Personal Injury Law Firm in Bronx, Brooklyn & West Babylon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Being involved in a personal injury lawsuit can feel intensely stressful and overwhelming.  Many of our clients have never had to deal with an unexpected injury before and do not know what to do or how to begin recovering their health, their money and their sense of well-being.  At Edward R. Young & Associates, we are here to help from the moment we take your case until its very end.  We are not a large mill but rather a personal service boutique where direct and individual contact is expected and delivered for you.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about personal injury cases include:

I was injured but do not have any money or insurance.  What can I do?

It is very important to seek medical treatment immediately after an injury—whether you went to a doctor, and how frequently, often plays a large role in personal injury cases.  Medical records reflect the extent of your injuries and give an accurate account of how much an injury has cost you on a purely economic level. 

Edward R. Young & Associates operates on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge for our services unless we win your case.  Focus on getting better, not getting the bills paid.  While many firms do not help you with no-fault payments and collision coverage, we do.

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Should I provide a statement to an insurance company without a lawyer's help?

It is in your best interests to speak to an attorney before you give an insurance company anything besides your contact information.  The more significant your injuries, the more imperative it becomes to seek legal counsel before providing any statement.  You are not in good hands when you trust the insurance company to do right by you.  They are not on your side.

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How long will my case take?

While the average timeline of personal injury cases is approximately 18 months, the length of a case depends on its complexity and the extent of your injuries.  We take as much time as necessary to get you fair and adequate compensation.  Our attorneys will not let the insurance companies take advantage of you. 

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Will I have to go to trial to recover damages?

One of the best things about working with Edward R. Young & Associates is our ability to reach appropriate settlements through negotiation.  We resolve anywhere from 95-98 percent of our claims before they ever have to go to trial.  We do, however, go to trial regularly.  This is important, as the insurance company must know your lawyer can and does go to trial when necessary.  If your lawyer does not have this history, you may well get less than you are entitled to.

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What constitutes pain and suffering?

Pain and suffering includes harm caused by physical injury and mental anguish.  It can occur when you must avoid activities you engaged in prior to your accident, consider the potential of surgery, or try to go about your usual activities of daily living.

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What determines how much money I can recover?

Every personal injury case addresses three issues:

  • Liability—establishing someone’s negligence or fault
  • Past, present and future damages—the amount that will fairly and adequately compensate you for your injuries
  • Source of collection—insurance or other assets from which damages can be recovered

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What is a typical settlement amount in a personal injury case?

There is no hard and fast settlement figure for injury awards.  An experienced personal injury attorney reviews and interprets your case information to determine the appropriate value for your claim, considering factors such as:

  • Incurred medical bill amounts
  • Future medical bills
  • Loss of past income
  • Your age
  • Any permanent limitations caused by the injury
  • Impact on future earning capacity
  • Activities you can no longer do
  • Activities you can do but do not enjoy as much
  • Prognosis for further problems
  • Strength of lay witness testimony

Our goal is to win you fair and adequate compensation for your injury.  The strength of lay and expert witness testimony will likely influence the amount.

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How much time do I have to file my claim?

As the New York statute of limitations for personal injury claims varies, it is critical you speak to us immediately for a free consultation.  For example, you have three years from the date or reasonable discovery of your injury to file a claim for most personal injury cases in New York.  However, for malpractice claims, you only have two and a half years, and with a municipality you need to file a claim within 90 days.

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What is New York's No-Fault law?

New York's No-Fault law states that insurance companies must pay for lost earnings, medical bills, and other costs related to an accident regardless of who was responsible for the accident.  It is designed to ensure that injured parties receive appropriate partial repayment of some bills.  While effective to a certain extent, it is best to consult a personal injury law firm to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.  No-fault is not compensation to you for your injuries.

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What is wrongful death?

The idea behind a wrongful death lawsuit is that damages are sustained by those left behind when someone dies in an accident.  In addition to injuring the person who died, the party at fault also brought harm to the people who depended on that individual for financial and/or emotional support. The wrongful act might be:

  • A negligent or careless act (e.g., careless driving)
  • A reckless act
  • An intentional act such as deliberate murder

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What if I know that a defective product harmed other people besides me?

When the same defective product injures a large number of people, they may join together in a class action lawsuit to hold manufacturers and sellers liable for the injuries caused by their product.

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Our personal injury law firm CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

Contact Edward R. Young & Associates for additional information if you have been injured in Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Long Island, (Nassau and Suffolk counties) New York. Call us today at 888.454.LAWS.