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  • How do lawyers place a value personal injury case?

    I was in a accident ,I had a knee surgery. I was rear ended by a driver who was intoxicated. Chiropractor treatment for ten months, still strengthening quads & calf muscle. Surgery cost $3,400 and treatment was around $6,500 . One lawyer said he g...

    Gregory’s Answer

    There is no magic formula or chart, but there are many different criteria that go into placing a "value" on your case and maximizing your recovery for the injuries and damages that you sustained as a result of the accident. The first thing you should to maximize your recovery is to hire an experienced lawyer if you haven't already. The insurance company just isn't going to pay you what your case is worth if you try to do it yourself. A good attorney has the ability to maximize your bottom line, and is not afraid to go to trial if a reasonable offer is not made. As for value, looking at other similar cases can be helpful, but by no means does that mean your case is not worth substantially more or substantially less. It is rares that you find two cases are the exactly the same. Some of the factors: the nature of the injury; treatment (surgery vs. non-surgical), therapy, recovery; age, type of employment and status (knee injury is different on a pro athlete than the rest of us), lost time from work; the tpye of case (car accident vs. trip/fall vs. construction accident, etc.); how you would appear to a jury; the insurance company (some are better than others); the amount of coverage available; your likeability (how you'd look to a jury); are just some of the factors. There are too many to list, but attorneys who regularly handle theses case generally know. I recommend you call one. Good luck.

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  • Personal injury mta pedestrian

    i was hit by an mta bus about 6 months ago, had my lower leg injured (tibia and fibula), had to undergo a surgery, was hospitalised for a week and have been bed resting ever since and now I'm finally off my crutches. My lawyer won't tell me what a...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Speak to your lawyer but I wouldn't be concerned. Many lawyers don't state an amount at all in a lawsuit and simply state that the claim is for an amount in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the lower courts, meaning in excess of $25k. With respect to going back to work, it could effect the amount of your claim, but not going back could also effect your bottom line. It is really a decision between you and your doctor. If you stay out of work, you could claim lost earnings related to the accident, but there is no guarantee that you recoup that money. If you lose, you never get that time back. Similarly the defendant in your case could argue that you were "malingering", meaning you stayed out of work or exaggerated your injuries or complaints for financial gain. Some lawyers may tell you otherwise but my view is if you and your doctor feel that you can go back to work and support yourself and your family, you should. Best of luck.

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  • My lawyer told me the city was ready to settle on a slip and fall case how much do you think I will receive

    The street where I fell was supposed to be fix since 2003 I fell in 2014 and had to get surgery on my wrist.

    Gregory’s Answer

    There are too many factors for any reputable attorney to be able to answer that here. It depends on the extent of the City's responsibility, any comparative fault you may have, and the nature and extent of your injuries. Just like the City's responsibility is not the same in every case, all fractures are not the same. Which bones did you fracture? How was the fracture treated? Did you have surgery? Were you casted? Did you get physical therapy? Do you have any permanent or residual damage? How old are you? What type of work, if any do you perform? There are too many variables. Speak with your attorney who is in the best position to evaluate your case. Hopefully you researched your attorney before hiring him or her and found someone experienced in handling these types of cases, Best of luck.

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  • Rear end cases that lead to whiplash or arthroscopic knee injury usually get settled put fast, why is that?

    I was rear ended , knee hit dash board which lead to a arthroscopic medial meniscus tear surgery. Any lawyers had clients who went through this trial?

    Gregory’s Answer

    In my experience, these cases do not usually settle fast as the insurance companies don't take them as seriously as they did 10 years ago. As a result, they either proceed to, or close to, trial in order to get good value. The insurance companies rarely have incentive to settle a soft tissue case quickly unless its for nuisance value. If you want fair value, you and your attorney must be prepared to try the case. As to your question about going to trial, yes, it happens frequently when the insurance company wants to pay fraction of what the case is worth and we have a few coming up for trial in the next few months.

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  • Should I get a lawyer to represent me for a personal injury/negligence case?

    I live in an apartment building where the elevator is frequently in disrepair, because of this I took the staircase as I was leaving for work. The staircase of the building is slanted,cracked in certain places, and narrow. I took standard precauti...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Yes, you should contact a reputable attorney immediately who is experienced in handling personal injury cases as it is the best way to maximize your potential recovery. Take photographs as soon as possible of the condition that caused you to fall as it is important to document the condition before the building management fixes it. I'm sure you will get a number of responses from attorneys wanting to represent you, but take your time and look at the attorneys websites and reviews before acting. Also keep in mind that if it's a City/ Housing authority building you must file a notice of claim within 90 days of your fall. If it's a private building you have more time. Best of luck.

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  • I was in a car accident in Jan 2015 and until June 2015 was under the care of chiropractors.

    I was in a car accident in Jan 2015 and until June 2015 was under the care of chiropractors until my insurance company, along with their IME, decided to end my benefits. I have now started the process for settlement with the other party's insuranc...

    Gregory’s Answer

    It all depends on how the accident happened and what your injuries are. I highly suggest you contact an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accident beige proceeding in your own.

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  • I was struck by a car while walking a pedistrian xing. What's the maximum compensation I can get out of the accident?

    I was struck by a car while the car was turning left and hit me while I was walking on a pedestrian xing. I suffered from significant injuries including fractured arm and leg, and I underwent hours of surgery and was hospitalized a number of weeks...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your situation. At the outset, you need to make sure the driver is actually the owner of the vehicle. Under the Vehicle and Traffic Law in New York, the owner of the car is just as responsible for your injuries as the driver. If that is the case, there are two potential parties to go after and there could be other insurance. Moreover, if you have a car, or live with anyone that does, that insurance could provide additional or supplemental benefits but you must notify that insurance company of yout potential claim within a reasonable time. Good luck

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  • I was in a car accident yesterday on long Island NY. I was rear-ended and went to the ER for stiffness and tightness in my upper

    Back and neck and am still feeling nauseous. Do I have a case for whiplash and if so what do I do?

    Gregory’s Answer

    You may have a case, it depends on the severity of your injury. Since the accident just happened yesterday, it is difficult to say, but I suggest that you see a doctor if you are having neck, back or any other pain as often times you may have an injury that is not diagnosed at the hospital. All of your medical bills will initially be covered through the No Fault insurance of your car, and you should notify your insurance company within 30 days of the accident so that's claim number can be assigned for any treatment you receive. You should consult with an attorney directly for guidance, and to determine based in any medical treatment and testing you receive whether you have a case worth pursuing. Good luck.

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  • Does my husband have a case against two physicians and possibly a medical center in Manhattan.

    In Nov my husband began having a urine frequency problem; he had to urinate every 10 - 15 minutes. He saw a specialist, was placed on 2 - 3 different meds that made it worse. Underwent a surgical procedure & had his bladder stretched - no resolu...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Without reviewing the records, it's impossible to offer an opinion based on the information provided. In general, to succeed in a malpractice case you must be able to show that the doctor departed from good and accepted medical practice (failed to adhere to the relevant standards of care), and that the departure caused a injury. To do that, you need an expert opinion to that effect. If it's something your husband is interested in pursuing, he should contact an attorney who can review his records. Just be aware that there may be obstacles to overcome on both the liability and the damages aspects. On a side note, it is probably not the best idea to have your friend, unless he's a doctor, attempt to diagnose and treat, especially with medication, your husband. Good luck.

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  • Am I able to sue, after just settling a suit from an accident I had in 2013? Do I have a lawsuit?

    I was rear ended on Monday evening, in a 4 car pile up. Since I was the car in the front, my vehicle suffered minor damage, however the hit felt worse. I suffer with intense back pain, and only went to the hospital, however I still need to follow...

    Gregory’s Answer

    If you were injured as a result of this accident, yes you have a claim. Since you were a passenger in a vehicle that was hit in the rear, and you did nothing to contribute to the accident, the issue will be whether you have a "serious injury" as defined by the insurance law. I'm sure your lawyer from your prior accident has gone over what that means. Your likelihood of success for this accident is based on the nature of your injuries, your medical treatment, the hospital and medical records, the results of your x-Rays, mri's or other diagnostic tests, and a doctor demonstrating that our injuries are related to the accident. If you are in pan continue to get treatment and contact a lawyer immediately to preserve your rights and to make sue your medical bills are paid for through the applicable no fault insurance policy. Good luck.

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