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Personal Injury FAQs

What should you do after an accident in New York?

If you have been injured in an accident, getting medical attention should be your top priority. Assuming that you are not taken to the emergency room immediately, you should gather evidence by taking photos or videos of the accident scene and get the contact information of any witnesses. You should not admit fault or apologize to anyone else who was involved, even if it seems like a polite thing to do. Anything that you say in the aftermath of an accident can be used against you if you pursue a claim or lawsuit later. If you suspect that someone else may have been at fault, you should set up a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

How long do I have to file a personal injury case in New York?

This will depend on the statute of limitations in your state. In New York, three years is the common time limit for personal injury lawsuits. There are some exceptions to the statute of limitations, but they are very narrow, so you should not assume that an exception applies. As a practical matter, you should try to pursue a claim as soon as possible while the evidence is still fresh. This will help you prove liability and the scope of your damages

Do I have a personal injury case if I do not feel hurt?

Have you been involved in an accident but did not feel hurt? You may still have a case even if you do not feel hurt at the scene. The biological response to a traumatic situation like an accident sends a rush of adrenaline through the body, which can temporarily reduce sensations of pain. You may start feeling significant pain or developing other symptoms later. It is wise to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss the scope of your personal injury case.

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or you have been injured at workplace and wish to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, experienced personal injury lawyers at Pyrros, Serres & Rupwani will evaluate your case at no cost to you or your family and help you to determine whether you have a personal injury case.

Do I need a lawyer for a personal injury case in New York?

Some simple personal injury cases can be resolved without a personal injury attorney. You might be able to resolve this claim fairly by negotiating with the insurance companies on your own. However, you probably need an attorney if the facts of the accident are complex, your injuries are significant or unusual, or the at-fault party is contesting liability. If a lot of money is at stake, you should not take a chance on going without a personal injury attorney. At Pyrros, Serres & Rupwaniwe have experienced attorneys who deal with insurance companies every day, so we know their tactics and how to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

About The Author

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Michael Serres, ESQ.

Michael Serres, ESQ. is a reputed Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Astoria, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1990 and is admitted in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Queens County Bar Association.