Scarsdale Personal Injury Lawyers
A personal injury lawyer is a valuable friend to have following a sudden, catastrophic injury. Whether you’re a medical doctor, a business owner, a pharmaceutical company, or a property owner, you owe a duty to others in society. You agree to act reasonably, do your best to remove known hazards, act to the best of your professional capacity, and exercise vigilance in the protection of others. When a person fails to practice extreme care, and this negligence or recklessness results in physical harm, they can be sued in civil court for a personal injury. At Douglas and London, we are committed to helping Scarsdale residents piece their lives back together.
Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
- Consultation: Your experience begins with a free consultation with Scarsdale personal injury lawyers at Douglas and London. We’ll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and explore issues of liability. There is no obligation to choose our firm to represent you, but we’ll ask you to sign a contingency agreement if we do. The agreement states that you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Once we secure a settlement or jury award, the pre-agreed legal fee comes out of the total recovery before you receive your portion. New York State law limits the legal fee to a maximum of 33.3 percent.
- Investigation: Once you hire us as your personal injury law firm, we provide you with the full power of investigation, using the vast network of local and national resources we’ve built up over the past 15+ years. We’ll ask you a questions about the accident, collect your medical records and bills, interview witnesses, secure additional evidence, subpoena documents, and consult with experts.
- Settlement Negotiations: We will issue the other side a demand letter in hopes of reaching an early settlement. Most personal injury cases are settled before they reach a courtroom, but you’ll need an experienced personal injury attorney who is prepared to go the extra mile if necessary. It’s often the credible threat of a trial that forces the opposition’s hand.
- Litigation: If your claim involves a permanent disability or impairment, a personal injury lawyer will not settle before filing suit. They will also delay making a reasonable demand until maximum medical improvement has been reached. The litigation process must be initiated within three years of the accident– in most cases. A lawsuit requires a process of discovery, depositions, and independent medical examinations. Both sides typically attempt a last-ditch effort at mediation or arbitration before going to trial. Trials can add up to three years onto a case, but they can also result in high financial awards.
Contact Douglas and London Scarsdale Personal Injury Lawyers
We are available to you any time, 24/7. The law office of Douglas and London is conveniently located less than an hour south of Scarsdale via the FDR Drive. If you are too injured to come to us, we come to you. We can help you access local support services, keep creditors off your back, deal with pushy insurance adjusters, and assist you in obtaining top-of-the-line medical care. We are your advocates every step of the way.