What to Expect from Your Personal Injury Lawyer

Getting injured and having to endure the accompanying physical and emotional pain and suffering can be extremely stressful. If you are thinking about hiring a lawyer to help you get justice and receive compensation, you will want to find someone who is the right fit for you and any potential lawsuit you may file. Below are some qualities that are important when looking for the right legal counsel.

  • Communication: Your attorney should provide a basic description of your claim and inform you beforehand of any potential pitfalls, how those pitfalls will be handled, and the procedures, protocol and deadlines involved in filing a lawsuit. Attorneys, or their legal teams, should be available to answer your calls and respond to all your questions.
  • Competency: Your attorney should have the appropriate training, education and experience to handle your claim. For example, a lawyer that specializes in divorce cases may not have sufficient experience to handle a personal injury case.
  • Ethics: There are five basic ethical laws that attorneys should abide by. These are: to loyally represent their clients, keep their clients’ confidentiality, represent their clients competently, represent their clients lawfully and put their clients’ interests above their own.

When you decide to hire a lawyer, your fee agreement should be in writing and should outline how you will be billed. If you agree to pay a contingency fee, which is a percentage of the settlement if you win, find out how that fee will be calculated. Your lawyer should also remind you that you are in charge. He or she should tell you what to expect and when, the most important elements of your case, help you make decisions regarding the best course of action to take, explain any procedural delays, let you know what kind of settlement to expect in your specific claim and explain the risks involved with going to court versus settling through negotiation. The attorney will need to prepare you for your deposition as well as what to expect if the case goes to trial.

Choosing the right lawyer is vital to a successful outcome in a legal claim. Make sure you have the right representation by hiring Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY. We have decades of experience in handling personal injury and other claims, and will stand beside you through the entire legal process. There is no legal fee unless and until you win your case or reach a settlement. Call Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY at 877-504-5562 or email [email protected].

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP