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How do I know if I need an injury lawyer following an accident in New York - New York Injury Law Show Episode 1

Posted by Scott M. Peterson | Oct 23, 2018


The purpose of the show is to provide you with information, to try to help get you through what is a very difficult process after you or someone in your family has involved in a serious accident.

There are probably lots of questions. How do your bills get paid? Who is going to take care of you or your family member? Who is going to supplement the income that is lost when someone is hurt? All sorts of questions, and the internet is full of answers. Some right, many wrong and non-specific to your situation.

So, you're looking around, you're trying to find yourself answers and trying to find yourself some guides. That's what this show is for. We're here to help give you some information to try and help ease the pain that you're going through at this moment.

This first episode will talk about when it is that you should reach out to an attorney to handle the injury. Particularly if it is a severe injury that's involving you or a family member and you find yourself in a position where you're asking a lot of questions. 

Are you finding yourself looking online, trying to find the answers to questions that are keeping you up at night or that are really concerning to you?  Who's going to pay medical bills? How am I going to deal with the long-term injuries to my spouse, to my child, to myself? How long do I have to file a claim? Those are the kind of questions that, if you are asking yourself, should prompt you to think about reaching out to an attorney who handles these kinds of cases.  These cases are very fact specific.  They can be complicated. And in many cases, there are specific timelines that apply that if you don't meet them, you could find yourself out of luck.

If you find yourself online and you're looking at all kinds of websites, and you're looking for information, it may pay for you to reach out to somebody, have a conversation and see if you need to take the next steps and pursue some kind of legal action. At a minimum, you'll get your questions answered.

The next question, of course, is that if you make the decision to contact an accident lawyer, how do you find a good one?

Now, you walk down the street, you turn on the television and you see ads for lawyers who handle accident cases. The question you have to ask yourself is what kind of attorneys do I want to work with? Do I want to work with a larger firm that handles higher volume cases, who does a lot of advertising, where I may be dealing with or working with a paralegal or some type of assistant or some kind of young lawyer? If that's what you want, great. There's plenty of ways to find those firms.

Some people, however, would prefer to work with a lawyer within a more personalized setting, where they can speak with the attorney individually, get to know them, and know that when they have specific questions, the attorney's going to answer them personally.

We have kept our firm small for that exact reason, because we would like to get to know our clients, we would like to be able to pick up the phone when they call, we would like to be able to respond to their emails and we would like to be able to give them guidance to help them through these difficult times.

So, my suggestion to you if that if you decide you want to work with an attorney, give it some serious thought. Ask around, ask your friends, ask your colleagues, look online. If you find that there are attorneys and law firms who are answering the questions that you have online, they're writing articles about them, they're shooting videos about them, they have clients giving testimonials about them, maybe you want to think about reaching to someone like that because you know that they've dealt with these issues before and you know that maybe they will be a good fit for you.

Do yourself a favor and don't hire an attorney haphazardly. It's a big decision. This is a very serious situation that you're going through, and your attorney should take it as seriously as you do. I wouldn't hire a doctor because I saw an ad for them on television. I would do my homework. I would do my research. And I would decide if that doctor was a good fit for my condition or my concerns, and my personality. Do the same when you're looking for an attorney. In the end, you'd be very thankful that you did, and if you have any questions at all submit the contact form on this page and we'll be in touch.

About the Author

Scott M. Peterson

Scott M. Peterson is the founding partner of D'Orazio Peterson, having left a partnership at a large regional law firm to limit his practice and focus on helping people protect their families.

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