How do I know if I have a case?
The best way to find out about your case is to meet with a knowledgeable attorney with experience. Jeffrey J. Shapiro and Associates offers a free initial consultation. Call 800-728-5478 to find out about your case.
It works this way: the greater the injury, the greater the compensation. The law allows you to recover the full extent of your losses, including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. That being said, there's no way to know what your case is worth without talking to an attorney.
We do not charge for an initial consultation or for that matter, for any time it might take us to decide whether you have a case. Our firm, like almost all law firms who handle these types of cases handle them on a "contingent fee" basis, meaning that we only get paid at the end of the case if the case results in a settlement or a plaintiff's verdict. Our fee is a percentage of the recovery, usually one-third. The fee we earn is contingent on a successful outcome, which means that you do not pay us if we lose.
We will advance expenses incurred in the preparation of a case. If there is a successful outcome we deduct the expenses "off the top" of the recovery and apply the percentages to the net sum (in that way we share part of the expenses). While New York allows lawyers to advance expenses for their clients the rules state that the client must be ultimately responsible for the expenses if the case is lost. Since so much is riding on the outcome, we are very careful about the cases we take.
It depends upon the type of case and who is being sued. This period of time is called the Statute of Limitations. However, you don't want to delay. As time passes, crucial witnesses and evidence may disappear and that can hurt your case. Acting promptly to explore your rights is always a good idea. If you think you've been hurt due to negligence, call an attorney immediately.
Probably not, but the Labor Laws of New York provide protection to injured construction workers that allows them to go beyond the limited benefits of benefits of workers' compensation. We will be happy to explain this to you.
Yes. While you can't sue your employer, there are other individuals, contractor, and subcontractors at the job site who may be liable. For example, under New York law, both the owner and General Contractor are responsible for job site safety and may be liable for failure to comply with OSHA or for failing to take reasonable precautions.