Personal Injury FAQs

Personal Injury FAQs2023-06-20T15:29:18+00:00

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Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

If you or a loved one has been physically or psychologically injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party you probably have many questions and do not know where to turn. It is important to understand that hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is one of the most important choices you can make. To help those who have not yet hired a lawyer we have answered some of the most asked personal injury questions we receive. Please note, because they are some of the most common questions, the answers here are general, and you should speak to a personal injury attorney about the specific facts of your case.

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury

Our personal injury lawyers provide answers to some important questions below.

Do I need a personal injury attorney?2023-06-20T15:28:33+00:00

If you have suffered injuries following an accident and someone else is at least partially responsible for your injuries, it is generally advisable to seek legal representation. Following an accident a personal injury lawyer will gather evidence, including video, photographic and witness information, as well as medical proof to build a case against the other parties whose negligence caused your injuries.

Will you be the only attorney working on my case?2023-06-20T15:28:17+00:00

At LaMarche Safranko Law, we take pride in our collaborative approach to handling personal injury cases. When you choose our firm, your case will be assigned to one of our partners and a paralegal, ensuring that you have at least two points of contact within our team. This system enables us to provide comprehensive support and assistance throughout the legal process.

How can I get the best outcome in my personal injury case?2023-06-20T15:27:55+00:00

In order to get the best outcome in your personal injury case it is crucial that you take care of your health and well-being by promptly seeking medical attention for your injuries and following your healthcare provider’s advice. You should keep records of all medical treatment and expenses and document your recovery by taking photographs, if possible, of your injuries and recovery. It is also important to notify your personal injury lawyer anytime you see a new medical provider, or if something changes with your medical condition. You should never speak to the other parties’ insurance carrier without first talking to your personal injury lawyer. You should also be careful when using social media about the types of content you post, as anything you post can be used against you in the future.

What should I bring to my initial meeting with my personal injury lawyer?2023-06-20T15:45:57+00:00

When meeting with a personal injury lawyer for the first time, it’s helpful to bring any information related to your case such as the accident report if you have it, copies of any medical records in your possession, photographs of the scene or of your injuries, your own automobile and health insurance information, as well as the names and addresses or phone numbers for any witness to the accident. However, if you don’t have any of this information, don’t worry, it can all be obtained after the meeting.

Will my case have to go to trial?2023-10-11T15:07:29+00:00

Maybe. Whether or not your personal injury case will go to trial depends on several factors, including whether there is a dispute about who was at fault for your injuries and whether an agreement can be reached about the value of your damages. In many cases personal injury cases can be resolved through a settlement without the need for a trial.

Should I talk to my insurance company before calling my lawyer?2023-10-19T19:32:56+00:00

While it is generally acceptable to speak to your own insurance company following an accident, you should not speak to any other insurance companies following an incident. However, if you have any concerns about speaking to anyone, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who can explain your rights when dealing with insurance matters.

How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?2023-06-20T15:26:47+00:00

A personal injury lawyer will cost you nothing. Now that doesn’t mean that injury lawyers do not get paid. However, personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis. This means they are only entitled to legal fee if the case results in a settlement or verdict. In NY, a personal injury lawyer is entitled to a 1/3 of the total recovery. Thus, if your lawyer can secure a settlement that is acceptable to you or wins your case at trial, the lawyer is entitled to 33.33% of the recovery.  A personal injury lawyer will also pay all of the expenses associated with pursuing the case so that you don’t have to pay anything out of your own pocket. Expenses include filing fees, costs for transcripts as well as expert fees. However, at the end of the case, your personal injury lawyer will also be entitled to be paid back all expenses along with a 33.33% legal fee. All legal fees and expenses are taken directly out of the settlement or trial verdict and you never have to pay anything out of your own pocket.

How long will my personal injury case take?2023-06-20T15:26:33+00:00

How long a personal injury case takes depends on the nature of the case and the complexity of the issues in the case, the number of defendants involved in causing the accident and the severity of the injuries. Some personal injury cases can be resolved in 6 months or less, while other personal injury cases can take years.

How often should I hear from my personal injury lawyer handling my case?2023-06-20T15:26:19+00:00

There is no set formula for how often you will hear from your injury lawyer, however the key to a successful attorney-client relationship is communication. Your personal injury should be responsive to your questions and should get to know you and the impact this injury has had on your life. You should also expect to be contacted or notified whenever there is an important occurrence in your case.

Is there anything that I can do that will harm my case while it is pending?2023-06-20T15:26:04+00:00

Yes. If you fail to follow the doctors’ advice and if you participate in activities that are going to make your medical condition worse, these are the types of things that will harm your personal injury case. Also, posting activities on social media that are inconsistent with your injuries is also going to be harmful to your case.

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Vicki Testimonial Transcript
Well, I met George in 2014. My son was arrested for a criminal offense, and George—he has this ability, it’s just who he is. He’s genuinely empathetic and he’s very compassionate and he has the ability to just make you feel safe. You know? I just always felt I was in great hands and my son was in good hands and that we would have a good outcome of our situation and we always have. And he’s brilliant. He’s a brilliant lawyer. He’s very skilled and very creative. He has excellent rapport with all the judges and DAs and officials, and he’s always found a rehabilitative outcome for my son which I genuinely appreciate.

Laurie Testimonial Transcript
George was referred to me by my estate attorney. They go way back and it was a great referral, I don’t think I could have done any better, it was a very good match for me. Something that was really really instrumental in the whole thing was George keeping us up-to-date on what was going on and very much included. I was invited to be at all the depositions if I wanted to be and he gave me all the written depositions to read through, so I was always up-to-date on what was going on and I felt like a part of the process. I would definitely recommend George to other people. In fact, about 2 weeks ago I did. A friend of mine was in a pedestrian car accident, she was the pedestrian and is in pretty rough shape, and he was the first person I thought of so I actually asked him if it would be in his purview and he said yes. And I know that she’s very happy with him so far.

Jules Testimonial Transcript
What brought me to the firm was a personal incident where Andrew was recommended to me very highly by a family friend who’s also an attorney, and Andrew represented me to great satisfaction in that case. What impressed me the most about Andrew was his direct straightforward approach, and he has this incredible way of setting you at ease and yet telling you the good and the bad of a situation. I felt that he was very much a straight shooter and lived up to the reputation that preceded him. I would recommend them and Andrew Safranko to anybody in the world. They’re just that class of a group of people.

Chuck Testimonial Transcript
Well, I came to LaMarche Safranko Law because I knew Andy was here and he’s helped me in the past and I just feel so comfortable coming to him because you know you’re going to get the best outcome that you can get in a criminal law field. He’s done such a fabulous job for me and I’ve seen what he does for me, so I’m sure he’ll do the same—put out the same effort and energy and zeal it takes to win their case like he has mine. I would feel very comfortable recommending him.

“I cannot thank George E. LaMarche lll and his team for the excellent legal work they provided for my son, and in extension, our entire family. His experience, knowledge of the law, networking ability and communication is second to none. In our case, our son was wrongly accused by a small town police officer and charged with 5 tickets…

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A client from Altamont, NY

“I am an attorney who found himself in the middle of a serious, personal legal matter that compromised not only my personal life but my professional life as well. I immediately contacted Andrew (Andy) Safranko, Esq. Andy worked tirelessly and extremely hard to bring my legal situation to a very favorable resolution. In so doing, Andy not only saved certain aspects of my personal and professional life

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Anonymous Attorney from Albany, NY

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent representation on my recent matter. I have worked with lawyers, and in law firms much of my professional life, but I have never encountered the rare mix of skill, integrity and humanity in one individual—you….

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A client from Rensselaer, NY

“Throughout the attorney client relationship regarding my personal injury lawsuit, George and his staff continually exhibited tremendous amounts of legal knowledge, skill, and a vast amount of expert resources that ultimately resulted in a final judgment in my favor.  George was there every step of the way to explain where we stood and what to expect next and there was never a need to question his professional judgment…

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A client from Troy, NY

“Dear Andrew and George,

I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, diligence, and selfless manner that you put towards my legal difficulties in Colonie. From the first moment I met you, you helped reassure me that things were going to turn out in a more favorable manner than I originally thought. Clearly, the final result of my court case displays the quality of time and work that you put into this….

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A client from Colonie, NY

“I can honestly say that the best decision I’ve ever made was retaining George LaMarche as my attorney. I was in a situation where everything wasat risk; my career, livelihood, and the ability to provide for my family. In desperation, I contacted over a dozen attorneys. The majority of the lawyers I spoke with promised results without seeing paperwork or knowing valuable facts….

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A client from Albany, NY

“Dear Andy,

Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son over the last three years.  This has been a very challenging time for our family and the knowledge that our son has an attorney as capable and amazing as you are has given us peace of mind!

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Parents of a client from Cropseyville, NY

“The staff at LaMarche Safranko Law took care of  whatever I needed, it was just fabulous. It was top shelf, if I called, I got George. If he was in a meeting, they left him a message. He called me right back after the meeting. Everybody was very courteous and very nice there. If I left a voicemail, everybody got back to me quickly. The level of service  was very, very good and I would Highly recommend them.”

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A personal injury client from Cohoes, NY

“Dear Mr. Safranko,

Thank You so much for answering my question, and so expediently!

The dedication, respect, and consideration with which you treat your clients, current and past, is remarkable. It is why I reached out to you when searching in my time of need, and why I would highly recommend…

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A client from Albany, NY

“The arrest of my husband in 2008 was an extremely difficult and emotional time for our family. The arrest turned our lives upside down. It was sudden and unexpected and had tragic emotional as well as financial consequences. I had no idea what to do under the circumstances….

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A client from Upstate New York

“Dear George, Andy and Staff,

Thank you all for your kindness and all your help in getting back to my wellbeing and life.  I could not have done it without you all.  Everything is going so well again.  I recommend you highly. Thanks Again!”

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A client from Troy, NY

“I wanted to express my deepest appreciation to Mr. Andrew Safranko for the exceptional job he did in regards to my legal representation. Mr. Safranko displayed the utmost in professionalism and discretion during the entire court process, and took the time to explain each and every step….

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A client from Schenectady, NY

“My family and I cannot thank George and his staff enough for all of the support and guidance they have given us over the past six months. Anyone who has ever suffered a personal injury knows how difficult they are to overcome, but I’m glad we had such an intelligent and hardworking attorney on our side so I could focus on my recovery rather than on the details of the case….

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A personal injury client from Waterford, NY

“No one likes to be in a bad situation, but if you need a lawyer George is your man. Not only does he point you in the right direction he offers good advice for your future. As much as we bring him business he does not encourage that next time anticipation….

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A client from Albany, NY
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