Do I need a lawyer to collect for my injury?

Asked over 1 year ago - New York, NY

Lower back injury undergoing therapy for it

Additional information

A guy backed out of his driveway and hit my car while I was driving. The injury has been confirmed and my claim has been open for over a year while trying to fix my injury.

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  1. Gregory Scott Gennarelli

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    Answered . It's always best to consult with a lawyer when dealing with an insurance company. Can you proceed without one, sure. However, I highly recommend that you don't. Not only will a lawyer be able to recover more than you could on your own, but an experienced lawyer or law firm that actually takes cases to trial will likely be able to recover even more. That is not to say that in every case the difference will be significant, but an insurance company is much more likely to pay top dollar for the injury, regardless if what type of injury it is, when they know that the party and the lawyer are serious and willing to go to trial. This is a general response as the specifics of your claim are needed to give you a better answer tailored to your situation.

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  2. Anthony A. Ferrante

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    Answered . It is really not possible to answer your question without at least some fax about how you were injured. While you can certainly try to obtain a money recovery on your own it is probably not recommended. Especially where you are claiming injuries to your lower back. Insurance companies tend to downplay those types of injuries and claim that they are all pre-existing and unrelated to the accident.

    At the end of the day you would be best served to contact a local personal injury attorney to discuss your options. The consultation will be free and at least you will have a better idea as to whether or not you can handle this type of matter on your own. Use the "find a lawyer" tools here on Avvo.

    Good luck!

    PS… If you post more details about how you were injured perhaps we can provide a better response

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  3. Jeffrey Risman

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    Answered . More details need to be ascertained. Were you involved in a motor vehicle accident? If yes, were you a passenger or pedestrian? Have you had MRI's take of your lower back? Any other area? You should immediately contact a personal injury attorney in your area to better assess your situation.

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  4. Nathanael Prada

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    Answered . You should consult with a local personal injury attorney soon. There are many available here on Avvo, do a search and ask for a free consultation. Bring all the paperwork you have related to this claim. Best of luck.

  5. Michael J Palumbo

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    Answered . That depends - do you actually want to recover for your injuries?

  6. Jason Todd Studinski

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    Answered . Yes. Get help with this.

  7. Yefim Rubinov

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    Answered . Yes, but how did you hurt yourself?

  8. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Retain one of the lawyers above in your state to investigate this claim.

  9. James D. Kiley

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    Answered . You are in over your head and the insurance adjuster will be licking his/her chops in dealing with you. Do yourself a favor and hire a qualified personal injury attorney.

    My firm is a second generation family firm successfully handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases... more
  10. Joseph Gerard Dell

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    Answered . Absolutely especially if you are going to attempt to allege and aggravation to a pre existing condition. In New York if your therapy was ordered by a doctor then you will be safer to couch a lawsuit as malpractice and not just general negligence. So keep in min a shorter statute of limitations or the malpractice portion.

  11. Steven Miller

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    Answered . Need much more information to give you a meaningful answer. How did your injury occur, when and where did it happen? Was another at fault?

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  12. Anne Marie Breslin

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    Answered . The insurance companies generally have people who specialize in settling with non-represented parties, they are very motivated to settle with you before you hire an attorney and they have to pay more. Only an attorney can evaluate the value of any settlement that may be offered. You also want to make certain that you don't miss any deadlines to file a lawsuit.

    I hope you feel better soon, good luck with everything.

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  13. Matthew C Simon

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    Answered . To get maximum compensation, seek a local personal injury attorney ASAP. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and would be willing to meet you in a convenient location. Best of luck.

    The above is general information only and is not legal advice. The information provided does not form an attorney-... more
  14. George William Ilchert

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    Answered . If you still have problems after a year your injury may be permanent . If you have undergone EMG and MRI testing you should know by now. It costs NOTHING to consult with a qualified injury lawyer in New York. Ask family , friends or your local bar association for a good lawyer. Can you settle an injury case with an insurance company? The anwer is of course YES. Should you? NO!

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