your incident is proper for a lawsuit or not depends on the facts and circumstances particular to your case. Please consider contacting us to see if we can help.
Do I have the appropriate insurance coverage?
Insurance serves to protect you, those close to you and other third parties. The proper coverage should be discussed with your insurance agent, your financial adviser and any professional in this area. A policy should be reviewed as your circumstances change, but at a minimum on an annual basis.
Are lawsuits necessary?
There are times when a lawsuit is the appropriate and necessary way to get what you are legally entitled to. There are times when a lawsuit is not warranted. American jurisprudence, the consumer, and all of society have benefited immeasurably from personal injury lawsuits. There is no better way to compensate people for harm or to hold negligent conduct accountable. Some examples are seat belts in cars, railroad crossing signals, back-up warnings on trucks, warning labels, stop mechanisms on automatic garage doors, removal of asbestos from schools, cigarette-free zones, compensation for an injury, lost wages or bills paid, and countless other ways to protect you and your family. Most of these protections are in place because an individual and their attorney fought and did not give up.
How do I retain a good lawyer?
Ask people who you know and trust.
Why should I consider Adams Law Firm, P.C.?
Since 1960, we have a proven record of results. We do not represent insurance companies; we represent people like you! We have successfully represented our clients in settlements, mediations, arbitrations and trials. Insurance companies know our record — that is why most of our cases will settle without the need of a trial.
We welcome the opportunity to earn and maintain your trust and respect.
We proudly serve residents in Rockland County, NY, Orange County, NY, Westchester County, NY, Bronx County, NY and the Greater NY Area, and Burgin County, NJ.