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Finkelstein & Partners, LLP – Winning Serious Injury Lawsuits Since 1959
Any time you suffer severe injuries in an accident due to the negligence of another party, you may find yourself spiraling. What comes next? How can you protect yourself, and do you have the right compensation? For that matter, how much compensation can you expect for your injuries?
At Finkelstein & Partners, we have more than 60 years of experience managing a wide range of personal injury claims and their challenges. We help our clients navigate interactions with insurance companies, determine how much compensation they deserve, and fight for that compensation. Do you need help navigating a personal injury claim in Albany? Contact Finkelstein & Partners to discuss your Albany personal injury claim.
Finkelstein & Partners: Experienced Help for Albany Injury Victims
Dealing with the effects of an accident can leave you suffering from a great deal of trauma. You have the weight of your injuries to contend with, and you may find yourself fighting the insurance company to get recognition for your losses, injuries, and the compensation you deserve. At Finkelstein & Partners, we aim to help reduce stress for our clients and guide them through the injury claim process in a way that can help them maximize the compensation they can recover.
Keep Up with the Facts
As the victim of devastating injuries, you deserve access to all the relevant information about your claim. You may need to know more about what the insurance company has said, the latest settlement offers, and any evidence that may have come to light. At Finkelstein & Partners, we make sure our clients have access to all the latest facts about their claims by connecting them to our online system, which has the latest details and information available 24/7.
Get Compassionate Support
At Finkelstein & Partners, we know how emotional the aftermath of your injuries and the resulting claim can be. We help support our clients through the entire claim process, providing them with valuable legal advice and ongoing representation as they navigate the complexities of an injury claim and learn more about their rights.
Receive Affordable Legal Services
At Finkelstein & Partners, we believe that cost should not prevent you from receiving the legal services and support you need to win the compensation you deserve. We start with a free consultation to go over your claim. Then, we accept clients on a contingent fee basis: you do not have to pay until we win the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained due to another party’s negligence.
Albany Personal Injury Claims: How Much Compensation Can You Recover?
Any time you have severe injuries and the substantial financial and non-financial challenges that accompany them, you may find yourself, quite reasonably, wondering how much compensation you can expect to recover. At Finkelstein & Partners, we cannot guarantee the compensation you will ultimately recover from your injury claim in Albany. Many factors can contribute to the compensation you may ultimately recover.
- Who caused your accident? Liability for a serious injury can impact the compensation you can ultimately recover for your injuries. In most cases, you will not directly seek compensation from the liable party. Instead, you will seek compensation through an insurance claim. The insurance policy may determine the limits on the compensation you have the right to recover.
- What injuries did you sustain? The more serious your injuries, the more compensation you can generally recover.
- Do you have a lawyer on your side? The insurance company can, in many cases, make it very difficult for you to recover the compensation you deserve. Working with a personal injury lawyer gives you a better idea of the compensation you deserve for your injuries, evidence to support your claim, and ongoing legal support to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
Most injury claims will, however, contain the same general elements. By breaking down those elements, you can get a better idea of the compensation you can expect as part of your claim.
Your medical bills will make up the first, and often most critical, element of your injury claim. In Albany, you might pursue emergency treatment at Albany Medical Center or Albany Memorial Campus. You might go to St. Peter’s Hospital or pursue medical assistance at one of the many urgent care centers in the area.
You can easily accrue high medical bills following treatment at any of those facilities. By carefully calculating those medical bills, you may put yourself in a better position to identify and include them as part of your injury claim.
If your accident prevented you from going back to work, you may have the right to claim compensation for those missing wages as part of your claim. Talk to your lawyer about the time you may have missed, including the initial time missed for your injury and the time missed for follow-up care.
Pain and Suffering
In most injury claims, you will have the right to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you faced after your accident. Talk to your lawyer about what suffering you may have had to deal with and how you can include it as part of a comprehensive injury claim.
Albany Injury Claims: What You Need to Know
In New York, you have three years after the date of an accident to file an injury claim called the statute of limitations. You should, however, contact a lawyer as soon as possible so you can start moving forward with the claim process.
Motor vehicle traffic injuries are a leading cause of death in Albany annually, making up around 11 percent of fatalities. They also make up around 7 percent of injuries requiring hospitalization and 8 percent of ER visits yearly.
Falls also serve as a potent hazard throughout Albany. Falls cause 15 percent of deaths and around 56 percent of hospitalizations yearly.
Common Injury Claims in Albany
Albany injury claims can break down into a variety of categories. You may have the right to compensation if someone else’s negligence causes a dangerous accident.
The most common accident categories include:
- Auto accidents, including truck or motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Medical malpractice
Talk to Finkelstein & Partners to better understand what likely caused your accident and whether you can pursue compensation.
Dealing With the Insurance Company After an Accident in Albany
Dealing with the insurance company after a devastating Albany accident can cause great stress. While you, as the victim of the accident, need to maximize the compensation you can recover, the insurance company may want to minimize what it ultimately has to pay. You may find yourself dealing with an agent who refuses to accept the covered party’s liability for the accident or will not acknowledge the full extent of your injuries. You may even get a low settlement offer that does not reflect your injuries’ full impact.
At Finkelstein & Partners, we have extensive experience dealing with various injury claims and insurance companies, including the big names in insurance. We aim to help our clients maximize the compensation they can recover and avoid the tactics insurers use to reduce payments.
What to Do After an Accident in Albany
Did you sustain severe injuries in an Albany accident?
To help protect your ability to claim compensation for your injuries:
- Review any accident report for accuracy as soon after the accident as possible.
- Get in touch with an attorney to help you handle your claim. Contacting an attorney soon after the initial accident can make dealing with the insurance company much easier.
- Document the recovery process: your medical costs, injuries, and any complications or setbacks. Journal about the challenges you have to deal with and how the accident impacts you emotionally.
Dealing with your claim alone may result in less compensation than you deserve. Finkelstein & Partners can provide ongoing legal guidance and present a comprehensive and compelling claim.
FAQs About Albany Injury Claims
When should I contact a lawyer about my Albany injury claim?
While you might have until the statute of limitations runs out to file an injury claim in Albany, you may not want to wait until the three-year mark before you move forward with your injury claim. Instead, get in touch with an Albany personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to better your chance of getting compensation.
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the challenges you face, you may initially try to handle your injury claim independently.
You should, however, contact a lawyer if:
- The insurance company disputes liability for your claim. If the insurance company does not admit liability for the accident, it may make it much more difficult for you to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
- The insurance company fails to recognize the full extent of your injuries. In those cases, you may have difficulty establishing the justification for the compensation you deserve.
- The insurance company delays the claim process, making it very difficult for you to get compensation in your hands.
- You get a settlement offer that does not reflect your losses.
- You have questions about your right to compensation or how you should handle your claim.
At Finkelstein & Partners, we start with a free consultation with no obligation. Get in touch after your accident to learn more about your right to compensation and the claims process.
Who has to pay my medical bills if someone else’s negligence caused my accident in Albany?
When someone else’s negligence causes your injuries, you may feel the liable entity should bear liability for your medical costs. While you can file an injury claim that may help you recover compensation for your injuries, that claim will not require the liable party to pay your medical bills directly. Instead, the liable party, or, more often, that party’s insurance company, will issue a lump sum payment to you. You can then use the funds from that payment to take care of your medical costs and any other bills associated with the accident.
You may also have the ability to use your health insurance to cover some of the costs associated with medical treatment for severe injuries.
If you suffered a workplace injury, on the other hand, your workers’ comp insurance may cover the cost of your medical treatments directly. Talk to a lawyer if you have trouble getting the workers’ comp insurance policy to cover the cost of needed medical treatments.
What should I do if I discover severe injuries some time after an Albany accident?
Some injuries may not show up immediately. To help protect your right to compensation, you should try to pursue medical treatment immediately after any accident. However, sometimes, you might end up walking away from the accident without realizing the extent of your injuries and the damage you sustained. In those cases, you should see a doctor as soon as you realize that you have ongoing symptoms or challenges related to the accident.
If the doctor does diagnose an injury, you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to start discussing your right to compensation and how to proceed with an injury claim that will still help you recover that compensation.
Do You Need an Albany Personal Injury Attorney?
If you suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another party, you may deserve compensation for those injuries. Do not try to navigate the tricks and challenges the insurance company may throw your way. Instead, contact Finkelstein & Partners at (518) 452-2813 for your free consultation.