- Why should I choose your firm?
With over 30 years of experience, our philosophy starts with maintaining a small caseload so that we can concentrate our time, financial resources and experience on your case and so we can maximize your recovery. Many other New York City accident law firms take on more cases than they can actually handle. Some law firms handle hundreds, if not thousands, of cases all at the same time. Something has to give somewhere, and it usually turns out to be your case. Here at Michael Gunzburg, P.C., we offer you the best personal service available, communicate with you regularly, and strive to get you the best possible outcome on your case.
- What sets us apart?
We are passionate about the law, and compassionate with our clients. We provide outstanding personal service, regularly communicate with you on your case, and strive to get you the best possible outcome on your case. We believe that strong communication between us makes your case even stronger. We also try to keep you involved in the prosecution of your case to ensure the best possible outcome. We also measure our success by the success of our clients.
- I already hired an attorney to represent me in this matter, can I still hire you?
Yes, we have had many clients come to us after being frustrated by their current attorneys, for one reason or another. If you are unhappy with your current attorney, contact us, the transition will be smooth and fast? Do you feel like your attorney isn’t fighting as hard as they should for you on your case? Does your attorney never call or contact you, or even worse, never answer any of your calls. Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s talk about what we can do for you!
- Do I have a case?
We generally consider several factors in evaluating your case. These include liability, damages and insurance coverage. Liability is basically what happened and who is responsible. Damages are assessed based on your personal injuries, and economic damages including lost wages, medical expenses and out of pocket expenses. Insurance coverage varies depending upon the type of incident, and the policies that are in effect and apply to your situation. We look at these items as well as many other factors in assessing the likelihood of success on your case. We only take cases that we believe are meritorious and have a strong likelihood of success at trial. Contact us and we can discuss these issues with you, and the likelihood of success on your case.
- How long do I have to file a Lawsuit?
All personal injury claims in New York are subject to a Statute of Limitations, which requires that a lawsuit be filed within a certain time period. Depending on the specific facts of your case, this period could vary. It is important that you consult with us as soon as possible, following your accident to figure out the statute of limitations in your case.
- What happens when we take on your case?
It takes a lot more than just sending out a legal letter to an insurance company to secure the results that our clients’ injuries and damages deserve. Once your case comes into our New York City law office, we begin the process of preparing it for trial. We have a small group of highly trained legal assistants who work with Michael Gunzburg, P.C., in securing the documents and developing the evidence needed to ensure the success of your case at the time of trial.
We also turn to and rely heavily on experienced and battle-hardened investigators, lawyers, nurses, doctors and critical trial team members who help us further develop, refine and solidify your case for trial. Every case we take, we prepare as if it’s going to be presented to a jury at trial, even though it may settle before trial.
If you read our testimonials, you will see that we regularly and very often communicate with our clients because you, the client, are the most important person in your case.
- What if I can’t afford a Lawyer?
That’s not a problem at all. We work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, which means that we will only get paid a legal fee if we are successful on your case. If we are not successful in resolving your case, we receive no legal fee. Additionally, we offer all clients several options to finance the costs of their cases. This helps all clients who have meritorious cases move their cases forward.
- How much compensation do you receive?
We receive no legal fees, unless we are successful. We do not get paid unless we succeed on your case. If we are successful on your case, our fee is governed by New York State Law and is generally one third of the total compensation received. Our fee arrangement may vary depending on whether you decide to finance the costs of the case, or the case involves a medical malpractice matter. Our fee and financial incentives are fully aligned with and predicated on the success of your case. Generally, if we lose your case, we do not receive any legal fees on your matter.
- What costs will I be charged?
You will be responsible for the costs incurred in handling your case. Some typical costs include court fees, examination before trial transcripts, expert fees, service of process, etc. We give every client a complete breakdown of every cost incurred on their file at the conclusion of their case. These amounts are normally taken off of the total recovery before you receive your distribution on the case.
- How long will the process take?
It is impossible to predict exactly how long a case will take before we have evaluated it. Generally, if a case goes to trial, it can take between three to five years. Other cases may reach a settlement in under a year. Some cases can take longer. It really depends on when the note of issue is filed, and how long the court takes to schedule a case for a jury trial. The wait varies from County to County, and whether the case involves a Municipality or Government Agency, which can add several years to the resolution of your case depending on these factors. We try to move all of our cases as fast as is reasonably possible.
- What does the litigation process entail?
Litigation is a multi-stage process. The first part is the investigatory stage, where we collect all the relevant documents and information pertaining to your case. The second stage is the “pleading” stage, where we serve your complaint, wait for an answer, and then exchange information with the defendants’ lawyers. You may need to undergo a physical examination from the defendants’ doctors and attend a hearing or deposition frequently referred to as an “examination before trial.” The third stage begins when your case goes on the trial calendar. Depending on the waiting list, it may take several years of waiting before your case is called up for trial. Once the trial date is set, our firm meets with the judge, selects the jury with the defense attorneys, and presents the case to a jury for determination and a jury verdict.
- What do I need to do?
- ‣ Let us know if you have already hired an attorney to represent you in this matter.
- ‣ Fully disclose to us any previous accidents and pre-existing injuries you may have had. Failure to do so may harm your case.
- ‣ Communicate all details regarding your doctor’s appointments and facilities where you have received treatment.
- ‣ Be sure to always follow your doctor’s advice.
- ‣ Retain the originals or copies of the following:
- ◦ Receipts of repair work done
- ◦ Photographs of the accident scene
- ◦ Photographs of any Injuries or bruising you sustained
- ◦ Prescription bottles and medical devices (i.e. crutches, canes, etc.).
- ‣ Periodically tell us if you have changed medical providers or received new treatment or surgery.
- ‣ If you have moved, notify us immediately
- Who will pay my medical expenses?
This depends on what type of accident you were involved in. Here at Michael Gunzburg, P.C., we will help you identify and apply for the best medical coverage available to you. This includes No Fault Insurance, Private Medical Insurance, Worker’s Compensation, etc.,. To learn more, please visit our FAQs under your accident area to get additional information.
- If I have been in an accident, what do I do?
Call an ambulance, call the police, and then call us. If possible, take photographs of your car damage and the other vehicles involved in the accident. Take photographs of your injuries, and also the accident scene. Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses. Please provide all of this information to us.
- Should I seek medical attention immediately after an accident?
Yes, even if you think your injuries are minor or may go away. No one wants to be in an accident, and people are generally in denial about their injuries. But the best way to protect yourself, and your case, is to get medical attention and make sure you are examined by a doctor and none of your injuries require further medical treatment.
- Do I have to talk to my own insurance company?
Yes, notify your insurance company as soon as possible, or they can disclaim coverage. If they request a statement, notify us so beforehand, so we can talk to you and ensure you understand the nature of your statement and its impact on your case.
- Will my premiums go up if I've been injured and I file a claim with my own insurance company?
No, the claim should not affect your insurance premiums or result in a cancellation of your coverage.
- What if another investigator wants to take my statement?
Our policy is not to provide statements to insurance company investigators and other people looking to take statements from our clients. Tell the investigator that you already have an attorney, and refer them to us. Do not make a statement to anyone in person or even over the phone. Investigators and insurance companies record their telephone conversations. These recorded statements can be used against you at the time of your trial. You are not required to give anyone a statement in your case, and therefore you should not give one
- What injuries qualify as a serious injury in New York State?
Under the Insurance Law of the State of New York a serious injury is defined as: death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; a fracture; loss of fetus; permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member; significant limitation of use of a body function or system; or a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitutes such persons usual and customary daily activities not less than ninety (90) days during the hundred and eighty (180) days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York State, you must have a “serious injury” in order to commence a lawsuit against the parties responsible. It’s important to talk to us about this requirement so we can guide and counsel you on this matter. In order to get your case to a jury, you will need to have the proper medical evaluation work performed, and adequate documentation to support your “serious injury” claim.
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