1. Why hire a car accident lawyer?
Well if you’re involved in a car accident there’s a couple of really important things that happen. The first thing is, above hiring a car accident lawyer, you need to get medical attention. But the reason you’d hire a car accident lawyer is because when things like this happen you’re entitled to certain benefits, depending upon the state that the accident is involved in, and the first thing is in like New York State as in other states, you’re entitled to no-fault benefits and what that means is you’re able to get your medical expenses paid for, wages if you work, you know those are very important and there’s time limits and time constraints that are associated with them. With insurance companies and other groups and organizations out there, there’s a couple of things where time is imperative as well. Not only the no-fault, but investigation, a lot of times your involved in an accident and the insurance carrier rather than seeing if you’re ok or how you’re doing, they’re out there investigating to prove that either the person they’ve insured is not at fault, and basically that you are at fault. So even in accidents which seem straight forward it’s important to get that investigation going from our end so that we can protect your rights and preserve that. Also a lot of times insurance carriers will try and contact the injured party directly, and when they’re contacting the injured party directly they’re looking for things like recorded statements, written statements and those are things that even though you might not be at fault you really don’t want to partake in unless you have a car accident attorney with you or a car accident attorney advising you because sometimes your words will, they will try and twist your words, so that there is some fault on your part. I would say lastly medical treatment which is probably the most important that somebody gets, but having a car accident lawyer will help you get your medical treatment paid for and make sure that if there are any issues associated with medical treatment that they can help guide you in the direction that you should so that the insurance carrier isn’t trying to cut off your medical benefits or not pay you for them.
2. How much will a car accident lawyer charge?
Well the good thing about handling car accident cases is we work on what’s called a contingency fee basis, and what that means is that we charge, which is the standard fee in New York state and in other states, it’s 1/3rd of the recovery. We also will front the costs and expenses, and if were successful at the end of the case we do get our 1/3 attorneys fee plus any costs and expenses associated with handling the file.”
3. How can I find the best car accident lawyer near me? (what should I look for?)
That’s easy call 1-800-law-1010, that’s the best accident attorney near you (laughs). You know advising someone about who would be the best car accident attorney is, there’s a couple of things. 1 in today’s day and age you can go on the internet and you can search different car accident attorneys who handles this, who handles that, but really you have to ask yourself who do I know of, who have I heard of. Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti we’ve been around for a number of years. We have handled only personal injury types of cases, and we have a large group of attorneys that work for us that probably account for hundreds of years of experience all together. You know we have that, you’re looking for someone like that, somebody who you can trust that knows personal injury that has been established in the community and that has a good reputation.