Settling Your Personal Injury Claim FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about settling your personal injury claim. If you were injured in an accident, these FAQs can help you navigate the situation. If you are looking for help in this area, please reach out to us today.

How Soon Do I Need to Notify People About My Intention to File a Claim for my Injuries?

Unless you are filing a claim against a government agency or employee, you do not need to notify the people you think are responsible for your injuries within a set number of days after the accident took place. However, that does not mean you should drag your feet and delay. Actually, it is highly recommended to act right away with the filing of a claim, since it might increase your chances of getting a quick and fair resolution to the accident claim.

It is important to note that giving notice does not obligate you to file a claim. What it does is simply preserve your right and will prevent others from later saying that your claim is unfair because you waited too long to inform them about the injuries. If you promptly notify others that you will be filing a claim for injuries from an accident, then you can move at your own pace while processing and negotiating the claim with the insurance company that winds up taking responsibility.

What is the Deadline for Filing an Accident Injury Claim Against a Government Entity?

If your accident might have even been partially caused by a government employee or entity, then you must file a formal claim within a short period of time after the accident. Examples of government entities or employees include the city, state, county, federal government or any public agency or division, such as a city bus, the subway, or a school district. This period of time usually ranges between 30 days and one year depending on the area. If you fail to file a claim within the time frame or simply fail to include required information in the claim, then you may lose your right to collect any compensation.

If you are unsure of the time frame, then you can call the city or county attorney's office and ask. The person who answers the phone may be the one defending against your potential claim, but they will still provide you with the correct filing information. Or you can reach out to our law office and we can help you navigate this situation.

What is the First Thing I Should Do If I Have Been Hurt in an Accident and Want to File a Claim?

There are a number of key things you can do in the first few days and weeks after an accident in order to protect your rights to compensation if you are looking to file an injury claim. Unless you are filing a claim against a government entity, there is no one thing you must do first in order to obtain a fair settlement. And there is no set order in how to proceed. But here are a few things you should do if you are looking to file a claim for an accident.

  • Write down as much as you can about the accident, your injuries, and any other losses you have suffered as a result of the accident, such as your wages.
  • Make notes of any conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim.
  • Preserve the evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical evidence and taking photographs.
  • Locate all of the people who witnessed the accident and who may be able to help you prove your case.
  • Notify anyone you think may be responsible for the accident that you are intending to file a claim for your injuries.

Is There a Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit to Recover Compensation for My Injuries?

If you have no success reaching a settlement with an insurance company, then you may be forced to consider bringing a lawsuit in court. We do not expect you to be aware of the laws, which is why our legal team is here to help. We will go over the statute of limitations for your incident and let you know if there is a deadline. If you miss the state's deadline to file, you will lose your right to recover compensation in court and will be forced to abandon your claim altogether. So it is crucial that you act promptly regarding your accident if you are looking to file a claim and/or lawsuit.

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The law firm of Falk & Klebanoff can help you with your personal injury claim and lawsuit. When you turn to our legal team, we can be your personal injury lawyer and help on cases throughout Long Island and the state of New York. Here are different types of personal injuries you can sustain that our legal team can help with:

If you have suffered an injury in an accident and need representation, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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