You’ve found a lawyer to handle your New York personal injury case – someone with a solid reputation, integrity, compassion, and skill. You’ve signed the fee agreement. What happens next?
If the firm you’ve hired is the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., you’ve made a wise choice. We will keep you informed every step of the way. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Here’s what you can expect when you begin a personal injury claim in New York.
Filing a Claim
Many people think once they hire an attorney, the lawyers immediately begin negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. It’s not quite that simple, settling a personal injury claim is a process.
- Gathering information: First we track down police reports, ask for any photos you took at the scene, and may begin gathering witness statements, and if necessary, hire a private investigator. These pieces of the puzzle will help establish fault in the accident.
- Obtain a doctor’s release: Generally, we wait to make any settlement demands until you are released by your doctor. We usually cannot proceed with the case until you’ve finished treating, or until your condition has stabilized if long-term treatment will be involved. This is to ensure you fully recover your medical costs.
- Gather evidence: We gathering all relevant documents and records: lost wage forms and medical reports, records, and bills. This part takes time. We make the request, wait the allotted amount of time to receive a reply, and then often must follow up multiple times before the records are received.
- Case Filing: If you have a solid case, we proceed to file a suit and begin negotiations with the insurance company.
- Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI): If we can’t reach an agreement, we ask for judicial intervention and the trial phase of your case begins.
Every case is different, the majority settle out-of-court. However, there are times when obtaining a fair settlement for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and suffering may require filing a lawsuit.