Auto Accidents FAQ
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At Levine and Slavit, our experienced team of attorneys is committed to protecting victims’ rights and ensuring they have a thorough understanding of the litigation process. We find that many of our clients have similar questions about their legal rights and filing a claim, so we have assembled this list of frequently asked questions for your convenience. If you are looking to learn more about filing a personal injury claim, our auto accident lawyers – who handle cases in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, and beyond – hope this list will be helpful to you. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, contact Levine and Slavit today.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis so that individuals who have been injured as a result of the negligent actions of another party can receive the legal representation they deserve. If we take on your case and do not obtain a recovery for you, you owe us nothing for our legal representation. At Levine and Slavit, you can depend on our auto accident lawyers for sound legal counsel. Serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and beyond, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

What compensation can I receive?

Each case is different, so it is impossible to determine what compensation you may be entitled to without first thoroughly examining your claim. However, in the event of an auto accident, the plaintiff can typically obtain financial compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of wages (including future wages), impaired earning capacity, and pain and suffering, in addition to compensation for property damage. If it can be shown that the defendant acted with a wanton disregard for the safety of others, the plaintiff may also be eligible to file for punitive damages to punish the defendant for his or her actions. The best way to determine what you may be eligible for is by seeking legal counsel from a qualified attorney.

What if a loved one has been killed in an auto accident?

We understand the gravity of losing a loved one unexpectedly and we are dedicated to helping families during their difficult time. If someone you love has been killed in an auto accidenttruck accident, or single-vehicle accident, you have legal rights. Our team can assist you in filing a wrongful death claim and will work tirelessly to see that your family obtains compensation for medical costs, funerary costs, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. If a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, we can also assist you in filing for compensation sufficient to cover a lifetime of medical costs. Our auto accident lawyers handle cases throughout New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation if someone you love has been catastrophically injured or killed in an auto accident.

How much time do I have to file a claim?

The statute of limitations in the state of New York for a personal injury claim is 3 years; for wrongful death, it is 2 years. Shorter time limitations apply in other situations such as where the defendant is a municipality or public authority. If you are interested in filing a claim, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Preparing for a case can be a time-consuming process; investigating the case, calling forth witnesses, and developing a legal strategy all take time. To ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you have the best opportunity for obtaining the compensation you are legally entitled to, seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If the statute of limitations expires, you permanently waive your right to compensation.

Will my case go to trial?

The majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court. However, if the defendant offers a settlement that is inadequate or refuses to offer a settlement, the legal team at Levine and Slavit is prepared, willing, and able to take your case to trial. In such instances, we keep our clients informed about every step of the process to ensure they have a thorough understanding of how their case is progressing.

Do I need an auto accident lawyer?

Insurance companies are large entities with extensive resources and they vigorously defend their interests. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in an auto accident, we highly recommend that you seek legal counsel from a car accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected. An attorney will work diligently with your best interests in mind and will fight to obtain financial compensation on your behalf. To ensure that you have the best opportunity for obtaining a successful case resolution, we urge you to seek legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation, contact our team of personal injury and auto accident lawyers today. Serving Greater New York City, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan, our team has the experience, knowledge, and determination needed to achieve justice.

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Levine & Slavit, PLLC

The law firm of Levine & Slavit, PLLC has served clients in Long Island and the Greater New York City-area since 1957. We are a team of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers who work tirelessly for victims' rights. Our team is licensed and affiliated with the:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Please contact our practice online for a free consultation or call (212) 687-2777 to speak to an attorney today. 

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