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Injury Lawyers on Long Island Share Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers

Personal injury FAQs

Having the right information enables you to make educated decisions when facing legal concerns. And since the personal injury lawyers at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP receive similar questions from many clients, we offer the following questions and answers as advance information.

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Answers to common personal injury questions

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Do I need a lawyer to file a no-fault insurance claim?

If you are comfortable filing your own claim after a car accident, you may handle it on your own. But an experienced injury lawyer from Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP can help ensure that you complete and file each application in accordance with all legal requirements. We offer a free initial consultation and encourage you to talk with us as early in the process as possible.

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If my own negligent actions contributed to an accident, can I still pursue compensation for my injuries?

New York contributory negligence law deals specifically with issues pertaining to accidents caused by both the injured party and other negligent individuals. As explained by the People’s Law School offered by the New York State Bar Association, the law does not bar injury victims from pursuing compensation from other parties — even if the injured party’s own negligence partially contributed to the accident. But the law reduces the amount of compensation you can pursue, based on your degree of negligence. Keep in mind that you may have less liability for an accident than you believe. An experienced injury lawyer from our Long Island firm can help determine if contributory negligence applies to your claim and can estimate the amount of settlement you might expect.

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If my doctor cannot cure my condition, do I have a medical malpractice claim?

Medicine is not an exact science, so the inability of a physician to find a cure does not automatically point to medical malpractice. But, in some cases, doctors act in a manner that does not meet the standards of other local practitioners. For example, physicians may prescribe inappropriate medications because they did not review your medical records, surgeons may operate on the wrong part of the body or dentists may remove healthy teeth. It costs nothing to talk with one of our Long Island injury lawyers, who have the experience to determine likely causes of medical negligence.

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Can I afford to hire a lawyer?

Our law firm offers a free consultation with an experienced injury attorney, who will outline the legal remedies available to you. Our personal injury lawyers can meet with you at a convenient location in Suffolk County or anywhere on Long Island to discuss your personal injury claim and to help you decide the best way to proceed. Additionally, we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay a legal fee for personal injury matters if there is a recovery.

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