Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can a New York accident attorney help me?

If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of accident in New York, then you should always contact a New York accident attorney. An accident lawyer will make sure that you are fully protected from other parties involved in your accident, and that you receive proper compensation for any or all damages relating to the crash. This includes vehicle replacement, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of work and many others.

2. How much does it cost to hire a New York accident attorney?

Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. works solely on a contingency fee basis with no fee charged unless and until the client recovers money. In this manner, every person can receive first class representation regardless of their financial status or ability to pay. We can begin working on your case as soon as you contact us, and you pay us when we have recovered money for you.

3. What should I do if I have a case?

The first thing to do is to seek out medical treatment. This will give you the best chance for a quick and speedy recovery. In addition, it will allow you to assess the severity of your injuries. After consulting a physician you will need to document the accident. If you are injured as the result of an accident you should file a police report with a precinct near you, and you should get the names of any witnesses to the accident. All of this information can be used as evidence for your case, and can help in properly documenting the extent of your injuries.

4. After the accident, what should I do if other parties are contacting me?

Many times, the other party will contact you for an out of court settlement. In some cases, the other party’s lawyers try to coerce people into admitting guilt or fault in an accident. So, it is always recommended that you not speak about your case to anyone before consulting us. Do not agree to any settlement amount with anyone and never admit guilt to anyone.

5. New York is a “no fault” state. What does that mean?

In a “no fault” state, your own insurance company pays for your injuries and damages (up to preset policy limits) regardless of which driver is at fault for the accident. In some states, the person who pays the expenses related to the accident is determined by who caused the accident. “No fault” laws are intended to lower insurance rates and reduce the time it takes to get payment for your damages.

6. How soon after my accident should I contact a lawyer?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim. This time period, known as a statute of limitations, varies from claim to claim and from state to state. In New York, the deadline is generally three years from the time of the accident. If you miss the deadline, you may be unable to recover compensation for your injury. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to determine the time limit to start a case. If you fail to abide by the applicable statute of limitations, your case will be barred.

7. Should I accept an offered settlement?

In some cases, a person may be offered a settlement very early in the process of pursuing legal action for a personal injury. If the incident is particularly obvious in who was at fault, there is a chance of a monetary offer being extended soon after the incident. However, it may not necessarily be in an injured person’s best interests to settle early. Instead, they may want to consider their full range of legal options and discuss their claim with an experienced legal advisor first.

8. How long will my case take?

The length of a case depends on a variety of factors and can change throughout the life of the case. These factors include but are not limited to the caseload of the court and the status of medical treatment. Some cases may be resolved within a matter of a few months while others could take several years.