This is Part 25 in our NYC personal injury video series: “How Can I Afford A Personal Injury Attorney?”
Well, the way it works for any accident case in New York is it’s called contingency fee. So we only get paid if we make money for you. We handle the no fault for free. We’ll help you file the forms for no fault. They have to be filed within 30 days of an accident so you can get all your treatment paid for. That’s probably the most important thing if you’re in an accident, to see a lawyer within 30 days so that we can get your no fault forms filled out, sent in to the insurance company, and make sure your doctors get paid. If your doctors don’t get paid, they’re not going to be so happy.
Another thing you should do is take photographs of the damage to your car, and at the scene of the accident if you can take a photograph, if you’re feeling up to it – now, don’t get out of the car if you’re not feeling good, if your neck hurts, if your back hurts. If you can, everyone has cell phones nowadays, it’s a good idea to take a picture of the positions of the cars, the roadway, and the damage to each vehicle because this will come up later.