Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What constitutes a personal injury case?

A: Personal injury cases are those cases in which a person has sustained injuries due to the negligence of another person or company. This might include a work place accident, car wreck, slip and fall, fire, defective product case, medical negligence, wrongful death, or other situations where someone’s negligence resulted in physical injury to you or a loved one. If you have experienced any of these situations, then you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical and other expenses that stem from the accident. Also, you may be entitled to compensation for future medical treatment and expenses, and for the pain and suffering caused by the injury.

Q: How will I pay for an attorney?

A: We recognize that the last thing you need after sustaining injuries as a result of an accident is to expend money. We hand all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not recover a fee unless we are successful in recovering money for you. This means that you will not be billed for our services until the conclusion of your case. At that time, we will be paid a percentage of the amount of money we recover for you less expenses.

Q: The insurance company wants to settle, should I accept the offer?

A: Please remember that the adjuster works for the insurance company. It is their job to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. What may seem like a fair offer may be much lower than the amount that you are entitled to. It is always a good idea to consult an attorney before accepting any offer made to you by an insurance company.

Q: How quickly do I need to contact an attorney?

A: It is always best to contact an attorney as soon as possible, especially if you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that valuable evidence may disappear, witnesses may move, memories may fade and the practical ability to prove your case may diminish as well.

Q: What should I look for when selecting a law firm/attorney?

A: Before deciding on a firm or an attorney, you should be confident in their prior record of success with similar cases. You want to trust the attorney and feel comfortable enough to ask any questions you may have.

Q: What should I bring to my first meeting with my attorney?

A: You should bring all information you have regarding the incident, all medical bills and/or records you may have, and a list of all doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers with their addresses, and the last three (3) years of tax returns if you have lost wages as a result of the incident. You may be asked to bring additional information at the time your appointment is scheduled.

Q: If a settlement offer is made, how will I know if it is fair and whether or not I should accept it?

A: Deciding to accept or reject an offer of settlement is often a difficult decision. Based on our vast experience and knowledge of similar cases, The Law Offices of James J. McCrorie, P.C. will assist you in making your decision by advising you of the pros and cons of your case. Remember, no matter who your attorney is, the decision to settle is always your decision. We will answer all of your questions so that you can make the best possible decision.

Q: I still have questions, what do I do next?

A: Contact us at (516) 942-1900 or (212) 957-0700 or email us at Info@McCrorieLaw.com. We are happy to answer any other questions you may have and schedule an appointment to meet with you.