If you are suffering from a whiplash injury after a car accident in New Rochelle, speak with someone at Morelli Law Firm about whether you can sue for compensation for your injury. You can reach us via the contact form on our website or by calling us at (212) 751-9800.
When to Hire a Lawyer for a Whiplash Injury
You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able to in the hours following your accident. This is especially true if the other driver’s insurance company is calling you, looking for a statement.
You should never speak to the insurance company without first consulting with a lawyer. The insurance company is in the business of making money, not paying out, so even if you have a valid claim, they will do everything possible to avoid paying what you deserve.
The Morelli Law Firm can advise you on how to best respond to the insurance companies (both yours and that of the other driver). Or, if you prefer, we can speak to the insurance companies directly on your behalf.
How Much You Should Expect to Pay a Personal Injury Lawyer to Represent You
Most personal injury attorneys, including our team at Morelli Law Firm, work on contingency. What that means is that we don’t get paid unless and until we win you a settlement award. Typically, you can expect to pay between 33 and 40% of your award to your attorney, with most cases coming in at the lower end of that scale.
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Asserting Your Claim to Damages
If you decide to pursue legal action, it is important to know what you need to prove before you can be awarded compensation. In some situations, the other party may be willing to settle before you file your lawsuit or before trial. More likely, however, is the other party will want to fight back to avoid paying out on your claim.
In a personal injury lawsuit, you must be able to prove the defendant was negligent, and that his or her negligence led to your damages.
There are four key elements you must be able to prove to show the other party was negligent:
- Duty: The other party owed you a duty to act with reasonable care and skill while driving their vehicle.
- Breach: The other party did not fulfill this duty, causing the accident.
- Causation: The other party’s breach of their duty was the primary cause of the accident and your damages and/or injuries.
- Damages: You have physical and emotional injuries and/or property damage related to this breach of duty.
It is important to include all damages you are entitled to in order to secure the highest possible compensation for your claim. If you’re not sure which damages apply to you, we can help you sort it out.
What You Can Expect After Filing Your Lawsuit
Immediately following the filing of your lawsuit, we will begin gathering the evidence you may have difficulty gathering on your own, such as eyewitness statements, photographs, and video surveillance footage.
In addition, we can handle communications with the other party, the court, and the insurance companies so you don’t have to. This allows you to focus on your recovery, not stress about handling ongoing negotiations.
If you need to appear in court or have a deposition taken, your attorneys will make sure that you are prepared and will be with you throughout the process. We can also work on your settlement and, if the other party refuses to settle, can prepare your case for trial.
We can locate expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf about the accident. Specifically, we know who to call to determine liability and to explain to a jury the severity of your injuries and why we believe the settlement amount we came to is a fair one.
Why Morelli Law Firm Is the Right Choice for Your New Rochelle Case
Based in New York, our team at Morelli Law Firm can support your New Rochelle whiplash injury case with our knowledge of New York law. Take action today and call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800.